What Your Cat's Behaviors, Body Language, and Sounds Mean
What Is My Cat Trying to Say?
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 that they may be trying to tell you something.
This article will break down a whole bunch of commonly asked questions relating to why cats do what they do, what their body language indicates, and what they might be trying to communicate to you when they speak. Read on to finally figure out what your trusted feline friend might be trying to say to you.
What Is Normal Cat Behavior?
Here are a handful of common questions relating to cats and their often puzzling behaviors, along with some answers that should help shed some light why they do what they do:
Why is my cat peeing or pooping in the house?
Overly full litter boxes can make your cat upset 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 about cleaning and had to walk over your own waste in order to relieve yourself. "Yuck" is putting it mildly.
Why does my cat clean itself right after I've pet it or picked it up?
If your cat cleans itself right after you pet it or pick it up, it could be due to a few reasons. They might be annoyed that you touched them, for whatever reason, and they are cleaning off the scent—in most instances, that is an insult to you.
It is also possible that 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.
Why does my cat reach a paw out to me?
Your cat might reach for you with a paw, claws in or out, to indicate a desire for attention. Or, maybe, they might purposely lie down in your way for attention. They might sit on something they know is off-limits to gain your 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.
Why has my cat's behavior suddenly changed after many years?
As cats get older, sometimes their personalities change. Some cats that start out rambunctious and generally averse to snuggling eventually soften up over the years and turn into super cuddly lap animals that want to be around you all the time. These kinds of gradual changes are totally natural and not all that different from the sorts of changes that humans experience throughout their lives.
If such a shift happens very suddenly and in a fairly unexpected way, however, that might point to a deeper problem with your feline friend. For instance, if they are generally an independent kind of cat but then out of nowhere want to be by your side at all times, that could indicate that they are sick and fearful of being left alone in their weakened state. If you notice a change that seems curiously abrupt and bizarre, it's best to take them into the vet for a check-up to see if anything is wrong.
Sudden Changes May Indicate Something's Wrong
If you notice that your cat is suddenly behaving suspiciously out of character and acting strange, you may want to have them checked out by a vet. Gradual changes are totally normal, but drastic shifts in behavior or personality can sometimes point to bigger problems.
Why is my cat extending its claws?
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 also extend its claws in anger or fear. Claws are also extended for cleaning purposes or scratching, which can mean several things, such as ownership, sharpening claws for a fight, or dominance. Claws can be removed, but please try to refrain from doing this. Instead, you can set up a weekly routine of trimming their claws, and give them plenty of things to scratch.
Why does my cat rub up against me?
Cats 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 override the scent of another cat. Fixed cats may also mark if the scent is strong or reeks of a full male. Those cat nostrils are so strong that they can pick up a scent from miles away—just like a hound dog, only with less noise.
You also assume a similar answer to the related question of: "Why does my cat put its paw on me?" That is, it's usually just another way of communicating affection. While it isn't always that simple, when your cat does this, it is more often than not displaying its level of comfortability with you.
Cat Behavior Explained
Pees or poops in your house (despite being litter trained)
Its litter may be full, and it wants you to clean it. Also done to mark its territory and communicate ownership to other cats.
Cleans itself after you pet it
You may have a scent on you (perfumes/other cats) that it wants to remove from its body.
Lies down on your stuff while you're trying to do something
It wants attention and is tired of being ignored.
Extends its claws
It could just be for kneading. It could also be out of fear or anger. Or a more practical reason like for scratching or cleaning.
Rubs up against you
It's rubbing its scent on you and marking you as its own. Also sometimes done to demand attention.
Brings you dead animals
Done as a gift to you, since it sees itself as your owner. Also done to display strength and hunting prowess.
Looks at you before it goes to sleep
Checking to make sure you're looking out for it, as it will soon be vulnerable and seeks your protection while sleeping.
Why does my cat bring me dead animals?
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 that 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 be 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.
Why does my cat look at me a bunch of times before it goes to sleep?
Your cat is most likely checking to make sure you're still there. It's trying to indicate to you that it's about to sleep and thus will be vulnerable to attack. It wants to make sure you know to protect it and keep an eye out for any predators.
How Do You Tell If a Cat Likes You?
Here's some useful information to help explain what some of your cat's body language might indicate:
What do my cat's tail movements mean?
When a cat walks with their tail straight up, it means that they are relaxed, confident, and 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 dominant cat or human. They might also roll over and offer their belly to a dominant cat to show that 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.
If a cat walks with its tail down and dragging, it 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 also lay its tail on something showing possession, or flick its tail at something that angers it. 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 upset will not only hiss, but their tail will become the biggest bristled bottle brush you have ever seen. Be wary and don't attempt to comfort your cat when they are upset. An upset cat doesn't know the difference and might bite or scratch you in "defense."
Cat Tail Movements Explained
Tail straight up
Relaxed, confident, looking for attention.
Tail between its legs
Afraid, cautious, submissive.
Tail down and dragging
Trying to be hidden and unnoticed. (Could indicate pain or other discomfort. See a vet if this persists.)
Tail bristled and flicking
Upset, aggressive, and potentially about to attack.
What do my cat's ear movements mean?
When a cat lays back its ears, it usually means that it's upset 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 hard forward, they are trying to hear what is being said to them or perhaps trying to make out a distant sound (or another cat in the area).
But if your cat's ears are forward but relaxed, then it is at ease, potentially aware of its surroundings but not necessarily on alert or scared.
What do my cat's eye movements mean?
You can actually tell a good amount about how your cat is feeling by watching their eyes. If their eyes are barely open or fully closed, they are relaxed and either preparing to sleep or just enjoying your company and a good lounge. In fact, that familiar sight of seeing your cat look at you and slowly blink its eyes is a clear sign of affection and often referred to as "kitty kisses."
If their eyes are narrowed but not in a lazy way, they are most likely alert and focused. They may even be scared or aggressive. So look out for other body language clues to help further indicate how they're feeling.
But if their eyes are fully open and wide, they are almost certainly on high alert and potentially trying to find out if they are in danger. Similarly, wide pupils can also indicate high interest and focus or excitement, potentially pointing to them being fearful or aggressive. Look for other clues to help decipher what they're thinking.
What Is My Cat Trying to Tell Me?
Here are a few explanations for some of the sounds your cat might make for you and what they might be trying to tell you:
Why does my cat meow at me?
Did you know that when your cat meows at you, it is really just calling your attention to something? Perhaps you forgot breakfast or the litter box is full. Or they might just be calling another cat to play. Though since cats rarely meow at other cats, if you hear yours making distinct meows in your general direction, those sounds are probably intended for your ears.
They might meow to go out or to come in. They might meow to tell you that you need a lap cat today, or they might be thinking that 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 a particular idea.)
Note: If your cat is meowing at you more than usual (and perhaps in a slightly louder or more aggressive tone), it's a good idea to follow them and see if they lead you somewhere. This repeated meowing can help them let you know that they need more food, that the litter is full and needs to be cleaned, or sometimes even more drastic matters, such as the fact that maybe they just had kittens and want you to help protect them.
Cat Verbal Communication Explained
Usually done to communicate it wants you to notice something, such as an empty food bowl, a full litter, or something it wants you to see (in which case, you should try following it).
An involuntary response that indicates comfort and affection. A good sign that it's pleased with whatever you're doing.
Indicates fear or aggression. You should probably take a step back when they do this.
Why does my cat purr at me?
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.
Oh, and don't get upset if your cat is purring but also simultaneously trying to get away from you. Generally, it means that they like you and want to be petted, but they were busy and you interrupted them.
Note: If you want to communicate back to your cat that you love them, then petting them on the head or on the cheeks is a good way to do so. Similarly, when a cat touches the top of their head to you, they are saying they love and trust you.
Why does my cat hiss at me?
Naturally, hissing indicates fear or aggression. The cat is essentially demanding that you back away and leave it alone. Even cats that deeply love you can do this from time to time, sometimes just because they want some space to themselves for a while. Or perhaps you pet them in a spot where they're sore and they want you to stop doing so.
Unsurprisingly, hissing is such a clear message that it actually works both ways. So if you want your cat to stop doing something—like biting you too hard, for instance—you can hiss at them a little. They'll most likely get the message.
Does Your Cat Feel Insulted?
When a cat turns its back on you and flicks its tail, watch out! It's 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.
What's the best way to end an agitated cat attack? 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 through pulling away from them.
