Cats can behave in all manner of interesting ways. A lot of what they do, we expect from them, and we can understand the meaning. But some cat behaviors are a little odd and can confuse owners. Keep an eye out for these behaviors from any cats you know so that you know how to react. In this guide, we’ll shed light on these perplexing behaviors and provide insights to help you navigate the quirky world of feline antics with confidence.
You might think that rolling over is a trick only dogs do, but cats will sometimes roll around. It’s not a trick but a sign that they’re very happy and playful.
Zooming Around the Room
The zoomies can be hilarious. Seeing your cat suddenly bound around the room at top speed is a sight. But just be careful – if your cat doesn’t tend to zoom around and then suddenly starts, it might be fleas.
Presenting Their Butt
Don’t be alarmed if your cat turns around, raises up their tail, and shows off their butt to you. Usually, this just means they’re relaxed and enjoying your petting.
Cats knead with their front paws when they’re comfy. It’s a behavior linked to their time as a kitten when they knead their mom to stimulate milk. Kneading with the back paws is a sign the cat is about to pounce or attack, so be careful.
Splooting – when the cat stretches their front paws out ahead and their rear paws behind – can look uncomfortable. But it’s just a cat’s way of stretching out their joints – nothing to worry about.
Staring at You
You may feel like your cat has initiated a staring contest with you, and they can be pretty mesmeric. Usually, staring is just a sign of affection but look for other body language that may suggest something else.
Scratching Around Food
This isn’t typical behavior, but it can happen. If your cat is scratching alongside their food, it means they don’t like it and want to get rid of it.
A cat’s slow blink is apparently a sign that they feel comfortable and safe around you. And it’s believed that you can make a cat feel safer by repeating the gesture to them.
Dashing Away from Random Things
Cats don’t tend to dash away from an object without warning if they aren’t scared of it, so if a certain object causes them to run, they may not like it or may have some trauma related to that item.
Leaving Poop Uncovered
We all know that cats like to bury their poop and like hygienically. If they’re leaving it uncovered, it often means your kitty is annoyed or wants to show dominance over you. It may also be a medical issue, though.
Chewing on Random Things
Cats know what is edible and what isn’t, but that doesn’t stop them from chewing on things they shouldn’t. This can be a sign of anxiety or that they’re unwell. It’s also a choking hazard, so keep a close eye on this one.
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