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Nola's Notes
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September 30, 2020

8/13/2020 12:58:00 PM
Nola's Notes

Nola's Notes

As everyone knows, cats are weird sometimes. I decided to ask an expert, Amy Shjai, Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, why cats act the way they do.
One behavior I really hate, especially with a big cat, is when it wants to head butt me. I mean, I am small in stature and it hurts when I am head butted! Well, I found that behavior is called “allorubbing” – the way cats rub their bodies against another cat, human or me. Its purpose is to mark you with their scent and claim you as their own. Forget it, Feline!

Has your cat winked at you? I don’t want them flirting with me, which is one way of interpreting kitty eye communication, sometimes called a cat kiss. I learned that a slow cat-eye blink is actually a compliment. It is a signal that cats use with each other as well as humans (and dogs) and means they are comfortable with you and don’t feel threatened. You can send the same signal to your cat, slowly shutting and then opening your eyes. See if your cat returns the cat-kiss eye blink.

As for paw treading, it is generally believed that front paw kneading is a leftover nursing behavior kittens use to stimulate the release of milk from their mothers. In adult cats, you see it when they are happy and satisfied. Kneading also releases the cat’s scent and marks its territory. Paws off me, you cat! Rear-foot treading is done before and after mating as well as when hunting and the cat is about to launch an attack (this is good for me to know!)

One thing I hate is when a cat presents its butt to me! You know, when they present their tail to your face in an elevator butt pose. I only sniff other dogs’ butts, thank you. Supposedly, it is a compliment (really?) A cat feels secure enough to offer the opportunity of a butt sniff. Humans are saved from sniffing their cat’s butt if they just pet their cat or scratch it in a favorite place. Whew!

Does your cat chatter and chirp while bird watching through a window? Some behaviorists believe this is a sign of built up frustration in cats, as they are stuck inside, unable to go after that bird. It is also suggested that it may be a way of preparing the jaw muscles for the prey killing.

Do you know that some crazy cats may be jealous of inanimate objects? Yes, really. If your cat is interrupting your time on the phone, the computer or when reading, your kitty wants your attention on itself. A solution might be to give your cat an interactive toy to keep it occupied.

I found out what some other weird behaviors might mean, but I will save those for some other time.

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