If a cat is often described as a quiet creature, it also suffers from behavioral problems, which can become very troublesome. There are many reasons for aggression, fear and even loss of control. Don’t worry, but all these seem to be symptoms of one or more diseases in cats. These are usually related to boredom or stress. Therefore, it is very important to pay special attention to it to provide a stimulating, safe and comfortable environment for the cat. With the help of a veterinarian, it is possible to overcome these diseases by trying to understand your cat. These diseases can cause a lot of material damage and make the cat and its owner unhappy.
The reasons of the troubles
It is very important to treat cats with abnormal behavior as soon as possible : Punishing animals is not very useful. For him, all these troubles are just embarrassment, desire to adapt to the environment, or anxiety caused by environmental changes.
Several causes of disease can be distinguished:
Reasons related to the environment:
If a cat starts urinating next to its litter box, there’s a reason it’s just trying to mark the territory. Contrary to popular belief, he does not try to “play as smart as possible” with his owner, he means by this unusual gesture where is his territory or that something is wrong, like litter too close to his food, litter that is too dirty , litter left in an open or ventilated place. Since cats like their privacy, they need a specific and respected place.
Similarly, if we move furniture, if we change the painting in the room, if we add new objects, and the new smells will disturb him. A cat is an animal full of habits, and he likes it.
Psychological reasons :
These are reasons that are not always visible at first glance. Indeed, these causes are nothing more than stressful: the cat perceives changes in its habits, be it in the physical environment or in the family atmosphere. This can upset him and then expresses his discomfort in his own way. Usually, everything is just a small pool of urine that will be intended to mark its territory.
The important thing (according to the cat) is to leave a mark on the environment to confirm its presence and identity. We often encounter this type of behavior when a new pet arrives at the house and begins to “compete” with the cat, when guests are too noisy and annoy him, when a tragedy such as death occurs in the family and the atmosphere sinks it. Regardless of the change in his routine, the cat will notice and it will stress him out.
A cat with a restless character (there is such a thing) sees an increase in his stress when he knows that another cat is prowling around, he does not feel more comfortable and wants to defend his territory, he is put by the hunter’s instinct to constant vigilance and disturbs his routine. Similarly, certain diseases (hormonal, immune, neurological disorders) can influence his behavior. Finally, we also note that punishments increase his stress.
Symptoms of these disorders
The cat expresses its stress and discomfort in different ways that can be quickly deciphered to better cope with them. First, we notice aggressiveness: some cats have “aggressive attacks” for no apparent reason, and then they start jumping at anything that moves, especially their owner. They attack the calves. The cat therefore means that he wants to play with the person and must be cared for. But this aggressiveness may also have reasons in relation to food: it may happen that access to its food is not so simple, which forces him to compete with other animals for food.
Another symptom is urine outside the cage: this extremely unpleasant situation indicates two possibilities: either the cat wants to relieve himself outside the litter box because he does not like it (cleanliness, location, contents of the litter box) or the animal wants to mark his territory.
Cats may also suffer from urinary system diseases, so it is necessary to consult a veterinarian, otherwise the litter box is not suitable for the above reasons. However, if the cat urinates on a vertical surface such as furniture, a wall that can be up to 20 centimeters in height, then he wants to mark his territory (by standing up and urinating as far as possible).
Another reason is the problem when traveling by car: this is an uncomfortable condition for the cat, and it will put pressure on the cat: it is kept in a cage, placed in a noisy environment and whose odors he does not control : cat will meow, agitate, and tremble, but will also feel nauseated or even vomit. Another cause of trouble may be a state of confusion, that is, the cat loses support due to the sudden sound of an alarm clock or there are irritants in the room where it is located (drugs, cigarettes, etc.).
How to soothe your cat?
The most important thing is to commit to improving your cat’s environment by meeting its various needs: space, food, play, stimulation, etc. It is very important that the cat feels confident and safe: the cat lives in a world that must provide him with something to climb, show, hide and hide from others if necessary. Therefore, we often recommend purchasing a scratching post to answer all of this.
When it comes to sociability, a cat is an individual animal, and its degree of tolerance towards other cats, and even humans, varies from cat to cat: therefore, its need for independence and solitude should be respected. which he sometimes needs thanks to a place dedicated only to him, a place where he can freely move to his litter, his food, and drinking water.
The cat is an animal that needs a lot of sensory stimulation: this is how it likes to squat, admiring its surroundings and react accordingly, and if possible, on a scratching surface to make claws (scratchers with several trays offer this kind of possibility). Similarly, it is good to vary the texture of the food.
He likes playing games most because it awakens his hunting instinct: games that make sounds, vibrate, and bounce are all favored. It should be noted that cats like to play with people rather than alone.
Finally, we hope that this information will help you correct some common cat behavior problems. Remember to be patient and analyze why your cat may exhibit “bad” behavior. If you find that your cat’s behavior has not improved, please see your vet.