Cats don’t speak the human language. For this reason, you want to be an expert in cat behavior, at least that of your cat’s, to excel in understanding what’s happening to your baby.
- How should you interpret what’s happening to your pet? Here’s a primer.
A cat has four legs, a tail which can tell you a lot, and a furry body. You can learn many things by observing your cat’s body –it’s not too different from ours after all.
Cats have belly buttons and they get pink eye too. Teary eyes are a sign of infection. Cats with weights beyond the normal range are overweight, and these felines are unhealthy too.
Your cat’s body can give you a clue on why they are behaving restless or grumpy. A keen sense of observation is more than enough to provide you with a glimpse into the world your cat only knows.
Cats act according to their age, much like we do. Kittens are more energetic and older cats tend to be more lethargic and apathetic.
One cat year is roughly seven human years, so your cat is going to grow old sooner than you are. An 11-year-old cat is the human version of a 60-year old, so don’t expect your feline to be as lively as a feline at its prime.
Cat age dictates how your feline behaves in a huge way - this affects their diet as well as their favorite activities too. Knowing how to change your behavior towards an elderly cat is also a must.
Heat and Pregnancy
Estrous period or when cats are in heat is normal. This is usually accompanied by big changes in how your feline behaves.
Female cats or queens would be out looking for a mate while tomcats would be out looking for a partner. This is also the period when you heat catcalls, usually, during the middle of the night.
Restlessness is one major indication it’s time to reproduction.
Cats and shedding always go together. If you have a long-haired cat, you probably have a lot of experience on this nightmarish process –more so if you have a carpeted floor.
Shedding can say a lot about your cat. Although it’s a normal process, excessive shedding could hint a poor diet or some other health problems.
In some instances, shedding could also be due to skin itching which is why your feline may be pulling on the hair too hard. If an itch is not the issue, it could be because your feline is stressed. This alone could be a big sign your feline needs to have a more relaxed atmosphere.
Cats are very particular about hygiene. In fact, it’s not unusual for a feline to groom itself continuously throughout the day.
Cats are keen about burying their waste which is why having a litter box is a must for anyone who has an indoor cat. There are many things you can learn about your feline through the way they use the litter box –a bit of observation will reveal so much about your beloved pet.
Having a cat is an enjoyable experience but you also need to invest time and effort in understanding the newest addition to your household. Observing how your feline moves and behaves is the key to discovering what’s going on with your dear pet.
Little things can mean so much when you consider cat behavior. Next time you are at home, pay more attention to your feline’s usual habits so you will know when something is off and if your feline needs extra attention from you.