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Dealing With Cat Issues — Part II

In Dealing With Cat Issues — Part I, we discuss litter boxes and scratching posts. Read on for other common questions arising from cat pet parents, both new and experienced ones. Feel free to share your comments and observations for other pet parents.

Aggression in Cats

Cats are naturally quite sensitive beings and they can be prone to becoming somewhat aggressive for all kinds of reasons. The idea for pet parents is the get to the root cause of the problem so it can be properly dealt with. Why is this behavior occurring?

  • Illness in cats can lead to aggression, so you might want to rule out any kind of health issue, please do take the animal to see a vet.  
  • Cats are typically serene, calm creatures. However, they might get stressed — and hence aggressive — because of overcrowding in the home, because of unkind treatment by humans (past of present) or in the case of multiple cat households.
  • Cats from a single litter (born without other litter mates) lack socialization. This can lead to the need for maternal protection from people. Therefore, the kitty could turn aggressive or hostile to other members of the household.  
  • Kitties that aren’t spayed and neutered can be more prone to turning aggressive, the solution is to spay and neuter your male and female cats to maintain peace and harmony in the household.
  • More than one cat? Make sure that there are multiple perches, beds, toys, food and water bowls spread in locations around the house to reduce the unwanted congestion and fights.  
  • Please make sure not to be aggressive toward a cat in distress, as this will definitely lead to more aggression. Instead, train them with a firm “No” and other techniques, do not try pulling the two fighting cats apart. Seek professional assistance from a pet care facility.

Nocturnal Activity 

Cats are nocturnal by nature and it’s plain to see why there could be nocturnal activity,. But for your own sake, you will want to help your kitty understand that night time is for sleeping and not playing.  

  • Do make sure that your kitty doesn’t have any medical issues. An active cat at night could also be because it is in pain, so seek medical help if required.
  • You could interact and accustom a kitty to playing, tiring the cat out just before bed time. 
  • Create a safe environment for the kitty where there are a lot of interactive toys, perches from where they can see the world outside, leave out some cartons for the kitties to explore in the day time, this could lead to some peaceful sleep at night.
  • If you have a single cat, it’s always a good idea to get them a companion to play with. Cat boarding facilities offer the right solution.
  • Cats usually sleep after a big meal, make sure to feed your cat their big meal just before their ideal sleep time. 

Happy Pet Parenting! 

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