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The best way to deal with a cat's jealousy


The best way to deal with a cat's jealousy

The best way to deal with a cat's jealousy

 Cats, like humans, have a wide range of personality characteristics that distinguish them from one another. That includes what seems to be envy in one of those situations. It's likely that your pet is acting aggressively, competitively, or hierarchically in order to obtain what it wants, whether it's a favorite toy or more head rubs.

Cats that are envious tend to be more needy and clingy than aloof cats, and they are also more likely to misbehave. Even though it's upsetting, there are things you can do to put an end to the jealousy. The trick is to figure out what's bothering your cat so much.

Where Does Jealousy Come From in Cats?

Cats, like some humans, may become envious if they feel left out or if something dramatic has happened in their surroundings. Jealousy may be sparked by a variety of situations:

  • When you focus more on an item, person, or another animal, your cat may get envious. Even more so if you used to spend that time frolicking with your feline companion. It may be the birth of a new member of the family, such as a baby or a pet. Triggers may be as simple as your mobile phone, a video game, or a pastime.

  • Due to poor socialization, a cat may grow to be completely reliant on you and even show symptoms of jealously from time to time.

  • Changes in your cat's daily routine, including when and how much he is fed, may set him up for behavioral problems, such as jealousy.

  • If a cat feels threatened by another pet, a lack of personal space, bedding, or other things may promote jealous behavior.

Cat Jealousy Signs and Symptoms

Hissing, snarling, and swatting at the item the cat is envious of, such your mobile phone while you are holding it, are typical "jealous" actions. While holding a new infant or a video game controller, jealous cats may encroach on your personal space. While you're cuddling with your significant other without them, they may try to sit on your lap.

The aggression of a jealous cat may increase, and it may begin scratching or biting. Destructive behavior, such as chewing on or shredding furniture, curtains, or other personal belongings, may result. Drinking glasses and other decorative items that are left on a counter or table, such as a vase, may fall over and break.

For a variety of reasons, cats will begin urinating outside of the litter box. An annoying and irritating habit for cat owners is urine marking. Cats that mark may be sick, and it's tough to clean up the stench and get rid of it completely, which may encourage them to continue marking.

The spraying of certain cats on the walls and other vertical surfaces is completely unavoidable. Some cats may urinate outside their litter boxes by squatting in the puddles they create. The object they're envious of may be anything from couches to plastic bags. The thing or person they are envious of may be the target in certain cases. If your cat is jealous of the new dog, it may deface the dog's bedding.

How to Put an End to Jealousy

Even though jealousy in cats may be tough to handle, there are steps you can do to minimize or eradicate the problem:

Find out what's causing the problem

To begin, figure out what's causing these behaviors in the first place. You can deal with the jealousy after you've identified its root cause. What has changed in your house since you last checked in?

  • Is there a newcomer in the house?

  • Have you just welcomed a new child or pet into your home?

  • Do you find yourself devoting more time to activities you didn't previously engage in?

  • Was it disturbing if your cat had a favorite place in the house?

Increase the amount of time you spend with your cat

Spending more time with your cat can help to reduce its jealous tendencies. If you give your child more attention, it will generally stop the negative behavior. Here are some ideas:

  • Invest in some fun interactive toys for you and your cat, such as feather wands and laser pointers.

  • When you go home, or whenever you have any spare time, make a point of finding and petting your cat.

  • Spend a few minutes cuddling with your cat on the couch or bed and giving it your whole attention.

  • When your cat is being a good boy, reward him with some tasty goodies.

Allow Your Cat Enough Space to Feel Comfortable

Cats, in general, like to have their own particular area to retreat to. If you've just added a new member of your family, whether it's a human or an animal, you run the risk of displacing your cat from its usual territory.

Give your cat a new home to make things right. The new pet's food station may need to be relocated, or you may want to provide your cat a new perch from which it can watch the family without being disturbed. Don't give the newcomer access to your cat's favorite toys.

Remember to keep your cat's personal items out of the way when a new resident moves in. In addition, having that person engage with the cat on-site or nearby may be beneficial.

How to Make Your Cat Agree to It

Work on helping your cat adapt when you can't avoid the person, pet, or thing making your cat jealous. Reward your cat when it is near an item or person with food, praise, attention, and stroking, for example. Whenever you can, include your cat in the transformation.

Holding the new infant while stroking or playing with your cat is one example of this. Feed your cat at meals with the help of your significant other who can offer him or her cat treats. It's also a good idea to feed the cat before bringing home a new pet to establish hierarchy.