Cat Behavior Problems

If your cat is exhibiting one of the dreaded cat behavior problems — urinating outside of the litter box — take her to the veterinarian first to rule out any medical conditions that may be causing the problem. Once you’ve ruled that out you’ll need to be a bit attentive to find the root of the behavioral problems.

Cat stress, cat aging, and litter box preferences are some of the main factors that commonly contribute to cat behavioral problems like peeing outside of the litter box. There are some specific things to watch for to determine if one of these things may be the root of the problem. Once you find the cause of the problem you can work to remedy it. Continue reading

Common Cat Health Problems

Cat health problems can be genetic or a result of factors out of your control, but I can’t stress enough the importance of a healthy feline diet and the availability of fresh water when talking about cat health care. A healthy, species appropriate feline diet can go a long way towards prevention of some of the more common cat health problems.

Knowing this ahead of time can create a much happier life for you and your feline friend by decreasing the human and cat stress that go along with cat illnesses, as well as the unpleasant frequent and often costly trips to the vet.

If you notice specific symptoms or if you suspect your furry friend isn’t feeling well consult your vet. Here are some of the more common health issues to watch for. Continue reading

Cat Spraying

While it’s pretty frustrating to us when it happens indoors, cat spraying is a natural behavior for cats; it’s the way they mark their territory. Spraying is done on vertical surfaces like curtains furniture or even walls, unlike inappropriate urinating which is done on horizontal surfaces like floors.

One of the best ways to prevent this often male cat behavior is by neutering your cat by the time he is 6 months old. Cat’s rarely start spraying if they are neutered before the behavior begins. If your cat is already past 6 months old neutering can still help reduce or eliminate cat spraying, plus it has a great deal of other benefits. Continue reading

Elder Cat Not Using the Litter Box?

As cats get older they may start to change their behavior or even develop what we see as cat behavior problems. But with the right diagnosis, treatment and some patience many of these problems can be resolved.

Urinating or defecating outside of the litter box is one of the main behavioral problems in elder cats. There are many possible reasons for this, including a possible medical condition. It is important to have your cat checked by her veterinarian in case there is a medical condition causing the litter box problems. Diagnosis and treating a health condition can help stop the litter box problems, or help you make adjustments in your home that may help curb the problem. Continue reading