What Is Your Cat Really Trying to Tell You?

Updated on September 20, 2018
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I have owned cats for over 50 years. Between them and their vets, I have learned a great deal about how they tick.

Louie, age 15
Louie, age 15 | Source

How cats communicate

Your cat speaks to you in so many different ways that sometimes it’s hard to know what they are saying. To know where your cat is coming from, the first thing you should know is that your cat considers you to be their human, belonging to them in every respect and all of their actions are based on that fact. So when your cat does something that angers you, keep in mind they may be trying to tell you something.

Cats often leave little hints that something is not quite right

Overly full litter boxes, for example, can make your cat angry enough to leave smelly presents on your pillow or favorite chair as a hint--meaning it has been too long between cleanings and you need to step up to the plate. Cats like themselves and their environment to be clean, that’s why they are always cleaning themselves. Imagine how you would feel if you were a perfectionist in cleaning and had to walk over your own waste in order to relieve yourself.....yuck is putting it mildly.

Ever had a cat clean themselves right after you’ve petted them or picked them up? That’s due to a few reasons: either they are angry that you touched them, for whatever reason, and they are cleaning off the scent--in most instances that is an insult to you; or you have a scent on you that they do not like. The scent could be perfume, lotion, or even another cat you might have petted. Be aware that strong smells of perfumed items can actually anger a cat. If they ingest a lot of it, it could also make them sick. So if you have cats, keep your arsenal of perfumed items for those special nights and be sure to wash them off before cuddling Fluffy.

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Tigger--Did you want me for something?Shadow--How come I can see them but I can't touch them?
Tigger--Did you want me for something?
Tigger--Did you want me for something? | Source
Shadow--How come I can see them but I can't touch them?
Shadow--How come I can see them but I can't touch them? | Source

Insults, it seems that cats can be insulted for the simplest things

When a cat turns its back on you and flicks their tail, watch out! They’re ticked off and ready to fight if you persist in whatever it is you’re doing. Under most instances they will walk away feeling their message has been understood. However, they might just decide that this is the last straw and decide to fight back. Best way to end an angry cat attack of your friendly feline? Stop and cry out-loudly. In cat language, an attack between two generally friendly participants ends immediately after one of them cries out in pain. Also by holding still until they let go, you are saving yourself long deep cuts that could occur while pulling away from them.

A cat can be insulted for many of the following as well (and they might even have a few we haven't learned yet):

  1. You took their chair
  2. you are sitting on their blanket
  3. you splashed them while washing your hands
  4. you have bought the generic food again
  5. you gave them a bath
  6. you took them to the vet
  7. you left them with a bunch of kids
  8. you didn't get the good litter
  9. you forgot to greet them when you came in the house
  10. You didn't go looking for them if they weren't at the door waiting for you
  11. you didn't change the water today
  12. you put glassware on their favorite shelf and it fell off when they tried to lay down
  13. you had the nerve to bring in fish for me and then hide them behind a solid wall

Actually, cats can be insulted even if you didn't do anything that you can understand; they are quite fickle that way.

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Dakota--but my stocking is so much smaller than yours***SIGH****Cocoa--It is time to stop all this work stuff...
Dakota--but my stocking is so much smaller than yours***SIGH****
Dakota--but my stocking is so much smaller than yours***SIGH**** | Source
Cocoa--It is time to stop all this work stuff...
Cocoa--It is time to stop all this work stuff... | Source

Verbal is, of course, another form of communication

For instance, did you know that when your cat meows at you he/she is really just calling your attention to something like you forgot breakfast or the litter box is full? Or they might just be calling another cat to play. They might meow to go out, or come in. They might meow to tell you that you need a lap cat today or they might mean you have been working too hard and need a break. Cats have a way of insinuating themselves in such a way as to coax you into believing that you actually came up with the idea. They also might come up and jump on your book, or keyboard, to tell you it is time to stop (and their time to nap on your things).

Another verbal way, is when cats are happy with you, they purr when you pet them or cuddle them. A cat's purr is involuntary. They hear their mother purring when she is feeding and cleaning them and soon add their own voice when they are happy or content. Petting a cat on the head (gently, of course) tells them that you love them. Petting them on the cheeks is also a good way to tell them that you love them--oops, I mean that you are enjoying paying attention to them. Remember, though, when a cat touches the top of their head to you they are saying they love and trust you. Oh, and don't get upset if your cat is purring but also trying to get away from you. Generally it means they like you and want the pets, but they were busy and you interrupted them.

Mittens--I know you are in there, I can smell you!
Mittens--I know you are in there, I can smell you! | Source

Scent and ownership

Cat's will touch you and your things; pee on you or your things (otherwise known as marking); or rub against you or something you own in order to let other cats in the area know that you are theirs. Yup, when they lovingly rub their face against your face, they are leaving their scent all over you. Cats will generally mark a new home to overmark the scent of another cat. And fixed cats may also mark if the scent is strong or reeks of a full male. I know, I know, you couldn't smell anything, but those cat nostrils can pick up a scent miles away (just like a hound dog, only with less noise).

