Why Cats Behave The Way They Do

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Cats behavior

Why Cats behave the way they they do

Why cats behave the way they do… Cats are one of the animals that offer great companion to humans worldwide. We are confident that both those who own a cat, or who want one as a pet, want company, but are only partially informed about cat behavior.

The cat is essentially an independent animal, curious, dozer, and mostly admired for its physical prowess. Its characteristic of body flexibility and strength makes it a natural athlete capable of countless tricks, jumps and climb almost anywhere. But undoubtedly the main feature of this animal is invariably its nature. The understanding of cat behavior is very important to be able to keep this kind of animal.

It is easy to understand cat behavior by carefully observing its gestures, body position, posture of the tail, and the mood. The key lies entirely in giving them enough attention. Some cat behaviors before man originate from their innate instincts, their natural behavior as mother with kitten and sexual behavior.

Lets us look at some of the most relevant cat behaviors:

Making friendly contact: Cat shows this behavior by rubbing its cheek or neck against the legs of a person, or by nuzzling its head and licking the person’s hands or the face.


During the early weeks of birth, the mother licks the anal region of her kitten. The cat licks the kitten to help remove droppings and urine. The cat may also use this to show a sign of tenderness. Licking the face and hands of a person are also friendly gestures that originate in the care and sexual instincts.

Kicking or kneading:

By kicking in the tits of the cat, kitten stimulates milk flow. This behavior before a person is to be interpreted as a demonstration of deep trust. In fact only one kick in a gentle “massage” is done by pressing the front legs.

Purr: This cat behavior expresses joy, and sometimes fears. Cat purring can also demonstrate their welfare. This does not suggest that the cat is very healthy because sick animals also purr. This sound may also indicate that the cat is relaxed and safe. But sometimes an angry or scared cat can purr to reduce stress level.

Play: Sometimes, cats play to test their social and combative behavior, for instance, in the struggles of rivalry. This behavior is exhibited with other cats, prey such as mice or rats. They also accept people as playmates.

Fear and defense:

In domestic cats, this behavior is almost always caused by poor attitude of people. The defense and attack are fear reactions in a hopeless situation, when, for example, the cat is cornered, enclosed in a cage or feels threatened. First, with bristling fur; then it launches the attack and uses its teeth and nails. Also, aggression, fights and territorial conflicts may occur among cats, which sometimes end in a bloody manner.

Instinctive hunt: The cat is a predatory animal. The longer you go without having a chance to vent their hunting instinct, the lower your threshold of irritation. A cat will react when playing with a ball and it rolls away in the same manner as if it has found a mouse. If the ball rolls out, this will inevitably cause the cat to chase after it and try to catch. Hence, we must be careful when playing with cats to avoid scratches

Escape behavior: If a cat, for example, has ran away from home which some normally do, you never have to chase immediately to catch it. The cat cannot run a long distance. When this happens, seek as quickly as possible a place to hide, and then stay calm and be sure not to lose sight of the cat until it stops running. Then you can approach slowly from an angle the cat will not see you. When you’re near it, talk quietly and try to pet it with gentle movements and finally catch.

If you are bringing a new kitty into the house check out my colleague Nancee Marin from An Artful Dogger’s blog on Best Way To Welcome a New Cat 





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