Post # 1
Have any of you cat owners had behavioral problems with your fur babies? I’m not new to cats, I’ve had them all my life but just got a 4 month old kitten in December. She was super sweet and clung to me like I was her mother when I first got her, but now she’s starting to have some behavioral issues. She is 10 months old. She’s spayed and healthy.
She started clawing on the chairs aggressively this past weekend even though she’s had no problem using her scratching post in the past. Tonight when I picked her up to take her to her room she growled and meowed. When I put her down she turned and swatted at me! Then continued to growl and swish her tail until she hid under the bed. She’s always been a little mouthy when it was bedtime, but never growled or hissed before tonight.
For some background info my husband and I live with my parents who have two cats. They are indoor ourdoor and our cat is indoor only. During the day the basement stays closed because our cat is not allowed down there (too much breakable stuff and there is a crawl space she can get stuck in, she’s just too nosey to go down there right now) during the day my parents cats potty outside. At night, the basement is open since we can’t let thier cats out, so my cat has her own room. Once we move our cat will my full access to our new house because I know it can’t be fun, but I just can’t let her run around the house at night right now. One of my parents cats is also in kidney failure and she jumps on him constantly, I don’t want her to hurt him at night when we aren’t close by to stop it.
I don’t get it, I clean her little box and give her good food. I play with her and talk to her in my free time. Obviously I never hit her or anything like that. I just don’t know what to do. I’ve never had this problem with any of the cats I grew up with. Even my parents boy cat who I got when he was only 6 weeks old. They all adjusted super well and love people. I’ve actually never heard the boy cat hiss before and never seen him swat, he is so chill. The last cat who passed last August was the same way, she would even let you lay on her and cuddle. I don’t know what steps to take next. Giving her up is not an option, she’s my baby. We are thinking about getting her a buddy when we move, but don’t know if that would help. What do I do? I love her, but she is driving me up a wall sometimes and it’s difficult to want to be around her when she acts that way.
Post # 2
Hey there! I’m sorry to hear that you are having problems with your kitty. Has anything changed recently? A new member (furry or otherwise) coming to the house? Maybe someone leaving? My cats are very sensitive to change, and have basically the same behaviors. (I have some cats with my parents, and one with my FI). I know that when he leaves for the weekend to come see me, our cat gets upset and when he gets back attacks his ankles. She also does it when she is desperate for attention after he’s been gone or when our dog spends the week with me instead. We know that this is what upsets her, and we’ll be living together soon, so we anticipate this will solve her anxieties
I know this isn’t really advice, but I would just try to identify what could be making her upset and try to avoid doing that thing. It could literally be as simple as a new perfume or a different kind of litter. If it’s in response to a change, be it person or animal, I would hope that the new house helps her relax a little- after she adjusts. You can also ask for advice from a vet. It could be she isn’t feeling well, like a urinary tract infection or something along those lines. If it turns out that it’s not disease related, there is also product called FeliWay that is supposed to help, its a pheromone that comes in sprays and collars. They also may consider the kitty version of Xanax- but that would be an absolute last resort if they have ruled everything else out
Tl;dr: check for changes in environment or routine that may be upsetting, get with a vet and check for a potential health problem (like a UTI), discuss with them your options.
Post # 3
Honestly it sounds like teenage cat issues to me. Every cat I’ve had since kittenhood went through this in one way or another. I wish I could upload a video, I’d show you my moms latest kitten growling at me when I gave him wet food.
I would avoid picking her up when you can. A lot of cats dont like being picked up, and perhaps becoming a teenager has made her voice her displeasure with it.
Post # 5
Nothing really has changed. We did go on a 2 1/2 day trip which is the longest we’ve been away from her. But our neighbor (who normally doesn’t house/pet sit for us) pet sat for us to be sure she was ok. Maybe that’s it. I know she’doesn’t like being by herself, she loves attention and play time. And in the mornings when I let her out she is super affectionate. Maybe my cat is similar to yours and is sensitive to being alone. It’s funny because other changes (litter and moved furniture doesn’t seem to bother her). I just hope when we move it’ll solve the problems. She likes my husband too and he is about to leave for 4 months for military BMT. Maybe she can sense something is going on there too. Thanks, I will keep an eye on her and try to spend more time with her, especially after my husband leaves. And if it gets worse or doesn’t get better I’ll ask my vet.
Yeah it’s possible the oldest cat my parents have (16) did this too, but I was too little to remember. Hopefully she will grow out of it or it’s something as simple as her wanting some more play time. Thanks 🙂
Post # 6
My cat still doesn’t like being picked up, as she now associates it with being put in her travel box or having her teeth cleaned.
I wouldn’t suggest getting a playmate, as most cats prefer to be alone, there was a documentary about this and how stressful it can be for cats to share territory (even if they’re related!).
Is there any chance she might be in pain? If she’s been spayed it might be an uncoftable area for her to have touched.
Hope this gets easier for you!