It's also worth noting that a cat can feel insulted for many different reasons, including:
- 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 lie down.
- You had the nerve to bring in fish and then hide it behind a solid wall.
Note: Cats can also be insulted even if you didn't do anything that you can understand. They are quite fickle that way.
Signs That Your Cat Might Be Sick
In general, your cats' behaviors—as puzzling as they might sometimes be to you—are often just part of who they are and how they express themselves, and thus shouldn't be cause of too much worry on your part. There are, however, a few indicators that might point to your poor feline potentially feeling a bit under the weather and/or in need of some medical attention.
Here are some important signs to watch out for:
- Excessive licking, chewing, or scratching: Of course, these are all part of normal cat behavior and critical parts of their totally healthy self-maintenance. But if you notice that your cat has been doing one or more of these at an alarmingly higher rate than usual, it could mean that they are suffering from ticks, fleas, or parasites. So it would be a good idea to check to see if you can spot any of them in your feline's fur. Additionally, if you notice any significant hair loss or breaking of the skin, have them get checked out by a vet.
- Vomiting or diarrhea: This is another one that does unfortunately happen periodically and isn't always a cause for concern. But if your cat begins doing it a lot in a short amount of time, it could mean that they've ingested something toxic or are experiencing other digestion problems. If it lasts for more than a day—or if abdominal swelling and pain are apparent—take them in to see a vet right away.
- Different, strong odors: If you notice any new, pungent odors coming from your cat, it might be a good idea to take them in to get checked out. Often times, strange new smells indicate infections, ulcers, and other ailments that need to be treated as soon as possible. Even odors that aren't necessarily "bad"—such as a sweet, fruity smell—can occasionally be warning signs of serious illnesses like diabetes. So if you notice any weird new smells coming from your cat that you can't identify, it's probably best to have a veterinary professional take a look.
- Cat flu: Much like humans, cats can occasionally contract a form of that pesky flu virus. This typically results familiar flu symptoms like watery eyes, a runny nose, and profuse sneezing. If you notice these symptoms, you can attempt to help your cat feel better by cleaning the mucus off their eyes and nose with a cotton ball or damp washcloth, making sure they eat enough food, and repeatedly checking to ensure that they are breathing normally. If you find the latter to be strained and/or they don't seem to be getting better, take them in to a vet to be checked out.
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Stray cats can be brought inside, but you should always follow general common sense and the following:
- Strays need quiet time before you introduce them to the other cats.
- Litter boxes and sleeping beds should be periodically switched so all of the cats can smell each other.
- Be sure to remain close once you do introduce them in case they aren't quite ready to be friendly.
- Remember to get strays checked by a vet before you take them in and expose them to your other cats to protect your cats from serious illnesses like Feline Leukemia.
- It is best to have a stray dog taken by a professional and checked for behavioral problems (as well as illnesses) before taking them into your home.
Pay Attention to the Signals Your Cat Is Sending You
They might be trying to tell you something, and it might be important—or at least it is 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. Keep this in mind, and they will eventually let you know.
If you're looking for additional information on what your cat might be trying to tell you, consider checking out these other great PetHelpful articles:
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
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 99
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 44
My cat has recently been meowing a lot and latching onto my hands and wrists with his teeth. Sometimes it feels like he’s trying to take me somewhere or just wrap himself around my arm and bite between my thumb and index finger. I figure the meowing signifies something, but what does it mean?
Your cat may be trying to tell you something as you believe, however, the where and how would be your answer. If the cat is older and hurts you, the cat may be hurting when you touch her, but if the cat does it at one particular place, it could mean there is something wrong with the area.
My Bengal cat Amber went into labor yesterday. When it started, she was very fidgety and, anxious to comfort her, I continuously rubbed her belly which she allowed me to do. In the morning her belly was no longer fat, but I can't find her litter. They are not in the box I prepared for her. What could have happened to them? Also, what is a cat's behavior shortly after birth? Will she seclude herself or will she sit on my bed and sleep as she always does?
Your mom-to-be may have hidden her litter in a very exclusive spot, as many will. Once they start moving, you will see them. Just check under things to see if she might have lost the litter and left them where they were. Most cats will dispose of a dead litter in their own manner.
My kitten is insistent when I am scratching her. Should I be concerned?
No, I wouldn't be worried. Most cats like to have their backs scratched. I find that using a cat brush helps and gets rid of excess hair.
My cat will get on my arm when I'm asleep and have his back claws slightly out. He will play weirdly. He's only a kitty and is waiting to be done so we're wondering if it's sexual. We have looked everywhere to see, but we have no idea why he does it. And we're sure it's wet after. Is he getting frisky on us?
Being a kitten, you might think that would be the reason. However, I believe there is another reason. Male cats, feeling frisky, will "spray" urine all over and you can't miss the scent. Kittens will generally drool when they play because the contact reminds them of mom (and milk). This is most likely the source of the moisture. Some cats never out-grow this behavior, but most do eventually.
My 3 year old cat will jump in my husband's lap while he's watching TV and he starts petting her. After a few minutes or so, she bites him & hard. Today she did and drew blood (first time). Why does she do this? She doesn't do it to me, but she attacks my feet.
I can't be certain, but I believe it is because your husband pets her harder than you do which stimulates her to the point of needing it to stop. Not that he hurts her, but when cats get too stimulated they bite. She could be attacking your feet because she needs activity. Try playing more with her to keep her claws from your toes.
My kitten ran away for a week, and we would hear her outside meowing but when we try to get her she'd run. Finally, we left the door open and she walked in. Now she's more loving than ever, before she used to attack everyone. What happened?
It is difficult to know what she went through while she was missing which makes it difficult to know why she changed her behavior. However, two ideas do come to mind. She was out to mate and once she was pregnant she came home, or she was hurt by someone and now feels safe with you. I would take her to a vet to see if she contracted some of the outdoor diseases or to see if she might be pregnant.
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.
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 suddenly began meowing at me loudly with his tail bristled and kept following me around. He didn't try to swipe at me but I still kept my distance in case he finally did try. I've been trying to get an explanation since he's back to his normal self. What was he doing?
Cats live by instincts and scent. Most likely you had brushed up against something that was marked by another male that lives close to you. You couldn't smell it but your cat could. I would look for strays in the area and try to keep your distance. Also, if he isn't fixed, you might want to get him fixed as this will calm those urges a bit.
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.
I try to brush my cat even though he has never liked it. He has killed 6 mice in our basement. He’s matted in back but he attacks me when I try to comb him. I bleed and get scared. Could he have gotten something from them?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes. The main issue, depending on your area, is fleas which can carry many diseases. Also, your cat may not want you to comb him for other reasons. He could have an injury there that bled and caused the clumps. He could have clumps so bad that combing is painful. I would take your cat to the vet for advice on this. Also, catching mice and delivering them to you is their way of 'feeding' you as part of the family, a compliment.
I noticed a rash with a large bald spot under my cats rear leg. I am going to take him to the vet, but I started noticing that while he was sitting down, he was moving back and forth slightly. It seems strange because I've never noticed this before. What does this mean?
I adopted a four-year-old cat one year ago. She seems to have bonded with me; however, she always sits facing away from me. The minute I start petting her she turns her tail side to me. What does this mean ?
When a cat turns their butt towards you during pets, they are telling you that they trust you. Things to look for when a cats back is turned to you is speed of the tail swishes and ears back. A happy cat will have a slow swish and will not have ears tucked all the way back. Your cat might also lick you, called grooming which is only done when you are a member of the pack, or attempting to share your drinks and food.
My cat will only cuddle with me if I have a certain blanket and she will only lay on the blanket. Sometimes she will try to stretch, but my something else will be there, so she stops the stretch and is hesitant about it. She will run away if I try to cuddle her without the blanket. Why does she do this?
This is a tricky question because there could be so many reasons. If she is new to the house, the blanket can mean safety. If she is a kitten, the blanket can feel like a mom. If she is unfixed, the blanket can mean protection from rough mating. Also if there is one she used to trust, like a previous owner, the blanket might have their familiar scent. Try spending more time with her in play and pet her often. Not cuddle, but a sweeping pet on the back or a quick rub of her head. She may warm up to you then. However, if she doesn't, don't get angry because that is most likely how she wishes it to be. I always say that cats are fickle.
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.
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.
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.
When I am alone in my room with my cat, she purrs and is all over me. When she is downstairs with the rest of the family, she acts completely opposite. When I try to pick her up, she gets angry. When she knows that it's time for bed she will act this way. She does not sleep with me, why?
