3 Signs Your Cat Needs Extra Attention
Cats are known for their shenanigans which can also gives them the unfair label of being jerky when they are just trying to communicate their needs. All cats can display attention-seeking behavior sometimes, but it’s most common in cats who are being left alone for long periods of time or receive enough stimulation at home.
FYI, Some of the attention-seeking behaviors below can also be signs of a medical problem so If you notice a distinct change in your cat’s behavior, it’s always best to make sure your cat is in good health by visiting your veterinarian.
Below are 3 ways your kitty may be trying to get some extra attention:
#1 – Meow, Meow, Meow-Paw, Paw, Paw
Did you know that grown cat’s usually only meow as a way to communicate with humans? Truth! Meowing is obviously a totally normal and healthy behavior… unless it becomes outrageous. Your kitty may be desperately wanting your attention if they are meowing more than normal and/or their meows sound aggravated or desperate. Pawing at you is another obvious sign that your cat needs more attention. It’s literally their way of saying “Heeeelllooo! Heeey! Over here!"
#2– Knocking things over
Sometimes cats knock things down just for fun or to see how things work, but they can also do it to get a reaction from you. If your kitty is making a habit out of knocking things over when you are near, they may be needing some extra love and affection.
#3 – Scratching EVERYTHING
Scratching is natural and healthy for a cat. It helps them stretch, shed loose layers from claws and release energy. They may also be marking objects with the pheromones they release from glands on their feet. But if your cat is scratching inappropriate places like the side of your couch or kitchen table, it can turn destructive. This can happen when a cat doesn’t have desirable scratching posts, but cats can also scratch inappropriate objects for attention once they see that they can get a reaction.
If you see any of these signs from your kitty, you may want to pay them a little more attention. Try setting aside some extra time every day to play with them and invest in some fun cat toys and if you have the room and budget, maybe some cat furniture. Small things like this can enhance the quality of their everyday lives in big ways.
The KCK Team