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It happens to many cat owners: their once-sweet kitten begins urinating outside the litter box or becomes aggressive, biting and scratching anyone that comes near. While cat behavior seems complex, there are common reasons behind most bad cat behaviors that can be alleviated or corrected by understanding the root cause of the problem.

Common Cat Behavior Problems

The most common problem is aggressive cat behavior. A new family member or pet, a recent move or stress in the home – these can all potentially be the root of the problem. Working to make the cat comfortable with the change and not condoning aggressive behavior can help eliminate it. If these conditions are ruled out, then illness or pain could be causing the aggression. A visit to the vet can help diagnose the problem. Playful nipping in kittens can lead to more dangerous, aggressive playing once the cat is older. This can be avoided by not encouraging a kitten when it begins biting, even playfully.

The second most common cat behavior problem is urinating inappropriately. There are two kinds – spraying and litter box avoidance. Male cats are more prone to spraying than females. By getting a cat spayed or neutered before the onset of puberty, this problem can be avoided. Anxiety drugs may also help curtail spraying.

Other litter box problems may be because of the location of the box or the box itself. Try changing litter, moving the box to a more private area or purchasing a covered box. Clean the box and replace the litter frequently. If the behavior continues, visit your vet to rule out any medical problems.

Natural Behavior Changes

As a cat gets older, there are natural behavior changes that will occur. Senior cat behavior problems, such as aggression, can be caused by hearing or vision loss. Pain from arthritis or another medical problem is also a common cause. Your vet can help you find the proper way to alleviate aggression.

Senior cats are also prone to elimination problems. Make sure their litter box is easily accessible, and have more than box available, as they may not be able to get across the house quickly anymore. Disease, such as feline diabetes, can also lead to improper elimination. Rule out any underlying medical cause first.

With love, attention and patience, most cat behavior problems can be solved. Understanding the reasons behind the behavior is the first step to correcting them in the cat.

Posted by Erlan on August 27,2013 at 06:01 AM
Best Answer Chosen by AskerBy JCK 4 years ago.My husband up a pack of treats, $3 for 3oz so they're not cheap. It's Grilled Salmon Flavor and the ingredients are: Ground wheat, chicken meal, corn gluten meal, rice, chicken fat and flavor. There isn't much nutrition in here and it's mostly filler (wheat and corn) that the cat can't digest. Yes, the cat loves them. I use Fancy Feast dry as a treat. It's better quality than the pack of treats and less expensive (less than $3 for 1lb). The cat loves them too. For regular cat food, I feed my cat Innova Evo. It's high protein, low carbohydrate, and doesn't have any grains. There's a huge difference in it's nutritional value compared to the treats. A cat treat is like a dessert. It tastes good and generally has many calories and not much nutritional value. Using a treat as a reward is fine, just be careful it's not too much too often.4 years ago Report Abuse 0 Rating: Good Answer 0 Rating: Bad AnswerAskers Rating: Askers Comment: Eek! it's funny because I have looked at the ingredients but didn't think about it.. i hate giving my cat grains
Posted by Melanie on August 16,2013 at 09:35 AM
Thanks for posting these Tara! I love that you can see Caleb's litlte fat rolls.He always wants to see the picture of the kitty. He points to it and than smiles at himself
Posted by ROSA DEL REAL on April 01,2012 at 06:46 PM
I went outside one day and there were two stray male cats fighting each other. I got scared so i went to call my next door neighbor. We broke them up but wondered why they were fighting? I guessed they were fighting over being alpha or a female cat in heat... It was one of the most horrifying things i ever saw. Do you think you know why they were fighting so aggressively?
Posted by BILL RICHARDSON on July 01,2011 at 11:00 AM
I own a 10 year old cat and about 2 years ago rescued a kitten. My problem is because of my health reason I moved (asthma) I was forced to move their litter,food and lock out cat from access to our master bedroom. About 2 months after move I cats from the room entirely. Lately 4/5 months later I came home after work and door to bedroom was left open mistakenly and the cat had a bowel movement on my bed and runs from me trying to hide. I als had noticed a puddel of urine on my bed. Since I now watch my bedroom door is closed the cat has bowel movent on my living room sofa (three times) ! What ca I but for is do for furniture & bad cat behavior
Posted by brenda connell on June 17,2011 at 10:21 PM
Hi my name is Brenda I have 8 cats. I have 5 females and 3 males. I have a mama and her 3 kittens which is 2 males and a female they are just over a year old. We rescured her before we know that she was going to have babies. At the time I already had 3 females they are 3 to 5 years old now. And a Christmas time this last year I rescured a black bob tail with yellow eyes, he can be so sweet one min, and onery the next. Before I go on with the story they all have be fixed and front declawed. But Ozzie the youngest he likes to jump on the other cats and make them scream. We squite him with water. But that is not the problem one of the kittens from the mama cat which his name is Razzie has just started peeing on the couch. And he knows better he acts like he is marking his territory. Thank god that there is a blanket on the couch he acts like he is makeing a bed when he is peeing. He started doing this about 4 weeks ago but not all the time. I have 2 coved boxes and I bought a new non covered today thanking maybe that would help. I think Ozzie has intimated Razzie in someway that he is doing that for that reason. Or should I take him to the vet, he acts fine and does whine when peeing what should I do.
Posted by Susan on November 15,2011 at 03:24 PM
This is old but you should take your cat to the vet. He has a UTI and is in a lot of pain when peeing.
