by Kate Tilmouth Copyright © 2007 - 2016 www.our-happy-cat.com.
Cat behavior can often seem strange to us and some of it drives us crazy. However there is always a reason behind the behavior and often it is triggered by the cats own natural instincts or reactions to the world around them.
Before we start I must say one thing.
It is important to remember that a cat is a cat and not a human.
Now this may sound obvious but many people expect their cats to react in the same way a human would. This is simply not the case and once you begin to think like a cat, their sometimes strange behaviors will become more clear. It will also help you resolve some of your cat behaviour problems.
Cat Behavior Problems
Unfortunately some natural cat behaviors can cause problems in the home and this is when owners need to have patience and understanding in helping their feline friend through difficult situations which could be triggering the behavior.
Lets take a look at one of the most common reasons why a cat may behave in a destructive manner For instance, scratching the furniture, meow a lot or even over eat and become fat.
Many cat Behavior problems arise simply when an animal is bored or frustrated.
This is especially true of indoor only cats. It is essential to make sure that your cats environment is stimulating. This can be easily resolved by providing things like an indoor kitty tree, climbing post, lots of toys or a ‘kitty gym’.
There are many online retailers now such as www.catsplay.com where you can find whole ranges of cat furniture allowing you to create a veritable kitty adventure playground!
Why Do Our Cats Hunt Even Though We Feed Them Every Day?
The cat hunting instinct is strong and remains in our domesticated cats. But to us owners it can be rather upsetting to find dead mice and birds left on our doorstep,especially if they are well chewed.
There is not much we can do to stop this behavior but if you understand more about it perhaps you will be able to except it more easily.
Body Language: By understanding your pets body signals you will notice when they are not feeling well, if they are afraid of something, or are generally not in the mood for a cuddle and would just rather be left alone. A cat's face will give a lot away; if the pupils of the eyes are wide this will indicate either a scared or angry animal especially if they have a fixed stare.
Or it could mean that they are quite excited about something. Their body language will also help to clarify their emotions.
Ears folded back means aggression while completely flattened against the head means that they are really scared. Ears pricked up and held slightly forward means that they are confident and a happy cat.
By watching and listening to our cats more closely we will gain a better understanding of their needs as well as their delightful social interactions with us. It may even help to alert us to when our cats are feeling unwell. A subtle change in cat behavior can often be the first indication that something is wrong.