Causes of Behavioral Issues in Cats

Causes of Behavioral Issues in Cats 

Pet owners might give up their cats because of behavioral issues. A veterinarian on our veterinary team at Fleur Pet Hospital in Des Moines, IA, can check to see if your cat has underlying issues and needs treatment. Here are some behavioral issues in cats and some potential causes:


Cats might chew on an object because they like the texture or taste of it. Aggressiveness and boredom can also make them chew excessively. This behavior can be frustrating because your cat can cause a lot of damage.


The reason why cats scratch is to mark their territory. Although it's not abnormal for a cat to do this, this behavior can destroy your furniture. Getting a scratching post for your cat may help.


Cats can feel stressed from having conflicts with other pets you may have in the house or from other sources. This can cause them to urinate outside of their litter boxes. Moreover, they might do this because they have issues such as tumors, bladder stones, or infections.

Excessive Licking

Stress, pain, or anxiety can be the cause of your cat's chronic licking. Your cat could become so obsessed with licking that the licked area becomes raw and hairless. It is important to pay attention to this behavior because your feline may be in pain.


Anxiety and stress in cats can lead to aggression towards pets and people. Your pet might not even understand what's acceptable to you as a human and become aggressively playful. Some aggression is caused by fear. If you can't figure out why your cat's being aggressive, it might help to visit a “vet near me” on our team.

Contact a Veterinarian on Our Veterinary Team to Learn More about Causes of Behavioral Issues in Cats

A “vet near me” at Fleur Pet Hospital in Des Moines, IA, is here to help. Contact a veterinarian on our team today and call us at (515) 285-1297 for more information.


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