Discipline and house-training your cat

The cat is a naturally clean animal who, in adult life, tends to almost ‘bust’ rather than displease. If it makes a mess for any reason other than enforced confinement, don’t delay in consulting your veterinary surgeon.

A kitten may be quickly house-trained by providing a Utter-tray filled with sand, dry earth or, better still, specially prepared cat litter available from most pet shops and chemists. Put kitty on the litter-tray after each meal and/or mistake and it will soon adopt the tray as its special toilet. But you must clean it out every day; otherwise, puss won’t use it; and, when disinfecting, don’t use carbolic, which is dangerous for cats. When puss is old enough to go out of doors the tray can be discarded. However, many flat dwellers have a litter-tray as a permanent fixture. You don’t have to have a garden to keep a cat!

Your pet must be trained not to sharpen its claws on the furniture by shouting a loud ‘NO each time it starts to do so. If it is able to get into the garden it will most likely use a tree. If you are an apartment dweller, a scratching post may be bought from a pet shop.

Incidentally, you must never, ever, smack a cat – not to be confused with a playful pat in fun. Punishment of this type may cause the pet serious injury. And it won’t serve your purpose. The cat will merely be resentful.