When you love your pet, it’s so frustrating when you can’t get them to behave the way they should. It’s easy to take it personally when the cat pees on the carpet instead of using the litter box, or uses your furniture as a scratching post! If you’re a pet lover, you know that there will be some things you have to deal with and accept – such as vacuuming more often to keep the pet fur off the furniture or at least to a minimum. Or having pet toys scattered around the living room floor and other floors. That’s a small price to pay for the love and affection you’ll get from your adoring pet. Like having a child in the house, you accept that a little untidiness may be apparent, but you’re not prepared for complete havoc and coming home to a mess!
What about those other, more major issues? Your sheer curtains are now dotted with claw marks, or even holes, made when your cat tried to climb them? Your little darling thinks it’s okay to overturn the water bowl and leave puddles around the floor for you to slide and perhaps fall on? I know some cat owners that have just sort of given up and accepted the bad behavior of their cats as a way of life. Or they’ve just decided to give up on the idea of having a pet altogether.
When you think of all the many positive things a pet can give to us, it seems a shame not to be able to figure a way out of these little nuisances. After all, is there anything better than walking in the door and having your cat rush to rub up against your legs? Perhaps your cat likes to sit on your lap while you’re watching TV, or wake you in the morning by licking your face. Mine likes to come in to the bathroom every morning while I wash up, and sits purring while I brush my teeth, comb my hair, and wash my face. But I sure would like to have a cat psychologist in residence to help me figure out what causes him to occasionally behave so badly, instead of trying to be on his best behavior for his mistress. Short of having a live-in shrink, my library has now made room for a shelf of cat self-help books so I can hold on to my wonderful cat, while at the same time retaining my sanity and a reasonably well-cared for home, while seeking easy-to-achieve solutions. Without doubt, we have to make some concessions for enjoyable and rewarding pet ownership – but we don’t have to entirely give in and let them rule the house. Do some research. The answers are out there. You have to find them.