Posted by Toni on May 14,2011 at 07:28 PM
I have a 2.5 year old female cat.I rescued her from are local rescue shelter here in Wnnipeg.I have had her a year now.She has had foul melling stool ever since i got her.She Was totaly wild when i got her and ate everything in sight when i got her,including garbage.She is spayed and dewormed and up to date with her shots.I have tried diffrent foods for her but nothing seems to help. Should i try deworming her again or what? I live in an appartment and need some help with this. Toni
Posted by mommy of 2 great cats on April 23,2011 at 12:45 PM
2 growing kittens lately at night have been playing really ruff, we have seen white furr flying... one of the cats is white and the other a dark blue.... i dont know if this is happening beacuse one wants to play and the other doesnt but its getting more n more aggressive... i was just reserching and i had seen that mayeb i have to bring them to a vet maybe they are going to need a hearing check or maybe some pain.. but i am looking to see if i can get any suggestions or information where to go or where to learn information on future problems or just need to know information on the cats and future dog. much appriciated, becky and (Tom tom & Riley) cats......
Posted by Barbara on February 03,2011 at 04:59 PM
My cat is 4 yrs old and fixed as well as declawed...he recently likes to climb on my back and knead it (as though it was dough) he does this until he actually falls asleep on my back....if I attempt to stop him, he gives me a mean meow....WHAT IS HE DOING? He never did this before.....
Posted by Debbie on June 30,2012 at 11:45 AM
Never should any cat be de-clawed. If you got him like this he should never go out side. If you had this horrible thing done to him.. shame on you..karma will suck big time. poor kitty.
Posted by Camille on May 09,2011 at 11:10 PM
That's how they get comfortable, I have 2 cats a 2yo male and a 1yo female both of my cats do this all the time. Most of the time they do it as their getting ready to lay down that's why I think it's to get their spots comfortable.
Posted by Danielle Cross on January 16,2011 at 04:27 PM
I have a 1 yr old cat that has very weird hair on her stomach it almost looks like rabbit fur she is a very weird cat. I am wanting to know what it means when a cat makes its hair/skin look like its rippling or rollingdown her back?
Posted by Christy on December 27,2010 at 02:44 PM
I have a Persian male who is almost 11 months old. This Christmas my Grandson got a realistic Fox hand puppet which my kittie started to "Hump" as my grandson says. Then this morning he tried to do the same thing to my husbands arm. I really dont want to put my baby through surgery if I can help it so will he out grow this or is surgery the only way to stop it?
Posted by e.j.montis on January 18,2011 at 11:52 PM
Not only will spaying or neutering remove this basic instinct, it will eliminate the need to spray your home, excrete as much from their anal glands, and helps their health in many, many ways such as less diseases, aging problems, and urinary and organ health.
Posted by Cheryl on December 23,2010 at 03:45 PM
I have a maine coon cat and all of a sudden he wants to go out but I do not want him to go out he is fixed I do not know how to keep him in he trys to skip out please help me I do not want him to get hit .
Posted by Christy on March 21,2011 at 12:12 PM
I adopted a Maine Coon and was told that she was an inside cat only. Well after a while she wanted outside and we had a hard time keeping her in but we tried cause we live on a road in the country where we have tons of semi's and speeding people going up and down our road and have had cats run over alot. Well she got out and we finally had to give in. She was obviously smarter than all the other cats around here and continued to go out side and never went into the road and lived a long life and passed of old age. You might just have to take a chance but Maine Coons are very very smart.
Posted by marilyn tyler on December 15,2010 at 07:59 PM
Why does a cat "knead" bedding?
Posted by e.j.montis on January 18,2011 at 11:48 PM
Cats have scent glands in their paws meaning they are laying down their scent to "claim" that area before resting, basically telling other cats that that is their area and to back off as they sleep.
Posted by niala on December 08,2010 at 10:21 PM
this fall i found two stray kittens in the woods and brought them home with me and i already had an older male cat that has been fixed, and he has been mean acting toward the kittens and swats at them me has also been declawed so i know he is not doiong harm to them but he won;t hardly eat now and he has like lost his meow and is hacking and some time what comes up is clear stuff what is this and should i call the vet? he has had all his shots but not the wild kittens i have found can they make my older cat sick with any kind of disease . please help!
Posted by Gabriella on March 17,2011 at 10:45 PM
i think that the older male just needs time to get used to them,just like my cat,Oliver hated twin black cats but i took her a coulpe months to get used to them.Let them play like an hour-hour and a half. I can answer the hacking question though.
Posted by sandee prucha on November 19,2010 at 08:06 PM
I have a 2 year old male neutered cat who is pulling his hair on his back off daily. We have 2 small dogs that he gets along well with and a 19 year old female cat that wants nothing to do with the 2 year old. I thought he was just frustrated because the older cat would not play with him. but it has been 2 years and things have not changed. Our vet says he is in good health, but I am concerned that there be a bigger problem here. Any thoughts on what I can do to help my cat quit pulling his hair out.
