6 Common Questions All Cat Owners Have (And Their Answers!)
Have you ever wondered if the questions you have about your cat are normal things to wonder about? We’ve collected six questions that cover the most common things that cat owners ask us about. Whether you’re wondering why your cat acts like they’re constantly hungry, or how to get them to use the litterbox instead of the bathtub, you’ll be happy to know that many other cat owners wonder about the same things.
No matter what questions cat owners have, one thing is for certain: they all love their cats and want to help them live healthier, happier lives!
Common Feeding Questions
Q: “My cat won’t stop eating. How do I know if I’m feeding her enough?”
A: Perceived “hunger” in your cat could be that she is, in fact, feeling hungry or it could be a learned behaviour, reinforced when begging is rewarded with more food. Your veterinarian can determine precisely how much food you should be feeding your cat on a daily basis. It’s very important to stick to these feeding amounts in order to avoid weight gain. Tricks for reducing begging behaviour include: using an automatic feeder to offer your cat small, frequent meals throughout the day – but be sure to use one with 4-6 individual compartments to provide precisely measured meals, not a constant “waterfall” of kibble; feeding your cat from a food-dispensing toy so the food is distributed more slowly, which can also increase her activity level; and feeding a diet that promotes satiation, or the feeling of fullness. Talk to your vet about nutritional options!
Q: “Is wet food or dry food better for cats?”
A: Overfeeding, not wet food, leads to obesity. First, figure out how many calories your cat is allowed to eat in a day, including any calories from treats, people foods, and wet food. Your vet can help you! Next, measure dry food using a gram scale. Finally, don’t feed more calories than your cat needs to maintain a healthy weight.
Whether it’s wet or dry, the most important consideration is that each pet receives the nutrition that meets their needs. The format of the formula can offer additional benefits such as palatability, dental benefits, urinary benefits, or appetite satisfaction, so each pet’s needs should be considered individually. Your vet can perform a nutritional assessment to determine your cat’s needs!
Read more of about wet and dry food here: The Cat Gourmet: Wet Versus Dry
Common Behaviour Questions
Q. Why does my cat love to cuddle when I’m on the toilet? When I go to the bathroom or even if I just sit on the toilet my cat will instantly jump up on my lap, nuzzle into me, curl up and fall asleep purring – anytime of day, even when he’s in an energetic mood. He almost never cuddles otherwise. What’s his deal?
A: I’m not sure whether to say that it’s sweet, or that it is awkward, but you aren’t alone in experiencing this feline behaviour! Cats like short periods of close interaction with us. They like to have our undivided attention. And, when we are on the toilet, we are pretty much not doing anything else so they can be sure of having us all to themselves. Enjoy his wanting your attention! 🙂
Q. Hi there. We have a 3 year old cat and a one year old cat. They have been attempting to get along for the past year but the oldest cat seems to have “fits of jealousy” that keeps them from having a good relationship. How do I fix this? Thanks for your help.
Resources are very important to cats. That means not just food, water, litter, perches, beds, toys and scratching surfaces, but also attention from their people. It may never be full time peace and harmony, but take every effort at coexistence as a positive step. It may help if you give them a time-sharing arrangement: one cat gets one part of your home for part of the day and then you switch over. That way, they can each relax and have some “me time”. They will figure out a way of coexisting over time. Purr!!!!
Common Litterbox Questions
Q. Hello, I am in need of some advice from you in regards to my cat Moka. He’s been doing his business in the bath even if his litter box is clean and I can’t understand why. Could you enlighten me, I really want to correct this behaviour!
A: That is unpleasant for you! I’m glad you ruled out that his problem is not that his litter box isn’t clean enough! I suspect that he is telling you that his litter box isn’t large enough for him to feel comfortable in. I suggest getting a clear, colourless, large storage box (for sweaters or gift wrap storage) or, if you can’t find a low long box, then you could buy a larger storage box and cut an opening into one end. Boxes need to be about 1.5-2X the length of a cat. Remove the lid so he doesn’t feel trapped. It could also have to do with where the litter box is located; can he get into and out of it easily and be sure that no one might “ambush” him? Most cats prefer sandy litter rather than novel textures, and they don’t like deodorized litters. Picky, picky! If this doesn’t work, you can try putting the open, clean litterbox into the bathtub. Not great, but it beats having the tub used….
Get our top litterbox tips here: Tips to Prevent Litterbox Dustups (link to: https://www.thatscatfor.com/articles/tips-to-prevent-litter-box-dustups/)
Q: I have a 2 year old female cat (spayed) and two adult males 10 and 12 years old. The female digs excessively in the litter box often for several minutes before and after using the box. There is litter everywhere after she has done her business. I have used the same litter since we adopted her over a year ago. I did try scoopable litter to see if that was the issue and it’s not. I have multiple litter boxes that I clean regularly. I’ve never had a cat do this. Any suggestions on how to correct this behaviour?
Cats instinctively cover their urine and feces with litter – they may do this to hide the material, or to eliminate the odour. Some cats, like your female, are very fastidious about eliminating every trace! It may help to use a litter that controls odour, or a litter box spray, or to try to find an alternative litter material that has an odour and texture that your cat prefers (hopefully, your other cats will have the same preferences!). It may also be helpful to use a larger litter box, which makes it easier for the cat to bury the waste without excessive excavation.
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