What Is Your Cat Really Trying to Tell You?
How cats communicate
Your cat speaks to you in so many different ways that sometimes it’s hard to know what they are saying. To know where your cat is coming from, the first thing you should know is that your cat considers you to be their human, belonging to them in every respect and all of their actions are based on that fact. So when your cat does something that angers you, keep in mind they may be trying to tell you something.
Cats often leave little hints that something is not quite right
Overly full litter boxes, for example, can make your cat angry enough to leave smelly presents on your pillow or favorite chair as a hint--meaning it has been too long between cleanings and you need to step up to the plate. Cats like themselves and their environment to be clean, that’s why they are always cleaning themselves. Imagine how you would feel if you were a perfectionist in cleaning and had to walk over your own waste in order to relieve yourself.....yuck is putting it mildly.
Ever had a cat clean themselves right after you’ve petted them or picked them up? That’s due to a few reasons: either they are angry that you touched them, for whatever reason, and they are cleaning off the scent--in most instances that is an insult to you; or you have a scent on you that they do not like. The scent could be perfume, lotion, or even another cat you might have petted. Be aware that strong smells of perfumed items can actually anger a cat. If they ingest a lot of it, it could also make them sick. So if you have cats, keep your arsenal of perfumed items for those special nights and be sure to wash them off before cuddling Fluffy.
Insults, it seems that cats can be insulted for the simplest things
When a cat turns its back on you and flicks their tail, watch out! They’re ticked off and ready to fight if you persist in whatever it is you’re doing. Under most instances they will walk away feeling their message has been understood. However, they might just decide that this is the last straw and decide to fight back. Best way to end an angry cat attack of your friendly feline? Stop and cry out-loudly. In cat language, an attack between two generally friendly participants ends immediately after one of them cries out in pain. Also by holding still until they let go, you are saving yourself long deep cuts that could occur while pulling away from them.
A cat can be insulted for many of the following as well (and they might even have a few we haven't learned yet):
- You took their chair
- you are sitting on their blanket
- you splashed them while washing your hands
- you have bought the generic food again
- you gave them a bath
- you took them to the vet
- you left them with a bunch of kids
- you didn't get the good litter
- you forgot to greet them when you came in the house
- You didn't go looking for them if they weren't at the door waiting for you
- you didn't change the water today
- you put glassware on their favorite shelf and it fell off when they tried to lay down
- you had the nerve to bring in fish for me and then hide them behind a solid wall
Actually, cats can be insulted even if you didn't do anything that you can understand; they are quite fickle that way.
Verbal is, of course, another form of communication
For instance, did you know that when your cat meows at you he/she is really just calling your attention to something like you forgot breakfast or the litter box is full? Or they might just be calling another cat to play. They might meow to go out, or come in. They might meow to tell you that you need a lap cat today or they might mean you have been working too hard and need a break. Cats have a way of insinuating themselves in such a way as to coax you into believing that you actually came up with the idea. They also might come up and jump on your book, or keyboard, to tell you it is time to stop (and their time to nap on your things).
Another verbal way, is when cats are happy with you, they purr when you pet them or cuddle them. A cat's purr is involuntary. They hear their mother purring when she is feeding and cleaning them and soon add their own voice when they are happy or content. Petting a cat on the head (gently, of course) tells them that you love them. Petting them on the cheeks is also a good way to tell them that you love them--oops, I mean that you are enjoying paying attention to them. Remember, though, when a cat touches the top of their head to you they are saying they love and trust you. Oh, and don't get upset if your cat is purring but also trying to get away from you. Generally it means they like you and want the pets, but they were busy and you interrupted them.
Scent and ownership
Cat's will touch you and your things; pee on you or your things (otherwise known as marking); or rub against you or something you own in order to let other cats in the area know that you are theirs. Yup, when they lovingly rub their face against your face, they are leaving their scent all over you. Cats will generally mark a new home to overmark the scent of another cat. And fixed cats may also mark if the scent is strong or reeks of a full male. I know, I know, you couldn't smell anything, but those cat nostrils can pick up a scent miles away (just like a hound dog, only with less noise).
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Tail action can tell you a lot about how a cat feels, and don't forget the ears
When a cat walks with their tail straight up it means that they want to be noticed. If you don’t notice fast enough, they might get directly underfoot and swirl from one leg to the other. Of course, it is worse if you have something they want like canned food or milk. They will start to yell if you aren't forthcoming or fast enough for them. When a cat walks with their tail between their legs it is a sign that they are afraid of something or might be submitting to a more dominate cat or human. They might also roll over and offer their belly to a dominate cat to show they are not contesting the dominance. If a cat offers their belly to you they are telling you that they submit to your dominance but don’t let that fool you because they still believe they own you. A cat that walks with their tail down and dragging is trying to be hidden or unnoticed. If that behavior lasts for longer than a day, you might want to take the cat to the vet for a bit of a check up. A cat might lay its tail on something showing possession; or flick its tail at something that angers him/her. They often flick their tail to warn you that you are getting on their nerves and you probably should stop or the claws will come out. A cat that is angry, will not only hiss but their tail will become the biggest bottle brush you have ever seen. Note: please don't attempt to comfort your cat when they are angry. An angry cat doesn't know the difference and might bite or scratch you in 'defense'.
Ears tell a story all their own. When a cat lays back its ears it usually means it’s angry and might attack. When they cock one ear to the side it’s like someone raising an eyebrow or looking at you like you have three heads. When they bring both ears forward they are trying to hear, and understand, anything that is being said to them, or perhaps a distant sound (or another cat in the area).
To gain attention, your cat might seem to have lost its mind or is getting close
Your cat might purposely lay in your way for attention. They might sit on something they know is off-limits to gain your attention. Or, maybe, they might reach for you with a paw, claws in or out, to indicate a desire for attention. Cats like their attention, but they also like their toys. If you don't give them several, they might use you or your things instead.
A cat will extend its claws for many different things such as to kneed (when they are content they might put their paws out, claws extended, and then pull them in rhythmically which is how they get their mother’s milk to flow). A cat might extend its claws in anger or fear. Claws are also extended for cleaning purposes as well as scratching which can mean several things such as ownership, sharpening claws for a fight, or dominance. Claws can be removed, but please don't; instead, set up a weekly routine of trimming their claws and give them plenty of things to scratch.
Indoor/outdoor cats, or cats that are all outdoors
Cats, remember, believe that they own you, and to do a proper job, they must feed you. That is why outside cats will often kill an animal and leave it as a gift on your window or doorstep. As horrid as this may seem to you, it is perfectly natural for your cat. Another reason for leaving little 'gifts' is to show you they are strong and capable. I have seen cats leave snakes, rats, and even squirrels as 'gifts'. Oh, and just so you know, if you throw the 'gift' away, your cat may get angry of hurt by your actions. If you must (and most of us do), place it in several bags and then bury it in the trash can.
Next time your cat does something, you might want to pay attention
They might be trying to tell you something, and it might be important…..at least to them. Learn the unique ways your cat communicates with you. Each cat is different and has its own personality so their communication might be different, but keep this in mind, they will eventually let you know.
Questions & Answers
I have a young cat who used to sleep in my room. I recently moved her to the basement while my room is being renovated. She has been meowing a lot and wanting attention. I want to move her back up to my room, but there is a gap under my door that my older cat puts her paws through and tries to swipe at her. She gets scared and always wants to be with me. Can you help me with this?
My cat always sleeps tummy to tummy with me, except when I’m sick. Why is that?
Animals have a sixth sense that tells them how you are feeling. When you are sick they will behave differently. Perhaps your cat is afraid of hurting you when you are sick. Don't worry, the behavior is normal.
When we brushed our cat and she cried out, our other cat attacked her. What does this mean?
This one can be difficult. Sometimes the crying means you have brushed the same spot too many times. It also might mean you have hit a sore spot. Why the other cat attacked could be nothing more than a reminder that it was now her turn to be brushed.
