Posts Tagged‘Behavior’

Thunderstorms can be very stressful for cats. Cats are connected to their surroundings through smell and sounds. They can sense a thunderstorm coming before we can even realize it. They are able to smell and hear something far better than what humans are capable of. Many cats are well aware of the danger of thunderstorms, thus become frightened when they know a thunderstorm is immenent.

Cats can become fearful when it is raining without the thunder. Some of them are afraid of the splashing sounds and instinctively take refuge for their safety. There are a few things you can do to reassure your furry friends that everything will be just fine.

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In a multi-cat household, a cat that has not been neutered or spayed may spray around the house for numerous reasons. Neutering and spaying can significantly reduce chances of spraying.

Why do cats spray?

There are two types of cats spray according to Pam Johnson-Bennett, a feline behaviorist:

The first type of cats spray comes from cats that are confident and tend to present themselves as the dominant figure in a multi-cat household. The other type of cats spray stems from cats that are slightly intimidated, less confident and even somewhat timid. Marking territory is a common goal for spraying in both types of felines. However, sometimes these two types of felines spray for very different reasons. [Control Urine Spraying & Help Unhappy Distrustful Cats]

Confident cats:

Separation anxiety has existed in dogs for a long time, but recently animal behaviorists have suggested that separation anxiety can also be an issue in cats. Many people assume that cats are solitary animals that do not develop a strong bond with their human companions. Quite the contrary, cats are very affectionate and social animals that enjoy the companionship with their owners. They may be selective in whom they’d like to stick close with, but it is no doubt that cats show a plethora of affection to the person they feel closely bonded to.

Symptoms:

Separation anxiety can create many issues both to the owners and the cats themselves. They tend to follow their owners wherever they go and demand for attention in a high maintenance manner. This can obstruct a person from carrying out his/her daily work. Some of the behavioral problems include excessive vocalization after the owner is gone, urinating or defecating outside the litter box, destructing items in the house by chewing or scratching, loss of appetite when the owner is not around, or excessive grooming to the point where a bald spot is formed. [Abnormal Cat Defecating Behavior]

Causes:

Question from Sandra:

My cats are very curious cats ( like most cats ). But when you try to put a CD in the PC and it starts to spin they totally start to become boxing kitties. Also when you try to print out things, they are almost in the printer with there heads. Now I tried to find some information on Internet why cats have such an obsession with CD players and printer, but I couldn’t find anything. Only some movies of cats with the same thing. So apparently these things triggers something at the cats. I was wondering if you maybe knew some more about this behaviour?

Answer from Amy:

Hi Sandra,

Indeed many cats get in a combat mode when a CD player starts spinning or a printer printing. What you see from your kitties is a display of aggression.

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Have you seen your cats sticking out their tongue, acting all cute? It is adorable and goofy to look at.

Why do cats stick out their tongue?

A Grooming Tool

Cats spend almost 1/3 of their life time grooming. They extend out their tongue to brush their coat and remove loose hair. Sometimes they stop for a moment while licking their fur and forget to pull their tongue back in. If the moment is right, it would be the purrfect time to snap a lolcat photo.

A Relaxed Cat

Cats sometimes have their tongue hang out while they are asleep. Their mouth is relaxed, slightly open and their tongue protrudes out, giving them a funny and silly look.

Medical Concerns

It is true that if cats constantly stick out their tongue, it is likely that they are not able to close their mouth due to a possible injury on the mouth or a breathing issue such as one that is caused by a respiratory problem. If that is the case, you should have your cat seen by a veterinarian.

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Do you know if your cat is a left-hander, right hander or ambidexter?

A study shows that female domestic cats are more kin to manuver their right front paw as oppose to male cats that often prefer using their left front paw. The study concluded that the gender of the cat is a significant factor that ascertains their paw preferences.

While 90 percent of all humans are right-handed, of the remaining southpaws, more tend to be men. The differences are even clearer among cats. – Jennifer Viegas, Discover News

42 domestic cats were studied by the Queen’s University Belfast School of Psychology. Co-author Sarah Millsopp designed 3 tasks which consisted of feeding a small treat out of a jar, hoisting a stuffed mouse above the cat’s head and interacting with the cat using the same toy. The focus of each task was to see how the cats would respond with their paws.

Each hemisphere of cats’ brain is in charge of different emotions. By nature, male cats have higher instinct to hunt and female cats are more tied to provide nurturing. The frequent emotions exhibited in each sex may determine how cats’ brain is wired.

What would you do if you were back from a long business trip and found one side of your couch completely torn and clawed up, a roll of toilet paper turned into confetti and all the pens you neatly placed in the pen holder were strewn everywhere on your bedroom floor? Would you reprimand your cat and tell him what he did was bad? Would you get angry and emotional at the little one about the mess he made? If you did get angry at your cat, you might see your kitty fleeing to a hiding spot. Does it mean that he is feeling sorry now?

Let’s step back a bit to see the problem here:

Guilt: