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Why Does My Cat Do That: Odd Cat Behaviors

Angela is a cat and dog lover who has made special efforts to learn as much as she can about the animals she cares for.

My Cat, Polly

My Cat, Polly

Everyone knows, either by instinct or experience, that if a cat's tail is fluffed and its back is arched to stay away! One encounter with a cat in this position would quickly teach you why we need to listen to the cat's body language.

Aside from the obvious postures, there are a lot of other expressions that a cat makes that are not as obvious and often dismissed as weird cat behavior. Due to the oddity of these creatures, we will never have all the answers. For instance, why does my cat stare at blank walls for hours on end? Why does my cat chase "flies" that really aren't there? Why does my husband's cat only like me when he's hungry or when my husband is away on business? The truth is, I don't know. I know men better than I know cats, and that's not saying a lot! Fortunately, we do have answers to some of these odd behaviors about these lovable, temperamental creatures.

Polly Laying Down

Polly Laying Down

Self-Petting

My cats are notorious for self-petting. Instead of just standing still and letting me pet their silky manes, they run frantically back and forth under my hand, against my leg, or across any other object. They will even head butt me if I am not petting them as frantically as they feel fit. Why would they do this?

Okay, I don't know, but I do know that if they rub against you with their cheek, they are marking you as their property. There are glands on the side of their mouth that leave a scent. Essentially, if they are rubbing with the side of their face, they are saying, "You are my human.

If a cat self rubs with their whole body, they might be wanting to signify how important you are, by rubbing you with both of their scent glands. They have another scent gland on their tail. So if your cat is the kind that wraps around your entire body, he is making sure that other cats know that you are his property and not theirs!

Expressive Eyes

My cats seem to have a haughty air about them. If you look at him, he appears to be saying, "Yes, I know I'm better than you." Although I am not one hundred percent sure my cat is not indeed narcissistic, I do know that they do say more than that with their eyes.

Cats will often blink a couple of quick blinks when they enter a room. If they do this, it is their way of saying a friendly "hi." Have you ever looked at your cat, and the cat does a prolonged blink, it almost looks like he or she is tired? This slow, meaningful gesture is their way of affectionately saying, "I like you."

Supposedly, you can talk back to your cat with your eyes. I have not yet tried it, as I always forget about it when I'm at home, but I've heard that cats become very responsive if you mimic their little eye language.

My Cat, Mr. Nibbles

My Cat, Mr. Nibbles

Cats Speak through Their Ears

Ears Pointing Forward

Cats will point their ears forward when they find something interesting. If they are curious about what is happening or just like what they see, their ears will naturally point forward.

Ears Pointing Backward

I have to giggle at my husband's cat when my daughter carries him around. His ears will be pointing backward, but he puts up with it. Sometimes I swear his eyes are looking at me, saying, "Please put this embarrassing charade to an end." But I pretend not to notice. Cats are full of pride; they need to be humbled. I am fully aware that his ears are telling me he is annoyed. Cats will also do this if they are angry, so beware of a cat in this position.

An Accidental Bath

An Accidental Bath

"Nursing" and Kneading

My husband's cat loves to knead on him (he never does to anyone else). When my husband is home, he's on his lap, stretching out his paws just as a kitten would do during nursing, which is an excellent sign, it means that the cat is pleased. The more content your cat is, the apter it will knead. My cat is more of an emotional creature and rarely does this unless she is very calm.

Licking and Soft Bites

Licking

Although my emotional cat rarely kneads, she will lick you. If she crawls in bed with you after she thinks you should be up, she will spend several minutes licking you with her rough tongue until you either have found a way to make your covers cat proof or finally get out of bed, which is another form of affection. Both my cats will groom each other as they cuddle in their bed together. It's sweet.

Nibbling

My other cat, on the other hand, does not lick as often, but he will nibble on us. His name is Mr. Nibbles. Every morning when I go into the bathroom, even though Mr. Nibbles is my husband's cat, he will nibble my toes just as a way to say, "good morning." Rarely will he do this to anyone but my husband and me, although I have seen him do it to my daughter when she is not carrying him around.

