9 Common Unwanted Behaviors of Cats And How To Prevent It

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9 Common Unwanted Behaviors of cats and how to prevent it
9 Common Unwanted Behaviors of cats and how to prevent it

Cats have some puzzling behaviors. Some cats are considered cute creatures, while others have unwanted and often problematic issues. These behaviors aren’t random, but many of them are instinctual.

So you should understand the instinctive characteristics of cats, before adopting a cat. there are some things you should know, to help you to prevent these puzzling behaviors, and strengthen the relationship between you and your cat.

Here are some common problems of cats and their solutions:

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1: Food Stress

Cats differ from us in their relationship with food. Eating is considered a social activity, as we enjoy sharing meals with others. It strengthens the bonds between people. Conflicts are mended around meals, but eating isn’t considered a communal activity for cats.

 Cats are solitary hunters and eaters, hunting alone as they aren’t considered social eaters. Many people didn’t understand the solitary hunter-eater nature of cats, so forcing cats to share a common food bowl causes many problems such as tension, stress, and aggression.

To prevent food stress, you should feed your cats in separate rooms. Although some cats will be forced to eat next to each other, this stresses them. Cats also need to have different things, such as litter boxes, vertical territory, scratchers, and toys. [/nextpage]

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2: Cat Wars

Although people assume that cats will accept each other when they are meeting, the opposite can also happen. Both wild cats and household cats are territorial. Territories often overlap and are often shared, depending on the number of other cats who live in the area, avoiding conflicts by taking turns.

Our little household cats share rooms, furniture, and scratchers. Wild cats have the ability to protect their members against predators, by living in colonies.

The cats that don’t belong to the colony are considered strangers, and are chased away from the colony as a general rule. Household cats are governed by the same rule, they do not accept outsiders into their home without the benefit of slow introductions.

Some humans don’t  understand these characteristics when introducing cats to each other. Understanding these instinctual characteristics will prevent behavior problems, making your cats happier at your home. [/nextpage]

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3: Too much nighttime activity

It is easy to solve the problem of too much nighttime action that is considered a problem of cats’ owners, following these tips.

  • You should make sure at first that your cat does not have any medical problems. If your cat is worried at night, you can relax it with a good play session before bedtime.
  • Make sure that your cat has plenty of things to do during the day.
  • You may offer your cat a variety of toys, leaving some items for your cat to explore, such as boxes, bags, and packing paper.
  • You should feed your cat her main meal at night, because cats like to sleep after a big meal.
  • Cats can be entertained at the food bowl by purchasing a timed feeder, watching its bowl and waiting for its snack, while you are sleeping.


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4: Play-induced biting and scratching

Cats love playing, leaving behind bites or scratches that can get infected, after playing with their people playmates.

To avoid cat’s rough play:

  • you should provide your cat with toys, perches, outdoor enclosures, paper bags and boxes to explore.
  • You should  think about getting your cat a kitty companion. It will play with your cat at least 10 minutes twice a day.
  • You should make sure that your cat doesn’t  play with your hands or feet while a kitten, to help avoid its bites when it grows up.
  • You shouldn’t punish your cat for play bites, as it will either interpret that action as rough play, or it will become afraid of you.



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5: Foiling fleas

Fleas are considered the most common external parasite troubling pets. Common symptoms include chewing, scratching, licking, loss of hair and irritated skin.

  • So You should take your cat to your vet for information about flea control options.
  • You should make sure to treat all the cats in your house, as if one has fleas, the other cats will have fleas also.
  • You should also make sure that you use drugs specifically made for cats, as dogs’ drugs can be fatal for cats.


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6: Tackling tapeworms

While fleas are the most common external parasite on cats, tapeworms are considered the most common internal parasite. They are related to each other, as cats usually get tapeworms by swallowing a flea.

They have some tell tail signs, such as the tiny wiggly white worms in throw up or stool, or something that looks like dried grains of rice.

Tapeworms will lead to weight loss, tummy pain, and other problems, if it is left untreated. Garlic is considered a popular home remedy for fleas, and tapeworms. But it is very hard for your cat to eat it, so you should ask your vet for other options. [/nextpage]

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7: Yowling of a cat in heat

When your female cat is in heat, it will become very affectionate and vocal, meowing and yowling, as it attempts to alert a potential mate of its fertile status.

When a male cat has heard a female cat in heat, it will become talkative. Mating behaviors may be repeated every 18:24 day through the breeding season.

A female cat can become pregnant when it is as young as 16 weeks. If your cat is meowing a lot, there is something wrong such as the fleas biting, the litter box being dirty, or the water bowl being empty.

You shouldn’t punish it, as it will become afraid of you. You should ask your vet to help you to overcome this problem, and you should be patient to live with your cat in perfect harmony. [/nextpage]

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8: Peeing outside the litter box

Unlike dogs, cats may play with the litter box.

  • So you should consult your vet to avoid any health problems.
  • Cat’s hate a dirty litter box, so you should make sure to clean its litter box regularly.
  • You should have an additional litter box for every cat.
  • You should also put the litter box of your cat in a fixed place to prevent your cat from peeing outside it.


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9: Napping on clean laundry

 There is no doubt that cats prefer clean and warm laundry. Cats are considered creatures of comfort.  And fresh, clean laundry is a symbol of comfort.

Unlike cats, dogs prefer dirty laundry. The best way to control this bad behavior is proper management of your house.

You should put your clean laundry far away from your cat. You should also close the doors to prevent your cat from finding the laundry.

Final Words

Behavior Modification technique isn’t often used, as it can make your pets worse, while punishment is used with varying degrees of success.

But few people use it properly, such as yelling at the cat which must happen just as the behavior starts to stop the unwanted behavior.

Many people don’t give the punishment at the right time, or can’t use the proper type of punishment for the situation. [/nextpage]


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