My cat is like my baby. He's so loving and cuddles up all the time, but as soon as my boyfriend comes home from work, away the cat turns on me, growls, hisses and bites, in favor of my boyfriend. Why is this?
What does it mean when your cat lifts your head?
I have not experienced this before. I suspect it is for cleaning or cuddling since cats often consider you part of their pack.
Why do cats lay there ears flat?
Cats lay their ears back to show anger or intent to pounce. If your cat is playing and their ears go back be careful, you do not become their 'prey'.
When my cat is lying down to sleep, he always turns his head and looks at me. Then he'll go back to sleep for a few seconds and look at me again. This happens at least four times before he falls asleep. What does this mean?
Cats like to know they are safe and secure. Your cat may be just trying to ensure you are still near him so he can be safe while sleeping. He might also be checking to see if you have moved and thus changed the 'playing field.' It is nothing to worry about, unless you think his eccentricity is dangerous (I wouldn't).Helpful 31
Is my cat unhappy when he runs away at night and hides from me when he is suppose to come indoors?
Indoor/outdoor cats are very hard to predict. They want to stay out to chase bugs and check out the neighborhood and then come in when they are ready. Your cat just wants to explore. However, I am an advocate for keeping your cats inside at all times. Make sure they can see outside and make sure they have plenty to keep them busy. A small aquarium for them to watch is a good way to keep them occupied and inside.
My cat just had her babies and keeps meowing at me. Today she just took one kitten and came and laid beside me. Is something wrong with the kitten?
I would definitely keep an eye on the kitten. Many times they need to be hand fed. This could be that her mouth is not formed right, her siblings are too strong and keep her from eating, or she simply isn't strong enough.Helpful 5
I'm trying to find the answer for when a kitten is meowing and purring a lot while getting all in my face and rubbing and licking my face. Like she sniffs me and gets super close, I don't know what she wants when she does this. She just walks all over my body meowing at me and rubbing her body all over me and stuff, what could it mean from a kitten? She also grabs my hand and starts licking/nibbling my fingernail/tip.
First I will tell you that the rubbing is her way of putting her scent all over you. This is something all cats do, even kittens. The meowing could be her way of letting you know she wants to be close to you or it could mean you have not given her enough attention. Cats, especially kittens, need lots of love and a great deal of play time. As for the licking and nibbling, many cats do that. I have one that is ten and still sucks on my little finger. Some say it means the cat was taken from mom too soon, but I disagree. I believe it is just something some cats like to do.Helpful 15
My cat is meowing at me constantly, and then she grabs some part of my hand and drags me to a closet. When I looked, there was nothing in there. This has been going on for almost a week. What is she trying to tell me?
Your cat may be trying to tell you that she is going to have kittens, and that is her choice spot, so get it fixed up for her. If she is fixed, then that is obviously not the case. Or, she may be trying to tell you that an outside creature has been napping in there - check for feces or urine in the area. She might just be trying to tell you she wants to have access because it is her favorite spot. Try leaving the door open to see if she sleeps in there a lot.Helpful 79
My cat stretches out his back legs whenever someone puts their hand on where his scrotum and butt are. Why? Is this a bad thing?
I really don't know why for certain. If your cat is not fixed, he might be wanting to mate, but that usually means he pees everywhere and screeches to be let outside. Also, many cats will rear up their behind when touched near the tail. I can't tell you what your cat is doing, but if it bothers you, then don't let anyone touch him there.
My curious kitten will meow and meow at me and run to the door, so I let her outside. I don’t know how to stop her from meowing and scratching me and trying to get my attention because, quite frankly, I don’t want her outside. All it is is her getting dirtier and more money for extra shots. How do I get her to stay inside? (I also already open windows and let her climb on the window sill, so she gets fresh air.)
Your cat may want to go out for more than getting dirty. Usually, all a cat wants is to sleep and play (and of course eat). To keep your cat safe, be sure you put screens in the windows so the cat can't fall from the sills. To keep your cat inside make sure your cat has plenty to occupy her while you are busy. A TV or tablet with moving fish is a good one to keep her busy, but also cat trees and plenty of toys are necessary. Be sure to play with your cat as well. This helps to build your bond with her as well as keep her happy inside.Helpful 10
Why does my cat knead his paws on me when we're at home but won't when I take him to my boyfriend's house?
There could be several reasons for this, but the general one would be the unfamiliar surroundings. Cats are territorial, and a new home means they don't have control of their environment. Please be patient, and your cat should come around. If, however, if there is another animal in your boyfriend's place that could stress your cat and that might not be easy to overcome. If there are other animals, it would be best if you left your cat home.
When I got home, my cat started to meow constantly and started rubbing her head on my siblings and me. We tried to feed her, but she didn't eat it, then we tried giving her water; she drank it but still kept meowing. Her tail then keeps moving back in forth as if she's angry, and according to my siblings, this started when me and my mother got home. Her ears are also pointing in many directions like she's trying to hear something. We checked if she's in heat, but she isn't. Can you help?
My cat has suddenly gotten a firm stomach and always meows at me in a crying sort of way. She never gives other cats attention or likes them until the crying started to happen, now she gives the other cat a lot of attention and is always cleaning her. I don't know what is wrong?
A firm stomach may mean she swallowed something that she can pass or that there is something in there. I would get her to a vet as soon as possible. The attention to the others could be her way of telling the others that she is ill.
My female cat usually hates me, and doesn't ever want to be bothered or picked up or even let me pet her. The past two weeks, she has been following me around, sleeping with me, wanting me to pet her and give her all my attention. It's very unlike her. Why is she acting different towards me?
Cats can turn their attention for several reasons. She may have decided she likes you and is finally trusting you or she may just want attention, period. I am not sure why they change, but I also have one that refused attention and hissed at everyone but me. Then we moved and he was suddenly the most loving cat there was. He now likes everyone. I can't say why, but enjoy it while you can.
My next door neighbor has an orange tabby that, when she sees me wave at it from the outside, runs up to the window sill and rubs against the glass. Does that mean anything?
The cat seems to be asking for your attention. If it is an outside animal, she might not get as much attention as she would like. She has made the move, next time you might offer her a treat. If she comes up and rubs on you, you might try touching her with a slow open hand. Be careful though, many cats that are outside cats can be devious, and might scratch and bite you when you reach down. So if she hisses or bats at your hand, move slowly away from her.
Every time my cat lays down she meows, why is this?
There could be many reasons for this, medical is the first thing I can think of especially if she is older or has been outside recently. Check for injuries or raw spots. Also, if your cat is a chewer, you might want to see if she has eaten something she shouldn't have eaten. I would take your cat to the vet to ensure there is nothing bad going on with her.Helpful 6
Why is this feral cat or stray cat that I have been feeding for about 3 years now meowing at me and wanting me to follow it somewhere?
It might be wanting to show you a new family or an injured animal or she might just want to show you her favorite spot. Follow her to see where she leads you. Also, if she is feral and you are feeding her, you might want to get her fixed so there are no new ferals for you to feed.
Can a cat sense something wrong with you?
Cats are very sensitive to feelings and illness. Not all of them can; however, my cats had always tried to climb on me and stay close when I was sick. They even did that during the time I had a massive infection but didn't know I had one. Just like humans, cats are not all the same, so give them the benefit of the doubt.Helpful 7
When I come home, my cat is on the couch, so I pet her. She starts purring, but then she bites me for no reason at all. Do you know why?
Often when you pet your cat, you will reach the 'peak' point, and the cat will purr and often 'love' bite you. If the bites are gentle and don't break the skin, they probably are love bites. However, if the bites are hard, there may be a sore spot that your cat does not want you to touch anymore. Try altering where you pet the cat to see if you get a different response.Helpful 7
My cat sleeps at the foot of my bed. When he feels me stir, he mews and then comes up to be petted, which is fine. But sometimes, he'll pause, and then haul out and strike me HARD with his paw, sometimes with claws out! Sometimes he'll jump to the floor, and out of the blue jump up just to strike me! Ten minutes later, he wants to lay and purr and be petted. What's up with my cat's behavior? I'm afraid he'll catch my eye! (He is half-feral, but he's 6 now, and I am most definitely his person.)
