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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