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Curb your cats inner diva behavior
Many cat owners understand what they are getting into when they sign up to adopt a feline. These creatures are known for being independent, feisty and at times moody. However, if your four-legged friend is becoming more of a diva than normal, more serious medical conditions may be to blame for the behavior.
The newfound aggression displayed by your cat can stem from number of root problems. Some cats show aggression when they are feeling scared or anxious, while others get angry out of territorial feelings or in the heat of the moment while rough-housing. Although these symptoms are semi-normal among cats, if it yours is constantly biting, hissing, swatting it may mean trouble. If its ears are pinned back close to its head and its pupils are dilated, when it sees you or during playtime, the aggression may also be more serious.
If this behavior continues, you should bring the cat to the vet's office where he or she will be able to rule out more serious medical woes as the culprit for the undesired attitude changes. Certain medical problems that can cause changes in behavior include hyperthyroidism, dental or gum disease, abscesses, the development of arthritis or tumors. If a cat is found to have any of these problems, the vet will most likely run tests and prescribe specific pet drugs to help the cat. If the feline has arthritis, the vet might start it on joint supplements such as Dasuquin or Cosequin For Cats and may recommend a pain medication such as Prednisolone. Stick the medication in Greenies Pill Pockets to ensure the cat ingests the entire
If your feline isn't suffering from any of these conditions, the vet might suggest a new plan of action to try and curb the unwanted behavior. Trying to redirect the aggression when it starts is a solid way to avoid the problem. Try to get new pet products such as the Burlap Heart Catnip Toy that you can entice the cat with as soon as you see signs of aggression. This may defuse the situation and keep the peace in your home. Sometimes, cats act out due to boredom so making sure you exercise your cat each day for 30 to 60 minutes can also make a difference. Try using a product like the Crazy Circle Interactive Cat Toy as this item is fun and durable and keeps a cat focused as they try to get the small ball out by pawing at it. Installing a calming aid such as Comfort Zone For Cats may also ease the tension and help your cat relax.