Cats are complex creatures and their behaviour can often leave us scratching our heads. However, sometimes the things our cats do turn into problems. Here are 7 common behavioural issues you may see in your cat and what you can do about them.
Scratching furniture or carpet
This is probably the most frustrating behaviour cat owners experience. There’s nothing worse than seeing your couch, drapes or carpet be ripped to shreds by your cat. Cats scratch for a lot of reasons, but mostly it’s just because it feels good. The best way to counteract them scratching your furniture is to get them a few different types of scratching posts and pads. You can also you bitter non-toxic deterrents from the pets store that help them not want to scratch the surfaces you love.
Not going in the litter box
Usually, it is easy to get your cat trained to use a litter box. However, sometimes they can refuse sometimes. First, make sure you keep their litter clean. Cats are very particular and love being clean. Also, make sure that they don’t feel threatened by other animals around the litter box. You can try switching up brands of litters and types of boxes as well. Some cats like hooded litters, others don’t and some may shy away from the fragrances that are in the litter.
Jumping on counters
Cats love to get up high. That’s why they often jump on counters, tables, shelves and fridge tops. However, you don’t always want their paws where you make food or around fragile nicknacks on a shelf. Give them one high-topped area, preferably near a window, that they can call their own. Plus make sure that they get plenty of play time and interaction so they are too tired to explore these areas.
Drinking from your cup of water
This is actually really common for cats. While it doesn’t bother some owners, others can’t stand it. Cats do this for a couple of reasons, sometimes it because they like to be high up and because they can feel vulnerable at the water bowl. To stop them from trying to drink your water, put water bowls around in different place, including a window sill that they may frequent.
If your cat is excessively meowing it probably just means that they want to spend some quality time with you. However, if it is a rather new development and your cat has suddenly become very vocal with their meows, you should schedule a visit with your vet. If there are no underlying medical issues, then just make sure that you take time to snuggle and play with your cat. They may just be missing you and need some interaction.
Waking you up at night
There’s nothing worse than waking up to your cat sitting on your chest, licking your face, and meowing at you. After all, hungry cats are impatient cats. They don’t take well to having an empty bowl if their tummies are rumbly. You can get an automatic cat feeder to feed them while you can continue to sleep.
Biting and scratching while playing
Sometimes your cat can get a little frisky with their, leaving behind bites or scratches that can get infected. From the start, don’t encourage your cat to play with your hands or feet. Instead use dangly toys, balls, catnip toys, toilet paper rolls, anything that strikes their fancy. And make sure not to punish your cat for play bites and scratches. They can interpret a slap as rough play, or worse, become afraid of you.
Cats are playful, fun, and quirky, but if there is a behaviour you don’t like, you can usually correct it. If it gets to be too much for you, contact your vet and they can give you tips or the name of a behaviourist that can help.