Maintaining your cat’s behaviour

Detecting the signals of distress or unhappiness in your cat early and treating them can make a big difference to how happy and safe your cat feels in its environment.

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Maintaining your cat's behaviour

Understanding and maintaining your cat’s behaviour is an important part of cat ownership

Maintaining your cat’s behaviour can be confusing, but there are several ways to identify whether your cat is happy and relaxed or if it’s become distressed and upset.

Detecting the signals of distress or unhappiness in your cat early and treating them can make a big difference to how happy and safe your cat feels in its environment.

Feliway has a great article on some of the signs and what they can mean:

Cats are at their most loving and well behaved when they feel in control of their environment.

When they feel this control they will carefully mark their home using facial marking via the release of pheromones. This release happens each time a cat rubs its face against furniture or nuzzles up against your legs.

When you see your cat displaying this cat behaviour, you can be sure that it’s feeling great.

People can unwittingly disrupt these important marks of security by moving furniture or bringing in new furnitureexcessively cleaning, or doing building work and DIY work.

When this happens our cats become disorientated and stressed, which can lead to misbehaviour.

Other factors that affect cats are access to food, heat, water, litter trays, attention and competition in the household with other cats (read the Cat Conflict section for more on these issues), as well as visitors to the household.

If your cat has been taken out of its environment for a period (i.e. to the vets or  cattery) then this will reduce the presence of facial marking in the home, which can make settling back in more difficult.

We’re big fans of Feliway’s synthetic diffuser, which can help indoor cats feel comfortable and at home with their surroundings.

You can purchase a range of Feliway diffusers and products now:

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