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Cats are notoriously independent,
and it isn't always easy to predict what is going around in their minds. What looks like a
behavioral problem can often be an indication of an underlying you will need to address. A healthy and happy cat will
bond with you, and will not create any apparent problems within your household.
A cat that is not using the litter box properly, or that is behaving
aggressively with you or another pet, or one that is howling at night
and keeping you up, are all showing signs of other problems. When behavioral
problems crop up in a pet, it is possible to find a remedy to the situation by
helping them adjust their behavior patterns.
While occasional behavioral issues
don't cause much of a concern, when these behaviors become chronic, then you
may have to consider visiting a vet. Many behavioral issues stem from
underlying health concerns, and your cat could need treatment, so it gets
better. For example, a cat that is not using the litter box may be suffering
from a disease such as an infection or even a kidney stone. If there is
no overt explanation for why your cat is behaving in an abnormal way, then
visiting a vet is the only option in order to understand what your pet is going
What are the behavioral issues
you need to watch out for as a pet owner?
The most common behavioral problems pet owners
face have to do with waste elimination outside
the litter box, excessive aggression, howling, active night-times, and
scratching. Many of these can also be solved right at your home with a few
simple tricks. However, if the behavior persists or you notice your feline
friend appearing sick in any form, take them to a vet immediately.
- Litter Box Issues: If your
pet has been eliminating their waste outside the litter box, the first
thing you need to check for is whether you are cleaning the litter box
regularly or not. You should generally keep one litter box per cat in
multi-cat households. The litter box has to be cleaned daily because cats
are very finicky about where they eliminate waste.
- If you have a regularly cleaned litter box and
your cat is still not using it properly,
you will want to check for the color of the urine. If it appears red, or
like blood, or your cat shows any other
sign if discomfort while trying to eliminate waste, you should visit a vet
as soon as possible. Certain illnesses, such as a urinary tract infection,
a kidney infection or other diseases, could be the reason behind why your
cat is not using their litter box.
- Scratching: Cat owners often
complain about cats scratching their furniture and leaving scratch marks behind. The
easiest fix to this is simply to buy your cat a scratching post. A cat keeps their claws sharp through scratching and scratching post, which is designed to give your cat
exactly what they want, which will deter them from scratching anything else.
- If the
problem persists, buy your cat some claw claps. These are simple clip-ons
you can attach to your cat's nails, and they won't be able to destroy any
more furniture. It doesn't hurt your cat, it simply acts prevents them
from leaving scratch marks.
- Night-Time Activity: A cat that is over-active at
night needs more activity during the day. You can tire your cat out by
playing with them, engaging with them more often, or by engaging them in
more playtime activities.
- Howling: If you
have a female cat, then you will notice that she suddenly starts howling during certain times
of the year. This is nothing to be alarmed about, and she is howling to
attract other male cats as it is the breeding season. The howling can keep you up at night, and if it
becomes a problem then spaying/neutering your cat could prevent the issue
- Some cats become aggressive because they are unhappy or stressed.
If you have multiple unspayed male cats living in the same area, it could also
cause increased aggression among them leading to fights. The only way to deal
with the situation is to spay the cat. The ideal way to deal with such
situations is first to isolate whether your cat is aggressive due to a
medical issue, such as pain or illness, or due
to territorial or other behavioral problems, and plan
their treatment from there.
A cat that is regularly given food, water, attention, and care
will thrive in any household. However multi-pet, especially multi-cat
households, need to ensure that all their animals are neutered so that
aggression doesn't break out among your pets. Taking your cats to the vet for
regular health checkups will also keep you alerted regarding any medical issues
that can crop up.
Behavioral problems are not uncommon among cats,
and with love and care, you can overcome those problems and build a strong
connection with your pet at the same time.