Cats do have some weird behaviors that we often overlook, but what about abnormal cat behaviors? These may be behaviors that your cat hasn’t shown before and could cause quite an alarm for the average cat owner.
Today we’re going to dive into the topic of abnormal cat behaviors so that you can ensure your feline friend stays happy and healthy during their lifetime.
Eating Non-food Items
When your cats start eating non-food items, it’s called pica. It’s unknown why some cats end up with pica. This could be a sign that there’s an underlying issue going on such as liver disease, anemia, or some other deficiency that they’re trying to get into their little body from a string, rubber bands, and other weird non-food items around the house.
Cats tend to be finicky and can be a little jumpy, but from tie mot time they may experience anxiety. Yes, your pets can experience anxiety. While you’re more apt to notice this in dogs, there are some symptoms to look for when your cat starts experiencing anxiety. Your cat may start to be easily spooked about noises, a person, or even their cat carrier due to some traumatic experience or just weird newfound fear causing the anxiety.
If your cat is starting to be more aggressive or tense and you’re not quite sure why they may have developed a phobia. Your feline friend is just as susceptible to phobias as you are. Your cat may become angry, aggressive, run away, or scratch during a time when they’re around whatever they’ve started to have a phobia of. You could see that your cat has dilated pupils or freezes when they come into contact with the person, place, or thing that’s causing them true fear.
The best way to try to deter your cat from developing anxiety, phobia, or eating non-food items is to keep a close eye on them. Make sure your cat is socialized from a young age and introduced to as many noises as possible.
To avoid pica from happening, you’ll want to have your cat checked by a vet at least once per year and feed your cat the most nutritious food options possible. While pica usually is a sign of an underlying medical issue, you’ll know sooner when you’re frequently visiting their vet.
As you know, cats can be rather finicky creatures and so it’s just important you keep a close eye on them for any new abnormal behaviors. Your cat may be having a tough week or feeling under the weather. This could mean they start experiencing some of the abnormal behaviors we noted above, but they go away in a short amount of time.
You’ll know whether these behaviors are abnormal to your cat or not, and if they are, then it’s always a good idea to just give your vet a call and check with them about your concerns.