Get Familiar With Your Cat Behaviors

May 16, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

The vast majority of pet-owners have either dogs or cats. The kind of pet owned by a person usually hints at the kind of personality he or she has. Both canines and feline, of course, are marvellous to care for, though each is unique and distinct from the other. For example; while a dog’s behavior is usually transparent and easily understood, those of a cat may be much more of a conundrum.

As perplexing as this can sometimes be, it is arguably part of the merits of having a cat around. Some owners actually derive enjoyment from being thoroughly flummoxed by their antics.

Most people are familiar with the most common feline behavioral traits. Kittens, for example, are highly kinetic and playful. They run around, pounce on each other, chase their mothers’ wagging tail and do something that some people call "kneading dough", most commonly observed during nursing. They do this to learn the skills necessary for survival such as hunting and stalking, though such skills are arguably unnecessary for domesticated cats living with humans in urban areas. Regardless, most humans enjoy watching and engaging kittens at play. Kitten-like behaviors may persist in some mature cats.

Older cats, on the other hand, can be a bit harder to comprehend. Individuals who do not exhibit behavioral neoteny (persistent kitten-like behaviors) usually choose to lounge around all day. On occasions, however, they drop the "I’m-too-cool-to-play" masquerade and seem to be overcome with what is commonly termed the "night crazies".

All of a sudden, everything in sight is considered prey. In a domestic environment this usually includes shoes, furniture and loose change you dropped on the floor. Some postulate that this since some cats are nocturnal, their biology gives them an energy injection after sunset to facilitate hunting.

Since pet cats no longer need to hunt, well, all that juice has to go somewhere, eh?

Environmental factors also contribute to a cat’s learned behaviors. One cat may, due to heavy human traffic in its home, choose the oddest location to take its daily naps simply to avoid company.

Cats also have a tendency to climb to the highest spot in its proximity to survey its surroundings as well as to enjoy the sense of prestige from such a location. If the behavior is too strange, however, it might prove prudent to look into possible medical explanations for it.

Cats may sometime act out of a desire to inform you that’s something is not right.

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