Posted by judy tiernan on November 09,2010 at 07:44 PM
I have 2 cats at this time. One is a female who has been with me for about 13 years. After her brother died, she became my very best friend. She is sooooo loving! I also have a 3 or 4 yeaar old male cat who strayed into my life about 2 years ago. They HATE each other and always have. After all this time, it is getting on my nerves ALOT! If she leaves my bedroom, he will chase her back in. She spends most of her life sleeping on my bed and lately prefers to sleep under a sort of tent that I make with the covers. For a few days now, she has retreated to a very small and dark pocket of the "tent" this worries me greatly. It is as though she has been banished to the bedroom and the tent and my heart is breaking to see her sleep so much of the time and to know that she has given me more unconditional love at the very worst times in my life than any human, and she is forced to spend her life in a dark little tent. PLEASE HELP ME. Do you think that some cats actually prefer to stay like that?
Posted by Barb C on October 27,2010 at 11:21 PM
My 2 cats, aged 11 and 6, have both recently started eating poop out of the litter boxes. I have not 'witnessed' it, but there is hardly any poop in the boxes when I clean them and you can certainly smell it on both of their breaths. I have not made any changes - no relocation of the boxes, no change to food, etc. - and the boxes are cleaned frequently. Can anyone advise what is causing them to do this and/or suggest anything to do to stop it. Thanks!
Posted by judy t on November 09,2010 at 07:47 PM
maybe they are hungry!
Posted by Aly on January 24,2012 at 06:33 AM
This is sometimes a sign of a lack of vitamins... take them to the vet and let the vet know about this behavior... he can give them vitamins to stop them from doing this
Posted by Judy Ewens on October 27,2010 at 11:30 AM
We have 4 indoor cats, all fixed. 1 of the four came to us at 6 months old & she is frightened of the other. They tend to pick on her because of that. She's afraid to go to the litter box & won't eat unless we put food up on a shelf where the others can't reach her. At first we've been accomodating this but it isn't feasible to continue like this. She's now started using potted plants or blankets to do her business. HELP! Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you!
Posted by Bridget on October 21,2010 at 02:30 PM
My cats makes these loud yowling noises at night. She's been fixed years ago. She has clean food and water in her bowl. She has a clean litter box. I have to put her in another room just so i can sleep. This noise wakes me up in the middle of the night. Please advise. Thanks.
Posted by jack on November 08,2012 at 10:53 AM
cat has forgetfullness. my cat has the same problem
Posted by Beverly Schilz on October 12,2010 at 04:35 PM
I have a male cat that I inherited from my daughter as I lived with her for 2 yrs the cat is 7yrs old and he became my pal attached at the hip he loves me so I took him withmy daughters approval and all was well in my apt. Then my ex husband had to go to a assisted living place and had a 3 yr old male cat, I didnt want it to go to the animal shelater as they have so many cats I agreed to take him. now my problem is the 3yrold cat has started terrorizing my cat so bad he has ripped out the hair on my cats neck and has bitten him my cat has become so frightened he sleeps on top of the frig or stove to avoid the other cat ..he is nervous and cannot eat unless I give him food on the top ot the frig. The young male has also started spraying in my entry way I rent so this cannot continue..I hate to put him in a shelter but I cannot see my cat go through such aggressive behavior toward him they are both males please advise
Posted by Vickie Allen on September 24,2010 at 04:56 PM
Help. I have a cat who is terrorizing a dog, the second dog brought into the family. He had no problems at all with the first dog. What can I do?
Posted by marie on September 20,2010 at 07:44 PM
i have 2 cats both about 5 years old. both just recently started to pee on the floors after i just mop. they will pee on clean clothes . and on the bathroom rugs. could anyone tell me how to solve this problem really don't wait to get rid of the cats . But its not healthy for my family
Posted by AngelatheAngel on August 30,2010 at 08:26 PM
I have 5 cats and all of them are loving. They are all almost perfect but one. The mother of the famliy of cats is about 6 years old and very unfriendly cat. Her name is Sarah and she poops and pee's everywhere. Sarah has been doing this for 5 years on and off basis. This year is the worst! Started not long after her kittens were 6 weeks old when she was about 2 years old. Stoped about 2 months later. Most of the time she does it for 3 or 4 months a year. This year she been doing it now for 6 months stright and its about 7 months yet. The places she goes the bathroom is on top of cars, beds,rugs, under chairs, on chairs, any type of floor, even people and sometimes on computers. We never let her lay next to us or hold her because she'll use us a bathroom. Sarah always shakes her tail back and fourth, in slow speed all the time like she consupayed or something. That tail thing just stated this month and continues. Very loving and friendly when hungery and sometimes very playful. Mostly Sarah would look at us with evil look and stay way. We have done everything to get her to us the litter box. 1st we had changed the litter to many different types none worked. 2nd we got more and different types of litter boxs nothing changed. 3rd We thought she was sick with something so we took her to the vet. Sarah came out healthly as a baby kitten. The only thing that changed was she started to used area around litter box as a new toilet. None of my over cats do this and I do not want to get rid of Sarah I still love her! Please anyone if you know whats wrough with Sarah and how to stop her from doing this please reply!
Posted by kery on August 22,2010 at 12:34 PM
We are subletting a house and have befriended a stray who was in the yard. Asked the neighbors and no-one is claiming her. It took a few days to get her to come to me, (and some food), and we now feed her twice a day and she loves getting love. She was someones cat because she has been tatood, but we are moving Oct. 1st and the owners have a dog. We want to know if it would be possible to take a stray cat away from here and if she would be too traumatized by leaving her familiar place. We would take her to a vet to get any shots and so on to keep her. She is always waiting for me and seems to have not left the yard since we befriended her, would it be hard for her after we leave to not have the food and love we've been giving her? She won't come all the way into the house, but is making small steps. Just hoping we can have her as a family pet, but if it's going to be too hard for her, we'll leave her be.
