By Becky Cohen
Correcting bad behavior in cats is very important. You need to fix the cat's bad behavior before the problem becomes so bad that both you and your cat are stressed out. First you need to understand what is causing the bad behavior in your cat. It could simply be aging and transitioning (like puberty in people). However, you need to check and see if anything has recently changed with your cat to set off the unwanted actions. Did you move? New addition to the family? If something like this is the culprit, it may just take time for your cat to adjust. Your cat may have had this behavior from a young kitten in which case it will have to be untrained.
Reprimanding the cat is not the best way to go about solving the problem. If you want to correct bad behavior in cats you need to either correct what is causing them to act out or you can reward them when they are good. If they associate the desired behavior with a treat or reward, they will be more likely to continue that behavior. Reprimanding your cat does not correct the problem, but teach the cat to hide better and continue doing the same act.
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