How To Discipline Your Cat

Learn How To Discipline Your Cat With These Cat Lover’s Tips

Have you ever observed some naughty behavior from your cat? Did you find it strange? Disciplining a cat is not such an easy task: one has to break some sweat to have his cat fully disciplined. When disciplining your cat, it may at times seem as if you are punishing it.


However, you still have to ensure that your kitty is disciplined to avoid shameful scenes especially when you have visitors. Keep reading to determine how you can rectify your furbaby’s behavior using the tips that I have indicated so that you and your friends can enjoy her company.

Find Out Why Cats Behave Badly

You cat won’t just behave badly out of the blue. There must be a reason behind her bad behavior, and this is the first step in trying to discipline your cat - identify the cause. Cats’ behavior becomes troublesome when he or she can barely express herself or himself naturally. Some of the natural instincts that cats should exhibit are following;

  • Sharpening claws
  • Playing
  • Chasing after things such as butterflies
  • Climbing
  • Lots of exercises

Make sure that your fluffy friend has a variety of ways to exercise by exploring, playing and scratching. These means of exercising should be safe for your kitty, so that he or she does not have a chance of getting injured. Having your cat busy will most likely put a stop to her or his irritating habits.

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Some Of The Bad Cat’s Behavior

There are varying degrees of bad behavior you can expect from your cat. Some of these you can find very cute - as playing with the tissue paper roll, running all over the house and sitting on people’s laps, sitting prettily on clean laundry; although not all people see it that way.


Nobody likes cat bites because they are extremely painful. Yet your kitty finds it to be an appealing game. If your kitty has this irritating habit, you can discipline her by:

  • Playing with her using a toy which is in the form of a wand, string or a stick other than your hand.
  • Immediately walk away once she bites you, even if she keeps following you.
  • Face away from her
  • Cats don’t perceive yelling as a way of expressing anger so do not yell at her in any circumstance.

Bringing dead animals in the house

Most cats have this common habit which they seem to enjoy - the habit of bringing dead animals to the house. They hide dead rats and hares safely under the table or in a safe corner. If your feline does the same, you can put an end to this by making some noise, like hissing at her. You can make her more uncomfortable by pouring some water on her. These negative reactions will make your cat realize that what she is doing is so wrong.

On good days when your furbaby does not bring home a dead being, you can reward her by playing with her, giving her a treat, petting her and showing her a lot of attention.

Not using the litter box

Some reasons that could be causing your kitty to cease from using the litter box. For instance:

  • A medical condition which may be causing pain as your furbaby urinates. She may then associate the pain with the litterbox. Get a veterinarian to conduct tests to ensure that your cat is not suffering from an infection of the urinary tract.
  • Environmental changes in your cat’s life could be causing her stress, for instance, if you have moved to a new home or if you have brought another pet.
  • Another reason could be that your feline is not content with the setup of her litterbox. To sort out this problem, you can ensure that you have big and few enough litterboxes. Clean them up daily.

Beating up other cats

Here are some reasons why most felines barely get along. Some of them are:

  • Competition, as sharing resources like water, toys and litter boxes, is likely to make cats very aggressive.
  • Possibly when the cats were brought into the home of their owner, no one bothered to give a proper introduction, and so they started viewing each other as a threat.


Spraying is common to both male and female cats. When you make a choice to castrate or sterilize your cat, you can reduce the rate of which he or she goes spraying at neighbors’ doors and windows. Your kitty could be doing this as a response to another kitty out there that she would perceive to be a threat to her territory.

Spraying on household items, on the other hand, could be an indicator that your cat is either insecure or stressed up about your relationship with her. By spraying for instance on your bed, your kitty could be making an attempt to soothe herself by mixing up your scent and hers.

Scratching furniture

Scratching is a necessity for every cat. The reason why they do it is that they need to stretch their body muscles, maintain their claws, shed her claws’ outer surfaces and leave their scent and marks on the surfaces of your place.

Your cat could be scratching on your furniture simply because she has no adequate surfaces to scratch. You can help by availing scratching surfaces such as cat trees which are carpeted, horizontal scratchers made of cardboards or better, scratches which are covered with sisal rope.

Try out a variety of items to identify the one that pleases your furbaby the most. Ensure that the scratching surfaces you offer your cat are stable and large enough to allow her to stretch.

Declawing is not an option. It subjects a cat to too much pain and can cause her to develop complications.

Constant loud meowing

Constant and loud meowing could be an indicator that your cat is ill especially if she is old. Old cats meow mostly due to disorientation or unbearable pain. Consult your veterinarian so that he can determine the reason for this kind of behavior.