Our Cat, Tweeg

Our Cat, Tweeg

Showing Its Belly

Showing its belly is probably the ultimate compliment from any cat. If they show their belly to you, not only do they want a soft scratch on their belly, but they are saying, "I trust you." In the wild, a cat will protect its stomach from any possible danger. It only reveals this vulnerable spot when it feels secure.

Cat in the Cupboard

Cat in the Cupboard

Talking Tails

Flicking or Swishing Tail

Flicking or swishing of the tail usually means they are annoyed, although if only the tip of the tail is flicking back and forth, it means they are somewhat playful and happy. If their tail is standing straight up, that means they are feeling very confident. Mr. Nibbles sometimes does this if my husband comes home from a business trip; it is also a sign of happiness.

Curling of the Tail Like a Fish Hook

Curling of the tail in the shape of a fish hook is also another sign they are happy.

Tail Straight Down

If the tail is straight down, beware! The cat wants to be left alone. My husband's cat runs away from me with his tail down if I ever sneeze or cough in his presence. I seriously think he is saying, "Don't disgrace me with your germs." He thinks a lot of himself.

Purring

We often associate purring with contentedness, which is not necessarily true.

Yes, it often does mean that — my husband's laid-back cat purrs much more and louder than my cat. My cat, on the other hand, is quite emotional, and I believe she is rarely ever truly relaxed and content. Although on some occasions, she will purr a very soft, quiet purr.

Other reasons a cat might purr is if they are ill. If a none vocal cat all the sudden is purring continuously and acting sluggish, you may want to take it to the vet. Purring usually means extremes of feelings. They will purr if they are afraid, sick, or just plain happy!

Now, maybe I have been just lucky enough to get all the strange cats in the world in my lifetime, but I genuinely believe that cats are just odd creatures. They seem to have a superiority complex. They often are emotional. They choose a favorite human for no reason whatsoever and usually choose the person who is allergic to them since that person appears to be the least threatening person in the room. I will never pretend to understand cats fully, but here are some aspects of "catspeak" that I do know.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

Question: My cat constantly has the tip of her tongue hanging out of her closed mouth. Is this indicative of something wrong?

Answer: Remember I am not a vet, and any concerns should be brought to their attention. According to catological.com, the most common reasons are learning about taste and texture, a loosened jaw, food stuck between teeth. Most likely if they do it all the time, they may have a loosened jaw. There is a possibility that something could be wrong, as the site points out, such as dental issues, senior dementia, infections, and stomatitis. In other words, if you are concerned, bring it up with your vet. It's very likely there are no true issues. I know I had a cat who did that and they were completely healthy. I thought it was so cute!

Question: Whenever I try to approach, or even simply pass by, my cat she avoids me. Then she comes near me and wants me to pet her when I’m laying down or sitting. What does it mean?

Answer: She probably feels intimidated when you are standing since you are so much bigger than her. Either that or it is actually you moving that intimidates her. She wants to come to you on her terms, not yours.

Question: Why does my cat hug walls?

Answer: This question made me laugh as I pictured my own cat playful and running around the house. Then all the sudden it would stop and hug the corner of the wall in the hallway to the living room. Although I do not know if we could ever truly know the motives of a cat, I believe it is so they can keep an eye around both corners. This would not only protect them from an attack but also make them more alert for their own attack. Cats are so weird!

Question: We have a litter of three kittens and we just move them into a bigger room. Two of the kittens are very playful now, but one just sits there the entire time till I come in there then he's playful. I'm concerned because back in the old room he would always be hyper, and now he won't eat any food. Is there something majorly wrong?

Answer: If you are at all concerned, you need to talk to the veterinarian. In the meantime, give the little kitten extra love. Encourage it to eat food, even if it means bringing it to its old room or giving it wet cat food.

Question: Why does my cat stay in when I am out and go out when I am in?

Answer: It is possible that it feels it needs its own territory.

Question: My cat will be completely normal just sitting and then out of nowhere will start chasing things around the room. When I look there is nothing there. Why is this?

Answer: Cats need a certain amount of "hunting" time per day. If they do not get this in their natural environment, then they will play "make-believe." They do this for practice, even if they do not need to because you feed them, plus they need to expend a certain amount of energy, otherwise they will get depressed.

