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2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
Many believe that cats don't feel jealous just because they tend to be less outgoing than other animals. But this is not true: in fact they can also be very jealous towards other cats, animals and people. Even if they don't spend the whole day close to you, they are always very attentive to what is happening at home, and if there is something that bothers them they will not hesitate to let you know. Let's see then how to recognize a jealous cat.
Causes of cat jealousy
Cats are very habitual creatures and upsetting their small daily balance can lead them to react badly. New partners and new tenants (including children) as well as new animals fall into the category of Announcements generally disliked by the cat, but if he is particularly possessive he may react badly even if he sees you spending too much time on your cell phone!
If you bring a newborn home and suddenly all the attention - previously reserved for the house cat - falls on him, it is normal for the cat to feel a little frustrated. Sometimes this can also result in stress as well self-destructive behaviors, especially if new family members spend a lot of time in the spaces he prefers.
Signs of jealousy
The way in which a cat manifests its jealousy varies according to its character, but we can make a list of the most common behaviors:
- Blow, growl, scratch, bite or paw when their "rival" approaches: this usually occurs in more extroverted cats with a dominant disposition, for which jealousy automatically translates into aggression;
- Ignoring meals, secluding oneself in a corner: these are usually the reactions of a jealous cat but also quite shy and reserved; however, be careful not to underestimate this behavior if it persists, because it could also hide some more complex ailments;
- Show more affectionate than usual, refusing to move away from you: if the cat asks you to devote more time than usual it could be jealousy, perhaps because you are neglecting for a while;
- Going out of the litter box (on a sofa, on a bed or even on the object of their jealousy); nibbling, scratching or dropping objects around the house: these are blatant disturbing actions, small vendettas that the animal puts in place to signal that something is deeply bothering them.
What to do
An effective way to prevent excessive jealousy in cats, with all the wrong behaviors that can arise from it, is to follow the socialization of your pet since it was a puppy. A kitten that has not been accustomed to the presence of other kittens nearby or to a peaceful relationship with humans could develop, in adulthood, a relationship of codependency with you that risks precipitating at the slightest change.
But surely one of the best ways to solve this problem is to simply spend more time with your cat. Buy him some new toys and try it with him, caress him, pamper him and make sure he doesn't feel neglected. In addition, to make him familiar with an unfamiliar situation, reward him with affection and attention when the scenario that causes jealousy (such as the approach of a new pet) comes up again.
Finally, correct is important space management and household items: make sure your cat is not deprived of its usual toys and accessories, and carefully avoid giving them to a new animal.
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