Even if you’ve lived with them for years, cats can behave strange, and sudden changes can be frustrating. It may seem like your misbehaving cat is about to ruin your life, but they might actually tell you something is wrong. Here are five things that can happen to a cat who is acting weird.
1. A cat who acts strangely can indicate depression
A cat who acts weird could be depressed. Do you remember how you felt the last time you were dumped? You stayed in bed all day, didn’t change your clothes and just ate when your mom called and insisted that she would come over if you didn’t push anything to eat in your face.
A cat that has lost a loved one, for example, might behave in a similar way. He leaves his food untouched for days and even ignores treats. He hides under the bed. The care is indifferent to him, because “sigh”, what is it about? And he sleeps more than his usual 18 hours a day.
How to help: What a depressed cat needs more than anything is patience and TLC. Persuade him to hide with toys and treats while you speak in soothing tones. Also try the Tellington TTouch or TTouch, which involves massaging him in circular motions, and giving him a familiar blanket or piece of clothing.
If all else fails, your veterinarian can prescribe antidepressants.
2. Your cat is acting strange because he is stressed
She hates change more than the most neurotic person you know and has been in full blown combat or flight mode since you moved. Your new apartment is smaller and all of your furniture is different. You also just started a full-time job so she is alone for most of the day. Stress could be one of the reasons a cat acts weird.
How to help: Try to keep your cat in a separate room with toys, litter box, food, and bed as little as possible of interrupting your cat’s routine while you pack and move around. Then keep them in a safe room in their new location while you unpack and rearrange them. When she is surrounded by familiar objects and smells, she feels better at home. Also, before starting a new job, make it easier for your cat to get into the routine by leaving them alone for extended periods of time each day and showering them with treats and attention when they return.
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3. Your cat may feel threatened
You have just brought home a new cat and your old cat wants it dead. They run screeching across the room, a footprint that ends in an angry torrent of fur. You’re scared of leaving them alone, and they pee everywhere except in the litter box.
How to help: Take a page of My Cat from Hell TV host Jackson Galaxy. He ensures that every cat has a safe place to eat and use the litter box and creates escape routes with scratching posts and shelves. This lets cats know that their territory is not under siege. Playing with the cats at the same time can also redirect the energy they normally use to beat each other up.
4. Your cat is acting strange because he is sick
Stepping into a lukewarm pile of kitty kibble porridge at 6 a.m. is just an inconvenience, but it can become worrying if your cat vomits on a daily basis. It does not evolutionarily help that a sick cat is a dead cat; Therefore, cats are excellent at hiding signs of illness. If your cat isn’t eating, drinking excess water, acting sluggish, hiding for more than a day, stopped using the litter box, or suddenly changes temper, she may be telling you something is wrong. The protrusion of your “third eyelid” can also indicate an illness.
How to help: It’s likely nothing special, but to make sure you aren’t overlooking a potentially serious health problem, a veterinarian should see a cat who is acting strange with these symptoms.
5. Your cat may not be your biggest fan
Well, technically this could be your friend’s cat, but the two of you just aren’t jerking. You try to stroke him and he hides under the coffee table. Then he shows up a few minutes later and wastes your friend headbuttons right in front of you.
How to help: Realize that if a cat is acting weird, sometimes it just doesn’t like you. Just like humans, cats have different personalities so you won’t get along with all of them. They are like children: even if we aren’t supposed to have a favorite, we do.
Tell us: Is your cat acting weird? How did you deal with it? Let us know in the comments!
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This piece was originally released in 2012.