Understanding your cat's behaviour

You love your cat very much, and sometimes, you feel powerless when it comes to understanding them...

Having a conversation with your cat is not possible, but there are many ways to know how your cat feels!

Read our tips to become an expert in reading your cat’s behaviour. It will increase your cat’s feeling of security, so that you can be even happier together.

Cats love to feel in control of their environment

When they feel this control they will carefully mark their home using facial marking, and leave “happy messages” (or pheromones). This happens each time your cat rubs its face against furniture or nuzzles up against your legs.

When you notice this cat behaviour, you can be sure that your cat is feeling great!

Things that may disturb your cat

Many things can disturb your cat’s need for stability, and impact your cat's behaviour.

For instance, every time you move furniture, bring in new furniture, do a major housecleaning, renovate your house, do some DIY work at home… This can remove the “happy messages” left by your cat, and then they don’t feel at home anymore.

When this happens your cat becomes disorientated, and you can see your cat's behaviour change: in your cat’s language, it’s a sign of discomfort.

Other things that may affect your cat's happiness are access to food, heat, water, litter, attention and competition in the household with other cats, as well as visitors to the household.

Your cat loves stability. If your cat has been away from home for a time (for instance, after staying with a cat sitter, or in a veterinary clinic), your cat might feel a bit lost when coming back home. Indeed, all of their “happy messages” will have disappeared during their absence! Your cat will simply not recognize their own home!

Perhaps the biggest change that your cat can go though is moving to a new home. After a move, you feel a bit lost yourself. Same goes for your cat! Entering a home with none of their “happy messages” on the walls will create a lot of stress for your cat. This can affect your cat's behaviour and your cat will maybe hide more, or even start urine spraying or scratching.

In these times of change, using FELIWAY CLASSIC diffuser or FELIWAY CLASSIC Spray is a great help, as it sends “happy messages” and brings a feeling of happiness and security to your cat.

Using FELIWAY CLASSIC in the areas your cat frequents will help them to adjust more easily to any changes going on.

SIGNS OF AN UNHAPPY CAT

Unlike dogs, who give obvious signs to their owner when they need something, cats are far more discrete and complex in showing what they need.

Knowing the common signs when your cat is feeling upset is essential. It will help you increase your cat’s well-being and make your cat feel safe and happy.

Using FELIWAY CLASSIC will help to keep your cat feeling secure and at ease at all times, making for a very happy, playful, and affectionate cat!

Further advice on keeping your cat happy

For further information on cat language, or cat behavior, visit International Cat Care.

Keeping your cat happy is easy once you know how to read your cat's language and use a FELIWAY CLASSIC Spray or FELIWAY CLASSIC Diffuser around the house.

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