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Dr. Rosie DVM

Social Habits

While cats are often portrayed as solitary animals, they can form social bonds with other cats and even humans.

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  • Cats primarily communicate through scent, using pheromones released from glands located in their forehead, cheeks, tail base, and paws.
  • They mark objects and other animals by scratching and rubbing their bodies, leaving scent marks that convey information to other cats.
  • Cats do not rely heavily on vocal sounds for communication and may not respond to verbal cues or commands in the same way dogs do.
  • Providing scratching posts and objects for cats to mark can help reduce inappropriate marking behavior.
  • Keeping the litter box clean and providing enough litter for cats to bury their waste can also discourage them from marking with urine in unwanted areas.
  • Cats have a unique sleep-wake cycle, sleeping and waking frequently throughout the day and night.
  • This pattern is due to their hunting instincts, as they need to rest between hunts to be ready to pounce quickly on prey.
  • Indoor cats may exhibit more nocturnal activity, seeming to be "creatures of the night," but this is due to their natural sleep-wake cycle.
  • Adding playful activities to their daily routine can help reduce nocturnal activity and keep them engaged during the day.
  • Cats tend to hide when they are anxious or feel threatened, often seeking high places that offer a clear view of their surroundings.
  • Providing hiding areas, such as climbing towers or closet shelves, can help indoor cats feel safe and secure.
  • Cats are not as social as many other species and primarily rely on smell, rather than sight, to communicate.
  • Allowing cats to mark scratching posts and other appropriate objects can reduce the temptation for them to mark using urine.
  • Keeping the litter box clean and providing enough litter can help hide urine scents and encourage cats to use the same spot each time.
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