Cat Behavior

Why does my cat need regular trips to the vet?

I truly have a great love for cats --  I have 5 of them at home and 2 at my clinic (and that number is down for me). Don’t get me wrong I love dogs too but I have grown up with cats since the day I was born and didn't’t get my first dog until I was near 10. So I think for that reason, cats hold a special place in my heart.  I think for people it is a lot easier to take care of cats (and also to collect them).

Dealing With Litterbox Problems

At some point or another, most cat owners have to contend with a cat who partially or completely quits using its litter box. While litter box issues can be difficult to diagnose, most of them are caused by one more of the following factors:

  • Issues with the litter box setup
  • Medical problems
  • Stress or anxiety in the cat
  • Territorial marking

 

Issues with the Litter Box Setup

Excessive Meowing

Though cats communicate mostly by body language, some cats “talk” more than others. This is probably in part genetic (some breeds, such as the Siamese, are especially prone to this) and part learned behavior. 

The Importance of Exercise

Indoor cats especially need regular play for their health and happiness. Behavior problems can also be helped with the benefit of regular exercise. We all know that regular exercise and a healthy diet will keep us fit. But many of us don’t realize that the same goes for our cats. When I told my family and friends that I was working on a story about the importance of exercising cats, I was met with some pretty strange looks. “Exercise your cat? Is that possible?” my mother asked. Maybe I’m using the wrong terminology.

Territorial Marking Behavior in Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats are territorial animals. This means that they "stake out a claim" to a particular space, area or object. They let other people and animals know about their claim by marking it with a variety of methods and at many levels of intensity. For example, a dog may bark to drive away what he perceives as intruders to his territory. A cat may mark a valued object by rubbing it with her face.

Introducing Cats and Dogs

When you're bringing a new cat into a household with a dog in it, or bringing a dog home when you already have a cat, the way you start off is all important. Cats need time to adjust to changes, and dogs can pose a danger to cats without even meaning to. If you take the time to introduce your new pet to your household gradually, you can avoid setting up problems between cats and dogs that can take a long time to resolve. 
 

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Information provided in these articles is intended to provide some guidance for you and your pet. Not all animals behave (or respond) in the same manner. Should you have questions or concerns about anything you see here, please consult your veterinarian. While we work with vets on a regular basis, we are not veterinarians. We feel the articles here provide useful but general guidelines and suggestions for working with your pet. Please note, some articles may be disturbing to young children. Please preview articles to make sure they are appropriate for your child.