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Cattitude: Dealing With A Grumpy Cat
October 15, 2021

Do you have a grumpy cat? Just like people, kitties all have their own personalities. Some are friendly and affectionate, while others are more aloof, and just don’t enjoyr being held or petted much. And then there are some kitties that are just plain feisty. If your pet falls into that last category, read on! In this article, a Bellevue, WA vet offers advice on dealing with a grouchy feline.

Rule Out Health Issues

If your kitty is usually sweet, but has only recently started acting grouchy, there could be a medical issue at play. Bring Fluffy in for a full exam. If she gets a clean bill of health, then at least you know you have a cranky pet on your hands, rather than a sick one.

Comfy Environment

Cats can be quite jealous and territorial. If you have other pets, make sure that they are all getting equal attention, and don’t have to compete for resources, such as food, water, litterboxes, or lap space.

Give Fluffy An Outlet

Playing can be a great way for your cantankerous pet to work off her angst. This is sort of a kitty version of working off some steam by hitting a punching bag. Opt for toys that you can control from a distance, like laser pointers and wand toys. That way, you can ensure that Fluffy is attacking her toys, and not you. 

Provide Entertainment

Cats certainly love napping, but they do still need entertainment and stimulation. Does Fluffy have nothing to do but stare at the walls all day while you’re at work? Is she spending too much time alone? Offer your feline friend ways to amuse herself while you’re out. Set out lots of toys she can safely use alone, and give her things to investigate and explore. A comfy window seat with a good view is also great kitty entertainment.

Let Fluffy Be Herself

Never force attention on a cat! If Fluffy doesn’t want to be picked up, just let her be. Some kitties just prefer to be admired from a distance. Even kitties that are aloof often enjoy it when their owners talk to them and play with them. If we know one thing about our feline pals, it’s that they are all unique!

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Bellevue, WA animal clinic!