Question: My cat is very old and doesn't move much. Then suddenly, the last 2-3 days, she walks around and around and doesn't stop. Why is that?

Answer: I am not a vet nor a cat behavioralist, just someone who loves the oddities of animals. There very well may be a reason for her sudden movement. If you are concerned about it, take her to the vet. Otherwise just continue to watch and see if she has any other behaviors that cause concern.

Question: Why does my cat rub the sides of his mouth after he drinks water?

Answer: Cats rub the side of their face for two reasons; one is to show they are well pleased and another to mark ownership of something because they have scent glands in the sides of their mouth that tell other cats, "this is mine." In this case, your cat is either marking the area he drinks water as his, which is possible, or more likely, he feels very satisfied after he drinks and is saying that he is very pleased.

Question: My cat is a year and a half old and does this quirky thing where when she's feeling playful she sometimes stops and stares at me, tilts her head and flops down on the ground to roll over onto her back. She flops down pretty hard, but she always seems fine. I just want to make sure that's okay! She's very affectionate and has a lot of energy. Is she ok?

Answer: Yes, she is very much ok. Cats are very resilient and sturdy animals. She sounds like a fun cat!

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz

Comments

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on March 09, 2018:

Probably because they think it's alive. I'm not a cat expert, I just find their oddities hilarious!

Sharon on March 09, 2018:

Why is my cat fascinated with sunlight on the walls?

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on March 02, 2018:

I believe it is the cat's evil plan to annoy you. Unfortunately I am not a cat psychologist, although I hear they exist, so my help would be little help. I would squirt the cat with water, and make sure his dish is always full. If the dish is close to the door, move it so he doesn't associate the two together.

Tabby167 on March 02, 2018:

My cat pushes on the cat door flap so it makes noise over and over again when he’s hungry or sometimes even after he’s eaten! Does he do this just to annoy me or get attention? And how do I get him to stop??

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 22, 2018:

Cats are so weird. LOL!

Alivia on February 22, 2018:

My cat spook is always in the tub with my toddler and if she's not in the bath then she is laying on her back all 4 paws in the air waiting to be washed and a good belly rub.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 15, 2018:

No advice, just enjoy your cats oddity. Cats are so weird and this is funny. You may have to put her in a room without hanging things at night so you can sleep if his meowing disrupts your sleep. I had a cat who would stare at walls for hours. Same cat would look around as if watching a fly that didn't exist. We always joked she saw dad flies.

Jill L Smith on February 15, 2018:

Why is my cat obsessed with anything hanging on the walls??

When she is doing this, she continually meows and if she can reach the picture, like above my bed, above my dresser and photos on my living room walls, she will reach them and try to pull them down so they bang against the wall!

I have removed the ones ithe living room and I left a nail. She was so obsessed with that nail by meowing like crazy intill I took it out!

She wakes me up in the middle of the night doing this in my bedroom. I have actually super glued most of the pictures to the wall!

I have tried using a spray bottle with water and it doesn’t phase her. She just turns her butt towards me and then I feel so bad.

Any advice will be welcome!!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 01, 2017:

Because she still wants your love of course!

Brook on July 18, 2017:

My cat pets me when i stop petting her why?

Bob on May 05, 2017:

Your cat rubs on you as part of their mind control. Eventually you will be their willing slave, feeding, petting even cleaning up their poop they leave for you in a box inside your home!!! You've been warned.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 22, 2016:

If he is rubbing the side of his mouth then he is showing ownership of you.

angie on July 25, 2016:

Why does my cat when I pet him he puts his nose up against my leg?

Angelique Gettle on June 07, 2016:

EngineerReagan's response was great. More macho men should have a cat. They will get attached. I pictured the hide and seek game he mentioned. My cat does that too. Cat's are the best. But I love all animals.

