Cat Behavior - a Cat with Attitude
Cat Behavior has been written about for many years
“”Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw--
For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
For when they reach the scene of crime--Macavity's not there!
Pet Advice Cat Behavior
Poem by T.S. Elliot
and habits of domestic cats, including body language and communication is a thing that any cat owner should try to learn. Knowing those tell tale signs can make living with a cat more interesting. Cat behavior may vary among breeds and individual cats. Common behaviors include hunting techniques, interactions with humans and other animals, such as dogs.
Temperament is a governing factor in a cats behavior. If there are multiple cats in one household, social position has an affect on behavior patterns. A cat's eating patterns can also vary depending on the owner's choice of food or eating times/quantities. In the case of a family having two or more cats, one cat may become dominant over the other cats, this in my experience can also take place with the cat having dominance over the family dog.
If a cat is trained properly,
behavior can be a thing of the past.
Cat Behavior Body language
Cats rely strongly on body language to communicate. Rubbing against an object, licking, and purring (sometimes) show affection. Purring can also mean that they are hurt or in pain.
Scent rubbing and spraying
This behavior is used primarily to mark ownership of something generally a behavior of male cats, female cats do not usually spray. Some spayed females may spray to mimic males, but do not have enough scent to mark.
Once male cats are neutered,the cat behavior will change, the scent rubbing or spraying will, in most cases, decrease or stop. Some male cats continue to spray if not neutered early enough, though sometimes they continue to spray even if they were neutered early in life., it really is a bit of a lottery.
Kneading is a cat behavior common to all domestic cats and also observed in big cats in the wild. When a cat is relaxed and not feeling threatened they alternately push out and pull in their front paws, often alternating between right and left limbs. Some cats will actually appear to "nurse" or suck on clothing during kneading. It's a comfort thing.
There are many theories why cats knead. Kneading may have an origin going back to cats' wild ancestors who had to tread down grass or foliage to make a temporary nest. Alternatively, the behavior may be a instinct of a newborn's kneading of the mother's teat to stimulate the flow of milk. Kneading is often occurs before sleep. You will often observe this behavior in your cat it simply means they are relaxed and content. Similar action while standing on a hard surface your cat may appear to be marching on the spot.
Vocal Calling.Knowing the different sounds your cat makes is a really good indication as to your cats mood and what they want to make them be quiet, as they will be extremely persistent with their meowing until they get what they want usually food or sex.Purring more often a sign of contentment, although some cats may purr when they are in pain or during labor.
Greeting is a certain kind of sound, such as a low meow or chirp.
Distress is often a mewing sound or a call for attention either a loud frantic call or a high pitched repeated mewing
Protest A whining meow.
Frustration A strong sigh or exhaled snort.
Happy A meow that starts low then goes up and comes back down.
Aggressive A growling rumbling sound often prior to the cat lashing out, this occurs when a cat is cornered or threatened.
All these cat behaviors, plus a few more that may be individual to your cat must be taken into account when considering training your cat.
Cat behavior questions that are frequently asked by many new cat owners
Why do cats like lofty places?
You may often see a cat perched at the highest branch of a tree or even on a roof top and wonder why? Cats like to climb to places that give them an unimpeded view of the their territorial dominion.This behavior is also carried out inside the family home, which is also his territorial domain. You may think that you own your home, you may even hold the deeds, but be sure your cat has first claim to the title homeowner
Observe your cat, the places she likes to sit, bookcase, back of the sofa, window sill, walls, fences anywhere that gives her the advantage, enables her to be on the lookout for danger, her next prey. If anyone is going to surprised it will not be her.
Why do cats rotate their ears?
Cats use their ears as a means of communication, with us and other feline friends, the position of the ears tell us the mood of the cat and are interpreted as follows.
Cat's ears are tall and pointed forward, your is cat content, aware, and relaxed.
Cat's ears are erect and facing straight ahead, your cat is alert and focused.
When the ears are flattened it means your cat is frightened.
If they are pulled back and lowered it means your cat is angry.
Not all communication is verbal and watching your cat closely will often tell you what they are thinking.
Why do cats perpetually rub against things?
Not only have you lost ownership of your home, but all your possessions too. Cats rub against things to claim them as their own. It is also a way of a cat to show affection and gain attentionWhy do cats always seem to land on their feet?
In a cats ear there is a mechanism that sends a signal to the cats brain to inform the exact location of the cat's head in relation to the ground. As a cat falls to ground it naturally levels its head and the body follows instinctively by twisting the upper part of the spine and finally the rear to be able to land on all four feet
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