I can't be certain, but I suspect your cat is not comfortable down stairs with the family. Something bothers her to the point where she feels she must be on constant guard. She loves on you when you are alone, but must be alert when the family is near. I would try a few smalls things to change this. One would be to get the family to play with her. Two would be to ensure she has several high safe havens that she can easily reach to go when she feels threatened. This would also allow her to survey the area without having to be on constant alert. Three would be to see if you can discover her reason for being uncomfortable. It could be as easy as someone wearing heavy boots that frightens her or as complicated as the next door neighbor's dog barks a lot. Also, if she is not fixed, unfixed males can also make her behave in this way.
Why would my cat pee and poop on the couch and bed, and no where else?
There are many reasons, and the most usual one is medical. However, some cats will do it to mark their territory. Has something changed such as location, new additions to the family or a stray cat outside? Also, check your litter boxes to see if he is having trouble jumping in or the box is dirty.
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.
My kitten didn't want to sleep in the same room as me yesterday, could it possibly be because I'm sick?
Yes, or perhaps because you weren't moving as much and he wanted to play. I can't say for certain. Wait until you feel better and try again. Also, be aware that colds and other illnesses can be passed to our feline companions, so please watch your kitten for signs of runny eyes, breathing issues and runny nose.
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.
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.
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 cat always leads me to her food and then eats it. I'll walk out of my room, she will meow, then I will follow her. She wants me to come in and watch her eat. Do you know what this means?
If there are other animals in the house, she might want you to make sure she doesn't get shoved aside and lose her food. She might also feel safer with you there if other people are in the house.
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.
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 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'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 17
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 13
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 11
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 11
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 10
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?
Your cats seem to be trying to tell you that something is near the home that shouldn't be there like a stray cat that is marking things. Look for places where a cat may have peed or pooped nearby. A male will seek out females that are not fixed and will mark their space for when they do go into heat.Helpful 9
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?
First, if your cat is not fixed, you should get him fixed for a more laid back and healthier kitty. If he is already fixed, try spending time playing with him, he may be bored. If you wear him out, he will sleep more and may resume sleeping with you.Helpful 8
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?
There could be many reasons, but I think your cat can smell another cat on your hand. This would make your cat feel like he must protect his area.Helpful 8
Everytime my cat walks into the room where my family is, she goes to me first to be petted before she goes and makes herself comfortable. Why does she do that?
You seem to be your cat's favorite human, so she naturally goes to you first.Helpful 7
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 7
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.
I have adopted a 7 year old neutered male cat. He can be affectionate and comes to me when called but he will suddenly turn on me without warning while I am petting him. He scratches and bites me. I mainly just pet his head and neck because he doesn't like his tummy or sides touched ( the vet said there is nothing physically wrong and that it is behavioral). He is just so unpredictable that I don't want to touch him for fear of being scratched. What can I do?
Because your cat is seven years old, he may have been abused before you got him and that could be the reason he doesn't like to have certain places touched. Also, older cats can sometimes have 'sore' spots that just hurt when touched, or it could simply be that you are reaching his touch endurance. You can try petting him softer, don't hold or restrain him and make sure you stop as soon as he seems to be getting upset. Also, make sure he has plenty of play action and can look out the window a lot. He might also need a bed and condo of his own to help him feel more at home. Also, check his food to see if it is good for inside older cats because stomach issues can make a cat grumpy.
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 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?
As cats age, their skin becomes tender. Your cat may not be able to enjoy pets for long periods of time. Try petting her softer and slower with breaks to scratch the cheeks and neck.
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.
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.
I've been feeding a stray cat for the past few weeks, and suddenly one night it is meowing too much and doesn't drink milk but tries to enter my house. I'm allergic to cats, so I don't let them in! What is she trying to tell me?
Your cat might be trying to tell you she is cold or feeling threatened by another outside animal. She may also be pregnant and seeking a warm safe place to have her kittens. You might want to take her to a vet for spaying and shots so she doesn't get sick with diseases like Feline Leukemia or Feline Aids. There are treatments that you can use to reduce pet dander which is the allergen that causes your allergic reaction and hey will allow you to allow the cat to come into your home and be safer.
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.
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.
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?
Cats don't pay attention to the feeder, just the food. Try setting the feeder to dispense earlier so that when feeding time comes there is already food there. I would also take a few days to get your cat used to a closed bedroom door when you go to bed He will be upset, but once he knows you won't give in, he will settle back down.
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.
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?
Cats like lots and lots of activities, especially young ones. Get him lots of things he can call his own and that will keep him occupied and make him tired. Examples might be: a scratching post with dangling toys, a cat tree and/or shelves he can climb on and watch out a window or play toys like tinkle balls. Just be aware that cats are picky and may not like some things. You will have to keep trying. Remember, the more you get him (and play with him) the less he will hunt you.
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.
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.
I got home today, and my cat has been acting weird. When ever some one scratches or roughed up the area close to her tail or butt she would slightly raise it, extend the back leg muscle and meow in a different voice. It is different from her normal butt raise that she usually does and she doesn't usually meow as much. I also noticed in one spot dander would fall out when I scratch it. Is she sick?
This is usually a sign of dry skin. Your cat is enjoying the scratching of her itch. There are lotions available for cats to help moisturize the skin and/or you can brush her daily to reduce the dry skin buildup. Most cats suffer from this when they are inside with dry heat like we often do.
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?
If the boxes are high on the sides, the cats may be having trouble getting in them. Also, if they are covered, try removing the covers, so no one gets trapped inside by another cat. I always recommend that you have at least one box per cat to allow for dominance claims on them. Also, be sure the boxes are big enough for the largest cat to use comfortably.
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.
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.
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?
Cats live in a society of hierarchy, and younger females are 'rivals' for mating even if they are all fixed. Try playing with them in the same room using toys or a laser they can chase. The more time they spend together playing will mean less time fighting. Also, when they do fight, try putting something between them to stop the immediate threat. This redirects the aggressor to something less dangerous for the young one.
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.
Why does my cat meow at me with his back to me? I've tried following him, and he just walks to the living room to lie down and flick his tail. I try engaging him by playing, but he seems utterly disinterested.
I can't be certain, but I think he might be trying to contact someone he misses, or another cat he can wrestle. Sometimes cats can smell the cats outside and want them gone, so they meow in the cat's direction to give them a hint. Look for strays outside that can be fed at some distance from your house. Get your cat fixed if he isn't already, because that reduces their hormonal responses. I would also make sure he has plenty of places to climb up and look out the windows. The last thing I could suggest is to make sure he has plenty of shelves and areas that he can get up on to observe his world from above.
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.)
Cats are similar to humans in many ways. I think your cat may have PTSD from his time as a feral cat. It does happen and causes huge mood swings such as you describe. I would take the cat to a vet for evaluation. I hope this helps you.
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.
My cat always places two toy balls side by side on the floor and leaves them. Why?
I can't be sure, but I think it is his way of keeping house, so to speak. I once had a cat who would not lay in his bed unless his favorite toy was lying beside it. I wouldn't worry about too much about it, just don't move the toys.
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.
Every time I come home from being out, my cat dives head first into the bag I had and won’t get out. Is there a specific reason as to why?
Your cat is trying to tell where you have been and is enjoying your scent as well. Try leaving something of yours, that you have worn and not washed, in your cat's bed to give him something that smells like you while you are gone. This might get him out of the bag quicker by giving him your scent while you are gone.
Sometimes, my cat sticks her paw in the water bowl for no reason. Why is this?
Cats generally have to use their paw to clear water they find in the wild. Because it is instinctive, many cats will still do it even when the water is clear. And there are cats who love to play with water (these are not common though).
What does it mean if a cat faces away from the owner?
A cat who faces away from an owner on purpose is trying to tell you they are angry (it is considered to be an insult). The faster the tail whips will tell you how angry. However, sometimes cats do it because they just get bummed, or they just want to be left alone.
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 is about 8 months old and she is pregnant. We are fostering her. She was found in a hoarding situation so she was shy and sketchy at first. But now she seems to be settled in except this one thing, you can pet her for seconds, minutes, hours, anything; but she’ll walk close to your face and then scratch you. She’s done it three times now in the past week. But again, there’s no signs of aggression and once she has done it, she still wants to be pet and loved?
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.
