Updated: April 30, 2023 by CanCat Eat
They coo like pigeons or chase their own tails – sometimes the behavior of our kitties strikes us as puzzling or even crazy. Most behaviors, however, have logical explanations. We answer some questions about cat behavior here. You will see that your cat’s behavior is not that difficult to interpret.
Why is my cat scratching in front of the bowl?
As a cat owner, you may have seen your furry friend scratching the floor with its paw in front of the bowl or even trying to cover the bowl with a blanket or something similar. We laugh at this apparently senseless behavior – after all, scratching on tiles has no effect – but for felines, covering the feeding place is one of the innate instincts. Because after eating, wild cats bury the remains to hide them from predators.
Why don’t cats like closed doors?
Your cat wants to get out and as soon as the door is closed behind her, does she want to go back in? Most cats can go on and on with this game forever. But what drives us crazy sometimes is perfectly logical behavior for the cat. This has to do with the fact that cats like to have an overview of their territory at all times. If access to a room is blocked for a while due to a closed door, the cat must immediately check whether everything is still in order. Only one thing helps: leave the room doors open.
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Why is my cat cooing?
In addition to meowing and purring, most cat owners hear another noise from their kitties: the cooing. When cats coo like pigeons it can mean different things. First of all, you are welcome to understand this sound as proof of love, because at this level cats only talk to their favorite people. The cooing is then either a greeting or an invitation to stroke, play, or feed. Even if you wake your cat from sleep, they may be cooing, but this cat behavior is a sign that you should let them sleep in peace.
Why do cats clean their humans?
If your cat grooms you occasionally, that’s a sign of affection. Because in cat language this means that your cat cares about your well-being and accepts you as part of their social structure. On the other hand, this cat behavior can also mean that they want to change your smell. Have you petted another animal before? Or put cream on your hands? Then your cat wants you to return to your usual smell, or ideally their smell.
Why do cats wiggle their butts before attacking?
Another curiosity always makes us laugh. When cats start jumping during play, they wiggle their butts shortly beforehand. This quirky behavior stems from the cat’s hunting instincts. Just before it pounces on the prey, the cat is extremely excited. The head and ears are quietly focused on the target. However, the feline moves their bottom before jumping. This shifts their weight from one leg to the other to find the perfect balance for the jump and landing.
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Why do cats chuckle or chatter their teeth?
When cats fixate on their prey, they sometimes make a very peculiar sound that can be described as chattering or chuckling. Some cats only exhibit this behavior when looking at a bird through the window; others even chatter at flies and other insects. As is so often the case, the explanation lies in the predator genes of our house tigers. It is now agreed that the chattering is just a background noise that occurs when the cat tries its fatal bite into the prey’s spinal cord shortly before the attack. Our kitties are essentially dangerous predators.
Why do cats prefer to go to people who don’t like cats?
Cats steer purposefully towards those who hate cats and allergies, while they skilfully ignore anyone who tries to stroke them. To a cat allergic person, this behavior seems to be pure malignancy. The real reason, however, can be found in the language differences found between humans and cats.
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If we want to establish contact, this is first done through eye contact, speech, and gestures. So what are we doing? Staring the cat in the eye, talking to them, and reaching out to them. For your cat, all of this means that the human is looking for a confrontation. Direct eye contact is usually understood by your cat as a threat – the velvet paws fight their power struggles through eye duels. They prefer to find a quiet place. And where would they be more likely to find it than with someone who doesn’t want to know anything about them?
And what bizarre cat behavior do your kitties show? Write to us in the comments!