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The behavior of cats - Learn how cats think!

Updated on November 30, 2011
Cute Kitten
Cute Kitten

The behavior of cats

It is often said that cats do what they want to do. Some people admire the independence of cats and sees it as proof that cats are intelligent, we can not control the cat. Others think that independence is an expression of stupidity, you can not tame a cat in the same way as you can tame a dog.

Although cats are not as social as dogs tend to be, cats like living wild in groups, like lions. Domestic cats are usually very affectionate with their owners and with other pets. To be able to have a pleasant time with your cat it is important to have understanding about the cats natural behavior. Many people think that you can not raise a cat, but if you are working on the cat's natural behavior you can have a good relationship with the cat. The reward is a happy cat and polite cat to share some really pleasant moments with. You might want to consider if you should have an indoor cat or an outdoor cat.

Cat intelligence

You can never compare the intelligence of a cat with a human being, but as cats can easily adapt to their environment, care for themselves in a hostile environment and change things in their favor, so you can say that they in some point are very intelligent. A cat will wait until Mom or Dad turns his back before jumping on the kitchen table prohibited. They quickly learn the sound of a can of food and other sounds.

Kitten Purr

Why do cats purr

Why cats can purr is not yet fully determined, but there are different theories about how the cat's purr rises. One theory is that the cat takes her purring through nerve impulses to the muscles of the throat and abdomen. Spinning is an innate behavior, and the likelihood of a cat's purr to be hereditary.

The most common reason why cats purr is that they feel good. Spinning is a way to express the need for the cat to have socially contact with the owner. It may also be part of the communication between a cat and her kittens. It is important to know that cats also can purr when they are really scared or have a lot of pain.

Why do cats scratch on furniture

The most common answer is that cats sharpen their claws.Cat's scratches also to get exercise and strengthen the muscles that gives the cat ability to enter and extend its claws. Scratching also works as a way for the cat to mark it´s territory. At the bottom of the cat's front legs are scent glands, and the cat rubs its front legs on the ground to put a personal signature. To get your furniture in ruins is not fun, but if the cat has chosen a favorite place to scratch it is very hard to get it on second thoughts. It is therefore important to have a good place that the cat can scratch the furniture, as soon as the cat moves in, try to give it an appropriate place to scratch on.

Why do cats rub against your leg when greeting

It does so in a friendly way to communicate with you, but it is much more behind this behavior. In the temples of cats and the corners are special scent glands. When the cat rubs against your legs it marks it with their fragrances. Humans cannot feel that smell, but for the cat it is important to share their fragrance with members of the family.

Super cute kitten

Behavioral problems with cats

Like all pets, cats can add the bad habits that do not work so well with their owners and other family pets. A common problem with cats in the beginning to is that it urinate / defecate outside the box. If a male cat begins to mark territory, may be because the cat is unneutered. The solution to this of course is to neuter him. To have an unneutered male cat indoor cat that are not used for breeding are not suitable. A male who is castrated usually becomes much calmer and more affectionate.

A negative change (in the cat's eye) can make the cat to urinate or defecate on the "wrong" to protest. Negative changes can be anything from litter box is moved or start a new type of cat litter, the cat can protest that there is a new pet or new baby in the family. To overcome this problem is first to clean the scene carefully so that the cat will not go there again. You can also cover with foil place or places where the food dish for cats, because cats will not eat and go to the bathroom in the same place. It is also important to praise your cat when using the litter box, so that this is associated with something positive.

The cat pee / poop outside the box can also be due to the litter box is not emptied often enough. Cats want to have a reasonably clean box to carry out their needs.

A box scrupulously clean can also make the cat refuse to go there. If you use detergents to clean the box you can smell the cat does not want to go to the box.

For other behavioral problems, it is best to consult a veterinarian, where you can get tips and advice on behavior problems with cats.


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    • lejonkung profile image

      lejonkung 5 years ago

      Thank you for your nice words starstream. When you are use to having a kitty its hard to not have it around.

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      I enjoyed reading your article here. I miss my kitty so much. We are renting now and do not have any pets. Great job and quite thorough in covering the important topics.

      I voted your hub up!

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      Lena Welch 5 years ago from USA

      litter box problems are such a pain. One of our cats takes prozac and is no longer a bad boy, the other has inflammatory bowel disease and avoids the box when his gut is torn up. He isn't so easy as fixing his gut isn't 100% possible. If you have problems with the litter box, talk to your vet. Make sure there isn't a health problem that you don't know about. If there is, treat it. If there isn't, ask about behavioral modifications, feliway, and my lifesaver... prozac.

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      Bob 5 years ago

      Cats are dumb and should be outside.... They get their paws dirty in litter boxes then jump up on your table where you eat....Disgusting!

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      lejonkung 6 years ago

      Thanks for the comment Pegcole!

      All kittens are adorable, love them! =)

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I didn't know about the scent glands at the cat's temples. Very interesting stuff here. And I love the adorable kitten picture.

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      lejonkung 6 years ago

      Thanks for the comment Joanne!

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      Joanne 6 years ago

      How funny, I just read some articles on cats and body language. Nobody, I know, that has a cat has ever said anything. Mentioned to them to read some of these articles, they will be amazed. Your article is great.

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      lejonkung 6 years ago

      Thanks! They really are wonderful pets!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      I adore cats and agree with all you wrote here.

      They make wonderful pets, but more so if you learn about them. This was an excellent hub for someone to learn, if they are thinking of having a cat for the 1st time.

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      Paw-Paw John 6 years ago from Greenville, SC

      It is important to also know that, if a cat who was using a litter box regularly suddenly stops, this could be a sign of a medical problem. Cats are naturally asymptomatic, meaning that they will not show if they are in pain or distress. This is a natural defense behavior to protect the cat from being picked off as prey in the wild. It makes good sense to take the cat to the vet for a checkup.

      If a medical condition is ruled out, look for a link to any sudden changes in the home. Cats do not like change, and are quick to pick up on an increase of stress in the environment. Try to determine if something has changed, then try to help your cat adjust or accept the change. Sometimes just giving the cat more attention will help.

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      lejonkung 6 years ago

      That is interesting! I guess there are many more reasons for cats to scratch then the ones that i have mentioned =)

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      CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      My uncle used to say that it was the glue used in some furniture and wallpapers that made cats scratch.

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      Jenn2014 6 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

      I love cats! Great Hub! Adorable kittens :)