If your cat is dumb, this post will show you some reasons why and what you can do about them.

So, why is my cat so dumb? Possible causes are that it behaves that way naturally, the behavior has been encouraged, not socializing much as a kitten, or a head injury.

There are a number of possible causes and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.

Reasons why your cat is so dumb

Below are a number of possible causes and what would make each of them more likely.

Nature

The reason why your cat is dumb is likely to be that it behaves that way naturally. This would be more likely if your cat does things that most cats do such as try to jump on to something that it can’t reach or not understand what you want it to do. It would also be more likely if your cat has always behaved that way and it hasn’t started suddenly.

Inadvertently rewarding the wrong behavior

It might also be the case that it has learned that the behavior is rewarded. If you tend to give your cat rewards when it behaves in a dumb way, it will likely do it more in order to get more rewards.

Not socializing much as a kitten

Cats are meant to socialize with humans as kittens. If they do not socialize, with humans as kittens, cats will usually become afraid of humans. If your cat has been behaving dumb in a way that it tries to avoid you or other people, it might be because it did not socialize much as a kitten.

Head injury

If your cat has started doing it suddenly, it might also be the case that it has been doing it due to a head injury. This would be more likely if it has been showing other signs of having a head injury such as behaving very abnormally. In this case, the best option would be to take it to a vet.

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

If your cat has become dumb suddenly

If your cat was not always dumb, it would help to consider if anything else happened when it first started doing it. If it did start doing it suddenly, it might be due to a change in its diet or environment. However, it might also be due to a head injury, so it would help to take it to a vet.

In what way your cat is dumb

It would also help to consider how your cat is dumb. It is common for cats to do dumb things such as try to make a jump that they can’t actually make. Whereas, if it does things such as not come when it is food time, the cause could be that it has hearing problems.

What to do about your cat being dumb

Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.

Avoid encouraging the wrong behavior

As mentioned above, it might be the case that you have inadvertently encouraged the beahavior. Instead, it would help to avoid rewarding it when it is dumb and to reward it when it is not.

Get help

If your cat has started behaving that way suddenly and it has been behaving abnormally in other ways, it would help to take it to a veterinarian. By doing so, you will be able to get expert advice tailored towards your particular cat and to rule out more serious causes.

Author

I created and currently run Kitty Cat Tips, the website that you can go to when you have questions about your cat's behavior. It's my hope that you find Kitty Cat Tips to be a helpful resource. It is also my hope that it will help you to improve your relationship with your cat. You can read more about me and my website here.