Category Archives: Cat Behaviors

Cats May Not Be So Good at Catching Rats After All

Cat and MouseIn addition to being great companion pets, cats have long been held in high regard for their ability to control rodent populations as well. Many generations of farmers have relied on their cats’ natural hunting instincts to keep mice and other small pests out of their barns, for example.

But as it turns out, cats might not be nearly as good at policing pest problems as we think they are.

A study that was recently conducted by researchers at Fordham University revealed that cats don’t always serve as an effective deterrent for rats. These researchers spent five months observing the interactions that took place between cats and rats at a waste management facility in Brooklyn, N.Y. During that time period, they found that the cats rarely tried to attack the facility’s rats. In fact, they observed the cats attacking rats on just three occasions, and only two of those attacks resulted in the deaths of rats.

The researchers attribute their findings to the fact that rats naturally tend to change their behavior when they know cats are nearby. The rats stop scurrying around as much as they normally do and spend more time hiding. Furthermore, the cats may be downright intimidated by the impressive size of these city rats. The average New York City rat is about 10 times larger than the average New York City mouse, and about 20 times larger than the average New York City bird. The researchers suspect that these cats know they’re typically better off going after smaller mice and birds as opposed to rats.

Your cat might think she’s a pretty fearsome hunter, but big city rats can be formidable opponents. If you’re concerned about rat populations around your home, this study suggests that you’re probably better off calling a pest control company rather than trying to put your cat to work.

New Research Sheds Light on the Unique Structure of Cat Tongues

If you’ve ever received an affectionate lick from your cat during one of their grooming sessions, you probably noticed that their tongue is covered in an array of curved spines that feel rough to the touch like a strip of Velcro. It’s common knowledge that the spines on a cat’s tongue aid in the grooming… Continue Reading

Make More Feline Friends With These Tips!

Having trouble getting a friend or family member’s cat to warm up to you? Many cats are very friendly and affectionate, but they can be a little hesitant to trust people when they first meet. The good news is, by learning how to approach cats in a friendly and non-threatening manner, you can make new… Continue Reading

Animal Behaviorists Find Cats Can Be Right or Left-Pawed

If you own a cat, you’ve probably watched her use her paws to do all sorts of things. From grasping toys to knocking things off counters, cats have learned to use their paws in a variety of creative—and sometimes frustrating—ways. But did you know that most cats prefer to use one paw over the other?… Continue Reading

Does Your Cat Like to Run Around at Night? Here’s Why.

Although cats can spend anywhere from 16 to 20 hours a day sleeping, they’re not always such docile creatures. In fact, many cat owners find that their kitties start sprinting around the house as soon as their human companions are ready to go to bed. Affectionately known as the nighttime “zoomies,” this behavior isn’t always… Continue Reading

Scientists Investigate Why Cats Love Boxes So Much

Of all our cats’ curious behaviors, their fondness for cardboard boxes is one of their most peculiar traits. If you’ve ever left an empty box out after receiving a package in the mail, chances are it didn’t take long for your cat to make themselves at home in it. Even big cats like tigers and… Continue Reading

Why Won’t My Cat Use Her Litter Box?

Have you noticed that your cat doesn’t seem to want to use her litter box anymore? There are a number of reasons why this might happen. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common reasons cats suddenly refuse to use their litter box. The litter box isn’t clean. Cats are known for… Continue Reading

Unraveling The Mystery of Your Cat’s “Slow Blink”

Have you ever noticed that special, contemplative way your cat seems to blink her eyes sometimes? It may seem like she’s thinking about something curious, or plotting their next dash to the window to watch the birds in the backyard—but the real reason for the blink might surprise you. In fact, a cat’s slow blink… Continue Reading

Speaking Cat – Translating Your Cat’s Mews, Meows and Mewls

“Oh, if only she could talk!” How many times have you said that about your feline friend? The truth is that your cat talks to you all the time, but you just don’t speak the same language. While you might have dismissed the sounds your cat makes as meaningless, a recent article in Better Homes… Continue Reading