If your cat is behaving strangely or in an annoying way, it's common to assume the issue is simply based on habits or your cat's nature. And sometimes this is true. Other times, though, your cat's strange behavior may actually indicate that they need to see a veterinarian. Here are a few specific cat behaviors that warrant vet attention.
Urinating Outside of the Litter Box
This behavior does not typically mean your cat does not know where the litter box is. Occasionally, cats may do this because they stressed out. But often, urinating outside the litter box means your cat has a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, or a kidney problem. These issues make urinating painful and also cause the cat to lose control over their bladder. Urinary tract problems can progress quickly and can be deadly, so do not delay seeking vet care.
Staring at the Wall
If your cat just stands in the corner and stares at the wall — or presses their head against the wall — this is not just them being cute or silly. Head pressing, as this behavior is called, is usually indicative of a neurological condition, such as a brain tumor. Some cats also do this if they are losing their vision and having trouble finding their way around.
Some cats are more vocal than others, but even cats who "talk" a lot tend to do so with short, upbeat meows. If your cat seems to be sitting in one space and wailing, or crying, with long and drawn-out meows, this is usually because they are in pain. Almost anything could be wrong. They could have an intestinal blockage, a respiratory infection, head trauma, or almost any other problem, so it's wise to have a vet take a look.
Swaying From Side to Side
If your cat is swinging from side to side, or in other words, looking intoxicated as they walk, this could be a sign of a nerve condition or brain damage. It could also be due to some pain in a paw or leg due to an injury you are unaware of. Your cat could hurt themselves if they fall over when walking, so seek vet care before this happens.
Cats are a little silly sometimes, and some odd behavior is not cause for alarm. However, those behaviors above do tend to signal that something is amiss, medically. If that is the case, consider taking your cat to a veterinarian.