Antisocial Cat Behaviour

Cats can sometimes exhibit antisocial behaviour or habits. Whilst the cause of this may be deep-set behavioural problems, it might be something much more simple that your cat might be trying to tell you. Let's have a look at some examples.

Spraying

A male tom cat wishing to exert his authority and territory may decide to start 'spraying'. It's not a problem if it's just in the garden, but if he starts to do this in the house, it can become very difficult. The smell is absolutely awful!

It's not just males that do it - females may do to, whether they are neutered or not. This can often happen when cats live in overcrowded houses. It might be a sign that your cat feels he or she needs a little more room.

It's easy to tell if a cat is spraying. They will raise their tail into an upright position and start shaking or twitching it. If you are particularly worried about an ongoing spraying habit, ask your vet for any recommendations.

Peeing and Pooping

This is different to spraying, so it should not be confused as the same thing. If you experience this in your household, it's normally one of a few things.

Your cat may decide to wee or poo around the house if there isn't a regularly cleaned litter tray. It's also possible that a young cat that feels insecure will do this too. Older cats may also do this if they are suffering from liver or kidney problems. Always speak to your vet if you need further advice.

Biting, fighting and aggression

If a cat is aggressive with other cats in the home, it's normally because there's a feeling of over-crowding. Whilst it's a pleasure to keep multiple cats, you should also think about the space they require to be happy.

If a cat in the home is aggressive towards a member of the family, quite often it's for a reason - perhaps one of the children has been handling the cat badly or constantly teasing it. If a cat is consistently aggressive (and potentially dangerous) towards a member of the family, you should seek professional advice.

Some cats will 'nip' you with a small bite with their teeth. They aren't painful, but can be quite surprising. Some people call them 'love bites' - it's just a way of the cat showing you affection! This should not be confused with proper aggression.

Scratching

Cats have a natural need to scratch with their claws. In the wild this will normally be done on a tree. If you don't provide that tree (a scratching post), there's a very good chance that it will be your furniture instead!

Clumsy!

Some cats can be clumsy, others not at all. Whilst this cannot be cured, just be aware that it's not likely to be bad behaviour if a cat knocks a vase from your mantlepiece!

Just think 'cat'

Cats are obviously very different animal to us. They have habits and behaviour that is natural to them, but may seem antisocial to us. Most antisocial cat habits and behaviour can be stopped or at least improved. Just use your common sense!

For any serious antisocial behaviour in your cat, and it's becoming a prolonged problem, you could always consult with an animal behaviourist for further advice.

TIP! Feliway diffusers can help calm cats down.

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