Kitten Behavior: Normal or Abnormal?

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Normal or Abnormal Kitten Behavior

Kittens are adorable, sweet, and energetic creatures. These cute personalities never fail to win everyone’s heart with their fluffy body and mesmerizing eyes. If you have a kitten, I hope not even a single day of yours passed without smiling and enjoying her little quirky behaviors. Cats display both normal and abnormal behavior that you need to spot. When you fail to differentiate between her behaviors, your kitten is more likely to adopt bad habits.

In some cases, her abnormal behavior indicates any disease and sickness signs. Therefore, you need to have a close look at how your kitten behaves so that you can help her grow healthy, happy, and well-adjusted.

In this blog, we have covered for you all the bad and acceptable behaviors of normal kittens that will help you better understand your cat rather than punish her. Moreover, in most situations, punishing, hitting, or yelling at a kitten are poor tools for shaping behavior. So have a look below!

Understand Your Kitten’s Body Language

Although cats can’t talk, their bodies talk a lot if observed carefully! Cats are curious by nature and are good at letting you know about their needs, either with their muffled meow or their bodies. You can easily recognize what your kitten is trying to tell you when you understand her body language.

Normal Kitten Behavior

Cats are one of the kindest creatures, but some cats exhibit some predictable behavior like their species. You can guestimate your cat’s standard of behavior by keeping an eye on her activities; she engaged herself by noting them. Like human beings, cats also have their daily habits, and you need to take some time to see what your little feline does in a day.

Two Maine Coon kittens playing together

Kitten Purring

Most people think that purring is a sign cats show when they are happy and content. In most cases, cats purr when they feel happy and comfortable. However, purring can also be a sign due to unfamiliar surroundings or situations, including when your cat is injured or sick. Purring is soothing for a cat in their stressful situation; when they purr, it creates a vibration in the larynx across the entire body of a cat. If your cat is excessively purring more than usual, examine her thoroughly and take her to a vet, especially if she avoids eating and drinking.

Slight Scratching

Young kittens spend most of their time testing out all their features to get acquainted with their bodies, such as claws. If your kitten is scratching, it doesn’t intend to inflict any pain because they are unaware of its capabilities. They take some time to figure out what they are doing to themselves and sometimes end up scratching people and furniture. It is normal behavior and if you want to stop her scratching, then provide your kitten scratching posts to curb any unwanted scratching.

Jumping and Climbing on Everything

You do not need to worry when you see your kitten jumping or climbing in high places because, naturally, cats like high places as they are excellent climbers. This is included in their genes as they are natural predators. A higher point gives them a chance to view better of their surroundings. In houses, dominant cats commonly occupy the highest perch. If you cannot stop your cat’s climbing or jumping high, then you better buy her cat perches, but make sure the perch is safe and can hold the cat’s weight.

Rubbing Your Lap

Cats like to sit in a soft place and love to knead anything squishy and soft, including a blanket, your lap, or a pillow. You may have noticed kittens kneading around the teats area of their mothers to produce milk. This creates a positive and soothing connection with the action of kneading, which is normal behavior.

Two kittens sleeping on a woman's lap

Abnormal Kitten Behaviors

Now, as you have learned about the normal behaviors of your kitten, you can easily spot the behaviors that are abnormal or might be threatening signs for other severe issues.

Destructive Fighting, Scratching, and Biting

Although biting and scratching are considered normal behaviors in kittens and their health, if you observe any aggression behind these doings, it is not normal! Suppose your kitten shows signs of aggressions such as hard scratching, biting that is causing harm and drawing blood while having dangerous fighting with her kitty mates. In that case, this is problematic and abnormal behavior.

Excessive Meowing or Hissing

Some hissing and meowing in cats are common because they can’t talk, and it is the only way to show their displeasure and annoyance at something. If your kitten is constantly meowing, then there is more profound attention you need to pay attention to! Kittens can’t express when they are going through something wrong, so in some cases, hissing is the best indication they show if they are experiencing any underlying issue causing them pain.

Kitten in garden with open mouth

Not Using Litter Box

If your kitten is constantly peeing or pooping outside of her litter box, this is not normal because kittens are quick learners and know how to use a litter box. If your kitten also displays this unusual behavior, there is a big problem with her health. It could be indicating the sign of urinary issues, cancers, anxiety, stress, or territorial issues.

Chewing Fabric or Causing Destruction to Furniture 

Many kittens end up bounding their claws onto something they shouldn’t; in most cases, it is inevitable. Still, it is not normal if your kitten destroys your furniture, such as sofas, armchairs, and loveseats. It also means that she has misplaced her energy. Ensure that you provide your cat with proper playtime and get her some toys or scratching posts to avoid this abnormal behavior.

Final Thoughts

If you want your kitten to get adjusted and behave well, it is vital to keep an eye on her daily activities. It is also important to note all of your kitten’s behaviors that seem to be abnormal or unusual. Kittens have some typical habitual behavior, but others can signify some severe health problems. If you are concerned with the constant abnormal behavior she is exhibiting, contact your vet right away!

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