Cat behavioral problems run the gamut, from aggression, to litter box accidents, to howling in the night. Some undesirable behaviors are only annoying, such as excessive attention-seeking, while others, such as chewing on electrical cords are downright dangerous. Still others, such as peeing outside the box, may be a sign of a physical problem. Curing a "bad" behavior problem requires thinking like a cat.If you've had success in "curing" bad behavior, share your story here. You may very well help another frustrated cat and his human. NOTE: Due to the large number of ongoing requests for help, those will be approved also, but keep in mind, the best place to ask would be the Cat's Forum. Share your Experiences
Ornaments and your cat
- Face it: cats love shiney stuff--especially shiney, DANGLY stuff--and the temptation of bright Christmas tree ornaments is too much for any feline to resist. They're not really being "bad" cats--they're just being cats...you can't camp out by your tree with a squirt gun (aqua behavior modifier); a more practical solution is "sacrifice" ornaments--a bag of colorful, cheap satin balls to hang on low branches within kitty batting range works like a charm and save you loads of grief, while delicate keepsake pretties are hung on upper/middle boughs. keeping them and kitty paws from harm's way. A blessed and safe Yuletide to all!
- —Guest Allanna
A thought about cats watching anioutside
- About the aggression from cats that see a cat outside. I have bird feeders outside 3 windows and there are birds all day long. I worry that is cruel since everything inside them wants to outside. Is it more stressful for cats to see prey outside than it would be if they couldn't see outside the windows?
- —Guest Margaret
Exceessive crying during night
- We removed all cat toys at night found our female stopped crying during night. after 5yrs of trying to figure out what she was doing I caught her with toy in her mouth one time and discover she was obsessing over her toys.
waste of time
- I have cagts all my life, and never had one like now he pees on any rug there is, I now have no rugs in my house, old or new, he thinks its his to do this on, I have spent a fortune of felliway spraye etc., total waste of money I have covered the rugs with a duvet cover from my bed so that my smell is on it, but to no avail, he still pees one rug was down 18hrs and had to be binned the smell once in the fibres NEVEFR comes out doesn't matter what spray you use, I wish someone could give me a true and sensible answer to this problem. by the way my cat is healthy, and fit, just does n ot like rugs, he pulls them with his teeth, if anyone ojut there can give me some help i'd be more than grateful.
- —Guest cuffuffle
- 4yr old Izzy, female tiger cat my son got at a shelter 3yrs ago. Told she was abused. She has a broken left front paw, extends crooked when she walks. fat body, large paws with extra toes, short, stiff tail taht tremors when she wags, a mild nystagmus in her right eye, which are bluish color. she is quiet most of the time, like an older cat, but has attacked everyone around her at least once with biting and scratching when they make loud rustling noises (ie: plastic bags, blender, electric stirrer in a glass, dragging objects over a floor-desensitized from one noise, you never know what next will set her off), I have taken care of her for the last two years, and been attcked the most-I just tell her "No, Izzy-You're Ok, It's Ok, until she calms down, but today she didn't stop-I slapped her away for the first time-she tore my arm-and then I put her in isolation-alone in a room with food H2O and litter for a few hours, when I let her out I said "Ouch" showed her the injuries. Help?
- —Guest Candice
making a number 2 in the house
- please help! About 2 weeks ago my feline had a "runny tummy", and had an 'accident' a day for about 3 days. She could'nt get out the door in time. The problem is, since then she does a no.2 anywhere in the house, almost every day! what do I do? Please help!