In order--Salty, Cocoa, and Tigger

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Hey, where'd you put my toys?Did you see who dropped this hat on me?What do you mean you need to get in there?
Hey, where'd you put my toys?
Hey, where'd you put my toys? | Source
Did you see who dropped this hat on me?
Did you see who dropped this hat on me? | Source
What do you mean you need to get in there?
What do you mean you need to get in there? | Source

Tail action can tell you a lot about how a cat feels, and don't forget the ears

When a cat walks with their tail straight up it means that they want to be noticed. If you don’t notice fast enough, they might get directly underfoot and swirl from one leg to the other. Of course, it is worse if you have something they want like canned food or milk. They will start to yell if you aren't forthcoming or fast enough for them. When a cat walks with their tail between their legs it is a sign that they are afraid of something or might be submitting to a more dominate cat or human. They might also roll over and offer their belly to a dominate cat to show they are not contesting the dominance. If a cat offers their belly to you they are telling you that they submit to your dominance but don’t let that fool you because they still believe they own you. A cat that walks with their tail down and dragging is trying to be hidden or unnoticed. If that behavior lasts for longer than a day, you might want to take the cat to the vet for a bit of a check up. A cat might lay its tail on something showing possession; or flick its tail at something that angers him/her. They often flick their tail to warn you that you are getting on their nerves and you probably should stop or the claws will come out. A cat that is angry, will not only hiss but their tail will become the biggest bottle brush you have ever seen. Note: please don't attempt to comfort your cat when they are angry. An angry cat doesn't know the difference and might bite or scratch you in 'defense'.

Ears tell a story all their own. When a cat lays back its ears it usually means it’s angry and might attack. When they cock one ear to the side it’s like someone raising an eyebrow or looking at you like you have three heads. When they bring both ears forward they are trying to hear, and understand, anything that is being said to them, or perhaps a distant sound (or another cat in the area).

To gain attention, your cat might seem to have lost its mind or is getting close

Your cat might purposely lay in your way for attention. They might sit on something they know is off-limits to gain your attention. Or, maybe, they might reach for you with a paw, claws in or out, to indicate a desire for attention. Cats like their attention, but they also like their toys. If you don't give them several, they might use you or your things instead.

A cat will extend its claws for many different things such as to kneed (when they are content they might put their paws out, claws extended, and then pull them in rhythmically which is how they get their mother’s milk to flow). A cat might extend its claws in anger or fear. Claws are also extended for cleaning purposes as well as scratching which can mean several things such as ownership, sharpening claws for a fight, or dominance. Claws can be removed, but please don't; instead, set up a weekly routine of trimming their claws and give them plenty of things to scratch.

Indoor/outdoor cats, or cats that are all outdoors

Cats, remember, believe that they own you, and to do a proper job, they must feed you. That is why outside cats will often kill an animal and leave it as a gift on your window or doorstep. As horrid as this may seem to you, it is perfectly natural for your cat. Another reason for leaving little 'gifts' is to show you they are strong and capable. I have seen cats leave snakes, rats, and even squirrels as 'gifts'. Oh, and just so you know, if you throw the 'gift' away, your cat may get angry of hurt by your actions. If you must (and most of us do), place it in several bags and then bury it in the trash can.

Next time your cat does something, you might want to pay attention

They might be trying to tell you something, and it might be important…..at least to them. Learn the unique ways your cat communicates with you. Each cat is different and has its own personality so their communication might be different, but keep this in mind, they will eventually let you know.

Questions & Answers

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

© 2011 Cheryl Simonds

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      Jennifer L DaRosa 

      9 days ago

      Our cat licks us quite often but when we try to return the affection (scratch head, cheeks) he immediately moves away. He will also snuggle but when we try to pet him, he moves away. Do some cats not like being petted at all?

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      Betty 

      5 weeks ago

      I have two 14 week old kittens. They both grab at me claws first or jump up on me claws first, or attempt to use me as a scratching post. They have a 5' scratching tree and other scratching posts. I'm getting claws stuck in me constantly and I am tired of the pain! Is this normal at this age and if so when will they begin to approach with retracted claws? They play very roughly with one another but I don't want to be a participant in their rough play. What is the best way to stop this? I should add that even when I'm petting and they are at their happiest purring and snuggling, they raise their heads sweetly then bite my chin. I welcome your suggestions! I'm trying to clip claws but get scratched from that too?

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      Angel 

      5 weeks ago

      My 4 month old kitten has been sleeping in my bed with me for as long as I've had him (about a month).

      But now he will lay on the bed until i get up there, or until i get close to him and then he wilk move onto the floor.

      He went from snuggling close to me, to sleeping on the end of the bed, to the floor or under the bed.

      Did i upset him or something?

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      8 weeks ago from Connecticut

      Iionor, I believe the cats are being wary because they don't know you. Start slowly with strays because they can be unpredictable. Giving them food is one step, but don't try to pet them. Let them come to you. It will take time, but it will be worth it in the end.

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      lionor 

      2 months ago

      I had some cats out of our house and I started to feed them 2 days before and the cats looks excited but i doesn't really know how to mingle with them . when ever i try to touch one of the cat it just stare at my hand and that scares me .is that any sign of anger ??

      how to really touch them and make them feel more friendly and safe with me ??

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      Jk 

      3 months ago

      My cat

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      I’m 

      3 months ago

      What can I do to detour my car from peeing in s certain area? He’s 8 and always very clean and never problems. He’s been sneaking to go and today I caught him red handed. What kind of things can I do to loose his interest in being s naughty cat?

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      Bree 

      3 months ago

      We just recently got a 9 week old kitten who sleep between my fiance and I, but every other night she'll switch who she leans closer to. Why could she be doing this? Is it just random positioning?

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      mia 

      3 months ago

      Kris

      My 7 year old cat Misty did the same thing when we got a new dog,which means you did something he didn't like or he is getting old, try moving the litter box somewhere more private but easy to reach then show him.

      Katie when a cat spends time near your stuff it means she is lonely and misses you, cause simply your her favorite, try to get someone in your family or house to spend more time so she won't be so lonely when your gone, my sister Pumpkin did that to all the time.

      Pat Green

      When a cat hits you it means they are upset with you and want you to back off, in this case you might be snoring or sleep talking since it happens at night try recording your self to see why he is upset then apologize.

      Rolly Polly

      Your new cats just had a big change, Mango likes you but Miffy doesn't, WELL YOUR WRONG, Miffy doesn't hate you she is scared, change is hard for cats, ask your friend what Miffy likes then find where she likes to hide and try to gain her trust, hold out you hand to her every day but give her some time to get over the move then do something your friend didn't play with her, brush her, or give her treats.

      HOPE THIS HELPED YOU ALL AND BELIEVE ME I EXPERIENCED ALL OF THIS BEFORE. : )

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      Rollypolly 

      4 months ago

      My friend had to move and gave me her two cats, one is orange and her name is Mango. She loves me because I would frequently go to my friends house so she recognizes me. The second Miffy hates me. She hissed and scratched me every chance she's got. She is very shy and never comes up to me, help!

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      Pat Green 

      4 months ago

      Last night I was sleeping. My cat jump in my bed at around 3pm and pulled the blanket down at my neck and hit me with his paw. I did not respond and he hit me again with his paw.He is 5 Years old and has never done this before.What was he trying to tell me?

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      Katie 

      4 months ago

      When I’m at my dads place my mom tells me that my cat Sylvie spends a lot of time in my room. What does it mean?

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      Kris 

      4 months ago

      My 5 yr. old spayed cat is peeing and pooping all over the house. How do I get him to stop? It’s been going on for a month now. We took Him to the vet and she gave him an antibiotic for to see if that would help . He’s still doing the messes? Help!

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      mia 

      4 months ago

      My grandma's male car used to love when I came over, he is a indoor cat but always claws the door so we got him a leash because he always wants to leave the yard but the roads and houses are to harmful (dogs cars PEOPLE) I usually move him from the door so some one come get in and it never bothered him but when we found a stray kitten who was hurt (better now) he started to run from me when I would go to pet him, and he thinks he the mother cat he cleans, he picks him up , plays, and showed him the litter box. Why?But now that we had the kitten for a month now he doesn't want to play just go outside,why?P.S.we have skunks is the back.please help me with our cat Castiel.

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      Maxi,Tiger,MeowandI 

      4 months ago

      Why do two of my cats not get on? I've now had to send tiger and meow to my grandads barn and I think my other cat Is just trying to get me to himself. Is that right?

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      5 months ago from Connecticut

      If your cat is a stray, he may be trying to ensure you are still there. Also, some cats like to know where you are at all times. I have a cat named Salty who follows me all over my apartment when I first get up. If I stop to pet him a bit, he will usually go lay down and wait for me to feed him.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      5 months ago from Connecticut

      Yes cats are stubborn and deliberate. They are also intelligent, he may be trying to tell you he wants attention. Take a moment to pet him when he does this then gently move him out of the way. Also, try paying more attention to him when you are home. Try playing with him, that will wear him out.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      5 months ago from Connecticut

      First, keep the cats away from the door especially if they are not fixed. One of them may be marking the door or somewhere outside. Second, be sure your cat has plenty of high places to hide on and watch the activity below. Because they climb by nature it will keep him active and make him feel more at home.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      5 months ago from Connecticut

      First, a declawed cat should not be outside since you have taken away their ability to fight. The second time the stray came back he knew he couldn't fight him so he didn't try. Please bring your cat inside and keep him there for his safety. Also, what is given to your cat is his and he will fight for it which is probably why he attacked the cat in the first place.

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      June Prince 

      5 months ago

      My cat waits at the bottom of the stairs then follows me up when I'm not in view why is this

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      linda 

      5 months ago

      my cat gets in the way of things by coming to a dead stop even when we come home we have to move him first

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      Jeam 

      5 months ago

      My cat is starting to hiss and trying to bite us only at the door snd we do have cats out side

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      RobertTheCatLover 

      5 months ago

      This article was really helpful now I know how to properly take care of my cat named J.J. (Jack Junior). Also one time my cat saw a stray cat eating my cat's food so my cat freaked out and chased the poor stray until it was off my mom's property even though my mom took him to the vet to get declawed and the stray obviously wasn't but the stray also came back again but the second time the stray came he didn't chase the stray away. Why would he do that?

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      5 months ago from Connecticut

      Hi Dar, cats are nocturnal in nature which means playtime is at night when we silly humans are sleeping. Try playing with him to wear him out before you go to bed. Also, make sure he has enough toys to keep him occupied when you are not available. Let me know if I can help further. Cherylone

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      Dar 

      5 months ago

      My cat is an indoor cat, never goes outside at all. He plays and is rowdy at night. while I am sleeping he pounces me in the stomach and knocks all the air out of me and I feel like I am going to actually die when I wake up, I can not breath at all and I choke for a good 2 minutes. I don't know why he does this and I don't know how to stop him. I wish I could tell him that this is hurting me. I think if he knew, he might stop. I fear he will start doing this to my kids. I think he is trying to wake me for attention. I don't know what to do. I don't want to shut my door because then he will feel alone and I don't want that either.

