Despite their popularity (cats are found in almost 40% of American households), cats are still mysterious creatures. If you are one of the millions of households that counts a feline among your ranks, then continue reading as we hope to demystify some of the more common unusual behaviors!
Why Cats Bite When You Pet Them
If you have ever been in the midst of petting your purring cat only to have her whip around and sink her teeth into your palm, you know the pain that goes along with this seemingly unprovoked aggression. While this behavior may seem extreme, rest assured that it is very common.
Typically, the cat may simply be done with receiving affection. It may also be the result of the cat’s need to control a situation and call the shots.
In many cases it is possible that the cat was actually exhibiting “please stop” signs, such as a twitching tail and tense face, for several minutes before she chose to bite you.
Why Cats Meow Compulsively
Some cats are more talkative than others are, and if it seems like your feline friend meows all the time, there are several explanations. Often, the cat simply wants attention or would like to be let outside. Sometimes, she is notifying you that a food bowl is empty or that she is bored.
Other times, however, the cat is trying to tell you that she is sick or in pain. These meows can be identified by their urgent nature as well as other signs that the cat is not doing well, including a crouching body posture, irregular eating habits, and vomiting or excess thirst.
If you have a cat that meows all the time, take her to the vet to rule out medical issues and see a pet behaviorist if the issue does not resolve after the checkup.
Why Cats Stretch onto Their Backs
When you get home, does your cat flop onto the ground and wiggle onto her back? This form of communication is often a display of happiness and an attempt at asking for a tummy rub or playtime.
Why Cats Scratch at Water
Have you ever watched your cat paw at the water in her dish? This is common feline behavior and is the result of a simple need for play. Some cats love moving water and will bat at it to produce the desired effect.
Why Cats Rub Against Your Legs
Cats are territorial creatures and rubbing against your legs is their way of scent-marking you. Cats have thousands of scent glands in locations such as under their chins and on the corners of their mouths. While this behavior may seem affectionate, it is also a form of dominance and boundary marking.
If you’ve ever thought your cat was a mysterious creature, you’re right. Have you experienced any other? Add to the comments below or ask our team a question.