What sort of cat behavior most concerns cat owners? I believe that we can narrow down the topics. I also believe that we can find out what most concerns cat owners by looking at cat site forums and seeing where most of the activity is. The forum questions that produce the most answers and activity will tell us where people’s concerns are with respect to the behavior of their cat, which in turn reflects a cat’s emotions and health etc.. We know that cat behaviour is heavily reliant upon the environment in which he lives and we know that the responsibility for a cat’s behaviour largely falls upon the cat’s owner because they create the environment.
Above are two screenshots of the forum on the catsite.com. I have highlighted two forum questions which elicited an outstanding number of answers and queries and of course further questions. The forum question with by far the greatest amount of activity concerns a cat product that you might know called the Thunder Shirt. The Thunder Shirt is a device which applies pressure to a cat which in turn calms the cat. I’m not sure how it works but the reports are quite good.
People are interested in whether this device works or not. They are therefore interested in buying one or making one which means that they think they have a problem with their cat concerning anxiety and stress, or cat behaviour which indicates that their cat is stressed. This does not mean that a person’s cat is stressed all the time. It may mean that the cat is stressed under certain situations and that the shirt may prove useful. However, there is no doubt in my mind that the large amount of activity surrounding this question indicates that one of the key concerns of cat owners is cat behaviour which indicates the cat is anxious.
The other highlighted question concerns inappropriate elimination and the inability of the cat’s owner to resolve it. She is at her wits end. There are quite a number of causes of inappropriate elimination but one, and perhaps the most common, is that the cat is unsettled, perhaps stressed and unsure. It may be due to health or it may be that the cat is bullied or dominated by another cat.
One of the questions concerned a cat jumping up on the owner’s desk. I wrote an article about it. That question also resulted in quite a bit of activity. I think these three questions provide us with a little insight into the concerns of cat owners and in each case it is probably fair to say that the problem and the answer is the cat owner’s responsibility.