|Strange things that cats do
Cats are very interesting animals. They have certain behavioral habits
which, although confusing to their owners, have explanatory reasons.
One such act is purring. People wonder why their pets purr – does it just
mean they are happy or is there more to it than that?
Why do cats purr?
Cats communicate using purring. A kitten and its mother will purr as a
sign of comfort and, after this, the kitten will continue the behavior
through its life. Cats usually purr when something pleases them or when
they feel safe and comfortable. It is known also that an anxious cat or one
at death’s door might purr too, obviously for different reasons.
Purring is interesting because no one is really sure how the cat’s body
produces the sound. It might be because of blood moving through the
blood vessels. It might be because of soft palate vibrations. Cat purring
has been tested electromyographically, to show the electrical activity in
the muscles of the cat. This could indicate that purring is caused when
the muscles of the larynx, containing the vocal chords, are activated. the
larynx partially closing, or glottis, could be responsible for the purring
Why does my cat rub my face?
Cats rub their chins, cheeks and bodies on everything. It might feel good
to them but that is not the primary reason for this behavior. Cats have
scent glands located on their lips, chins, mouths and foreheads. They
might rub against their owner as a form of greeting or when trying to
communicate something, such as a request for food. Cats in a group will
rub against one another to swap their scents. Cats together have a
‘colony scent’ which is useful for detecting intruders. If you bring a cat
back from the veterinarian, the other cats in the colony might growl or
hiss because of the unfamiliar scents on the returned cat. Cats recognize
one another largely through their heightened sense of smell.
Why does my cat scratch things?
Cats like to scratch (or ‘strop’) all sorts of things. Obviously you would
prefer your cat to scratch a tree or its scratching post rather than your
best sofa. A cat deprived of a tree or scratching post will strop its claws
on whatever it can. Scratching gets rid of loose nail sheath parts which
cover the growing claws. Cats also have scent glands located in their
paws and the act of scratching will leave the cat’s scent on whatever they
scratch, to mark it as part of the cat’s territory. If a cat is declawed, it will
still try to scratch at things, even though they have no claws to sharpen.
This could be inbuilt habit or maybe the cat wants to leave its scent on
the thing it is scratching. Cat furniture can be a great way to allow your
cat to scratch and not destroy your furniture.
Why does my cat knead things?
Does your cat knead your lap before lying down? This is normal feline
behavior. Cats knead a surface before making themselves comfortable
on it, even though this does not make the surface more comfortable. To
knead, a cat uses its two front paws. It extends its claws and digs them
into the surface in an alternating and rhythmic motion. Kneading, or ‘milk
tread’, can be traced back to kitten hood. A kitten sucking at its mother’s
teats will knead, extending its legs, to encourage the milk to flow faster if
it wants to drink faster. A cat might continue this habit into adulthood
because it associates the happiness of curling up on your lap with the
safety and joy of being with its mother. Often it is a sign of good cat
Who is a Cat Whisperer?
Cat whisperer is a person who can talk and
communicate with cats. Talking to a cat does
not mean in the literal sense, but it means
understanding the spoken and unspoken words
of kitty. The cat whisperer can decipher what the cat is trying to say by
understanding its physical and verbal communication. Cat whisperers
can help treat a cat emotionally and physically.
Not all cats are lucky to have caring and considerate owners. Many
felines are abused by cruel owners or mistreated by children. Cats that
were once safe in the warm chair of the living room, are abandoned by
thoughtless owners. They either end up in shelters or chased helter
skelter by dogs or passing cars and people. Such cats are emotionally
and physically tortured and tend to get aggressive towards people. Many
feral cats also cannot adjust themselves in homes. These cats are
brought to normalcy and helped get used to the love and care of
affectionate owners by cat whisperers. They help build their damaged
trust and respond with care and love.
Cat whisperers have many feral cats or homeless cats around their
backyards. These cats find their way around one by one towards the cat
whisperers. Cat whisperers train and tame cats and strengthen the bond
between owner & kitty.
You too can become a cat whisperer if you learn to understand the body
language of your cat. That's what I tried to do. If you too want to learn how
to become a cat whisperer and communicate with your cat, then the
following tips will prove to be useful. You can read more in this very
How to Become a Cat Whisperer
Cat whisperers are animal behavior therapists who help by
understanding their behavior pattern. They make the animal understand
that they are respected and loved to enforce a positive feedback. You too
can learn a few tricks of the trade and understand your kitty's day to day
behavior. Who knows, the following cat communication tips may really
help you become a cat whisperer.
You should understand the body language of your cat for communicating
with it. If you find your cats ear in their normal upright position, the
whiskers fanning out straight from the face, it means she is happy and
relaxed. If the cat has her lower body close to the ground and ready to
attack it means she is angry or in an aggressive mood. You can read
more on domestic cat behavior.
When the tail is either upright or relaxed and the cat is purring, means it
is happy and content. If the tail is thumping the ground or swishing and
you hear her hiss or growl, better stay away; she is in an angry mood.
Other sign of aggressive cat behavior is constricted pupils with ears flat
and pulled back against the head.
A cat with eyes wide open and looking right at you means she is attentive
and ready to listen to you. Or she may be asking you 'Do you need me?'.
