3 OF THE MOST COMMON CAT BEHAVIORS

Cats are mysterious. There’s no doubt about it. They were domesticated fairly recently when compared to dogs and so many of their behaviors are still somewhat feral and wild. Here are 3 common cat behaviors and what they mean!

Unexpected “Gifts”

Many cat people have received unexpected gifts from their cats, like mice, moles, birds or even snakes, both alive and deceased. Why does your cat do that? There are a few theories about this behavior. One is that they are trying to show you how to hunt. Another is that they are sharing their catch with the others in their colony, which means you. Either way, consider it a compliment and set any live animals free and give kitty a treat for a job well done.

Inappropriate Urination

Finally one of the most frustrating behaviors to deal with is spraying and cat-using-litterbox-300x219urination outside of their litter box. First, remember animals do not do things out of spite but because of instinct or learned behavior. Many times a spraying cat is suffering with a health issue like crystals in their urine, urinary tract infections or kidney issues. If they are not neutered or spayed they are marking their territory to encourage other cats to come around and make more kitties. It could also be simply they do not like the placement of their litter box. Make sure their box is in a quiet place with little or no foot traffic and away from the prying snout of any dogs in the home.  You may also want to try different brands of litter including unscented litter.  Many litters contain a great deal of perfume.   Cats have an extremely sensitive sense of smell and therefore may be put off by the strong fragrance of kitty litter.  Try the unscented varieties and make sure that you are cleaning the litter box daily.  Remember, you flush your toilet after each use.  Be sure to give your kitty the same courtesy by cleaning it’s litter box at least once per day – if not more often.

Read:  10 Most Common Cat Behaviors

The next time you bring your cat to the vet, mention any odd behaviors. These could be symptoms of a health issue that may need treatment.

Snoozing All Day

Ever wonder why your cat sleeps so much?   Cats sleep away about 70 percent of their lives. Snoozing as much as 18 hours a day is normal for an adult house cat. However, if they regularly refuse to play or eat consult your vet and take your cat in for a check-up especially if they are overweight or looking thin with a poor coat. These could be signs of a health issue!

A sure sign that your cat isn’t feeling well is if they stop eating.  When in doubt – always check with your vet.  

If you liked this post you might enjoy learning about whether or not drooling is normal in cats or why your cat may be a monster at mealtime.

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11 Comments

  1. Boomdeeadda

    It surprising their instincts. Our Petals, who’s never been outdoors, brings her catnip toy to the bedroom door every night. She’ll howl the house down if you don’t go to the door and retrieve it. Once I do and pet her with a calm, “good cat”, she settles down on the bed thinking her ‘Job’ was well done.

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    • Wesley

      She has you trained!!

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      • Boomdeeadda

        LOL, oh there’s no doubt about that. 😀

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  2. Connie

    Well I have to disagree with the cats don’t do things out of spite. My old cat used to urinate on my pillow anytime I left the house overnight. It was the “only” time he ever went outside of his litterbox, I mean it could be empty and he would still use it before I got the litter in. So I really have to disagree oh and by the way he was very very healthy during these little “pissed off periods” .

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    • Wesley

      That was probably separation anxiety. Animals that are particularly attached to their owners are known to have periods of separation anxiety where they act out of character when their owner is away. Sorry to hear your kitty pee’d on your pillow.

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      • Connie L. Morris

        Thank you that does make sense , he was very attached to me, he used to just sit on my lap and stare up into my face for hours. My kids used to laugh and say how much he loved me.
        You were so helpful I have another question for you.
        I am moving in with a friend who has 2 small dogs, while I have a himalayin cat who is very sweet.
        How should we first introduce the pets so that my sweetie is safe, I am very concerned. He is a bit skidish but loves other cats and just rolls over when he meets them. He has never even seen a dog. Help

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        • Wesley

          Connie – gosh, my whole comment was just deleted as one of my kitties walked across my keyboard! lol.
          As I was saying… make sure that the introduction is slow, deliberate and always supervised. Ensure that your kitty not only feels safe, but IS safe.
          If you cat is a “tree dweller”, one that likes to climb and hang out in high places, make sure he has a cat tree to climb on or other places, like ledges, furniture, etc that he cat perch on and oversee what is going on and where the dogs can’t get to him. If he’s a cave dweller, make sure that the dogs cannot threaten his space.
          My sister has two labs which are larger dogs and was able to install a small kitty door to her basement where the cat likes to get away from the dogs. The cat will go down there and the dogs can’t fit through the door. Sometimes you’ll just see the cat looking though the little kitty door window at them, almost taunting them, as she knows that their big heads won’t fit. 🙂 When her cat comes out among the dogs, she usually heads for higher ground where the dogs can’t reach her – usually by jumping on the counter tops. Most people don’t approve of this – but my sister allows it bc the cat was in the family first and she recognizes that the dogs will not leave the cat alone if she didn’t give the cat a proper space to escape from the dogs… So in short – make sure your sweet kitty has an escape route – be it up high where the dogs can’t reach him, or down low – also where they won’t have access. It will take time for them to adjust. The cat will be the one that needs the most adjusting. The dogs will mostly be curious and want to play. I doubt your cat will be as curious and as excited as the dogs will be – so make sure he has a place of safety and solitude. I hope that helps!! Best of luck to you!

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    • Wesley

      Thank you!

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      • Connie

        Thanks , that was helpful. I have a gate up the dogs can’t get over and so far so good, my cats not ready yet and I will take your advise and let him call the shots on this one. Thank you for the great idea.
        Sounds like your kitty was wanting your attention when he walked on your keyboard, my cat does that too,lol.
        Thanks again for the advice
        Connie

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  4. Deborah Montanez

    I have three cats, a Pit Bull, and a Yorkshire Terrier, (all inside pets) and remarkably, they all get along like “five peas in a pod”! lol The cats even sleep with the Pit Bull! I just love my animals, and I also love your sight! Will be back many more times. 🙂

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