What Does Your Cat's Strange Behavior Mean?
What does your cat's strange behavior mean? Cats can experience stress and anxiety, just like you. These things can cause cats to behave strangely. However, these strange behaviors can sometimes be symptoms of other underlying causes. This article will discuss why you should take your cat to a veterinarian for behavioral disorders.
Before you decide that your cat must have OCD and you'll just deal with it, you should take your cat to a veterinarian. You are not a veterinarian and shouldn't rely on yourself to diagnosis what is wrong with your cat. A veterinarian can run tests and knows that things can be symptoms for many different things. If your cat appears to have compulsive behaviors it might be OCD, but first let your veterinarian rule out other possible causes.
If your cat meows a lot, but not because it wants anything, it may be a sign. Repetitive or excessive vocalization in cats can be a sexual behavior, OCD, or it may be a symptom of things such as hearing loss, hyperthyroidism , or possibly lead poisoning.
Pacing can be normal in some cats. it's part of sexual behavior or a sign of frustration, however it could be OCD or even a more serious health issue such as vitamin deficiency, liver disorder, metabolic disorders, hormonal disorders, or nervous system disorders. Cats may also pace after they have a seizure, because they are in severe pain.
Itching can be a part of an anxiety disorder, however get your cat checked out by a veterinarian because itching could also mean your cat has a skin rash, external parasites, dermatitis, or possibly skin cancer.
If your cat chews or sucks on fabric it is probably related to an anxiety disorder, however in some cases it is possible that the cat has hyperthyroidism or a thiamin deficiency.
If your cat's behavior is the result of a medical issue, your veterinarian can probably give you medication to help your cat. If it's OCD, there are also other options. For example, if your cat chews on fabric, try to keep fabric, blankets, towels, etc. away from the cat and try to give your cat a little more variety in their diet.
Do not confine your cat to a small space, let them roam the house and if you live somewhere safe, you can let them outside. If you are worried about letting your cat outside you can leash train them and take them for walks. This can help ease their anxiety and stress especially if it's related to being confined.
Keeping your cat on a schedule can also help reduce their stress. Make sure they eat, play, sleep, and exercise every day. You may want to feed them at the same time everyday and be sure to give your cat plenty of attention.
The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your veterinarian or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.