Most folks who’ve traveled with their feline know the finicky appetites they have. They also know that when they’re hungry, they’re going to hurt someone unless they get their food. These mood swings in your cat can be very difficult for most pet owners, especially when the cat knows you’re the one responsible for feeding her. And when traveling with your pet, you know that sometimes it’s just too much of each other that causes some difficult times.
Avoid passive aggressive cats
Knowing the signs of an upset cat
If your cat has erratic behavior, pay attention to the times of day this happens. If there are certain times when she gets more aggressive with you and her toys or playmates or claws at strangers, it might be a sign that your little kitty is experiencing some low blood sugar levels due to being too hungry. When humans get hungry, they will often experience mood swings, which most likely come out in aggression or meanness towards others. If you notice this in someone or in yourself, you usually reach for a snickers bar or something similar to bring your levels back to normal. Taking this self-awareness into an otherwise wild animal, to project human qualities onto her, would speak the same things if you’re paying attention. Doing this will help you manage food aggression in your cat.
What happens after a meal
When your cat gets his fill, how does he act? Isn’t he more pleasant to be around? You’ll notice elevated levels of serotonin, or whatever the feline equivalent is. What if there was a way to not only redirect a cat’s aggression related to meal times and eating habits away from you, the owner, to another inanimate object? You’d both be better off and your relationship will improve, guaranteed. And also, what if there was a way to make sure your little guy was getting the right food and in the right amounts throughout the day? You could surely see how this could help you to maintain some peace in the relationship. Especially when you travel.
When you’re traveling with your cat, it’s usually going to mean some close-quarters with the animal. Add to this that cats don’t like change very much, and many don’t like going on rides in cars.. forget the fact that you’re gone for days at a time and may be traveling extensively. This alone is enough to stress the cat out, so it’s a great idea to go ahead and grab some of the recommended resources we’ve put together for you when traveling this season with your cat.
1) The automated cat feeder
This little device will work wonders for the relationship. Not only will you garner some sense of peace in your relationship, you’ll also be able to stop the cat from seeing you as the antagonist / provider in relationship to food. If you’re the one with the key to the cat’s stomach, you’ll be both best friend and worst enemy. Don’t let this happen to you. It’ll ruin your chances for a genuine human-pet relationship. If the cat is able to separate you from his eating habits, the dynamic becomes much more pure. And you’ll get a more even-flow of behaviors and attitudes from el gato. Here’s a great cat product that I recommend that can help you with exactly this issue.
2) The essential catnip
Now you might not be a proponent of catnip, I love it. But it’s a sometimes treat. Usually used to get the cat occupied for longer periods of time instead of clawing up the rug or my pants. If you’ve never used it, it’s kind of like putting your kids in front of a tv or mobile device. Not something you’d do all the time, but if used right it can be a very good thing for your relationship.
3) The laser pointer
No I know this is mean, but really, it’s a timeless joy. Using this to keep your little guy active is a no brainer. It’s funny for you, and the cat has no idea you’re the one controlling it. Win-win. Especially if he gets on your nerves, it might just be a cathartic way for you to inadvertently punish the cat without actually punishing him. Just food for thought here, but definitely worth keeping him occupied in more ways than one!