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      Alyssa 

      5 months ago

      Okay so my cat recently just had kittens there was only 3 kittens in the litter. She kept bring me one of the kittens and the next day later it died. The mom cat picks the kittens up and puts them in front of my dog. My dog and the cat do not like each other at all I mean they always fight. My mom told someone at her work about the cat bring the dog the kittens and he said that the cat wants the dog to kill the kittens I’m not sure if that’s true or not or if there sick. I looked it up and it said the cat is just asking the dog to help take care of the kitten?

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      Jean 

      6 months ago

      My cat keeps me up at night. He will whine or jump on the counter top, I do not allow him. But he will do it anyways especially if I am asleep. If I do manage to get him to get close I try to pick him up, he runs off. I keep everything clean. He has food and clean water(I change like 30 times a day). I play with him, When he wants to cuddle I never deny him of it. He has alot of kitten in him. He is only 7 months. I got him fixed 3 weeks ago as well thinking he will settle. He was biting me and my guest that would visit. So any tips, I would appreciate some information. Thanks

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      watergirl 

      6 months ago

      Actually cats don't bring you dead animals as gifts, they bring them to you because they think your hunting skills are lacking. Usually if you get them food they don't like or not enough of it. A dead mouse on your doorstep is your cat's way of saying that your hunting skills suck.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      6 months ago from Connecticut

      Chelsea, generally when a cat lays down in front of you he is acknowledging your seniority in the pack order. It just means he is saying "I surrender to you," and then, "pet me". Being on their side or back makes cats vulnerable to attack, that means he also trusts you. Hope it is a great pet session, cherylone

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      Chelsea 

      6 months ago

      Okay so my cat ks a boy and his name is snowball and when i call his name to come to me so i could pet him he comes in front of me and lays down down and looks at me what dose that mean?

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      Kenzie 

      7 months ago

      hello!! i really enjoyed your article. i have six cats who are all the sweetest and i love with everything in me. a while back, my eldest cat began laying in the cat box? i was wondering if that is possibly an anxiety thing for cats? stress even? my three girls have been going into heat and could be possibly stressing him out because he’s a fixed male? i’m not to sure. i’d like your input. thank you!

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      Bella 

      7 months ago

      How do you know so much about cats have you been studying them or something

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      8 months ago from Connecticut

      Sometimes, as they get older, they want a bit more of your attention. They also have a way of knowing things about us that we do not know. Be sure to keep an eye on the health of both of you while enjoying a bit more cuddles from your cat.

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      Sue Taylor 

      8 months ago

      Why would a cat of 13years start to lie on my arm and put a paw on me as well is there something wrong

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      8 months ago from Connecticut

      Cats have a great inner sense that tells them when a member of their pack is ill or sad and they will try to comfort the member. In your case, you are the Leader and thus they will try harder and harder to comfort you. My cats leave bruises on me all the time, so I know what you mean. The only ways out are: leave the house, close them out of the room, or let them cuddle up. I find that if I let them cuddle up they usually drift off to sleep, and so do I. Hope this helps. Thank you littlegems for stopping by.

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      Littlegems 

      9 months ago

      When I'm sick or feeling really bad my cats will not leave me alone, even if I squirt them with a water bottle. They just keep coming back and try to sit or lay on me. sometimes they will grab me with their claws if I keep trying to push them away. I have 4 cats, and they will do this one at a time, almost so close together it's like they are standing in line. I would let them sit on me, but most of them times it hurts. They will stand on me with their front paws having at least 50 more pounds. I get bruises. I know I'm whining, but it's when I'm sick or feel bad and I don't want to be touched at all, or especially trying to sleep . Do you have any idea what is going on and what I should do about it?

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      10 months ago from Connecticut

      ninja2008, I am so glad this article helped you with your little bundle of kitty joy. I love my little ones and they are spoiled, as you can see by their pictures. Thanks for dropping by, cherylone

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      ninja2008 

      10 months ago

      Loved this!! My cat is very much a one person cat. She is always there to greet me and listens to what I say. I believe she thinks she is human. Its great to see that her behaviours are normal and I took alot from your article. I must be doing something right after all.

      Its great to understand she loves me as much as I love her. She truly is a one in a million to me. Whenever I am low she knows and reacts to my emotions. If I am gone for any length of time she will not listen to anyone until I come home. Her bed is mine and she loves her hugs and cuddles at night. She's not the typical head booper but she will nudge my hands and curl up on me any chance she gets. She even helps me "cook" in the kitchen lol. Again, thanks for such an amazing article and I cant wait to see more.

      Much luv from me and my little ninja kittie.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      11 months ago from Connecticut

      I don't know for certain, but I suspect she is trying to tell you she loves you and missed you. Of course it could be something as simple as she wants the post moved as well. Try getting her another one and putting it near a window.

