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Cat Behavior & Facts

Cats communicate with each other and people in many fascinating ways. Cat’s use vocalizations as well as body language in order to alert us to how they are feeling.

Before we can understand possible cat behavior issues it is important to know what is considered normal or what our cat is trying to say. In fact many cat behavior problems are actually normal behaviors but the cat is performing them inappropriately from the owner’s perspective. Some of the most common cat behavioral issues are aggression and elimination problems and often stem from a lack of proper environmental stimulation or outlets for normal feline behaviors.

With a detailed history and examination, your veterinarian can quickly assess your cat’s behavior issues and provide solutions or treatment options to help ease the undesired behavior. Effective behavior treatments usually include enriching a cat's environment and strengthening the bond between pet and owner. Other modifications and medications must sometimes be used to control undesirable behavior.

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