Your cat doesn’t need you. But she may knead you. She pushes out with her right paw then her left. Her claws extend. That tickles! We aren’t totally sure why cats do this to blankets, pillows, and people. But here’s a common guess. Kittens make this motion when they are nursing. It could just be a leftover, comforting habit.
Why does my cat “knead” on my stomach?
Cats sleep a lot—about twice as much as people do. A cat brain paralyzes most of the cat’s muscles while the cat sleeps. (Human brains do the same thing.) When they wake up, cats have lots of stretching to do. Stretching feels as good to a cat as it does to you. It gets blood flowing again.
Why does my cat stretch so much?
Cats have kept most of their wild instincts—especially hunting instincts. A mother cat teaches kittens how to survive in the wild by catching other animals. First, she drags home a completely dead animal. Then she drags home prey that’s still alive for kittens to kill themselves. So why does your cat bring animals to you? Maybe they are gifts. Maybe she is trying to teach you to hunt too.
Why does my cat bring home dead animals?
Many cats do this before they eat. Cat paws contain scent glands. When a cat paws at the ground she is leaving a message behind: “This is my turf!” The pawing could also be her instincts telling her to protect her food from predators by burying it.
Why does my cat paw at the floor?
Does your cat sleep in a small box or in the tiny
bathroom sink instead of on her new pet bed?
That’s because cats learn in the wild
to always be on the lookout for
predators. A cat wouldn’t lay
down in a wide open space
where any enemy could find
her. She feels much safer
in a tight cubbyhole or den.
Why does my cat love to sit in small boxes?
Sometimes a kitty enjoys a few strokes on its belly. Other times a displayed cat belly shows enemies every limb. It says, “I’m ready to use these to attack!”
Why doesn’t my
cat want a
She’s not scratching the drapes to annoy you. She’s just giving herself a manicure! Dead nail growth falls off when cats scratch.
Why does my cat scratch everything?
If you’ve tried giving a cat a bath, you know what a bad idea it is! People have been taking care of cats for a long time, protecting them from rain and snow. They’re not used to water. Their fur also doesn’t dry easily, so getting soaked doesn’t feel comfortable. No worries though. God gave them a rough tongue to clean themselves with.
Why doesn’t my cat like baths?
Why does my
cat rub her
head on me?
There’s an official word for this: “bunting.” When a cat bunts, her head releases pheromones (chemicals). She does this to show that you are her person.
Why does my
cat stare or
blink at me?
When a cat stares, she may be trying to get your attention. When she blinks at you slowly over and over, she’s giving you good news: She likes and trusts you.
Why Does My Cat Do That?
There are good reasons why cat videos are so popular on the internet. Cats do cute, funny, weird, and surprising things. But WHY do they do those things? Only God knows for sure. He created them, after all. We can make some pretty good guesses. Here are some interesting possible explanations for common cat behaviors.
And here’s a big one for YOU to guess at.
Why do cats purr?