Animals/ Pets

Understanding Red Flags of Your Cat’s Behavior

Cats are sometimes challenging to understand. What does excessive grooming mean if you know that purring signifies happiness? What are some of the most worrying cat behaviors? And how concerned should you be? You need to be worried.

What cat behaviors should you be concerned about

Some cat behavior issues are very obvious. You can guess your cat’s problem if they bite you or refuse to use the litter box. What if your cat is only peeing or chewing on household items? Translating what your cat wants to say can be difficult.

We’ll look at some common cat behaviors and body language so you can determine which issues are annoying but harmless and which may require a trip to the veterinarian.

Scratching

Your beloved armchair’s arms are starting to look like they have been run through a shredder. We feel your pain. It’s normal for cats to scratch furniture, windowsills, and walls. This is a cat’s way of marking its territory… It is the feline equivalent of using a nail file.

Is this something to worry about? Not at all. Buy them some scratching posts and direct their scratching to approved areas.

Chewing

Do you have a cat that carries hair ties like pacifiers or leaves drool and teeth marks on your couch cushions? Your cat is likely bored if it has an oral fixation.

In the wild, cats would have to be constantly stimulated by their environment. Domestic cats tend to have lazy afternoons when their owners are away. You can redirect this behavior with engaging toys they enjoy and chewy treats that calm them down.

Do you need to be concerned? No. But consider buying some new cat toys.

Biting

Biting is the most alarming of cat behaviors. Normal cat behavior is giving gentle love bites during vigorous play or grooming. You can decide whether to accept this behavior if the cat is gentle or discourage it if it becomes too rough.

But more serious bites must be taken seriously. It is common for cats to bite as a way to assert dominance or protect what they perceive as their territory. It can also indicate fear or self-protection if the cat feels vulnerable or in pain.

Are you worried? Biting is a sign of distress and should be discussed with your veterinarian if it persists, worsens, or follows other signs.

Itching or excessive grooming

Like us, cats also appreciate some self-care. What does it mean when your cat’s usual 20-minute grooming sessions suddenly last over an hour, and you seem more than a bit obsessive about it? Pay attention when your cat’s normal 20-minute grooming session suddenly becomes over an hour and seems slightly obsessive.

If your cat spends a lot of time scratching and grooming in one spot or for a long period, it could be a sign that they are experiencing emotional or skin distress. Over-grooming may be used to soothe the cat, but it can also lead to bald spots or alopecia.

Should You Be Worried? Maybe. Watch your cat and pay attention to the areas they are focusing on. If the behavior continues and you can’t find anything, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

Litter Box Issues

We offer our sympathies if you smell cat urine in places other than the litter box. Let’s find out what the problem is! There are several reasons why your house-trained cat may start to pee outside the litter box.

Urine marking is an old-fashioned territorial behavior of male cats, especially those not neutered. Chances are, if you see them spraying around your house on various objects, they’re marking their territory. If your cat pees in places that are not obvious or tries to find a spot similar to the litter box, like the soil from a potted flower, it’s likely to be a sign of stress.

Any stress can cause cats to look for a new place to go to the bathroom. This behavior can be caused by moving the litterbox to have house guests. Several medical conditions, including diabetes or urinary tract issues, can cause this behavior. Your vet may be able to help you if you cannot determine what is causing the problems with your cat.

Are you worried? Watch their behavior and see what is causing the problem. If you think your cat is spraying, try to eliminate stressors in the home. You can also consult your vet if it’s not a medical problem.

This guide will help you understand your cat better and give them what they need. This guide will help you understand your cat better to give it what it needs. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. What is the point of having friends?