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Setting Boundaries in Cat Care
If you do not set boundaries with your cat, you will find yourself in a losing situation. Remember, you need to keep yourself in a higher position in the hierarchy than your cat so that you remain in charge of your cat’s behavior.
Where to Potty
Potty-training your cat is one of the most important things in cat care. When you bring your cat home to the safe room, one of the first things you need to show your cat is where the litter box is. The litter box also makes the cat feel more at home, too.
You will also need to decide who needs to clean out the litter box. If you have kids, this could be one of their daily or weekly chores.
You will also need to set up a specific place for food and water. It should not be anywhere near the litter box, as cats do not like the two to be anywhere near each other.
You will also need to set up feeding times, especially if you have more than one animal in your home. Animals do not think twice about eating each other’s foods, but they are not always good for one another. You need to keep them away from other animal’s foods.
Are there places your cat should not play? Are there things you do not want your cat to play with? You will need to set up rules about play in your home.
Grooming is an essential element of cat care. Though many cats never enjoy getting a bath, they will get used to the brushing and combing process. Cats often do not like the tooth brushing or nail clipping process, but if they learn you are going to do it anyway it will get a little easier over time.
Cats learn that when they get away with something once, they can try to push a little further every time. Sometimes it gets so bad that cats have no problems jumping on the table during a meal. Not a good example of cat training. It is probably best that you discourage any begging at the table and set a house rule that the cat is not to be fed from the table at all.
If you have furniture that your cat is not allowed to touch, you had better lock it up somewhere. Even if your cat is very good about staying off the bed, couch, table, etc. when you are home, it is not likely that the furniture will be untouched when you are not there. Still you can set the boundaries with your cat.
Your cat likes freedom, and you need to decide on what kind of freedom your cat will have. Will your cat be allowed outside? If so, do you have a schedule your cat will need to follow? Are there rooms in which your cat is not allowed?
If you have a room that you would like to keep cat-free, you will need to keep the door closed. You will also need to make that rule known to your family, so, again, everyone is consistent.
Routines in cat care are the biggest way to establish boundaries and house rules. Cats respond very well to having a routine – it promotes a feeling of safety. Changes to a routine should be the exception, not the rule.
For the best possible results with your cat, everyone in the house should have a good appreciation of sound cat care and training practices. It’s not difficult, and you’ll be richly rewarded.