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      Megan 

      11 months ago

      I’ve had my girl for about 5 months she’s super sweet and super spazzy. I live in the attic of my parents and her scratching post is at the top of the stairs *she likes the view*. Every time Ieave she watches me from the top and soon as I open the door to come up she is waiting for me either at the bottom few stairs or is meowing from the top. Wherever she starts at she always seems to dart for the scratching post as soon as I make it to the top and she glares at me while she attacks it lol. Why is this ? She uses it seldomly other times why does she go for it each time I come in ?? And it’s EVERY time lol.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      12 months ago from Connecticut

      Animals can suffer many things including mental issues and arthritis. Have your cat(s) checked out by a vet to see if they are having trouble getting into the litter box, have issues with their sinus cavities due to dusty litter, and sometimes new types of litter can smell off to them. I hope this helps, Cherylone

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      Mkay K55 

      12 months ago

      Had these cats almost a year, 2 spayed female Siamese. Never been friendly, tried treat_food based training. Suspect first 12 weeks at crowded breeder. Anyway, just now started peeing. We clean both boxes daily. Just don't get it.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      12 months ago from Connecticut

      Think about the animals quality of life because quantity is no good if the quality is bad.

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      Gordon Brown 

      14 months ago

      I don't know if I believe about the insulted things. But its possible.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      15 months ago from Connecticut

      Sounds like you have a real independant feline, they can be so snobbish, lol. I hope your strategy works. Write and let me know, please.

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      JackG1979 

      15 months ago

      Thanks Cheryl, We actually have two cats. One WAS abused before it came to us & the other (one I wrote about) we have had since he was first old enough to go to a home. He has been with us all his life. Coincidentally, the cat that was abused, HAS warmed up to me. He comes to me all the time and I can pet and pick him up and he purrs and follows me around the house. The one that was abused before we got him is Oliver. The one that seems to not like attention is Milo. Milo just LOVES my son. He will sleep in bed with my son all night. And during the day my son will be in there playing Xbox and computer games and milo will lay on his bed nearly all day. Open the door, and the Cats head pops up and the kid stays buried in the Ipad game. As soon as I walk over to pet the cat it'll get up and run past me. Or if I see him sitting some place i'll try to pet him and he'll either just get up and leave or keep pulling away. Most cats if u scratch their back they push up into it especially by the tail. Not this guy as you pet from his head to his back, he does the limbo so you don't touch him. He is so rude. LOL I have stopped trying to get close to him. I just figure that something about me scares him. I am 6'4 and almost 250lbs. so IDK if that would scare him... I would assume EVERYONE is big to a cat. I have and would never abuse our pets. Quite the contrary. I buy them lots of toys, treats, scratching posts, a little cat nip once in a while. Both wet and dry food and I leave the baby gates open when i'm not home so they have free run of the place. I am a clean person who washes hands regularly and what not. everyone in the house uses the same hand soaps I do. Neither of them are outdoors cats and we make sure they have no fleas, ticks, or anything regularly. We didn't even DeClaw them because we didn't want to hurt them. They get along great. They run back and forth through the house and sometimes wrestle in the living room. I have never seen a blow out where they screamed or hissed at each other or drew blood or anything. They actually wrestle pretty lightly. For now I"ll just keep my distance. If he wants to see me, he can. I'd never turn him away. But cats seem to like the one that ignores them the most. So I guess that is my next strategy.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      15 months ago from Connecticut

      Before you convict your cat, check out these simple things. A cat will pull away for many reasons, generally because they are afraid or hurt. If your cat is not hurt, try checking for hair matts that can be painful when you pet the cat. Also, check for parasites in the ears and/or inside them (your vet can help you here). Another thing you can check for is fleas and/or ticks which can leave sores especially if your cat is allergic to them. If you have exhausted all of these and the cat is still pulling away, check out his past history. Previous abuse or abandonment can cause a cat to become permanently afraid of human touch. And if you can't find answers there, you should probably let him come to you when he wants attention. Some cats are like that. Please be sure to check with your vet before you try anything else.

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      JackG1979 

      15 months ago

      I was googling why my cat always pulls away when I put him, and why he always cleans himself. I was upset that I didn't think my cat liked me, because he just seems annoyed by me, no matter how much nice food, treats, or attention i show him. He would rather I just left him alone. This article just confirms that he does hat me, and it just breaks my heart, because I love him so much. :.-(

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      16 months ago from Connecticut

      Cats cry for many different reasons; however if they didn't before, like your cat, there could be something wrong. First of all, cats will cry through-out the house looking for companions. They might cry because they are in pain and can't sleep or eat. I would check to ensure she is using the litter box for urine and stools and if that is okay, check to see if she has a bad tooth. A sure sign of a bad tooth is whether or not the cat is eating. Also, check for parasites-worms and fleas are the most prevalent. If none of these work, you might want to have her checked by a vet just to ensure she is well. Older cats get joint pain just like us only they can't complain about it. Finally, check for a hairball (I use a bag of 'hairball' food once a month to help my cats pass all that hair they ingest. jane o teske, I hope I have helped you with your kittie.

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      jane o teske 

      16 months ago

      my older cat that never meowed before, she was very quiet, now is meowing all the time. it usually starts at 3am and can last for hours. I have tried to ignore it but it seems to be getting back. Is she lonely, looking for something or getting just older. I think she is greater than 12 hrs. I adopted her as approximately a 2 year old and have had her for 8 to 9 years.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      16 months ago from Connecticut

      Although there are male cats that love the kittens, usually the male will attack them, especially the males ones because they will grow up to be his competition for the females so I don't think he is looking for the kittens. I do, however, think he might be 'tomming'. What I mean is that this is the best time for females to go into heat (ready to mate) and he is probably looking to mate again. If you haven't gotten him fixed, that could be the case. Most males who have been fixed will not tom. Another thing is--if he is not fixed, he might spray around, in and on your house to let females know he is there and to warn off other males. FYI-- an unfixed male can create many, many, many kittens. Hope I have helped, Marysol. Let me know if I can help you further.

