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Do you think you understand all typical cat behavior like cat jumping? And have you encountered cat behavioral problems when raising one? Whoever raises cats know that they have very different behavioural patterns from other pets like dogs and rabbits, and that cats are sometimes more harder to please.
There are some traits and actions in cats that many people find difficult to understand or even put up with. But if you have enough knowledge about cats’ characteristics then you may consider them as cute and smart and want to own one immediately.
Typical cat behavior
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Similar to dogs, some cats can be very aggressive and do not seem to like humans if they are not taught to do so in their early years. Cats’ traits and behavioural tendency are formed throughout a process and it’s not easy to reteach a cat if she’s not listening to you. And their ‘anti-social’ behaviour is deemed untypical of cats and should be modified.
The first 3 years of a dog’s life is for him to learn how to behave properly, but that time for a cat is only 3 weeks. And guess from whom a cat learns? Yes, it’s their mother. Hospitality towards human begins from this age.
Not only friendliness is delivered to kittens but hunting patterns are too. Kittens know when to withdraw their claws and suppress the urge to bite humans. Thus, they are aware of aggressiveness and inhibit it during play.
There are several common actions you’ll definitely see in cats. Knowing typical cat behavior reduces the chances of you being baffled if , for instance, your cat just jumps so high and is so eager to hunt.
1. Actions when playing
Cat loves it when you offer her a play-together. Cats adores playing so much that they toss around on your carpet, rub their head against the floor, paws messing with the toy and can never let go if there is not something else for him to do, for instance hunting.
Nights are the time for dogs, humans and other kinds of animals to rest but cats, after a long day walking and playing around, insist on having more fun and can wake their owners up just for the sake of it.
Unless you want to be in the state of drowsiness all morning, learn how to teach your cat not to interfere with you at night. Ignore her no matter how loud and long her meow is and how enthusiastic she seems to be, give her some toy as a distraction, or buy her a cat so she has a friend that sleeps late, and lock your bedroom door so she can’t come in!
Moreover, cats sleep a lot, and when they wake up, the first thing they want to do is to exercise. Again, cats has a passion for recreational activities; therefore, make sure they never have to get their paws free or else they’ll become irritated!
2. Hunting in cats
Hunting is not a typical feature of dogs. By contrast, it is cats’ nature to stalk and pounce on their prey. Watching cats getting into preys is surprising cause the activity makes cats seem much more powerful, careful and graceful compared to the small and lovely posture they have when they play.
Hunting in cats is actually a process with, surprisingly, a detailed plan! They never act on the spur of the moment but think and watch every movement of their prey. And when the time comes or when the miserable animal is not alert, cat sprints up and land onto their prey with sharp claws and mouth ready to neck bite. A little bit scary, right?
Since hunting is cats’ favorite activity during a day so whenever you feel your cat needs some kind of exercise, throw her a toy and see her act like she’s about to hunt. She’ll stare right into the toy prey, stalk its movement (until she realizes it doesn’t move!), pounce on the prey and use her fangs to bite it. God bless cat’s prey! You can hardly escape once cat decides you’ll be the next one.
And keep the thing you love away from your cat. She’ll think you reward her with toy preys and there you are in front of the toy remains.
That cats hunt and help us get rid of mice is awesome; unfortunately, mouse is not the only prey on a cat’s list. They’ll catch anything they feel like hunting, so it can be irritating having your cat bring home ‘natural stuff’ you do not like. Consequently, keep your cat at home at sunset and dawn which is the time when cats most likely to bring home foreign scary objects and animals.
3. Cat jumping
This is my favourite part of information. Cats jump high like they are equipped with rocket engines and within the blink of an eye, the engine sends them up high to where they want to be.
Why do CATS love jumping so much? Well, it takes a long history for cats to possess that marvellous ability. Let me tell you the story.
Proailurus is believed to be the very first ancestor of cats today. Back in the days, about 25 million years ago, proailurus had to climb up tree branches and other high places to avoid being hunted and at the same time, of course, watch their preys. As time passes by, the ability to jump and cats’ flexible skeletal body structure continues to exist in cats as a hereditary feature. Now they do the same activity with somewhat the same purposes, to hide from predators and to hunt.
What startles most people is how high they can jump. Well, the answer lies in how tall they are. They can jump up to 5 or 6 times their actual height. When they’re about to climb or jump up onto something, they crouch a bit, pay full attention to the place they wanna be up to. Then they lift their forelegs and with the enforcement of their strong back limbs and claws to help them hang on, they succeed in descending safely on the surface.
One more evidence that proves cats’ flexibility and gracefulness is that you never hear them land with a thud. Instead, they descend without even a noise!
