How do cats behave?

The way cats behave would depend on these animals’ natural instincts, on the way they grew up and on the breed. Give or take a few variations in behaviors, cats would typically behave in a cat-like manner. Cat owners have to understand that cats have very independent personalities. Unlike dogs, cats would not consider the person that feeds and cares for them as master. Cats believe that they are superior to all animals and even to humans. It is not in the nature of cats to be trained to modify their behaviors as unlike dogs that would easily adapt to training, cats would dance only to their own tune. Purring, kneading, climbing, marking the territory by scratching and spraying are common cat behaviors. Cats make wonderful pets but cat parents have to understand that these animals have the tendency to vocalize and to have nightly activities. Allowing to be petted and to be cuddled is only a favor granted to owners…a favor that can be withdrawn anytime the cat wants to.

Purring and kneading are natural behaviors of cats. Cats usually make a purring sound when they are happy and contented. However, purring sounds can also be heard from frightened or ill cats. Kittens would be heard purring while nursing. Kittens would also knead the queen’s tummy. The alternate pressing of the left and right front paws against the mother cat’s abdomen allows the kittens to get more milk. This kneading behavior is still manifested by the cat into adulthood. The pet would find something soft like a blanket, a sweater or the hair and the tummy of the owner and start kneading and purring.

Cats have the inclination to climb trees and to perch on high places. Climbing trees can be attributed to the cats desire to hunt. Cats love raiding nests and eating the nestlings. Cats are natural hunters. By perching on high places like roofs and ledges, the cat would have an opportunity to see all the possible preys below. Additionally, cats believe that they are superior beings and being on high places would reinforce their social and dominant status.

The unpleasant behaviors of cats are reasons why owners would abandon or leave the pet to animal shelters. Anyone planning to have a cat for a pet must be aware that these animals are fond of vocalizing especially at night. Cats are nocturnal animals. Instead of sleeping, a cat would roam inside and outside the house while yowling incessantly. This behavior is more common in female cats that are in heat. Vocalization is one way of attracting potential mates. Imagine the ruckus several cats would make during the mating season. Cats are territorial animals. To mark the territory, a cat would scratch and spray. By scratching and rubbing the body against objects and surfaces, the cat is leaving its distinct scent to warn other cats and other animals that the territory is already claimed. Spraying is another form of territorial marking. A cat sprays a small amount of urine based liquid on a surface to mark the territory.

Cats, as mentioned are very independent animals. Cats do not consider the owners as their masters. These are not very affectionate animals and they do not really form a close bond with its people. However, cuddling and petting may be allowed but only on the cat’s terms. When the cat declares the cuddling and petting session to be over, the owner has to heed the warning signs if he/she does not want to be bitten or to be at the end of the pet’s sharp unsheathed claws. Understanding how cats behave would promote a healthy and loving relationship between cat owner and pet.

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