HopeS. on May 13, 2016:

Sometimes my cat goes "brrt" when she runs and stuff;it's not an illness or anything, but it's common. I don't know what it is.

lopakatita2 on May 01, 2016:

I have a 4 year old boy cat tabby short hair cat and all of a sudden he does not move I pick him up and he just lays down where you put him. I took him to the vet was charged $1000 for x-rays, blood test emergency walk in cost and colon cleanse. Results the vet can not find anything wrong with my cat internally and physically. Took him home and he still just lays down and don't move to eat and drink water so I bring to him. He gets up to poop and pee but he lays down instantly and it takes him forever to get to the litter pan. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME UNDERSAND THIS?

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 20, 2015:

Great hub, Angela. This describes both of my cats in so many levels and explains things. I've been curious on cat talk and cat language. Do you know why my cat Wiley loves to climb walls and my closet doors, or bang on them or caterwaul at night? Cute cat pics.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on August 29, 2015:

I think you should let him do it, because really it only signals other cats. They also do that when they are pleased.

jayme on August 28, 2015:

I have a question. I know when your cat rubs on something its marking it saying I own this. but my cat rubs on EVERY corner or doorframe he can find. he's been rubbing on the edge of the big whicker basket that I have set up with a pillow in it & a blanket for a bed for my Chihuahua. he does it while she's laying there. I can't help but wonder if he's doing it to try to be the boss of the house. usually he'll rub against he edges of the wall under the counter where her basket is but its been on the basket lately. should I continue to chase him away when he does it or let him do it? I only ask cuz my Chihuahua does get a tad possessive over her bed. thanks!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on May 22, 2015:

LOL, I have no idea. :) I think she likes your attention and wants you to admire her!

Sue on March 26, 2015:

every night our cat makes us follow her from room to room. She leads the way but isn't happy until we have been with her in every downstairs room. Sometimes then she will lead us into the kitchen and eat! Is this a territorial thing?

doni crouch on December 14, 2014:

My cat was observed talking back and forth with another cat who appeared on the porch while my cat was inside the patio door. Do you think he was warning the other cat.

Johnny on December 08, 2014:

I dont know why people have this silly idea that you can only be a cat or a dog person. They are both charming animals that for some reason find it easy to get along with human beings. Personally I've owned both cats and dogs and I love them both.

Apollo cat on July 20, 2014:

He grawls at my feet with his mouse toy in his mouth if I try to grab he hisses. Than drops it and what's for me to throw it chasing it down and bringing it back grawling the entire time. So strange

IJR112 on May 22, 2014:

Cats are the best! I love how zany they can be. Good hub here. Cheers!

Kalaichelvi Panchalingam from PETALING JAYA on May 21, 2014:

love this article. My cat does all these things and I love him to bits. The first photo of the cat looks almost like mine. Cute. Real cute.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on May 04, 2014:

I would say, your cats are claiming ownership over the dogs. LOL. My cats do not mark my dogs, they aren't worthy of ownership I guess!

Rebecca Furtado from Anderson, Indiana on May 01, 2014:

My cats mark the dogs. Are they claiming ownership? Love this hub.

Cristina on April 07, 2014:

My cat speaks weird language:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plTKkd_sK7c

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on March 13, 2014:

Honestly, I have no idea. I would call your vet.

Christina Moore on March 10, 2014:

I actually have a question. . My female cat chases anyone very aggressive away that comes near me and my son is mainly the target... anyone no why she is acting this way??? HELP!!!!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on February 28, 2014:

Haha... cats are so silly sometimes!

Susana on February 28, 2014:

I believe my cat has been lying to me. I have caught him pretending not to like and eat a food and then eating it, when I'm not looking. Today he pretended to be scared of the kitten jumping on him and went hiding, then when I peeked my head out from the bathroom, I caught him relaxing on my bed with his paws hanging over, watching the kitten play below him.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 24, 2014:

my cat pretends that she is invisible when she is at the top cupboard which she is not supposed to be.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on December 03, 2013:

Haha, my husband has found himself to be the same. It makes me giggle.

engineereagan on December 03, 2013:

I have to say, I was one of those men that hated cats and considered it a useless animal. This was until a year ago my wife seen a kitten at petsmart, and apparently they made a connection. So I didn't like cats, but I like being married to my wife and I caved lol. My cat has apparently chosen me now, she loves for me to carry Bret around on my shoulder, climbs on the back of the recliner to get her morning rubbings as I call it, we actually play hide and seek around the corner of the hallway. She'll slowly peek around like she is stalking her prey, then when I get close boom she jumps out scares me then find and hide for me to do the same to her. Haha I couldn't imagine my life without her now. Looking at me yes I get teased being 6'3" 230lbs weight lifter with my cat hahaha I do not care, because she is awesome!

