Animal experts give their opinion on the unusual behaviour of cats

Lying on your business

You know what it feels like to try to read a book or type an important report, but your kitten comes in and sets on what you’re working on.

Whatever you do, it just won’t leave your business alone. Cats do this because they see that you are paying attention to your book or your computer. They also want attention, so they get between you and the object that receives it. They may also want to rub their smell on your objects, marking their territory.

Ignore you

Cats are smart, we all know that. They recognize their name and the voice of their master, but unlike dogs, they don’t come when called.

This is partly because cats like to show their affection when they want, not when you want. They know you are calling them, but they will not respond if they are not interested in the attention you are giving them at the moment. But don’t worry, it’s not out of malice, and your kitten will come to see you when he’s ready to play.

You knead with their paws

When kittens are born, one of their first instincts is to press on their mother’s mammary glands while drinking her milk, in order to stimulate her body to produce more.

This kneading movement remains present in cats even after they have grown up and stopped drinking their mothers. Adult cats do this when they associate a soft surface (or your body) with the comfort of their mother. Many behavioralists believe that cats do this when they feel happy and happy, or to relieve their stress.

Sniffing your face

Suddenly, your cat sticks his nose in your face, sniffing your hair, nose and breath. It may sound weird, but cats do this because each person has a unique smell.

Your face is a good place for your cat to smell your particular natural smell, looking for your familiar smell. It reassures them to know that you are yourself and not someone else they don’t trust, which allows them to relax more.

Chewing things

When cats chew plastic and other things that are not food, this can be a sign of a disease called pica.

Although experts are not sure what leads to pica, they think it may be caused by nutritional problems, or by stress and anxiety. Cats chew on objects that are not food to manage their anxiety, but it can also be bad for your kitten’s digestive system. If a cat frequently bites non-food items, you should have it examined by a veterinarian.

Chatting your teeth

You’ve probably heard your kitten snapping their teeth when he sees birds out the window, emitting a fast and intense sound.

Although experts don’t know exactly why cats do this, they have some good intuitions. Some experts think that cats make this noise out of frustration, because even if they want to catch it, they cannot reach the bird through the window. Others think it’s a natural instinct, as cats warm their muscles to prepare to hunt their prey.

You stick their backs to the face

Sometimes you want to give your pet a hug, but he turns around, raises his tail and gives you a full view of his back.

Cats that lift their tails and stick their butts to your face can certainly be disgusting, but it’s actually a show of confidence and affection. When cats raise their tails, they are friendly and open up to you. So, even if it’s not the most pleasant view, you can take this presentation from the back as a compliment!


Cats lie on their backs and roll on the ground for several reasons, but they only do so when they feel comfortable, because stripping their belly bare is a sign of vulnerability.

It can be simply a way to scratch your back and stretch your muscles, or an attempt to play, to get your attention and get you involved in a game. It can also be a way to mark their territory, as rolling on the ground puts their smell on the ground.

Crying at night

Cats are often awake and active at night. When they have excess energy during your sleep, they can run around the house and start moaning.

These cries may have something to do with the cat trying to catch prey inside the house or, if there are no insects or mice, it may be a cry of frustration. If these cat calls bother you, you can try playing with your cat during the day to tire him, so that he is less active at night.

Hiding in boxes and small spaces

Chances are you’ve found your cat curled up in a box, sink or other small space, even though there are plenty of large, comfortable spaces in the house.
He does it because it gives him a sense of security. In the wild, a cat would be in danger if exposed in an open field, so it has developed an instinct to hide in small caves and holes. They are not really in danger in your home, but they feel safer when they squeeze in a narrow place.

Sprinter around the house

Sometimes you hear a strange noise, and suddenly your cat enters the room at full speed.

Cats have a lot of energy, and since they don’t hunt, they need a way to free it. Domestic cats get agitated because they have no space to run, so they release this tension in a burst of activity, sprinting quickly around the house. If your cat does this often, you can play with him more, so he has the opportunity to run, jump and use his energy.

Bring you gifts

It’s disgusting and shocking when your cat drops a lifeless mouse at your feet. But it is likely to come from a good place.

mothers bring food to their babies, so your cat may have learned to do it from its mother, and if a cat brings you food, it’s probably that it accepts you as a member of its group. It is also possible that your cat will bring you a gift to thank you for taking care of him, but he might simply seek to attract attention.

