Does your cat do something that confuses you or makes you think that your cat isn’t normal? Well, if your cat exhibits any of these weird habits listed below, then you shouldn’t worry, for your cat is considered completely normal. Learn about these 10 weird cat habits, why they do them, and how you can bear with them.
1. Covering Poop
Covering their poop is a habit done by every cat. Their mothers taught these furry creatures their litter box etiquette, and trainable cat breeds have always been taught to cover their potty. However, sometimes, mischievous cats want their potty art unburied for all the world to see to stake their territory.
Does your cat do that thing where they flip/throw itself on the ground by your feet and then roll? Unless your cat is under the influence of catnip or something else, them rolling over is a typical way to show that they feel safe and secure, or it can also be just them asking for your attention. Your cat also tends to mark the area with its scent in this manner to claim your space as its own.
3. Head Butting
Technically called bunting, this habit of cats refers to how they rub their heads against objects. Cats also do this with their bodies, but against a human, another cat, or even another animal instead. The technical term for this action is allorubbing. Cats do these as a way to mark you with their scent to claim you as theirs.
4. Presenting Their Butt
You might find yourself facing your cat’s butt at random times, but what does that mean? Cats presenting their butts and tails right to your face is actually a backhanded compliment. Your cat is offering you the opportunity to sniff their butts, which signifies the security that your cat feels around you. This action cats do similar to greeting your friend with hugs and kisses. Fortunately for you, there’s no need to sniff your furry friend’s butt to reciprocate the affection. All you need to do is give them scratches and pet them where they like it best.
Technically called the flehmen response, this sneering your cat does is typically aimed only at other cats or more like their invisible messages. Cats rarely aim these at their humans as these are for when they pick-up pheromones marked in the environment by other cats. What produces the lip curl is the action of trapping the pheromones with their tongues against a duct in the room of their mouths. Male cats more often do this action.
6. Covering Food
Most of the time, the habit of cats covering their food bowl after their meal is an instinctive behavior as wild cats usually stash their food to keep it away from others. After consuming their cat food, your feline friend may scratch around its bowl or find something that can cover it up.
Sometimes called a cat kiss, your cat winking at you is a form of kitty eye communication. Your cat blinking at you slowly is an awesome compliment. This non-threatening action signifies that they are comfortable with you. You can do the same to them by slowly shutting and opening your eyes. You might even get the cat kiss blink in return.
8. Giving Gifts
You might be horrified if one day you see a dead mouse or bird inside your house. This is actually how your cat shows its thanks for everything you do for them. Don’t get annoyed at your cat and scold them to leave these unwanted gifts around; avoid making a big deal out of it. Although, make sure not to praise them for doing this as they might take it as an encouragement to leave you with more gifts.
9. Eating Plastic
Have you ever caught your cat licking or even eating plastic bags? When they were teething, kittens often chew on anything, including plastic, and they might have developed a liking to its texture which was carried into adulthood. Also, your cat might have just find the plastic tasty. That said, plastic can actually cause choking and intestinal obstruction, so it’s best to discourage your cat from chewing on it.
10. Paw Treading
The paw treading your cat makes, also called kneading, is a reflective emotion mainly believed to be a trace of the nursing behavior kittens used to spur on the release of their mother’s milk. For adult cats, this action shows how happy and satisfied they are. This is also your cat’s way of marking its territory as it releases its scent while kneading. Cats also do the rear-foot-treading when they are about to go on attack mode and before and after mating.