Mars Hill Animal Hospital ‘Cat Behavioral Questions’

The Cost Of Compassion

Posted on: February 15th, 2011

Your pet’s comfort and safety is our primary concern. We know that anesthesia and surgery are stressful for both you and your pet. We understand that cost is often a factor in choosing your pet’s health care, and want to be sure that you understand how our hospital policies can make a real difference to
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Cat Health and Predatory Behavior

Posted on: August 31st, 2010

Is hunting and eating his prey bad for our cat’s health? We live in a rural area and our neutered male cat is quite the hunter. At least once a week he brings mice, moles, birds, and even a bat into the house. He normally kills the prey and then eats it, if we don’t
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Why does my cat urinate on the carpet instead of in the litter box?

Posted on: August 31st, 2010

Why does my cat urinate on the carpet instead of in the litter box? Answer: There are several causes of inappropriate urination, including * Dirty litter box * Territorial behavior * Urinary tract disorder Have you cat checked out by a veterinarian to help differentiate between a physical versus behavioral problem. Sometimes it is as
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Why does my cat sleep so much?

Posted on: August 31st, 2010

Most likely because he’s a perfectly normal cat. It’s a natural instinct for cats to sleep most of the time. It’s an adaptation they developed in order to survive in the wild. Wild cats are hunters and predators. They are generally active only at times when there is food available. For short periods during the
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Why does my cat “knead” me?

Posted on: August 31st, 2010

Kneading is a cute behavior to watchdcats flex and extend their paws against a bedspread, the carpet, or a person, usually while stretching and purring. It’s a very common behavior for cats, but no one has determined exactly why they do it. All sorts of theories exist. Some say that “kneading” cats were weaned from
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Why does my cat attack me?

Posted on: August 31st, 2010

Sometimes my cat will be content and purring when I’m petting him, and then suddenly his tail will start to twitch and he’ll start to bite my hands. He also loves to jump out and attack my feet when I’m walking by. Why does he get carried away and attack me? Answer Strange as it
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Cats and Jumping

Posted on: August 18th, 2010

My cat is 20 months old, and he jumps on kitchen counters, the kitchen table, bedroom chests…everywhere he’s not supposed to! Help! How can I get my cat to stop jumping on everything? Answer Cats will generally jump up on things if there is a reason for them to jump up there. They’ll jump onto
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