What Is Normal for a Cat?
Sleeping all day, chasing shadows all night, getting high on mysterious herbs — that may be bad behaviour for a teenager, but it’s quite normal for a cat. Learn more about peculiar feline habits, so you can sort harmless kitty quirks from cat behaviours that could spell trouble.
Bringing You Gifts
You’ve politely told your little predator, “No, thanks.” But your cat insists on showering you with gifts of dead mice, birds, or lizards. Bringing you dead animals is normal, but it’s best to keep your cat inside. Hunting cats can have a devastating impact on ground-nesting birds. Instead, give your cat toys she can hunt for inside. It will give her an outlet for her predator behaviour — and keep wildlife safe.
Eating small amounts of grass can be nutritious for cats. In larger quantities, it can have a laxative effect or cause vomiting. If your cat is drawn to eating greenery, take inventory of your houseplants. Many species are toxic to felines, such as aloe and philodendron, and Easter lilies, which are deadly.
Drinking From Toilets
You’ve watched your cat’s painstaking grooming ritual. Why would it go to all that trouble keeping itself clean and then drink out of the toilet? No one is sure why cats do this. Toilet water may taste fresher than stagnant water because it’s changed with each flush. Don’t worry about it unless you keep chemical cleaners in the tank. And if it really bothers you, keep the lid down.
In rare cases, cats are compelled to eat the inedible. For unknown reasons, wool is particularly appealing. Some suck on it. Some actually eat it….! Some cats may even eat big holes out of sweaters. This behaviour is considered compulsive and is most common in indoor-only cats.. It may help to provide tasty alternatives, like catnip, grass, lettuce, or rawhide. Homeopathy can also help with this sort of behaviour.
Sleeping All Day
It may seem lazy, but sleeping or lounging around the whole day is a survival trait for cats. As they evolved in the wild, felines developed a pattern for conserving energy. They hunt for a short period and spend the rest of the day sleeping. In house cats, the pattern is similar. A kitten will eat and play in brief bursts, but spend most of its time at rest.
Your new slacks may suffer a few snags, but your cat means well. When a cat jumps on your lap to knead your legs, it means it is feeling relaxed, comfortable and secure. Kneading is learned very early in a cat’s life. It’s something most kittens do while nursing.
Just like people, some cats are more “talkative” than others. They may meow and whine throughout the day. Asian breeds, particularly Siamese cats, are prone to vocalizing. As long as your cat doesn’t seem anxious or in pain, being a chatterbox is no cause for alarm. However, a quiet cat that suddenly begins vocalizing should be examined. The change in behaviour could signal a medical condition, such as hyperthyroidism.
If a pinch of catnip sends your cat into a state of bliss, you might wonder if your innocent fur ball is getting high. The answer is yes. Chemicals in catnip produce a response similar to intoxication. Some cats show an extreme attraction, others show no reaction at all. In some cats, this naughty herb may even cause hallucinations. Catnip is not toxic to cats. However, eating large amounts can lead to vomiting or diarrhoea. Catnip shouldn’t be given to pregnant cats.
If your cat makes a habit of licking your fingers, there are several possible reasons. The first is that your cat simply likes the taste of your sweat or hand lotion. In some cases, licking can be a comforting behaviour; it may be linked to nursing. If your cat licks you excessively and shows signs like anxiety, you may want to address that. Homeopathy can help with anxiety or compulsive behaviour.
Many cultures, such as the ancient Egyptians, have admired cats as divine beings. The fact that their eyes glow in the dark only adds to the mystique. As it turns out, there’s a fairly mundane explanation for this phenomenon. Feline eyes have a layer of tissue called the tapetum lucidum, which reflects light back through the retina. It helps facilitate their exceptional night vision.
Playing All Night
Cats naturally tend to be active at night. Their night vision lets them sneak up on prey. Most domesticated cats adjust to be active when people are awake, but this doesn’t always happen. If your cat is a night owl, try providing an intense play session and a meal right before bedtime. The burst of activity should slow your cat down, so you can all get a good night’s sleep. But if your older cat suddenly stays awake all night, check with your vet: It might be a sign of hyperthyroidism.
A cat rubbing its face on you is a sign of affection. Cats have glands on their cheeks and the corners of their mouths. When they rub against your leg or other body part, they leave some of their scent on you. According to feline etiquette, that’s a compliment.
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