Nevertheless, never should you assume that cats do not fall down or if they do, they may only suffer from very small injuries. It’s an absurd idea since cats’ claws help them hang on surfaces like the ones made from wood, but they offer little help when it comes to metal outer layers. Thus, keep your cat away from window sills of high floors to avoid her falling down and damaging her organs.
There are a couple of things you should do to protect your cat from falling down from a high place:
- Put all food and any cat temptation in the cupboard. Their nose is highly sensitive. so if there is food around, the curiosity urges them to find the thing. In case you’re cooking and need things on your kitchen counter, then again, throw your cat a ball or any toy for distraction.
- Use double-faced tape. Cats hate the feeling of stickiness; therefore, if there is a place you don’t want your cat to be, stick the tape on that place. One risk is involved is, I think you may know already, that tape will stick on the surface for a long time that it’s hard to get rid of. And don’t use so strong tape or your cat stick on it!
- Close all windows. It may be really hot inside the house, but close the window that is up too high to prevent your cat from falling. Cats love watching the world go by and stalk their preys from the place up high, so window sills are their ideal places. As having said, window sills are usually made from metal which does not assist cats in hanging on; as a result, it can be dangerous for cats.
See more: How to discipline a cat – and kittens
Cat behavioral problems and treatment
Cat socialisation is significant in feline development. Kittens learn how to play and behave properly during the first 3 weeks of their birth, so if this process isn’t done well, then there may be abnormal behavioural patterns in cats.
The uncommon actions include: pica and anxiety.
# Pica in cats
What is pica? It’s the technical term used to address some strange conditions and behaviour connected with eating, chewing and playing habits.
Cats have the habit of chewing toys, but rubber bands, wool, string, needles, etc. are not really their cups of tea and they are smart enough not to ingest any of those things.
However, when your cat has pica, she may chew hard and swallow plastic toys that’ll stuck in their throat and block the passageway. Stress and boredom is the common causes that lead to cat’s strange behaviour, so one solution could be to give them more love and buy them new toys to reduce depression in cats.
Other causes for pica can be skin problems, parasite and bacteria lodging on your cat’s body, distress, senility, chronic pain, and some other health issues. Take your cat to a veterinarian for a diagnose and medications, but if the vet cannot figure out the reasons behind all those stranger actions, try to create healthy and regular habits for your cats.
Restrict on surprises. Cats that suffer from pica do not like to be stunned, so feed them at the same time everyday, form a regular duration for play, and let them jump or exercise more to ease the feeling of discomfort in cats.
Cats can be easily prone to phobia and worry when they have difficulties in communicating with humans and other cats. They also easily scare if they are not exposed to the real world properly when they were still kittens. We classify this as one of the cat behavioral problems.
Aggressiveness, anti-social thinking, hostility and suspicion can affect a cat when she feels terrified. Also, injured cat usually finds a corner to hide when she’s injured, which is a hereditary trait from ancient cats to avoid being hunted by large predators. The best advice is, just let them feel free to go out again when they’re ready. Don’t you ever bother a cat in fear or you’ll know how scratch looks like on human skin.
Cats have all kinds of phobias. They might even feel afraid of mice, heights, a kind of food, flower, or anything. Knowing what frightens them gives you a clue how to release them from the fear. But in case you don’t, consult a vet for help and medications to relieve the symptoms.
#Notes: Some cat owners may think their cat needs treatment immediately after being exposed to…. catnip. Actually, it’s not counted as abnormal in cats for being highly attracted to catnip cause it’s only a typical cat behavior.
Catnip is a kind of plant that has flowers. However, it is not the flower that cat loves, but it is the oil from the plant. That oil is called nepetalactone. It is the magical substance that does wonder in animals and in humans too.
Only 50% of all feline animals are affected by catnip since the reaction is hereditary. When exposed to catnip, cat’s body twirl and they rub their heads against the catnip on the floor. They even exhibit funny vocals like growling and long moew. They look really cute and laugh-intriguing when reacting to catnip in such a way.
This reaction only lasts for about 10-15 minutes and it can take 2 hours for cats to react funny to catnip again. And don’t worry, this kind of plant does not cause addiction and neither is it abnormal, but overdose can be detrimental to cat’s health.
WewPet hopes that through this post, you will have a deeper and broader understanding about typical cat behavior and abnormal cat behavioral problems so that you can enjoy every moment having your cat around.
Also, don’t ignore strange patterns of your cat since it can indicate some illnesses or the need for more love and attention from cat owner. Consult a vet if needed for diagnosis and treatment.
Good luck with bringing up your feline friend!