Common Cat Behaviors
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Common Cat Behaviors


Most of the cat behaviors are weird to both new and experienced cat owners. If you want to have better relationship with your cat then try to understand the meaning of the most common cat behaviors. Here is the list of most common cat behaviors:

1. Scratching:

Scratching is the most common behavior of cats. It scratches while playing and also stretching. Even though this scratching behavior will make you angry, it is doing it to mark the territory or as a threatening signal to other cats.

Scratching is purely instinctual to cats, but the best way to deal with it is through redirection.

  • Cat claws grow like the fingernails of humans so it needs regular trimming. It requires cat’s claws to be trimmed regularly for every 3 to 5 weeks.
  • Provide your cat with a variety of scratch posts with different qualities and surfaces. With a sprinkle of catnip at the base or a game wiggling a wand toy up the post will encourage use.
  • Put plastic caps on your cat’s claws which will prevent from damaging if he scratches.

2. Night time activity:

Cats are naturally nocturnal. The ancestors of them are active once the sun sets. But you can avoid this night time activity by:

  • Try to make them active by playing with them before the bed time.
  • If night time play session doesn’t make him tired then make him to be more active during day time by giving training and lots of toys to play.
  • You can even feed them just before your bedtime, because most cats become very sleepy after a big meal.

3. Litter box issues:

It is one of the major problems which most of the cat owners face. Cats go outside the litter box for various reasons:

  • Make sure you are scooping waste daily and changing the litter completely at least once per week.
  • It is recommended to have one litter box per cat
  • Cats don’t like to take food where they eliminate so don’t keep food and water near the litter box.
  • Cats don’t like to take food where they eliminate so don’t keep food and water near the litter box.
  • Bladder stones, urinary tract diseases, and crystals in the urine are some of the problems why your cat avoids using the litter box. So it is recommended to check with your veterinarian for addressing this issue.

4. Fighting and Aggression:

It is mostly due to the fights over territory. Other reasons include illness, overcrowding, lack of socialization, maternal protection, even simple play. To overcome:

  • If you have more cats in your home then it is necessary to provide them with plenty of space.
  • Also make sure your feline companions have their own food and water bowls, climbing towers, beds and scratching posts.
  • Spaying and neutering cats will reduce the aggression over territory.
  • Pain and sickness will cause anyone to go aggressive so discuss your cat’s aggression with your veterinarians before taking any actions.

5. Vocalization:

The cat’s meow is the way of communicating with people. Meowing is an interesting vocalization in which the adult cats don’t actually meow at each other and just at people. It meow’s for several reasons – For greeting people, to gather attention, for asking food, may be due to health issues, to find a mate etc.

It can be avoided by taking it to your veterinarian for healing diseases, consistently ignore your cat’s vocalization, refusing to respond to any requests for attention until the cat quiets and by providing food & water at regular interval.

6. Biting and scratching:

It may happen during rough play with your cat. It can be avoided by:

  • If the cat is in your lap, take your hands away and allow him to retreat.
  • Spend at least 10 minutes to play with your cat. Use dangly toys, balls and catnip toys for playing.
  • By getting your cat a kitty companion.

7. Urine and scent marking in Cats:

Urine marking is a form of indirect communication used by cats. The most common behavior problem reported by cat’s owner is an inappropriate elimination. Most of them eliminate outside the litter box when having litter box problem.

Also they have scent glands in their heads and along their bodies. They are used to rubbing on any objects for signaling other cats or animals that this area belongs to him.

8. Digging:

Some of the cats dig the houseplants which are the lovely part of your décor. This may cause the plant to die. There are several restrictive products available in the market that you can use to safely keep your cat away from your potted plants.