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Cats vs. Closed Doors

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Cats vs. Closed Doors! The stories never end!
"My cat's paws are under the door"
"My cat's hanging from door frames" 
"My cat opens doors to see what’s on the other side"


Cats are popular pets for a reason. They're cute, cuddly, and have lots of purrsonality!

There are, however, some behaviors that can be frustrating for owners, especially when it comes to closed doors.

Whether it's scratching, meowing, or trying to escape, cats and closed doors can be a source of stress for both your cat AND you.

In this blog, we'll take a closer look at the reasons behind this behavior and provide tips on how to handle your cats and their obsession with closed doors.

Understanding A Cat's Behavior and Psychology

Cats are naturally curious and independent. When they encounter a closed door, they can feel frustrated because they aren't able to explore or access what's on the other side.

This frustration can lead to scratching, meowing, or other forms of agitation.

To better understand this type of behavior, it's important to understand a few basic concepts of cat psychology, including their natural instincts, communication styles, and sensory.

Common Cat Behavior Issues

One of the most common cat behaviorial issues with closed doors is the dreaded scratching.
This can be a way for cats to express their frustration, or to mark their territory.

Meowing, on the other hand, can be a way for cats to communicate their desire to access the other side of the door (let meowt).

Both of these behaviors can be prevented with the proper training and environmental enrichment, such as distractions with a cat tree, treats, or catnip.

How To Handle Your Cat And Closed Doors

The key to handling cats and closed doors is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for them to thrive in.

They need plenty of opportunities to play and explore, as well as getting positive reinforcement from you to encourage these desired behaviors.

Here are some tips to help you handle cats and closed doors:

  • Give them a lot of play and exploration opportunities! Cats need to be active and engaged in order to be happy. By providing plenty of toys, scratching posts, and hiding places, you can help reduce their frustration that can lead to problematic behavior.

  • Training and behavior modification with cats should always be based on positive reinforcement. This means rewarding good behavior with treats, praise, or other positivity.


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