Cats, and their Mojo
Does your cat have a full-filled life?
Cats need to hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, sleep….and repeat.
Do you make time to play with your cat? Check out Jackson Galaxy well known cat behaviourist and host of “My Cat from Hell”, on toys and playtime, the “Cat I love you”, the 3 point hand shake.
Watch The all important Cat Playtime! for ideas on how to bring out your cat’s inner mojo.
Cats experience stress, and then seek an outlet to manifest this stress.
Stressors for cats:
1. Territorial infringement:
If you don’t respect the territorial boundaries that your cat has set in his or her mind, that results in stress on your cat.
2. Disruption In routine
4. Other Miscellaneous Nuisances
These contribute to the “static” that routinely builds up in a cat’s body.
Outlets for this stress:
a) Internalized Stress
- Displaced Grooming
- “Back Electricity”
- Tail Twitch/Wag
- Somaticizing—A psychological term that implies converting emotional distress to bodily symptoms, like over-grooming and other obsessive-compulsive disorders, vomiting, appetite disorders, and a number of chronic medical problems.
b) Externalized Stress
- Play Aggression
- Redirected Aggression
- Litterbox problems, scratching furniture, and middle-of-the-night vocalizing.
The first step toward establishing a difference between casually playing with your cat and play therapy, is routine. Play prior to the meal, when your cat is hungry. The final step in recreating a play/prey session is eating! This completes the natural cycle of hunt-kill-eat, then sleep. Repeat!