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      Marysol 

      16 months ago

      My cat has been meeting a female cat outside our house. I think, it got pregnant, he has been with it the whole time, these past few days, he has been purring loudly and seems to be searching from the bushes all the time. I think, he is worried the female cat has given birth. How could I understand him?, help Please!!!!

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      17 months ago from Connecticut

      Your voice probably has a calming affect on her because you show her love. However, it is hard to know what is actually happening because cats can't tell us. I have had cats that behaved as though they had been abused, yet I had raised them from the day they were born; others who were abused have been the sweetest ever. I am afraid I can't tell you directly why she might be doing this, but you could try to change her sleeping area (it might remind her of something), change her food (she might be getting an upset stomach) or make sure she gets plenty of exercise during the day (she may have digestive issues that hurt when the food passes a certain point). And sometimes all you can do is give them lots of love and hope they eventually forget what might be bothering them. I wish you and her good luck. Sometimes a vet can help in these situations, so be sure to ask the next time you visit a vet.

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      Che 

      17 months ago

      I rescued a kitten when she was approximately 10 weeks..the female(Empress Luna) tends to always cry out when she's sleeping...like, she'll be sleeping and then all of a sudden she'll wake up and cry out and once she sees me and hears my voice she lays back down and sleeps..I'm very perplexed by this and wonder what the original owners did to her for her to always do this

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      17 months ago from Connecticut

      That could also be true. Either way, at least you know he wants to be with you. Thanks for telling me that.

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      Daphnne 

      17 months ago

      thanks for the reply! I spoke to some colleagues of mine who had dozens of cats. She suggested that maybe he was abandoned before (found at 5 months old) and is afraid i might abandon him?

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      17 months ago from Connecticut

      Daphnne, Let me first say this--cats are individual in their behavior so don't be surprised at anything your cat might do. Now the scratching and biting---yes, they learn by demonstration and in the cat world if you cry out in pain, they had better stop (unless it is prey and then watch out, lol). The inverted "U" just means he is content in his environment. My cats will often swirl their tail-tip around when they are content. The last one is a funny one, cats are babies at heart. They love your attention when they want it, but they will take off if they aren't in the mood for pets. Because you react by calling him and petting him, he cries for your attention when you are not immediately available to him. Once he finds you, he is happy. Don't be fooled by their baby-face though because they can be rotten when they want to be and devious as well. Your cat is most likely just trying to get you to pay attention to him. If it worked once, it will work again is their motto. Hope I have helped you. Be sure to contact me again if you have more questions and thanks for stopping by.

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      Daphnne 

      17 months ago

      My adopted kitty (7months old, I had him for a month) used to claw my leg till it bleed and when I cry and yell and show him my leg, he now only uses his paws to grab my legs, should this be encouraged?

      Also, sometimes he walks with his tail straight up but other times I noticed his tail is in inverted 'U' shape. Not directly between his legs, or low on the floor but it arches up and bends down low. What does it mean?

      Lastly, he doesn't like to be alone, I once left him in the living room and went to my bedroom (doors opened) for half an hour when suddenly I heard him yowling (like a crying sound) and I called his name and he came running and purring and rubbing against me , with me cuddling him and asking him " don't u know im in here? I am here with you good boy~"

      He doesn't like being alone i think, because if he realise he is alone in the living room while me and my sis went to our bedroom to lie down (again, our doors are never closed) he immediately run in and give off a frightened low growl or like an exasperated sound.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      18 months ago from Connecticut

      I hope I have helped both you and your cat. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Unknown 

      18 months ago

      Awesome thanks for telling me that

      I will remember this for next time my cat does something

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      18 months ago from Connecticut

      Julie, cats become aggressive for several reasons-change in environment like new people in the house is one; young children can make a cat's life miserable which could also cause aggression; sometimes it is as simple as getting them furniture of their own like a cat tree or scratching pad; if there are other cats in the house, you might want to ensure that there is a litter box for each of them; try having a different member of the family feeding the cat to get them used to the scent; try getting a toy to help the cat work out their aggression on the toy and not you-I like the laser lights and anything with feathers-if you play with them, it works better-try just before feeding time; I hope these suggestions help. Let me know if they don't and I will work to get you other ideas.

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      Julie 

      18 months ago

      My daughter has a cat that has become very aggressive towards every one except her,she has had her neutered but it has made no difference,she attacks for no reason scratches and bite's please help !!

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      20 months ago from Connecticut

      This answer will depend on many factors. How long have you had your cat? Being in a new environment could cause such behavior. Does he have toys and cat trees to play on? Since cats are normally nocturnal, if he has nothing to keep him busy, he is probably trying to let you know he is bored. Do you let your cat sleep with you at night, or does he sleep on the bed during the day? Sometimes the cat will sleep during the day on the bed and then stare at night because you are sleeping on their bed. Something you could try is to get the cat his own bed, kept near your bed so he is in the same room. Also, an unfixed cat will stare at night because they want to go outside to mate or protect their territory. An easy fix for that is to get him/her fixed. Let me know if I can help any further.

