Cats can provide with endless entertainment for their owners. Ask any cat owner and he will have many funny and strange stories to share with their cat.
Cats, not only curl up and sit on our laps and purr, they also give us opportunities to understand cat behavior.
The following article about cat behavior explained in detail their strange habits and why they behave strangely.
1. Sleeping in a Tight Ball
Many mammals actually sleep this way, as both a way of retaining heat and to keep themselves protected. “They either push into small spaces to have some security with solid walls around part of their body so they can’t be snuck up on, or they roll into a tight ball,” explains Dr. Miller.
It’s also similar to the way a bird tucks its wings in or tucks one foot up into his feathers. It’s an easy way to retain heat.
This behavior traces back to a feline’s earliest days: “Kittens knead their mom’s belly to encourage milk production,” says Dr. Miller. “When cats grow up, it’s often performed when they’re relaxed or cozy.”
It could also be that whatever material your cat is kneading — a soft blanket or maybe even your skin — reminds him of his mother’s belly. “They could also knead when they’re upset or scared, as a way to self-calm.”
3. Random Sprint
Does your cat run at an enormously fast speed and bounce off of the couch? No need to fear. Your cat, who can run up to 31 miles per hour, is just exercising!
Most house cats have an extreme amount of energy that gets pent up and needs to be released. If you’re not regularly exercising your kitty, you may want to start playing or walking him to avoid random sprints through the house.
4. Unladylike Sitting
Why do you sit in an unladylike position? Because it’s comfortable, of course! Same goes for your kitty. When she is sprawled with her legs open, she is relaxed, happy and trusting in you. She knows that she is safe in your presence, so she can relax.
5. Quivering Butt
This is an impossibly cute behavior of cats. They often like to wiggle and shake their hindquarters when they are ready to pounce, but why do they do it.
The wild cousins of the cats grind the ground with their hindquarters before they pounce, but domestic cats ground with their hind legs. They wiggle their behinds vigorously to attain balance and leverage.
Kittens learn this behavior from their mothers by watching them every day while hunting. Some experts point out that, this may be a learned or an innate behavior or a combination of both.
According to vets, butt wiggling is a physical preparation to ensure a successful pounce that in turn can provide them with a hearty meal. When cats pounce they use their hind legs to propel themselves to a full takeoff.
While walking, cats alternate their hind legs, but for jumping or bouncing they use both their hind legs. The wiggling allows the cat to balance and also to check the ground before they pounce. A leap from a loose ground can result in a failed attempt or can be dangerous.
6. Cat Roll Back and Forth on the Ground.
Often, this may look like a strange behavior coming from a cat, but there is no need to be alarmed. Your cat is not experiencing any physical discomfort or having a fit.
Dogs roll back and forth as a signal of submission, but cats do this strange action for gaining attention.
Rolling allows the cat to spread its scent and it also provides self-massage for the cats head and cheeks as it rubs on the floor or carpet.
Cats love routine and once a pattern is established the rolling on the ground becomes a comfortable ritual. It could also be an invitation to play. This invitation can be to their fellow felines or to their human friends.
This strange behavior might have started with just an itchy back and then the cats start to learn that this behavior of his is getting a lot of attention.
A cat owner feels this behavior as cute and reaches down and gives more attention and if the cat loves this, he will repeat this behavior.
7. Pawing at Their Litter
The little kitty now on your bed has evolved from cats that lived in the desert. “Whether or not your cat decides to dig a hole to hide their urine and feces before or after they go will depend on the cat, but this behavior is generally a mark of their territory,” notes Dr. Miller.
For example, if your cat’s litter box is located where he doesn’t spend most of his time, he would probably consider that his peripheral territory, and that will affect whether or not he decides to cover his feces.
Smell is a very important factor for cats to define their own space. If your cat considers his litter box to be outside of his normal “territory,” he might not cover the remains, as an advertisement he still considers that area his.
If it’s inside his territory, he might be more inclined to cover up the smell, since generally cats are pretty clean creatures.
8. Exposing Their Belly
This one can be tricky — and harmful if not played right! On the one hand, your cat could be in a happy, playful mood, content to let you reach out and give her a tummy rub.
Cats can learn to enjoy belly rubs. Of course, a lot of cats don’t, but if you start out doing this when they’re young kittens, they can learn to enjoy it, adds Dr. Miller.
On the other hand, the belly is a vulnerable area to your cat, and she’s probably protective of it. A cat that is upset or feels feisty, for example, might roll onto her back so she can unleash her most powerful weapon — her back claws.
So if it’s playful fighting your cat is after when she exposes her stomach to you, the second you approach her with your hand you can expect the claws to come out.
9. Rubbing Against You
The reason your cat rubs against furniture is the same reason she likes to rub herself against you. She is giving you her “scent;” you are her human, and she wants the whole world to know. By releasing pheromones from her head, your cat is showing pride in her ownership over you.
10. Uncovered Poop
For most people, cats are a great pet because they pretty much clean up after themselves. But uncovered poop is usually an indication of an angry kitty.
Did you recently show him dominance?
This could be his treat to show you that he is, in fact, the dominant one in your relationship.
But, it can also be a sign of a medical issue, according to Vet Street. So if your cat continues to leave their poop uncovered, you might want to take them to the vet.
11. Hug and Bite
Playing is the favorite pastime of cats and cats owners would agree with this, especially when they are kittens. Wrestling and playing is a normal activity for cats, but sometimes it can lead to bites.
While playing and showing their affection to their owners, cats tend to bite their arm or nibble during the moment of affection. This may sound strange, but your furry friend is actually showing affection and these are love bites. Love bites are a form of communication.
Cat’s instinctual nature drives him to give these little bites especially when they are overexcited. This kind of behavior is seen when there is a strong bonding between the owner and his cat.
12. Chirping Out the Window at Birds
It’s a common sight to see cats looking out of the window, slightly crouched, tensed and its attention focused on the squirrel, bird or any other prey. You will notice him making a strange voice similar to the bird’s chirp and must have been surprised what has gone wrong.
Actually, your feline friend is fine and this is a normal behavior. The reasons are many ranging from predator instinct, could be due to frustration or maybe he is excited. It can be a reflex motion in anticipation of hunting.
Cats are loving and caring animals. Some cats love while others are playful and highly active. Each cat is different, but there are certain character traits that are common in all cats. These strange cat behaviors are explained in the above article in detail and help people clear their doubts about cats.