Cats are not difficult to socialize like their wild ancestors. Cats, who have started to communicate with their environment and the creatures they live in, are sensitive and sensitive animals to human emotions. They get stressed just like us, and certain situations they are exposed to can cause behavioral disorders in cats as well. Behavior disorders that are often seen in cats when they are not happy, do not feel safe and are intensely alone are as follows;
- Pica Syndrome
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
If your cat constantly tends to hide and refuses to communicate, these behaviors may be a sign of depression. In advanced levels of depression, defecation and urination in a different place other than the sand, excessive licking, being in constant fear, being indifferent to the game and wanting to escape, and loss of appetite are also seen. Contrary to lack of appetite, overeating behavior is also caused by depressive mood in cats. If you have detected these symptoms in your cat and your cat does not have a physical condition, your cat may be depressed.
Cats can act aggressively when they feel threatened or forced into something they don’t want. Aggression in cats is observed both as a defensive and defensive behavior. Apart from the aggressive behavior of cats to protect themselves, their territory and boundaries, if your cat is constantly angry and tends to attack, it may be under serious stress. The source of this stress is often the feeling of insecurity and fear. Aggression is also a consequence of the anxiety problem.
Anxiety in cats comes from feeling constant anxiety and worry, as in humans. They are normally very predisposed creatures to protect and secure themselves. But if your cat responds to even the slightest sound and runs away and hides, it may be overly anxious.
Anxiety does not manifest itself in cats as simply staying in a safe space. Being alone is also a problem for cats, and they may experience abandonment anxiety when left alone at home. One form of anxiety in cats also occurs when you take him to the vet. As soon as you take your cat out of the house, it starts to get nervous and meow. If he’s doing this excessively, he’s worried that you’ll knock him out of his nest.
If your cat tends to eat things he shouldn’t eat, such as fabric, string, wire, sand, this indicates Pica syndrome. The causes of Pica syndrome are stress, depression and anxiety. So another behavioral disorder in your cat can cause Pica syndrome.
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Intense anxiety and stress can cause anxiety, and anxiety can cause obsessive compulsive disorders. In this behavior disorder, your cat constantly wants to do the same things and becomes aggressive when he can’t. Obsessive compulsive disorder underlies behaviors such as constantly cleaning, chasing its tail very often, meowing with a constant tone of voice, regularly gnawing and scratching the same objects.
Causes and Solution of Behavioral Disorders in Cats
One of the main causes of behavioral disorders in cats is insufficient socialization. Cats should be adopted from their kittens, and they should be socialized by introducing them to humans and other pets at a young age. The socialization tool of cats is play. When these creatures are healthy, they definitely react to the game and see the other side as a playmate. At the same time, play is a means of getting the attention that the cat needs. It has been observed that cats socialized when they are kittens are open to communication with other living things and are therefore free from depression, stress and aggression. It has also been found that social cats lead a happier and more peaceful life.
The communication of cat owners with their cats also determines the behavior of cats. Playing rough games with your cat and being rough on her will cause her to be nervous, irritable and stressed. Leaving your cat alone and not spending enough time with it is the main reason for its aggressive and depressive mood.
Cats are habitual animals and they want to live in their safe space unaltered. Creating a safe environment for your cat and sticking to its daily routines will be positive for your cat’s mental health. You should not move his things and feed and comb him at the same time every day. But first of all, you have to show your cat that you love him.