We love how it is that our cat uses a litter box, so we never have to run home in time to walk her the way our dog-owning friends do. In return, our responsibility is to keep the litter box clean. When we don’t fulfill our responsibility, the cat may start using a different area of the house.
Another example: It’s a normal behavior in a cat to scratch and visually mark objects with her claws. She’s not being destructive; she’s just being a cat! Our responsibility is to provide an adequate scratching post.
Neglecting Your Cat’s Needs
Too often, we neglect this and then spend so much time getting mad at the cat for scratching the furniture. With just a little more understanding about what a cat needs and why those needs exist, you can achieve a relationship you’ve always wanted with her.
Although you view your cat as a family member, don’t humanize her so much that you neglect those feline needs. The urge to care for the young is a strong drive in female cats, as it is in all mammals. The desire to be loved and cared for is also strong, particularly among kittens, who crave the company and attention of their mother and littermates.
Being aware of these drives will help you understand your cat better, in a number of ways. First, if your cat is a nursing mother, you will know to respect her space, especially when she is with her kittens. Keeping strangers and rambunctious children away from her while she is interacting with her litter.
Any behavior problem can be a result of an underlying medical condition, so have your cat checked by the veterinarian first. Don’t assume it’s a behavior problem until the vet has given your cat an exam. Many times owners complain about their cat not using the litter box.
Often it turns out she has cystitis. There are many times when a formerly loving cat turning aggressive. Whenever the owner picks her up, she hisses and tries to bite. Many times the vet discovers a painful abscess (usually the result of a cat fight) is the cause of the aggression. So, don’t skip this very important first step. See your vet.
If limited to the home environment, the unneutered male will most likely mark all over the house and become very vocal in an attempt to voice his desire to go outside and find a female. Unspayed females allowed to go outdoors will ultimately become pregnant and may also get into fights with males and females. If kept indoors, the unspayed female will become extremely vocal and possibly mark or spot all over the house.
Neutering & Castration
Fortunately, unwanted behavior due to the cat’s sex drive can be easily dealt with by having your cat neutered or spayed by his or her sixth or seventh month. Castration for the male and spaying for the female will quickly quell most of these unwanted behaviors. In addition to putting a halt to the aforementioned unwanted behaviors, neutering will help extend the life of your pet, preventing several types of cancer and minimizing the chance of the cat getting into a life-threatening fight with a bigger, meaner animal. In addition, having your cat neutered will help prevent one of the domestic cat’s most pressing problems: rampant overpopulation.