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 is a full outdoor cat and always has been. She has never liked the indoors, and with winter already here and her usual spot taken up by dogs, I decided to buy her a huge cage and turned it into the cat's house (I have 4 but she's the oldest). At first, she loved it, but now she doesn't want to be there anymore and decides to sleep out in the cold, what does that mean?
Most likely one of your other cats has marked it for their own. This will make her chose outdoors rather than fight. You might want to buy her a new one and make sure there are enough for all of the cats. Also, make sure you have hay or straw, not cloth, inside the cage because cloth will absorb the moisture from the air and will then freeze to a bed of ice.
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.
My cat is pushing his forehead on my forehead. What does it mean?
When cats are born, their mom will wash their forehead as a sign of love. Your cat is probably trying to show you the same affection.
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 is my cat making weird moaning sounds when I am near him or I pet him?
When cats are happy or content they will "purr", which is the sound their mother makes when the kittens nurse. Just like us, their voices are all different.
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.
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.
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.
My male cat is very skittish and doesn't really like people. However, if I go to my room he jumps on the bed and wants to be loved. Why does he ignore me everywhere except my room?
Most likely he feels more comfortable in the bedroom. Has he been there for a longer period? Or perhaps there is something there of his like his litter box or his bed. Try getting him beds that begin in your room, but then get moved to other rooms where you spend a lot of time. Also, he may be nervous about other cats either in the house or the yard.
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?
I believe your kitten is looking for play time with you. Try playing with him before bed. Tire him totally out and you will probably have a tired kitty that sleeps most of the night and stops going after your face.
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.
Can a cat tell if you're pregnant?
Some cats do seem to have that ability. All cats are able to tell if you are upset or angry because your scent changes, so pregnancy can be just another scent change to them.
Our 8-month-old female cat just went through being in heat for the first time and while we have done almost everything to keep her inside during this time she somehow found her way out a few weeks ago. Now I'm beginning to wonder if she is pregnant because she now flinches, jumps and isn't okay with touching her belly even when picking her up. If you touch her belly she lets out a meow. Do you possibly know what my cat's protectiveness of her belly could mean?
I fear your cat is pregnant because she was in heat when she got out and I can guarantee there were several males waiting just outside the house for the chance to mate with her. As far as the rest is concerned, you might want to take her in for a check. This will tell you if she is pregnant for certain and will allow the vet to check out the tender belly.
My cat suddenly wants to sit on my lap, and she doesn’t look as happy as usual. Is there something wrong with her?
There could be. Cats can't talk so they use subtle signs to tell us something is wrong. I would take your cat to a vet to see what might be affecting her.
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.
What does it mean when one cat pulls another cat by the fat of the neck and drags them across the floor?
That behavior is usually saved for the mother cat when she moves her kittens. When adult cats do this, it is a way for one cat to dominate another. Generally, the cats are play-fighting when they do this. I would keep an eye on them to ensure that the one being dragged isn't getting bullied too much.
My cat is continuously meowing whenever he sees me. He also tries to hide himself, his pupils are always round, he is not lying down, and he walks in an inappropriate manner. What is he trying to tell me?
I can't be sure, but your cat seems to be "in heat" which means he wants to mate. If he is not fixed, I would look into that pretty quickly. Also, your cat may have scented strays in the area that are causing him to feel he must protect his territory. Another reason could be he is injured or sick. Either way, I would see a vet before I look elsewhere for a cause.
When I pick up my kitty he is always digging his front claws into my shoulder and back. I have never dropped him. Why would my cat claw at my shoulder and back?
It truly depends upon the background of the cat. An abused or stray cat would not feel safe in the arms of a human. If the cat does not have a violent past, it could be that he just likes to hang on tight. A possible solution is to get his claws trimmed regularly to keep the grabbing to a minimum.
My cat always licks my fingers or hand, pretty much anything you put near him. Is this good or bad?
It is fine for him to do this, he is probably trying to identify things that way. Some cats have nasal issues which could also cause them to try everything that comes near them for identification since their sense of smell is compromised. There are many cats that just like to lick everything.
Why does my cat show signs of affection and then out of nowhere show negative or aggressive tendencies towards me? It is back and forth every day for the past three months (keep in mind he is only 6 months old).
Kittens want to play more than anything. They have huge amounts of pent-up energy just aching to get out by pouncing, jumping, biting and scratching their pretend prey. Not many are constant cuddles. Try wearing him out more with play, tunnels and cat condos to occupy him. He will cuddle more and fight less when worn out from play.
Why does my cat walk towards me when I stroke her back?
Stroking the back of a feline is the usual way to pet them and many love it; in fact, most of them do. Some will show you by lifting their backs, some will walk closer, some will move away and then come back and some will just walk away. If your cat moves away, she is trying to tell you she doesn't want anymore. Walking closer means more, more, more.
Why won't my cat come into my bedroom with me anymore? When it's me and my wife, she sits at the doorway and stares, but she will go into the room when I'm not in there with my wife, why?
There are different reasons for her change in behavior. One may be that she is angry that you have someone else in the room and whether she likes your wife or not, she is not happy with you. Another reason may be that you have done something that she does not like. This could be petting a stray or someone's pet transferring their scent onto you or your clothes. Another thing could be that you don't do anything with her like playing or feeding her. If your wife does all of that then your wife is the one your cat prefers. Try spending more time with your cat and be sure to stay away from other animals. Look for strays outside your bedroom window because that may be what she is smelling.
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.
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.
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.
My cat always takes over my side of the bed. When I get up and come back, she lays in my spot. Why does she do this?
If you are living without a partner, it is because your side of the bed is warm from your body heat. If you have a partner and the cat still lays on your side, it is because it is warm and smells like you.
My cat Dusty will roll over to get you to pet his stomach but then get seriously angry and aggressive, then bite and claw you. Is rolling over just my cat's form of play? He was a feral kitten that found his way to us over 7 years ago now. Not sure if that plays a part in this.
There are some cats who will play roughly and this is one way for them to do it, however, you should have a vet check him to see if there is something wrong. Especially if this is a new behavior. Also, use toys you can dangle for him to chase and catch so your hands do not get the teeth and claws.
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.
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.
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.
My cat was dying in my arms and she held on to me, then bit my finger and wouldn't let me go. What does this mean?
Cats live by scent and family. You are your cat's family and she took that taste and scent to her grave because it was comforting to her.
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.
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 senior cat, 16 years, shadows me everywhere. It can be annoying. She is way more fussy in her eating, however, still drinks lots of water and likes her dry food. I work and I worry about her ‘neediness’ regarding being near a human and always needing to touch/lie on a human. Any thoughts?
There are many reasons this is the case but I think it might be an easy fix. First, your sixteen year old cat may be having teeth issues which could explain the picky eating. She may also miss you while you are gone. Try giving her a blanket you have used or a shirt you wore. Put it in her bed or favorite perch. This puts your scent in and on her favorite spots which makes your absence more bearable. Extra water consumption can be a sign of diabetes which can be life-threatening. You might want to take her to a vet just to make sure nothing is wrong.
Why does my cat keep dragging out my dirty laundry?
Though it is hard for us to believe it, the cat smells your scent on the clothes and wants to play or lie on them. I had a cat that would suck on mine, so I had to keep the laundry room door closed.
Why is my cat not letting me pet him or pick him up?
I don't know your cat so I don't know his temperament but I would hazard a guess that he used to allow petting and lifting. Once he begins to fight you over those items, it could mean he has injured himself or has a blockage in his intestines. If his behavior is not new, then I would say he is simply a cat who doesn't like to be petted or picked up.
Is it normal for my cat's fur to change color? I mean he has three colors of fur. He is brown with black spots and white chin and orange face. All of his front body from head to paws is changing color and his back has orange tips. Is that normal?
Actually, yes. Just like us, your cat's metabolism changes with age. His fur colors will reflect the changes just as we gray with age.
Yesterday, I had three cats on my porch acting really strange. They made a lot of noises. I said to them "kitty kitty" and after that, they started climbing the window screen, door screen and even trying to come in by the air conditioner side. I got scared because that did not seem normal. They acted like that for 30 minutes or more. What was wrong?
I can't be sure, but I think it might have been that they were looking for food and since you called them, they thought you were going to feed them.
My cat has a bad habit of banging his paw on the stove where his food is located. Then I put him in front of the bowl, and he eats 3 bites and bangs again and again while eating. We have moved his food, and that made him so upset. Is this just a habit or some other issue? I feed him good foods, and he enjoys them, but this is driving all of us crazy. What can we do to stop this habit?
