Also, while they are up on counters, cats may pause to lick the butter or steal nibbles or whole chunks of food that you have left lying around. It can be pretty annoying to find that your cooling bacon strips have been dragged to the floor as cat fodder. In addition, not everything the cat steals will be good for her — and some things, like chicken bones, can be downright harmful.
Too Many Cats
Sometimes your cats’ behavior problems can stem from not getting along with the other cats in your home. Take a closer look at your cat consortium to determine if this is the source of the problem.
Dog-owning households outnumber cat-owning households, but there are more cats than dogs (64.1 million cats to 63.8 million dogs). That’s because people who have cats tend to have more than one: 2.1 cats on average per household compared with 1.5 dogs, according to the American Humane Association. Of course having a companion for a kitty is a good way to keep her from becoming lonely when you’re off earning the cat food.
However, overcrowding can create stress among cats. Cats are territorial by nature, and their society is structured in a dominance-controlled hierarchy governed by strict rules of conduct. In their natural environment, when cats have a confrontation, the loser will leave the dominant cat’s territory, which avoids further conflict and injury. But when both cats are indoors, the losing cat cannot get as far away from the dominant cat as he would like. Being forced to live in close proximity with rivals is foreign to a cat’s nature.
Therefore, think carefully before getting another cat or you may find even your formerly well-behaved cats developing feline behavior problems. Of course, you shouldn’t have more cats than you have the time and money to care for properly.
Resources for Feline Behavior Problems
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