“For a long time, our cat has impacted the anal glands. We had to coax him with food to get him to let us check on him and make sure he was okay. When he wants anything, he walks up to us and shoves his butt in our faces.
“Don’t worry if you’ve done anything similar,” Bell soothed, “since you can train the opposite behavior and they’ll forget about the unpleasant conduct.”
When Yohan jumps on the counter now, I simply set him down without any sweet words, attention, or kisses. Then, if he stays on the ground, reward him. When it comes to cats, ignore the behavior you don’t want to see more of and encourage the behavior you do. It’s important to remember that cats don’t respond well to punishment. It merely adds to the tension and distrust, resulting in even more undesirable behaviors.”