There is no need to worry, but all of these seem to be symptoms of one or more disorders in cats. These are often linked to boredom or stress.
It is therefore very important to pay special attention to it to offer the cat a stimulating, reassuring and comfortable environment. With the help of a veterinarian and by trying to understand your cat, it is possible to overcome these disorders which cause a lot of material damage and which make both the cat and its owner unhappy.
It is essential to treat behavioral disorders in cats as quickly as possible as soon as you notice it: punishing your animal is not useful, especially after the fact. For him, all these rubles are only the manifestation of an embarrassment, a desire to appropriate the place, a malaise because of a change of environment. But all this can be educated.
There are various reasons for these disorders such as:
. environmental reasons:
if the cat starts to urinate next to his litter box, there is a reason, he is just trying to mark a territory. Contrary to popular belief, he does not try to “play as smart as possible” with his master, he means to him by this extraordinary gesture where his territory is or that something is wrong like a litter too close to. his food, too dirty litter, litter left in an open place or prey to drafts. Since cats like their privacy, they need a place that is defined and respected.
Likewise, if we move furniture, if we change the paintings in a room, if we add new objects, new smells will settle in and disturb it. The cat is an animal full of habits and he loves it.
. psychological reasons:
these are reasons that we do not always see at first glance. Indeed, these reasons are neither more nor less than stress: the cat perceives any modification in his habits, whether around the physical environment or in the family atmosphere. This can upset him and he then expresses his discomfort in his own way. Normally, everything simply results in a small puddle of urine that will aim to mark its territory again. The important thing (according to the cat) is to leave a mark in the environment to assert its presence and identity. We often find this kind of behavior when a new animal arrives in the household and comes to “compete” with the cat, when guests are too noisy and annoy “mooo monsieur”, when a tragedy occurs in a family like death and the atmosphere suffers. Whatever the change in his routine, the cat will notice it and it will stress him out.
Other sources of stress are present in cats which give them behavioral problems. We can in particular quote, in On of the cases, a certain lack of activity but the cohabitation with other animals does not always help either and it is often small “pikes” which one can observe between the cat. and his new “companions”.
A cat, of an anxious nature (there is some), can see his stress increase when he knows that another cat is prowling in the surroundings, he no longer feels comfortable and wants to defend his territory, his instinct of hunter puts him on constant alert and disturbs him in his routine. Likewise, certain diseases (hormonal, immune, neurological disorders) can influence his behavior. Finally, we also note that the punishments increase his stress.
Symptoms of these disorders
The cat expresses its stress and discomfort in different ways, which can be quickly deciphered in order to better manage them.
We first note the aggressiveness: some cats have “attacks of aggression” for no apparent reason and they then start to jump on anything that moves, especially on their master. They attack the calves. The cat signifies that he wants to play with the person in question and that he needs to be taken care of.
But this aggressiveness can also have causes concerning its food: it can happen that the access to its food is not so simple and that constrains it or the cat enters in competition with other animals when with its food.
In the same vein, you should know that a cat must consume at least 1/3 of its portion of protein because it is above all a carnivore: the quality of these proteins must be monitored because a low or even mediocre quality diet can cause a protein deficiency and therefore cause disturbances in its behavior because the cat will feel these deficiencies.
The important thing is to offer him healthy, fresh food and if possible be able to split it up during the day. Its aggressiveness can also come from a concern with its health: in case of doubt, the cat must be dewormed regularly because the worms disturb the digestion of the cat and inconvenience it. Do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian in this situation to be sure.
Another symptom is urine out of the box: this singularly unpleasant situation indicates two possibilities, namely either the cat wishes to defecate outside the litter box because it does not suit him (cleanliness, location, content of the litter box). litter), or the animal wishes to mark its territory. The origin of this behavior must be circumscribed: concretely, if the cat urinates on horizontal surfaces, he wants to do his business elsewhere than in the litter box (he takes the same position as when he is in it). The cat can then suffer from urinary disorders and it is necessary to consult a veterinarian or the litter is not suitable for reasons mentioned above. But if the cat urinates on vertical surfaces such as furniture, a wall up to 20 centimeters in height, then he wants to mark his territory (by standing up and urinating as far as possible).