If your kitty is not old, then she could be meowing to seek attention or due to boredom. Ensure that you play wtih your cat and pay attention to her throughout the day to keep her from getting bored.

Overgrooming or licking herself too much

Overgrooming leads to irritated and bald patches on your cat’s skin. Take your cat to the veterinarian for an examination. She may be allergic to something - such as food or the environment or any other medical condition that could be the cause of overgrooming. Other reasons for overgrooming are changes in habitat or environment and stress. Your kitty could be overgrooming as a way of soothing herself.

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Step By Step Procedure On How To Discipline Your Cat

1. Recognize your feline’s complications

Training a cat is difficult. Understanding how a cat thinks and interacts with its owner plays a significant role in helping you to train your kitty. With quite some patience you will get to train her to be as disciplined as you desire.

2. Get to know what motivates your cat

Each cat has something which entices them to be on their best behavior. This is referred to as your feline’s motivator. The motivator could be the tastiest treat that your kitty loves, for example, some tuna flakes or a little cooked chicken.

Always have your treat so that you can reward your kitty immediately as she does right. Always avoid striking a cat if she does not behave in a disciplined way as this will cause her to develop resentment towards you and will most likely never listen to your instructions.

3. Love your kitty

Make your cat listen to you if you want to discipline her. Establish a good rapport with your furbaby to help you have a loving and warm relationship with her. When you achieve that, your kitty will respect you and listen to the commands you give.

For a recently acquired cat, show much attention to her by cuddling, talking to her or giving treats once in a while. It could take some time, probably few weeks to get your cat to adjust to the new habitat and mostly the new owner.

4. Take time before deciding on the best way to punish your kitty

You have to take some time to consider the situation at hand and get to know how she will react towards different forms of punishment. Kittens, for instance, are curious and inexperienced, and so you need quite some patience as your kitty learns to discern between wrong and right. Having a kitty can be advantageous since you being her only owner you can easily influence her actions.

5. Dealing with an older cat

In most cases, older cats have their ways set and are used to behaving in a certain way or being disciplined in a certain way. This will make it a little difficult to discipline your furbaby or show her the right and wrong.

6. Always consider your cat’s existence there before

Before making a decision on the right form of punishment for your feline, always consider the life she had prior. For instance, if your cat came from a breeder, that means that she has always had a good life with proper grooming and feeding. Make sure that she is not acting out of trauma.

Your cat may have come from a home where she was being abused. In situations like this, you will have to put extra effort in getting your kitty in line since she may be scared of new environments. Adopted cats, in general, can be suspicious of new habitats if their previous owner was abusive.

7. Pay attention to the personality of your cat

Kitties do have varying personalities just like their owners. Take time to know the type of cat you have. The unique personality of your cat will guide you in determining the best way to treat her in different situations. For a cat that is easily scared, gain her trust before you start disciplining her. Have an animal behaviorist evaluate your aggressive kitty to avoid getting hurt when disciplining her.

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How Cats May React To Being Disciplined

Once a cat behaves in a way we don’t like, our first instinct is that we should punish them. For human beings, punishments in the form of being grounded, hit, shouted at or deprived of something, are significant. If you do this to cats, you won’t discipline them, but you will endanger your relationship. We know you would not want to scare your furbaby or push her away from you.

The perfect way to discipline your cat is by offering it positive rewards when your kitty behaves well. The positive rewards which you can extend to your kitty are :

Upon behaving badly, you can withdraw the rewards and punish your kitty by:

  • Offering no treats
  • Not playing with her
  • Ignoring her
  • Not talking to her

Cats do realize when we show negative responses as well as positive ones. When you shout at them, they barely realize that you are angry because they cannot understand the meaning of the words you use. They only know that you are paying attention to them, which makes them happy.


Disciplining your cat can be a complicated task. At times, you might need to consult a veterinarian who will help you to identify the reason why your kitty is behaving in a certain way and come up with a way to discipline her.

We hope this article has been educative enough as well as interesting. Make a comment on any issue of importance or some tips that we could have accidentally left out. In case you have any further questions, feel free to ask, and we will gladly assist.

Sarah Keene

I’m Sarah Keene, and I’m glad you found your way to my blog. I love cats so much; I consider myself a cat woman. I have 5 cats at the moment, and I am planning to grow my cat family. It is not easy to take care of these cats appropriately though I would wish to make them feel as comfortable as possible. This is why I depend on other blogging cat lovers like me to help me in providing all the necessities for my cats to have the best life possible.

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