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Grouchy Cat Care Rules

October 15, 2021

Do you have a grumpy cat? You may want to get Fluffy a treat: today is National Grouch Day! Our feline pals are definitely all unique characters. Some are friendly and outgoing. Others? Not so much. A San Antonio, TX vet discusses grouchy kitties below.

Rule #1: Don’t Force Attention

This one actually applies to all cats. Never try to pet Fluffy or pick her up against her wishes. You also should never try to hang onto her forcibly. (Note: this rule doesn’t necessarily apply if you’re trying to get your furry friend into a carrier, or give her medication. Ask your vet for tips on doing these things without ending up in the ER.)

Rule #2: Keep Up With Fluffy’s Veterinary Care

It’s important to make sure your feline buddy isn’t acting up because of pain from a medical issue. Have your vet give your kitty a thorough exam. If Fluffy gets a clean bill of health, then at least you know you have a grouchy cat on your hands, rather than a sick one.

Rule #3: Read The Furball

Kitties rarely lash out without warning. Most cats do give a few signals first. Fluffy may flatten her ears, hiss, growl, lash her tail, or crouch into a protective position. If you see any of these red flags, back away and leave your feisty pet alone until she cools off.

Rule #4: Provide Alternative Targets

Cats sometimes lash out as a way to express themselves or blow off steam. Make sure your furry little curmudgeon has lots of toys to take her aggression out on. It’s also a good idea to play with Fluffy daily. Use a toy you can control from a safe distance, like a remote-controlled mouse, wand toy, or laser pointer. Hopefully, your feline friend will take out her kitty angst on her playthings, rather than on you.

Rule #5: Address The Source

Kitties can be grouchy for many different reasons. Some furballs get violent because they feel jealous, scared, or territorial. Others lash out when they feel threatened, or don’t know how to play nice. And then there are some cats that just seem to attack without warning. Try to figure out what sets your angry little pet off. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please reach out to us, your San Antonio, TX pet hospital, anytime. We’re here to help! 

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