The more time and effort we spend on our furry members of the family, the stronger the bond and a happier cat. Increasing our understanding and knowledge of cat behaviour can only enhance our enjoyment and love of these special animals.
Here are a few tips and resources to help you better understand cat behaviour, address common problems and how to introduce a new cat to your family.
Understanding cat behaviour
International Cat Care has comprehensive information on understanding your cat.
- International Cat Care describes nine characteristics common to all companion cats, together with some examples of the impact they may have on your relationship with your cat.
- Understanding cat facial expressions
- RSPCA Knowledge Base has comprehensive information about cat care, behaviour and introducing another cat.
Common cat behavioural problems
A lot of the most common problems encountered around cat ownership are behavioural in nature. Cats are sensitive to changes in their routine and environment which can cause stress and may develop into behavioural problems such as not using the litter box. Here are a few resources on cat behaviour to help you keep your cat happy and healthy.
- International Cat Care has comprehensive information on problem cat behaviour
- Australian Veterinary Association fact sheet: Anxiety, fears and phobias in cats.
- Introductions – gradual introductions between your cat and a second cat or dog is essential to help everyone be happy and prevent cat behavioural problems
- Litter box problems can develop following a change in your household, for example, the arrival of a new baby or puppy
- Keep your kitty happy with Dr Joanne Righetti’s 10 Tips for Content Cats
Visit your veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical issues that may be causing changes in your cat’s behaviour.