Is Your Home Life Stressing Your Cat Out?

Adding another cat to the family. Some felines are socialites who enjoy company, but others do better on their own. For these cats, another animal is more likely to be viewed as an intruder than a welcome guest or new friend. If you are considering adding a second cat, focus on matching cats with similar temperaments. A social cat will most often adjust well to another social cat with a similar temperament and activity level, while a rambunctious, playful kitten may not get on well with an older cat who is timid or easily upset. And regardless of temperament, the new and old cats need to be introduced gradually, in order to give both cats time to adjust to their new living situation.

Blaming your cat for bad behavior. Most feline behavioral challenges are manageable and resolvable if addressed properly. In the situation of inappropriate eliminations outside of the litterbox, for instance, there are a variety of underlying causes and ways to resolve the issue. Pooping outside the litterbox may be a sign of a medical condition — or it can signal that your cat is feeling anxious about sharing the box with another feline. Regardless of the behavior, it is important to address the problem at its root cause and seek veterinary guidance in case there is a medical issue. Once you know why your cat is behaving the way he is, you can take steps to manage and prevent the problem behavior and train a better response to the situation.

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