How Do I Know If My Cat Is Happy?
Cats are masters at hiding their feelings (unless they are mad). So client’s often ask us, “how do I know if my cat is happy”? We have answered that question for you!
Cat’s are notorious for hiding signs of medical issues. Regular exams allows your veterinarian to catch subtle symptoms that you will not notice at home. Physical exams as well as yearly blood work will catch a brewing issue early enough to treat it before it becomes a huge problem.
He Routinely Uses His Litterbox
If your cat starts using areas other than his litterbox as a potty, it’s usually a sign that something else is going on. It can be medical or behavioral, but it’s best to let your veterinarian figure that out. If it is behavioral, it can sometimes be broken down to a result of one or more of the following:
- A dirty box. Cat’s like it clean. Scoop it as often as twice a day and change all of the litter weekly.
- A box that is too small. They need to have room to move and get in and out of it easily.
- A convenient location. Is it in a stressful area? On top of a noisy washing machine might scare your cat. Heavy traffic areas might discourage him from going there.
- If you have multiple cats, you need multiple boxes. One for each plus one to spare is the general rule of thumb.
He is Grooming Regularly
If your cat is not grooming on a regular basis, there is a reason for it. Cats like to be clean. On the other hand, over grooming can also be a problem. Excessive licking, biting or hair loss can be a sign of a problem.
He Has Adequate Stimulation
Cats can experience stress if they are bored. Keep plenty for him to do/see. Environmental enrichment can include toys, windows to look out of, perches to survey from etc. He will also need plenty of food and water.
He’s purring, rubbing up against you, kneading, head-butting, giving you kisses; you get the point here. All of these are signs of a content cat. Any drastic change in his normal personality can be a warning sign.
For more information on cats, please visit The American Association of Feline Practitioners at www.catvets.com, or contact Gentle Touch Animal Hospital at http://www.gentletouchanimalhospital.com/veterinary-services/behavioral-consultation.html or email or call us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.691.3720
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