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In today’s video, we’re going to talk about Weird Cat Behaviors.
Cats make wonderful companions, but they can be curious critters. While some weird cat behaviors are silly or endearing, others that like staying up all night or going outside the litter box can be problematic. They like to bump their heads against us, sleep in tight boxes, knead our laps, and engage in all sorts of weird behaviors.
1. Bouncing Off the Walls.
Cats and especially kittens can be very playful and energetic. Sometimes they expel all that energy by darting from room to room, jumping up and down on the furniture, and going a little crazy. This kind of behavior can also be a reaction to catnip, which can make cats act goofy for short periods of time.
All that vigorous activity is normal, but it can lead to injuries. It’s helpful to look around your house and make sure your cat’s area is as safe as possible. For instance, put away things that could get knocked over and keep windows closed. Cats who fall out of windows can suffer from high-rise syndrome, which are injuries that can include: a broken jaw, fractured ribs, and other issues.
If this behavior is disrupting your household, you should find ways to help channel your cat’s energy. Make time to play games like a chase to wear them out and provide them with interactive toys they can enjoy on their own. If you’re at your wit’s end, talk with your veterinarian.
2. Head Bumping.
When your cat bop, bop, bop you with their head, they’re saying, “I love you!” They’re also letting everyone know that you belong to them. Cats have pheromones in their cheek areas that mark you as their possession. But don’t worry if your cat doesn’t headbutt you. There are lots of other ways cats show their love.
Ever hear your cat chattering while watching the birds flying around the yard? That sound comes from their excitement at seeing potential prey combined with the frustration of not being able to get at them. Cats can also make other weird noises like chirping, yowling, and hacking.
4. Chewing Weird Things.
Some cats chew on odd things, like wool blankets, socks, plastic bags, or rubber bands. This behavior can be due to boredom, anxiety, or illness. It can also occur in cats who were weaned too early and feel the urge to “nurse” on soft items, like stuffed animals or blankets. This habit is dangerous since it can cause choking, intestinal blockages, and other problems. If your cat is chewing on inedible things, you should visit your veterinarian to figure out the cause and best course of treatment.
5. Napping in Tight Places.
Cats love to slip into small spaces like boxes, dresser drawers, bathroom cabinets, or closet corners where they feel cozy and secure. They may even prefer these places to a comfy pet bed. This behavior can be traced back to their wildcat ancestors who would sleep safely hidden away to help avoid predators.
6. Giving Gifts.
Cats are infamous for leaving us unwanted gifts, such as dead mice or birds. This is actually their way of thanking us for all we do for them. While you should feel honored your cat wanted to share their spoils with you, you should avoid making a big deal about it. Don’t scold your cat for this normal behavior and certainly don’t praise them or you could end up with more gifts.
While it won’t stop your cat from finding mice or other wildlife that get indoors, you can help prevent gift-giving by keeping your cat inside at all times as recommended by our strategic partner the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This also protects your cat from contagious diseases and parasites.
7. Ignoring You.
If your cat’s ignoring you, it’s probably not because of anything you did. Our notoriously independent cats need a little time to themselves now and then. It’s a good idea to leave your cat alone when they are acting this way. Don’t worry—they’ll come to seek you out for some attention when they want it.
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