5 Common Cat Behavior Myths Debunked
Your cat may lash out, because something is making him uncomfortable — like if you’re holding or petting him in a way he doesn’t enjoy, or if a hidden medical condition is causing him pain. If your cat scratches during play, especially if you’re playing rough with your own hands, you might be sending mixed messages. Don’t play rough with your hands, and if your cat does scratch, freeze in place so the “game” ends. And remember that scratching is natural to cats, so offer appropriate outlets like scratching posts and cat trees.