Cat behaviour problems are a direct result of how you treat them, what you feed them and how you treat their health problems. Many people are blithely unaware of the impact their actions have on their cat, blaming the cat when they react unfavourably.
First, consider what it would be like to be living in captivity, with a larger species of animal who is dominant. These captives of yours feed you and mean well, but you can’t communicate with them in your normal way.
This alone would be frustrating enough, but in addition, your captives don’t understand how you are, who you are and what makes you happy. Instead, they make all their decisions about you, based on what makes them happy, or what they feel they should do.
You have tried to show them what you like and don’t like, but they just don’t appear to get it. In desperation, you resort to more and more aggressive tactics. But still, no-one is listening. Instead you get punished for this bad behaviour.
Now let’s consider three important areas that can impact strongly on your cat.
1. If cats are teased or treated without consideration, such as an unsupervised child may, then they will protect themselves by trying to tell the child it is not appropriate behaviour. They may swipe, lash out, bite or run away. In any event, they will be frightened.
The reaction is likely to escalate in intensity the less they are respected. They normally give plenty of warning signs to back off. Rarely will cats exhibit extreme aggression unless the lesser warnings have not been heeded. This alone can account for much of the common cat behaviour problems.
2. Most cats are fed commercial cat food. People have been told that it is ‘nutritious’ and ‘scientifically balanced’ which are great advertising slogans, but don’t paint the real picture. Instead, most is abundant in poor nutritional ingredients and toxic ingredients. Cats are particularly sensitive to toxins.
Toxins are released by the body in several areas – the liver, the colon, the kidneys, the lungs and the skin. The liver takes much of the brunt. An overloaded liver makes for increased irritability, anger and aggression.
3. Even before a cat becomes ill, they are often subjected to veterinary medicines and procedures, such as an anaesthetic, antibiotics and analgaesics on sterilisation, plus vaccinations, often at the same time.
All veterinary medications carry toxins, overloading a previously healthy cat, making the job of their liver especially much harder. More irritability, anger or outright aggression can result.
Some years ago, someone approached me about her aggressive cat. We examined all possible causes for this behaviour, but failed to see any unique trigger points. However, the cat was fed commercial cat food.
When the diet of the cat was changed to a quality, natural one, the aggression rapidly disappeared, never to reappear.
Don’t blame or punish your cat. Cat behaviour problems are more than likely down to something you are doing. Re-examine your beliefs and prejudices and try to see your cat through her eyes.