If you have recently adopted a pet cat, you may not be sure of what kind of behavior to expect. It can be quite confusing to understand whether the behavior pattern you see is normal or not!

A cat’s behavior is determined by its age, personality, and previous experiences. The majority of cats are lovely creatures who like interacting with people. Cats enjoy playing with toys, and those that don’t go outside frequently engage in indoor hunts. Some cats, particularly those raised outside, maybe less social with humans and other species.

Every day, cats snooze for a long time. They need to be able to exercise and play when they are awake. To mark their territory, all cats require a good scratching post that is high enough for them to stretch out fully. Any change in your cat’s behavior might indicate that he or she needs assistance.

Cat Behaviors that Could be a Sign

1] Irregular food consumption

Cats are creatures who stick to their routines. If you meal feed, they will learn quickly when it becomes meal time or that food is always accessible if you keep a dish out. If your cat’s eating pace or volume of food ingested varies dramatically, it might indicate a problem. If your cat is consuming more food than usual but not gaining weight, hyperthyroidism may be the cause. This is a frequent thyroid condition in senior cats that causes them to never feel satisfied but also prevents them from gaining weight.

2] Not Grooming like usual

Cats cease grooming for a variety of reasons, and this might indicate that your cat is ill and needs to be seen by a veterinarian. Overweight cats, for example, could be unable to groom themselves. Obesity can also lead to a variety of health issues, including cancer, diabetes, and a shorter lifespan, and lower quality of life. Pain from oral illness, accident, or arthritis can also be linked to a lack of grooming. Reduced grooming in older cats might be due to senility.

3] Aggressive Behavior

if a typically non-aggressive cat suddenly becomes hostile, this is cause for alarm. A cat who isn’t generally prey-driven and is hissing, swatting, biting, and otherwise hostile toward other pets and/or people is most likely attempting to communicate with you. A cat’s behavior might change as a result of pain or fear, and this can lead to hostility. 

Bad veterinary or boarding facility visits, or being seen outside, negative experiences with people, and other events might make a cat afraid. A recent operation, a trauma-inducing event, past procedures such as declawing or other amputation, dental disease, or sickness can all cause pain. Finding and removing the source of the pain or anxiety, utilizing medicines and behavior supplements, and soothing your cat can all help to resolve aggressive behavior.

There are many ways a cat shows their behavior change. If you notice something unusual, it is better to visit the vet and get your doubts resolved. Texas Wellness Spay and Neuter Clinic has the best veterinarians who can help pet parents understand the behavior of their pet cats better.