12 Really Weird Cat Behaviors and We Don’t Understand Why

Cats can behave in some unusual ways, and it’s often hard to know exactly what is going through your kitty’s mind. There can be some things that seem odd but are actually good signs – and some signs that your cat isn’t happy that you should be aware of. Here are some strange cat behaviors and their meaning.

Understanding these quirky behaviors will not only provide insight into your cat’s world but also help you foster a happier and healthier relationship with your feline friend. So, let’s unravel the enigma of your cat’s behaviors, one whisker twitch at a time.

Headbutting You

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Cats will often headbutt (gently) their owner. It’s not a sign of aggression but could mean anything from “I love you” to “Give me attention.”

Chattering To Themselves

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You may see your cat chattering to themselves, usually when sat by a window. The noise and mouth movement is often a cross between excitement at what the cat can see and frustration that it can’t be out there chasing it.

Sneering At You

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Sometimes it may appear that your cat is sneering at you. They aren’t actually looking down their noses in disrespect, though – it’s usually an expression they pull when they’re analyzing the scents in the room.

Winking At You

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Cats can wink, and they’ll do it on purpose too. It could be just a sign of affection, but it’s quite rare, and if your cat is winking, you should check their eyes to see if they’ve got a foreign object in there or an infection.

Acting Jealous

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If your cat is a little jealous when you’re busy and not paying attention – that’s because they are! There’s no hidden meaning here; your cat just wants you to focus on them.

Hiding in Small Spaces

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We’ve all seen cats squeezing themselves into almost impossibly-sized small containers or boxes. It’s super cute! And the reason is that it makes them feel safe and cozy. Simple, really.

Bringing You Gifts

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When a cat brings you a dead mouse or bird (or sometimes, if you’re really unlucky, a live one), it really is a gift. It’s a sign from the cat that they’re grateful for you. Try not to admonish them.

Staring at the Wall

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If a cat is staring at the wall without any other odd signs, it’s not a concern. They may have seen something you haven’t. Look out for long yowls at night (cat dementia) or aggressive tail chasing/tail grooming (Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome).

Licking You

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If you’re being licked by your cat, you’re doing something right. Cats lick their humans when they are very happy, so well done to you!

Drinking from Faucets

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For some reason, cats always prefer to drink from running water instead of a stagnant bowl. So, if you’re running the faucet, don’t be surprised if your kitty jumps up for a taste.

Knocking Things Over

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Cats are bright; if they want your attention, they will try a few ways to get it, including knocking over items. Try to move important things away from your cat and not give them attention to stop this habit.

Twitching Ears

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Cats twitching their ears can mean all sorts of things. Most of the time, it’s a happy movement, or it just means that the cat has heard a sound that they find interesting.

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Sometimes you’ll catch your kitty in a compromising pose – as these cats prove.

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Does Your Cat Twitch When Being Pet?

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Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome – sometimes called rippling skin syndrome – is a condition that can affect some cats. It gives them extremely sensitive skin, which can cause them distress, particularly if they are petted in that area.

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The Hidden Triggers: Identifying Common but Unnoticed Allergens Affecting Your Cat’s Health

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If your cat is constantly licking, biting, and itching a lot, it could be a sign they’re suffering from allergies. But you might not realize what they’re allergic to – and it could be something you’d never even considered.

Read More – Uncovering Hidden Allergies for Cats

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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