Understanding Cat Behavior

Have you ever come home from a long day’s work to find that your cat has left a dead mouse or bird on your doorstep? Or maybe you’ve caught your cat staring into a corner for no obvious reason or attempting to “bury” his food bowl. Whatever the case, the conduct of cats is often odd and has left many a cat owner scratching his head and asking, “But why?”

Cats exhibit certain behaviors for good reasons. While these motives might not be clear to us, taking the time to understand why your cat behaves in a certain way will strengthen the bond between you and your kitty. It can even take some of the stress out of owing and caring for a cat.

In this article, we’ll discuss a variety of cat behaviors and explain why your cat does certain things and what he might be trying to tell you.

Cat Body Language Decoded

Sometimes when your cat performs an odd act, such as climbing into your kitchen sink to take a nap, she’s just trying out a new sleeping spot. Other times, she might actually be trying to tell you something. Cats use their bodies, tails and voices to communicate with each other and their owners. What could your cat be saying to you?

For example, have you ever wondered why your cat rubs against your legs while you’re in the kitchen? Perhaps she’s trying to let you know that it’s time to refill the food bowl. Have you ever been brushing or petting your cat and noticed that her tail is twitching a lot? If so, you might want to take a step back: You might be about to get scratched!

Unusual Cat Behaviors

Have you ever walked into a room to find your feline chomping on your favorite houseplant? He isn’t just giving your plants a trim; he’s probably trying to aid his digestion.

In the wild, cats get to eat plenty of grass. When they live indoors, however, they lose this element of their diet. When cats eat grass, they are able to more easily throw up hairballs. To keep your kitty from chewing on your plants, consider buying “cat grass” from your local pet store.

Understanding Cat Spraying and Cat Marking Behavior

Cats spray urine to communicate with other felines. When your cat sprays your bushes outside, he is marking his territory and letting the neighborhood cats know that the yard belongs to him! Your cat might also be spraying to attract a mate.

Cat spraying can be quite frustrating for cat owners, especially when your kitty decides to spray your new couch or chair. However, there are some steps you can take to help curb this behavior.

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