The Misbehaving Cat – What’s Up With That?
I hate using the term “bad” for a cat or for any animal. Animals will misbehave and it is up to us humans to help figure out what the issue is and work with our animals to get them to do what we want them to do.
More often than not, stress can be the biggest cause of a cat acting out. Figuring out what is stressing the cat out can be the most daunting task, but there are several factors to consider.
The first being, has there been an environmental change? Have you moved, have you brought other animals in the house? It can even be something as small as changing laundry detergent and your cat smelling it on you and not liking your new “scent”.
If this is the case, keeping one piece of clothing that smells like the “old” you and putting it out where your cat can smell it can work wonders.
Also, your cat can benefit from having a relaxation time with you. This can also be a bonding time and a time of relaxation for you, the pet parent as well. Just sitting in your living room, quiet and without noise and distractions, just petting and talking to your cat, praising your cat and spending quiet time with them can help decrease stress dramatically.
If your cat is stressed or acting out due to pent up energy, the best remedy is to set aside time throughout the day for play sessions. This will tire kitty out and have them get rid of stress and keep their weight under control. It will help them to bond with you as well. Two to three play sessions per day of about 10-15 minutes each session does wonders.
With more ideas and how to curb stress in your cat, this article has the information you need.
Posted on August 2, 2012, in Health, Tips, Uncategorized and tagged acting out, bonding, cat, causes of stress, misbehaving cat, play therapy, relaxation time, stress, stress in cats, stress reducers for cats. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.