30 Bizarre Cat Behaviors And The Hidden Meanings Behind Them
Cats are a funny bunch. Although our furry companions can sometimes drive us up the wall, you’ve got to hand it to them—their wild antics make for hilarious action film footage. It can be hard to understand the behaviors of our beloved cats as they can be so mysterious at times.
They scratch up our furniture, race around the house, sleep on our keyboards, and parade around like they own the place. Of course, some of us are already familiar with silly cat behavior—such as their eternal battle with curtains or thousand-yard stare.
But if you’re curious about the meanings behind some other feline behaviors, read on!
Cats have a reputation for keeping their emotions hidden. Discerning if your cat sees you as an object of affection or a bothersome vending machine can be tricky. If you're in love with your cat, you can tell if they reciprocate your feelings by watching how they look at you.
Coughing Up Hairballs
Microscopic hooks on its tongue assist in the removal of unneeded body hair. Because some fur is ingested, it accumulates in the animal's stomach. Your cat will cough up a hairball once in a while to clear the buildup.
Following You Everywhere
Cats spend the majority of their lives alone in the house. However, just like people, cats crave company and entertainment, and they've chosen you as the best source of both! It allows your cat to leave its fragrance and delineate its territory everywhere you go as well.
They go insane at the mere thought of being cut off from parts of their domain. They'll do whatever it takes to get the door unlocked. This might include scratching, meowing, and attempting to pull door handles down. Kittens are sociable creatures, so being shut out also means missing out on human interaction. That’s right; cats have a fear of missing out, too!
Scruffing is when mother cats carry their kittens around by the thick skin of their necks. It's a brilliant approach to keeping kittens safe, even if it doesn't appear kind. Kittens have extra skin there, so it doesn’t actually hurt them.
The Cat's Eye
Their pupils will widen to let in as much light as possible to ensure that they catch a glimpse of their dinner before it runs away. If you see this in the daytime, it could be a sign of stress or the onset of heat if your cat is female.
Knocking Things Over
Everybody has caught their cat red-pawed after hearing their valuables fall to the ground at least once. No, your cat did not purposefully drop your valuable vase on the floor. It's all because of boredom! Cats use their paws to explore the textures and objects in their surroundings.
If your cat has been on a "knocking things from the shelf" spree lately, it might be a good time for a change of scenery. A few new toys or a location shift may be all you need to keep your valuables safe.
Sitting On Top Of Your Work
They know that whatever has your full attention must be important, and they want in! They claim possession of anything they walk on with their pheromone glands. It’s true—your cat thinks your laptop is theirs.
Afraid of the Water
When it comes to grooming your pet, bathing is not only unnecessary, but it also infuses their fur with a weird texture and taste. If your cat's fur is damp, it will slow them down and make them less agile. So rather than cleaning your cat, you can relax in the tub. Let them handle it.
Occasional Water Lovers
Cats are drawn to moving items, so a dripping faucet could be a source of amusement for your pet. Your cat will spend hours trying to swat water droplets while listening to the weird sound of water hitting the sink. Just remember that only certain breeds enjoy getting in the water!
Cat In A Box
Cardboard is also a good conductor of heat. Cats enjoy being warm, so a cardboard box makes a convenient cat sauna. At the same time, it’s also perfect for chewing and scratching because it's neither too soft nor too rough.
Exposing Their Belly
So if they don't like belly massages, why do they show their stomachs? It's their way of showing you that they trust you and feel secure around you. What you lose in being able to give fluffy belly rubs, you gain in your cat's trust.
A cat’s ability to bury its waste in the sand is an intriguing characteristic. While it may not be the cleanest way to play "find the buried treasure," it’s more hygienic than just leaving it out in the open. Each dropping retains a unique aroma from the cat that left it.
Not Burying Droppings
This behavior is to be expected when a new cat is introduced into the household. When you see a lot of cat droppings, it could be because your cat doesn't like the litterbox conditions. The smell of the sand or the state of the box could be the problem.
As a means of fending off any prospective threats, its body stretches to seem bigger and more intimidating. Your cat can become a fearsome feline threat with just a few hisses and raised hairs on the back of its neck!
Getting Stuck Up Trees
While chasing a small red dot around the floor or walls may appear to be a tedious game to most people, it is a favorite pastime for cats. It checks off all necessary boxes to arouse your feline's natural predator instincts.
Your cat will be mesmerized for hours if you play a video of birds chirping again and over. But they’re no longer restricted to passive viewing—they can now actively participate! Cats can play e-games designed explicitly for them!
No, your cat isn't trying to talk to you while looking out the window. Cats often make chitter-chatter when they watch birds perched high in the trees, out of reach. It could indicate that your cat is eager to eat its prey.
Others claim that in some cases, it’s used as a hunting tactic. The sound your cat produces is like that of a bird’s chirp, which may draw their feathered prey closer to the source of the sound, at which point the cat can strike from the shadows.
Taking a Soft Landing
Playing With Shape Tape
Because cats adore boxes so much, they may mistake a flat square shape for a three-dimensional cube. Cats see a whole new world when pieces of tape appear on the floor. Ignorance may be bliss after all.
Kittens knead their mothers while drinking milk to stimulate their moms' milk glands. The sensation of "kneading dough" makes cats feel comfortable and secure, just as they felt around their mothers as kittens. Kneading also produces pheromones from their paw glands. It allows them to claim a favorite blanket as their own.
Hating On Dogs
Nap In The Fetal Position
Most cats curl up into a ball with their tails around their middle and their chin against their breast. Cats enjoy sleeping in this position because it keeps them warm. This shape also hides their tummies, protecting their vital organs from predators.
As well as doing it for comfort, there’s a chance that your cat is in the fetal position because of pain or discomfort. If the fetal position is your cat’s default sleeping position, this might be the case. Watch your cat’s sleeping habits with this in mind.
Fear of Cucumbers
The size and shape of a cucumber may cause a cat's brain to alert it to the presence of a snake. If you think about it, this might explain why cats get so scared of this inane inanimate object. For them, it may well be a life and death situation! For us, it’s an amusing little sketch.