Understanding common cat behavior problems
Sometimes cats can exhibit some behavior problems that upset us. It is important to know how to manage those so that both you and your cat can have a happier more satisfying relationship.
Cats have different personalities. Some are very friendly and outgoing while others are timid and shy. so a cat that runs when the doorbell rings may just be a timid shy cat that really doesn’t want to make more friends. Sometimes even a well-adjusted outgoing cat may seek privacy and hide a little bit.
Does your personality match with your cat?
You should choose a cat that works for you. If you’re a very gregarious outgoing person that has a lot of company then it may work best if you have an outgoing interactive cat. But don’t worry if you have a timid and quiet cat just make sure that you offer your kitty some safe places where they can hide and watch without necessarily interacting. That could be something like an igloo bed or even a high perch on a cat pole.
My cat suddenly bit me
Many cat owners ask this common question that why does my cat bite when I pet them. Cats who really like each other also groom each other. But most of that grooming takes place around the head and the neck. Some cats seem to prefer interaction around the head and neck, scratching down the ears, a light pet on the top of the head but not enjoy stroking down the entire body. So if your cat is one of those kitties who doesn’t like when you give them long strokes down their back, why don’t you try just scratching them a little bit around their head and neck.
Look for signals
The second thing you need to be aware of is the cat will usually give you a signal when they’re not particularly happy. These can be subtle just as a little flick of the tip of their tail. For other cats, their ears will go back and some cats even might hiss at you. You may then realize that what your cat wants to do is be close to you without being touched.
I have multiple cats
Often people who have one cat or even two cats, decide they would like to adopt another cat. Sometimes that integration goes smoothly and everybody is one big happy home, but other times things don’t go so well. When you have more than one cat in your house, it’s important to remember that cats don’t share space equally. Each territory that the cat occupies should have all the resources they need – food, water, resting places and litter boxes. So if you have multiple cats in your home you should have multiple food bowls in different locations.
My cat doesn’t use the litter box
If your cat’s not using the litter box take your cat to the veterinarian and have them checked out. There can be lots of medical reasons that a cat might not use their litter box and we want to make sure that they’re medically healthy before we start on behavior changes. There are several factors that can lead a cat to not use the litter box. Cats really like cleanliness and every cat is different and what they consider a clean litter box. Scoop out the waste material at least once a day. It’s also important that every 7 to 10 days you totally dump out that litter box, wash the litter box, dry it and refill it with clean litter.
My cat scratches furniture
Scratching is a normal cat behavior but one that often drives pet owners crazy. Why does the cat pick the arm of the new sofa to use as their scratching post when you have a perfectly good one in a different location?
The first step to change unwanted scratching is to cover up the area where they are scratching right now that we don’t want them to scratch on. The second is to put their scratching post right there. So hopefully they’re going to scratch on their scratching post and as they are using it regularly we generally can move it to a less obvious location. Decline is something that should be done only as a last resort.