A lot of people think that cats work on their own agenda, not paying much attention to their owner, provided they have clean litter, food, and water. We know that cats are amazing creatures, but they can behave in odd manners at times. This can easily confuse their owners and make it really hard to determine what the cat wants. As much as cat behaviour can be confusing, there are some ways that you can solve common cat behaviour mysteries. We take a closer look at the common meanings of cat behaviour in this article.
Rubbing up to things (and people!)
A common behaviour that almost all cats do is push their heads into any type of object that will allow them to do it. You’ve probably seen your cat do this before, against table legs, TV stands, or another object. This can be noticed more when you have other people who own animals or those with allergies over at your house. When a cat notices this, they will rub his head against the person. In doing so, they will put a touch of saliva on the individual. In a cat’s mind, they own owns whatever they puts their saliva on.
By putting their saliva on something, that object or person will have a familiar scent. Although this can be very annoying, you have to understand that other people in your home are seen as odd or weird to your cat. When a cat does this, they are simply trying to make the visitor belong. When they brush up against them and put their saliva on them, they are trying to put their scent on them, which in their mind will mean that they belong in their territory.
Even though marking someone or something with saliva is beneficial to the cat, saliva is one of the most common forms of pet allergies. When someone wipes the saliva off of them, the scent will be gone and the cat will go back and attempt to do it again. Even though it may appear that cats target those with allergies, cats are actually just trying to make the visitor belong at the house. If the guest simply cannot take the saliva, allow the cat to rub themselves on their pant legs a few times. Normally, this is all takes for a cat to leave the person alone.
Lights and shadows
Some cats are entranced by lights and shadows. The quick movement of a shadow or the darting of a light catches their attention, and they want to chase it. This is partly due to their hunting instincts, but also their interest in play. This is a major source of stimulation for cats!
Those of you who an indoor cat should expect the cat to spend quite a bit of time lying near windows. During this time, you may hear your cat make very strange noises or weird movements. You shouldn’t worry though, as they are simply acting out his hunting instincts. Whether it’s another cat or object outside moving about, the cat will see it and simply go into their native hunting instinct.
As most already know, cats love to play. They love to be played with, especially with toys. They will pounce on things on occasion, which should always be expected. If you try to prevent this type of behaviour, your cat will take a very negative approach and you’ll end up with a lot of broken things in your home. You can always play with your cat using a string, as they will love to chase the string around the room.
The longer you own your cat, the more odd behaviour you’ll see them exhibit. Cats behave in strange ways, although they always have a reason for behaving the way they do. If you can understand why your cat behaves like they do, you’llhave no problems keeping them healthy and happy. If you simply pay attention to your cat and the way they behave at times, you’ll be able to understand them better than ever before.