Guide to Cat Behavior

As the leading veterinary clinic in Montgomery County, we get a lot of questions about strange or unpleasant cat behaviors. From not using the litterbox to scratching up your furniture, there are many issues that cat owners could face. How do you address these problems? Are they really problems at all?

We’ve put together this guide to answer some of the most common questions we get about cat behavior, and we’ll update it periodically as we come across more questions from our clients!

Click on the link below each paragraph for more information on that topic, or contact us today if you have more questions.

Why Is My Cat Scared of Everything?

Cat with big eyes looking out from under somethingIf your kitty jumps at every sound and fearfully scans the room for signs of a predator, he personifies the phrase “scaredy cat.” He probably hides under the bed or sofa all day, runs away from any sudden movements, and doesn’t let you touch him. Fearful cats may also relieve themselves outside the litter box or act aggressively without provocation. These behavioral issues are unacceptable.

Click here to learn why your cat is scared and how to help him overcome his fears »

Dealing with Aggression in Cats

Aggressive cat behavior is not something that any pet owner should have to put up with. It can be a hazard to you, your guests, other pets, and any small children in your home—and it is also a stressor for your cat. The experts at Germantown Vet can help you with some tips to handle aggressive cats.

Click here to learn more about aggressive cats »

Why Does My Cat Bite?

You probably love many of your cat’s traits. He’s soft, he’s playful and his purring is practically therapeutic. However, if your cat likes to bite you—whether playfully or aggressively—your feelings about him may take a hit. Thankfully, we know of a few things that could cause this behavior in your pet, so we outlined a few reasons why cats bite and how you can get your cat to stop biting.

Click here to learn more about why cats bite their owners »

How to Get Your Cat to Drink Water

Cat Drinking WaterAs with humans, water makes up a majority of your cat’s body. This means even a small deficiency can make a big difference. Learn what health problems can develop as a result of dehydration and how to help your feline friend get all the water he needs.

Click here for tips on getting your cat to drink water »

How to Stop Cats from Scratching Furniture

Torn up furniture and ripped carpeting—it’s the bane of any cat owner’s existence. First, it’s important to understand why your cat is scratching the furniture. Once you understand the reason why your cat is misbehaving, you can take steps to stop it from happening.

Click here to learn more about how to stop your cat from scratching furniture »

Why Isn’t My Cat Using Her Litterbox?

Accidents happen, but when your cat habitually stops using his or her litterbox, it can be very concerning. So what’s going on with your feline friend? There are a number of reasons why your cat might stop using the litterbox, from illness to cleanliness and more. At Germantown Vet, we’ve gotten many calls from frustrated kitty parents wondering what in the world is going on and what they can do to stop it. 

Click here to learn common reasons for litterbox problems and how to fix them »

Why Cats Lick You

cat-328515_960_720You don’t think twice when an exuberant dog tries to lick your face, but when your cat offers you some feline kisses, is she actually showing you affection, or is there something else going on here? Some kitties give their owners a few licks here and there, while others pin you down and lick with sandpaper tongues until your skin is raw. The reasons for this behavior are varied, and may or may not require action on your part.

Click here to learn more about why cats lick people »

Have More Questions About Cat Behavior?

We know that all cats are different, and sometimes your feline might be doing something strange that we haven’t even heard of! If you’re confused or concerned about your kitty’s behavior and want assistance from one of our highly-experienced cat veterinarians, give us a call today at (240) 252-7467!

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