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Understanding Common Cat Behaviors

Understanding Common Cat Behaviors

Cats are fascinating creatures, full of quirks, mystery, and charm. Often, they surprise us with behaviors that seem strange or enigmatic. However, understanding common cat behaviors can deepen our bond with our feline friends and allow us to meet their needs better. In this post, The Refined Feline will delve into some of those behaviors and shed light on what they might mean.

20 Common Cat Behaviors:1. KneadingHave you ever observed your cat pushing their paws in and out on a soft surface, such as a pillow, blanket, or even your lap? This behavior, often referred to as ‘kneading,’ dates back to their kittenhood. Kittens knead their mother’s belly to stimulate milk flow. In adult cats, this behavior is often a sign of contentment and comfort, although some experts also link it to marking territory since cats have scent glands in their paws.2. The Slow BlinkIf your cat looks at you and blinks slowly, consider yourself loved! This behavior, dubbed the “cat kiss,” is a sign of trust and affection. You can return the gesture by mimicking the slow blink back at them, strengthening the bond between you two.3. ChatteringYou may have noticed your cat making a chattering or chirping sound while staring out of the window, usually at birds or squirrels. This behavior is thought to be linked to their hunting instincts – a mix of excitement and frustration at seeing potential prey out of reach. Try putting a large cat tower or a perch near the window for them to better observe!4. Bringing GiftsSpeaking of hunting instincts, some cats present their owners with “gifts,” such as a toy, an insect, or even a small rodent. While this might seem alarming, it’s a natural behavior. It could mean they consider you part of their family or, in some cases, it’s an indication of their hunting skills – a lesson for you!5. HidingCats love finding cozy and secluded spots to hide, whether it’s a cardboard box, a drawer, or the space underneath a bed. These hidden spots make them feel safe, secure, and protected from potential predators. Always ensure your cat has a safe space to retreat to when they feel the need. The Refined Feline’s Lotus Cat Tower includes a cozy cubby at the base of the tower for the perfect hiding spot!6. ScratchingWhether it’s the side of a couch, a scratching post, or the edge of a carpet, cats are known for their scratching behavior. Scratching helps them shed the outer layer of their claws, stretch their bodies, and mark their territory through scent glands in their paws. Try providing scratching surfaces, like hanging scratch pads, around the house to keep them away from your nice furniture!<h37. Night-time ZoomiesMany cat owners can relate to the sudden burst of energy their cats get, often during the night. These “zoomies” are a way for cats to burn off excess energy. Play sessions during the evening can help reduce the frequency of these nocturnal sprints.8. PurringWhile cats purr when they’re content and comfortable, purring can also indicate other emotions or needs. Some cats purr when they’re in pain, anxious, or even hungry. It’s essential to know your cat and recognize the context in which they’re purring.9. Belly ExposureWhen a cat rolls over and shows its belly, it’s a sign of trust. The belly is a vulnerable area, so exposing it means they feel safe and secure. However, be cautious – not every cat likes belly rubs. It’s best to observe their body language and proceed gently.10. Vertical MarkingCats sometimes rub their cheeks against furniture, walls, or even people. This behavior, known as vertical marking, releases pheromones from their cheek glands. It’s a way for them to mark their territory and communicate that they feel comfortable in that environment.11. Head-ButtingIf your cat comes up to you and gently pushes its head against yours, you’re being given a significant sign of affection. This behavior, known as head-butting or head bunting, serves both as a way for cats to mark their territory with the scent glands located on their heads and as a form of social bonding.12. The Tail TalkA cat’s tail is an excellent indicator of its mood. A raised tail usually denotes happiness and confidence, while a tail tucked between the legs indicates fear or submission. A swishing or lashing tail can be a sign of irritation or impending aggressive behavior. If your cat’s tail puffs up like a bottle brush, they are likely feeling threatened or scared.13. LoafingOften, you’ll find your cat sitting with all its paws tucked under, resembling a loaf of bread. This “cat loaf” position is a relaxed posture, indicating that your cat feels safe and comfortable in its environment. Understanding common cat behaviors such as this can help you build a closer bond with your cat.14. NippingSometimes, while playing or being petted, a cat might give a gentle nip. While it can be startling, it’s often not a sign of aggression. Some cats use soft bites to communicate that they’re overstimulated or to engage in playful behavior. It’s essential, however, to distinguish between gentle, playful nips and more aggressive biting.15. The Flehmen ResponseYou might occasionally notice your cat making a strange face, lifting its head, and curling back its lips after sniffing something. This is called the Flehmen response, and it allows them to better analyze scents using a specialized organ located above the roof of their mouth.16. “Chuffing”A less common behavior, mostly seen in specific breeds like Bengals or among bigger wild cats, is chuffing. It’s a short, snuffly exhale that is a sign of greeting or a friendly gesture.Related: Common Cat Vocalizations And What They Mean17. Window WatchingOften termed “cat TV,” many cats enjoy sitting by the window, watching the world go by. This behavior provides them with mental stimulation, allowing them to observe birds, humans, and other outside activities safely.18. The Dead Prey ShakeWhen cats play with toys, especially toy mice or other prey-like items, they often give them a vigorous shake. This mimics the instinctual behavior of ensuring that prey is incapacitated or dead.19. StretchingWho doesn’t love a good stretch? Cats often stretch to increase blood flow, wake up their bodies, and mark their territory by extending their claws and releasing scent.20. Licking and GroomingWhile cats groom primarily to clean themselves, they also engage in this behavior for other reasons. Licking cools them down, helps regulate stress, and strengthens social bonds between cats (called allogrooming).Get Closer To Your Cat By Understanding Common Cat BehaviorsEach quirk and behavior our cats exhibit is a testament to their complexity. Their actions are a blend of instinctual habits, learned behaviors, and individual personalities. By understanding common cat behaviors and appreciating these behaviors, we not only ensure their well-being but also deepen our bond with these enigmatic creatures. Every interaction, every purr, and every head-butt is a chapter in the ongoing story of companionship with our feline friends. Embrace the journey of understanding and enjoy the love and antics that come with it.

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