Irritating Behavior in Cats

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Cats can be lovable creatures, but they can have certain habits that cause a lot of commotion in the household. Find out about irritating behavior in cats with help from founder and CEO of 911 VETS in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Dr. Steve Weinberg, your 911 Vet. And today, we're going to talk about irritating behavior in cats. Cats can be lovable creatures, but they can have certain habits that cause a lot of commotion in the household. We want to try to eliminate or reduce those behaviors. Living with animals can give us a whole lot of joy. But some of these natural instincts are not so pleasant to live with. The level of irritation that you may have really depends upon your tolerance for certain behaviors. Being a house call, I've seen a wide array of certain cohabitation arrangements with animals. Some people allow free reign throughout the entire house and are un-phased by damage or uncleanliness that may occur. And they just seem to just live with that. Other people on the other hand completely restrict their animals and like to have an immaculate setting. And sometimes they don't even know there's a cat there. So, it really ranges. But some of this restriction can lead to some sort of irritating behavior because they're not having an outlet for this type of behavior. So, certain objectionable things that occur or destructive behavior of course, urine and fecal soiling, scooting their rear end on things. Fighting with other animals in the house and even aggressive attacks towards owners. And other things, something like escape is a common problem. What we first have to realize is this condition due to true behavior problem, or is there a medical issue involved. So, it's important to check with your vet before going forward with any kind of behavior modification. This really is important with urine soiling, hiding and probably hyperactivity kind of behavior. Much of this is due to anxiety. So, it takes a trained professional to try to delineate what is the problem here. So, compulsive licking is a real common problem, it's caused by anxiety. It could be, we need to probably consider a combination of elimination and possibly or natural or pharmaceutical medication to control the problem. Some cases, it's very dangerous situation where there's aggression towards the family. And this is going to lead many times to surrendering the pet. That's the number one reason a pet is surrendered, is aggression. So, working with a veterinarian and behaviorist may help to salvage the relationship between you and your cat. Thanks for watching.

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