Thursday, January 21, 2010

top 4 behavioral problems of cats and what you can do to address them in a caring fashion

Cat Behavior Problems
Common behavior problems in cats include house soiling (eliminating
outside the litter box), destroying furniture with their claws, or
acting aggressively toward family, people or pets. There are some
steps that can be taken with any normal cat that is misbehaving. No
cat benefits from physical punishment and all cats benefit from
additional interaction with the owner in the form of regular grooming
and play sessions that involve aerobic activity such as chasing and
jumping after toys.

House soiling
Urination or defecation outside of the litter box. May be due to an
insufficient number of litter boxes, territorial reasons, insufficient
frequency of cleaning of the litter box(es), dislike of the location
of the litter box(es), personal preference for a particular
elimination location (example, the bed) or surface (example, carpet),
medical illness or psychological stress, exercise frustration,
physical discomfort or personality conflicts with other members of the

Destructive behavior
Includes clawing and chewing behavior. Some clawing is simple claw
maintenance to remove the older claw shell as the new claw grows
underneath. Cats also claw to mark territory both with the scent of
their pads and the sight of clawing. Cats may also chew objects. Cats
are more likely to choose a plant than a couch or table to chew,
although some cats do chew fabric. See library article Pica.

Their sense of investigation is another cause of inadvertent damage.
The curious cat often knocks valuables off shelves, causing

Acting aggressively toward family, people or pets. For aggressive
cats, first rule out any medical causes of chronic minor discomfort by
asking your veterinarian to do a physical exam and diagnostic
testingto rule out underlying illness. Avoid any form of physical
punishment and initiate regular, gentle massage when the cat is
relaxed. Finally, don't allow free choice of food. Instead, hand feed
the first few kibbles of each meal while giving a mild body massage
with the other hand to establish positive leadership, build the bond
and re-establish a loving relationship.

Diagnosis of a behavior problem is based on a thorough behavioral
history along with a physical examination and sometimes blood and
urine tests to make certain that the pet is otherwise healthy. Please
see your veterinarian if you believe that your cat has a behavior

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