Confessions of a Cat Whisperer: 7 Mistakes Cat Owners Make





Got an issue with your feline friend? There is a good chance you’re part of the problem. Cat behaviourist and author of The Cat Whisperer, Maria Stewart, reveals seven of the most common mistakes cat owners make—and how to fix them.





1 / Treating cats as if they’re dogs

t’s hard to imagine a cat playing fetch, or a dog spending its waking hours preening, so why would we expect the same behaviours from our fur babies when it comes to housetraining? According to cat behaviourist and author of The Cat Whisperer, Maria Stewart, a “one-size-fits-all” approach to raising four-legged friends can have disastrous consequences. Maria Stewart, a “one-size-fits-all” approach to raising four-legged friends can have disastrous consequences. “We can end up building cat issues—and making a lot of existing issues bad—by treating them as dogs,” she says. “Cats are a little bit more wild-they’re not entirely domesticated, and still have many of their wild cat instincts. “These instincts help explain some of the more curious behaviours exhibited by housecats, including perching high (a means of keeping an eye on potential predators) and fussily refusing to drink day-old water (they’re hard-wired to be careful of bacteria).

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