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Do Cats Deliberately Misbehave?

Animals repeat behaviors that work for them, whether we agree with the behavior or not. The key to solving the problem is to look at it from the cat’s point of view. What is the cat trying to accomplish by the behavior and how can you set things up so she can succeed? Maybe it means increasing the number and locations of litter boxes or working on a behavior plan to help companion cats get along better. It may mean re-evaluating the scratching post you bought and purchasing (or making) one that really meets your cat’s needs.

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It’s Never About Stupidity, Spite or Revenge

No matter how frustrated you may get by your cat’s unwanted behavior, put aside those counter-productive beliefs and start becoming an advocate for her. If you’re unsure how to correct a behavior problem, talk to your veterinarian about a referral to a certified behavior professional.

Need More Information?

For more specific help with cat training or cat behavior problems, refer to the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett.


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For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.

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