Do cats get jealous?

Do cats get jealous of other cats, babies, kittens, other humans? Sure they can. Cats can be jealous under many circumstances.

Do cats get jealous of each other?

Cats can get jealous of new cats or kittens, especially if you introduce the new cat after the first cat is used to being the only one in the house, and the owner of her human’s heart for a long time. However, if you get a new cat shortly after you get the first one, before the first cat get used to being the only one, then she’s less likely to be jealous.

Also, if the first cat and the new cat get along well and like each other, the first cat may be able to deal with jealousy much better.

Do cats get jealous of kittens?

If the new feline is a kitten, especially if she’s very young, a baby, then your first cat is less likely to be jealous, because she’s more likely to be protective and paternal toward the new arrival.

Do cats get jealous of new babies?

Sure they can! I worked as a live-out nanny in a house for a few months, and there were two cats in the house. One of them had started tearing out its fur and eating it, and her humans took her to the vet, who’d said she’s doing it out of jealousy and insecurity.

Do cats get jealous of other humans?

Cats can get jealous of other humans if their beloved human suddenly shows a whole lot of attention to a new arrival of human origin, especially if the new comer is a stranger to the cat. But cats are more likely to get jealous of other cats than humans. And of course, cats can get jealous of other pets such as dogs, for instance.

Cats many not get so jealous if the human, other cat, or baby has been in the house when they arrive, or if the cat has been in the house, bought in the store or taken in from the street, a short time before the other cat, baby, or grown human shows up. The problem is when a cat has been in the house for a long time, and is used to being the one and only pet, when a new cat, dog, baby, or adult human arrive on the scene and gets plenty of attention from the cat’s beloved human.

How can you tell if your cat is jealous?

There are signs that your cat is jealous, such as acting aggressively toward the new cat, hissing and growling, and sometimes pawing with drawn nails.

Depression, lack of interest in activity, play, or food.

Trying to drive the object of jealousy away whenever you pay attention to it, like shoving the other cat away whenever it’s on your lap.

Being clingy, not leaving your side, following you everywhere.

Being aggressive to you. My sister in law’s cat had scratched her when she petted him, after she bought another cat.

Trying to keep the new pet from entering the house by blocking their way when they try going inside. My cat do that to each other on occasions.

How to keep a cat from being jealous

Pay more attention to your cat

When petting another pet or showing affection to another person, give your cat a treat and a cuddle, so she’ll associate the source of jealousy with something positive instead of a threat.

Separate the new pet from the senior pet and let them get to know each other slowly.

Let them eat from separate bowls so the cat won’t have to share her food and feel the new pet is taking away her food, too.

If you only have one pet bed, get another so the new pet won’t take away something that belongs to the senior cat.

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7 thoughts on “Do cats get jealous?

  1. not sure if tuna was shocked, jealous, mad or indifferent when I brought mackerull
    in. mackerull was feral and only 7 weeks old and because I was paranoid until
    mackerull had vaccines etc; they were able to “see” each other but not allowed to be
    “around” each other for three months ~~~~~~ !! 🙂

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  2. This is so true! We’ve had many cats over the years who became tolerant of each other and even became buddies. But it was still, pet one cat in a room and all other cat eyes are upon you, saying, “Why not me?”

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    1. I didn’t mean to have so many cats. It’s just that they were feral and hungry. Next time around, just one cat.

      Constant hissing at my house.

      Don’t get me wrong. I love all my cats. They’re extremely beautiful cats. But it’s also difficult to find time to give attention to them. Amiga wants hours of lap time, and then there’s Hazelnut. Chocolate Paws and Princessa won’t let me touch them. But Amiga gets four hours lap time on days that I’m not working. Four hours!

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  3. When I had my cat (she died a few years ago), she would follow me to the door whenever anyone came to call. Then when we (humans) sat, she would jump up on my lap and stare at the newcomer. Possessiveness, for sure. Jealousy, I believe. She was a rescue, by the way; and we had nineteen rascally years together.

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    1. Nineteen years is a lot for a cat, but I suppose being a rescue she didn’t have the genetic health problems purebred cats do, and on the other hand, she didn’t live on the streets. She had medical treatment when sick and plenty of good food. This is why feral cats living in people’s homes live so long.

      Nice of you to rescue a cat from the streets.

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