Just like people, cats are all unique, and they all have their own purrsonalities. Some are friendly, some are very laid back, and some are, well, a bit grouchy. Fluffy is also known for having mood swings. Here, a Coatesville, PA vet discusses cattitude.
Although some kitties are just naturally grouchy, if your pet suddenly seems moodier or more aggressive than usual, health issues could be to blame. Have your furry little curmudgeon checked out. If your vet rules out medical problems, then you can focus on Fluffy’s behavior.
As mentioned above, cats can change their moods rapidly. Usually they give some sort of warning, such as flattening their ears or even nipping you gently. If Fluffy does this, don’t try to pet or hold her. Instead, just leave her alone until she calms down.
One thing that really rubs Fluffy the wrong way is, well, being rubbed the wrong way. While some kitties are affectionate little love bugs who want to snuggle 24/7, others just don’t like being held or petted. Never force attention on a cat. At best, your pet will twist away. At worst, you’ll end up getting scratched. Kitties also have some very strict guidelines about how long they like to be petted, and in what way. Let your feline pal decide if and when to cuddle.
There are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind when it comes to dealing with grouchy furballs. If Fluffy tends to lash out aggressively, she may be acting out of fear. Make sure your kitty always has a safe spot to retreat to in every room. Your cat may also appreciate vertical space, especially if there are dogs and/or toddlers in the house that frighten her.
We recommend playing with grouchy cats regularly. This will help your kitty release any pent-up frustration she feels, kind of like the way a good workout can help someone blow off steam on a bad day. Plus, your furry pal will be tired afterwards, which will naturally make her calmer. Just use toys that allow you to play with Fluffy while staying out of range of those claws, like wand toys.
Please reach out to us, your local Coatesville, PA vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!