Facts About Cat Behavior


There is a widespread misconception that cats have their own independent lives and don’t pay much attention to their owners as long as they have clean litter, food, and water available to them at all times. Cats are known to occasionally exhibit strange behaviours, which can leave their owners feeling befuddled and make it quite challenging to understand what the cat is trying to communicate. There are numerous ways in which the behaviour of cats can be perplexing; nevertheless, there are also numerous ways in which classic cat behaviour riddles can be solved.

The longer you are a cat owner, the more unusual behaviours you may observe from your feline companion. Cats are known to act in peculiar ways, yet there is always a rational explanation for their actions. If you can figure out the reasons behind why your cat acts the way he does, you won’t have any trouble maintaining his good health and contentment. If you simply pay attention to your cat and how he behaves at various times, you will have a much easier time comprehending him than you ever had before.

Why do cats press their head against you?

A common behavior that almost all cats do is push their heads into any type of object that will allow them to do so. You’ve probably seen your cat do this before, probably against table legs, TV stands, or other items. This can be seen more when you have other people who own animals or those with allergies over at your house. When a cat senses this, he will rub his head against the person. By doing this, he will put a touch of saliva on the individual. In a cat’s mind, he takes what he puts his saliva on.

By placing his saliva on something, that object or person will have a familiar scent. Although this can be very annoying, you have to understand that other people in your home are seen as odd or weird to your cat. If a cat does this, he is simply trying to make the visitor belong. When he brushes up against them and puts his saliva on them, he tries to put his scent on them in his mind will mean that they belong in his territory.

Even if labeling someone or something with saliva, is beneficial to the cat, saliva is one of the most common forms of a pet allergy. When someone wipes the saliva off of them, the smell will be gone and the cat will go back and try to do it again. While it may appear that cats target those with allergies, cats are actually just trying to make the visitor belong to the house. If the guest simply can not take the saliva, permit the cat to rub their pant legs a few times. Normally this is all that’s needed for the cat to leave the person alone.

Why does my cat look out the window at night?

Those of you who have an indoor cat should expect the cat to spend a lot of time lying near windows. During this time you may hear your cat make very strange noises or unusual movements. You shouldn’t worry, however, as he is just acting out his hunting instincts. Whether it’s another cat or an object outside moving around, the cat will just see it and go into his native hunting instincts.

As you already know, cats love to play. They particularly love to play with toys. They will pounce on things going on, which should always be expected. If you try to prevent this type of behavior, your cat will take a very negative approach and you’ll end up with many broken things in your home. You can always play with your cat with a string, which he will love to chase the string around the room.

Why do cats meow?

Cats are very communicative animals. They seek attention in numerous ways. One of the most popular ways is with a meow, usually when they are in need of something specific. However, as a pet owner, it is sometimes a bit difficult to understand what a cat is trying to convey. These are just a few reasons why a cat meows.

One of the biggest reasons that a cat meows are to communicate the fact that he is hungry, thirsty, or a combination of the two. If the cat is used to getting treats, on a regular basis, he might be communicating this way in an effort to get an extra treat even when his regular food bowl is full.

Purchasing continuous-feed food and water bowls is an excellent way to make sure a cat always has plenty to eat and drink, even if they are home alone for a day or two. This greatly reduces the chance of hunger-induced meowing.

If a cat spends time both inside and outdoors it is possible that he is meowing to go outside or to come back into the house. Some pet owners have solved this problem with the purchase of a cat door. It works exactly the same as the dog door except that it is a smaller version.

Many times a cat will meow simply because he wants attention. Most often meowing kittens just want to play. Older cats might find contentment lying on their owners’ laps or at their feet. It’s also possible that the cat just wants to be petted.

Unfortunately, a cat’s meow might indicate illness or injury especially if the meowing is excessive. Pet owners who believe that their cat may be ill should contact a veterinarian immediately.

It is interesting to note that cats very rarely meow at each other. It is their way of communicating with human friends. 

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