Everyone who’s had cat as pets or knows just a little about feline behavior will tell you that what an absolute joy these feral felines are to be with, notwithstanding their obstinacy and fierce independence. It is a commonly perceived notion that cats are unsocial and selfish. This stems from the fact that cats are usually compared to dogs. Dogs can be easily trained whereas cats are a different ball game altogether. Cats can be extremely willful and bullheaded, and the idea of being submissive does not appeal much to them, making them that much harder, if not impossible, to train. They will do things they want to when they want to, where they want to, and the way they want to. A cat is its own boss. Their agility, curiosity and unyielding behavior coupled with their underlying instincts makes it tricky for us to grasp their behavior patterns. A cat may very well reciprocate affection - just that it has different ways of doing so. As a result of the difficulty in understanding and training them, cats are often perceived as quirky and hard to deal with. In fact, some of their basic feral instincts like hunting and territorial fighting can never be eliminated. A domesticated cat will also, much to your chagrin, display these instincts by scratching on the carpet, hunting birds or mice despite being well-fed and spraying. As you raise a stink over the damage done, you may very well find your cat sitting aloof, befuddled. This is because it has done nothing contrary to its nature. Within no time the purring pussycat turns into a meowing menace. It is good to keep in mind that a cat's behavior is guided by its innately wild instincts which become problematic for us. Read the article below to know more on the types of behavioral problems in cats.
Behavioral Problems In Cats
- Your cat may find it hard to resist scratching on your furnishing or carpet. This is because it needs to sharpen its claws which keep growing throughout its life.
- Chewing on fabric, shoelaces, wool or even your hair could be one of the pastimes of your cat. This could either be a compulsive behavior to chew and suckle on non food items or suggestive of anemia or diabetes.
- The obnoxious smell of your cat spraying at home is enough to drive you nuts. As cats are highly territorial, spraying serves as a tool to mark their territory. Spraying is not the same as urinating.
- It may be found at times that your cat is giving a wide berth to the litter box you provided it with. Matters simply worsen if it has taken a shine to your bed or floor to relieve itself. Multiple reasons such as too many cats using the same litter box, food and water placed in proximity to it, bladder or urinary infections, etc., can trigger this kind of behavior.
- One of the most common problems that cat-lovers face is their tendency to scratch people around them. This can make visiting a bane for guests coming over, if not you. Scratching you or others is not a deliberate act. It is a cat’s reflex action when afraid.
- Your cat can frustrate you with its overtly curious behavior. This puts all your dainty artifacts at risk of damage or breakage.
- Often there will be ‘gifts’ in the form of dead rats or pigeons brought in by the cats, ostensibly for you! This can drive you up the wall as, being an exceptional predator, this innate inclination to hunt can never be successfully discouraged in a cat.
- Whining or caterwauling in cats can become a major issue for you. There are various reasons for it. Some cats do it instinctively while others do it to indicate hunger or sickness.