Posted by Christina on January 11,2011 at 05:15 PM
Have you tried postering the neighborhood to locate the owners? If you do this and no one replies, I would say it is safe to give the little one a home!
Posted by Sylvie Samson on August 20,2010 at 03:12 PM
I have two cats One is a Blue Point Siamese Female that is 10 years . Two years ago we purchase a male tabi that is 2 years. Few months ago we found out that my Blue Point Katou as losing alot of weight, we found out she had Tyroid problems. We got her medication to fix that. My yourger cat Timmy is chasing her in the house and plays rough with her, and she gets mad and hisses at him. She stated to poop on the floor in the basement, when we are not there and she even pooped on the kitchen table. We started to put a litter upstairs. Timmy my younger cat seem to invade her litter. I know she is trying to tell us something by pooping all over the place. Can you help me, what should I do.....we are seriouly thinking about putting her asleep. That would kill me. Please help!!!!
Posted by Christina on January 11,2011 at 05:17 PM
Have you taken your cat to the doctor yet?
Posted by Mary on August 18,2010 at 04:24 PM
My mom has a cat that is about 16 or older and it is on dry cat food and can food.. My mom feeds it three times a day on can cat food but 15 minutes later it starts to meow like it is hungery and has not been feed.. It meows all the time.. We do not know what to do and we are to the point of getting rid of it even though we don't want too. Is this problem fixable.. The food names if fancy feast can and whiskas dry cat food.. We have changed his food numberous time thinking that was the problem....
Posted by abbip29 on August 16,2010 at 12:58 PM
I have to kittens that I have had for almost 1 1/2 months now I will say they are abput 13-14 weeks old. One of the cats last night was meowing all night on out bed and wouldnt stop but while she was meowing she was I guess you will call it knitting. What is up with this never had a cat do this before nor have a seen a cat do this before. This is also happening today as well. What can this be?
Posted by Danielle on October 23,2012 at 04:19 AM
I have a male kitten i just got yesterday. He also stayed up all night long meowing really loud! i have no clue what is wrong with him he has a clean litter box, food and water i dont know whats wrong I have even got up and tried to put him in the bed with me he kept jumping down and hiding under my bed meowing all night long nonstop!
Posted by katie on July 15,2010 at 09:09 AM
I have 3 cats, 2 of them are angels but one (male; 1 yr old) has a terrible habit of damaging and sometimes ripping posters off our walls (our walls are pretty much covered floor to ceiling with posters and nick-nacks). We tried spraying him with a water bottle but he didnt mind and would just get really wet. About a month ago we started to put him in the bathroom by himself as soon as he starts to 'attack' the posters, but he doesnt mind it now and as soon as we let him out hes back at it. He will also pull the tacks (holding the posters) out and hide them, im afraid he will eat one eventually and it will hurt him or be the end of him. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by Robert on June 16,2010 at 02:09 PM
My wife and I have 2 male cats, both fixed and healthy with no behavior problems. One is 5yrs old and the other is 2yrs. Last October I inherited a female cat from my deceased brother. A very nice, sweet little all black medium long hair with bright yellow eyes. For the first month everything seemed ok but then she started pooing on the floor in the same room as the litter box. We've tried going to a larger boxes, constantly keeping it very clean, tried different litters, rotated litter boxes, tried them in different locations, tried taking the poo and putting it in the litter box and then putting her in the box to show her where she should go, and showing her the poo on the floor and telling her "no". She still does it every day and it's been 7 months now and I don't know what to do. I would rather not get rid of her for obvious sentimental reasons but it's causing a lot of bad feelings in the household. Help please.
Posted by Christina on January 11,2011 at 06:24 PM
I have 4 cats. They all have their own litter plus one extra box. Before they used two extra large ones and they sometimes peed on the floor infront of them or pood outside of their box to let me know they weren't happy. I also brought them to the doctor. The vet pointed it out to me. It is probably something you already knew.. but if you didn't know, give it a try. Plus, she could be going through the stress of a major life change. My Zeus just stopped peeing outside the box recently after we moved 9 months ago into a new house. Cats absolutely hate change, are super stressed by it and can act out in many ways. Be patient if you can. She will adjust in a bit of time.
Posted by Patty on July 21,2010 at 02:35 AM
There's training litter that you can try. It seems to really attract cats to the litter box; maybe it has an odor they like. It's sold at pet stores like Petco and Petsmart. She's acting out for a reason. Are the litter boxes close to their food? Some cats are picky about that. Maybe taking her to the vet would help. She's been through a traumatic experience--she lost her owner and then was moved to a new home with two cats who possibly don't like her. Animals sense stress and your family went through a lot. Maybe she needs some extra TLC. Good luck!
Posted by mandy on June 22,2010 at 11:59 PM
try giving her , her own litter box..or if you are able to get her old litter box..the one she had before you got her and her orginal type of litter it may help.....good luck
Posted by mandy on June 05,2010 at 02:03 AM
i need advice..i have a 5yr old female cat and a 6yr old dog..the cat has grown up with my dog but today my daughter took my cat{she is an inside cat} outside on her harness..when the cat came in she was wild and starting attacking my dog...andd she keeps growling and screaming and wont calm down. i also noticed she has a small cut on her nose and is sniffing loudly. any1 have any ideas what to do?
