With cats, it’s all about behavior

With cats, it’s all about behavior

If you’re a new cat parent, learning some basic concepts about feline behavior can get you off to a good start.

When dealing with annoying behavior, direct punishment — whether it’s using a loud voice or tapping a cat to get its attention — is usually counterproductive. Most cats are scared of loud noises and unexpected movements. If your cat is acting out, consider how to offer acceptable outlets for what may be natural instincts.

Once you get to know each other, note that any change in your cat’s routine and mannerisms may signal pain or discomfort. Altered appetite, activity or interactions may be clues to an underlying medical condition. If abnormal signs persist, schedule a checkup with your veterinarian.

Paying attention to your cat’s behavior can help you develop a bond that will last a lifetime.

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