How You Can Decode Your Cat’s Behavior

Every cat owner will observe certain habits and behaviors in their pet that they will want to better understand. Decoding your cat’s behavior will give you a better understanding of your feline companion. You will also be able to tell if something is wrong and if you need to take them to the vet.

Scratching

It is impossible to completely stifle a cat’s need to scratch because this is a primal urge. The need to scratch comes from when cats were not the domesticated pets we have now. Scratching was used to sharpen dull claws and ensure survival.

If your cat is scratching your furniture, you need to get them a scratching post. There are a lot of different ones on the market and you should choose one that matches your cat’s preferences. Some cats like a pole that they can scratch while others prefer a carpet.

House Soiling

Cats like to keep themselves clean and they generally do not like dirty surroundings. If your cat is not using their litter box and soiling the house, your first stop should be their litter box. If the littler box is dirty, your cat is going to avoid it.

If you have multiple cats, you will need to have a litter box or each cat. Having one on each level of your home is also recommended as this will reduce the chances of house soiling. If the litter box is clean, you should look at the litter you use. Most cats like fine-grain and unscented clumping litter. If all of this is in order and your cat still soils the house, you should consider taking them to the vet.

Vocalization

Meowing is the way that your cat communicates with you. Research has found that adult cats will only use meows to communicate with humans and not with other cats. This means that when your cat is vocalizing, they want your attention for some reason.

The reason behind the vocalization will vary depending on the noise that is being made. If your cat is meowing incessantly, they want urgent attention. If they do not stop once they have your attention, they could be hurt and you need to take them to the vet.

Kneading

A lot of cats will knead your skin and this can be painful if their claws are sharp. Kneading is actually a sign that your cat is content and happy. This behavior starts when your cat is a kitten and has to knead the area around their mother’s teat to stimulate the flow of milk. It is not known why this behavior continues in adulthood, but it is not something to worry about.