Sometimes your cat will develop bad behavior for no apparent reason. Sometimes your cat will start scratching your furniture and you. The cat has nothing personal against your furniture or you but scratching is natural behavior for them. Your cat should have a scratching post, and this sometimes stops them from scratching the furniture. A sisal or carpet covered cat post usually works best. Most cats love catnip so sometimes you can put it on the scratching post, so they will start using it instead of your furniture.
Make your furniture less attractive to your cat as a scratching place by spraying it with cat repellent spray. Use a citrus scented spray and it will smell good to you but your cat will hate it.
Is your cat avoiding his litter box? This is sometimes a physical problem, and the cat associates his problem with the litter box. Bladder infections and other urinary tract problems are the most common causes of a cat not using the litter box. Your cat could have a bladder problem if it is straining or crying out while urinating. If the cat is putting out small amounts of urine, he does have a problem. When a cat’s urine has blood in it, there is a serious problem, and you should take him to the veterinarian immediately.
Sometimes when there are, more than one cat in a household the dominant cat will start to spray things to mark his territory. If your cat becomes unhappy or stressed, he could start spraying. Male cats that have not been neutered spray more often than females or neutered males. The first thing to do is get your cat spayed or neutered as this may stop the spraying. If the cat continues to spray, you can get your veterinarian to give you anti-anxiety medication for him. There are also over the counter calming pheromone sprays you can try. Electrostatic “scat mats” can be placed in areas of repeated spraying.
Outdoor cats are excellent hunters and most of them will not think twice about catching and killing chipmunks, mice, birds and other small animals. Your other small pets need to be kept away from your cat, whether it is an indoor cat or an outdoor cat that comes in occasionally. If you do not want your cat killing, small animals when he is outdoors you will have to keep him indoors all the time. You need to take your cat to the veterinarian for yearly checkups and make sure all his vaccinations are kept up to date.
Cats are great pets but you must learn to understand their basic needs, and you will have a healthy and happy cat.