Understanding Cat Behavior
It seems to be common knowledge that cats work to a specific agenda and don’t pay much heed to their owners; providing they have food and water, and a fresh daily litter. They usually act out odd scenarios if they want something, which can confuse anyone watching, especially their owner. They never make it easy to interpret what they want.
But even though their behavior can be totally baffling to the onlooker, there are some methods by which you can solve the mystery behind the strange behavior.
One of the popular forms of cat behavior is to gently butt their head against the legs of furniture. The action is that of pushing with their forehead on any immobile item even the solid base of a sideboard or television stand.
This performance is a sort of territory marking and believe me it beats the urine method. This happens when a visitor enters the household. The cat will first rub his head against the stranger, who will no doubt think it a friendly gesture, and then it will do the tour of the furniture.
What the cat is actually doing is putting saliva where he touches and marking his turf; making sure the guest knows what it owns. Not all cats do this but occasionally owners are puzzled by this practice. It has been mentioned that if you visitor has the odor of their own pet on their clothes; this is highly likely to prompt this behavior.
When a cat plants saliva on a person or something in the room, it gives the object or person a familiar odor. He is just attempting to make the guest belong in the house, thus removing any threat and inviting them to its territory.
Cat saliva is unfortunately promotes a common form of cat allergy and anyone susceptible should allow the cat to complete its ceremony before trying to remove the saliva. If it is wiped off too soon, the cat will be back to repeat the process.
If you are one of those owners who have a household cat that spends a lot of its time lying near the window, you may have noticed that it sometimes makes peculiar noises or makes odd movements. There is no cause for concern as it is just practicing his prowling and hunting instincts. It will be when it sees another cat or animal in the garden, which will cause it to adopt a protective or hunting mode.
It is well known how much cats like to play with toys and occasionally will pounce on anything that catches their eye; whether moving or stationary. This behavior is of course a part of the cat’s nature and should never be discouraged.
Trying to prevent this activity could result in an adverse reaction in the cat and it may resort to being moody and aggressive. You should encourage active behavior by sharing toys with it. Cats love to chase small objects pulled along on a string. It releases their pent up need to hunt and keeps them content.
Cats established in a family home for a long time seem to exhibit stranger manners as they age, but in most cases there is always a reason, albeit known only to the cat. If you area able to fathom out most of your cat’s behavior you will have no problem keeping it content and happy. They don’t ask for much and certainly don’t ask to be understood, but a little tolerance goes a long way.
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