Behaviour Management 101 for Naughty Cats
Naughty cats can be just like children and need help to learn limits and the appropriate behavior.
If you have a cat that is providing some challenging behavior, then you might like to consider time outs as a useful tool.
Signs you May have Naughty Cats
Time outs might be required for naughty cats when you are experiencing any of the following behaviour:
- Aggressive play
- Bullying behavior towards other pets.
However, it is not an appropriate behavior management tool in order to deal with:
- Toileting issues.
How can I Use Time Outs with Naughty Cats?
Giving naughty cats time outs is a simple process – all you need to do is to place the cat in an isolated location for a period of time.
A laundry or bathroom is usually the best option.
When you put the cat into time out, you must do so without playing, petting or chatting to it.
If you do so, then you are potentially rewarding the cat for bad behavior.
Another key point is that you must not chase your cat into the time out area as they will perceive it as being part of a game.
Ten minutes is generally an ideal amount of time to leave naughty cats in a time out.
Following this period of time, they will have made a connection between their action and the punishment.
It would be counter-productive and unkind to your pet to leave it in isolation for an extended period.
Any longer and your cat may become stressed and their behavior will deteriorate in the time out space or once they are let out.
Use time outs for naughty cats consistently and you will soon begin to see marked improvements in their behavior.