Posted by annette on June 11,2010 at 01:05 AM
i hope it she is back to normal, but if she isnt, there is a product called feliway that you could try .it has feline facial pheromones in it that helps them in stressful situations. it comes in a plug in form. you can get it at petco or petsmart. if that does not work, take her to the vet.
Posted by lisa on May 30,2010 at 09:08 PM
Hello, my family and I just adopted 2 kittens about 12 weeks old. We feel very badly, they have been here for 2 weeks now and niether of them will come up to us, purr or show us any kind of affection at all and they run when we gently reach our ouward to them. I wonder if they have been negelected in some way. I was sure that they were comming from a good home? What can we do?
Posted by rebecca on June 11,2010 at 12:55 AM
give it some more time. since you adopted two kittens, they are probably going to give each other a lot of attention, and may not seem all that interested in you. also, try giving them treats when they come up to you, or go up to them, pet them, then give them treats.
Posted by Eliza on April 22,2010 at 08:16 PM
HELP PLEASE!!!!! I love my cat so much but sometimes he pee so bad that I have to keep him outside for days. I've had him since he was a kitten and he's trained to use the litter box. Lately for a wierd reason he's been peeing on my clothes,and my backpack. Is true that he pees because he's diebetic?
Posted by Patty on July 21,2010 at 02:42 AM
YES!! I hope you've had his blood sugar tested by now. We found out our kitty was diabetic because he was so thirsty and peed where he'd never peed before. He even got in the shower with my husband at one point. We got him to the vet fast after that. Please get him checked if you haven't, and find a vet experienced with diabetes. Our kitty almost died because the former vet had us give him wayyyyyy too much insulin and we didn't know better. He had a crash and was close to death, but we got him to a different vet and they saved his life. He lived to be almost 19 years old, the last 5 years of his life with diabetes. It can be managed, but we're talking 1-4 or 5 units of insulin at a time. Our former vet told us to give him 16 units, my husband only gave him 8, and that still almost killed him.
Posted by gayna ward on April 21,2010 at 04:09 PM
Hi i have a 3 year old bengal cat who is so affectionate very lovable and is so curious but she only attacks me if she see's another cat in or on her territory.She's an indoor cat so never mixes with other cats but gets on with our guinea pigs and chinchilla.She does frighten me a little because she attacks my legs and has caused a few war wounds please if anyone can help please send me a message we all love her so much other wise she's perfect in every other way.
Posted by V.S.Paskel on July 23,2010 at 03:54 PM
I feel for ya. Mine is worse, she sits on your lap, licks your chin then she strikes by bitting me and hissing and growling, She is so different from other cats, granted her dad was a bobcat and mom a barncat, but still, I can't figure how she can be so nice one minute and meaner than mean the next. She also jumps out at my legs and have left quite afew war wounds on me. No one else can get near her than me, I wish I had an answer for ya.
Posted by Jaclyn on June 13,2010 at 11:29 AM
Hi, I also have a bengal 7month old, still a kitten, but size wise is already larger than my 5yr Tortie. He as a small kitten, 12wks, loved to play ruff. Iignored him but he also would go after my feet, ankles and legs. He's better, but he is also aggressive. He lets me know when he wants to be picked up and petted. If he is on the floor, following me around or jumps at me I just turn and say loudly, NO NO NO! He has a sweet side. I know this because he has tried to make friends with my 5yr old. Never saw her get aggressive till he came along. I use a Feliway collar on Spooky/5yr, also Feliway plugs for 2 months now. Things are better. I would try this collar for your bengal. When my bengal gets SUPER crazy tearing around the house, furniture, counnters I usually spray him with water until he stops. Really all you can do is watch out for him and try to stop him, if possible, by yelling NO NO. This particular breed, I've found out the hard way can be very aggressive! When I get to the point I can't stand it anymore, I put him (using treats) to put him in the garage until he calms down. He has everything needed in our garage. This breed also loves to go outside and climb trees and just run around. When called, he comes running. I found letting him outside works the best. He is calmer and does not come after me like he used to. They really tell you what they want and when they want it. Since this breed has wild already in them, I follow his lead. I hope this helps and if at all possible try the collar (get it at Pet stores and the Feliway) and also let him run outside if you can. I've never had a cat like this before or dealt with this type of behavior before! Good Luck! I left my email if you want to let me know if any of above helps.
Posted by gayna ward on June 16,2010 at 06:06 PM
thank you for your helpful reply she [ tigs ] has got a lot better in the last 2 months. The vet advised to say stop because femails don't like the word no, i'ts worked so far. Tigs only jumps and bites my feet when im looking at my fishtank, shes crafty she licks my feet then has a crafty bite but other wise shes not aggressive at all in fact i wish mine was like yours mine goes outside for a few minutes then is a little chicken and comes running back in.Tigs is very small for her breed iv'e also been advised by the breeder and vet not to let her out on her own as there are a lot of cats round my culdesac and females will kill other cats for pleasure. I would love another bengal but they've said she's to highly strung and protective she'll kill another cat even her own breed we should have gotten another one when we got her, too late now I hope you have lots of fun with your bengal there still as energetic as they are when they were kittens when there 3 years old , spraying water works a treat i don't think i would won't another breed of cat after having a bengal they have so much personality thank you again for the advice keep in touch.xxxxxxx
Posted by becky on May 21,2010 at 04:26 PM
Why does my adorable cat (about one yr) turn from playing into biting? I'm new a cat ownership (or being owned) he was a stray kitten, we took in. I don't want to do the wrong things with him. He was severly injured when we rescued him. Not any more! He's very healthy but will tolerate no dogs in his world. He's gone from playing to biting, how do I stop him? Am I playing with him too often? Thanks Soooooooo Much!
