Is Your Cat Misbehaving? Here’s How To Tell Your Cat No!

As cute and adorable as cats are, felines can often be very naughty at times. If your pet needs discipline, here’s how to tell your cat no.

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Let’s not beat around the bush here. Cats don’t like authority figures. They are ‘free spirits’ and they basically do whatever they want, when they want. Every cat owner knows the struggle of trying to get their kitty to listen to them. The problem is that often cats just don’t want to hear us when we tell them what to do. Luckily, we have all the details right here, right now. Here’s how to tell your cat no and actually make sure that they do as you say.

Use the command with a movement

Spoiler: Cats don’t understand English. I know that may come as a shock, but it’s a cold, hard fact. Saying the word ‘no’ over and over to your cat is not likely to make much difference to their behavior. The sooner you learn that, the better. You’re likely to have much more luck if you pair the command with a movement that you use each time.

Despite what you may have heard before now, cats can be trained. It will take a little time on your part, though, and so you need to prepare yourself for just that. Choose a movement that your cat can easily recognize such as a sharp wave or the like. When your kitty does something that you don’t like, use the command and movement together. It will take some time, but your pet will soon understand what you mean.

Move your cat away from the problem

What is your cat doing that’s wrong? If they are ruining something, like the sofa, you should pair your command with this action. You need to move them away from whatever the problem is. When it comes to how to tell your cat no, this is one of the most effective methods you can use. By carefully moving your kitty away from whatever they are doing, you will show them that they are in the wrong.

You will need some patience if you hope that this will work. You will basically need to keep repeating the same old action time and time again until your pet starts to understand what you don’t want them to do. Every single time that you see your cat head toward the object, get to them first. Pick them up and move them to another place in the room. It may be repetitive, but it’s the best way animals learn.

Try the spray gun tactic

The following tactic is somewhat controversial and whether you sue it is entirely up to you. If you wonder how to tell your cat no and teach them not to do something, here’s an easy option. For this one, you will need to get a spray gun and fill it up with water. Whenever you notice that your cat is doing something bad, you should tell them no and give them a little spray of water.

Now, this may seem cruel, but it’s not as terrible as it sounds. You see, the water does not hurt your cat at all, but they won’t like it. That means that when you spray them, they will stop what they are doing. If you use this tactic sparingly, you should find that your cat becomes conditioned and knows that whatever they are doing is wrong.

Clap your hands or hiss like a cat

In the wild, cats respond to sounds and loud noises. They don’t respond to voices. For that reason, when you’re thinking about how to tell your cat no, you might want to try clapping or hissing. These sounds act as warnings for your cats. When you start doing this, you will find that your kitty responds right away. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that it’s not exactly fun having to hiss at your cat all the time. No one wants to do that. For that reason, when you’re deciding how to tell your cat no, it may be worth considering some of the above options instead. As you can see, there are a load of ways you can get the job done so figure out what works for you.

Hint: Don’t bother shouting!

Finally, there’s one cardinal rule that you must never break! Don’t shout at your cat. For one thing, your kitty is unlikely to respond to this method. They won’t understand the so-called ‘angry’ tone of your voice. Plus, if you happen to shout louder and louder, you are just likely to scare them. That’s the very last thing you want or need. No matter how annoyed you are, try to avoid this at all costs.

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