Why has my cat suddenly started peeing and pooping all over the house?
This is usually a sign that something is wrong. Have you moved lately, if so she might need a lot of familiar things around to help her adjust? Check with your vet to see if it is a medical problem, just to be safe. Also, if you have another cat in the house, your cat may be getting bullied out of the box. If this is the case, make sure you have one litter box for each cat and don't put covers on them. Also, keep the boxes in different places throughout the house to avoid fighting. Has something new happened in the house (a new baby, a new family member, lots of new furniture for example), if so these can be the reason? If there is no medical problem, try giving her plenty of beds to sleep in throughout the house and make sure your familiar scent is on the beds and in her blankets. Be sure she has plenty of cat toys and trees that she can put her scent on as well. One more thing, if there are cats outside eating or sleeping nearby, your cat may be reacting to the 'threat' of the other cat.
A cat that I don’t know the owner of cuddled me, but I accidentally put my hand on the edge of her fur and she scratched. When I tried to pet her, she hissed. What is going on? What did I do?
Cats cuddle for several reasons-food, protection and love are the biggest, but I suggest that you never pet them unless you know them. Cats live via a hierarchy and will fight to the death to defend their territory. If you had the smell of another animal (not just a cat) on your hand, the cat might have been acting out against the smell. If you want to pet the cat, you might try giving it a little food in a bowl that you put down and walk away from. Over time the cat will get used to your smell on the bowl and might approach you. If she hisses or growls though, move away slowly while talking calmly to her. Also, be aware that outdoor animals can have many diseases that can cause illness in other animals and can be transmitted to humans. If you still want to touch the cat, always wash your hands after touching any cat you don't know.
My mom had a guy friend come over for a dinner and my cat, who is also male, was freaking out. Every time he got close to him my cat would just run off and hide. He only does this with my sister's male dog when she brings him over or this guy. My cat has no problem with me (also a guy) or my friends who are also guys, so this begs the question as to what’s going on?
The first question I will ask is 'do you have him fixed?' If no, he might be reacting to the male hormones being given off by the two. The cat's normal instinct is to hide or fight. Next, he might just not like their smell. People give off smells just like animals do and many animals do not like the scent of some people. For the dog, well, you can try to get them to make friends, some cats do over time. For the guy, try having him play with the cat using a toy with a long handle and/or treats.
My cat just started meowing at my hand and lightly scratching it, but when I reached out to pet him he meowed louder and pushed it away. He still continued, and it sort of seemed like his body was twitching. What is that?
I believe your cat is trying to tell you something. It might be a medical problem. Before trying anything else, I would take him to the vet to be checked out.
When should I put my cat to rest?
If you mean to put the cat to sleep, I would say when their quality of life is no longer comfortable. If you mean to bury the cat, that must be your decision.
Why does my cat make himself heavy when I try to pick him up?
I am not positive about this one, except it makes it harder to remove them from something on which they wish to stay. It is most likely a remnant from their hunting days when they protected their kill from predators.
I got all of my cats when they were six months or younger, and all are fixed. In recent months, the oldest female has begun to "bully" the other cats, especially the youngest female, who is approximately two and a half years younger. The older cat seems to be hunting her down or seeking her out or laying in the doorway or walkway of a room where the youngest female cat is. I've tried reprimanding and squirting the older cat with water, but nothing seems to help. It's gotten to the point where I'm considering getting rid of the older female. Do you have any suggestions?
We are a cat-loving household. I have a male cat who will meow loudly during various points of the day and night. I will call him and ask him to come to me. Sometimes he does, other times he doesn't. He used to sleep next to me, lay on my lap, and no longer does. Am I missing something?
I try to pick up my kitten to take her off a surface, but she will always lay on her side, so I have to put my hand under her side. When I do this, she bites or scratches me. How do I let my kitten know scratching is not allowed?
Screaming is a good way. Not a blood-curdling scream, but one that tells her she has hurt you. Cats know that, when playing with each other, play should stop when one of them cries out in pain. Of course, this won't work if the cats are fighting, but you are not fighting her. Also, when you remove her from a surface, try giving her a different surface she can get on like a cat tree or a cat shelf in the window. Also, your cat may be trying to get you to play, so get her toys and tire her out with them.
My kitten will always scratch me when I pet her or is just doing nothing. ( I have got her nails cut, but she will still scratch me somehow) How do I tell my cat that scratching is not okay, and what do I do?
Kittens will naturally try to play because it is how they learn to hunt and defend themselves. Try using plenty of toys and lots of scratching posts to redirect her scratching tendencies. Also, try getting her interested in something else like a play aquarium or a shelf in a window.
My cat is 5 months. We have had him ever since he was a month old. He has grown to be very violent. Bites and scratches a lot. He doesn’t like being petted and often sneak attacks us while we lay in bed. Why does he act like that?
My cat is a kitten. She is normal and plays and everything. I would love for her to lay with me, but at night time she will not stay in my bed. Why is that?
Cats are naturally nocturnal, meaning they hunt at night and sleep during the day. I believe your kitten is playing while you sleep. Most cats prefer this arrangement. One thing you might try is to get your cat to curl up with you during the day. Also, there are many cats who do not like to sleep with people.
We are in between living situations and my cat and I are basically living in one bedroom. The house we are in has three cats and a large dog that I really don’t trust, that’s why my cat stays in the room. I come in and out. I do my best to spend lots of time with her. The other day, while lying on the bed, I was on my iPad, she rubbed up against me, I thought she was laying down, then realized she had pooped! She has never done this before. Is she unhappy with our living arrangement?
Yes, she is probably very unhappy. Try giving her things that will entertain her while you are gone, like a fish toy or a laser she can chase. Also, try getting her a seat where she can look outside, one of the cat's favorite things to do. Also, check her litter. Sometimes the feel of the litter, coupled with the stress can cause your cat to leave you hints about their displeasure.
My kitty comes to me to be petted when I lay down for the night. I pet her for about 10 to 20 mins then she gets up and goes just out of arms reach. Then after about 5 or 10 mins, she comes back next to me to be petted. Sometimes she purrs the whole time, and sometimes she takes a break while she's away. I have had her 18 years. What might this mean?
When I try to go to bed at night lately my kitten jumps in my bed, walks all over me purring loudly and always has to be in my face. I'll turn over and he will find my face, get to gnawing on my cover so I would take him from my face and lay him next to me. but here he comes again looking for my face and trying to lay under me. What does this mean?
My cat who is almost 2-years-old has the habit of hitting us in our faces when we are dead asleep. This usually occurs in the early morning hours, which is feeding time. We have an automatic feeder that takes care of that, but it's so annoying to be awakened in the dead of night with a swat to the face. Has anyone experienced the same problem? Any suggestions?
My cat occasionally rolls on his back and, while I rub his belly, he pushes my hand down between his legs. Is there a reason he is doing this?
Rolling on his back and exposing his belly to you means he feels safe and confident with you. Pushing your hands can be nothing more than that he is ticklish and doesn't want you to pet there. I would try petting him in a different spot, and I think you will get a different response.
I just recently noticed he peed on my bedroom carpet. By the feel of the carpet when it dried, I realized he had peed there before like months ago. Today I caught him for the first time, and he saw that I saw him, and knew he was in trouble. I could also tell he was peeing somewhere else because there's not enough kitty waste in the litter box. He is not ill, very healthy, vaccinated, and gets treats almost daily. What is going on with him?
With your cat being male I wonder if he is fixed. A fixed cat, especially a male, can suffer from crystals in his urine that makes it hard and painful to pee. He would pee in other places because when the dam bursts he has no choice. I would get the cat to the vet to see what might be the problem and/or change his food to something that is for urinary health. Also, check his litter. He might not like the feel of it, and that could be the other reason. I hope this helps, Cherylone.