Posted by Billie Goodrow on April 16,2010 at 04:59 PM
I have a 7 month oldkitten who is VERY affectoinate towards me.She's from one of my older cats litter. I watched her being born.She's always gently biting the webbing of my hand between my thumb and index finger,sometimes she'll gently bite my fingers.It doesn't hurt at all,but I was just curious as to why she does this.It usually happens while I'm petting her,no matter where I pet her.Most of the time she does it to GET my attention,but after I'm giving her the attention,she STILL does it! I'm cofused.Can you shed some light on this for me?
Posted by Donna on April 05,2010 at 08:41 PM
I have two, 2-year old cats -- both are very loving animals. Ever since my husband passed away three months ago, the male cat periodically whines at night, waking me up at all hours. He is neutered. I don't know if he is pining for my husband, although it seems worse since Spring has arrived. I put him, his bed, food, water and litter box in the shed for tonight so that I can get some sleep. My other cat, a female, does not have this problem although she requires a lot of attention. Has anyone experienced their cat whining, particularly at night?
Posted by diana on April 03,2010 at 03:07 PM
my cat is 11 months and shes been rubbing all around the carpet and walking really low down with here butt up in the air, Does anyone know what i should do to help her she seems like shes in pain i dont know what to do?
Posted by annette on June 11,2010 at 12:50 AM
she is in heat! whatever you do, dont let her go outside for the obvious reason. take her to the vet and have her spayed. that will take care of the issue. i hope i could help!
Posted by wendy on April 08,2010 at 12:50 PM
Sounds like you cat is in heat. You need to get her spayed. Contact your local shelter to see if they can help you with this.
Posted by Susan on March 23,2010 at 04:34 PM
I'm staying with a friend who has two female cats. They are both in heat at the sametime& the one (loca) follows me EVERYWHERE!! even to the bathroom! if I don't shut her out!!! Shewilllitterally climb up on me!! If i'm sitting in the computer chair & she will stand on the arm rest on her hind legs & put her two front paws UP ON MY SHOLDERS!! And be litterally meowing right INTO my ear!! It's realy gotten out of hand!!! If i'm gone my friend doesn't hear a peep out of them or have any trouble at all!! BUT the minute I come home & sit down there she is, ALL OVER ME!!!! I can't stand it any longer!! Is this normal behavor or is it like something about my body chemistry that drives her nuts?
Posted by nancy on March 08,2010 at 07:17 PM
same problem also need help
Posted by starcey on March 07,2010 at 10:21 PM
My cat is 21 years old, (human years), and I’ve had her since she was 1 month old. she’s completely healthy. Over the past 3 or so years, she’s been sleeping progressively more since. When I'm home, she'll come up and cuddle in my lap when ever I sit down, be it a kitchen chair or the couch, I also find her upon waking up, curled up beside me in bed, something she had never done before. I was wondering if cats seek condolences around their time of closure (condolences I mean by, affection or comfort towards their owner), if so, are these those kinds of behaviour? Is there any way to detect?
Posted by Christina on January 11,2011 at 06:52 PM
Your cat is 21 years old. She is getting very old. Older people and animals need more rest as they age. She may or may not be dying, but it is always nice to have a snuggle with a loved one :)
Posted by Sarah on March 09,2010 at 04:56 PM
I had a cat named Fluffy that my parents owned before I was born and she hated me. She would attack, bite, hiss, and run away from me. Most likely I pulled her tail when I was a baby. When she was 18 she suddenly started showing up in my bed for the night, cuddling, purring, and letting me pet her. Never before had she let me do any of these. Unfortunately a month later her health took a turn for the worst and we had to put her down. I always thought that she knew her time was coming and was apologizing to me and making sure we were on good terms before she passed away. It's a common fact that felines can feel when they're getting sick. I think Fluffy wanted me to make sure I loved her, even though she was mean to me all my life, before she passed away forever. We've lost a few cats over the years and it never gets any easier, but the cats help create good memories of them before they leave you. I don't remember Fluffy's bad moments, only the 3 months of cuddles, purrs, and contentment.
Posted by Theresa on February 24,2010 at 09:40 PM
i need help we just receintly aquired 2 female cats that are sisters and about 4 years old. We had both fixed but at different times. Now both of them cant stand to be in the same room together. They fight and draw blood, its not good. We need some help and suggestions as to what to do or anything that could help. Anything is better then locking them away in seperate parts of the house.
Posted by Susan on February 19,2010 at 03:35 PM
Hi my name is Susan . I have 5 cats in my house living with me and my family's . I not sure which one it is but they like to get into my life flowers and eat on them even when I put them up high so they couldn't get them. But some how they still get to them. What am'I suppose to do to keep them out of my pretty flowers? Susan
Posted by wendy on April 08,2010 at 12:42 PM
Go to the Pet Store and buy some cat grass for them. If you give them what they need they probably will leave your stuff alone There are also sprays that you can buy that taste bad to the cats but don't hurt the plant. Look into Bitter Apple.
