Understanding Your Cat and Dealing with its Behavior
Sun, April 18, 2021

Understanding Your Cat and Dealing with its Behavior

Some people think that cats are hard to train as they are known to be independent creatures that will do anything they think of. / Photo by: Michal Bednarek via Shutterstock

 

Cats are mysterious and fascinating. While they make a great house pet just like dogs, they can also be very weird and unusual. They can make even their owners uneasy sometimes because of their reserve and unusual behavior. 

Some people also think that cats are hard to train as these animals are known to be independent creatures that will do anything they think of. Cat owners often joke about how they are being enslaved by their pets. They also often wish that there is something that they could do to decode their cats’ behavior. Fortunately, animal experts have gotten to the bottom of things and offer these few tips on understating your feline friend. 

Excessive Vocalizing Using

In an article published by The Spruce Pets, a website that offers tips and guidelines about taking care of pets, it was explained that cats use vocalization to show their emotions to other creatures. They usually communicate by meowing, purring, hissing, and growling, each of which has a special meaning but it depends on the context. 

Adult cats usually don’t meow at each other, although they have adapted to meow at their human owners. Some pet experts believe that it is a sign that cats think that their owners are kittens. This is because mother cats meow at their kittens to send a message to them. 

People.com, an American weekly magazine that features celebrity and human-interest stories, quoted Dr. Gary Richter from Rover.com’s Dog People Panel, as he suggested that when a cat’s meow is shorter than usual, it might mean that they are saying “hello” or “pay attention to me.” On the other hand, when the cat purrs, it means that they are happy or content. It can also mean that they are comforting themselves as they are feeling hurt or anxious. 

 

Cats usually communicate by meowing, purring, hissing, and growling. / Photo by: Marko Radenkovic via Shutterstock

 

Ear Language

Some cats don’t vocalize to express their emotions. Instead, they use their ears to convey their feelings and even this they seldom do. If they let their ears face forward, it means that they are genuinely interested in whatever task they are doing at the moment. 

On the other hand, their ears will swivel sideways and backward if they feel a great level of arousal or distress depending on the situation. If the ears remain backward, it is a sure sign that your cat is feeling threatened or that it is not enjoying the things that are currently happening to it or in its surroundings.

Cats’ ears might also flick continuously when they’re agitation levels begin to rise. The sideways-facing ears might flutter or vibrate more than usual, which means that they are experiencing high arousal. Frightened cats, meanwhile, flatten their ears tightly to their heads. In the wild, this helps them keep their ears out of range of the claws or teeth of rivals or predators, in preparation for either fight or flight. 

 

Cats’ ears might also flick continuously when they’re agitation levels begin to rise. / Photo by: Julia Pashkina via Shutterstock

 

Giving “Gifts” to Owners

Have you ever experienced your cat bringing back a dead rat, and they would put it near you or on your bed? Well, it’s a normal thing and you shouldn’t be afraid when they bring you a dead animal. Cats are natural hunters and this is how they show their friendship and appreciation of you, according to Zoetis Petcare, a website that provides animal health information. 

The dead rodent is also a sign that they are showing their gratitude for you feeding them. This behavior is their way to make sure that you yourself are getting enough food, and they are trying to teach you how to hunt. In the wild, mother cats teach their kittens how to eat their food by bringing home dead or injured prey. 

Endless Scratching

Before you chastise your cats for scratching your couch or wall or anything available, understand that they need this in order to maintain their claws. Scratching a surface is their way to remove the old outer nail sheath and to leave their scent, and of course to flaunt their long and furry bodies. But instead of allowing them to ruin your furniture or wallpaper, buy them a proper scratching post, which will help them satisfy their needs. 

The Humane Society, a nonprofit organization, mentioned on its website that cats’ scratching behavior depends on the texture of the furniture. Pet owners can cover their furniture with material that might be unappealing to their paws such as double-sided sticky tape or aluminum foil. Covering it with plastic won’t help, and it’s much better to spray a considerable amount of citrus or menthol that cats normally despise. 

A scratching post should depend on how your pet likes it. Experiment around your house to find out what your feline prefers. If they are still reluctant to use your scratching post, rub a small amount of catnip into the post or attach their favorite toy to the top in order to make it more appealing for them.

And of course, the best way to understand your cat is to never grow impatient with them. They might not show much affection for you, but if you have proven yourself to them, they will love you…in their own mysterious way.