When something goes a little awry or a cat starts behaving badly, you think “He's never done that before!”. Sometimes a very calm cat will start to scratch and bite you at random. Other times he'll stop toileting in the litter tray where he has always gone. Some cats even start to meow all the time - when they've never been vocal before! And you are wondering Just what is going on here?
1. Your cat might be sick. - Illness is the first thing that you want to rule out. If your cat experiences a sudden behavior change, it may be a sign that he's not feeling well. Lethargic - Low energy, no appetite, urination outside of the litter box: all of these can be symptoms of different health problems. Take your cat for a checkup from your veterinarian as soon as you can to make sure that the strange behavior isn't caused by illness. If it is, your vet will be able to help.
2. If your cats health is fine, Your cat might be bored. - It really can be that simple! A bored cat might seem less active than usual but eventually they will look for ways to entertain themselves. Cats can sometimes get tired of their favorite toys, and a mouse that previously captivated your cat for hours can suddenly lose its charm. Your cat's behavior change might be a sign that it's time to get him some new toys or put away his old ones for awhile until he misses them.
3. If you have tried some different entertainments for your cat and you still are having troubles, Your cat could be stressed out. - Stress is another common cause for changes in behavior. If your cat feels stressed or uncomfortable in his environment, he will show signs of it that can be seen as sudden behavioral problems. Some symptoms of stress in cats include:
- Excessive vocalization
- Trying to hide
- Refusing to eat
- Scratching, chewing or other destructive behaviors
- Inappropriate urination or defecation
You can try and help reduce your cats stress levels by looking back at when your cats started acting strangely and eliminate any changes that have happened since.
For example, if there is work being done at your house, you can always board your cat in a cat resort (cattery) until the work has finished.
You could have a stray cat hanging around your house and marking territory which could cause your cat to become stressed. In this situation you can call your council and let them know there is a stray cat hanging around and they could send someone out to trap them.
If you still can't pinpoint the cause of your cat being stressed, you can speak to your veterinarian about stress-reducing options such as anti-anxiety medication, pheromone therapy, and stress relief herbal drops.