What Cat Problems Are You Having?

Cat owners often have cat problems and for good reason. Cats are stubborn, they're allusive, they only come to you when they feel like it and they pretty much run the house, as any cat owner will tell you. It's no wonder, then, that many people have cat problems. These problems are usually behavioral problems. There are many types of cat problems so we'll only be discussing a few here but these are the most common that people report and they're the most common questions asked of vets when the problems occur.

Urinating Outside The Litter Box

When you first got your cat, you showed it where the litter box was and you were done. There, your cat was potty trained. However, the last few days you've been having cat problems in the form of your cat urinating on your furniture, on your counter, and maybe even on your pillow where you sleep. Gross, right? Well, there are several reasons why you may be having this type of cat problem. See, cats are very temperamental. Ask yourself if you've done anything that has made your cat angry at you. Are you frequently not home? Have you changed your cat's food, or changed it's litter to a kind it doesn't like? Or maybe you've moved the location of the litter box to a spot your cat doesn't like and it's getting back at you. This could very well be the case of your cat problem. Another reason, however, is that your cat may have a urinary tract infection. If nothing has changed and you still don't know the reason for your cat problem, take your cat to the vet to make sure nothing serious is going on.

Scratching Your Good Furniture

Cats scratch, it's a fact of life. They like to scratch things that are typically up high, that are made of fabric and that are in an area where you spend a lot of time. That makes your nice couch the perfect scratching medium. However, you can buy a scratch post for your cat to curb this cat problem. You may have to choose several scratching posts until you find one that your cat likes to scratch and you must put it in an area where you spend a lot of time. You can't put it in the corner of the room and expect your cat to go to it automatically. To cure this cat problem, the best thing would be to put your scratch post right in front of the area on your couch or other piece of furniture your cat likes to scratch. Once your cat begins scratching the post, and it seems like you've curbed this cat problem, then you can move the post to another location.

Biting and Scratching

Another bit cat problem is if your cat is suddenly mean and aggressive. Ask yourself if your cat is fixed. Fixing, neutering or spaying your cat, will seriously tone down its aggressive behavior and will fix this problem. The problem may not go away automatically so you should learn how to trim your cat's nails. Don't declaw, as this is very inhumane. Trimming doesn't take that much effort and it will save you and your cat a lot of pain.