Behavior Issues

A guide to understanding your cat's complex issues.

By Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, D.V.M.

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Behavior problems are serious and can often affect the long-term relationship you will have with your cat. If you catch these problems early and work with your pet to modify her behavior, your relationship can blossom into a rewarding companionship.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

9/11/2012 2:46:06 AM

good article, thank you

Cat Editor    Irvine, CA

7/16/2012 5:30:31 PM

Ellie: Shaking her head is too vague a problem to really comment on. This could be a skin problem, or a neurologic problem. If you're not satisfied with your vet’s exam or explanation, you should get a second opinion. If your cat is unlikely to perform the head shaking in the exam room, try to take a video of the cat doing the odd behavior.

Ellie    Stga Sps, NY

7/13/2012 4:06:58 AM

My cat is now 2 1/2 and shakes her head whenever something touches it. By observation I know now that she has a hearing problem. The vet checked her ears and mouth earlier before I discovered the hearing problem and from what he could see, she lost a few small front teeth and the ear canal looked clean. What is my next step, her mommy 'me' is not happy, this head shaking is odd, like she wants to throw off something stuck in her head and she cannot hear where sounds are coming from. Any advise greatly appreciated.

Marie    Madisonville, KY

4/4/2012 3:17:05 PM

We rescued a Maine Coon male kitten who was in a restaurant parking lot and climbed into our tire...he was just a baby, we named him Chevy...we took him to the vet immediately....he had fleas, worms, and had not been eating he became an adult cat (he is 2 years old now) he started biting me....I had terrible bites on my legs and arms for a long time, he is now doing less of that but still doing it some...he can be purring and suddenly start attacking my legs...he just keeps coming at me with mouth open ready to bite....I don't do anything to set him off, he just starts attacking...trying to discipline him does no good...he is loving and wants to be with me all the time but occasionally his aggressive behavior is over the top....

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