Understanding Cat Behavior

Many people believe that a cat works to its own schedule, and as long as the cat has a clean litter tray, food and water, it will not bother paying much thought to its owner. The staff at any cat boarding kennel sees this on a daily basis. However, every now and again cats behave in a strange manner which makes it difficult for the owner to establish exactly what the cat wants. Here are some ways to help you solve the mysteries of the cat’s behavior.

 

Cat Stretching

Cat Stretching

A cat will push its head into any place or object where it can, for example, usually against the leg of a table, or a television stand. You will notice that your cat behaves in this way when you have other people at your home, who either suffer with allergies or have pets of their own. When the cat becomes aware of them he will push his head against them, and put a little bit of his saliva on the person. In the cat’s mind, this is ownership whatever his saliva is on belongs to him. Ask your local vet clinic about this or do a quick Wikipedia cat search. The saliva becomes a familiar scent for him and while this may be annoying both for you and your visitors, you must accept that the presence of another person in your home appears strange to your cat. Therefore, the cat is merely trying to make the stranger belong within his territory and in the cat s mind brushing up against the visitor and putting his scent on them will do just that.

 Although marking someone or something in this way helps the cat, saliva is one of the main forms of allergies amongst pets. If someone attempts to wipe the saliva off them, the scent will fade and disappear and the cat will undoubtedly try to do it once more. It may seem that cats aim this behaviour at people with allergies, but in fact they are just attempting to make the visitor belong to the house. If your guest really cannot cope with the saliva, let the cat rub himself against their pants a few times. More than likely the cat will then leave the person alone.

 If your cat is strictly an indoor animal, you can expect he will spend most of this time lying close to the window. He may make strange noises or movements but don t despair, he is just acting out his hunting skills. The cat will notice the movement of anything outside and this will put him into hunting mode. You are probably already aware that cats just love to play and to be played with. They will pounce on toys in play and this is normal behavior. If you try to stop the cat playing in this way, he will adopt a negative approach and he will play with things he shouldn t. Toys do not need to be expensive.

 Your cat will get much pleasure playing with you chasing a piece of string as anything else. The longer you have a cat the stranger the behavior you will see him display. Cats always have a reason for behaving as they do, and if you can make an effort to begin to understand the reasons for such strange behavior, you will have no problems keeping him fit, healthy and happy.

Liver Disease in Cats

As your cats get older, you will find that just like an elderly human, his health can fail, and one of the areas that is most vulnerable is going to be the cat’s liver. The liver is the largest internal organ in your cat’s body and given the functions that it performs, you will find that any damage to it can easily cause your pet discomfort and ill health. Your cat’s liver will perform functions as varied as cleaning the blood of toxins, regulating the chemicals in your cat’s blood and creating specific enzymes for the digestion of food. If liver disease in cats is something that you are worried about, take a moment to see what you need to know about this condition.

sick cat

sick cat

The first thing that you need to consider is that liver disease in cats is something that has a number of different causes. Because the causes are so different, the treatments are very diverse as well, and each treatment is meant to treat a different cause. For instance, you will find that one cause of liver disease in your cat might easily be hepatic lipidosis, which is a condition known as fatty liver disease. It occurs when your cat become anorexic and the body will start using the stored up fat as fuel. This can overwhelm the cat’s liver, leading to the organ performing less effectively than it should. The liver may also become inflamed thanks to issues like bacterial infection, parasitic infection or pancreatitis, or an ingestion of toxins can cause these issues.

When you are thinking about liver disease in cats, you should take a moment to think about how you might notice that your cat has it. Jaundice, a yellowing of your cat’s eye and skin tissues, is one sign that liver disease might be an issue, as is quick weight loss, abdominal effusion, and a loss of appetite. Your cat also might urinate more frequently, become more lethargic over time or even develop seizures. If you are concerned about your cat, take some time and make sure that you consider the fact that cats will often “hide” it when they are ill. This can make noticing that something is wrong much more tricky.

If you suspect that your cat or kitten is having issues, make sure that you take careful notes about what is going on and then take your cat to the veterinarian. There are several tests that your veterinarian might run if he or she suspects liver damage and in many cases, a complete biochemical profile might be essential to diagnosing the issue clearly. Some of the tests that your veterinarian might recommend include urinalysis, bile acids tolerance tests, thyroid testing and a complete blood count.

Liver disease in cats is something that you need to be concerned about, especially if you have adopted an older cat or if your cat is aging. This is more and more likely to become an issue and if you keep an eye on your cat’s habits, you will likely be able to notice in time to for treatment to make a difference. Remember to observe your cat and to note any changes for the worse.