Cats are quite self-sufficient. They do love their owners but can get a little out of hand when they want something. Keep reading to find out some common reasons why Fluffy might be going off the rails and how to deal with cat behavioral problems.
Cats are very intelligent animals. They are also capable of great affection and great standoffish attitudes. It doesn’t bother some owners when they do what they want but certain behaviors can become problematic for the cat’s family. It is best to discourage all undesired actions as soon as possible.
Common Cat DON’TS
If any of the following sounds like your cat, there is hope. Find out how to discourage the problem here as well.
1. Scratching – That is what those claws are for, but not to do it on your fine furniture and rugs. Since cats need to scratch why not indulge them with a variety of scratching media? Try different shapes and textures of scratching posts. Place them strategically around the house in areas your cat will frequent.
2. Nipping – It can be quite painful to have your cat nip at your legs or fingers. Often this is a problem when fingers and extremities are used as play toys when your cat is a kitten. As they age, they will continue this behavior. Use cat toys instead of your body as play things. Give them a firm command and also use a spray bottle with water to discourage further nips. Aim for the cat’s nose. You need to catch them in the act so they associate the erroneous behavior and the scolding.
3. Urinating – Animals often urinate to plant their scent when they are looking for a mating partner. Spaying or neutering can curb the inclination to “mark” territories. Cats may urinate if they are nervous. Has your schedule changed or is there a new pet in the house? Both can cause this problem.
4. Not using the litter box – Cats are very clean animals. They expect that the place where they do their business is clean as well. If your pet refuses to use the litter box, it could need a more regular cleaning. Try scoopable litter to remove large clumps each day between regular cleaning. Also, scented litter may bother them. Try unscented. Location could be problematic for your cat as well. Litter boxes are best situated away from high traffic areas.
5. Erratic behavior – Your cat is sitting quietly in your arms and then they get up and run wildly around the house. He could be letting off steam or be a little nervous. Talk to your veterinarian. Another option would be to tire your cat out just like you would do a child. Play with them and even feed them later so they can wind down and sleep peacefully at night.
You love your cat but it is likely they have some of the listed cat behavioral problems. Those listed above are some of the more common ones.
Feral cats have never learned to socialize with humans and often cause problems for people. Some animal groups are working to help these cats to live a healthier and friendlier existence by working with Feral Cat Programs.
Feral or Lost?
Feral cats are wild cats. They have either been abandoned by owners at an early age or have been gone from a home so long that they have learned to live in a feral group on the streets. Because these cats are not spayed or neutered, even more feral cats are born into this type of society.
On the other hand, a lost cat knows people and seeks their companionship. They are not used to fending for themselves and won’t survive long on the street without them. Often lost cats hang around suburban areas trying to get food and warmth from homes and businesses.
How to Solve the Problem
People are concerned about the increasing epidemic of feral cats on the streets. Because they are wild and untamed, these cats have been known to urinate everywhere (marking their territory), make noisy fights with other cats, spread infection, and upset trash cans looking for food.
Often they live in community groups called “colonies.” These cats usually live together in areas that are known to be kind to them. It could be the back yard of a person who is willing to feed them or outside a business where they throw out scraps to keep them fed.
The ASPCA and the Humane Society has come up with some Feral Cat Programs to help these cats. One program is the Trap-Neuter-Spay-Return program. Much like the catch-and-release program utilized by fishermen, feral cats are carefully rounded up. They are then taken to a facility where they are sterilized. Then, they are released back into their community environment.
Much like this program is the Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return program. The animals are sterilized, but animal professionals also take it upon themselves to look the cats over and vaccinate them properly against common diseases they may encounter on the street.
These feral cat programs are further enhanced by volunteers who are committed to monitoring and taking care of these cat colonies. The benefits are:
– Longer life span for feral cats
– Fewer disruptions in society
– Fewer unwanted cats on the streets
These cats also make great mousers to keep down the rodent population. Some have proposed eradicating feral cats but that won’t solve the problem in the end. For one, new cats will come along to fill the void left by the ones taken. Secondly, it is easier to get volunteers to care for the existence of these animals then to round them up for euthanization.
Feral cats are not able to be tamed but they can be given a chance at a healthy existence through friendly feral cat programs. These programs really do help cats in wild situations.
Adopting a Kitten: The Basics
Are you in need of a new companion for your home? Maybe a pet will help to bring new purpose into your life. If you are looking to adopt a kitten, here are some basics you might want to know first.
The Benefit of Pets
Pets are loving and kind. They do need training in socializing with their new family, but they give back so much in return. If you are a cat person, then you might want to think about adopting a kitten. That cute little ball of fur can capture your heart just there.
Beyond the cuteness, pets are beneficial in the health department for owners. Pets are sensitive to the feelings and moods of their owners. They will also provide comfort when you feel down. Research shows that pets can help lower blood pressure, lift your mood, and boost immunity. We could all use that.
But, just like any other change in your life, it is best to make an informed decision. Keep reading to find some basic information on adopting a kitten and welcoming them into your home.
1. Research the breeds – Different cat breeds have different characteristics. If you like to snuggle with your pet, choose a cat that loves to lavish affection and be cuddled as well. Also check with health issues. You will be responsible for the pet for their lifetime so know what you are getting into upfront.
2. Check with local shelters – There are many homeless pets who need a good home. Before going online, check locally for a kitten that might meet your needs. Places like PetSmart also offer adoption services. If you have experience with cats, consider a rescue group. Try them on for size. Hold a few to see how you feel with each of the kittens.
3. Prepare your home – Your kitten will need several things: food bowls, carrier, toys, litter box, food and a bed for a start. Do as much preparation as you can for your new arrival.
4. Ask questions – Check to see that immunizations have been done. Also decide if you want to spay or neuter your pet or if it has already been done. What about grooming? Trim claws. How about litter box training? Has it been done or do you need to accomplish it?
5. Visit the doctor – Find a veterinarian in your area that you like. Interview a few to find one who is sensitive to your needs. Make a visit soon after you bring your kitten home.
6. Make time – Your new kitten needs as much attention as a baby. They need to be litter trained, played with, and taught how to act. Account for these needs in your daily schedule for at least several months.
A kitten is a precious gift of companionship for any family. Learn the basics of what to do when adopting a kitten.
Natural Cat Breeds
"These cats have been around for a very long time and have some quite astounding breeds!
Natural cat breeds came about with hardly any human intervention!
Natural breed cats have been around for a long time and through the ages have been popular. They are breeds that have evolved naturally over time due to generations of inbreeding. They are usually associated with particular geographic locations and had little to no assistance with their evolution from humans… Read More