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Decoding Destructive Behavior in Cats

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Cats have natural behavior patterns that when excessive have undesirable outcomes.

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1. Scratching furniture: Cats have a natural instinct to scratch, which helps them stretch their muscles and mark their territory. Unfortunately, this behavior can lead to damage to furniture, carpets, and other household items.


2. Inappropriate soiling: Cats may sometimes urinate or defecate outside of their litter box, which can be frustrating for their owners. This behavior can be caused by various factors, such as medical issues, stress, or a dislike for the litter box's location or cleanliness.


3. Chewing on cords or cables: Some cats tend to chew on electrical cords or cables, which can be dangerous for both the cat and the household. This behavior can result in electrocution or damage to electronic devices.


4. Knocking over objects: Cats are known for their curiosity and playfulness, which can sometimes lead to them knocking over objects like vases, cups, or other fragile items. This behavior can be a result of boredom or a desire for attention.


5. Aggressive scratching or biting: While scratching is a natural behavior for cats, aggressive scratching or biting can be problematic. This behavior can occur during play or when the cat feels threatened or scared. It's important to redirect this behavior and provide appropriate outlets for their energy.


Pheromones, such as UnRuffled Pets® Pheromones, can help create a sense of security and reduce anxiety in cats. This can help when behavioral problems are exacerbated by stress.


Note that UnRuffled Pets® pheromone treatments typically need to be used repeatedly to have a lasting effect. The benefits of pheromones are not permanent, so regular use is necessary to maintain their calming effect on cats.


Remember, each cat is unique, and their behavior can vary. It's essential to understand the underlying reasons behind their destructive behavior and address them accordingly.

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