Why Is My Cat Acting Weird?

Sometimes cats are just plain weird. They start to act strangely for no apparent reason, and it can be a little disconcerting. 

However, there may be a reason behind it, and that is what this article is going to explore. We’ll explore what may be going wrong for them, and make occasional suggestions about what you can do about it.

So, if you want to find out why your cat is acting weird, keep on reading. 

Reacting To Being Left Alone

Cats are often very sensitive creatures, and they do not like being left alone. If you have been away from them for more than an hour or so, then you will know how they react when you return home.

You should try to figure out what is bothering your cat. Once you have found the source of your cat’s distress, you can take steps to resolve it.

For instance, if your cat is unhappy because he/she is missing you, then you need to spend more time with him/her. Make sure you give your cat lots of love and affection.

Of course, if you don’t have the opportunity to spend more time with your cat, you can always arrange for someone to spend time with your cat when you’re not there.

Being Hungry

If you notice any changes in their behavior, it could be because of something as simple as hunger. It is important to feed your cat as frequently as possible, especially if you are away for long periods of time.


However, sometimes the problem is much deeper. There are many reasons why your cat might suddenly change his/her attitude towards you. The most common one is stress.

Stress is a natural reaction by the body, which helps us cope with situations that we find difficult. Unfortunately, our pets cannot tell us when they feel stressed out.

Stress is a major factor in your cat’s odd behavior. Therefore, it is important to reduce your pet’s stress levels.

There are several things you can do to achieve this goal. The best way to help your cat overcome stress is to give him/her plenty of attention.

This includes lots of cuddles, playtime, and food. Your pet needs to feel loved and cared for, otherwise he/she could become withdrawn and depressed.

You should also ensure that your cat gets enough exercise. Exercise not only keeps your cat fit and healthy, but it can also make your cat happier, too.

You can also provide your cat with toys and treats to keep him/her occupied, and prevent boredom


Another possible cause of strange behavior is illness. Cats are prone to illnesses such as feline leukemia, kidney disease, and diabetes. These diseases can affect your cat’s mood and temperament.

It is also possible that your cat has caught a cold. Colds can make your pet miserable and cranky. He/she may even refuse to eat or drink, and this is a real cause for concern.

Your pet must be taken care of properly at all times. You should never leave your cat unattended while ill. If you suspect your cat has caught a virus, then you should contact your vet immediately.


Your cat may also be suffering from some kind of pain. This can manifest itself in different ways; for example, your cat may scratch himself/herself excessively.

This is often caused by arthritis. Arthritis is a condition where joints become inflamed and painful. In some cases, this can lead to joint damage.

Your cat may also be experiencing discomfort due to dental problems. Teeth grinding is a common symptom of tooth decay. When teeth grind together, they can wear down at an alarming rate.

Trouble Sleeping

In addition, your cat may be having trouble sleeping. If your cat is constantly waking up during the night, then it may be because he/she is anxious about something.

Cats usually sleep for around 16 hours per day. However, if your cat wakes up every hour or so, then he/she is probably feeling stressed.

Infectious Diseases

Some infectious diseases can also lead to strange behaviors in your cat. For example, toxoplasmosis causes your cat to lose its appetite and become lethargic.

Other infections include ringworm and ear mites. Ringworms can cause your cat to scratch excessively, and ear mites can result in itching.

Behavioral Problems

Behavioral issues can lead to strange behavior. Some examples of these are separation anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and aggression.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is an issue that affects cats. When a cat feels lonely, he/she will often try to get closer to people. However, if your cat doesn’t know you well, he/she might start feeling anxious and nervous around strangers.

This can lead to strange behavior, including urinating on furniture, chewing on electrical cords, and scratching doors and windows.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Cats who suffer from OCD tend to repeat certain actions over and over again. They may also obsessively clean themselves, and even bite their own paws.


Sometimes, cats who are aggressive can exhibit strange behavior. Aggressive cats usually attack other animals, including humans.

They may also show signs of fear when they see unfamiliar objects.

How Do I Treat My Cat?

If you notice any unusual behavior in your cat, then the best course of action is to take him/her to the veterinarian right away. Your vet will perform a physical examination and check his/her health status.

He/she will also test your cat for various conditions, including parasites, heart disease, and cancer.

Your vet can also give your cat medication if necessary, depending on what is causing the problem.

Once your cat is better, you can then begin to introduce new things into his/her life. For example, you can play with toys, feed him/her treats, and brush his/her claws.

Wrap Up

So, as you can see there are any number of reasons why your cat may be acting strangely, and you’re responsible for determining what the problem could be, because it is only then that you are in a position to do something about it.

But it’s not something you have to do alone, and a trip to the veterinarian may be all that’s really needed.

Courtney Trent
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