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Cats are great to observe and have around and one of the reasons could be all these weird behaviours they have! Are you one of those cat owners who often find their cat behaving oddly, and you end up amused or confused? Let’s see what these crazy behaviours behind cats actually mean.
One moment your cat is lying down with an unamused look, the next moment it sprints across the room at high speed for…nothing? Cats can sense their environment on a much higher level than humans. It could be nothing from your eyes, but your cat might have noticed something. Be it a ball of dust or an insect on the move, they can see it alright! Another reason could be the release of stored energy that hasn’t been spent throughout the day. Dashing across the room could just be a way for them to spend some of that pent up energy!
Most times, small spaces give cats a sense of security. Rather than being exposed in wide open spaces, especially from the seemingly threatening vacuum cleaner, they choose to squeeze into small spaces to feel safe and quiet. So, don’t fret when your cat decides to curl up or cram themselves in perplexing spots (unless they are stuck), it’s all for survival purposes!
You’re just casually standing there and your cat decides to ram its head again and again on your leg. It could be a sign of love and affection, or it’s just your cat claiming you. Cats have scent glands on their entire bodies. Headbutting is a way for them to leave their scent and markings that signifies a close bond!
Kneading is one of the most common behaviours of cats, it looks as though their kneading dough or massaging. This is actually a behaviour carried from kitten age to adulthood. Nursing kittens knead to stimulate their mother’s milk flow. As they grow older, they knead to calm down, when feeling anxious or to make markings with scent from their sweat glands. If your cat kneads on you, it’s a major sign that they like you!
You might’ve seen your cat chatter or chirp at a bird or other prey-like animals. It means that their hunting instincts have just kicked in! While some say the chattering sound mimics a kill or death bite performed when terminating a prey, their hunting instinct is not the only motivating factor. Cats can also do it out of frustration or pure interest towards something.
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