When the eyes are half closed it may mean she is a sleepy cat or she
may want you to know, 'I trust you and everything around me, I'm
secure.' When the cats eyes are clouded it means she is ill or may even
be in a relaxed mood. Blinking and winking eyes mean she is talking to
you or even a way of saying 'I Love You'. When the cat stares at you she
means she wants you to stay away and does not wish to be disturbed.
When her eye pupils are in slits, it means she is alert and confident when
she looks at you and turns away, she probably is saying, 'it's just you'.
If your cat is frightened, she will have dilated pupils with whiskers pulled
back. The ears pulled down and may twitch. The hair on her back and tail
may stand up. Hissing, flat ears and flicking of the tail means she is
annoyed. A sick cat with third eyelid exposed indicates a sick cat.
Another sign the cat is sick is a hunch back kitty with her tail between her
legs. The ears and whiskers will be droopy and will purr to comfort
herself. Read on cat behavior.
You should understand these signs to communicate with your cat. Cats
are complex animals that do not lack intelligence. Each and every cat is
different and an observant owner will quickly learn to interpret the body
language of their cat.
More Tips for a Budding Cat Whisperer
It's not just the body language but the feelings that you need to consider
while trying to understand your cat. If you are petting your cat and you
see her wagging her tail, it means she is happy and loves to be petted.
But suddenly, you get a bite means she wants you to stop petting that
instant. If the cat is sitting and thumping and flicking her tail it means she
is ready to attack. Cat kneading on your leg means she loves and
appreciates you. Cat kneading is a habit developed in kitten hood to
press the mothers breast for milk.
When a cat rubs her head, face, paw pads, etc. on people or any object,
means she is happy and appreciates it. Cats have scent glands on their
forehead, paw pads, tip of the tip and around their anus. When she rubs
herself against you, it means she is claiming and proclaiming to the world
that you belong to her. Cat are highly territorial animals and rubbing or
marking helps them claim their territories. Male cats that are intact will
mark their territories by spraying urine. You can read more on Male Cat
A cat scratching your sofa to shreds is an emotional outlet for cats. They
may even scratch after a nap as a way to stretch or even sharpening their
claws. When cat runs under the couch or cupboard, it is because she is
searching for comfort. They also love to climb up on trees or elevated
positions as they feel safe and find it as a way of entertainment.
These are some tips on how to become a cat whisperer. People who
have developed their skills as a cat whisperer or are natural cat
whisperers, have a lot of talent. They are able to understand the animals
and bond with them emotionally. However, as a cat owner you too can
learn to understand your cat well, by knowing your cat's unspoken words.
Cats are not good at displaying their emotions like the dogs, but prove to
be good friends just the same. With a little bit of understanding and
patience, you too will get a hang of becoming a cat whisperer.
Kitty Etiquette (from a cats point of view)
Always accompany guests to the bathroom.
It is not necessary to do anything. Just sit
and stare. You can help out by unrolling
the toilet tissue for them.
Do not allow any closed doors in any room. To get the door open, stand
on hind legs and hammer with forepaws ... or scratch at the carpet in front
of the door. Once the door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After
you have ordered an "outside" door opened, stand halfway in and out
and think about several things. This is particularly important during very
cold weather, rain, snow or mosquito season in the "peg".
Chairs and Rugs:
If you have to throw-up, get to a chair quickly. If you can´t manage in
time, get to an Oriental rug. if there is no Oriental rug, shag is good. When
throwing up on the carpet, make sure you back up so it is as long as a
If one of your humans is engaged in some activity and the other idle, stay
with the busy one. This is called "helping".
Rules for "helping":
1. When supervising cooking/feeding time, be sitting just behind the left
heel of the cook. You can´t be seen and thereby stand a better chance of
being stepped on and then picked up and comforted.
2. For book readers, get in close under the chin, between the eyes and
book, unless you can lie across the book itself.
3. For paperwork, lie on the work in the most appropriate manner, so as
to obscure as much of the work as possible. Pretend to doze, but every
so often reach out and slap the pencil or pen.
4. For people paying bills or working on income taxes or Xmas cards,
keep in mind the aim: to help! First, sit on the paper being worked on.
When dislodged, watch sadly from the side of the table. When activity
proceeds nicely, roll around on the papers, scattering them to the best of
your ability. After being removed for the 2nd time, push pens, pencils and
erasers off the table, one at-a-time.
5. When a human (cat sitter) is holding the newspaper in front of them, be
sure to jump at the back of the paper. Humans love to be startled.
6. When a human is working at a pc, jump up on the desk, visit by walking
across the keyboard, bat at the mouse pointer on the screen and then lay
in human´s lap across arms, helping with typing in progress.
As often as possible, dart quickly and as close as possible in front of the
human, especially on stairs, when they have something in their arms, in
the dark, and when they 1st get up in the morning. This will help their
Every now and then, hide in a place where the humans (& cat sitter) can´t
find you. Do not come out for 3 to 4 hrs under any circumstances. This
will cause the humans to panic (which they love) thinking you have run
away or are lost. Once you do come out, the humans will cover you with
love and kisses and you will probably get treats.
One Last Cat Thought::
Whenever possible, get close to a human, especially their face ... turn
around and present your butt to them. Humans love this, so do it often.
And don´t forget to visits guests (& cat sitter) too!