Understanding Behavioral Issues in Cats

Understanding Behavioral Issues in Cats

Pet parents living with cats are well aware that felines have a mind of their own. They can be loving when they want to, and standoffish when they prefer not to be bothered. While their independent spirit can be a source of inspiration, when it turns into a behavioral issue, it's a sign that something isn't right. At White Marsh Animal Hospital in White Marsh, one of the services our veterinarian provides is pet behavior counseling.

Signs of Behavioral Issues in Cats

Cats show their displeasure in various ways. Keep an eye out for the following signs that indicate your kitty is not a happy camper:

  • Using areas other than the litter box for their business.
  • Spraying areas with their urine.
  • Scratching anything and everything, often reducing items to shreds.
  • Playing too roughly.
  • Playing late at night when you are sleeping.
  • Constant meowing.
  • Excessive grooming.
  • Aggressive behavior.
  • Exhibiting separation anxiety.
  • Compulsive behavior.
  • Disliking noise.

Veterinary Counseling Service

Once your cat has been examined by our vet to eliminate any medical issues that may be responsible for their behavior, the vet will create a plan of action. Depending on the particular behavior(s) your cat is exhibiting, the type of change or strategies you can employ to reduce or eliminate the behavior will be determined.

Suggestions may involve retraining your cat if there is a litter box issue, providing more toys, scratch posts, and activities, rewarding good behavior, and creating a quiet zone for cats that do not like loud noises. In some cases, medication may be prescribed.

Contact Our Animal Hospital in White Marsh, MD

Are you looking for a veterinarian near you? When your cat is acting out, schedule a visit with our veterinarians at White Marsh Animal Hospital. Our veterinary services offer help with treatments, guidance with problems, and provide answers to many medical issues, including cats and their behavioral issues. Contact our staff to set up an appointment to help your feline get back on track to good mental and physical health.


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