Remember that your cat is a creature of habit
Photo of Pretty and Fluff from Friskies Explorer RoxyKitty
Hi Explorers. Happy Spring!
Many of you are probably well acquainted with the fact that your kitty is a creature of habit and takes comfort in familiarity, and in fact, she depends on certain aspects of her life being routine without unexpected surprises.
In previous blogs I’ve talked about the good and beneficial ways to include exploration, surprises, and stimulation in your cat’s life by way of interactive playtime, solo playtime and environmental enrichment. Those are changes and new experiences that contribute to your cat’s happiness and health. There are other parts of your cat’s life though where unexpected, sudden, or out-of-character changes can be a clue that something isn’t right in kitty’s world.
When your cat displays a change in behavior, appetite, activity level, vocalization, etc., it’s a clue that something may be wrong. If you notice that change early on and investigate what could be causing it, you’ll stand a much better chance of correcting the problem in its early stages. Here are some examples:
· If your cat is normally a very active, social, playful cat and has suddenly become quiet, no longer interacts with family, and can’t be enticed into playtime may mean an underlying medical problem might be going on. There may be something environmental that’s causing anxiety or depression. This is a valuable clue and should be viewed as a red flag that kitty needs to be seen by the veterinarian. If your cat gets a clean bill of health, it’s time to look at what might be happening in the environment or home that could be creating stress.
· Changes in food and/or water consumption could indicate an underlying medical problem. Again, your cat should be seen by the veterinarian.
· If companion cats who are normally friendly suddenly display hostility toward each other it could be an indication that one kitty displayed redirected aggression toward another. Sudden changes in how companion cats interact should be addressed early to prevent the situation from escalating.
The above are just a few examples of sudden changes that can indicate an underlying problem. The fact that cats are creatures of habit actually provides us, as owners, a valuable opportunity to catch problems in the early stages.
Have you solved a problem by first noticing a sudden change in your cat?