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7 Cat Behaviors and What They Mean - Petsy

7 Cat Behaviors and What They Mean

Do you sit watching your cat and wondering, "What could they possibly be trying to tell me?", and how will you interpret their behaviour?

Petting a cat

Sometimes, we can't understand what our cat is up to, or why they are exhibiting a certain strange behaviour, but we can have a better idea from a combination of intuition and education.

The key to a good relationship with your cat is learning how to recognize these emotions, and respond where needed. Let’s help decode this behaviour to understand our felines better!

  • Rubbing their head

When your kitty rubs his head on you, they are doing more than just showing you affection and saying hello. Pheromones-a type of external hormones are actually being released from their head and it is their way of showing ownership over you. Just as a cat would rub on furniture to leave their scent to mark their territory- they are showing pride in you belonging to them.

  • If I fit, I sit!

It’s amazing how a kitty can fit themselves in small confined spaces comfortably. Why do they do that when there is ample of space for them to rest, like the cat bed you bought them? The truth is, small spaces make them feel safe and secure while out in the wild, they would not want to be unprotected because this would make them more susceptible to predators. By hiding in small tiny spaces they are able to watch and observe their surroundings from a distance.

  • Kneading

Cats learn to knead when they are very young; it stimulates milk production in their mother’s breast. Even when the cat gets older, kneading is comforting to them. If your cat presses his/her paws into you, and massages back and forth i.e. knead you, it means he/she feels comfortable around you.

  • Laying On Stuff

Cats love attention. If your cat feels ignored, they may try to get in the way so that you are forced to pay attention to them. They might lay across your keyboard or on top of the book you are reading. Anything to get you to look at them.

  • Hissing or Growling

You probably know that this is a bad sign. When a cat is hissing or growling, he/she is very grumpy and wants to be left alone. The best thing you can do then, is walk away.

  • Ear-Itation

If you notice that your kitty’s ears are twitching back and forth- it’s time to slowly back up. This is one way that they express anxiety or agitation. However, if their ears are just slightly pointed upright, this means that they are alert and simply listening intently to their surroundings.

  • Brings you (unpleasant) presents

Your cat may try to bring you presents, although they won’t be the kind you want. Your cat recognizes that you are providing for the family and wants to help out. He could be thanking you for taking care of him or perhaps you pay more attention to him when he generously brings you rodents, birds, or insects.

If this is a behaviour you would like to curb of your outdoor cat, try putting a bell on his collar so that it is more challenging to hunt.

When you understand how your cat is feeling you can better respond to their needs and behaviours. You can refer to the above guide to help you identify how your cat is feeling, and develop a closer relationship with your feline.

Want to know more about cat behaviours and what they mean? Let us know in the comments below and we will surely answer all your queries!

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