Posted by Michelle Upton on February 16,2010 at 03:04 PM
I have a 141/2 year old female cat. This winter I have noticed that her coat isn't as fluffy and full. She has a couple of bald spots on her that she tends to lick. She has many sores on her body. Is this due to old age? Or is there something I can do to help clear this up?
Posted by V.S.Paskel on July 23,2010 at 03:44 PM
You can get a plastic collar at the vets to put on her, my lab does the same thing. Licks till she's raw. I got one of these collars and she can't get to the spots now and they have healed. She still tries to lick and I put it back on her for awhile.
Posted by wendy on April 08,2010 at 12:49 PM
Could be a number of reasons. Even if your cat doesn't go outside, she could have fleas. She could be allergic to them. She would need regular flea treament with a reputable brand to prevent it if it is flea allergy. Does she have long hair? Does it get matted? Do you brush her? If the matts pull out, they will leave bald spots. She could also be overgrooming that some do when over stressed. There are probably many more reasons but this is a start. Most important is to get her to the vet to make sure there is not an underlying medical issue.
Posted by lidia on February 18,2010 at 05:10 PM
I'm sorry, that happened to a friends cat she got a special treatment, or somthing, Thanks!
Posted by L.K. Hopkins on February 07,2010 at 09:47 AM
If you ever find something that works, let me know. We found a ferel kitten 11 years ago and started doing the same thing two years ago. Have tried everything we hear about, and the only thing that works is to lock him in a bathroom 24/7. Start feeling guilty, we let him out, and in a couple of days, he goes right back to her old routine.
Posted by Turquoise on February 04,2010 at 01:56 PM
I have a two year old male cat i adopted from a shelter in August. He ruined one sofa by urinating on it. It was a used sofa. The old owner had two cats. I figured he was marking the sent of the unknown cats. I brought a brand new sofa into my apartment. He has urinated on that as well. Do the repellents or feliway diffuser work? Is there anything else I can do?
Posted by annette on June 11,2010 at 01:15 AM
the diffuser feliway works really well, if you have not tried it yet. i had a similar problem with my 12 year old cat, used he feliway plug in, and within a few weeks, she just about stopped. you also should either rent a carpet shampooer if you dont already have one, and shampoo your couch (if its not leather) with a cleaner called simple solution. you can get it at just about any pet store.
Posted by pat bodden on March 05,2010 at 06:02 AM
i have seven cats one is nine years old he started to urinating all over the house after we got the seventh cat what can i do to stop him he is my baby
Posted by Lynn on January 25,2010 at 10:25 PM
my cat ziggy follows me every where just about. while in the bathroom he tries to bite my toes or if petting him he will sometimes try to bite my finger and not so gently either Why does he feel so compelled to bite my toes? Ive had cats all my life and never had this behavior before was wondering it for some odd reason it shows affection Does any one have the answer I'd like you to share this with me Thank you
Posted by ANA on January 25,2010 at 08:32 PM
Posted by V.S.Paskel on July 23,2010 at 03:48 PM
If it's a male, it probably used to being outside at night and sleeping all day. I had a cat for 8 years and it never ever meowed, the one I have now very seldom, but they were females too. If yours is a female, and your home during the day, keep waking her up and she's like a little child, gets days and nights mixed up.
Posted by Erin on January 24,2010 at 09:37 PM
My cat Jaspurr has been slowly losing weight. He is only a little over 2yrs. old. He doesn't eat nearly as much as my other male cat that is just under his age. Furthermore, I am concerned because it looks like his gums are a little swollen. They are not red or look inflammed , so what does this mean. I don't have the money to take him in to see a Vet. I don't even have money for my own food at the moment. He also sneezes, is very anti-social, mean , and has thrown up once in the past week. What can I do?
Posted by nanci on August 10,2010 at 10:44 PM
the cat is probab ly sick. sore gums is making him not want to eat, and he doesnt feel good so he is anti social. I have had this with cats. he needs to see a vet. can you make arrangements to pay a small amount by the week or the month. is it strictly an inside cat or outside cat. it could be a few things. search feline leukemia, feline aids, distemper, and respiratory illness. search these on google. could get some replys also
Posted by cristina on December 25,2009 at 11:16 PM
hello i have femal bengal cats. a middle aged adult and a young one. we have cindy (the older one) first and then got kahula (the younger one). of course typical cat behavior the hiss and claw eachother till their best buds, which they have been for two years now. they sleep togaether, lick eachother, everything! strangly all of a sudden my older cat cindy turns on kahlua and literaly attacks her like a wid cat does. she chases her around the house growling, almost like a roar. i had to stop it by block cindy and grabbing her. i put my older cat (who was being agressive) away in the laudry room. when we let her out after a couple hours she did the same thing. so now everytime she see's kahlua she goes on attack mood. basically if my older cat would have caught her, she would have killed her without us being home. i am very worried and don't know what to do?? she doesnt seem sick. is eating , and playing like always. she also isn't agressive towards us, just kahlua. i also thought that maybe cindy see's kahlua as an adult now and feels threaten sense cindy seems to be the alpha female... idk. this isn't just our two cats playing, but a very agressive situation! thanks for your time!
Posted by GordJ on December 20,2009 at 12:19 PM
I have a female fixed cat that is about 10 years old... she sometimes turns toward a wall or cupboard and does the tail shiver thing looking like she is spraying but there is nothing present. This is weird... I have never seen a female cat do this before only males.... anyone have any ideas on this behaviour ??
