Why Is My Cat Acting Weird?

why is my cat acting weird

Picture this:

It's 2 a.m., you're curled up on the couch, binge-watching your favorite show, and suddenly, your furry companion jumps up and starts acting like a deranged maniac. 😱

Panic sets in. Is your beloved cat possessed or just having a bad hair day?

Let's find out.

Reasons Your Cat Is Acting Strange and Scared

Is your cat acting weird and scared? 😿

Reasons Your Cat Is Acting Strange and Scared
Cats act weird and scared for lots of reasons: changes in routine or where they live, not being entertained enough, stress, feeling lonely, or having health problems. Make a chill spot for them, give 'em stuff to do, watch for signs they're sick, and take 'em to the vet if you need to.

Could be a few things:

  1. Messing with their routine - Cats love routine, so any changes can freak them out.
  2. Changing environment - If you moved or got a new pet, that could be it too.
  3. Lack of entertainment - You gotta keep your kitty busy! Without mental and physical stimulation, they get bored and anxious.
  4. Hiding nonstop - If Fluffy spends all day hiding, something's up.
  5. Stress triggers - Noise, crowds, and other stressors can make your cat feel like a nervous wreck.
  6. Loneliness or loss - Losing a buddy or feeling alone can lead to kitty sadness.

To help your scaredy-cat chill out, make a stress-free space by removing triggers, give 'em toys and activities for mental and physical exercise, and try calming sprays or diffusers.

Keep an eye on signs of stress, anxiety, or illness, and take 'em to the vet if needed.

Main points I'll expand upon further down this article:

  1. Look for signs of illness: lack of appetite, lethargy, hiding, changes in litter box use.
  2. Weight loss or gain and changes in appetite can indicate illness.
  3. Changes in bowel movements or urination, accompanied by vomiting, may indicate illness.
  4. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease in cats.
  5. Inappropriate elimination can have medical or behavioral causes.
  6. Regular exercise helps release energy and prevents nighttime disruptions.
  7. Cats have unique personalities and appreciate alone time.
  8. Excessive vocalization in older cats may indicate a treatable condition.
  9. Pregnant cats seek secluded spots before giving birth and exhibit behavioral changes.
  10. Bunting is when a cat rubs its head against you to claim ownership.

And now let's talk about another important aspect of your cat's behavior - their sensitivity to touch and potential indications of underlying illness or injury...

They Are Ill or Injured

To know if your cat is sick or hurt, watch out for these signs:

  1. When you touch or pet them, they cringe.
  2. They seem uncomfortable when certain parts are touched.
  3. They avoid being touched altogether.
  4. They have low energy levels.
  5. They've lost their appetite.
  6. They tend to hide.
  7. They're not eating at all.
  8. They're drinking an excessive amount of water.
  9. They're really lethargic.
  10. They've changed how they use the litter box.
  11. Their temperament has changed.

You should also be aware of these other symptoms:

  1. The "third eyelid" is sticking out.
  2. They've either lost or gained weight.
  3. Their appetite has changed.
  4. Their bowel movements are different.
  5. They're urinating differently.
  6. They're throwing up.

Cats are sneaky about being sick, so pay close attention to any changes—especially in how they eat and go to the bathroom.

Poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease in cats too. Inappropriate elimination could be due to medical issues or behavior problems that need addressing.

Make sure your cat gets regular exercise to burn off excess energy and prevent disruptions at night. 😺

They Are Ill or Injured
If your cat is acting weird, it might mean they're sick or hurt. Watch out for changes in their appetite, energy, litter box habits, and mood. Keep an eye on unusual signs like drinking too much water, losing or gaining weight, or weird poops. Do something now! Talk to your vet and make sure your cat stays healthy.

And if you're noticing that your cat is suddenly waking up scared, well, let me tell you, it can be quite perplexing—I've been there.

But don't worry, I've got you covered! Finding out the possible reasons behind this behavior is crucial, which is why I highly recommend checking out my article Cat Suddenly Wakes Up Scared.

It delves into the mysterious world of feline anxiety and provides valuable insights to help you understand and address this issue.

Don't let the uncertainty linger, take a moment to explore the fascinating journey of feline behavior and put your worries to rest.

Your Cat Is Getting Older

As cats get older, they can become more vocal, believe it or not.

They meow and yowl for different reasons, and sometimes those reasons might mean it's time to take them to the vet - a meow or yowl could indicate health issues. It could be due to hearing loss, cognitive decline, or pain bothering your cat.

Watch their behavior closely, and if you're unsure, bring them in for a check-up.

Just like you, your cat has its own special personality.

They appreciate the love and comfort you provide them.

And they definitely show it!

Cats love to bring gifts and act all fancy after catching prey.

Your Cat Is Getting Older
When your cat gets old, their behavior might change. Excessive meowing or yowling might mean something's up with their health. Keep an eye on what they do – taking them to the vet will ensure they're alright, ya know?

It's like Thanksgiving all year long.

Cats are social creatures, but they also enjoy their alone time.

Well, who doesn't?

If your elderly cat won't stop following you around and sharing endless baby stories, it could be that they simply want to chat or it could be a sign of a health issue.

A quick trip to the vet will help figure out what's going on and keep your cat healthy.

As your kitty grows older, they need extra love and attention from you, their favorite person (even if they won't admit it).

Now, you may be wondering why pregnant cats exhibit these interesting behaviors before giving birth.

Curiosity piqued?

Well, let me tell you about the fascinating nesting behavior and unique gestures you'll observe as your feline friend approaches their delivery date:

They Are Close to Giving Birth

Nesting behavior in pregnant cats emerges as they near their due date, an unmistakable sign not to be ignored.

To ensure a soothing environment during birth, these feline mothers seek quiet and hidden corners where they construct their nests out of cozy materials like blankets or towels.

By doing this, they reduce anxiety, building a safe haven for themselves and their future offspring.

In addition, you might observe intriguing changes in their conduct as delivery day draws closer.

A noteworthy behavior called bunting may surface—a term that refers to when your cat gently rubs its head against you, marking its territory and asserting ownership.

What Should I Not Do if My Cat Is Acting Strange and Scared?

Give your cat some time and space to make them feel safe. Don't rush them out of their hiding spot if they seem scared or acting strange.

If you want your cat to come out, try tempting them with treats or wet food.

You can also play with their favorite toys to help them relax.

Watch how your cat behaves and pay attention to their signals.

If they are pressing their paws into you, it means they're seeking comfort. But if they seem extremely frightened or aggressive, give them space.

When there are changes happening, like moving or introducing new people or pets, ensure to create a safe environment for your kitty.

Keep them in a familiar room with things that smell like home, and introduce changes gradually.

Respect your cat's preferences when it comes to people. If they don't feel comfortable around certain individuals, let them be and don't force interactions.

If your cat ends up batting objects off tables or shelves, it's probably because they're curious and maybe a little bored.

Try providing them with toys and activities to keep them entertained and redirect their energy.

And that wraps up today's article.

If you wish to read more of my useful articles, I recommend you check out some of these: Why Is My Cat Afraid of Plastic Bags, Why Does My Cat Cry When I Leave the Room, Why Does My Cat Squeak Instead of Meow, Why Does My Cat Wag Her Tail While Purring, and Why Is My Cat Sniffing Everything

Talk soon,

-Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Howdy howdy, I'm Sarah Davis, and I'm all about cats – that's right, those mysterious, independent furballs we adore. So welcome to my blog "I Care for Cats", where I dish out the real talk on cat food, health, training, behavior, and so much more. My goal? To help your feline friends live their best nine lives.