Your 9 Biggest Cat Behavior Problems -- Solved!

How to fix everything from shredding your sofa to swatting the neighbor's dog (10 Photos)

Amy Roberts on Jan 9, 2013 at 1:32PM

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Your 9 Biggest Cat Behavior Problems -- Solved!

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Your 9 Biggest Cat Behavior Problems -- Solved!

While your affection for your feline friend is boundless, your tolerance for those annoying kitty quirks and downright bad behaviors may not be. Stop a wayward kitty in his tracks by following the advice of Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, a veterinarian and cat specialist, and Dr. Hazel C. Carney, a feline medicine and animal behaviorist.

Problem: Scratching Furniture, Drapes or Carpeting 
How to Solve It: “Scratching is a super normal behavior in cats to sharpen their claws, stretch their limbs, and as a way to mark their territory,” says Dr. Colleran. “It’s only problematic when we say it is.” If your kitty has made your favorite couch his scratching post, you can turn his attention elsewhere with the right steps.

First, notice both what and how he’s scratching -- cats like specific textures, and the orientation (horizontal or vertical) is important. Then, find a cat post or mat that mimics this. Dr. Colleran also recommends going to a fabric store and looking for a remnant of similar material to make your own.

Place the new item in the same general area as the “wrong” one, covering up the “wrong” one to encourage him to use the new spot. (Half of cats like catnip, so you can try it as a training aid.)

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