Posted by jenn on October 22,2010 at 10:32 PM
I think older cats just start doing odd things. My cat is 19 yrs old and is very docile. Sleeps most of the time. Can't hear and is almost completely blind. She is strictly indoor. Well, all of a sudden, she is wanting desp to go outside. She goes from door to door. She seems restless at times. She used to sleep all day long up until a week or so ago. I just wonder if she is trying to tell me something??
Posted by Liz on December 19,2009 at 01:04 PM
I haven't had a cat as a pet since childhood but now live in an apartment and wanted some companionship so I adoped/rescued an 18 month old male. He has been neutered but not de-clawed. I really don't want to have him de-clawed because although he is an indoor cat, if he ever got out he would not have one of his best defenses. I was almost sure that his grabbing of my hand when I pet him and th en quickly pulling my hand towards him and delivering a series of biting was either an affectionate act or one of supremacybut lately he has hooked me a time or two and bitten harder, to the point of bleeding.. I believe the husband of the woman I got him from has probably played rough with him so it is now a learned behavior. He seems very intelligent and responde to NO or DOWN, reinforced rarely with a water spray bottle but I would welcome any and all suggestions of what to try next.
Posted by Alicia on December 07,2009 at 11:52 AM
I have 3 cats. Trouble, Smoky, and Lazy. They are all brothers and they came from the same litter. I had them when they were 6 weeks old. Last year Smoky and Trouble were fight for about a month then we moved so we had to bored them. When I got them back they were fine. Now smoky and Lazy have been fighting for about 3 months now. I don`t know what the problem is. Lazy also has a nail that is coming out of the top of his paw. I don`t know how he did that. I don`t know if its from Smoky and lazy fighting.
Posted by janice derochie on November 24,2009 at 01:49 PM
We have a male 3 year old cat that will spray every so often.It is hard to clean and the smell seems to stay.even after aggresssive cleaning and shampooing.What will work the best??Ive tried everything to get rid of the odor and some times it takes awhile.Also he cannot be fixed because of a heart problem and is a indoor cat.Any ideas?????Thank -You.
Posted by Jaclyn on June 13,2010 at 10:55 AM
I've read about this problem. In your situation, I would contact your Vet. They do offer medication to help keep males from spraying. As far as getting rid of the smell, well, try the feliway site. Goggle it. I know they have so many new products from Pet stores that guarantee to get the smell out. I know, you used to have to just throw away anything they sprayed on. From breeding Siamese back in the 60s, nothing worked. Times have changed. Check out sprays from Pet stores where you can take it back if it doesn't work. Keep looking, hopefully something will work...Good Luck!
Posted by Janice on December 19,2011 at 07:46 PM
Thanks I will try everything you suggested.
Posted by Maria Palacios on October 22,2009 at 10:31 AM
We moved recently, and even though I tried to get my cat to stay inside he always goes out. Before he came back after an hour or so, now that we moved he stays gone for a day or so. Also, there is another male cat that comes looking for him and they fight. When I keep my cat inside he spends tha whole day crying with child like howls, so he can go out to meet the other cat, and immediatelly start fighting. My cat is getting too beat up, andripping the window screens when the cat is atround. I am very frustrated and feel horrible to have to tie him when he goes out, so he does not dissapear or get scratched
Posted by cat lover on October 01,2009 at 10:18 AM
i also have two cats.both boys.they love to play and run around.they even play fight.sometimes thet hit pretty hard.could they become aggressive towards each other?????
Posted by janice derochie on November 24,2009 at 01:59 PM
Let them play fight, keep your eye on them and when they get to rough just yell hey' or something and they will stop and usually run from each other.Over time they will know what is acceptable by you and wont get to agressive.After all I am sure that you leave them by themselves so they probaly fight at that timme also. You cant be there 24_7.We have a small yorkie and a big black male cat who fight also.They know the limit and nobody gets hurt!!!!Hope this has helped you.Good Luck.
Posted by Norma Aldape on September 05,2009 at 05:53 PM
I have two great cats, mother and daughter. MY problem is, they will eat one kind of cat food, and when I buy it again, neither one will touch it. This has happened many times, costly and wasteful. I have been giving Mama a spoonful of canned daily as a treat, Baby will not touch it. Baby likes the foil packages of treats, and Mama will not touch that. I try holding back on the treats until they get so hungry that they will eat the dry food. Whiskas has been the one I have had most luck with. Any advice will be appreciated.
Posted by cat lover on October 01,2009 at 10:20 AM
try fancy feast my cats love it or some cheap dry food like ally cat
Posted by SUE ANN ROSS on July 10,2009 at 03:05 PM
Stray male kittten found us last fall 08, he is very calm, he has had his shots, neutered and loves everyone, perfect! but almost everyday he poops on the floor (always by a doorway, he has had reaccuring bacerica in the stool and blood and very soft) he is again on meds for 3 days. he has very long hair . we even put a cermic tile on the floor, we have bought as larger/deeper litter pan with a lid. we put a litter pan with a very small amount of litter in it to simulate the floor by the doorways, luckly he never gets anything on the carpet, it always goes on the tile. do you have anymore ideas, we have 4 other cats and he gets along with all of them. we have 1 deep pan uncovered and 1 deep pan that is covered, he doesn't urinate on the floor maybe about once every month (thank goodness it's a lot bigger mess to clean up).
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