Why Do Cats Hunt, Eat Leaves or Groom Too Much?
Hunting is a natural instinct for your cat. It doesn’t mean they are hungry and you need to feed them more. They aren’t always looking for food. And even if you try to ‘control’ their hunting, the odds are, you won’t stop them completely.
Cats hunt to make you happy… or they think they are making you happy. They are trying to contribute to the household. This is why they will drop their prey at your feet with a proud glint in their eye. The best thing for you to do is let them know what a good job they did and then when they leave the room, get rid of the dead bird or mouse or other small prey they may have brought you. If you scold them, they may feel like they failed and then they will hunt again to try to please you.
Most cats will only mark their territory on the outside. If you cat starts to mark their territory indoors, then this could be a health problem and you should talk with your vet. If you have recently moved or if their has been a change in the cats routine, this can all contribute to the cat marking their territory indoors.
Most cats are not known to be timid. A cat or kitten who hides when new people come around, or keeps it tail down between its legs is showing signs of being timid. If this is a new behavior for your cat, think about the routine and if there have been any changes to it. If this is signs that your new kitten is showing, then you need to talk softly and gently stroke the cat until it feels comfortable with you and other people.
The opposite can also happen. A cat can be too aggressive. Cats are usually not very aggressive toward people. They like to play bite, but this doesn’t usually hurt, so if your normally calm and friendly cat becomes aggressive and tries to scratch you, it could mean your cat is sick or hurt. And you might want to contact your vet. If you are holding your cat and it becomes aggressive, then this could mean you are hurting your cat. You also want to make sure your cat has plenty to do, especially if it is an indoor cat that never goes outside. A bored cat can get frustrated and this can cause aggression to happen.
Male cats that have not been neutered will stray more than neutered male cats. You need to keep your cat on as regular a schedule as you can to keep it from straying. A happy and fed cat will stay close to home, so if you want to prevent your cat from straying, make sure you don’t neglect your cat and its appetite.
Cats will keep themselves very well groomed, but sometimes they have a nervous grooming. If your cat continues to groom more often than normal it might be anxious about something. So how do you know when your cat is grooming too much? Look for one spot that your cat licks or chews at often. Try to get your cat back on a regular schedule as soon as possible. If your cat continues their nervous grooming, then you will want to contact your vet and discuss other options. In some exotic pets grooming, they use some methodology that eases the nervousness of pets. In this way, everything will be normal.
Cats love eating leaves, so if you have houseplants, you might catch your cat chewing the leaves and/or digging in the soil so they can use it as a toilet. Giving your cat some grass of their own to chew on is the best remedy for this. You can plant plain old grass in a flower pot and leave where your cat can get to it. This will hopefully keep them busy and away from your houseplants. If it does not, then dilute some lemon juice in a spray bottle with water and spray the leaves of your plants. Cats do not like the taste of the lemon and this will usually keep them away from your houseplants.