Why does my cat do that? Discover 5 quirky yet typical feline behaviors

Life with cats is full of surprises and wacky situations that no one would believe if we didn’t capture them on camera. Surely, you’ve wondered before what motivates your cat when they act like a hairdresser and “wash” your hair, or when they stare motionlessly at one spot on the wall, or even when they sprint out of the litter box, not caring that half of its contents stick to their paws. We must admit, cats are creatures full of peculiar habits, and today we’re embarking on a mission with you, fabCats, to unravel some of the strangest yet typical feline behaviors. Let’s get started!

Why does my cat treat me like a lollipop?

Cats are true neat-freaks – they spend several hours a day grooming their fur meticulously after each meal, playtime, nap, and whenever they feel like it. However, their love for hygiene doesn’t necessarily end with their own fur. Quite often, the client of their feline grooming services becomes… their very own hooman. By licking our feet, hands, or hair, cats show their trust and affection towards us – mutual grooming is a clear expression of their love for us, while also being a typical feline way of marking us as their own. But let’s be honest, fabCats – even without sitting in a feline hairdressing chair, we know that cats rule over us, not the other way around.

Why does my cat go crazy after “dropping their napalm” in the litter box?

A classic, the speedrun around the house right after leaving the litter box. Do you know what we mean, fabCats? We recently talked about cat zoomies on our blog (https://blog.mykotty.pl/en/2023/06/05/taking-my-wheels-off-and-lets-go-what-are-cat-zoomies/), but the post-litter box races are another example of feline quirks that we can’t omit from the list. What do they mean?

If your cat sprints out of the litter box at full speed but doesn’t show any signs of pain or discomfort during elimination, there’s no need to worry. Emptying the “ballast” in the litter box gives them a new burst of energy and a feeling of lightness, and the act of digging in the litter box often stimulates playfulness in cats. However, equally likely reasons for sprinting after using the litter box could be unpleasant odors. Just like we dislike using a porta-potty, why would a cat want to spend more time in their cramped version of a toilet than necessary? So, next time your cat goes wild after visiting the litter box, let them burn off some energy, and in the meantime, clean the litter box – for your comfort and your cat’s 🙂

Why does my cat scare me with ghosts by staring at one spot?

If you’ve caught your cat staring motionlessly at one spot on the wall for an extended period, you might have wondered if they were talking to ghosts, deep in meditation, or spotting a spider you’d rather not see. All of these are plausible assumptions! Feline owners have many ideas about what cats might be seeing when they stare at the wall seemingly for no reason, but one explanation usually prevails. When a cat sits motionless, gazing at one spot, they are most likely… hunting. Cats’ senses are far more acute than ours, and combined with their strong hunting instincts, even a tiny black speck or a flicker of light on the wall is enough to completely absorb their attention. Moreover, cats are fascinated by the hunt for “prey” that disappears – one they can hear and sense but find difficult to catch. So, when a tiny dust particle flies past their eyes and disappears, cats will be determined to locate it again. Will they spend several minutes on this mission without success? Perhaps. But from the cat’s perspective, even seemingly purposeless staring at the wall is a thrilling adventure.

Why does my cat “bury” its food bowl?

This question often comes from new cat owners who haven’t yet delved into the world of feline peculiarities. But don’t worry – we’ll explain it all to you. We usually associate the act of burying “treasures” with a cat’s visits to the litter box, and you probably know, fabCats, that by burying their waste with litter, cats mask their scent from other predators in the area. The burying of food follows the same principle and serves to protect their captured meal. Domestic cats, of course, don’t have to worry about the contents of their bowls being stolen, but some cats have a highly developed survival instinct, and even in their own homes, they feel the need to hide what belongs to them. By “burying” their food, the cat tries to secure its prey in case there are problems with catching a tasty snack later.

Why does my cat play the pizza maker and kneads everything with their paws?

And now, we saved the best for last – feline biscuits meticulously kneaded by fluffy paws on blankets, pillows, bedsheets, and sometimes even on us, hoomans. Why do cats do this? We know that young kittens knead their mother, but does this mean that adult cats simply miss their moms or were taken from them too early? Not necessarily! Although the occurrence of behaviors typical of young kittens in adult cats could indicate a too-short kittenhood, for most furballs, kneading is just a way to relax, calm down, and express happiness. Cats might also be preparing a comfy and long nap spot, as well as marking their territory – as we know, cat paws are one of the main pheromone storage areas in a cat’s body, and through kneading their blanket or bed, they signal to themselves that they feel completely safe in that place.

And how does kneading look in our fur team? The cats from myKotty love kneading their blankets… and us. Every day, they come to give us a claw-acupuncture treatment in the early morning when we sit on the couch with a fresh cup of coffee and in the evening when they want to put us to bed. Trust us – kneading combined with loud purring is the best recipe for falling asleep quickly.

If any other equally fascinating feline quirks come to your mind, be sure to let us know in the comments, fabCats – we feel like the list of wacky feline behaviors is endless, and if you’re interested, we’d be more than happy to prepare part two of today’s article 🙂

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