Reasons for Every Behavior in Cats

15 Cat Behaviors Explained

Cats, like humans, experience fear, pleasure, hunger, anxiety, frustration, and a variety of other emotions that can influence their behavior. Several typical feline behaviors are considered unpleasant and can have an impact on the quality of life for both owners and their pets. Fortunately, many of these habits are reversible.

Here are 15 of common and weird behaviors

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1. Chattering

You’ve definitely heard your cat’s teeth chattering, especially when they detect a bird while looking out the window. Behaviorists believe this is due to your cat’s frustration at not being able to pursue prey outside. They may also be excited and slightly irritated.

Others believe that your cat’s strange jaw movement is a natural habit that permits their muscles to prepare for the process of killing prey. In any case, your cat’s behavior is quite typical.

2. Cat Kisses

When your cat stares you down, he is most likely attempting to grab your attention. If the look is intense, it could indicate that he is on high alert about someone or a circumstance. It is not advisable to gaze your cat in the eyes directly. Cats, like any other animal, perceive this as an act of aggression in preparation for a fight.

Have you ever noticed your cat blinking at you slowly? This behavior is referred to as “cat kisses” by behaviorists. Slow blinks are your cat’s method of expressing affection and letting you know that they like and trust you. They will most likely continue to blow “cat kisses” your way if you blink gently back at them. Other times, if your life depended on it, you couldn’t get him to look at you.

Cats, like people, value their alone time. Allow him some calm alone time when he requires it. This will increase his respect for you, and don’t worry, he’ll seek you out when it’s time for a cuddle!

3. Kneading

When your cat puts his paws into you and massages back and forth, he is engaging in a pleasant feline habit. This behavior has to do from dates back to its breastfeeding days. It stimulated milk production by putting his paws on his mother’s mammary glands.

When your adult cat does this, he is either content and demonstrating that he is joyful, or he is attempting to relieve stress and the habit is one to calm him down. Take it as a complement if you remind him of his mother!

4. Bunting

When your cat rubs his head against you, he is doing more than just showing you affection and greeting you. He is, in fact, engaging in what refer to as “bunting.” Pheromones are being emitted from his head, and this is his way of asserting dominance over you. He is displaying pride in the fact that you are his, just like a cat might rub on furniture to leave his smell to indicate his territory.


5. Ears Moving

If you notice your kitty’s ears moving back and forth, it’s important to back up slowly. This is one way they exhibit their tension or concern. If their ears are slightly pointed erect, it indicates that they are aware and merely listening closely to their surroundings.

6. Rolling around

Rolling around on their back exposes them to danger, so if fluffy is doing it in front of you, take it as a compliment! He feels secure in your presence, and you have won his trust. A roll on the floor indicates that he is attempting to engage you in some light play.

7. Scratching

Scratching marks the territory of cats. If your cat is clawing things you don’t want it to, you can divert the behavior by giving scratching posts and other toys for your cat to dig its claws into.

8. Chewing

Cats are not thought to be as avid chewers as dogs. Nonetheless, some people manage to cause a lot of damage with their teeth. Chewing behavior in your cat could be caused by boredom, hostility, a nutritional shortage, kitten teething, or being weaned too young. It could also be because your cat is playing or enjoys the texture or flavor of the item.


9. Tail Twitching

You’re watching your cat do her thing around the house when you notice a twitch near the tip of her tail. Is that typical? Yes! It most certainly is, and it could indicate that your cat is excited or concentrated. This is common when your cat is “hunting prey” around the house. The tail twitching should stop once your cat has calmed down.

10. Knocking Things Off

Your cat randomly starts batting things off the table and calmly watches them fall to the floor for no apparent reason. As a cat owner, this might be a very aggravating behavior, but we assure you that your kitten is not just trying to annoy you. You know what they say about cats and their curiosity? It’s as simple as that- he’s just interested and possibly bored!

11. Kitty Litter Fail

The most prevalent behavioral complaint of cat owners is urinating or defecating outside the litter box, also known as inappropriate elimination. Understanding the underlying reasons of this condition and how to treat them appropriately can help alleviate frustration and repair the link between cat owners and their feline companions. Medical or behavioral factors might cause inappropriate elimination.

12. Box Fitter

Cats’ capacity to fit themselves “comfortably” into small spaces never ceases to amaze or fascinate us. There are plenty of comfortable places for them to rest instead, such as the cat bed you bought them. So why do they curl up in boxes, bathroom sinks, little baskets, and so on? Small spaces provide your cat with a sense of safety and security.

They would not want to be unsecured in an open area if they were out in the wild since it would make them more vulnerable to predators. Ambush is also a natural trait in cats. They can see and study their environment from a distance by hiding in small tiny places.


13. Midnight Runner

Don’t you simply adore it when you’re fast sleeping and you’re startled awake by the sound of your cat barreling down the corridor? Or is fluffy yowling as you’re trying to get some shut-eye? Most home cats have a lot of energy that accumulates over the day and has to be released. This, paired with their nighttime hunting tendencies, may disrupt your sleep.

To avoid unexpected sprints throughout the house in the middle of the night, we recommend daily exercising your cat during the day. You can also try feeding him shortly before bed, and if she has a strong need to hunt at night, you could try supplying her with food puzzles to keep her occupied while you sleep.

14. Senior Cat Noise

If your senior cat is overly noisy, he or she may be suffering from a serious but treatable disease. If this is the case, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

15. Laptop Conqueror

Magazines, books, clothes and laptop you’ve laid out, you name it, your cat will lay on it while you’re using it. Your kitty knows that if he lays himself down on whatever you’re looking at, he’ll get some attention. He’s also leaving his fragrance on your stuff as a method to assert his ownership of you.

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