Ever Wonder Why
Your Cat Does certain Things?
Let’s Find Out…
Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
It’s estimated that 30 – 37% of households in the U.S. include at least one cat, with the total number of cats in the U.S. somewhere in the 74+ million range. Yep… that’s a lot of cats! And of that 74+ million, how many do we truly understand when it comes to why they do what they do? You got that right… not a one!
Obviously, cats are the preferred choice of pet for many of us, despite their mysterious ways, bewildering behaviors and oddball obsessions. If you share your life with a furr-ever feline friend, there are likely numerous things she does that have you scratching your head and asking “why?” Well, maybe you can find some answers here!
…Head Butt Me?
Believe it or not, this is actually a form of feline affection. By rubbing against you – or head “bunting” you – Fluffy is marking you with her scent, claiming you as her own. You see, cats have scent glands all over their body, with the most concentrated area being their heads, with glands under the chin, around the mouth, on the ears and at the temples. When she knocks heads with you, it’s because you are important to her and she wants everyone to know it!
…Meow at Me?
While Fluffy’s meowing likely isn’t constant, it can sometimes get to the point where it’s just plain annoying. Kittens learn to meow to let their mother know when they’re cold, hungry or scared. But as cats get older, their meowing is reserved specifically for communicating with their humans. And when Fluffy is meowing directly at you, she likely wants something, whether it be food, a treat, attention, or to say “hey, you, go clean my litter box!”
Chances are, when Fluffy meows at you, you respond. After time, it’s as if the two of you are actually having a conversation. Cats are smart and it doesn’t take them long to learn meowing yields results.
Now, if your cat meows non-stop, the only true way to end the madness is to remove the reinforcement she receives when she meows. This is much easier said than done, as most cats aren’t keen on change and their mild-mannered meows may turn into horrid howls. Sometimes, it’s purely a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils if you want to maintain your sanity!
Keep in mind, excessive meowing and other vocalization such as howling, growling and hissing can also indicate your kitty is feeling anxious, experiencing age-related changes, or is in pain. If this seems to be the case, seek advice from your veterinarian.
…Bite When Petted?
How many times have you been sitting comfortably on your couch, Fluffy in your lap purring with pleasure as you rub her when, suddenly and with no warning, you feel her razor sharp teeth sink into your hand? As we all know, cats are finicky, fickle creatures and these “love bites” tend to happen when Fluffy has decided “okay, I’ve had enough.” While this type of aggression isn’t fully understood by animal researchers, a common theory suggests most cats simply like being in control, and by nipping you when she’s had enough canoodling, Fluffy is taking control of the situation.
Cats definitely have their fair share of quirks, but it’s those quirks that make them the unique, entertaining, charismatic companions we know and love!
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