While cats generally make loving, gentle pets, it's not uncommon for felines to occasionally display the odd behavioural problem, whether it's biting, scratching or howling at all hours of the night.

And when this does occur, it is important to nip this behaviour in the bud and tackle the problem right away before it becomes and more serious issue and becomes difficult to handle.

The best way to tackle feline behavioural problems is to prevent them occurring in the first place, which means installing good habits from an early age.

Cats tend to learn through play and human interaction while they are kittens, so be sure that you reward good behaviour with cuddles and cat food treats when your moggy is a youngster and ignore any naughty behaviour.

"Don't play 'pounce on the hand' games with your kitten - always use toys," advises Ros Davies, cattery rehomer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's London site. "If you teach your kitten that fingers are for pouncing on, then they will continue to do this as an adult cat."

Make sure you spend plenty of time interacting with your feline friend as they grow up, but make sure any fussing and petting occurs on your terms so your cat learns they can't get away with being demanding.

However, perhaps the most important step when training your moggy is to ensure that you have you cat neutered as soon as possible.

Ros says: "It is also really important to get your cat neutered, ideally at four to six months, as this can help ensure you don't get any unwanted kittens and has lots of behavioural benefits."

An un-neutered cat is more likely to be aggressive and is also more prone to wandering off and going missing, so by taking this simple step, you will save yourself a lot of time, trouble and heartache in the long run.

Written by: Hannah