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Understanding Your Cat

Cats have a stereotype of being unaffectionate and cold towards people, but that is not true. The truth is that cats simply speak a different language that humans do not understand. Therefore, it is helpful to decode some of the common behavior of your cat that you may not view as significant. Just like humans, small behavioral traits are not random and can make a difference in an individual’s personality. It is up to a responsible cat owner to understand those traits in order further the bond with their pet.

A cat’s body language and sounds will reveal their intentions, emotions, and needs. All you have to do is educate yourself and pay attention to the behavior of your cat, so that you can apply these tips to your daily life. If any behavior seems particularly out of place and odd, then speak to your veterinarian and they will be able to provide more in depth answers. Fortunately, there are ways to understand when your pet is uncomfortable or has health issues by paying attention to their behavioral patterns. The below list will outline some significant behaviors that will help you decode your cat.

Scratching Against Furniture: Obviously, scratching up against furniture may mean that your cat is itchy. But it also means that your pet is marking their territory. People commonly think that when an animal wants to mark their territory, then they will urinate. For many animals this is true, but a cat will simply rub up against items in their home.

Hiding: When your cat hides around the house, it typically means that they are stressed or irritated. This may be because of some social anxiety, or a difficult home situation. Take note if your cat is frequently hiding, because it might mean more than just being shy.

Chewing: Cats are intelligent animals that require frequent stimulation throughout the day. If they are constantly chewing, then they are bored and need some new activities. Try out some new toys, a climbing structure, or entering something exciting into their daily routine.

Kneading: Many cats will typically knead (yes, like kneading dough) with their paws. They learned this as a newborn from their mother, in order to stimulate milk production. If your cat does this to or around you, then they feel comfortable around you.

Laying on You: If your cat is comfortable laying down on you (especially your chest), then they are extremely comfortable with you and are trying to express their love.

Rubbing Against Your Leg: This is your cat's way of telling you they love you, and are happy to see you. Like humans, cats crave physical affection and try to tell you what they are feeling in the only language you share, touch.

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