12 Sep Does your Cat have a Bad Attitude?
Some cats just naturally have a cranky disposition. Other cats have occasional attitude problems. Why does this happen and what can you do about it?
Some cats just get cranky as they age. They don’t want to be bothered when they’re resting. They want to do what they want, when they want. Sometimes they just don’t want to be touched because their joints and bodies are sore.
Age plays a role in feline attitudes just as it does human attitudes.
Does your cat just tear things up sometimes? Scratching and destruction aren’t always done because your cat has a bad attitude at the moment. Sure, they might be mad about something but most of the time it’s just them displaying that the object is their property.
One way to combat this type of behavior is to ensure that your kitty has enough feline things to scratch on – like scratching posts and towers.
Cats are territorial and possessive. So, if you bring a new animal or even a new person into your home and it’s taking time away from them, this can induce aggressive behavior. It’s simply because your cat isn’t getting as much as attention now and that makes them unhappy.
Sometimes aggression is due to hormonal changes. This is something that can be helped with a visit to the vet. Your vet may suggest a medication or you may want to speak with your vet about using a pet CBD product. Keep in mind that a pet’s dose is not the same as a human dose when it comes to CBD, so it is important to review this CBD dosage guide for pets to know how much to give your cat and when.
Some felines may display a poor attitude or aggressive reaction out of fear. If the feline was a stray, not socialized or has been mistreated by humans in the past, the reaction of hissing and throwing out their claws is merely out of fear. In this situation, it’s hard to know if the behavior will ever change on its own.
Cats tend to be forgiving creatures, but there are things that may just always trigger an aggressive reaction simply because it scares them. Give your cat time. Encourage them to come and get attention from you but don’t force it. Show your cat love when they are accepting of it.
This might seem a little strange to you but some cats do lash out with their claws when they’re playing. Some cats just get too excited and when their paws extend, so do the claws. Most of the time they won’t hurt you – a light tap on your hand or multiple taps is usually it. There are times, however, that they might latch on and you think that they’re trying to hurt you. To help prevent this, play with your cat with toys that are not scented and do not contain catnip. Also try to use toys that have extenders on them to put a little more distance between you and the claws.
There are several more reasons that you might think that your cat is displaying a bad attitude, but it could just be completely normal behavior. It’s commonly thought that cats are just mean creatures, and this isn’t necessarily the case. As with other species of animals, some breeds are just more temperamental than others and some cats might like to just be lazy and left alone. If you’re concerned, have a chat with your vet and see if CBD or medication might be the way to go.