How do I get my cat to love me? He used to always play with me, sit with me and wait for me to come home. Now, he never greets me, never sits with me and never sleeps in my bed. He’s an indoor cat, and as I’m so busy, I barely have any time to play with him. I want to make him happier and show him I love him. I want us to be close again.
Cats don't change their behavior just because, there is usually a good reason. Think about how things have been recently. Have you changed work hours or begun seeing someone new? Have you been petting a stray outside? Have you recently had new neighbors? Many things can change the behavior of your cat because they like things to be their way and ordered. Once you can identify the cause, you can act accordingly to fix it. One way is to wash your hands after petting another animal. Another is to make sure your cat has plenty to occupy him while you are busy or out of the house. Be sure he can see out a window, so he doesn't feel trapped and be sure he likes his food and litter box.
My cat is not fixed, and she got out. Now she’s back and she has not been in heat since before then. She is wanting more attention and when I stop she goes after me and is hissing. Could she be pregnant?
My cat is an 8-year-old male. He's a giant snuggle bug before bed every night. He will lay on my chest, and I pet him and pet him, and he lays down and closes his eyes and just purrs. What I want to know is every night after our petting session he will perk up like he has heard something and slightly meow just once. Then he will be silent. Then he just makes a half more purr noise and jumps up fast like he was shocked. Then he moves to the foot of my bed. Why?
When my cat comes to me when I’m sleeping, waking me with a clear intention to make me pet him, I, of course, do so immediately and without hesitation. But then, he usually puts my hand down with his paw (gently) and lies on it. If I then try to pet with my other hand, he tries to do the same. Why does he do this?
My cat just had kittens. We lost one, but the others seem perfectly healthy. Every time I walk past her nest, she meows at me. But when I check to see if everything is okay, she just starts to purr really loud. Am I supposed to be doing something?
Not necessarily. Your cat may just want your love and acceptance of the kittens. You are actually lucky; some mothers won't let their owners near the babies until they are walking around. I would relax and make sure she is getting good nutrition (sometimes kitten food helps her make enough milk to keep her kittens healthy). Love her whenever she asks, and make sure she can get away from the kittens to rest.
Why does a cat put his paw out to hit you when you go by?
A cat reaches out to you for attention and play. Because they wish to play, and you are moving, you are deemed temporary prey. Also, sometimes cats are hiding and reaching out to 'catch' you in a game of hide-and-seek. Be sure to stop and play for a moment of relaxing.
My cat wakes me up by biting my hair. What does this mean?
Some cats like to bite hair, and some do not. I have a cat that will bite my hair, then scratch it out across the bed so he can sleep on it. It is just his way.
My cat, who usually wants outside, has not left my side for two days, and wants to lay on my stomach when I’m sitting down. Why is this?
Cats are sensitive to change and the workings of their owner's bodies as well as their own. They may be worried about your health or their own. Get yourself to a doctor and the cat to a vet. Also, he may have seen a stray outside and is trying to protect you from him. If you are female, your cat may be trying to give you a heads up about something with your belly, perhaps a pregnancy test is in order, or a trip to the ulcer doctor.
I adopted my kitten five days ago, and he has not let out one meow or sound, why is that?
Some cats don't meow. However, I would take the cat to a vet just to make sure everything is okay.
My cat always meows and cries when I'm not around him. He is usually on my bed or near/on me when I'm around. Would you say he has separation anxiety?
Possibly, or he may just like your company. Some cats miss you when you are gone because they don't have anything that is theirs that smells like you. Try wearing a shirt to bed several times and then put the shirt in a bed that the cat has been using, or something similar to give the cat something with their strong scent and your strong scent.
My male kitten is always rubbing his head on my hands and likes always being near my hands even while he sleeps. Why is this so?
Your cat probably just wants you to pet him or is content with your touch. The head is where mom licks her kittens to show love, so he is showing you he loves you. Of course, there are times when the kitten is scared, in which case he is seeking attention from you as comfort.
My cat doesn’t let me pet her but likes to lick my hand. What does this mean?
Cats are as individual as we are, and sometimes they want to let you know they love you, but don't want to be petted. Or it could be that something hurts or they simply don't like it. Try to pet a small area and see how it works. In the meantime, enjoy the licks.
My male six-years-old neutered cat sleeps at the end of the bed. They other night he bit me on the arm. Why is this?
I can't say for certain, but let me suggest a few things. First could be that you move while he was in the mood to play. Another is he might be sleep-biting, or he was hoping you would play with him. Finally, he may be sensing a change in the air like a new cat in the area, or you were with someone he doesn't know. Cats don't like change. Think about your recent behavior and you will most likely find the answer to his actions. Giving him something to distract him, like a tunnel to run in, might help.
Why does my cat attack our feet when we pace around the house? If you walk by him, he’s fine but if you walk back and forth a few times he gets upset. He’s done this since he was a kitten.
My guess is he is watching the feet go past him again and again, and he can't resist the chance to 'play' with the moving targets.
My new kitten will always scratch me when I try to pet her. How do I tell her scratching is not allowed and how do I stop her? ( I’ve already tried cutting her nails, but she can still scratch me somehow.)
Kittens will naturally try to play because it is how they learn to hunt and defend themselves. Try using plenty of toys and lots of scratching posts to redirect her scratching tendencies. Also, try getting her interested in something else like a play aquarium or a shelf in a window.
We have four litter boxes in our home, and no matter if they have been just cleaned and/or have had litter added or changed, there is at least one or two cats that will poo right outside or very near the boxes and then scratch on the floor to cover it up. They only do this by three of the boxes. Can you help me?
My cat will attempt to bury me in the middle of the night. He sleeps with us, and I will wake up to him actively trying to bury me. Why is he doing this?
Cats like to lay in the warmest spot when they sleep, and you might be laying where he now wants to sleep. Or he may not like your scent after you sleep. Your cat may simply want to keep your for himself, thus hiding your scent, or he might want more blankets on you before he sleeps with you.
My cat is acting different since I introduced a new kitten to the house. I had to end up getting rid of the kitten because my other cat was terrorizing it and being really mean. Now my cat, ever since the kitten has gone, will lay with me all the time. Everywhere I am, she wants to be. Why is that? She has never did that before.
I can't be sure, but I believe your cat is trying to 'mark' his territory. The kitten made him feel his home was being invaded, so he did his best to protect it. Now she is making sure she stays close to keep you protected and to leave her scent on you to tell other cats you are her human. If you want to introduce another kitten, try doing it slowly. Keep them in separate rooms at first paying attention to each as equally as possible. Then you can switch the litter boxes, blankets, and water bowls to get each of them used to the scent of the other one. Then swap the spots with each cat placed in the other cat's room. Then slowly introduce them to each other under close supervision.
My cat tries to suck my lip. I've woken many of times to him doing it. Why is this?
This one is new to me. I have heard sucking on ears and fingers, but not lips. I know that the action can mean she was taken from her mother too early (an old wives tale), or it may be the way she is 'sucking her thumb.' If it bothers you, try giving her a treat before bed and close your door so she can't get into your bedroom. You might also get her a soft hairy stuffed animal or pillow. Hold it with you in bed for several nights so that it smells like you and then put it in the cat's bed. She may cuddle up to that instead of your lip.
Why does my cat keep meowing and putting his rear end up against the furniture, walls, etc.?
If your cat is not fixed, this could be the cause. Unfixed cats respond to the mating season even when they are inside. Also, try brushing your cat with a stiff brush to ease their stress.
My nine-week-old kitten cuddles up to me then goes and eats her food straight after. Why does she do this?
Your kitten thinks that you are her mom. Mom cuddles the babies and is the source of food when they are babies.
I have been feeding and taking care of a stray cat for two months. I won't pet it because it doesn't rub against my legs yet, but it will rub the outdoor furniture and my door. Sometimes when I feed him, I put the dry food in my hand, and as I pour it into his bowl, he will dart to the bowl and reach out his paw to scratch or smack my hand away. Why does he do this?