Some cats have strange habits, and this could be the case. However, there could be other reasons. None of the reasons are life threatening so you can relax on that score. I believe that your cat likes the sound of the stove when he bangs his paw. It could also be that he associates the stove with eating and no other location gives him that feeling. Try moving his dish a little at a time. Each day it moves a little bit further from the place you usually put it. Eventually, you will be able to feed him in a completely different spot. However, I would get used to the sound of his banging because I don't think that part will stop.
For weeks my cat meowed all night when I would go to bed and wouldn't stop till I’d get up and stay in the living room with him. He did not want to stay in the bedroom with me either. All of a sudden, the last three nights he hasn't bothered me at all. What could have changed this behavior?
There could be many reasons for your cat's behavior. However, I think he was testing your boundaries. What I mean is that he was seeking how far you would let him cry before you go lay with him. Many times cats will push the limits of their owners, just like a toddler who wants to see how far he can push his parents. If they don't get the reaction they expect, they will stop the behavior. The only other thing I can think of is that there was a stray outside your living room that was spraying (marking with urine) the outside and your cat was upset by this. If your cat is not fixed, this could also lead to urinating in the house to mark his own territory against intruders. Check around to see if there is a stray that has been roaming outside your apartment. Removing this animal or feeding it some distance from the home can also help.
My son is bringing boxes over because he is moving in. Now my male cat is around the boxes yowling all the time, why?
The behavior is typical of cats that can smell the strong scent of another cat. Usually it has to do with an unfixed male or a female in heat. If your cat is unfixed, getting him fixed could reduce his reactions to the scent.
Why would a cat sit and slide down a pillow?
I can't be sure, but they may be just enjoying the ride. If they drag their bum on blankets or rugs, it could also mean he has worms.
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.
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 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 one, almost two, year old female cat has never laid directly on me before. And all of a sudden she did. It's not like she doesn't like me. She follows me everywhere and usually sleeps on a pillow beside me. What can the sudden change of her laying on me mean?
It could be she has finally felt comfortable enough to climb on your lap, or she simply changed her mind. Some behaviors can not always be explained. However, it doesn't really mean problems. I would enjoy the attention.
My kitten has been eating canned food for a couple of days now, and she stopped drinking water from her bowl, but still seems interested in water elsewhere. She has also started licking my clothes, and blankets for no apparent reason. Why won't she drink her water?
My cat always sleeps in my bedroom, never downstairs. Now he comes downstairs, looks confused, wants to go outside and then comes in and hides. Do you think there is something wrong?
Whenever a cat changes their behavior it is a time to check them and their surroundings. It could be something bad is or has happened to him. If his food intake or bathroom habits have changed, get him to a vet. Also, check for these things to see if it is outside: new strays, a new dog outside that barks a lot, a loud vehicle that has suddenly started coming down your street, a new family member or friend that somehow frightens your cat or a loss of where he was hanging out. Things you can try are playing with him more, giving him a shelf he can sit on to look outside and making sure he has plenty of places that are 'his' places and no one else.
I got a new kitten about a week ago and he constantly meows at me but he does not want food or to use the bathroom or to play or to cuddle. He just rubs my ankles meowing. He also does this thing where he purrs and grabs my hand with both paws then bites my finger. What is he trying to tell me?
Kittens are very playful, and play is how they learn. Your cat will bite you during play until you tell him otherwise. A yelp from you should help him understand that he is hurting you. Also, your cat may be looking for the rest of his family. They get homesick just like we do. Give him a little time, and he should come around. Be sure to spend a lot of time playing with him and giving him places to climb and look out of the window.
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'm a college student and my one cat adores me. Not so much with everyone else. She will always spend time in my room when I'm home and hangs out there a lot. However, when I'm at school, she will apparently not go into my room at all. Why might this be? I'm assuming because that is our space and she feels weird being there when I'm not, but it makes me kind of sad to think that.
A couple days ago, I had two seizures and fainted once. A couple days before this happened, I noticed her behavior was unusual. She will look at me and meow really loud. I'll check her food but she’ll have food. I’ll open the door for her to go outside but she just stands there meowing at me and she’s starting to sleep with me (which is not normal for her). She follows me whenever I get up to walk around. Can she sense that something might be wrong, and is she trying to tell me?
Cats are very sensitive about physical and mental problems. They know when you are sick, upset, angry, or just not feeling right. They are also very good judges of when seizures, or other recurring issues, are about to happen. I would take a moment to thank your cat and then listen to her, she sounds like a very smart kitty.
Why does my cat want me to sit with her when she is with her newborn kittens? The moment I get up and leave she comes to find me.
If your cat is a first-time mom, it could be that she wants you to help her with the babies because she isn't sure of what to do. It could also be that she wants to show them off to you. I would spend time with her, petting her and the babies (if she lets you) and tell her that the babies are wonderful and she did a great job, etc. Spend less and less time with her, and she will get comfortable with her babies on her own. Also, help her by making sure the babies are clean and growing. She could be a mother that can't handle the kittens, and you might have to take over.
My cat never lays next to me but started laying next to me today. What is trying to say?
It is probably that they are finally comfortable with you and have begun to trust you.
Is my new cat sick? I got him a week ago, and the workers told me he could not see well, so I understand that, but he is constantly sneezing, and his eyes are runny, and he never stops meowing. Is he okay?
I am sorry I was unable to answer this question sooner. Your cat seems to have an upper respiratory infection. I would get him to a vet immediately.
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.
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.
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.
Why does my kitten walk all over me at night trying to cuddle by my face and purring loudly. If I get up in frustration he is jumping around trying to play. Why is he doing this?
I believe your kitten is looking for play time with you. Try playing with him before bed. Tire him totally out and you will probably have a tired kitty that sleeps most of the night and stops going after your face.
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?
Cats are always unique in how they communicate. He may simply prefer to lay on your hand rather than be petted by it. It doesn't mean he loves your attention less, just that he likes to lay on your hand more.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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?
Most likely she is since cats waste no time mating when in heat. That means her belly will begin getting very big shortly. Check her to make sure she hasn't been injured during her time she was outside. Then make sure to keep an eye on her because pregnant kitties need more nutrition to stay healthy and make milk for the little ones.
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.
When my cat thinks he is falling, he holds on to me, is that trust?
Yes, but it is also instinct to grab onto whatever is available when falling. Grabbing you means he trusts you.
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?
The meowing is probably because she is now very lonely. As far as the older cat reaching for the cat under your door, this is natural. As long as the cat can't get in and the other one can't get out, this would still be safe for the young cat. Her wanting to be with you is because you have become the 'safe haven' in the new home and she wants to be safe.
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.
What does it mean when my cat sometimes crouches down when you try to pet him?
I can't be sure of the reason, except that sometimes they just don't want to be petted. I have cats who do that now and then so I just leave them alone.
What do I do if, whenever I enter a room, the cat jumps out of my arms and hisses and runs under the bed to hide?
There is probably the scent of another cat or dog in the room. You can't smell it but the cat can. If there are no other animals in the home, try putting small blankets in bed with you and then under the bed for a bit. Do not wash them, instead put them into cat beds throughout the house to spread your scent and the cat's scent. This will help your cat identify the home as your's and his now by placing his scent where the other scents had been.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why does my cat lay down facing away from me? He loves to be by my side but he refuses to sleep, cuddle or interact with me or face me from the front, What is that? He loves me and shows he loves me vibrantly but just doesn't face me unless from a distance.
Like us, cats have their own likes and dislikes. I believe your cat just doesn't like to face you. I would like to remind you, however, that turning the rump towards you and/or putting it in your face is a sign of trust and love. Just keep a watch on his tail, because if it is flicking wildly it could indicate anger.
I have Scottish Fold cat and since he was small (3 months old) to this day (1 year) he was always pushing us away from him. He would make loud meows and bite or scratch our hand if we want to play with him or hold him at all. He doesn’t like any fluffy things, like blankets or pet beds and he doesn’t like it at all when someone comes to pet him, or to put him in our lap. Do you maybe have some answers that can help us?
My sister's cat is constantly annoyed at me unless I'm holding (human) food or go into my basement. Then he is purring, meowing, weaving in between my legs and following me everywhere I go. He is a neutered male (and his brother is my cat), so what is he trying to tell me?
