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How to Handle a Mischievous Cat

March 1, 2021

Is your felin e friend a bit on the feisty side? Do you have an adorable little ball of mischief on your hands? Cats all have their own purrsonalities. Some are fairly calm, some just want to be petted, and some will ransack your house, climb your drapes, and generally get into all sorts of shenanigans. A Sarasota, FL vet discusses caring for a feisty furball below.


T  oys

First and foremost, make sure that your kitty has lots of fun toys, and play with her daily. Classic cat toys, such as catnip mice and bouncy balls, are always fine. You can also try out some more modern pieces, such as remote-controlled toys, automated laser pointers, or mechanical fish that ‘swim.’ Our feline pals all have their own tastes, so pay attention to what Fluffy likes best. Of course, it’s worth pointing out that some cats will ignore the expensive high-tech toy, and play with a bottlecap. That’s just ‘purr’ for the course! 


Petproofing

Mischievous cats tend to want to poke their cute little noses into every nook and cranny of their domains. Fluffy will be very interested in trying to sort out what she can eat and play with. You’ll need to do some catproofing. Keep anything that could be dangerous in secure spots. This includes toxic plants, chemicals, medicine, vitamins, essential oils, plastic bags and ties, and small or sharp objects. 


Kitty Furniture

Get Fluffy some things she can climb, hang upside down from, and just act silly on. Cat towers are great for frisky felines!


Keep Kitty In

Your tiny lion may be very interested in wreaking havoc on the neighborhood’s population of lizards and squirrels. However, Fluffy will be much safer indoors. As soon as your pet sets her adorable paws outside, she’s at risk from heat, storms, traffic, gators, stray dogs and cats, and other hazards. 


Walks

You may want to try walking your cat on a leash. Some kitties love going for strolls! This can be a safe way for Fluffy to get some fresh air, stimulation, and exercise. Ask your vet for more information on this.


Patience

There is some good news. Most cats do steadily grow calmer once they’re past their terrible twos. All you have to do is wait it out!


As your Sarasota, FL veterinary clinic, we’re here to help. Feel free to call us anytime!

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