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Common Behavioral Issues


Inappropriate urinating
Inappropriate clawing
Inability to get on with others
Biting and scratching humans

Feline "behavioral issues" are the single most cited cause for why owners abandon their cats to animal shelters – or worse.  But just what are these issues, so labeled by humans?  In many cases, they are normal cat behavior the expressions of which are merely exacerbated by an environment created by their "owners."

Cats cannot speak the verbal language that people comprehend.  Instead they communicate first by body language; and if that fails (as it often does with humans), they will resort to actions of behavior.  Unfortunately, most people will not look beyond that behavior to understand the real message the cat is attempting to convey.  Understanding the message behind the behavior can often lead to an appropriate response that will modify that behavior, saving frustration and stress on the part of the human – and the cat!

In this session of Feline-Human Relations 101, we will explore the above five behavioral patterns of cats and interpret the various meanings behind each action.

During the second hour in accordance with our meeting format, time will be available to address any questions or situations related to cats that individuals are experiencing and have brought to this group for advice and, where possible, resolution.


PLEASE NOTE: Much of the information presented in Feline-Human Relations 101 is widely accepted and practiced throughout the feline rescue community. Other recommendations are derived from the experience and knowledge of the instructor. However, in neither case are guarantees stated or implied that these methods will work 100% of the time.


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  • Pauline

    Lively discussion. Nice to see a few new faces too. Thanks!

    May 23, 2011

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