Cat Behavior Issues
Is my cat bored?
Provide your cat with a variety of toys and access to climb in a window(s) to look outside. Place a bird feeder outside of the window for your cat to view during the day. In addition, it is recommended that you spend 20 minutes playing with/interacting with or petting your cat each day. However, don’t think that because your cat is bored you need to rehome him/her. This problem can easily be fixed! And you don’t have to purchase expensive toys either. Provide boxes, milk caps and other free items- they will love playing with them. Also, consider adopting a second cat as a playmate for your current cat. Click HERE to find signs that your cat is happy.
How can I stp my cat from biting or nibbling?
My cat can be talkative. Why does he/she meow?
Always be sure to eliminate any health issues that may be prevelent. For example, if your cat is meowing a lot and typically is quiet, schedule a visit to the veterinarian. Check the litter box. How frequently is he/she going to the bathroom? Is there blood in his/her urine or stool? Etc. A veterinarian can help determine if there is a medical issue at hand. If your cat just happens to be chatty (many are!) and this is normal behavior for him/her, click HERE for a link to more info on this topic.
I caught my cat spraying in the house. How can I stop this from happening?
My cat is clawing the furniture, how can I kindly teach him/her to use a scratching post instead?
This is an easy fix and there is no need to declaw (learn the truth about declawing cats, click HERE).
Why is my cat is acting aggressing towards other?
My cat is overgrooming and going bald in some areas. What can I do?
How can I stop my cat/kitten from chewing on cords in the house?
How can I train my cat not to jump on the kitchen counter?
How can I help my cat not to have so many hairballs?
My cat has earmites (scratches his/her ears constantly). What are they and what can I do?
My cat is having litterbox issues. What can I do?
My cat is being bullied by the other cat in my house. What can I do?
My cat doesn't like the newly adopted cat/kitten. What can I do?
This is totally normal! When you bring a new cat into your household, the resident cat will be upset for the first several weeks. Hissing, growling, swatting– this is all normal behavior and will subside over time. NEVER place the cats faces together. Do not force interaction, this should instead, happen naturally, over time. Every household is different. Some cats begin playing together/getting along after just 2 weeks, others may take several months. Patience is the key. Always follow proper introduction procedures.
My cat doesn't like our newly adopted dog. What can I do?
If you share your home with a cat, make sure the dog you’re adopting does well and is safe around cats, prior to making the adoption official. In addition, it is crucial that you follow proper introduction tips when introducing any pets. For example, cats should always have a “safe” room where the dog is not allowed to enter. They should also have high areas (i.e. cat climber) to escape being chased by the dog, etc. Teach the dog to be respectful around the cat and to give the cat space. Never allow the dog to chase or terrorize the cat in anyway. A natural bond will form over time, but cannot be forced. Always follow proper introduction steps and during the first several weeks of introduction, always supervise interactions. NEVER place the dog and cat face to face.
My cat breaks open the bag of food when her bowl is empty. What can I do?
Keep a full bowl of food available for your cat(s) at all times. Most likely your cat is opening the bag of food because he/she is hungry. In addition, keep a supply of toys (i.e. cardboard boxes, cat toys) and other items to entertain your cat while you are away from the house. Consider keeping the food in a plastic storage bin to avoid a mess.
Can I train my cat to come when I call his/her name?
Is it ever OK to bathe a kitten? I'm raising an orphaned kitten and he/she can't clean themselves yet.
My cat gets incredibly stressed when it's time for a veterinary visit. What can I do?
My cat tested positive for FIV. What can I do?
My cat tested positive for Felv. What can I do
I suspect my cat has been posioned. What can I do?
Contact your trusted veterinarian or rush to the emergency veterinarian ASAP.
We have stray cats in our neighborhood and they knock over garbage cans looking for food. What can I do?
Keep a cat food bowl and water bowl outside in a discrete area for the stray cat(s), in addition to a feral/stray cat hut. These items will help cats know safe places to go in inclement weather and they will have a source of food and water to keep them from going through garbage cans as a source of survival. In nearly all cases, this will stop the issue and allow the cats to live peacefully among you. In addition, it is crucial that the cats are spayed/neutered to prevent a booming population of stray/feral cats.