Cats get a bad rap of being independent and not very attached to their owners. Of course, anyone with a feline friend of their own can tell you this isn’t true at all. When compared to dogs, they don’t tend to have the same level of interaction. But that’s also a by-product of thousands of years of domestication and working together in numerous activities like hunting and shepherding.
Cats have not seen widespread domestication or utilization for every task, so a direct comparison isn’t appropriate. Nevertheless, they have many ways of communicating and transmitting messages to us. Keep on reading to find out how to understand expected cat behavior.
Normal Cat Behavior
When a cat is healthy and happy, there are many common ways to act and interact with us, how they show affection when they’re feeling scared or anxious when hungry and much more. Understanding your furry companion is essential, as they have many ways of indicating when something is wrong.
Although other times it can just be demanding cat behavior when they feel they’re not getting enough attention. Below you’ll find a list of the more common behaviors and how to interpret what does your cat wants from you.
Common Cat Behaviors and What They Mean
There are many ways cats communicate with us both directly and indirectly. This article will go over several of the more common behaviors and interpret them.
The exact cause and origin for why cats purr aren’t precisely known. What we do know, however, is that it’s commonly a sign of happiness and contentment.
For example, when they’re a pet, lounging in the sun, or laying on our laps. Other times it can also indicate that they’re feeling stressed or ill. So, if your cat is purring at odd moments, make sure to get them checked out.
In addition, purring can have positive health benefits for humans too. When a cat purrs, it helps release endorphins in its system, and it can do the same for us as well. Another factor is the frequency of the purr, and the vibrations it causes helps cats heal broken bones more quickly.
Correspondingly it’s usual to have the same effect on us too. That is why it’s not uncommon to see cats stick by their sick owners, purring away beside them.
Generally speaking, cats don’t require baths, not from their owners. See, they have all the tools they need to groom and maintain their fur coats. With their rough, barbed tongue, paws, and saliva, they can keep themselves tidy. Another reason is that their saliva helps insulate them from the cold, which is why you may see seasonal changes affect your pet’s behavior, such as grooming themselves more.
Climbing On Everything
Due to being predators, cats instinctively want to have higher vantage points. That allows them to gather their surroundings and also hide while napping.
The famous saying goes, “curiosity killed the cat,” and there’s a reason for that. They are curious animals, wanting to explore and wander their surroundings by nature. It tends to get them into a bit of mischief or getting caught somewhere they can’t get out from.
Meowing is something that adult cats don’t do to communicate with other cats; they do so via hisses, growls, and chirps. Although kittens do it with their mothers, adult cats meow at us to indicate they’re hungry or that something is off. One very common Siamese cat behavior is to be more vocal and talkative.
Aggressive Cat Behavior
Now, this isn’t cute, and you should keep an eye out for bad cat behavior. Cats have pretty sharp claws and teeth and will attack to defend themselves if they feel afraid or in danger. A cat’s tail behavior is an excellent way to know whether your cat is feeling relaxed or agitated.
Another common reason for heightened aggression is potential health or medical problems. If a cat suddenly starts acting more aggressively than usual, it’s essential to take them to the vet. It might indicate that something else is going on behind the scenes.
Another behavior that reveals the importance of health for cats is litter box problems. If they have started going to the bathroom outside of the litter box, this is generally a sign of something not being ok. A common culprit is anxiety; maybe you moved your house recently or relocated the litter box somewhere new.
Trying to determine what could have caused the stress could resolve the matter altogether. And you should also keep your cats digestive system healthy by giving them proper nutritional foods. On the other hand, it could indicate any number of health issues, such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes or liver, kidney, or urinary tract problem.
If you’re not able to discern a cause for stress that could explain the litter box behavior and also you should prevent your cat from toxic substances by following some steps or taking them to the vet may well be necessary.
What Does Your Cat Want From You?
In general terms, your cat wants to feel safe and protected, to be loved and cared for. They can feel temporary jealousy if they perceive you’re paying more attention to another person/pet or even your phone. Their meows differ per what they want as it’s not uncommon for owners to know just from listening if their cat is hungry or communicating something else entirely.
Cats are very communicative creatures. They’ll meow to indicate hunger and thirst, bring over toys to play with and keep them entertained. There are a lot of signs of body language that their tails, posture, and ears indicate. So, learning to read your cat’s behavior after returning home is very important.
Although they are more independent than dogs, that doesn’t mean you can leave them alone to their own devices all day. They are social creatures and can provide excellent companionship. If they love you enough, they might end up grooming you or giving you light, playful love bites.