Nine Normal Behaviors in Cats

Cats are known to be enormously smart, whether they want us to know it or not. Everyone realizes that a cat’s amazing capacities include having the capacity to walk on little surfaces, run quick, and arrive on their feet on the off chance that they fall. Cats are great choice as pets because they are not only cute and adorable, but they are also easy to care for.

Cats are not only great friend to family members, but they are also source of joy and happiness as well. They are great stress reliever and great companion for elderly people. Since they are already part of the family, they are treated with love and deference just like other members of the family.

Cats behave in certain ways because it is natural for them to do this. They are not doing it to upset or disturb you. Cats don’t be grateful for the concepts of revenge or spite. They just do things which they consider are ‘normal’.

1-Scratching Furniture

Cats love to scratch at things as they need to sharpen their claws. They will also dig their claws into the carpet or a tree when they want to widen their muscles, never rub their noses in it, try to learn How to Deter Your Cat From scratching The Furniture. We love to stretch and so do our cats. They also scratch at furniture to ‘mark’ it or go away their scent. It is their way of saying ‘I’m here, this is my spot’.

2-Spraying on Vertical Surfaces

When cats ‘spray’ small amounts of urine on walls, doors or other vertical surfaces, they are ‘marking’ their territory. Unneutered male and female cats are more likely to spray to mark their territory than those that have been altered. Marking can also be a method of showing sexual readiness in your cat. Multi-cat homes are more likely to have problems with spraying to mark territory.

3-Not Using the Litter Tray

Sometimes cats will urinate in inappropriate places such as on your bed or clothing, or on the floor somewhere. When this happens, don’t scold the cat and never rub their noses in it, try to learn How To Train Your Cat Using A Litter Box. Cats will urinate to mark their territory, particularly in multi-cat homes. In the wild, this is how cats mark the boundaries of their territory. As another cat wanders into these marked out boundaries, they are alerted to the fact that this area ‘belongs’ to another cat. By respecting these boundaries, they avoid needless fighting, especially over prey.

4-Faecal Marking

Cats usually bury their faecal matter. This is an ancient drive whereby the cat ‘hid its identity and location’ from predators. If your cat starts eliminating faecal matter on the floor or clothing, it is sending a very strong message that something is not right with it. This could be something medical, it could be a reaction to something the cat ate, stress or a very influential way of marking or reclaiming its territory.

5-Eating Plants

Cats will eat greens or vegetable matter for what appears to be no reason. In the wild, they will consume all parts of their prey including the stomach contents. It is thought that the partially digested vegetable matter could provide the cat with vitamins and minerals not found elsewhere. Once in a while they will eat plants so influence themselves to upchuck a hairball or something different they have eaten.

6-Excessive Meowing

Some of cats breeds are noisier than others. The Abyssinian, Burmese, Siamese and Tonkinese can be quite verbal. Individual cats can be noisy as well. Some meow to get attention or when they are stressed. Extreme noise in a normally quiet cat could be a sign of illness or injury or be due to the fact that the cat is on heat and/or looking for a mate.

7-Begging for Food

Cats can beg for food if they are being malnourished. It could also be a reaction to a time where the cat had to struggle for food, either as a stray or if it was the runt of the litter. This will cause a ‘high food drive’ which will trigger the begging behavior.

8-Biting

Some cats will bite to stop whatever it is you are doing. This will usually be a gentle nip. Sometimes, you may have tried to stroke a mainly responsive area such as the neck or the rump. Make sure your cat has not been injured or in pain.

9-Aggression

As cats are by nature predatory animals, aggression is part of their natural behavior. They will be very aggressive in defending their territory from other animals. Cats are usually very gentle with humans unless they are frightened or in pain.

Understanding cats’ behavior is something simple for all cat owners to do, as it merely needs you to spend a little quality time with your feline friend in order to appreciate why they behave the way they do.