How to Care for Your Cat:
Many cat behavior problems can be fixed. Some common problems are:
• Spraying urine
• Urinating and defecting in the wrong places
• Crying/meowing too much
• Grooming/licking himself too much
• Acting aggressive
• Scratching or destroying things in the house
Ways to fix behavior problems:
• Spraying urine is usually easy to fix by sterilizing (spaying/neutering) the cat.
• You can fix many other behavior problems by giving him more attention and exercise. Be sure to play with him (including with cat toys) every day.
• You can train most cats to use the litter box. See the page about toilet training.
• Through cat training, you can teach most cats not to scratch where they shouldn’t. Give him a scratching post or other toys for scratching. Whenever he starts to scratch something he shouldn’t, move him to the scratching post.
• Your cat may show a new behavior because he’s unhappy about a change, such as moving to a new home or someone new living in the house (like a baby or a pet). Give him a lot of attention and love to help him feel comfortable. Also, see if a strange cat is going into your garden or house, which may make your cat worry.
• Sometimes the behavior is your cat’s way of telling you he feels sick, so if you can’t fix the problem, take him to your veterinarian for a health check. He may have a very serious health problem. The vet may also give advice or suggest an animal trainer who can help.
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