He might be hoping you will take him outside or to his brother, whom he can smell on your clothes. Sometimes cats like certain places, like the basement, or a special window where they can look out. He might also want to make sure you can only pay attention to him instead of his brother. Cats are not always forth-coming with their signs, but I bet he bugs you the whole time you are down there. Try giving him a condo he can use to watch what you are doing. A toy he likes is also a good idea as it will keep him occupied.
My cat has been watching my dad lately. Whenever my dad is getting ready to lay down on the bed, my cat is usually on the floor watching him take his slippers off and lay down. These two do not get along well, what could it be/mean?
It could mean several different things, however I believe this is his way of telling you that there is something wrong. It doesn't necessarily mean your dad is sick, only perhaps sad or upset. Cats are very sensitive to such things. There is also the possibility that the cat wants to play with your father's slippers, or perhaps sleep on his previous warm spot (where your father was sitting). Another reason might be that he is warming up to your father. Ask your father how he is feeling and if he is suddenly liking the cat.
My cat meows at me then attacks my leg and bites me. What is going on? Is he in heat?
Cats, especially kittens, are full of energy and need a lot of play to wear them out. This could be the reason. More play might settle him down a bit. When a male cat wishes to mate, he will get very loud, will pee everywhere and will try to go out every chance he can. If he doesn't get the chance to mate, he can get a bit wild. For this, I would get him fixed. That should stop the attacks, at least it usually does.
My cat recently has been sitting everywhere (she never did this before) and seems out of sorts, what does this mean?
I can't give you a good answer because I don't understand what meh means. Please elaborate. The sitting can simply mean she/he is checking things out more.
Every time I eat an orange, my cat digs her face into my hands. She even rubs her teeth on the palms of my hands. I don’t know why but I do know oranges aren’t good for them. Aren’t cats supposed to hate the smell of citrus fruits?
Yes, and most do. I would wash my hands right after eating oranges to remove as much of the scent as possible. As far as her liking the smell of oranges, every cat, like us, is different and she is just a unique girl.
My boyfriend and I recently moved in together and his cat started urinating and pooping on the bed and couch, why?
Territory. His cat is trying to let you know that the bed and boyfriend are his. Try to win him over by feeding him and using playtime as a way to gain his trust. Also, ask the boyfriend to "introduce" the two of you to show his acceptance of you.
My cat just grabbed my arm in his mouth and tried to pull me across the bed, why?
It is hard to say why because I don't know the circumstances surrounding the situation. It could be play or the cat wanted something from you. Cats also consider you to be part of their 'clan' and she might have just been trying to protect you from something she could see or smell, but you could not.
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?
Your cat may be angry at you and is rebelling. Try getting him interested in play with you to change the direction of his attention. He will probably come around soon enough. If not, you might want to take him back to the vet to ensure he is not injured from the surgery.
My cat just had a kitten. I was laying next to both of them, and when she began to feed her baby, she slightly curled her lip up. Why is this?
All cats have different little habits that make them unique. So, like us, they do these things at odd times. I can't really tell you why, just that it is one of her quirks.
My cat is nearly a year old and has stopped moving around as much. He prefers a cozy corner to sit and sleep most of the day. He never was an active cat, but was nosy. He has stopped being nosy and just sits in his cozy spot all day, why?
As cats age, they change as we do; however, drastic changes of behavior can be warning signs of something bigger. I would visit the vet and let him check your cat to see if there is a physical problem. Also, many cats will just lay around if they are too overweight. If that is the case, you should start walking him and playing with him to get him down to a healthier weight. Over-weight cats often suffer serious health issues due to their weight.
My cat only lets me touch her. She sits on me and lays with me and purrs etc., but won't let my husband touch her. She gets just out of his reach. Could you help me, please?
Cats don't always like the smell of those who provide them with a home. Try getting your husband to play with her during the day or in the evenings. Use a stick toy of some sort so she is not close to him at first. He can also start feeding her and giving her treats. It might help her better accept him.
My cat doesn't want to move around. Why would my cat only want to lay down and not move?
The most common reasons for a cat to not move is that they are too fat or they are ill. The extra weight will make him tired more easily and can cause diabetes, among other things; and being ill can be life-threatening. I would take him to the vet to get him checked out, first before you try anything else. Also, if there is nothing for your cat to do, then he won't do anything, so try getting him toys that he seems to like. I notice that red is a good color for my cats, for instance, so I get them red toys. Try using toys you can swing for him to play with, this will get him jumping and more energetic. A trip outside on a leash will sometimes help cats that are not too skittish. You can also try to get him an outside cat yard which will allow him time outside while keeping him safe.
Why does my cat hide under my bed at night time and refuse to come out?
Your cat is probably suffering from poor night vision even though cats generally have incredible night vision. Try using a small night light to offer the cat a way to see. Be certain the cat does not stay outside at night as well because poor night vision can make him vulnerable to attack by other animals.
My cat loves to get close to me and rub her face against mine, but, as soon as there's a big noise, she leaps off quickly. When I see her around the house, she runs away and won't let you stroke her unless it's on her terms. What does this mean?
Believe it or not, there are many cats that don't like to be petted unless it is on their terms. When they love you, enjoy it. And when they are not, ignore them as they ignore you. It might just get them to start paying more attention. Also, play is a big part of a cat's life so try actively playing with her. She might be so glad; she will share her joy with 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 took a couple of staggered steps backwards and then walked forward. Why would he walk backwards? Thank you.
There are a number of things that can cause that behavior. It could just be something that he has started doing. No big deal. It could be an injured back leg. Or his back leg has gone to sleep. The worse one would be that he has suffered a head injury, If he hasn't had an injury of any kind that you know of, then I wouldn't worry about it. You didn't tell me how old or if he goes outside, these factors could contribute to an injury of which you might now be aware. Also, if the staggering continues than I would get the cat to a vet.
My cat talks to me all the time. She recently hurt her back leg (soft tissue injury) and now she doesn't meow as much. Why?
It could just be because meowing causes strain on the sore tissue. Cats use their muscles in the same basic way that we do, and I have noticed that when I hurt myself, talking and laughing hurts. It could also be that she just doesn't have much to say anymore, but I can't be sure. I would just wait to see how she does in the future, but I wouldn't worry about it.
Tonight my cat hasn’t come in for dinner. When he didn't show up tonight, we started calling him in the usual way with no response. We found him hiding; but when approached, he let out a very low sounding meow and jumped over the fence into our neighbor's yard. It is now 3 am and I am still waiting for him to come in. Our cat is a large neutered 15 y.o. male. Would this suggest that he is unwell?
My senior cat, 16 years, is only wanting to eat her dry food and fine creamy treats. She drinks lots of water. Are these creamy treats good for her? She ha.
Real cream items are not good for your cat because they can't digest it as easily as we do. Also, the extra water consumption could be a red flag for diabetes. I would get her to vet just to make sure.
My Balinese female cat constantly stretches her back legs, walks then stretches her back leg again. Why does she do this?
Balinese, like their Siamese cousins, are intelligent and very active. Your cat may be trying to tell you that she is ready to play, or she might just need to crack her leg joints a bit. Try playing with her using toys that make her jump and run. If her legs seem to bother her during play, you might want to take her for a vet visit. Also, if she is unfixed, she may be trying to attract a male cat that she can smell, perhaps one that is outside the home.
Why does my cat like to chew the fur on his leg when I rub a certain spot?
Each cat has spots that are sensitive. I can't tell you if he likes it or not, but if he chews his leg too hard or bites you, I would stop doing it.
My cat has recently developed a habit of sitting on his hind legs and with his front paws up simultaneously, move them as if to beg. In the beginning, we checked his food and water, then litter box. We played with him, pet him, talked to him.... but he always reverts back to his funny begging ways. He is not giving any additional signs of needing something. Could you help decipher this?
Cats are cute in the things they do and background plays a huge part of their reasons why. It could be because he is begging for human food or that he likes reaching up. If he used to be a stray, he could be thanking you for rescuing him. He could also be looking for things to climb high like a condo or tree in the window. I suggest making sure he has plenty of windows to look out and plenty of things for him to climb.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why is it when I pick up my cat from one area he goes right back to it?
There are several reasons why that might happen: he may feel safer there; he may be trying to tell you something about the area; he may simply like that area, or something may have happened in your area that has him seeking refuge. I would look for alley cats in the area, holes where mice can come in or wildlife in the walls or close by to determine his reasoning. Also, some cats just like certain places and will keep going back.
My parents left for a week and left the cat at my grandma's house since they've been back all the cat does is sit and stare out the window, why could this be?