The cat is not yet tame enough to trust you, no insult to you; he may have been treated poorly and is now easily frightened. I wouldn't push, let him come to you. If he shows dislike for something, like the food, give him what he wants, and this will help him trust you. Also, if you do touch the cat, please be sure to wash your hands as soon as you can just in case, especially if you have other pets.
My cat has a habit of laying down on my pillow above my head and laying her head on mine. She then sticks her claws in my hair. What does this mean?
I can't be certain as to why they are doing it, but the cat is letting you know you are part of the 'pack.' Cats are social and territorial. You are their human, so to speak. Cats have many ways of showing their love. Your cat has found a unique one. My cat will comb my hair out with his claws and then lay on it.
Our cat will not lay on our laps anymore. She doesn’t sleep in bed with my son anymore and hisses and growls a lot, especially when we have company. She barely lets us pet her. She’s healthy, we take her to the vet for her shots, etc., but our once-living cat wants to be non-existent, and it is making us sad. What is our cat trying to tell us?
I know you said your cat is healthy, but she might have fallen and hurt herself, or she may have internal problems like blockage of her intestines from hairballs. The first thing you should do, for the health of your cat, is to take her back to the vet.
I clean my cats' litters often and make sure they're clean. I have three cats, but only one of them pees on my blanket. I always thought it was their litter boxes, but no. I wash my sheets and make the bed, yet she pees on it every time! I now try to keep her out of my room to avoid this. Why does she do this?
Each of your cats should have their own litter box, and the boxes should not have a cover on them. Also, once a cat pees on something they can still smell the pee and will pee there again. Try putting a plastic bag over your bed after cleaning it and be sure to sprinkle it with baking soda before you cover it. This will help rid the bed of the smell of your cat's urine and help keep her from peeing on it again.
My cat is reluctant to come into our new house or inside anymore. She will disappear during the day but comes home as soon as it gets dark for food and hang out time. She loves it when I sit outside with her at night. I don't understand these new behaviors. Do you have any insight?
Moving could be the issue. Also, she may be finding mates out there or checking out the new area. If she wants to stay outside, there is not much you can do except keep loving her and spending as much time with her as possible. She may change her mind once she has checked the area out and is sure she and her family are safe.
My outdoor cat had babies a few weeks ago. I think she lost them as she will not leave me alone and follows me everywhere. Could this be the reason why she's behaving the way she is?
She might have lost them, and she might need help. If she leads you somewhere try following to see if she leads you to the litter. However, she most likely doesn't want them, or she would still be feeding them. I would look around the house and under things in the yard to see if you can find them for her, but if she isn't feeding them, she may attack them. If you find them, you should probably take them to a shelter rather than offering them to her.
For the past 2 and a half years, I have had my bedroom door closed at all times. Suddenly a few days ago my cat (who has never liked being in my room) wants to be in here with me at all times He won't stop meowing until I open the door. Why is he suddenly doing this?
This behavior can possibly mean that something has frightened him when you were not home. Being in the room with you when you are home can be comforting to him. If you really want your cat to remain out of your room, make sure he has items that are specifically for him. Make sure there are plenty of comfy spots and be sure he can see out the window from one of them. Be sure he can climb, run, jump and scratch all day long (or all night long depending upon his preference). Setting a motion activated horn at the door can startle him enough to change his mind about being in there. Also, try feeding him just before bed, then he will eat, clean, and then sleep.
My cat keeps meowing while kneading and lightly scratching my arm. Then he lightly bites my arm. What does this mean?
All of these things are signs that the cat is liking the attention you are giving them. Try petting slower to prevent the cat from getting over stimulated and biting for real.
Why does my cat always like to be with me when I am alone? Do cats worry for their owners?
Yes, cats do worry about their owners. Cats believe that their owners are part of their 'pack' and therefore family. They watch over you and try to make sure you are safe.
Why is my cat all of a sudden hanging around their cat box?
There could be many reasons. The most common reason is because he is trying to guard the box from other cats. If you have multiple cats, you should have a box for each one. If you do not have multiple cats, then be sure the box is clean. Also, if you moved it recently, the cat doesn't want you to move it again. If your cat is 'missing' the box, check to see if he has eaten something he shouldn't. This requires a visit to the vet.
Every so often, my cat will do this weird meowing thing. It is not like an angry meow, or an "I want food" type of meow. It is kind of in the middle. He'll creep up like he wants me to pet him, but instead, he timidly bites me. And, of course, I push him off the bed, but he just comes back up, slowly creeps towards me, and does the same thing. I don't understand. Why does he do this?
I have a few ideas that might help. Cats will sometimes bite gently (called a love nip) and want to play with you. When you push your cat away, you are confusing him. Try distracting him with play using a stick with something on it instead. Also, check his teeth to see if there is something wrong with one of them. Bad teeth can be a problem for cats because they can't eat and it can poison their system. Another thing you can do is make sure he has scratch pads. I find the ones made out of cardboard are the ones they like best.
Why does my cat cry when he tries to go poop?
I suspect there is either a blockage or something wrong inside of him. I would get him to the vet asap.
A cat came and tapped me twice. What does that mean?
It could mean many things depending upon whether the cat is yours or belongs to someone else. Most likely the cat wants your attention.
I throw a ball for my cat to run after and attack. Every time, he runs and brings it back, is this common, uncommon or weird?
Yes and no. Cats are fickle, and some will play fetch and others will not. If he keeps bringing it back to you, then keep throwing it.
My cat scuffs his hind legs on my floor and my clothes if I leave them on the floor. He has even done it on my bed. What does this mean?
Your cat is marking things that smell like you. You might be bringing in new scents from outside like cat pee that you got when your leg brushed a bush, etc. There might be stray cats outside, and he is warning them that you are his. Try to stay away from strays because your cat may begin peeing on your things to emphasize his scent. Also be sure your cat has lots of toys to keep him busy while you are working.
What the average weight of a house cat?
It depends on the breed of cat. The average weight of a mixed breed cat is generally 8-10 lbs, but it also depends on their frame. For an answer for your particular cat, consult with your vet.
Our indoor cat has kicked her water container over and down the stairs two nights in a row, despite changing the water bottles location twice. Why would she do this?
There could be many reasons for this. Location can be one reason, but you have tried to move the dish. My cats tend to 'scratch' the surface of the water before drinking. This would dump their bowl every single time. I ended up getting a large dog dish with a rubber piece along the bottom frame to keep it in place. I have not had another mishap since. You might also want to check to see if things are getting into the water, or if they don't like the taste (maybe filtered would work in that case). Another thing you might do is place the dish in a medium sized tote. Be sure she can get into the tote. This will prevent a mess if and when she tips the dish. Also, I noticed you said bottle, perhaps the bottle is the problem. I would move to a dish to see how she does. I hope these things help you.
I just got a new kitten, but my 11-year-old cat has not yet met her. I put them in separate rooms and even pet one cat, then the other, trying to leave their smell on me, yet all they do is hiss at each other. How do I get them to like each other?
You can't force cats to like each other. Sometimes they just don't click. Your 11-year-old cat is used to having you all to himself and is jealous of the kitten. Try feeding them at the same time near each side of the door. Try getting a bit closer each day to get them used to each other's smell as they eat. Also, swap out their litter boxes and feeding bowls; this will sometimes help. Another thing you can do is sit on the floor and pet the kitten while petting your older cat. This will tell the older cat that you don't want him to attack the kitten.
My cat has always been anti-social, generally hating everyone. In the last six months, she wants attention and to be in my lap. Why now?
This could be for several reasons. Sometimes it is simply that the cat now feels safe and thus wants attention from you. If the cat was abused in the past, this might explain the behavior. Something changed in those six months to make your cat feel more comfortable. Think about what may have changed.
My cat likes to drink from the tub faucet. I indulge her most of the time. (She drinks from her bowl too). But when done she will leave the bathroom and stop and leave her tail in the bathroom for a bit of time. Does this mean she is pleased?
