Animals like people will sometimes develop mental or physical problems. Cats are no different. If you notice an significant behavioral change in your cat, such as becoming very aggressive, not eating or being extremely docile, it is a very good idea to consult with you vet and schedule an appointment to have the animal examined. If everything checks out OK at the vet, you need to examine you pet's surroundings to check and see if anything new has been introduced or anything taken away.
The Cat Scratches
Somehow you cat will tend to exercise its what i call, "claw and paw power." What you may notice is that your cat will try to scratch on your household furniture especially you beautiful couch or you newly bought Asian. Scratching is natural behavior in all cat family and it is simply something you will have to be prepared for. You will need to get a scratching post or a scratching mat, that depends on which way you cat tend to scratch. You will need to observer this to make the right scratch buying selection. If you purchase a post for you cat to scratch, ensure the post is sturdy and covered with carpet or sisal. If you cat prefers to floor scratch, purchase a scratch mat for you cat (that rhymed) and he should be OK.
Remember cats are actually tamed wild animals and sometimes may exhibit undesirable behavior and may not respond to commands. There are many ways to get your cats attention other than spraying with water bottle. Here is one way to get you cats attention and let him seize any unwanted acts that he may be doing at the time. Drop a few pennies or coins in the bottom and when kitty isn't listening, shake the can vigorously. Many cats will immediately cease and desist whatever they were doing. Don't hit you animal if it exerts inappropriate behavior, that will not do anything but harm your animal and will not address the behavior. Hitting your pet will also lead to distrust from the animal.
Take time to understand you cat and remember that they are what they are, CATS! Remember to be loving yet strong and ensure that you animal has an environment where he can be a cat and not hole in like a mouse.
Cat Behavior Tips
- Cats are not dogs, they ACT like cats
- Address behavior problems by first ruling out health related issues
- Provide your cat with plenty toys, give them climbing stations and scratching posts
- Don't hit your cat
- If you are at the end of your rope, seek expert advice.