Strange cat be­hav­iours ex­plained

We take a look at a few funny and frus­trat­ing cat an­tics

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1 Why do cats mis­use the lit­ter box? A cat with a uri­nary tract in­fec­tion can have trou­ble mak­ing it to the lit­ter box in time. If a UTI isn’t the prob­lem, the box may be. Cats like lit­ter to be clean and deep – they want to be able to dig and cover their mess. To learn more about toi­let­ing issues, speak to your vet. 2 Why do cats cry in­ces­santly? Non-stop cry­ing can have lots of rea­sons. Some breeds (Si­amese and Ori­en­tal breeds) are more vo­cal than oth­ers. If your cat is older, its hear­ing may be im­paired. Cry­ing could also be a sign of ill­ness, so call your vet to see if a check-up is war­ranted. Or, your cat could be hun­gry or know that cry­ing will get your at­ten­tion or a snack. 3 Why do cats act like alarm clocks? Wak­ing you up early can be two things, the season and you. When sum­mer ap­proaches and the birds are up ear­lier, so is your cat. If your cat is inap­pro­pri­ately wak­ing you for food, take ac­tion. Feed­ing your cat when it cries re­in­forces the cry­ing; not re­spond­ing to the be­hav­iour with food teaches your cat there will be no re­ward for early-morn­ing wake-ups. 4 Why do cats roll on the floor? This be­hav­iour is de­signed to grab your at­ten­tion, so look to the time and lo­ca­tion of this strange drop-and-roll move for clues. Does it hap­pen when you’re do­ing com­puter work? If your re­sponse is af­fec­tion­ate coo­ing or a tap on the head, you’re giv­ing it ex­actly what it wants: at­ten­tion.

Giv­ing your cat what it needs to be healthy and happy is key, but like kids, pets act up. Pre­vent­ing and cor­rect­ing prob­lem be­hav­iour will make life less stress­ful for you and your pet.

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