100 Weird Cat Behaviors and Their Meaning

100 Weird Cat Behaviors

100 Weird Cat Behaviors and Their Meaning

Every internally motivated action performed by cats is an attempt by the animal to fulfill some basic needs, such as hunger, thirst, thermoregulation, habitat selection, and reproduction. All these needs are very basic and have an overpowering influence on a cat’s motivation to perform them. For instance, when your cat rubs up against you, what is she trying to say? Is her surroundings too cold? Is she suffering from a fur ball? Why does your cat sniff you? Smell your breath? Walk on you? Each of these 100 behaviors is decoded with suggestions on how to help your pet.

Cats are fascinating! There isn’t a breed of animal that has more bizarre and diverse habits than our much-loved, sometimes misunderstood, feline friends. Yet millions of cats and humans somehow manage to cohabitate and live harmonious lives with each other successfully. As slaves to our cats, we are truly in a unique position to study many aspects of their lives.

100 Weird Cat Behaviors and Their Meaning

Below are 100 weird behaviors you might see your cat exhibit and we will also go further to explain some of them.

  1. Kneading with their paws
  2. Chattering at birds
  3. Licking plastic bags
  4. Sleeping in odd positions
  5. Staring at walls for no reason
  6. Curling up in tiny spaces
  7. Peeking their head out of hiding spots
  8. Chasing their tail
  9. Trying to fit into small boxes
  10. Bringing dead prey as gifts
  11. Head-butting for affection
  12. Stalking their reflection
  13. Sitting on laptops or books
  14. Playing with toilet paper rolls
  15. Hissing at inanimate objects
  16. Kicking litter out of the litter box
  17. Licking or chewing on human hair
  18. Sitting in the sink or bathtub
  19. Purring when happy or content
  20. Meowing at empty food bowls
  21. Opening doors using their paws
  22. Stealing food from other pets
  23. Laying on their backs with legs in the air
  24. Pushing objects off tables or shelves
  25. Staring at their own tail
  26. Playing with water in their bowl
  27. Walking on their owner’s back
  28. Sleeping on dirty laundry
  29. Knocking over plants
  30. Dropping toys in their water bowl
  31. Stopping abruptly while running
  32. Licking windows or mirrors
  33. Rolling on the ground after eating
  34. Chewing on houseplants
  35. Attempting to climb curtains
  36. Putting paws over their eyes while napping
  37. Laying on their owner’s face while sleeping
  38. Obsessively grooming themselves
  39. Chasing laser pointers
  40. Walking on two legs
  41. Biting their own tail
  42. Chirping like birds
  43. Laying on top of paperwork or books
  44. Sticking their butts in the air while playing
  45. Playing with their own shadow
  46. Hiding in bags or purses
  47. Burying their food even though it’s not necessary
  48. Laying on paper or books
  49. Sticking their tongues out while sleeping
  50. Sniffing and rubbing their face on new objects
  51. Following their owner around the house
  52. Licking walls or floors
  53. Crying in the middle of the night for no reason
  54. Playing with imaginary friends
  55. Stealing and hoarding objects like socks
  56. Sleeping in the bathtub
  57. Crouching low to the ground while stalking prey
  58. Playing with their reflection in a mirror
  59. Chewing on household items
  60. Acting like they’re going to attack but never do
  61. Hiding behind furniture and pouncing on passersby
  62. Stealing food from the dinner table
  63. Playing with their own shadow
  64. Biting their owner’s toes under the covers
  65. Kicking their back legs while playing with toys
  66. Making chirping noises when seeing prey through a window
  67. Laying on their owner’s face while napping
  68. Climbing up window blinds
  69. Hiding in grocery bags
  70. Bringing home random objects from outside
  71. Laying on hot surfaces like laptops or radiators
  72. Scratching the floor after using the litter box
  73. Obsessively staring at food dishes
  74. Licking and scratching walls
  75. Rubbing their face on their owner’s face
  76. Knocking over glasses or cups
  77. Burying their food in empty water bowls
  78. Closing doors using their paws
  79. Sitting in cardboard boxes for hours on end
  80. Begging for food even though they just ate
  81. Letting out a loud meow after using the litter box
  82. Sitting on their owner’s shoulder while walking around the house
  83. Hiding in the laundry basket
  84. Jumping at their reflection in shiny surfaces
  85. Pawing at closed cabinets or drawers
  86. Jumping at insects on the ceiling
  87. Sleeping in the bathtub with the shower curtain closed
  88. Kicking toys over the edge of high surfaces and watching them fall
  89. Sitting on computer keyboards
  90. Playing with their tail
  91. Sticking their head in empty plastic bags
  92. Crying to be let into rooms they’re not allowed in
  93. Playing with their own shadow on a sunny day
  94. Hiding in dark corners or under furniture
  95. Jumping after invisible objects
  96. Sleeping on human’s heads or pillows
  97. Trying to catch fish in aquariums
  98. Chasing and pouncing on their tail
  99. Head-butting objects to move them
  100. Sleeping with their eyes partially open

