BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT FOR CATS


The Warwick Vet Clinic team have put together some common behavioural issues found in cats and some hints for dealing with them.

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CLIMBING CATS

It is normal for a cat to want to climb and scratch, that is why it is important for them to have somewhere appropriate to do so. Designate cat climbing objects or areas for your cat to use.

For example, install a climbing post covered in carpet for your cat to use and connect it to a special viewing platform such as a bookshelf. You can even secure a box or small cat bed on the shelf so they can seek comfort from their viewing position.

If at first your cat is not interested in their new climbing equipment, place some of their favourite food treats or toys on the platform or shelf and make sure to use lots of positive encouragement when they are exploring the new area. If your cat continues using the furniture to scratch, try keeping a spray bottle of water handy and give your cat a little spray every time it tries to use the furniture.

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SPRAYING AND SOILING IN THE HOUSE

Spraying indoors can often be sign that your cat is feeling stressed and is trying to make itself feel more secure by surrounding itself with its own scent. If you are having difficulty determining the cause of your cat’s behaviour, it’s best to have your cat examined by a veterinarian for help in uncovering the issue and to ensure there are no underlying medical conditions.

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CAT YOWLING AND THROWING ITSELF ON THE GROUND

If your female cat is not de-sexed and is over the age of 4 months, then the most likely explanation of your cat’s behaviour is that your cat is in season. She is vocalising to try and attract the male cat. Cats however do not show obvious signs of being in season so it is difficult to tell. Often de-sexing of your female cat will stop this vocalisation as well as any unwanted litters.

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CONTACT A CLINIC

If you have any concerns about your kitten or cat’s behaviour, contact us to make an appointment and speak to one of our friendly veterinarians at the Warwick Vet Clinic.

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