- —Guest Yolanda
- I have a male rescue cat. We now think the reason his family parted with him is that he has must had a habit of spraying indoors. We tried cleaning with bio soap powder, rinsing and then spraying with Urine Off. He was back to spraying within a week. We had previously tried washing the places he sprayed with dilute washing up liquid and vinegar. No joy. We have now found something that appears to work. Wash with dilute bio detergent and rinse with dilute sterilising liquid and change from Finish dishwasher tablets to Fairy liquid powder capsules. It appears there was something in the make up of Finish that set him off. Along with many other proprietory cleaners. Obviosuly when spraying occurs you are hell bent of cleaning up and can only make matters worse. I had read somewhere that one should rinse with surgical spirit but had a light bulb moment when I went to the chemist for surgical spirit and bought a cheap bottle of sterlising liquid instead. Good luck. Sandy
- —Guest sandy
pulling his hair out
- My cat pulls his hair out by his rear end he is terrified of thunder so he goes outside and hides under my neighbors R.V I live in Oklahoma and we been having sever storms how do I stop him from pulling his hair out he shakes realy bad and wont stay in the house should I take him to the vet?
- —Guest Mike Greyeagle
Reply to cadders
- Hi cadders, My cat also keeps being sick, took her to vets and they said the "whiskers" and types of food were too much for her sensitive stomach (bit like a human with ibs) she now is on special dietary sachets as she has colonitus! Always best to check with vet :) Normally urination is due to anxiety with Tilly, a cat keeps coming in so tils was marking her territory! Hope that helps x
- —Guest Mandy D
nibbling and biting
- My 15yr tom cat Mogsey has decided that I taste better than his food,lol. He use to stay downstairs with the cat flap for him to go in and out. For some reason he started not going out (evening/night) but did in the day. He started to meow all night so we decided to keep him in with cat litter. He was fine at first but he kept scratching at my bedroom door all night,so we left the door open so he could come and go. He has now started to wake me up all through the night with him biting and nibbling at my face neck and hair. Please help as I need my sleep as I now have fibromyalgia and t1 diabetes, so I am so tired. Please help... FRANNY'S NOTE: Please continue to keep your cat inside. Shut your bedroom door and invest in a good set of ear plugs. Sleep tight.
- I have a cat that is at least 75% British Shorthair. He has recently started licking himself (as if he is cleaning himself) whenever I scratch his back with in the area that is from the base of the neck down to just above his "elevator butt" spot. I was wondering what would make him do this in reaction to being scratched in this area?
My cat is a jerk
- Hi, ma cats name is kitan. Ive raised her since she gained eyesight. Shes already 7 months old now. I keep her inside the house and she stays here but lately shes been roaming around the neighborhood but i also let her do that she just comes home anyway. But this time she spends her day in our neighbors garage and doesnt come or maybe she does not know how to come home because shes shy and a scairdycat i bet she cant even climb trees yet. How do i solve this problem? Should i spay her? FRANNY'S NOTE: YES Alfred~ Please spay her ASAP, then keep her indoors at all times. Get her a scratching post and/or a cat tower for her scratching needs.
- —Guest Alfred nolan diaz
Need to solve litter behavior
- L.B. My Cat, use to use the litter box. Read an artical online to use wood chip instead of litter. Didnt work. Now she wont even use the litter box with the litter at all. Please help.
Rescue cat nightmare to lovely cat :)
- I thought I would share my story in the hope it may create a positive attitude to anyone who right now may be struggling or even contemplating taking their cat back. It was Christmas and I got to pick a cat, I saw "Misty" (I have since called her Tilly) in the cage, she did look a bit playful but thought I'd give her a good home. The lady who owned it did admit she had been returned a number of times, had been "brought up" with dogs so behaviours similar and when I asked why she had been returned.. She said she wasn't sure.. ;) Well it was soon apparent why when Tilly was home. She attacked everything and everyone, my friends and I could be sitting in the lounge and she would run up and attack our feet, bags, and anything! I'd be in bed and she would run upstairs like a tiger and sprint towards me; I was getting down about her behaviour. I realised she had skin complaints - got that under control. Spoke sternly (like to a child)when she did negative actions Time&vets=amazing cat
- —Guest Mandy D
- We addopted Teddy 1 1/2 year old orange tabby from a shelter. He was among the general population in the shelter and not in a single cage. We discovered that he liked to urinate in piles of clothes. In the basket whether folded clean or piles of dirty. We took away those items as now I put things away as soon as folded, or no piles of dirty ones put in front of the washer. Once I did that, it stopped and he has turned out wonderful. A good find!!
- —Guest Alison