Your cat may be suffering from separation anxiety. It is used to being with certain people and was suddenly placed in an entirely different environment. Lots of love and attention can help with that. Attention like play time, pet time, and even attention while it is in the window.
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.
Why does my cat cuddle after I feed him?
Cats have a usual routine they follow. The usual routine is to clean up after eating and then sleep. I would guess you have become part of his routine as a thank you for taking care of him, and because most cats love to be cuddled by their "people."
My cat sleeps with me and at night I can feel him digging his nails into my skin. I am not sure what he is trying to tell me. He will then jump up and go and will lick himself. What or why is he doing that?
I can't be certain, but I believe he is "kneading" on you. This is the way kittens pump mom's milk when they are kittens and a sign of contentment. The cleaning could just be because he is used to cleaning after nursing.
My cat used to hiss at me when I first got him. Has since stopped; but, when I look at him, go to pat him, walk toward him while going somewhere in the house or simply just walk past him, he will run in the opposite direction. What does this mean? What can I do to show him he's safe and I'm not going to hurt him?
My cat ignores me or sleeps until I get ready to sit down on the couch in the evening and watch TV. Then he gets behind the television and starts chewing on cords. I tried to pet him and play with him, but he won't participate. He doesn't get behind the TV any other time during the day. What should I do to change his behavior?
Try giving him something he can't resist. Purchase two cardboard scratching furniture pieces and put one on each side of the TV. Then purchase things like pig ears for dogs to give your cat something like the cords to chew on.
My cat is perfectly fine at home. She’s snuggly, playful, and sweet. But when we go to visit my mom (I have to take her with us), all of a sudden she hisses and growls at the slightest movement. What should I do?
Cats guard their territory instinctively, and by removing her from her home, you cause her to feel like everything that is her's is suddenly gone. This also gives her the impression that even home isn't home and she might start to act out there as well. You need to get something that she can claim as her own, for example, a cat bed. Let her use it at home to get her scent all over it and then take it with her when you go to your mom's. Help her to find it when you arrive, so she knows where you set it. Take it back with you when you go home. Put the bed in a quiet area, but make sure she can hear and see you.
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?
I believe your cat is being over stimulated. Many cats have certain areas that they will be a bit sensitive when it comes to constant pets. Some will cry, some will swat, some will leave, and some will bite. I would stop petting him when he cries out. He will probably get up at that time.
My cat suddenly started jumping up onto surfaces he knows he's not allowed on that he's NEVER bothered with before. My nightstand, my desk, my lidded hamper. Even this small stack of boxes I have in my room. I'm a little worried. Can you please help me?
Cats change behavior and temperament just like we do and for many of the same reasons. I would check with your vet.
My cat is constantly laying on me when I’m in bed. Is it a comfort thing? He also likes to lick my face when he lays on me. He is extremely clingy like a toddler. Could it be because he was rejected by his mom at 6 weeks right after she stopped nursing and he feels that he needs more attention?
I recently had a hamster that died; and since then, every night, my cat has been chasing something across the floor. When I look, there is nothing there. My cat also started where the cage used to be and sometimes jumps at it. Does he see the hamster?
My cat keeps looking at my door in my room meowing at it around 2:35; and when I open the door, and no one is there he runs under my bed and will refuse to come out until the door is shut and I pick him up. Then he will stare at my closet looking like he is about to pounce and continues to stare at my closet for about ten minutes, then he will relax. What is he trying to tell me?
The possibilities are endless really, but a few that jump out are that someone makes him nervous outside your door at 2:35 so that he hides from them and only feels comfortable when you close the door and comfort him. The closet can be that he hears and/or can smell something in there like a mouse (in the wall most likely) or the neighbors. He could also be smelling something that bothers and/or frightens him. I would strongly recommend that you get him fixed, if he is not, because that could be causing the behavior as well. Try to occupy your cat at that time with food or play to get his mind off the door. Also, make sure he can see outside because the smells may be coming from there and he can't see them, which could upset him.
My cat is acting weird. He likes the outdoors a lot. Is he trying to tell me something? He also meows constantly. He likes water and he likes baths. Is he telling me something? Can you please tell me?
My cat is eating often but not drinking, and I do not want my cat to be dehydrated. What can I do to make him drink more often?
Many cats don't like to drink, they get their fluids from the foods they eat. In the wild, that would be blood; but in domestication we have to compromise a bit. If you feed your cat only dry food, I would supplement with wet food to get more fluid into him. You can also put warm water or meat juices over dry food to add moisture. To determine if your cat is dehydrated, check for pink gums. Grayish or white gums indicate there is an issue and you should get the cat to the vet immediately. Pink means the cat is doing well.
My cat has been living outside for 15 years. Now she has been disappearing for hours and sometimes a couple days. This started about a month ago (my cat has never done this before). Is something wrong with my cat?
My cat has recently become very affectionate and vocal towards me. Normally he is like this with my wife but not with me. When I get home from work he is all over me. He also wants to get into our old bedroom, as we had to move our bed and stuff to the living room for safety reasons. Why is there a sudden change in our cat's behavior toward me?
There could be several reasons, but I suspect it is the change in bedroom location and the closing of the room where he is used to being inside. I would make sure you have several of his things from the old bedroom in the living room with you including anything he liked to lay on that was located in the bedroom. Make sure he has plenty of you and your wife's clothes that he likes (put them on his beds and window shelves). Make sure he has plenty of things to keep him busy (toys and condos) and up high. As for his attention to you, he is missing the bedroom or something in the bedroom and I suspect he knows you can open the door so he can retrieve it.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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'.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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?
Some cats prefer one person over another. Your boyfriend may play with him better or is the only one who feeds him. Perhaps you are the one who gets the tough love items done and your boyfriend does the happy-happy things. Try switching chores sharing them. Also make sure you do more with him than cuddling, like playing with him to tire him out before eating.
Why do cats play the door game after I have fed them? They want in then back out. This goes on and on, why?
Cats like to control situations and will often slow down their movements and requests for that to work. If you don't want to 'play', just ignore him a few times and he will settle down. Be patient though, because cats are stubborn.
I went to my grandparents' house and they have cats. All of a sudden, yesterday, the cat was following me around the house and tried to climb me, why?
There could be many reasons for this behavior depending on how close you are to the cat and whether you have cats of your own. If I had to guess, I would say it was most likely because he could smell something new, like another animal, on you and wanted to get a closer sniff.
How can I get my outdoorsy cat in at night?
That is a difficult question since cats are nocturnal, meaning they naturally hunt (or play) at night. I have found that the only way is to give the cat an exciting world inside and then don't let him out at all.
My cat is fairly affectionate anyway, but every time my husband leaves the house, he immediately runs to me and lays in my lap for a while. If I leave the house, my husband says that the cat automatically goes for the stuffed animal he's had since he was a kitten. What does this mean?
I believe your cat is trying to get comfort for the separation and potentially to offer comfort to you as well.
Why does my cat, who's about 5 months old, meow constantly and look at the bathroom or kitchen door non-stop? She sits there just meowing. She has never been outside and her parents were also indoor cats. Why does she do this?
There could be several reasons, but given her age, I would think she is in heat and wants to mate. That means she will mate with her father if there are no other choices. If she has been fixed, it could mean she can smell or see another cat outside and wants to check them out. Of course, there are some cats who just want to go out because they are curious. I would get the kitten fixed and then make sure there are plenty of places for the kitten to jump, climb and be able to look outside.
Whenever my cat hears a YouTube video with other cats meowing she will come into whatever room the video is playing in, jump up on the bed, couch, etc., lay on me and start purring, kneading me with her front paws, licking my hair, etc. What is this telling me?
That she is worried that you are replacing her with another cat and she wants to make sure you know she loves you. Hearing another cat can be confusing, so be sure she knows you love her back.
One of our cats was playing in a box and all of a sudden was going around in a circle. We took him to the vet. Dr. said it might be vertigo. Since then he hasn't been able to jump up on anything and constantly stays underfoot. Any ideas?
Vertigo is hard to work with whether you are a cat or human being. I would give him small step stools to help him get on beds or even in the litter box. Reduce all of his condos to make it easier for him to climb on and make sure he has a way to get into the windows without jumping.
Why does my cat go into my basement now even though she never liked it down there before?
I can't be sure, but usually, it is because they can smell something different like a rodent or another cat. I would just make sure the basement is safe and let my cat go down if that is what she prefers at the moment. I suspect her attention will be redirected soon enough.