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      Mal 

      20 months ago

      My cat has been staring at me from the corner of my room at night and it is creepy! I was hoping this would help me with that situation and why he is doing so. Please help

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      21 months ago from Connecticut

      I am so glad I could help. Thank you for letting me know you liked it.

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      kittygirl 

      2 years ago

      i love this article! ive had multiple cats of my own[ they've all died or run away:( ] and it helped me understand a few things they did. THANKS!!!!!

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      2 years ago from Connecticut

      ma ma, it does happen. Quite often in fact. Each cat has their own set of quirks and personality traits just like us.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      2 years ago from Connecticut

      jbgjbj, sorry, didn't see this one when I asked the question above. I believe the cat is curious because of the flame dancing and giving off heat. Try using a spray bottle set on single spray to shock him away from the flame. Other than that, sometimes we just have to give in and use flame-less candles.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      2 years ago from Connecticut

      jbgjb, I had a cat that would go after my candles all the time. I wouldn't leave a lite candle in any room unless I was there for fear she would stick her nose in it and set herself on fire. I believe it was because the flame 'danced' and gave off heat. Sadly, she is not with me anymore. None of my vets could tell me why, and none of my other cats were interested in candles or any other type of flame, so I guess I have to wait for more info. What does your cat do with the flame?

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      ma ma 

      2 years ago

      That does sound wierd , are you shore that this is true

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      jbgjbj 

      2 years ago

      my cat keeps going near fire and geting burned

      i try to punish the my cat or stop lighting candles, i dont know if hes trying to get attention or what

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      jbgjbj 

      2 years ago

      what happens if your cat likes fire

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      3 years ago from Connecticut

      Grand old lady, I am so glad I was able to give you some good advice, it took me years to figure them out. Thanks for joining us cat lovers.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      Cats have such interesting personalities. I learned a lot from your article, it is most informative.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you so much. Sorry it took so long to answer you, we have been moving and several incidents happened along the way. I am on line now and will be keeping up with my blogs and hubs (at least I will be trying to keep up). Thanks for the great comment.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      4 years ago from Connecticut

      loving my cat, I love it. Many of mine will climb under the blankets, but they are usually trying to see what is under there. However, I have to tell you this: there is nothing like waking up all warm and cozy from the furry creatures laying on you! Thanks for reading and writing.

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      loving my cat 

      4 years ago

      my cat sleeps underneath my cover with me if i fall asleep before she can get under she will wake me up by pulling my arm open with her paws no less until i raise the covers for her lol its so cute bute sometimes i wake up with a face full of fur

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you fellow Connecticuter. I figured since I knew cats and their behaviors (from long experience) that I would share. Happy Holidays to you as well.

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      Melanie 

      4 years ago

      I love this! Thanks so much for sharing. It's great to see a fellow Connecticuter posting such an insightful hub! ;-) Happy Holidays!

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      4 years ago from Connecticut

      I know how you just feel about that (ewwwwww), but the cat was actually asking you to join the hunt and play. When cats bring you things they are considered by the cats to be gifts. I personally wish they would learn to read my wish list once in awhile... :)

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      hobophobic 

      4 years ago

      ye my cat brought me a rat that was still alive.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you, pumpkin, for stopping by and enjoying my hub.

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      pumpkin 

      4 years ago

      haha so cute

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      5 years ago from Connecticut

      @Kendra, You are so right and I thank you for adding this for my readers. A cat, when close to you, will turn their back, and more importantly their rump to you as a sign of trust; but when they are angry, they will walk a small distance away from you, sit or stand with their back to you and flick their tail several times. Thanks for helping me with the distinction.

      @buddhaanalysis, glad you thought it was interesting. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      buddhaanalysis 

      5 years ago

      Very interesting hub.

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      Kendra 

      5 years ago

      Actually a cat turning it's back on you is not an insult, it's a sign of trust!

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      5 years ago from Connecticut

      @wvugirl2007, Glad you enjoyed my article.

      @FlourishAnyway, You are so right about why we love our kitties - well at least one reason.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 years ago from USA

      Cats do have a mind of their own, but that's why we love them so much. Good observations!

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      wvugirl2007 

      5 years ago from Virginia

      Great article. I have been watching the Animal Planet show "My Cat From Hell" and learning a lot about them. This article though gave me even more insight. Great work and I will be following your work.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      5 years ago from Connecticut

      @Tinsky, I know what you mean about the feral behavior, however it is just your cat telling you he/she loves you. The slit eyes you would think were signs of anger, right, but the cat is, as you guessed, means contentment, but it also means they are 'watching' you, probably to see if you are going to get up and get them some food :). Glad you enjoyed my article and took the time to write back to me.

      @Veronica, I am so glad I could help. Knowing what your cats are trying to say sure makes it easier to pamper them, doesn't it? :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      @Kittymeowmeow, from the sounds of it you have your cats all figured out--ie-they own the place :), I'm glad you liked my hub and I am glad I could help you understand your cats better. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Kittymeowmeow 

      5 years ago from United States

      This was quite an informational article. It has made me realize many things about my cat that I didn't know. Dang cats always walking around like they own the place.

