Most Common Cat Behavior Problems

The most common cat behavior problems are related to urinary issues, litter box, social conflicts, or aggression. Learn what  common cat behavior problems are and how to solve them.


Let’s find out what causes common cat behavior problems.

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Most Common Cat Behavior Problems

Avoiding the litter box

If your cat is not using the litter box, often it’s because she doesn’t like the litter or the box itself. 

How to solve the problem?

  • Use unscented litter in an uncovered box.
  • Scoop the box daily.
  • Put the litter box in a private place.
  • Try using more than one box and try different litters.

Marking territory or spraying

Most of the time, cats use their urine to keep away other cats when they are in conflicts with other cats or feel insecure. If you have more than one cat, there is more chance a cat will mark the territory. 

How to solve the problem?

Scratching at Furniture

Cats like to scratch. To avoid this, make sure you provide more attractive scratching options.

How to solve the problem?

  • Put different types of scratching posts all over the house and invite your cat to play with them by rubbing them with catnip.
  • Provide both horizontal and vertical opportunities.
  • When the cat uses the post, reward her.
  • Covering the couch’s edges with a blanket can also be helpful.
most common cat behavior problems

Playing Rough

Commonly cats  play rough. They like to pounce, scratch, and bite. 

How to solve the problem?

  • To avoid this behavior, use toys, balls, or a fake mouse to play with your cat. 
  • Give your cat a paper bag for pouncing and have fun. 
  • Do not encourage your feline friend to play with your hands or feet.

Pesky night times 

Sometimes cats like to have fun in the middle of the night. This could be totally normal behavior.

How to solve the problem?

  • To avoid this annoying habit, play with your cat in the evening until she gets tired.
  • Feed her just before bed.
  • You can also invest in an automatic cat feeder to help alleviate this problem.

Excessive meowing

Cats meow to say hello, ask for food, or get attention.

How to solve the problem?

  • If she meows for food don’t feed her when she is crying.
  • If she meows for attention, wait until she is quiet.
  • If she meows a lot and you can figure out why, then ask your vet. 
most common cat behavior problems

Compulsive Behavior

Compulsive behavior is sometimes habitual in cats, but in some cases, it can be a sign of a problem.

If you are worried, ask your vet. You can also give your cat fun and relaxing distractions like toys or structures to climb.

most common cat behavior problems

Obsessive Grooming

Cats groom to clean and calm themselves.

How to solve the problem?

  • If your cat has excessive grooming, this can hurt her skin. Check with your vet for skin problems.
  • If the over-grooming is due because of stress, reassure your cat by playing with her and helping her feel relaxed.

Jumping on counters and tables

  • Provide your cat a space near a window with a smooth surface.
  • Place vinyl carpet runners on the table when not in use.

Separation Anxiety

Cats like to be around humans, and when they are left alone, they might get noisy or spray your house.

How to solve the problem?

  • Try to ignore your cat when you are leaving or when you come back.
  • Give your cat a toy.
  • Play with her regularly to burn energy so she will rest when she is alone.

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