Successfully raise cats: important basic rules

Successfully raising cats is not always easy, but the best basis for a harmonious and stress-free living together. A few important rules can help you make the education as meaningful and cat-friendly as possible. Successfully raising cats requires patience and consistency - Image: Shutterstock / Linn Currie

If you want to raise your cat, you should first set up rules that all family members will take to heart from now on. Don't ask too much of your cat. Although you have to abide by the rules, you need enough space and opportunities to let off steam and be busy.

A house cat, whose small area consists only of taboo zones, will probably stick to no rule out of sheer frustration. Be fair and also take your cat's freedom into account when setting up the rules.

Raising cats successfully: consequence and patience

Once you have set up the rules, it is important that your cat gets used to it from the start and without exception. Be consistent! A cat that is not allowed to jump on the kitchen table should never be allowed to do so, even if it is alone at home.

In case of doubt, this means that you have to close the kitchen door during this time. A cat remembers every exception and does not understand why it is allowed to scratch the wallpaper and sometimes not. So every time you catch your cat in the act, say "No!" and put them away. It is best to offer her a more attractive alternative.

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Praise vs. Punish

Scaring a cat is not a good breeding method. All the more you can achieve with praise. If your cat scratches the wallpaper, get her a nice, stable scratching post, where she can whet her claws as she likes. Every time she uses it, praise her with a gentle voice, a caress or a treat.

She will quickly notice that scratching the wallpaper is far less worthwhile than in a specific place. The same works with the litter box: if your cat doesn't use it, say "No!" and put them on the designated place. There you praise them as usual.

Aid for cat education

If you want to support your cat's education with an aid, many of them make sense. This includes constant, understandable verbal commands for the cat ("No!"), A water gun, loud noises (clap your hands), consequence and catnip for positive reinforcement.

Cats should never be beaten, yelled at or locked up. Such behavior could not only affect the behavior of your house tiger, but also its relationship and trust in you forever. You achieve the most with cats with calm, patience, consistency and fairness.