Cat Behavior 101: 5 Things You Need to Know

Are you a taking a cat for the first time? Well, as much as we want to say “good luck” to you, we can’t. We love cats down to the core, and since you’ve decided to become one of us, we’d be more than happy to give you a helping hand in becoming a responsible owner. After all, having a kitty around is more like having a new family member on board-one who’ll be with you through thick and thin.

While they are adored by many, a lot of cat owners often miss out on the fact that felines have their own behaviours too. These may have been given the hype thanks to the internet, but beyond that, it is very important that you are able to understand how they think and feel. Doing this allows you to become a more loving pet owner, and at the same time strengthen your bond with your cat.

Among the things you should know are:

  1. When they say no, it’s a NO.

Cats are very independent when it comes to decision making activities, and they just wouldn’t budge. If they want to go out, they will go out. If they opt to sleep, they will sleep, and there’s nothing you could do about it.

Well, you can actually counter this by showing good affection to your pet, and you should start doing this early. You may want to start by observing how your cat behaves in different environments, and from there you can predict how it reacts when placed in certain situations. You can then see how you can convince your cat to do otherwise, especially when you want it to obey you.

  1. Cats love squeezing themselves into very narrow openings.

Cats have very fluid bodies, and this allows them to fit into very narrow openings, such as spaces in between couch cushions, small holes, and gaps between grills. And mind you, there are a lot of cases wherein cat owners call 911 when they couldn’t get their cat out of such situations.

You should understand that cats not only crave for tranquility and darkness most of the time, they also want to feel warm and covered when sliding through these holes. While this is actually part of their natural behaviour, it is also a good precautionary measure that you keep the gaps closed, especially those that might get them hurt, so as to prevent them from getting into unwanted accidents.

  1. Cats are generous pets.

One adorable thing about cats is that they are generous pets. Once they have already acknowledged that you are part of their lives, they will do everything to keep you nodding for approval. They would want to keep you satisfied, and they do this by giving out lots of purring and licking and snuggling beside you as you sleep.

Aside from these, cats would make the effort to catch a mouse or a roach and bring it to you, as a way of saying that they have brought you a present. Among many things, they know you hate these pests and you want them dead, and they just bring you proof that they’ve done the job.

This is a major reason they can be good at playing catch, especially when you give them the right cat toys to play with.

  1. Cats know it when you’re in love with them.

There are a lot of instances when cats start to give you a snub, but it’s all because they already know that you’re under their spell. They can be arrogant pets upon learning that you find them too cute, thus they would bask in the glory of not looking at you at all.

But hey, that doesn’t mean they don’t love you anymore. They’re just teasing you until they find it in their heart to give you all the affection they think you deserve.

  1. Cats can be temperamental too.

Lastly, cats, like dogs, can also be very temperamental. They can be moody in the sense that they are hyper at one moment, then become too sad or sleepy after just a few minutes. The rapid change in emotions may be a sign of illness, as cats are usually active. You may want to have them brought to a vet for a check-up just to be sure if they are not at risk to a medical condition.

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