Normal or Not?

Some of your kitten's odd behaviors are normal, but others may indicate medical problems.

By Charles Hand

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Normal Behaviors
1. Constantly wants to play.
2. Inappropriate elimination before box training.
3. Cries when left alone.
4. Wrestles with your hand, kicking and nipping.
5. Sprays (may be avoided by altering).
6. Anxiety when introduced to new surroundings.
7. Sleeps up to 16 hours a day.

Get to the Vet
1. Change in normal routine.
2. Exhibits listlessness.
3. Excessive scratching or grooming.
4. Eats or drinks more or less.
5. Frequent or infrequent urination.
6. Consistent urination outside the box.
7. Normally calm cat acts aggressively.

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Jenny    Monticello, MN

12/20/2011 8:31:30 PM

My kitten has been licking my eyelids when I am sleeping. I move her away and tell her no and to stop but she keeps doing it and only to me. Is this normal?

Lisa    Seabrook, TX

1/23/2008 7:21:14 AM

Quick and easy steps to look for. Great job

Vanda    Laramie, WY

7/31/2007 4:18:58 AM

This seems to me to be a pretty good basic list of "normal" and indications of problems, especially for new owners. There should be a book of this type of stuff for first time cat owners.

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