My cat has gone from extremely independent to doing things she has never done before; jumping on my tables, my bathroom sink, my toilet and using the bathroom in my son's room. Is she being ornery or just annoying?
Generally, when a cat changes their usual behavior, it means something in the environment or their health has changed. Check for strays that have wandered close and may be threatening her territory. If she isn't already fixed, you might consider that as her change. Also, sometimes cats will change their behavior because something is wrong in the house. Cats do not generally change to be annoying, but they might if they are bored. Try playing with her more and be sure to give her a place to look out the window.
I feed my cat in the morning, and after she is done she comes in and wakes me up again. Why does she do that?
Cats are nocturnal creatures and chose the warmest spot to nap during the day. She might be trying to tell you that it's her turn in the warm blankets. Or, maybe she just wants company.
What does it mean when I pet my cat, and it bangs its tail on a surface?
I believe your cat is displaying excitement. However, if your cat is growling at the same time, I would stop immediately.
It's a neighbor's outdoor cat, who just started frequently coming over. They have been staying there for 5 months now. This has been going on for 2 weeks. I was wondering, can this cat smell me or is the cat just hungry? I'm afraid of animals and my husband knows it, so he runs it away. However, it comes back EVERYDAY. Could this cat be hungry? Could this cat be smelling the baby?
More than likely the cat smells something that might be living under your house or in a nearby tree. If you put scraps outside, that will also draw the cat's attention. The cat may be smelling the baby, but the baby would not draw the cat to your home. Food or prey would be my answer. Try to ignore the cat and be sure there aren't any unwanted guests living nearby and the cat should get tired of coming over.
When I pet my cat, he half bends his legs. Why does he do that?
I don't really know why. Each cat has their own unique behaviors just like we do; sort of like one person jumps about while playing video games and another will sit still (and perhaps think the first guy is a bit crazy).
My cat lays at the end of my bed and stretches out her leg to lay her paw on the bed frame. It's not a problem, but I'm just curious as to why. She does it every night. Why would my cat want to rest her paw on the bed frame?
Just like you have a favorite position to sleep, so do cats. This just happens to be what she likes to do. Cats are excentric in many ways.
Every night my cat lays on my chest and licks my face. As soon as I go to sleep, she turns and faces the bedroom door. Why does she do that?
Unlike humans, when a cat presents their bottoms to you, it is a sign of trust and love. She trusts you and you are a loving part of her family. The difference between that and turning her back in insult is the distance from you, the closer the better in her book.
Why does my cat eat every time I go into the room?
Some cats feel more comfortable with someone keeping a lookout, or he/she just likes the company.
I have two cats. One 7 years old and the other almost 2 years. The younger one constantly wants attention. I was laying in bed cuddling with the younger one when the older one stands on the younger one and pees on us both. He has never done this before. I am wondering if that was his way of saying that I am not giving him enough attention, what do you think?
You might be correct. However, you might also consider crystals in his bladder. Check for him entering and exiting the box without using it and lack of appetite. If not medical, you might want to try playing with both of them together more often to create a better harmony within the family.
My cat isn’t a snuggling pal at all. She acted like she was yawning yesterday, and last night she slept with me, and occasionally on me. This is not who she is. She seemed to be “snoring” purring while she slept. I called my vet and he can't get her in until Monday. When kneading she had a blanket in her mouth. Could something be caught in the mouth?
The answer is most likely she does have something in her mouth or throat. Cats will often get things in their mouths like string or hair, but they can't get it back out again. Cats have barbs on their tongues which prevent them from spitting something out. The biggest danger is that these items can rip her intestines if they get stuck, which they do quite often. I would get the cat to the vet as planned. Also, be sure to check around your home for anything else she might play with and possibly swallow.
I have a cat named Blue. He keeps meowing at me when my door is opened. He has clean water, food, litter and he is not sick. I give him attention, but that's not what he wants. I don't know what he wants. What could he want?
Your cat is probably looking for play. He needs play time with you to keep him healthy and content. Hopefully, you have toys and cat trees for him to climb and scratch, but play is important as well. He needs to run, pounce and jump as he chases something. It can be a string, a feather or even a mouse with a very long tail. The idea is that you move the toy to entice him to chase it and wear himself out.
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.
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 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.
My cat follows me into the bathroom to get treats. Is it only that he wants treats or is there more to it? He even does it when there are no treats, why?
Cats, like dogs, are food trainable, which means they will perform a certain behavior if they are routinely given a treat as a reward. Once the behavior is there, they will continue to do it even if there is no treat.
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 male cat barely comes home anymore, and yesterday I found out that he's hanging out with another male cat. What does it mean?
There are a few possibilities. If he is unfixed, it could be that he is trying to mate and the other male is his fighting partner. If he is fixed, then he could be bullying other cats with the other male as a fighting partner. He could also be running with a cat that has begun to show him where he can get special food (such as a restaurant dumpster). Or maybe you don't have enough toys and climbing items for him at home. To keep him home longer, I would get him fixed, if he isn't, and then try your best to keep him inside for his safety. Also, getting him all of his shots can keep him safe from outside diseases like rabies, but there are some diseases that are not usually considered when you get shots for your cat. Keeping him inside and getting his shots can keep him safer.
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.
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.
Why does my cat keep calling me back to where her kittens are, but cut my steps off before I get there?
She may not be calling you to the kittens; she could be trying to speak to them. Your moving to her kittens could be causing her to try to protect them. You might want to ensure she has a good, safe place to raise her babies and then let her do the work. Also, make sure she gets extra nutrition to help her produce milk. Another thing is she may have an infection that is preventing her from nursing. Be sure to check for this (her belly will be hot and swollen). If that is the case, bring her to the vet immediately.
Every morning my cat runs behind me and punches me in the back of the leg. Why is this?
I can't be sure, but I think he is just trying to play or get you to move faster in feeding him.
When I carry my cat, she straightens her body and gets so stiff. Is it something I should worry about?
It could be, but first, let's check a few things. Has your cat been fixed, is she eating well, and is she still using the litter box regularly? These things can be signs of trouble, and can cause the cat to have pain in the belly region. If she is having trouble eating or using her litter box, then you should take her to a vet. Fixing a cat can help to reduce the chances of pregnancy and/or some illnesses. Also, try picking your cat up by supporting her under each set of paws (the shoulder area between the paws) because the shoulder areas of their paws are what carry the most of their weight. This will prevent your hands from causing pressure in the belly region that is not normally as strong as the shoulders.
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.
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.
A stray cat adopted us but took off for a couple of days. He just came back and, after bringing gifts in the room, I let him push on me and cuddle. He slept for almost an hour and suddenly wanted out. What am I doing wrong? I cuddled with him when he wanted it. Is he trying to tell me that he's a big boy now or what?
Outside strays are very independent and sexually active. They must keep their territory safe from intruders. They must mark their territory and ensure no male comes to take their ladies away. If you would like to keep him indoors, you might want to look into getting him fixed which will take away the hormones that make him want to mate. Also, getting him his shots will reduce the chance of him catching a dangerous disease while outside.
My cat has high anxiety, and hides and runs away from everybody but me. He doesn't like jumping high. He will crawl or climb up instead. He also doesn't meow. What could be wrong with him?
I can't give you a solid answer on this one, because I don't have a background on the cat. Generally, a cat that hides all the time is afraid because they don't have a "place of their own," like a bed that only they use. And they don't feel like part of the family. To remedy this, I would lure the cat with treats and playing. Make sure there are enough beds, litter boxes and condos for everyone, so the cat has his spot. And be sure they can all look outside at the same time. The jumping could just be he is old and hurts. The meow can mean a throat problem, but many cats have no meows and get along fine. Cats don't communicate strictly by meows; they use body language and tail language.
When my cat and another cat are fighting, how do I stop it?
Many will tell you to let them fight, however, there are ways to break them up. Some ways work better than others depending upon the cats. First and foremost, I would make my cat an indoor cat and get him/her fixed to prevent the urge to wander. Second, a spray bottle set to a single burst in the face can sometimes upset them enough to break it up. Be careful to hit both so they are both distracted , otherwise the one hit is now at a disadvantage. Third, a strong board, large notebook or pad set between the two cats can break up the fight long enough for you to take one of them out of the picture. If none of these help, sometimes a hose can break them up. I would suggest getting them fixed and then using the board or pad slipped between them when they fight. They work the best for me.
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.
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