Common Cat Behaviors When becoming a first-time cat owner, there are 7 main cat behaviors you should be aware of. Recognizing these behaviors will help you communicate better with your cat and create a stronger bond between you.
Let’s review the 7 most common cat behaviors
so you will know what to do, and what not to do. Twitching Tail A wagging tail does not necessarily mean your cat is happy like it would if a dog were wagging its tail.
A calm cat will slowly move its tail from side to side, while an anxious cat may move it in a quick jerking motion. If you see this, your cat is likely annoyed, and you should leave them alone.
It also needs mentioning, but pulling your cat’s tail is like someone pulling your hair. You wouldn’t like it very much, and neither does your cat. Never pull your cat’s tail. Kneading People often wonder why their cat is kneading their bed or a soft blanket.
Young kittens knead their mother’s belly as they nurse in an attempt to get the most milk. This behavior carries into adulthood and is generally accompanied by purring.
This means your kitty is happy. Remember, don’t be offended if they don’t need you, because they still need you, and if you’re lucky, they will knead you before curling up beside or on you! Purring While purring is usually a sign that your cat is happy, cats also purr when they are scared, anxious, in pain, or injured.
While scientists don’t have an answer as to why cats make the same sound in vastly different situations, they have made some guesses. A cat’s purr has a frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz, which is the same frequency that has been found to promote the healing of bone and muscle.
The conclusion is that cats purr to help their bodies heal or to calm themselves. They can also help their humans or fellow feline friends heal by laying next to them while purring.
I like to think of it as evolutionary purr-fiction! Burying and Scratching A new cat owner may be perplexed while observing their kitty “burying” their food, or pawing around the bowl, after a meal.
Cats in the wild bury the carcass of their kill so that it does not attract other threats. They may also be saving it for later, ensuring that it does not get eaten! Your kitty may also do the same thing after using its litter box, inside and even outside the litter box.
This is because they are attempting to cover their smell to disguise it from predators. There may not be any predators in your home, but cats are driven by their instincts.
Cats don’t have a fridge to store food or the luxury of flushing their waste to hide it as we humans do, so they make do with what they can. Exposing Their Belly If your cat rolls over and exposes its belly to you, that means they trust you and are comfortable with you!
It also generally means they want your attention. They may or may not let you rub their belly, but you will know their decision once you reach out to touch the fuzziness.
This is your cat telling you to “Enjoy the cuteness, hooman!” Vocalization Cats meow solely to communicate with people, and not with each other. Cats meow to say hello, get our attention, ask for food or water, or when they want us to play with them.
If you give them what they want, they will continue with this behavior. If you have fulfilled all their needs, and the meows continue, your cat may just be seeking attention.
You can ignore your kitty’s meows and they will learn that meowing will not always get them what they want and they will stop. However, if your furry friend is meowing excessively, it could be due to a medical problem and you should take your cat to a veterinarian to check if they are okay. An important note on this is that you should never hit or yell at your cat, as this will not make them quiet.
Hitting and yelling will just make them afraid of you, and you don’t want to verbally or physically abuse your pet. Foster a healthy and strong relationship with your little kitten and they will respond in kind. Night Activity Cats are known to be nocturnal creatures, but this is not completely accurate.
There are two times of day where you will see the most activity from your cat: dawn and dusk. It is natural for cats to be active at night; this is because it is the prime time that rodents come out. However, they do not sleep all day and stay up all night.
Your cat will take naps throughout the day and night. They have the instinct to hunt at nighttime, so it is a good idea to play with them during this time to reduce activity when you are trying to go to sleep. We’ll talk about toys and playtime more later.
The “midnight crazies” may also be a sign that your kitty doesn’t get enough playtime during the day. Try to spend a little more time with them or introduce new toys to keep them entertained.