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      yassin 

      5 years ago

      good job

      and there is a helpful articls about cat

      http://neat-pets.blogspot.com/search/label/Cats

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      Veronica B. Sullivan 

      5 years ago from Toronto

      Very informative. I feel very intune with my cat, and we even converse sometimes. I'll say her name and she'll meow back at me. But sometimes I'm confused by her behavior. I've had cats all my life and this definitely helped me understand their actions a bit better.

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      Tina Dubinsky 

      5 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      We have a 9 year old cat named Tabitha who isn't the greatest attention seeker. I helped her mother give birth to her when she had a litter of three kittens (they weren't mine at the time but I was looking after Leah who came to us pregnant and then went back to the original owner). Occasionally I have some great interactions with Tabitha, like a staring contest of wills where she tries to assert her dominance ready to pounce (she actually did pounce once but I won that cat fight ;)). We see her close her eyes so that they are tiny slits a lot and look at us. From what I understand means contentment and happiness? As to rolling over, I have discovered with Tabitha that she is very cheeky. She lets us rub her belly and out of no where her mood changes to what I describe as ferrel. In these situations, she will grab my hand, begin rabbit keeping my arm with her back feet while holding my hand in place with her claws and bite, sometimes this will end with licking or with me pulling back because of scratches etc. I know if she really wanted to she could bite a lot harder, but there at times when I think this is an affectionate move as I often saw her mother doing this to her when she was a kitten... so when prepared I put a sock on my hand! My cat has also learnt to knock. We don't have a cat door her, but she sits patiently at the doors and uses her claws to make the doors rattle to let us know she is ready to come into the house. And yes, we have received the occasional field mouse and many lizards - most of which I rescue when she isn't looking. Thank you for such a great hub, I really enjoyed reading it and learning some new things about my cat.

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      Cheryl Simonds 

      5 years ago from Connecticut

      @bisnar6665, Thank you for the support. Yes mine are often irritated at being roused unless there is a meal waiting for them.

      @Empathetic Advisor, I love your experiment. I see you have some unique 'specimens' of your own with which to work. I love cats in all shapes, sizes and attitudes--keep up the good work, and tell me what you find out.

      @nArchuleta, Thank you for the compliment. I also have cats lying on my things, I think they are trying to tell me something--like 'stop working'!

      @ Chris Achilleos, Cats and all animals seem to have a sixth sense that tells them when we are happy, sad, or in pain. I love how they always seem to know when you need some cuddles.....Thanks for the votes!

      @stuff4kids, Cats do seem to read their owners minds, but I think it is more their senses than actually reading minds--of course I could be wrong---Wizzard Cat first class at your service :)--but I don't think cats are alone in this. Many animals seem to know their owners feelings. Thanks for the blessings, blessings on you and yours.

      @Princessa, I am glad you enjoyed (and benefited) from my hub. I hope you have a very warm and rewarding relationship with your feline, just be careful--they seem to read minds and could be cuddly way too often :)

      @ Rebecca Furtado, I think your cats are just being the entertaining and unique felines that they were meant to be. A wagging tail usually indicates interest--if it is casually wagging it usually means they are 'chilling out', but if it is more intense they are watching something--watch out it could be you! The cats are also having fun with their housemate - the dog - which is fun for them. Don't worry, they have more tricks up their sleeves--oops, I mean paws.

      @ Trish 1048, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have had to do the same for many of my cats and it never gets easier. About the other little bundles, they are all showing their own uniqueness and feline behaviors. I think that is what I love best about them, they all have a different personality!

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      trish1048 

      5 years ago

      Cats, love them all. Currently I have three. My last cat, Sasha, had to be put down 1 1/2 years ago at age 19. A very, very sad day. I called her my velcro kitty. She was with me constantly, either next to me or on top of me. At night she'd lie right next to my face and purr her little heart out. I miss her terribly.

      Now, my oldest is about 8 yrs old. I found her as a kitten in upstate NY. She is extremely affectionate, however, hates to be held. She will let you pet her all you want and always sleeps with me, or hangs out with me while I'm in bed watching tv. The second cat was adopted from a girl whose cat had kittens. He is our aloof cat. He likes life on his own terms. And lastly, our adopted stray cat is the sweetest. He was a neighborhood cat and had been coming around for about a year. When the hurricane was approaching, we decided to bring him in. That's all it took. We took him to the vet, he got a clean bill of health and is now ours.

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      Rebecca Furtado 

      5 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      So when a cat wags his tail is he impatient? When the cat jumps obessively over the dog again and again what does that mean? I the cat feeds the dog out of the cat food bin one kibble at a time is it entertainment or his he caring for the dog. My cats are just weird I think.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      5 years ago from France

      Fascinating, I understand a lot better now my kitty's behaviour. She is under a year and it is the first time I've ever had a cat (or should I say: the first time a cat had me?) sometimes the way she behaves is a total mistery to me. Thanks for the entertaining read.

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      Amanda Littlejohn 

      5 years ago

      Well how fascinating!

      I've never had a cat but I know people that do and most of them will tell you that not only do their cats communicate with them but that they can also read their owner's minds!

      Interesting read. Thank you and bless you :)

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      Chris Achilleos 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing such an amazing hub cherylone. I really believe that animals have their own ways of communicating with us but we really need to pay attention to their behavior. So we just need to listen to what they say and also pay attention to body language, as we would do to understand an other person :) I have had pets all my life and I have also noticed that they tend to stay by your side when your feeling ill or moody, it's like they can sense it.

      Voted up, useful and interesting! Looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

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