We all love cats – but do you know what some of their most quirky behaviors mean? Read on to discover the explanation behind 10 common cat behaviors.
This is probably the most common cat behavior on the list. Most of the time purring means your cat is content, comfortable and feeling safe. However, it can also be a signal to other cats that they want to play or a signal to you that they’re scared, sick or stressed.
Kneading, sometimes colloquially referred to as “making biscuits,” is something cats begin doing before they can even open their eyes. Kneading is an action kitties associate with the comfort of nursing from their mothers, and when they knead later on in life it means that they’re happy and comfortable.
3. Knocking Things Over
Who hasn’t experienced this one? When your cat knocks objects off a high surface like a table, it’s likely that he is curious about the object and wants to see what happens when he paws at it. In other cases, your cat might crave your attention and knock something off the table because he realizes you will come running to him if he gives that vase a little nudge.
4. Stealing Objects
We all know a cat that steals seemingly random household items like socks or stuffed animals. When your cat burglarizes your dresser drawer, it likely means he wants your attention, wants to play or “wants what he can’t have.”
5. Curling Up in a Small Place
It’s super cute when your cat hangs out in boxes that are almost too small for her. In addition to being adorable, this is also a behavior that makes kitty feel safe – when curled up, she is protecting the vital organs in her abdomen. Don’t worry, this move doesn’t necessarily mean she’s feeling unsafe, it’s probably just comfortable.
6. Laying Belly Up
If your cat is laying belly-up, it means she trusts you and feels comfortable enough to sprawl out. For some cats, an exposed belly may even be a request for a belly rub.
7. Rubbing Against You
Has your cat been rubbing against your legs all day? That’s because he has scent glands and loves marking his territory with them. Take this as a compliment – your cat wants to mark you as his own and let everyone know about it.
8. Sniffing Your Face
Cats are curious creatures who have a strong sense of smell. When your kitty takes a whiff of your face, he is likely confirming your identity and this act will strengthen his trust in you.
9. Short Meowing
A short, happy-sounding meow is likely your cat saying hello to you! Feel free to say hi back.
10. Long, Whiny Meowing
Chances are if your cat is letting out some loud, whiny meows, she’s hungry. Make sure you feed her soon.