Nadia Archuleta from Denver, Colorado on October 07, 2013:

Great cat pics, btw!

Nadia Archuleta from Denver, Colorado on October 07, 2013:

Cats are subtle. You he to be a true animal lover to love cats. Thank you for the insight you provide into cat behavior. Voted up!

lisaareid on August 19, 2013:

love both my babies cat and dog. I really enjoy this hub page and can totally relate to some of the habits you talk about. I get up to go to the bathroom at least once per night. my cat is a total nocturnal mouser. as soon as I get up she runs in and rubs her entire body against my leg as if to mark me so no mice will get near me if there is ever one around. I am so glad she does that - I am terrified of mice. also have a left leg that gets really sore some days. she always seems to know and gets on my leg and starts kneeding away in just the right spot. I have no idea how she figures that one out, but love her for it. :o)

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on August 15, 2013:

This is a wonderful hub. I have dogs, but my mom has a cat so when I visit, hers not only rolls over and exposes its belly but it does rub it's cheeks and nose against my face. I am happy to know that he likes me. :) Thanks for posting!

Benny from Canada on February 21, 2013:

I love it. Cats get such a bad rap, especially from males- most of my friends make fun of me because I own a cat (I'm male).

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 08, 2012:

Thank you. I can see why a dog's yawn might mean that.

Barbara Badder from USA on July 07, 2012:

Angela, This was an interesting. Animals can be strange at time. I've heard if a dog yawns it means he is being friendly or submissive. Also not to pet a strange dog on the head because to him it is an aggressive move. Like I said, animals are strange. I pinned this one.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on April 20, 2012:

The eye thing actually works with one of my cats, but I have never been able to get a response from the other one. Who knows? But the cat it does not work with, is much more emotional, and less in tune with us humans.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 19, 2012:

This is a very enjoyable hub, with lovely pictures! I recognize many of the behaviors that you've described because my three cats do the same things. It was interesting to read that you've heard that we can "talk back" to our cats with our eyes and they will respond. I found that this worked with one of my previous cats. I used to slowly close my eyes at him, and he would close his eyes back at me. Thank you for all the useful information.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on March 13, 2012:

My personal favorite cat picture is the last one. LOL... I can't believe she allowed my daughter to do that!

Suzie ONeill from Lost in La La Land on March 12, 2012:

I don't know which I loved best about this hub-- the text or the photos! Thanks for the chuckles. Cats really are odd creatures! ;)

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on April 01, 2011:

I'm sorry you lost your home, I'm glad that you have company though. :) We also just lost a cat.

dejahoo from Georgetown, TX on March 31, 2011:

Great article. I like cats and recently lost one that was 18 years old. She lived outside all her life but her name fit "sweetie" and lived up to her name. Her sister "stinky" had a totally different personality from birth. Now, I just have a dog and was encouraged to give her away when I lost my home but saw the short clip "God and dog" and decided that I was not about to abandon her just because of inconvenience. Thanks again. I'm still trying to figure her out but I'll keep trying.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on January 23, 2011:

Cats are so hilarious!!! Mine does the same thing!

Amy DeMarco from Chicago on January 14, 2011:

I loved reading this article! It's all so true. My cat likes to lick my nose, it's the funniest thing!!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 31, 2010:

Pamela, I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I think it would have been adorable to watch two cats run linked at the tail. It kind of makes me think of the Siamese cats from Lady and the Tramp! "We are Siamese if you please. We are Siamese if YOU don't please!"

i think my cat had a hard time after my dog died when I was in college. When my parents got a new puppy, I think she was ticked off. She's finally starting to come around, it's been eight years.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 31, 2010:

Bayoulady!!! LOL, I'm glad to hear that you discovered the cat is not out to trip you. Sadly, despite how cute cats are, they are not as smart as people give them credit. :) Just don't let my husband know I said that.

