How to manage your cat’s behaviour

You may think that your cat’s behaviour is odd or a little strange, but these could be common cat behaviour problems. In this blog, we take a look at what some of the most common cat behavioural problems are and how you can overcome them.

Going outside the litter box

Kittens are very easy to litter train – much more straightforward than puppies! All you need to do is show them the litter, and voila! But, if further down the line and your cat stops using the litter tray, then consult with your Vet to see if there are any underlying health problems. If the Vet rules out any health problems, then consider whether the litter tray is clean enough to meet the cat’s standard? It could also be the litter itself – try changing the tray, it could be irritating your cat.

Napping on clean laundry

Nice, clean, warm laundry is very close to a cat’s paradise. If your furry friend is constantly snuggling up in your laundry, and you want to deter this behaviour, then you can try to introduce fluffy cat beds to your home – but this is a battle you won’t likely win…

Cats are creatures of comfort and know precisely what they like. So, if you are finding it difficult to recreate this epitome of comfort, then just take it as a compliment that your laundry is clean and super soft!

Snacking on houseplants

As in the wild, even the carnivorous cats enjoy a side salad! Being a cat owner means that you need to consider what plants are ok to have in your home. You need to ensure that the plants are non-toxic to cats. If you are unsure what plants are toxic and non-toxic, ASPCA have a list.

Jumping on counters and tables

The reason your cats love jumping on your tables and counters is that they love to get a bird’s-eye view of the room and explore what is around them. To prevent this, you could provide a space that is counter height and near a window – the ideal cat lookout point. Or, if you have the space, one of those tall cat towers! (we bet they’d love that).

Morning wake-up calls

Wake-up calls from your hungry cat are not always what you want to hear first thing in the morning. A solution would be to set an alarm clock before your cat wakes up and offer them a small amount of wet food. Every couple of days, set the alarm a few minutes later until it goes off at the time you’d like to get up.  Another option, which comes with a cost, is an automated feeder.

Drinking from your water glass

Being a cat owner means that you need to be aware of any unattended glass of water.

Your cat likes splashing their paws in the water or attempting to drink from it – this is because they like their water as fresh as possible.

The best way to stop your cat from drinking out of your glass is to make their water even cleaner. You could have a few bowls of water located around your home, so it’s convenient for your cat at all times.

Excessive meowing

A vocal cat can just mean that they are very chatty and probably want to spend some quality time with you. When you are home, why not play with your cat for 5 minutes every couple of hours? Once playtime is over, feed them a small amount of wet food – cats usually groom after eating, and when they’ve finished grooming, they usually go for a nap.

It is important to note that cats who misbehave are usually just showing normal cat behaviour, but if your cat’s behaviour does change, it could be a sign that they’re stressed, scared, or ill; and you should seek advice from your Vet.

Punishing your cat for ‘misbehaving’ will not help and could cause them more stress. So, don’t punish your cat, instead, read up on how you can reduce the unwanted behaviours and understand the cause. This will not only help your cat feel better, but you will become a better owner by having this knowledge.

Always ask your vet for advice.

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