If you’ve ever wondered about some of your cat’s eccentric behavior, you’re not alone. Many pet owners have questioned their cat’s quirky body language, wondering if their behavior is random or has a hidden meaning. If your cat has ever demonstrated the following behaviors, you may be surprised to learn there’s a rational explanation for their actions.
Cats sometimes get an intense “tiger eye” look right before they pounce on something or someone. If you’re in the line of fire, watch out! Cats are creatures of prey, and you (or your fuzzy slippers) could be their next target. If your pet's pouncing isn't hurtful or damaging, there's no reason not to let them follow their instincts.
Cats hiss when they’re angry and when they’re afraid. If your pet is in a bad mood, it’s best to back off until they calm down. If you think your kitty’s fearful, try to determine why. Your cat may feel uneasy around new people or other animals. A little TLC will reassure your cat they are safe from harm.
If your cat likes to sprint around the house, roll all over the floor or bounce off walls, don’t be alarmed. They may simply be releasing excess energy. House cats need adequate playtime and exercise during the day, so they’re not wild at night. Your cat’s unruly behavior could also be caused by insect bites. A checkup by your vet will ensure they're not being bothered by pests.
Cats have a natural tendency to keep clean. They know where to do their business and how to clean up afterward. If your cat starts to leave poop uncovered or poops outside the litter box, they're trying to get a message across. You may have said or done something to tick them off, and this is their way of letting you know. Your best bet is to make amends and fast. If the behavior persists, have your pet checked by a vet to see if they have a medical problem.
Laying on Stuff
Cats love to lay on people’s stuff, whether it’s in use or not. They’ll plop down on your computer keyboard, lie across the pages of your open book or sprawl out on your couch when you’re watching TV. It’s just their way of saying “I like you; I want to be near you; give me some love.”
Biting is something cats do best. They bite when they’re upset, stressed, in a playful mood or when they’re coddled too much. Strangely enough, too much caressing can prompt a love bite. To discourage biting, tell your cat “no” every time they nip at you, put them down and walk away. Blowing in their face immediately after a bite will also show you’re displeased with this behavior.
At The Wagmore Pet Resort, we understand the important role that pets play in people’s lives. For this reason, we cater our grooming, daycare and boarding services to suit your pet’s health and comfort. Call us at 830-981-2273 for all your pet care needs.