Probably, it might also be where she chooses to clean up after her drink.
My cat lays in the doorway of my bedroom on my floor crying every morning an hour and a half before I usually wake up. Any insights on what her issue may be?
Some ideas could be that the cat wants to use the bed you are lying on, the cat is hungry, the cat wants to play, or the cat is lonely. Try getting the cat beds and toys that will occupy him through the night. Also be sure to play with him quite a bit during the day or at least just before you head to bed. Also, try feeding your cat just before bed. Your cat might sleep longer that way.
Recently my cat came up to me and put his front paws on my shoulder and held on while also jumping up and wanting me to hold him. And every time I try to put him back down, he tries to hold on tighter, or he does it again and again. Why does he do this?
There are many reasons for this behavior. The most common one is they want to be held and loved more. Try wearing them out with a toy or put them in a place where they can look out the window. If those don't work, then your cat is trying to tell you that you are not resting enough. So, sit down, pet your cat and relax a little.
My two female cats that have been together since birth in June last year have started peeing on my bed, sofa, and yesterday my clothes. What’s going on?
First thing I would do is get them to a vet. Unusual peeing can mean an infection or urine crystals. Food that helps the urine tract is a good thing to do, but I would also get them to a vet. Another reason could be they are fighting for control, something all cats do at one time or another. Make sure you have a litter box for each of them and keep them uncovered so they can't trap each other. But first, get them to a vet.
What does it mean when your cat wants your attention then meows as if your hurting them? What does it mean when your cat drags its tail and won't come near you or come home for a long time? Is it just me or does anyone else have this problem? My cat is my everything; I love him so much, so if you could give me an answer that would be great.
Is your cat fixed? Males especially love to roam outside marking their areas and mating whenever possible. An unfixed male or female will prefer outside to inside so they can mate. I prefer to keep my cats inside because they are safer from predators and traffic. Also, cats have a history of being very independent. You may just have one that doesn't like pets. Try getting toys and cat trees to occupy your cat during the night so he will sleep more during the day (which might mean he will cuddle with you). Make sure you play with him as well. Also, shelves near or on the windows can give your cat a 'TV' where he can watch but still be safe.
Another thing you might want to try is greens for your cat to eat. Wheat and Ryegrass are safe ones to start with, or just get a small grass kit from your local store. The tail means your cat is hurting or wants to be 'unseen.' You might want to get him to a vet to make sure one of his fighting buddies hasn't hurt him in the crotch area.
I was petting my cat, which she is fine with, but then she digs her claws into my wrist and starts biting my hand pretty hard while growling. As I start walking away, she does a soft meow to get my attention again. Is she just playing rough or could there be something wrong with her?
Three to four weeks ago, my cat wouldn’t let anyone touch her, and she wouldn’t sleep anywhere but out on the stairs outside my room door. Now, she is all over me, and when I am leaving my room, she is just crying all the time. When I am staying with a friend she does the same as my mum tells me but what does this mean? She is only doing this with me and not anyone else in my family. Could there be something wrong with her or is she sensing something wrong with me??
Your cat seems to be lonely. She has decided to latch on to you and struggles when you are not home. Try placing a blanket or shirt that you have used recently on her bed or favorite sleeping spot. This will give her more of your scent and might keep her calm while you are gone. Also, have other family members play with her and keep her company. I think you will find she will not be as verbal during your absence.
My cat got neutered 2 weeks ago and within the last couple of days he has been way different. If I go get him and then set him down somewhere, he won't move at all. He just lays there. I can tell something is wrong but he isn't ill, no infection or anything. Does someone have any ideas on what's wrong?
During a confrontation between two cats, if one of them walks away, is it a sign of backing off or a sign of winning? I've heard that the cat that is walking away is showing the upper hand. Is that correct?
I am not totally certain, but I have found that the cats will stare at each other until one turns away. Then the cat can walk away, be chased away or attack. The cat that runs is usually the one that lost. He has either lost the fight or was the one that blinked.
My older cat who we have had for nearly nine years and was a stray is acting up about the newly adopted cat of one year. We also have another adopted cat who he gets on ok with, but he creeps up to the younger one and tries to grab her neck, so she smacks him. Why is he doing this?
Try introducing them to each other again, this time slowly. Keep one in another room for a few days. Feed them both near the closed door and switch out items with their scent so they can get used to the scent. Also, be sure they are all fixed because cats use scent to learn, judge, meet, introduce, well you get the idea. An unfixed cat in a household of fixed ones can cause a big problem. Once you have them introduced slowly, then be sure you are with them when they are in the same room.
My five-year-old cat ( neutered) walked up to me, fluffed and lifted his tail, and either peed or sprayed on me! I am mortified! Why would he do that?
The easiest answer is that an unfixed male (or a female in heat) brushed against your clothes, leaving their scent on you. Cats will cover each other's scent because you are their family and not the one outside the house. Also, check with your vet to see if there could be something wrong. Crystals in their urinary tract can cause serious problems, especially for neutered males, eating a lot of grain from their food.
I'm on the laptop working and my cat sits behind the screen and attacks my hands while I'm typing. Why is this?
Your cat wants your attention. Since you are working on the laptop, he is attacking your hands to get you to pay attention to him. If you don't stop, be prepared for him to do more, like sitting on the keyboard or shoving the cover closed.
My cat laid in a flower pot all day yesterday, and never got out to my knowledge, because he was in the same position as when I left. My family and I took him inside because we were worried, and he went straight upstairs into my daughter's room, laying in the the corner, and went back there if someone moved him. He has recently become an outside cat too. What does this mean?
Generally, when a cat's environment changes dramatically, they will hold tight to what they know. You might want to keep him inside because outside can be a scary place. Also, you might want to have him checked by a vet just in case there is a physical issue.
My cat typically is very anxious. She greets me when I get home and is usually vying for my attention. My work schedule has changed. Yesterday, she seemed okay with it and acted normally. Today, she did not greet me, and has hidden under the bed all night. Is it the schedule change or something more?
Cats are particular, and like schedules, so the change could be the problem. However, something outside of the apartment, like a new siren or someone shouting, could scare the cat. Try sticking to a schedule that you have but be sure to pay your cat lots of attention when you are home. Be sure to check for outside sources that may have caused your cat to be frightened as well, because that could be the answer.
When I'm writing on my worksheets, my cat places herself in a position so that my hand is in between her paws; then she bites me for no reason at all. What is she trying to say to me?
While I can't be sure, I suspect that she is trying to get you to leave the boring stuff alone and play with her. Cats like a lot of attention and, if you are doing anything besides paying attention to them, they get antsy and try to get your attention.
My cat is a two-year-old rescue tabby. He is huge and overweight, but has the mildest temper I have ever seen in a cat. He is not a cuddler, and seems uncomfortable if petting goes on too long. He comes around every few minutes and checks on me. He doesn't want pets, he wants acknowledgment and to scent mark me on a finger. What does he want from me, and how can I make him feel at ease?
Rescues are generally not used to the gentle touch of a human being. He may be wondering if you intend to keep him and then kick him out (so to speak). Be patient and show him as much love as you can. Also, try playing with him. It will help with his weight and help him become more comfortable with you.
My cat loves to cuddle, but all of a sudden she started hissing and attacking me when I'm trying to stroke her. What's going on?
It could be any number of things. Have you been around other cats? Wash your hands and change your clothes when you enter the home to avoid having the other cat's scent on you. This is probably the problem. Also, avoid touching a dog or cat while you are out. This will limit outside scents. If that doesn't work, do what you would typically do if you had a reaction to something: new perfume, new detergent, new furniture, etc.
We recently found out our cat has been eating and sleeping at a neighbor's and not coming home most nights. When he does come home, he takes a nap, eats and then howls to leave. When he does eventually pop in I try to stroke him but he arches his back so I can't touch him. He’s always been very loved by my family. He’s always had attention and is spoiled. He used to sleep with us every night. Why has he suddenly changed? It seems as though he can’t stand to be around us.
