By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
Does your cat make mad dashes around the house in the middle of the night? My cat, Earl Gray, does. I thought about giving him a cape, and nicknaming him Super Kitty. It’s just one of many strange behaviors he displays.
If you have ever wondered why cats rub up against you, sleep on your head, or exhibit other somewhat odd behaviors, read on.
1. Why do cats sit on our heads while we sleep?
It’s to suck out our brainwaves so that we will obey them. In reality, we lose most of our body heat through our heads. I believe it’s about 60 percent. So our heads are like warm pillows to cats.
2. Why do cats smell our breath?
It’s to see if we are eating better than they are. Cats can learn a lot about us by smelling our breath. They are imprinting our scent into their brains.
3. Why do cats stick their butts in our faces?
It’s to let us know the consequences of what we feed them. Just think about it—dogs and cats sniff each others’ butts. It’s a form of communicating that isn’t gross to them.
4. Why do cats bat their food out of their dishes? They enjoy watching us stumble about the kitchen in our bare feet when we step on the dry crunchy bits. Scientists will tell us that it’s because cats need to simulate the capture and conquering of their prey.
5. Why do cats run around the house late at night? It’s their way of saying “See I exercised, now leave me alone so I can take a nap.” Racing around the house often starts in the early evening, and can go on all hours of the night till morning. It stems from instinct, when all kinds of cats–from lions to pumas to house cats–are on the hunt. They run, dive, and chase prey. Yes, I know there is no prey in your house, but it’s their instinct.
6. Why do cats knead on our chest with their claws? They are actually tiny little alien scientists trying to check our tolerance to pain. This up and down kneading action stems from nursing. Kittens press against their mother with one paw and then the other. When adult cats knead, it reminds her of her mother when she was a kitten.
7. Why Do Cats Rub Up Against Your Legs?
They think we are big lint brushes. This is a way of sharing their scent with you. It’s a bonding experience that lets other cats know that you are owned by a cat!
8. Why do cats groom us?
It’s not grooming; it’s tasting. So for your own safety, buy the better cat food. Cats that get along often groom each other as well as groom themselves. So they extend the courtesy to us. And my husband always says, “I’m part cat.”