Loading... Please wait...

test

Blog - cat shelters

14 Weird Cat Behaviors (2)

Posted by

In this post, we continue the three-part series: 14 Weird Cat Behaviors Explained 

5) Kneading

Kneading or making biscuits is a common natural cat habit that dates back to when cats were nursing. When nursing, kittens use their paws to massage their mother's mammary glands to stimulate milk production.

Cats might also knead simply because they feel relaxed, happy, safe, and content. They also knead to mark their territory and to stretch, among other reasons. As a form of attention seeking, lap cats frequently knead their owners. If your cat's claws aren't sinking into your lap, kneading shouldn't be too much of a problem. When this occurs, it's probably time to place a soft barrier between you or trim your cat's nails as safely as possible.

6) Yelling or Excessive Meowing at Night

A common problem for cat owners is the excessive late-night meowing and howling their feline friends engage in, often at inopportune times. For many, this is nothing to worry about; after all, your cat may have seen something, may need assistance, or may be bored or lonely and want to play.

However, for some parents, especially if it happens frequently, this could be a symptom of something more serious, such as stress, illness, or anxiety. If this is the case, try to figure out why your cat is meowing and if the problem persists, seek veterinarian assistance.

7) Bringing you Gifts

Dead mice and birds, toys, and twigs are just some strange things cats are known to bring to their owners as presents. By doing this, they're often expressing their gratitude and love for our help in this way.

While bringing gifts is a nice gesture that your cat wants to share their bounty with you, it's best not to make a big deal. If you correct your cat for this natural behavior, or worse, if you praise it, you may wind up with even more gifts than before.

In some cases, this behavior may result from an underlying behavioral problem. Read our piece on how you can discourage your cat from bringing home dead animals.

8) Ignoring You

Cats are independent creatures and require some alone time now and again. Consequently, your cat's indifference to you is probably unwarranted and has nothing to do with you. If you notice your cat behaving this way, it's best to leave them alone. When they need some attention, they will come to you.

9) Knocking Things Over

As infuriating as it is when your cat shoves or knocks items off, this second nature to cats. Cats have extremely sensitive paws and often investigate new objects by swatting at them. This is also a practice they have with their prey. To grab our attention, cats will often knock things over, too.

Don't interact with your cat while they're engaged in this behavior. Notably, don't leave precious breakable items out where your cat can get to them; if they're really into water glasses, switch to plastic or metal until they settle into their new digs and play routine.

PRO TIP: You shouldn't always leave and rush to the scene when your cat breaks things or feeds them to quiet them. Wait a few minutes for the dust to settle, and then silently in and clean up the mess. This helps discourage this bad behavior whenever they want your attention.

10 Ways to Cat-Proof Your Garden

For many people, cats are one of the biggest joys in life. But having an outdoor cat can create some unique challenges when keeping your garden or backyard safe from destruction by their claws and teeth.Here are ten tips to help you keep your garden cat-proofed so that you and your feline friend can enjoy the benefits of Mother Nature.1) [...]

Read More »


How to Train Your Cat to Use a Cat Flap

A cat flap can be an effective way to help you let your cat come and go as they please, but training him to use it will take time and patience. Fortunately, you'll find that the result of having your cat come and go at his leisure is well worth the effort it takes to train him.Here are the [...]

Read More »


Is Milk Good for Cats?

Like many other issues in cat ownership, there are no hard and fast rules to dictate what cats should feed on. Every cat owner is familiar with the old wives' tale that cow milk is good for cats—or a cat lapping up a bowl of milk.However, these statements could be further from the truth, given there's a lot of misinformation [...]

Read More »


4 Proven Tips to Discipline Your Cat

As a cat parent, you've probably wondered how to discipline your cat? If you have, the first thing you need to understand about disciplining cats is that their minds are entirely different from ours.It's much harder to discipline a cat than disciplining dogs. If your dog misbehaves, all you have to do is look them in the eyes and say [...]

Read More »


Cat Allergies: Are You Allergic to Your Cat and Don't Know It?

Owning a cat comes with some incredible rewards. We're talking about the super cuddly bonding moments, the cute moody ones, and the sweet and funny memories that you'll prize for years.With all of these cat parenting pleasures, there are people that don’t realize that they’re allergic to their feline friends. Even when they’re aware, it’s still hard to accept that their [...]

Read More »


Everything You Should Know About Hairballs in Cats

You’re playing with your cat when they suddenly spit up a slimy wad of fur. If you’re familiar with cat hairballs, it may not come as a surprise.But if you aren’t, it may come off as being disgusting, especially if they do it on your favorite furniture or when you accidentally step on the hairballs.While occasional hairballs are considered normal, [...]

Read More »


5 Best Cat Houses to Keep Your Cat Safe and Warm

Do you have a feral cat, outdoor cat or an indoor-outdoor cat that needs a quality outdoor house that keeps them warm and safe from predators and harsh weather? We all know how stressful it can be to keep up with an outdoor cat who loves exploring the great outdoors. But hey, you don't have to be worried about [...]

Read More »


Purchasing Outdoor Cat Houses: A Guide

Buying your outdoor cat their house is amazing. However, with so many choices, finding the right fit can be a challenge. Too often, cat parents rush into the process without having an idea what makes for the ideal outdoor cat house.In this article, we've highlighted the critical points in the cat house purchase process to prepare you for what can [...]

Read More »


Cat Feeding: Weather-Friendly Feeding Stations/Shelters for Feral Cats

Whether you own one or a few feral cats, feeding them outside is a lovely activity that both of you look forward to daily. But with all that joy and satisfaction of watching your cats feed comes a few headaches. For instance, feeding them on dishes, bowls, or on the floor can sometimes be annoying, especially if you have [...]

Read More »





Recent Updates

Sign up to our newsletter