7 Common Cat Behavior Questions
They coo like pigeons or chase their own tails – sometimes the behavior of our cat seems mysterious or even crazy. In most situations, however, there are logical explanations. You’ll see today that it’s usually not so difficult to interpret.
1) Why is my cat scratching at the bowl?
As a cat owner, you may have seen your pelt-nosed cat scratch the floor with its paw in front of the bowl, or even try to cover the bowl with a blanket or something similar.
We laugh at this seemingly pointless behavior – after all, scratching on tiles has no effect – but for our velvet paws, covering the feeding area is an innate instinct.
Because wild cats bury the leftovers after eating to hide them from predators.
2) Why do cats not like closed doors?
Your cat wants to get out and as soon as the door is closed behind him, he wants to get back in? Most cats can continue this game forever. But what sometimes drives us crazy is perfectly logical behavior for the cat. This has to do with the fact that cats like to have an overview of their territory at all times. If the access to a room is denied for a while by a closed door, the velvet paw has to check immediately if everything is still ok. There is only one thing to do: leave the room doors open.
3) Why is my cat cooing?
Why do cats coo in their sleep? Besides meowing and purring, most cat owners hear another sound from their cats: cooing. When cats coo like pigeons, it can have different meanings. First of all, you can take this sound like a proof of love, because on this level cats only talk to their favorite people.
The cooing is then either a greeting or an invitation to pet, play or feed. Even if you wake your cat up from sleep, she may still coo – but this is a sign that you should let her sleep in peace.
4) Why do cats clean their humans?
If your cat brushes you occasionally, it’s a sign of affection at first. In cat language, this means that your cat is concerned about your welfare and accepts you as part of her social structure. On the other hand, this can also mean that she wants to change your smell. Have you petted another animal before? Or put cream on your hands? Then your cat wants you to return to your usual smell, or preferably her smell.
5) Why do cats wiggle their bums before they attack?
Another curiosity always makes us laugh. When cats start to jump during a game, they wiggle their butts just before the game. This droll behavior is due to the cat’s hunting instincts. Shortly before it pounces on its prey, the cat is extremely tense. The head and ears are silently directed towards the target. But the velvet paw moves her bottom before the jump. This shifts her weight from one leg to the other to find the perfect balance for the jump and landing.
6) Why do cats bitch or chatter their teeth?
When cats fixate on their prey, they sometimes make a very peculiar sound that can be described as a chattering or biting sound. Some cats only show this behavior when they watch a bird through the window; others even chatter at flies and other insects. The explanation lies, as so often, in the predator genes of our house cat. For it is now generally agreed that the chattering is only a secondary noise that occurs when the cat tries its deadly bite into the spinal cord of the prey shortly before the attack. Our cats are in the core just nevertheless dangerous robbers.
7) Why do cats prefer to go to people who do not like cats?
Guests in the cat household: Miezi unerringly steers towards cat haters and allergy sufferers, while skilfully ignoring anyone who tries to pet them. To the cat allergy sufferer, this probably seems to be pure malice. But the real reason can be found in the language differences between humans and cats. If we want to establish contact, this happens first by eye contact, speeches, and gestures. So what do we do? Staring into the cat’s eyes, talking to it and reaching out to it. All this means for your cat that the human is looking for a confrontation. The direct eye contact is usually understood by your cat as a threat – the velvet paws fight for power through eye duels. She prefers to look for a quiet place. And where would she rather find it than with someone who doesn’t want to know anything about her?