There are no BAD CATS, just POOR COMMUNICATORS!
Most of the time I discover that what people interpret as “cat behavior problems” are just the cat’s way to attempt to communicate with its owners. Their efforts are literally “lost in translation”.
Feline behavior issues are a large part of what I deal with as a cat veterinarian. This necessitates a “holistic” approach: viewing the psychological aspects with respect to their physical health. All too often I find that cats that are “acting up” actually have an underlying medical problem!
I counsel owners to help integrate understanding, patience and medical management.
Communication with our feline friends is the key – they’re trying to tell us something – we just need to become more adept at figuring it out!