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Cat Behaviours


CommonBehaviours Cats Article 1A deep stare accompanied by a purr, gentle kneading and rubs against our legs are all
great. However, rejecting a clean litterbox and streaking (leaving faeces stains) through
the house are far from OK.


Don’t let common cat problems get in the way of your relationship with your cat.
View our
solutions to common problems below.


Playtime is beneficial; bites and scratches? Not so much. Infections are not fun.
Play it safe:

• Hands and feet are off limits.
• Never slap or hit your kitty.
• Hands and feet are off limits.
• Plan two 10-minute playtime sessions a day.
• For entertainment and stimulation, leave out things for your cat to explore
    and interact with: toys, perches, boxes, outdoor enclosures or even 
    another kitty friend.

CommonBehaviours Cats Article 3ISSUES WITH THE LITTER BOX

This common cat problem is frustrating but solvable.

• Ask your veterinarian to check for bladder stones, urinary   tract
    diseases and crystals in the urine.
• Cats shouldn’t share litter boxes. Also experiment with  litter boxes and litter.
• Make sure the litter box stays clean once a day
    (or twice with more than one cat).

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Scratching helps burn excess energy, shows they want to play, is a form of
marking territory or sorting out frayed claws. Save your kitty (and your
furniture) by trying the following:

• Scratching post + catsnip.
• Ask your vet how to trim your cat’s claws. It’s not as dificult
    as you may think.
• Enquire about claw caps/nail caps.

CommonBehaviours Cats Article 54EXCESSIVE NIGHTTIME ACTIVITY

It’s natural, but you want to keep your kitty safe… and also get some rest. Think about the following:

• Make sure your cat’s not sick or in pain.
• If it seems to be an energy thing, play with your kitty to tire
    and relax her before bedtime.
• Create a stimulating environment for your cat for an adventurous  day.
Save the day’s big meal for the evening or install a timed feeder.

5CAT AGGRESSIONCommonBehaviours Cats Article 6

Cats can become aggressive for several reasons.

• Ask your vet to check your cat for sickness and/or pain.
• Spay or neuter your cat as soon as possible.
    Unfixed male cats can be naturally aggressive.
• Make sure your cats have enough litter boxes, food, water, beds,
    perches and hiding spaces.
• Don’t use physical punishment to discipline your cat. If there’s a cat fight
    intervene by (a) squirting the cats with water, (b) making noises and (c)
    tossing a soft toy or object at them. Avoid physical contact.
• No luck? Consult your veterinarian or a behaviourist.

CommonBehaviours Cats Article 76FIGHTING FLEAS

Fleas can easily cause chaos in the world of a cat owner and his cat. Look out for chewing, scratching, frequent licking, hair loss and irritated skin. What you should know:

• One flea can start an infestation, but fleas can be stopped.
• Discuss the most suitable flea control option with your vet.
• Don’t just treat the infected cat (or dog). Treat all your pets.
• Use flea treatment designed for cats and for your cat’s weight.


Tapeworms go hand in hand with fleas. If you see squirming white worms, or things that
look like dried grains of rice, in your cat’s feces or around the anus, your cat probably has
tapeworms. What you should know:

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• Tapeworms aren’t dangerous.
• If left untreated, tapeworms can lead to tummy pain, weight loss and other issues.
• Consult your vet as soon as possible for the best treatment plan.

8CommonBehaviours Cats Article 9CAT IN HEAT: YOWLING

Owners who have had to deal with a cat in heat will be familiar with the meowing
and yowling intended to attract a mate. Male cats may seem ‘talkative’ in
response. The best and most responsible way to deal with this behaviour is
spaying a cat in heat and neutering male cats at a young age. At 16 weeks, if not
spayed, female cats can become pregnant. Female cats can be spayed at 8 weeks
old. Otherwise, mating behaviours can repeat every 18 to 24 weeks, throughout
an eight month breeding season!

If nothing helps, seek help from your vet and/or a veterinary behaviourist.


CommonBehaviours Cats Article 10 Final thought: Again, whatever you do, never punish your cat. Stay patient and get to the bottom of the problem.

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