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What Does It Mean if Your Cat Isn’t Acting Normal?

Cats can be very secretive, making it very difficult for cat owners to know when something isn’t right.

As a result, all cat owners need to monitor their pet by watching them and looking out for odd behaviors. In this article, we will identify some behaviors that could indicate your cat isn’t acting normal.


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What Constitutes Abnormal Behavior in Cats?

Abnormal behavior is very subjective, but there are some common red flags to look out for. These signs in almost every cat indicate illness.

If your cat displays any of the behaviors discussed below, you should contact your local cat veterinarian to figure out what is wrong.


Cats are famous for their naps, and that’s where the phrase “a catnap” stems from. But when your cat starts to sleep for more extended periods, then something is wrong. In addition to sleeping more, extreme tiredness is also a sign that your cat isn’t acting normal.

Changes in Appetite

It’s always a worry when pets don’t eat properly because a reduced appetite is a clear symptom of illness. But apart from reduced appetite, you should also worry about increased appetite.

Eating more doesn’t always translate to good health; it can be a clear sign that something is wrong. If your cat is eating and drinking more than usual, the culprit may be diabetes. Watch out for any changes in your cat’s appetite – be it positive or negative.

Urinating More Often Than Normal

If you notice that your cat is urinating more often than normal or strains and makes noises while urinating, it’s time to visit a vet. In older cats, straining to urinate while nothing comes out is a serious sign that should be treated immediately.

Increased Grooming

Cats are meticulous about grooming. They take their time to ensure their coats look good before they get ready to strut around. But when your cat is becoming a bit of a diva with the grooming and hair shedding, something could be wrong.

Change in Behaviors

Do you have a cat that loves stroking and snuggling but don’t enjoy it lately? Is your distant cat demanding more snuggle time and strokes? Is your cat mellower or more aggressive than normal? These behavioral changes are noteworthy.

It isn’t a phase; something might be wrong with your cat. Any change in behavior over time means something is wrong. It could also mean that your cat is uncomfortable or sick.

Your Cat Is Walking Funny

A limp or funny walk might seem easy to notice, but with cats, it isn’t. This is particularly true if you have a busy day and rarely see your cat dashing around the house.

But this is a sign that your cat might have hurt their leg or your cat is sick. So, watch out for a limp or a funny walk.

9 out of 10 times, abnormal behaviors in pets indicate deeper health issues. Remember that although knowing these behaviors can be helpful, if you are worried about your cat’s health at any time, you may need to visit a veterinarian for a professional evaluation.


At Catonsville Cat Clinic, we’ve been providing our professional veterinary services to cats of all shapes and sizes for many years. Whether you need assistance with a recovered stray or you’re looking for somewhere to take your cat for regular wellness check-ups, we’re here for you. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment.

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