Cat Behavior

They make the best calendars. And they are good examples to follow for sleep-deprived humans. I’m talking about cats and how they are excellent nappers. In fact, the word for a short nap was named after cats — catnap, which Merriam-Webster says entered the English language in 1823. Here are a few details about how
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Most cat parents I know shower their cats with love and affection every day. In fact, I am constantly hugging and kissing my own kitties and telling them how much I love them. Some of them, like Rosie, will put their head on my shoulder and lean into the hug, almost hugging me back, and
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Cats are master teachers when it comes to living more mindfully, enjoying the present moment and cutting loose with raw, unadulterated joy. And just when we think they couldn’t get any smarter than us, we notice their knack for natural living. Not that we’d want to follow their model to the letter — or to
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Why do cats sit on you? Downtime would not be the same for me without a purring cat on my lap. One of the greatest joys of living with cats is when one of them chooses to lounge on top of me. This special bonding time is good for me, as it lowers my blood
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Cats. So cuddly and sweet, soft and furry, pleasant to touch and caress. Cats are at their cutest, it seems, when they are sleeping, whether they’re all curled up in a ball or lying happily on their backs enjoying a sun spot. Who could resist reaching down to give that exposed belly a rub or
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Ever wondered: Why do cats knead? Why does your cat stomp on her favorite bed or blanket (or your leg or chest) with her front paws, as though making dough for biscuits? Ever wondered why cat kneading seems to make her high, intoxicated with sweet memories of springtime and youth? Here are five cool things about cat
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Learning how to speak cat is not simply a parlor trick you can perform to amuse your dinner guests. It’s an important part of training your cat and reinforcing your bond with her. Teaching your cat simple commands like “DOWN” and “NO!” will make her a better pet, while words like “Treats!” and “Dinner!” will
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About a week into our kitten Norton’s life at our house, we noticed that he was suckling himself, using one of his own nipples. He’d go at it in a really focused way, and knead his paws at the same time, purring loudly. Having no experience with this, we took him to the vet, who
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People are obsessed with the idea of cats, and other pets, going to work. We’re not talking about Mittens heading to a financial firm, but more doing a job other than being cute and begging for treats. Working cats are popular on social media, from the pages of CatsWithJobs on Reddit, and Instagram accounts like
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What’s up with all these wacky superstitions surrounding cats? Cats everywhere can’t believe the nonsense! We thought it’d be only fair for us cats to chime in on the subject. 1. Black cats are bad luck Let’s just start out with the elephant in the room, folks. Black cats are bad luck? Who decided this,
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Cats have many ways of communicating. Some of these ways, like meowing, are more understandable for humans than others. Urine spraying, on the other hand, not only proves much more challenging for humans to comprehend but is also much less pleasant. Let’s face it: Humans and cats see urine very differently. Sadly, that misunderstanding lands
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It’s a well-told fallacy that cats who wind up in the shelter do so because they have behavior issues. The truth is, this is usually not the case. Some cats (and dogs) find themselves being left in shelters and rescues for reasons that have nothing to do with their behaviors at all. But that’s another
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It’s said that when it comes to cat adoption, we don’t choose the cats. And really, they don’t choose us, either. We choose each other. There’s that miraculous moment in the shelter when our eyes lock, followed by an inner knowing telling us we belong together. It’s similar to every “eyes meet across a crowded
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Cats don’t need high-tech devices to communicate. In addition to body language, vocalizing, scratching objects and rubbing, they use urine to broadcast their intentions and emotions. Cat spraying, which is one form of urine marking, is not hugely popular with people, especially when done indoors. It can be difficult to tell the difference between cat peeing
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According to a Japanese study published in April 2019 in the journal Scientific Reports, cats can distinguish between random words and their own names. The study looked at pet cats and their owners, as well as cats living in cat cafés. Interestingly, cats in cat cafés had strong responses to their names being uttered by
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So many love cats. After all, if you go by the numbers, cats are ‘Man’s best friend.’ According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), there are just over 94 million pet cats in America, compared to just under 90 million dogs. That number doesn’t include the clowder of caretakers who watch over community cats.
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“Cats are sneaky,” “Cats are conniving,” “You can’t trust cats.” I once recorded a video where we literally stopped random people on the street and asked them their views on cats, and those were the most common answers among those who disliked cats. (Of course, on the other hand, millions dote on their purring pals.)
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It’s a common occurrence in my household: I’m watching TV late at night when one of my cats decides to curl up beside me. Then the nighttime ritual of kitty baths begins. Before I know it, there’s another cat sitting on my lap, and the two begin grooming one another. Soon, I feel a sandpaper
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My husband and I display a decorative tile in our home that reads, “Meow is like Aloha; it has many meanings.” We were missing our kitties in Hawaii when we bought it and laughed before we realized how true it was. Cats’ signature onomatopoeic “meow” officially entered the English language in 1582 according to the
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Humans usually associate the action of “tail wagging” with dogs. Canines are fairly straightforward with their tail communication. Cats, however, are way more subtle in their body language and cat tail wagging is very nuanced. Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and author, says, “Although tails are expressive, eyes, ears and body positions combined with
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You’ve probably noticed that cats spend a lot of time and energy communicating with other cats in their lives, but that very little of that communication is in the form of cats meowing. If they talked as much as they gestured (case in point: when cats rub against you), the odds are good that you’d wish
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