Pamela Dapples from Just Arizona Now on July 31, 2010:

I enjoyed this very much. I learned a lot. And I didn't know that cats have a scent gland on their tail. That is interesting. Two of my favorite feral cats, two brothers, used to walk side by side with their tails wound around each other when I arrived each evening to feed them. They would also be continuously touching forehead to forehead and temple to temple. I see now that they must have been marking each other.

They loved each other a lot. One got run over. The other is doing okay now, but it took awhile.

Thanks for a great hub.

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on July 30, 2010:

I live next door to my mother and her cat Miss Blue thinks she belongs to me ,too. She is usually waiting close to the door when I go every morning to drink coffee with Mama as if to say, "Here let me show you the way." She weaves in and out of my legs. I needed to read this! Instead of trying to trip me, I see that she is marking me!

You have a new fan....I just took clicked follow!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 30, 2010:

Awwww, that's really sweet. I had a cat that used to be like that. My one cat used to be like that, but only towards a select few. When we bought our second cat, he's more independent now. But he likes to snuggle with our other cat often when he sleeps.

Eternal Evolution from kentucky on July 30, 2010:

very nice hub with some cute and usueful info on cats. My cat Baylin is what we call an attention whore lol he loves pretty much anyone and everyone. i oftan wake up to him sleeping beside me after my boyfriend leavs for work.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 29, 2010:

Thanks Dallas!!! I appreciate you stopping by. Good luck on your trying to herd cats. LOL

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 29, 2010:

Mentalist, that's kind of funny. My daughter treats my cats like baby dolls, and my husband, well, let's just say he has fun with the cats. Oddly enough they adore him, and not big fan of me.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 29, 2010:

KFlippin, all I know is cats are territorial and creatures of habits, and well odd. So I don't really have a good answer for you.

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on July 29, 2010:

Cats R US.. I have tried to herd my cats. To no avail. Perhaps I may try your suggestions to understand them. Another great hub.

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on July 29, 2010:

Haha,with myself and three brothers the cats in our house were treated basicaly like a dog and turned out a little ferral...

KFlippin from Amazon on July 29, 2010:

Interesting! Now I'm going to try and analyze my cats, in all seriousness :). Any ideas why one of my cats hides in the house every day, picks new weird spots every few days? And literally refuses to give them up whether I think he should stay sleeping in a sink, for example, all day or not!

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 29, 2010:

David, My husband is always calling their behavior catsonalities as well. It cracks me up. They really are smarter than we give them credit for. :)

David Stone from New York City on July 29, 2010:

Nice. The varieties in cat behavior, the distinct personalities (catsonalities) say a lot about how smart, aware and evolved they really are.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 28, 2010:

Thank you so much. And I am so glad to see there are so many cat lovers out there. :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 28, 2010:

I adore cats and this was a very enjoyable hub.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 28, 2010:

Thanks Daisyjay, my husband is somewhat obsessed with our cats. LOL> We have lots of pictures of them. You'll have to tell me if you notice anything. I've seen them do it before, but I have not yet gotten a chance to do it back yet. As we speak my cat is talking to me as she cleans my arm.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 28, 2010:

Valerie, yes, cats are such weird animals. Things for the kudos. Personally I get irritated by the head butting thing. LOL>

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 28, 2010:

Samsons, I agree with you with the exception of the litter box. I really wish that there was an easier way than having a litter box. LOL>

daisyjae from Canada on July 28, 2010:

Interesting hub. I will have to see if my cats blink next time I see them. Super cute pictures too.

Angela Michelle Schultz (author) from United States on July 28, 2010:

Suziecat, I agree with you one hundred percent. I've grown up with cats and am quite attached. They bring for much humor in our lives. :)

valeriebelew from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on July 28, 2010:

Great hub article. My cat, Fluffy, does the self petting thing, and also the head butting thing. I recognized my own three darlings in this hub. Many thinks. Voting you up, useful, and funny. (:v

Sam from Tennessee on July 28, 2010:

great hub - have a dog now, but before I had two cats, extremely clean animals...

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on July 28, 2010:

Cats really are incredible - I have a few of those little rascals around myself. Great Hub.