7 Common Cat Behavior Problems

Common Cat Behavior Problems

Cats are known to be among the closest feline friends to many people. They provide companionship, play-time, and happiness to our lives and that of our family members through literally being close or rubbing and kneading on the legs and laps. However, not everything done by cats is pleasant. At times, cat behavior may result into a serious problem in the house.

Common Cat Behavior Problems

Cats have several behaviors which may translate into problems in the house. This is resulted by the psychological or physiological status of the cat or its natural temperament. The following are some of these behaviors:

1) Keeping You Up at Night

Your cat may develop a tendency of wanting to have you awake in the late night. Some cats always start to meow loudly and constantly after lights are switched off. Others sneak into the bedroom and starts scratching the bed sheets or swatting. This usually disrupts the normal cat-human relationship.

2) Biting and Scratching People

A cat may develop the habit of biting and scratching people. Normally, such a cat responds through biting and/or scratching after a person gets closer to it for play or to hold it. As a cat grows from a kitten to maturity, it may shift from being gentle into being rough and unfriendly.

3) Destroying and Dismantling Materials in the House

Some cats may grow to be excessively playful. You may find out that your cat is forcing you to rearrange or repair different materials in your house, for example, rugs, furniture, clothes, shoes, or bed and furniture covers. Normally, cats do this through scratching and pulling away these materials.

4) Stealing or Grabbing Food

Common Cat Behavior Problems

It is normal for cats to like eating together with people. Others only accept to eat from their food box if it is placed close to a person. However, you may find out that your cat is stealing food from the store or grabbing food from family members or visitors as you dine. This is common to some cats regardless of whether they are served with enough food or not.

5) Jumping on to the Kitchen Counter or Store Boxes

After finding out that food or other items are kept in places such as kitchen counters or store boxes, some cats develop a tendency of jumping over such places in order to look for food or other materials. As they jump over, they may step on items such as utensils, shoes, or appliances. This may result to effects such as destruction or electric accidents.

6) Spraying the Urine

This is common to male cats. As cats grow up, they may end up ignoring the tendency of being used to responsible urination at the litter box. Some usually spray urine over as they walk or climb on top of different parts in the house. The sprayed urine may land on food or other materials in the house.

7) Rejecting the Litter Box and Opting for Other Places

Although thoroughly trained, some cats will only reject their own litter box and choose other places for their urination or defecation purposes. These places may include: under furniture, house corners, under the bed, or inside the shoes.


Cats have very many common behavior problems that may occur at different stages of their growth. Thorough training of your cat may prevent him/her from landing into such behaviors in life. Also, providing materials such as toys and clean litter box as well as utmost gentleness to him/her will translate into good behavior.