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Understanding Your Cat

Kitties are quite mysterious little pets. Fluffy has some very unique quirks, such as her love of boxes. In fact, our feline pals can leave even experts scratching their heads sometimes. Read on as a Mt. Pleasant, SC vet offers some tips on understanding your cat.

Body Language

Learning a bit about Fluffy’s body language can help you gauge her moods. For instance, if your pet is feeling scared, she may fluff out her fur and/or withdraw to her favorite hiding spot. However, if your feline pal is lying on her back, she’s feeling quite relaxed.

Aggression

Our feline friends sometimes bite or scratch for no reason we can see. Sometimes this is actually a sign of playful affection. If your cat bites lightly, and then starts licking you, she’s probably just feeling frisky. However, if Fluffy actually attacks, she may be acting out of fear, territorialism, or anxiety, or because of health issues. Can’t tell the difference? If your pet is hissing or growling, has her ears back, and/or is lashing her tail, she’s probably angry. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Cuddles

There are some rules about petting Fluffy. Rule #1: don’t force attention on your cat. If your pet is naturally aloof, just talk to her and play with her. Rule #2: cuddle time ends when Fluffy decides it is over. Rule #3: Fluffy may want to cuddle when you are busy, and ignore you while you are watching TV. That’s just what cats do.

Curiosity

Have you ever wondered why our feline friends are so nosy? Fluffy is very inquisitive by nature. She is both predator and prey in the wild, so she’s learned to be both cautious and opportunistic. Your kitty probably won’t hesitate to hop into an empty box or a suitcase you have open, and may follow you around from room to room.

Playfulness

Fluffy has a very strong hunting instinct. Playing and pouncing not only let your cute pet unleash her inner lioness, they also keep her active, entertain her, and provide her with mental stimulation. This is very important! If your furry pal has little or nothing to do all day but stare at the walls, she may become restless and unhappy, and could start acting out.

Please call us, your Mt. Pleasant, SC vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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