Nine Lives & Nine Attitudes: What Your Cat’s Behavior May Mean

by on September 30th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Cats are notorious for being sassy and unpredictable… just when you think you have figured them out, they do something out of character and you’re back to square one. Many people assume that unusual cat behavior is due to aggression, but this may not always be the case. However, it can be irritating nonetheless, and understanding some of their behaviors can help you to deal with your cat easier.

Excessive Meowing

As a lot of cat owners can tell you, excessive meowing may be the most annoying trait their cat has. Boredom is the number one reason for excessive meowing, so your best solution is to create an entertaining environment. Give your cat plenty of toys and space to roam around. Cats are inherent predators; you can have some fun by hiding toys that hold treats around your house.

Your cat will smell the treat and find the toy to play with. While most cats are trying to tell you that they aren’t receiving enough attention from you with their meowing, it can also mean your cat has a medical condition. If your cat seems uninterested in playing with toys or the meowing doesn’t stop, visit your vet for a checkup.

Affection

A cat’s instinct is to mark his or her ‘scented’ territory by rubbing against his or her owner. Some owners get annoyed when their cat runs away or won’t accept petting while their pet is rubbing against them. Understanding that your cat may not be displaying affection towards you but is actually marking you as his or her own can help you relax and know it’s really not that your cat doesn’t want to be pet by you, but may just want to claim you.

Clawing

Clawing furniture, carpet, trees, you name it- cats seem to scratch everything. Cats have scent glands in their paws; when they scratch inanimate objects they are leaving their scent to show it’s their own. Alternatively, cats will claw things when they stretch. While you can’t really stop your cat from doing this, you can trim their nails to prevent damage.

Biting

Petting your cat may seem like a good idea, but sometimes it’s the last thing he/she want. Cats become over stimulated when they are pet and they may not know how to stop it. Don’t panic if your cat bites you during petting; it just means he or she has had enough. Next time, watch for signals that your cat has had enough affection like tail flicking, pinned back ears, body tensing and dilated pupils. If you see these signals, walk away and leave your cat alone.

Most cats show some or all of the above behaviors. For more help, try our Aggression Formula™ to support good cat behavior.

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