6 Annoying Cat Behaviors and How to Stop Them
We love our cats unconditionally, sometimes in spite of certain habits that leave us scratched up, bleary-eyed and without presentable furniture. As much as we love them, though, we sometimes wish we could eliminate their less appealing behavior — so we've identified six common "bad cat habits" and determined what causes them — and how you may be able to fix them.
Clawing at furniture, chewing on plastic, jumping onto counters and peeing outside the litterbox are complaints we often receive from frustrated cat owners. You might be surprised to learn that some of these behaviors can be easily corrected with training, though others might indicate an underlying medical problem that your veterinarian needs to check out — and at least one of them might be your fault not your cat's. Read on for our analysis and advice, and let us know in the comments if you've had to address any of these issues!
1. Jumping onto Tables and Counters
Though some of us don't mind this behavior, many cat owners prefer to keep their cooking spaces free of cat fur and curious paws. And even if you don't object to it for sanitary reasons, you wouldn't want your cat to get into any food that could be toxic to her.
So what's a cat owner to do? Because climbing and exploring high spaces comes naturally to felines, you will need to replaces the appeal of the counter with acceptable climbing surfaces that are more fun to your cat. Invest in a cat tree or window perch with fun toys and perhaps an exciting view of birds outside. We also recommend you cover your counters with aluminum foil (a sensation don't like). The idea is to make your kitty's new, cat friendly perches more appealing than the boring old counter.