Extended paws

When your cat is lodring in the room with its paws spread, it can look pretty dumb. But all that means is that he feels relaxed, comfortable and safe in the room where you are.

Your kitten trusts you and rests comfortably. When a cat exposes its belly to you, it is a sign of vulnerability and it means that there is no perceived threat. So you can feel good if your cat does this frequently, which probably means he is a satisfied animal.

Burying your excrement

Cats instinctively cover their feces when they need in the litter box.

They do it in the wild, so that predators can’t find their smell and other cats don’t chase them out of the group. When a cat does not cover its feces, this may be a sign of a problem. This may be a cat’s distaste for litter or box type, location or accessibility, stress or anxiety, or even a cat’s health problem.

Ear shakes

Cats can communicate with their ears. When they start moving their ears back and forth, it usually means that they are anxious or restless and you should be careful with a cat in this state.

On the other hand, when a cat’s ears are pointed forward, it means that the kitten feels good and satisfied. Be careful when your cat points his ears backwards or lays them flat against his head – it’s a sign that the cat is irritated or that he feels scared and defensive.

Attacking your feet

You take care of your business, sitting on the couch watching TV, when suddenly a ball of hair throws itself on your feet.

This may be surprising, but your cat doesn’t really show aggression. He’s just trying to play, practice jumping and jumping. Most cats are playful and when they get bored, they are looking for a game. If you want your kitten to leave you alone, you can try to interest him in a toy or piece of string instead.

Sleep all the time

Young cats sleep a lot, even more so than adults.
But don’t worry if your adult cat also sleeps all the time – cats instinctively drowsy to save energy, a trait they have left when they have to expend a lot of energy hunting for their next meal. They fall asleep easily if they are bored or have nothing to do, so if you want your cat to be more awake, try playing with him.

Pressing the head

Cats may compulsively press their heads against a wall or other hard object for no apparent reason.

This strange behavior can be accompanied by vocal sounds that the cat does not usually do. If your pet does this, you should know that this is not normal behavior and that it should be examined by a veterinarian. It is often a sign of damage to the nervous system due to trauma, tumour, poisoning or other causes.


There is something very satisfying about hearing your cat purr when you pet it. But purring isn’t easy, and scientists know less than any other cat noise.

Yes, it sometimes means that the cat is happy and satisfied, but it can also have many other meanings. Cats purr as a form of communication, but also as a way to calm down when they feel anxious and stressed. The vibrations of the purr soothe them, and can even calm their owners.

Follow you in the bathroom

It can be quite weird when you go to the toilet and your cat runs right next to you. Scientists don’t know why cats do this, but they have ideas.

Some experts think your cat might feel vulnerable without you, so he follows you to feel safe. Or maybe they know that while you’re in the bathroom, you’re their captive audience, and they want to get your attention.

Move their tails back and forth

Unlike dogs, cats do not wag their tails when they are happy and feel good. Most often, if a cat wags its tail back and forth, it means that it is not a happy kitten and prefers to be left alone.
This means that your cat is bored and it is best not to disturb him. However, if a cat wags its tail, it usually means that it is very interested in something and that it is very attentive.


Most people know that if a cat whistles at them, it’s better to get away. Yes, cats whistle when they are angry, but they also whistle when they are frightened or agitated.

Also, if a cat feels threatened by you or another person or animal, it usually whistles as well. What should you do if your cat starts whistling? Don’t get too close and let him calm down; he will most likely resume his habits in a few minutes.

Bringing things off the table

You sit quietly, taking care of your belongings, when suddenly your cat pulls a paw and drops your glass of water from the table, watching him fall to the ground.

There are also many YouTube videos showing cats doing just that over and over again. Scientists say this behavior is simply a way for cats to hunt. In the wild, cats play with their prey, so hitting objects is a good practice for hunting. Cats are also naturally curious animals, and that get bored easily, so they might just try to get your attention or start a game.

Doing their needs outside the litter box

It’s pretty disgusting when your cat starts leaving his feces outside the litter box, but it can also be a sign of a problem.

Maybe your cat doesn’t like the litter box, the litter box itself or its location. Try changing litter boxes if this is the case. This can also be a sign of a medical problem – cats know they have to do their needs in the litter box, so if they don’t, it can be a sign of a health problem.

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