The struggle for territory with another cat is also a symptom of these behavioral disorders: indeed, by incorporating a new cat into its usual environment, the cat will react because this will force it to also share its food, its home, its litter, its resting areas. This situation will stress him to the highest point, he must be reacted as quickly as possible before one takes over another by denying him any access to his needs or if one of them is aggressive towards the person. ‘other.
Another source is the problem when traveling by car: it is an uncomfortable situation for the cat which will stress it: it is locked in a cage, suddenly lifted from the sil, placed in a noisy environment and of which it does not control the odors: in all cases, the cat can meow, agitate, tremble, over-salivate but also have nausea or even vomit.
Many other symptoms can be noticed when a cat experiences behavioral problems: there is a form of self-defense that is created for example where the cat defends itself against any approach or because it does not like to be handled. The caresses and the maintenance of the cat learn, it is necessary to accustom the cat to this gradually.
Another source of trouble can be a kind of confused state where the cat loses its bearings because the alarm clock has sounded suddenly or because the room it is in contains substances that irritate it (drugs, cigarettes, etc. incense). It even happens that the cat presents disorders like humans, namely schizophrenia.
How to soothe your cat?
The most important thing is to commit to improving the environment of the cat by meeting its various needs: space, food, play, stimulation, predation, etc.
It is very important that the cat feels confident and secure: the cat lives in a world that must provide it with something to climb, show, hide and hide from others if necessary. This is why we often recommend the purchase of a cat tree to answer all this. We can also add elements so that it hides and “plays” so that it is not seen as big pots for plants, low shelves, cardboard boxes.
As far as sociability is concerned, the cat is an individual animal and its degree of tolerance towards other cats or even humans varies according to the cat: it is therefore necessary to respect its need for independence and solitude. which he needs at times thanks to a place which is dedicated only to him, a place where he can move at leisure to his litter, his food, drink water.
The cat is an animal that needs a lot of sensory stimulation, whether olfactory, sensory, visual: this is how the cat likes to perch to admire its environment and react accordingly and if possible on a surface to scratch so that it makes its claws (the cat trees with several trays offer this kind of possibilities). Likewise for food, it is good to be able to vary the texture of your diet.
He likes to play above all else because it awakens his perfectly preserved hunting instinct: games that make noise, that vibrate, that bounce have all their favor. It should be noted that the cat is very fond of playing with a human rather than alone.
It is a new technology which aims to solve behavioral problems especially in cats. It is based on the pheromones emitted by animals on various occasions.
In cats, there are 3 types of pheromones, namely those which serve to mark their territory (which are found in the urine), those which serve as an alarm and spacing system (located or level of the pads and anal glands) and finally the soothing and familiarization pheromones that are found when the cat rubs against its owner or a piece of furniture or when two cats lick each other).
These natural chemicals are used to better communicate and understand the environment. And if a pheromone, a smell changes, it is potentially the cat’s behavior that can change. Thanks to pheromonotherapy, it is now possible to thwart and overcome the behavioral disorders of the cat, to counter its aggressiveness, to avoid scratches on furniture and furniture, to eliminate any conflict between the cat and its congeners.
This pheromonotherapy technology is created by the Feliway brand and it comes in two solutions, either as a spray or as a diffuser.
For the spray, it must be used in cases where there are traces of urine but also in case of scratches or in the transport cage and also on protruding objects in a room (corner of wall, corner cabinet ). You must spray the spray well without wetting the area concerned otherwise the effectiveness will be lost and the cat will simply believe that another cat has already marked its territory. He would then come back on it to refresh this trace.
For the diffuser, it is mainly used in a habitat that has several cats, when moving or during work, changing furniture. The diffuser is used as a mosquito repellent diffuser and plugs into an electrical outlet 24 hours a day.
The diffuser covers an area of approximately 70m² and its effectiveness has been proven for 4 weeks.
It is the Feliway brand that offers this new technology, a simple and effective solution to fight against the unwanted behavior of its cat. Thanks to this technique of reproducing the soothing properties of certain pheromones, the cat will feel safe again, no stress will then be the order of the day.
The advantage of this technology is that it can be used in specific areas.