Last Updated on August 12, 2022 by Pets Feed
You love your cat very much, but sometimes he behaves so strangely that it makes you scratch your head. There are forms of cat behavior that don’t seem to make sense. Even if you can’t figure out why your cat is behaving a certain way, that doesn’t mean their behavior isn’t functional or logical. Here are seven things that make sense to your cat…but might not make sense to you:
1. Petting and biting
The configuration of this behavior is as follows: your cat jumps on your lap and curls up into a ball. He may even rub against you as if asking to be petted. You start petting the cat, it purrs with pleasure, then after a few minutes it turns around and hits you where it bites you. Why does he do this? Although this drastic change in mood seems to happen suddenly, it’s a fairly common behavior in some cats that will reach a tolerance level at some point.
The behavior called “petting-induced aggression” is triggered when a cat becomes overexcited by incessant petting and when body language cues go unnoticed. At this point, the cat sees that the only way to stop you from touching it is to scratch or bite you.
What to do?
To avoid this in the future, pay attention to the bodily signals given by your cat, which indicate that he is already reaching the limit of his tolerance. Typical signs of such signals are twitching of the skin on the back and sides, furious wagging of the tail, wagging of the tip of the tail, cessation of purring, change in body position, ears back, meowing, staring at your hand. If you notice at least one of them, stop stroking immediately and you can avoid unnecessary scratches and teeth marks on your hands.
2. Grass and vomit
This story usually occurs with cats that are allowed to roam outdoors or those who are caring owners who get weed from pet stores. Many cats like to eat grass, love to sit in the grass, and do their best to look like fluffy little sheep. Usually, after a few minutes of chewing young greens, you hear the familiar sounds of “bue-bue” – the cat begins to vomit. Many cat owners want to indulge their fresh grass lovers and grow grass in window pots or seed trays all year round. But for the pleasure of cats, you have to pay by cleaning up vomit, and sometimes even washing bed linen, if the cat chooses the owner’s bed as a suitable place to empty the stomach.
From all of the above, a logical question arises: why do cats like to eat something that almost always causes vomiting? There are several theories among experts about this, but no one knows the exact answer. According to one version, the cat uses the grass as a means of treating indigestion. Some cats may also chew grass to clear stomach hairballs that do not pass through the gastrointestinal tract.
3. Wet the paws
Why does your cat dip its paw in a bowl of water and then lick the water off instead of just drinking normally? This doesn’t seem to make sense to a human, but it’s very convenient behavior from a cat’s perspective. Sometimes a cat chooses this strange way to drink if the water bowl is too deep or too narrow.
Cats have long whiskers and don’t like to be crushed by the sides of the bowl. Dipping the paw in water, in this case, makes drinking more comfortable and enjoyable. A cat that lives in a house with several parents or with other animals may resort to this method of watering for safety reasons if there is a tense atmosphere between the animals. He may not feel comfortable enough to put his head in a bowl that will obstruct his view. If he needs to keep a constant eye on the rear, a wet paw is the best way to drink while staying alert. Finally, the third reason for this behavior is that if the water level in the cat’s bowl is always different, it may not be sure of the water level this time, and so as not to wet the nose, your cat may develop the habit of drinking by dipping its paw.
4. Back view
For many cat owners, this seems very offensive behavior. The cat jumps into your lap to sit or cuddle, but always stays upright with its loot on your nose. The cat may even lie on your chest, planting the fifth point almost on your face. It may seem that wherever a cat decides to sit, whether it’s on the coffee table in front of you or on your computer desk while you check your emails, it will always have the same view of the fluffy tail and of everything below.
In fact, this behavior is very easy to explain. It’s not offensive, it’s actually very beneficial for the cat and shows great trust in its owner. Since a cat is an animal that is both a predator and a prey, the cat’s instinct makes it constantly search for safe places to rest and sleep so that a larger predator does not sneak up on it. If the cat turns away from you when it nestles next to you, it shows that it trusts you and may even observe the surroundings for both of you. Moreover, the cat being a predator, it makes sense that it remains vigilant and has an overview of the surroundings in case a gaping bird passes by or a mouse pass by.
5. Crazy cat dance
Your cat suddenly and for no apparent reason decides to run around the house as if chasing an imaginary mouse. He dances around him, he leaps on an invisible adversary, he jumps over furniture and his cat tree, as if there were a lot of game around and he had to catch everything. You carefully examine everything around you, but you find no sign of the presence of prey, even the smallest spider or cockroach.
What makes some cats go crazy, jump and throw themselves on walls, catch insects and invisible birds? Most likely, your cat has seen some kind of shadow or bright spot on the wall, or he has simply accumulated so much energy in himself that he immediately needs to get rid of it. Cats are hunters and they are made to move. If your cat sleeps too much and doesn’t exercise enough, if you don’t play with it every day to use up some of the stored energy, the cat may just decide to get rid of the excess energy by himself and start chasing the sun’s rays and invisible friends. Also keep in mind that cats have finer senses than humans and your cat can hear, smell, or see things you might not even notice. Therefore, he may well pursue the broom with which the neighbor is sweeping behind the wall, because he hears this noise through the walls.
6. Paper Love
No matter how many toys you buy for your cat or how you organize the environment, chances are he won’t notice if he sees a blank piece of paper, a book or a magazine lying in front of you on the table. He will immediately come running and sit on it, ignoring your objections. If the paper or magazine is right on the floor, your cat is more likely to sit on that piece of paper, ignoring all the nice beds you’ve provided for her.
Doesn’t make any sense, does it? There are several reasons for this behavior. When it comes to sitting on the paper or magazine you are reading, your smart cat knows exactly where your attention is going and if it wants attention, it obviously sits between your eyes and the paper. As for the paper on the floor or on the table, which no one pays attention to, this can be attributed to the cat’s natural desire to be slightly up. If a cat wants to sit on the floor or on a table, but at the same time he wants to be just a little distinguished in his status, to become a little taller, he may feel that the paper makes him that way, because it is different from the rest of the surface. In addition, paper is a very hot material and cats feel it, because they have very fine thermoregulation.
7. Eat – bury
You put down a bowl of food for your cat and he lazily chews the contents, then he gets up and starts digging up the contents of the bowl the same way he does in the litter box. Does your cat tell you that the food has no taste and looks like the contents of a litter box? Or is the cat trying to tell you to eat that stuff yourself, but it won’t eat it?
In fact, it is normal behavior and based on the cat’s instinct for survival as a predator. If your cat hasn’t eaten its food, its burrowing behavior is an attempt to hide food so as not to attract other predators to its habitat and hunt. Additionally, this behavior prevents potential prey from being alerted that a predator is in close proximity. Even indoor cats that never go out to hunt retain this survival instinct.
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