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1. Kneading with their paws

First, it is important to know that it is a painless and healthy behavior. Kneading behavior is more common in kittens when they are nursing from their mother. Kittens are born blind, relying on their sense of touch to find their mother’s nipples. The kneading action of their paws touching the mother’s belly stimulates milk to be released for the kittens to benefit from. Even as grown-up cats, kneading is a way of showing contentment. Sebaceous glands in a cat’s paws release pheromones that can help mark their territory. When an animal spends time with someone and kneads them, it shows that he or she is comfortable and feels relaxed.

Felines are often playfully complex. When their owners look at them, they might do something unexpected. Has anyone ever watched a rhythmic motion with a cat pushing their front paws in a forward and back motion, with claws extended? This is known as kneading.

2. Chattering at birds

Cats, as feline predators, are often caught chattering, chittering, tweeting, and chirping while watching birds or squirrels. This does not sound as if the cat is going to hunt the external object, rather it instills more the impression of a creature longing or needing attention of any kind. Though some keepers are worried and consider this behavior as indicating a bad feline mental state, others laugh at it, as they have the impression that it signals fun.

3. Meowing at empty food bowls

Hunger may be the root cause although, it turns out that not all occasions of meowing at empty bowls are related to begging for food. Instead, cats appeared to be gaining the owner’s attention. They were more likely to engage in food-bowl meowing when their owner was nearby rather than absent, and they were more likely to do so while looking at the owner. At the individual level, cats seemed to differ in how often and under what circumstances they engaged in food-bowl begging. Some cats even appeared more likely to directly beg at the owner if at least one other cat was around. So in many cases, the cat is not asking for food but is instead communicating with the cat’s owner, who also happens to be the person who provides the cat with what they wants.

4. Pawing at closed cabinets or drawers

When cats paw at closed cabinets or drawers, they are working to gain access to the sounds and new challenges that are inside. In this scenario, the goal isn’t necessarily to retrieve a particular item but is instead focused on wanting access to the inside while also entertaining themselves. Very young cats or kittens like to explore and play and are attracted to one specific area of a cabinet or drawer within a home. They are motivated by being able to get to the interesting sounds that are coming from this open area. This interest in gameplay may wane as the cat ages. As this behavior drops off and the months continue, the act of pawing or reaching out may become part of the cat’s daily routine. When behaviors like tapping on cabinets, consistently scratching, or reaching out persist, both the sounds and damage to the surfaces of the cabinets or drawers producing the sounds may not stand up to the test of time.

5. Sleeping with their eyes partially open

People are known to open their eyes at a sudden noise while sleeping. A Japanese TV program called Newton’s Apple stated that cats often open their eyes only halfway as they sleep to protect themselves from being attacked or eaten by stronger animals. This behavior is rarely seen in other animals and is what is so intriguing about cats’ sleeping habits.

Unlike dogs, which sleep similarly to people, cats sleep differently. People are known to be monophasic, sleeping for one long stretch in a twenty-four-hour day. Most healthy dogs are also classified as monophasic, but they rest when awake, which is called polyphasic sleep. Cats, on the other hand, evolved into hunters. They must hunt to eat, and in turn, eat, sleep, and then go out and hunt again. So, it seems that cats are both monophasic and polyphasic sleepers, which allows them to be adaptable to any environmental situation they encounter.

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Q. What is a secret fact about cats?

Some of the secret facts about cats are that they have a whopping 32 muscles in each of their ears which allows them to swivel their ears to hone in on the exact source of noise, cats can rotate their ears to 180 degrees and cats are nearsighted but their peripheral vision and night vision are far superior compared to humans.

Q. How do cats show sadness?

Cats show sadness by displaying changes in their body language like ears held back, tucked tails, and hairs standing on end.

Q. What is abnormal cat behavior?

One of the abnormal behaviors of cats is when they do not adjust to a situation appropriately, often responding with repetitive or fixed movements or actions.

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