There could be several answers, but the one that first pops into my head is mating. Is your cat neutered? If not, your neighbor may have a female cat. If your cat is neutered, check to see what they are doing differently. Perhaps it is something as simple as they are feeding canned food and you are feeding dry food.
Why does my eight-year-old male cat lick down the thickest and middle part of his tail?
Cats will do that for many reasons: stress, allergies, fleas or a host of other things. You might want to take him to a vet to see if the problem is something that can be addressed since many of them can be easily treated with medication.
When I try to groom my cat, she tries to smell her fur. She opens her mouth a bit to smell better then she will smack me with her paw! It seems to me that she is angry! She displays the same behavior when I find a tuft of her hair and allow her to smell it. I would very much like to be able to groom her, but this behavior makes me believe it is unpleasant for her. Why is she doing this?
Sometimes cats don't like stiff bristles; soft hair brushes might work better or even a wide-toothed comb. However, some cats have overly sensitive skin that can rule out grooming altogether except by a vet. Try softer items first to see if she just doesn't like the bristles. I wouldn't show your cat clumps of their hair because they will try to ingest it which leads to bad hairballs that can block their stomach or intestines. Long-haired cats need regular grooming to avoid mats and to keep them from getting hairballs. Be sure to check with your vet if the problems continue.
Why does my older female cat jump on my back when I bend over?
This is a matter of cat behavior. This behavior can, however, be dangerous for you. Get more cat trees or put her on surfaces that are higher up or looking out a window and play with her often.
Why does my cat suddenly sit in my office in the dark for hours on end?
It could be eye trouble as sore eyes will be sensitive to light, or it could be that something has changed in the household that is making your cat afraid. Try to identify the problem by the process of elimination. Your vet can help you with that by checking your cat's eyes for injury or illness.
Last night, my cat came to my door. She kept on meowing so I let her in my room. Suddenly she wants me to pet her. This morning, she also kept on meowing, so I let her into my room. She wanted me to pet her so bad. Why is she suddenly behaving this way?
Your cat is most likely shedding and wants help getting the fur off. When cats shed and then clean themselves, they ingest the hair. Try brushing regularly to keep the hairballs to a minimum. Also, your cat may not have enough to occupy him when you are gone. Vigorous play will tire him out, so he will sleep when you do.
My year-old, male ragdoll cat often claws me for attention during the evening, but when I give him attention he doesn’t want it. He doesn’t do it to any other member of the family. I check his food, water, etc., and give him attention. He wants belly rubs sometimes for about ten seconds. Do you know what he wants from me?
Your cat wants to play. He considers you his person which is why he bugs you. Be sure to play with him often and be sure he has his own toys and furniture to keep him busy. Other members of the family should play with him as well to give you a break and introduce them to the family pack.
What does it mean when a cat raises both of its front paws?
This is generally a matter of personal traits. Some are asking for something, some are trying to be noticed, and some just want to see better.
My cat hates mostly everyone but is very lovey towards me. He follows me everywhere I go, and before he comes up to me, he scratches the couch first. What is the reasoning for that?
Cats believe in levels with family. He thinks you are part of his family. I believe he is scratching partly because his nails are too long and partly because he is showing off to you. Be sure to get his nails trimmed to fix part of that problem. To get your cat to be friendly with others, try having them offer him treats or give them a toy they can use to play with him. Since cats are independent thinkers, there are no guarantees these tactics will work.
Do you know why cats pat repeatedly on a comfy surface?
Cats do this action (that I usually call kneading) to make mother's milk flow. When they get older, it is their way of showing that they are happy and comfy.
My cat has been with us for about 2 years. He loves his daddy, but all of a sudden he has been acting strangely toward him. He follows him around fussing and acting like he wants to fight him, and his daddy has been fussing back at him like he is going to spank him or hit him and fussing with him. It is worrying me. What should I look for?
If your husband is rough with the cat, the cat will fight back; however, I suspect this is something from outside of the house. Strays in the area leave their scents everywhere and if your husband touches one or brushes something they have marked your cat will want to fight the cat he can smell. Be sure to wash hands when coming inside, don't pet strange cats, don't feed strange cats and get your cat fixed if he isn't. Though cats are familiar with you, they still have instincts that they cannot control.
How do I introduce a male and female cat to each other?
There are many factors that you should be aware of when adding new cats to your family. I strongly suggest both cats be fixed before you introduce them. If both of the animals are fixed, it is simply a matter of separation and scent switching. This means switching areas so each can smell the other without stress. Switching beds, toys, litter boxes and even crates will help with this. Then, you can allow them to spend time together while you look on. When they seem content with each other's areas and smells, they should be ok. Fights are natural, but temporarily separating them will help. Be sure the litter boxes are not covered and that there is at least one box for each cat so they can't corner each other.
I have just started doing floor exercises. My cat sees me, meows loudly and tries to sit on top of my tummy. If I push him off, he ninja attacks me and meows very loudly! He is usually so lovable and kind. It's like he either doesn't like me being on the floor or he wants to keep me there? I'm baffled. Please help!
I am as well. Cats do like to interfere when you are doing things they don't like you doing. Perhaps he is afraid for you, or he thinks you are trying to play with him. Try a busy play session with your cat before you exercise. This will tire him out and he will nap rather than jump on you.
My living cat who always likes being with me now stays under the bed. Why?
There are many reasons why cats change their behavior such as hiding under the bed. Look for changes around her. It could be something as simple as a new pillow she doesn't recognize, or as complicated as the new neighbor calling at her across the alley. Try to find the problem and either get her used to the situation or correct the situation for her. I would also check to see if she is suffering an injury or arthritis in her joints. This would make it hard to climb, walk or jump and so she feels safer under the bed. A vet can help with joint pain and arthritis pain.
My cat goes to his favorite play area and lies down. When I try to play with him with a toy, he just lies there. Then he follows me to the other room and meows and meows. What's going on?
I suspect your cat is tired. He might have gotten too big, or he might be suffering from some illness. I would take your cat to the vet to get him checked out.
My cat has attacked my mom in the middle of the night. He also attacked me when I was walking down the hall. He never stops if someone makes a loud noise, so we have to give him timeouts in the nearest room. He’s fine afterward, and even has his tail raised in a question mark. We’ve tried playing with him before going to sleep, but it doesn’t work. Why is he doing this, and how do we stop it?
Cats are all different, but I believe your cat is bored. By keeping him occupied during the day with tunnels, toys and plenty of scratching furniture, you might be able to stop the behavior at night. Time outs don't usually work to change the behavior because the cat doesn't know why they are there. Instead, try reducing the food amounts to 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 at night. This gives him a reason to sleep when you do since they clean and sleep after eating.
My year old tom cat is missing, and my three-year-old female cat is whining at the front door. Is she looking for my missing cat?
She is probably missing the cat and knows he went out that door last. Is she fixed? Was he fixed? Unfixed males will leave the house to mate. Unfixed females will try to do the same. They also 'mark' the house with their urine to let other cats know it is their territory. I don't really have an answer to her soothe her whining except give her love. Hopefully, he will return soon.
Why does my cat wake me up?
It depends on the time and place. It might be because he/she wants attention (they sleep during the day and play at night). Or they might be trying to tell you they are hungry or thirsty. Also, they might be trying to tell you the litter box is full. There are so many others that I can't begin to list them all.
My cat's favorite spots to be scratched are anywhere on her head and where her back and tail meet. Recently, when I go to pet her where her back and tail meet, she will start meowing at me and try to hit me away as her tail moves side to side. Why is she acting like this?
The area between the tail and back is a very sensitive area. Often cats will react as if they are mating when touched there. But, touching too long makes your cat over stimulated, so they try to make you stop. Your best bet is to avoid prolonged scratching or to touch in that spot.