Post # 7
We have 2 10 month old kittens. We got them (and their entire litter) at 3 1/2 weeks old. They were the result of my neighbors un-fixed outdoor cat colony. We didn’t want 5 more cats roaming the neighborhood so we took them in and did a program through a local shelter and we raised them until they were old enough for adoption so we’ve literally had them for almost their entire lives..
They’re getting into the “teenage” stage and they can be more skiddish and the female can be a little more spunky as far as putting out her claws to be put down, etc.
Personally, if mine were behaving like yours I would take her to the vet just to be checked out. You never know what’s going on. Our dogs got into a pretty serious fight one time and it ended up being that the one dogs paw was hurt so when her sister walked past she bumped it and she freaked out.
Post # 8
Yeah, my cat must be associating it with bed time. Oh I never knew that. I’ll be sure to see how she does in our new home first before looking into that. She seems to like other cats, but she’s never had anyone come into her territory before. She’s the newest so she came into my parents cats territory. I don’t think she’s in pain, I try not to touch her belly and she’s using her litter box fine, she’s just acting out more than a playful kitten would. I’m going to keep an eye on her though and take her to the vet if she doesn’t start acting more like herself soon. Thanks!
Post # 9
Aww. That’s how my baby came to be. She was in a ferral cat colony and was found by the humane society I adopted her from. I’m glad I’m not the only one with this problem. I guess I was too little to remember how my parents cats acted when they were 10 months old. Thanks! If she doesn’t act more like herself soon I think I’m going to take her to the vet, just in case.
Post # 10
If she’s scratching shes likely bored, plus it’s normal for a cat to scratch. Do you have scratching posts set up for her? Set them up near/ in front of the furniture she likes to scratch at and make sure she has plenty of places she’s allowed to Scratch.
Post # 11
Kittens are JERKS when they’re 1-3 years old. Seriously. She could be feeling territorially insecure from the scent of other outdoor cats, and having her own room could be feeding into that. It’s probably getting worse as she gets older. Definitely check out some episodes of My Cat From Hell. Jackson Galaxy is seriously the best with cats. Most cats have the same behavior issues – lack of play, territory issues, and fear. It honestly sounds like yours is the second.
Post # 12
I know you said she is healthy but healthy as of when? I would start by taking her to the vet for an exam to make sure that there is not a medical issue causing her pain or discomfort which is then causing her to act out.
I do have a cat with fairly serious behavioral/neurological issues but I wouldn’t start by assuming your cat’s issues are behavioral.
Could living with other cats be causing her stress? You could try something like Feliway diffuser which can help cats in stressful situations, especially with multiple cats.
Post # 13
Yup, I got her a smaller one and I’m saving for a larger one with platforms and a hidey hole. I tied a toy to it and put catnip on it and it’s right next to her chair. She still goes for a lot of the time, but now she seems to prefer the chair :/
Haha I love that show! I will check a few out, I think I saw one similar to my cat before. I hope it’s something simple like lack of play though because that is more easily fixed than the other two.
I think the last time I took her was in April to get spayed. Before that it was Decemeber right before I got her. I wanted a check up in April just to be sure everything was still normal because she actually walks differently than my other cats (not obvious, but enough for others besides me to notice) but they said I didn’t need to do that until August when her rabies was due. Since I’ve gotten a few comments about that I think I’m going to try to take her next week just to be sure. I’m not sure if this is related to her behavior or her surgery but she has gained weight, she’s pretty heavy for a 10 month old. I don’t think my parents cats cause her stress. She seems to really like them and wants to be around them. She plays with the boy and doesn’t fight or act aggressive with them.
Post # 14
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As long as she continues to eat, drink, use the litter box, and play, I’d agree with a PP and say it might be a moody teenage female thing. I’ve found females aren’t typically as willing to be cuddled as they age. They will, but on their own terms. They tend to be more territorial and less trusting than males.
Definitely try to adopt her a pal before she reaches two years old, as under-twos are the best for introducing. A lot of bad behavior is often caused by excess energy, and having a buddy can help burn off hers. Also, try doing a long play session every night around the time you’ve noticed her acting up. Play with a stick toy or laser right at the scratching post to remind her that’s where she’s supposed to scratch. (Cats like to scratch while playing, so playtime is the best time to positively reinforce good scratching habits.)
**I’ve owned and fostered more cats than I’d care to admit and volunteered for a rescue for five years. Girls just tend to be more moody and stereotypically cat-like than males, in my opinion. There are exceptions, of course, but she just might be growing into her adult personality and showing a little bit of attitude (especially if she’s a tortie). Personally I like a little bit of ‘tude in my cats, lol.**
Post # 15
she really should have more than one. There are lots of cheap less than $10 ones you can buy while you save up for a fancy one! They are also easy to DIY if you or your husband are least bit crafty. If she’s specifically going for a chair thay you don’t want her to ruin you can get caps for her nails.