5 Cat Behaviours to Look out for!
Anyone who has ever has had the opportunity to be chosen by a cat, know they are complex creatures. They are the royal overlords, and we are there to tend to their every need and get hissed on from time to time. But most of us also the know the unmatched love of a cat, and that feeling when they come sit next to you once in a month! So, for you to understand your cat better- we have written this blog covering 5 common cat behaviours and what they mean. Here we go:-
Most of us know that cats purr when they are happy or content. Most cats purr when they are relaxed, being pet or even just comfortable in a situation.
But, cats may also purr as a sign of distress or discomfort. Most of us do not know this, but a cat Purrs only when they are comfortable or stressed, If your cat is purring excessively or in situations where purring is not common, it could be a sign of illness or injury. Thoroughly examine your cat or take them to a veterinarian. If your cat is purring in situations it usually doesn’t make sure to take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Cats also typically spend a great deal of time grooming. Most cats even spend 50% of their idle time grooming themselves. But did you know, cats also use their saliva to insulate their bodies and fend off cold? So if you notice your cat grooming itself in the winter, It is probably to protect itself from the cold weather!
Each cat, like Humans have varying personalities - and you should observe and note your Cats regimes. Incase you see any changes in its regime be sure to inform your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Damage from Your Cat’s Kneading
Another common cat behaviour is kneading. Cats are known to push their front paws in and out in a motion that resembles a baker kneading dough. Experts are not certain why cats behave this way. Some believe it is residual behaviour from nursing as a kitten, or simply a way to show contentment. Other experts point out that cats have glands in the pads of their paws, so perhaps this behaviour is a way to mark their territory. If kneading is causing damage, make sure to keep your cat’s nails trimmed. If your cat is kneading you and causing pain, simply distract the cat by petting, playing with the paws or giving a treat. Avoid scolding or punishing the cat for kneading because the behavior is instinctual.
Destructive Cat Scratching
Another distinctive cat behaviour is destructive cat scratching, and you may notice your cat scratching around their meal bowl to mimic burying or scratching after they use the litterbox to cover their tracks. This is associated with evolutionary behaviour and also to keep their nails and paws clean.
Aggressive Cat Behaviour
It is important to be aware of your cats behaviour and to take them to a vet incase they showcase signs of aggression. Some tell tale signs of aggression are stiff, straight-legged upright stance; stiffened rear legs with head lowered; direct stare as well as growling or hissing.
Cats will often act aggressively when they are injured or require medical attention. If a cat is acting aggressively, you should bring the cat to a pet care professional to determine if there is a medical cause for the aggression.
Cats are well known for being independent, and just like humans cats have a lot of moods. They might be in a playful mood one day, and another in a mood to just be left alone. It is
Important to analyse and respect your cats boundaries to avoid aggression. If you found this blog informative, you might want to check out out blog on Pup Behaviours! Thanks for reading! If you have a cat at home, you might want to check out the unbelievable discounts we offer on cat food!