My cat has been stuck to me like glue for some reason. Everywhere I go (in the house) she’s right beside me or walking in front of me. There are times where she doesn’t follow me and I go somewhere in the house and shut the door. If I close the door and she’s not in the same room as I am, she meows like crazy begging me to let her in. Why is it that she’s so attached to me and following me everywhere?
There could be several reasons. If your cat is new to you, it could be that you signify safety. If your cat is one you have had for awhile there could be something that has changed and thus made the cat nervous. Also, if there is a new cat in the house or a cat outside, your cat may be responding this way to keep you protected. Also, check to see if there is something new in the neighborhood that is making a new noise or is very loud. The only other thing I can think of is your cat loves you very very much.
How do I introduce my older cat to my new kitten without them fighting?
Most cats won't attack a kitten unless it is old enough to mate and is not fixed. To begin the introduction, be sure you are sitting on the floor with the kitten on your lap and then invite your older cat to join you. Feed the two about two feet apart then slowly close the gap. If these things don't work, try keeping them in separating rooms and swap out things they lay on or play with daily. Then try the close introduction again. Keep doing this, and they will be fine.
What does it mean when a cat hides under stuff and won’t sleep on their bed, but will sleep on you?
Cats are quirky and like to hide. They also like the warmth of small spaces. Sleeping on you gives them an even warmer area to sleep. Not sleeping on the bed can be a simple preference of the cat, but it is nothing to worry about.
My cat will only come to my spouse when I’m not around, and will only come to me when my spouse isn’t around. If we’re cuddling on the couch, the cat wants nothing to do with us. Do you know why?
I suspect it is jealousy. Your cat wants each of you to yourselves so he/she can get all the attention. Nothing to worry about, he might even decide to change his behavior and join you both one day.
I recently started letting my cat out for the first time. Every so often he will come in, meow at us, we will greet him and pet him, and he will go straight back out again. Why is he doing this?
There could be many reasons for this behavior. Your cat may have found a playmate he likes to hang out with or he may have the urge to mate (is he fixed?). He might also have found someone else who pets him and gives treats. This behavior is based mostly on the cat's personality. Try watching to see where your cat goes when he is let out. It might help you to find out his reasoning.
My cat used to come into my room all the time. She used to lay in bed with me for hours. When I’m not home, she will cry at my door until it is opened. She used to stand outside my door and cry even when I am home. Now she doesn’t ever step into my room. Every time I bring her in she immediately runs out. I’ll call for her, and she will just stand outside my doorway looking at me. What does this mean?
There are many possibilities, but my best guess is that you have touched or brushed against another cat or something the cat marked. Your cat smells this on your clothes and is now confused. She doesn't know why that cat smell is in the room that used to be hers. Try washing recently worn garments and wiping down sneakers. Try loving her outside of the bedroom to let her know you still love her. Offer her something from your room that you know she likes, but put it outside the room. Also, check to see if an outside cat is coming to your window and perhaps marking it with his/her scent. Be sure to close your window when you leave to prevent the smell from coming inside.
I have an indoor cat that all a sudden started to stay upstairs and starts meowing. When we finally get him downstairs, he will go in the litter box and cry, and he doesn't even go potty. Then he runs to the back door and wants outside. He has never been outside his whole life. If we try to go outside, he will try to go out. It's been going on for just about a week now. Before that, he was fine and always stayed with us downstairs and hardly cried. Can you tell me why he has started doing this?
Cats are hard to decode sometimes, but your cat seems to be displaying difficulties using the litter box. Cats, especially male ones, can get crystals in their bladder which can cause infection and death if they are not cleared up. I suggest you take your cat to the vet for a checkup. Also, try to feed your cat food that works for urinary tract health. If your cat is not fixed, you might be looking at a cat that wants to get outside to mate. Getting him fixed will help with that.
For the last three days, my five-year-old male neutered cat indoor/outdoor has been walking very low to the ground, almost like he is getting ready to pounce on something. He is eating and drinking, but this is not normal for him to walk like this inside. It’s almost like he scared of something. Should I be concerned?
Cats are clan-like creatures that fight for domination within their domain (known area). Your cat is demonstrating all of the signs of wanting to mate. However, that is not usually how a fixed cat will behave. Check him for injuries or slivers in between his claws. I would also check his stool. He may have ingested something he should not have. Strings, ribbons, and plastic are very attractive to cats, and once they have them in their mouth, they can't let go of it. Swallowing is the only way. If they have swallowed a string, it could be dangerous because they can get caught and cut into the digestive tract. If you can't find anything simple, you might want to take him in to see a vet just to be safe. Hope this helps.
My cat is old and doesn't like to sleep in the same bed as me. Also, he will push open my door but won't come in. He just lies there and sleeps. Why is this?
Older cats often suffer from the same joint aches and pains we do. He wants to be near you, but your movement (and perhaps jumping up on the bed) is painful for him. Try getting him a super comfy bed and leave it on the floor next to your bed. Maybe even put a heated blanket inside.
My female cat is running around meowing she found a way into my ceiling and looks down at me meowing like crazy. I tried letting her on the porch ( her favorite place), but she just wants to go up there and meow at me! What could be wrong? Is she trying to tell me something?
There could be many reasons why she is doing this. One could be she is in heat. If she is fixed then that is not the case. She might also want to show you something up there (perhaps a baby of hers). Other reasons could be that she has gone up there and hurt herself so she doesn't want to come down. Try looking into the spot to see if there is something there. If she is fixed and there is nothing there, you might want to speak with a vet to see if they have any ideas.
Why does a cat cross their front legs when laying down?
I do not truly know the answer to that question other than it might be comfortable for them when they lay their head down, like when we use our arm as a pillow. Or it might just be how they lay.
When I’m not at my mom's place, my cat will always go to my room. What does it mean?
It means your cat misses you and is trying to stay where your scent is still strong. Try putting a worn shirt into her regular bed and see if that helps keep her closer to others.
I have a Bengal cat. She looks like she is pregnant and pees when she suddenly wakes up from sleep. Is this a disease? She is very clean, and she is doing this without her knowledge.
I think your cat may have worms. You should take her to a vet because worms can kill if not treated.
I raised my male mackerel tabby from just a week old. He is an indoor cat and was raised as the only cat in the household. He is now three years old and has been fixed for two years. He has tons of toys, a large kitty kondo, perches, a scratch post, a scratch pad, two often-cleaned separate areas of the house with his litter boxes and tons of love! For whatever reason, he tries to mark the TV stand and the side of my recliner. He is fixed, but some urine does come out. Why does my cat only mark those two spots?
There are many reasons for fixed cats marking areas of the house. One could be because of stray cats marking areas outside of the home. This causes your cat to feel they need to protect what they have. Another reason could be crystals in your cat's urine which often happens with fixed males. This is a life-threatening situation and requires a visit to your vet. Finally, if another cat brushed the furniture before you got it, this could cause your cat to mark it with their scent. The scent on you that brushes them can also be an issue. Use the process of elimination and speak with your vet for further assistance.
We were in the process of moving, and so my kitty stayed with my aunt. I just got her back yesterday, but she only stays in my room, and whenever someone comes in or any sudden noise she runs under my bed. She has always been a little scared of everything, but it just seems worse, so I wonder if she has been abused?
Actually, I believe the situation is not abuse, but the change of location. Animals need to feel like they own their environment. Changing that environment will cause a great deal of stress to your cat. In this case, your cat changed environments twice. Offer the cat clothes that you have worn and not washed to show familiar scents. Be sure your cat has familiar furniture and blankets as well. Also, be sure to play with, and pay attention to, your cat to show her she is safe with you. It takes some cats a bit longer than others, so be patient with her.
My fifteen-year-old cat has started to stand with his back to me and meow. What does that mean?
This behavior usually means they are mad at you and they are showing it with their back towards you and their tail whipping around. It might also mean your cat feels you have done something wrong. Check litter boxes to be sure he can still get into it, since age can cause problems there. Check to ensure he still has his favorite napping spot, and check to see if there is something wrong with him such as bad teeth which can keep him from eating.
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