Kat Miller: Hi! I am Dr. Kat Miller of the ASPCA. Today we are talking about cat behavior. Now I am going to talk about very basics of cat behavior. Did you know that cats retain a lot of the natural behaviors, that their wild counterpart show. So when you bring a new cat into your home, it's less about training the cat, than it is about adjusting your own environment, your own behavior, and a situation to match the cat's natural behaviors.
Kitten start out more active and playful, and generally mellow as they get older. Usually around two years of age you start to see a behavior change as they get older. Prevention is often the best medicine when it comes to behavior problems. Set up your environment for your cat in a way that makes it easy for them to succeed, reward the behaviors that you like to see, ignore the once that you don't, and have realistic expectations for your cat.
Coming up next, we'll be talking about litter box problems. How to prevent and solve them.