National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

January 22 is National “Answer Your Cat’s Question Day” and in honor of answering your cat’s questions, we have outlined some clues of what your cat might be trying to tell you. They typically do this through their daily actions or more specifically, any changes to their daily routine.

Let’s start off with an easy one…

“Why won’t you feed me? Can’t you tell I’m getting hungry?”

When your cat is rubbing its face on you, walking on your lap, purring and being affectionate it is looking for attention. If it is getting close to the time when you typically feed them, they are likely asking you to refill their food bowl.

“Why don’t you like it when I pee on your clothes or on your bed?”

If your cat is urinating or defecating outside of their litterbox, they are definitely trying to tell you something. This might be something as simple as “I don’t like the litter in my box,” “my litter box needs to be cleaned more often,” or that they don’t like the location of the litterbox in the house. Urinating or defecating outside of the litterbox could also be due to health related issues. Taking your cat to the vet for an examination and testing would help diagnose or rule out those diseases.

“Why do you keep feeding me this food? It makes me feel sick and I vomit and sometimes have diarrhea.”

If your cat vomits or has soft or runny stools more often than once a month, it might be an indication that the food they are eating doesn’t fully agree with them. Some cats have a sensitivity to any food color or dyes found in their food. They can also have sensitivity to the protein source, such as chicken, salmon, or turkey. Some cats may be born with these sensitivities or they might develop them over the years, much like in humans. Vomiting or diarrhea in your cat is a reason to bring them in to the veterinarian.

“Why is hiding under the bed or in the closet not making me feel any better?”

If your cat is becoming more secluded by hiding under the bed, hiding in the closet, and especially if they aren’t drinking or eating well, they are trying to tell you something very important – they are sick and don’t feel well. When cats become secluded this is typically a big indicator in that they aren’t feeling well and should be seen by a vet rather promptly. After a thorough physical examination, the vet will then be able to recommend additional testing or diagnostics and prescribe medication or treatment to hopefully get your cat feeling better soon.

Even though cats aren’t as much in your face about things like dogs are, they still try to communicate with us through subtle clues and hints. If you are ever concerned about a behavior change or something seems different, we recommend consulting with your veterinarian. (Learn more: Tips for Healthy, Happy Cats.)