Category Archives: Cat Behaviors

An Explanation of Feline Headbutting Behavior

Headbutting CatsFrom paw kneading to slow blinking, cats exhibit a variety of curious social behaviors that can seem pretty mysterious to humans. One such behavior that is particularly common is headbutting, or “bunting.” You might notice your cat headbutting your legs when you get home from work, or headbutting another one of their feline friends before curling up for a nap. You might even spot them rubbing their face against their favorite piece of furniture.

So what’s this headbutting behavior all about? Is it just an attention-seeking mechanism?

Although your cat may occasional bump up against you to get your attention, that’s not the only reason they like to headbutt. This behavior is also a bonding experience for cats, as it allows them to deposit their scent on their favorite people, animals and objects. By rubbing the scent glands in their face against familiar people and things in their environment, cats are able to establish a “group scent” that makes them feel more at home.

When your cat headbutts you, they are conveying affection and marking you as a trusted member of their colony.

Keep in mind that it is important to distinguish between headbutting from head pressing, however. Whereas headbutting is a normal, healthy social behavior, head pressing can be a symptom of serious neurological conditions. In contrast to headbutting, head pressing is characterized by a cat repeatedly pressing their head against a wall, piece of furniture or another inanimate object. It is also often accompanied by strange vocalizations and signs of disorientation.

While headbutting is a welcome sign of feline affection, head pressing warrants a trip to the vet as soon as possible.

Cats May Not Be So Good at Catching Rats After All

In 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… Continue Reading

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