Scaredy Cat: Feline Anxiety and Related Issues

Feline anxiety.

We don’t often think of our house cats as tiny, indoor wild cats. The reality is that they are more similar to a panther than they are different, though. 

The downside of keeping these pint-sized wild creatures as pets is that we are asking an animal with very deeply ingrained instincts to mesh into our household. This can result in some behavioral issues, including feline anxiety. 

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Cat Attack: Why Is My Cat Bullying the Puppy?

A cat is getting ready to hit a dog.

Does your dog walk through the house in terror and look around corners to check for the cat? Is your cat a bully that makes your dog’s life a nightmare? If your cat acts like the schoolyard ruffian, you are not alone! Cat aggression is a common behavior, and in fact, Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine says that up to 30% of cats surrendered to shelters are there because of aggression. 

The term “fighting like cats and dogs” might be a cliche, but it exists for a reason. These two species have had problems since the beginning of their cohabitation. Even though there are many jokes surrounding canine and feline housemates, it is important to take action if the cat is bulling your puppy so badly that he is hurt or scared of the other animal.

Your team at Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care is here to help you get a handle on your cat bully problems so you can enjoy a peaceful home!

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Understanding Feline Separation Anxiety

When a cat owner returns home to find their cat anxiously awaiting their arrival, an instant ego boost is bound to occur. We might think, “They love me! They really, truly love me!” – but that explanation only goes so far. 

Among other possibilities, the various symptoms of feline separation anxiety could be simmering just below the surface. There are many ways to counter the overwhelming symptoms, hopefully resulting in more confidence and control for both you and your cat.

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Animal Behavior Essentials: What You Need To Know

We all do it – observe our pet’s behavior and assume we know what they’re thinking. Sometimes we’re probably right, after all we know our pets better than anyone else. But because our furry friends are members of a different species, there are certain aspects of their behaviors that are bound to be lost in translation.

One of the most important things we’ve learned after caring for Charlotte area pets for more than 35 years is that, when it comes to animal behavior, knowledge is power. Understanding what your pet is trying to tell you is what every pet owner wants, and our animal behavior basics will get you started!

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Tigers Swim, Yet Most Cats Hate Water. What Gives?

It’s inaccurate to say that all domestic felines detest getting wet, but it’s not far from the truth. Sure, there are some delightful cats out there that, we can only assume, never got the memo about hightailing it far, far away from a running faucet. But for the most part, cats experience intrinsic, and often hilarious, reactions to the elixir of life.

Just when you thought you had them all figured out, we offer some insight regarding why cats hate water.

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Kitty 101: Why do Cats Knead?

Cats knead because it feels goodPart of the fun of cat ownership is observing the many “uniquely feline behaviors” displayed by our sweet kitties. Stalking, pouncing, fastidious grooming, and tail twitches are just some of the many examples of behaviors we observe in cats but not other pets. Kneading (the rhythmic, alternating push and pull of the front paws against a soft surface) is another common, yet puzzling, universal cat behavior.

So, why do cats knead?

A Matter of Comfort

Anyone who’s had the privilege of watching a cat knead can tell this is a pleasurable and comforting activity. Kittens knead their mother’s belly to stimulate the flow of milk, and it’s very likely this positive association has been carried over into their adult lives, regardless of when or how they were weaned. Continue…