If our cats are exhibiting a behavioral problem, it is not because they are a problem but because they have a problem and it is our responsibility, and opportunity, to figure it out. Cats aren’t bad, but they can be stressed and act badly.
So many cats end up in shelters, and subsequently many are killed simply because they weren’t understood. We can’t tolerate having our furniture and walls dismantled from scratching or our carpets ruined from going outside the litter box regularly, so it’s off to the shelter with the offending, incorrigible creature. But this is so tragic and so unnecessary.
Domestic cats are not by nature malicious or offensive. They wouldn’t have survived thousands of years as our companions if they were. If a cat is behaving badly regularly he is having the problem. He is stressed and the causes of his stress need to be understood and eliminated. This is not always easy to do, but it can, and needs, to be done.