Does your cat have behavioral problems?

We cannot help but feel pure love for our cats when they cuddle with us, rub their head against our leg, or sit on our laps. But no amount of love can stop us from acknowledging their negative traits. Sometimes cats start acting out their emotions and make it hard for us to leave them alone. Sometimes when our cats force us up in the middle of the night and then go back to their bed. Sometimes they nip at our hand when we try to pet them. Such actions are normal occasionally, but if they become a habit, then immediate treatment is essential.

Don’t fret if your cat has behavioral issues because such issues could be resolved with little help and effort. Pets Uniq has compiled a list of such problems and their solutions for your little feline fellows. Here are six common issues that cats face:

Mood swings due to fleas

Each cat is infected by fleas once in its lifetime. Fleas are the most common disease among cats. Cats can quickly get fleas from other cats or animals. Fleas live up to 12 months in a household. Fleas make your cat noisy and moody. If you observe excessive scratching, vocalization, skin irritation, and rashes, then your cat has fleas. Luckily, fleas can easily be treated at home. Contact your vet to find appropriate medication for your feline fellow. But make sure to take immediate action as fleas annoy the cats. Fleas often leave your cat moody and annoyed. Make sure to treat all of the other animals in your house as well. Try calling your local exterminator to clean your house. This would remove the fleas from your home.

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Tapeworm induced problems

Tapeworms are the most common intestinal disease in cats. Cats usually get tapeworms from fleas or contaminated water. Tapeworms reproduce within the small intestine. Tapeworms generally feed off from your cat’s diet. Tapeworms can be diagnosed by looking at your cat’s feces or the area around the anus. If you see something similar to a grain of rice, then it is a tapeworm. Tapeworms make your cat sluggish and grumpy. Cats lose weight and suffer from intestinal pain due to tapeworms. This makes your cat sensitive to everything. They start acting out more around everyone. Tapeworms can easily be treated by taking oral medication or injections. Deworming medicines dissolve in the small intestine of the cat. Contact your vet to find an appropriate remedy for your cat. Tapeworm should be treated immediately because it has an emotional toll on your cat.

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Mating season

Cats mate for eight months every year. This period is tough for the owners as cats do not stop yowling. Female cats change their behavior around a potential mate. They become more affectionate and vocal during those eight months. They yowl to attract a male cat. Similarly, a male cat talks more when he senses a female cat nearby. Therefore, yowling could be annoying for pet owners.

Female cats can easily get pregnant, even when they are kittens. If you do not want more cats in your house or your cat’s health does not allow a pregnancy, then get her spayed. Spaying or neutering can help your cat survive mating seasons. Once your feline cat is spayed, it would stop acting out. Cats who are not spayed are continually looking for a mate. They vocalize all night, which disturbs everyone else. Therefore, get your cat spayed as soon as it is 8 weeks old.  

Scratching

Cats love to scratch, and people often think they do it for fun. However, that’s not quite the case. Cats usually scratch to attract your attention, utilize pent up energy, and to mark territory. It could get annoying if your cat would not stop scratching everything. If your cat keeps ruining your curtains, walls, sofas, and furniture, then it is worrisome. This could easily be prevented by using the following techniques:

  1. Use nail clips on your cat’s paws.
  2. Trim your feline friend’s claws

Install scratching posts in your house and use catnip on it. This would attract your cat to the post.

Aggression

There are several reasons to induce aggression in a cat. Cats get aggressive if they have separation anxiety, lack of socialization or activity, and illness. This causes them to lash out at you every time you try to pet them. Aggressive cats become uncontrollable on little inconvenience. Therefore, it is crucial to control the situation. This could be done by highlighting the underlying cause and treating it first.  Here are some tips to control an aggressive cat:

  • Never hit your aggressive cat. It could cause your cat to become more aggressive.
  • Take your cat to a veterinarian behaviorist.
  • Squirt your cat with water or make a loud noise nearby whenever it becomes uncontrollable.  
  • An unspayed male cat is highly aggressive and causes other cats to be aggressive as well. Therefore, get your cat spayed immediately. 

Sleeping pattern

Cats sleep for 12 to 16 hours every day. They generally spend most of their day sleeping. Kittens usually fail to understand that night time is for sleeping. Some cats spend the entire night staying up. They then demand attention from the owners. It is a problem if you have work or school commitments. Hence, a fixed routine is essential for the health of cats and owners. Here are some tips for your cat:

  • Get your cat properly checked. Such problems could arise due to underlying health issues. Once you rule out medical problems, then you can figure out your next step.
  • Schedule playtime near bedtime.
  • Get a new cat or kitten to tire your cat.
  • Make sure that your cat stays busy all day. Provide her all sorts of toys. Take her out for a walk and initiate play sessions.

Feed her properly before bedtime. Cats tend to fall asleep after a big meal. Therefore, serve her a big meal right before sleep time.

Conclusion

Our specialized team at Pets Uniq has carefully assembled the problems mentioned above. Almost all cat owners face these problems. Some cats have minor issues while some have major. If your cat is uncontrollable, then it is better to see a veterinarian behaviorist. Your cat could be acting out due to loneliness, depression, or stress. Therefore, try to understand your kitty. Spend a lot of time with her to calm her down. Hence, your sincere efforts could reverse the situation.   

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