Category Archives: Cat Behaviors

Make More Feline Friends With These Tips!

Cat Saying HiHaving 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 feline friends wherever you go.

Stop trying so hard!

It might be tempting to try to pet a cat as soon as you meet them, but behavioral studies have shown that cats often respond better to people who sit back and let them make the first move. If you want to get on a cat’s good side, give them a chance to get to know you on their terms. You’ll typically get a much better response if you don’t overwhelm them with attention right away.

Learn where cats like to be pet.

Dogs might like to be scratched on their hindquarters, but cats tend to get nervous when people get too close to their tails. Instead, try to make first contact by rubbing their foreheads and cheeks. You can also give the cat an opportunity to sniff your finger as they would sniff the nose of another cat or dog to greet them.

Back off if they aren’t in the mood to socialize.

If the cat just doesn’t seem interested in getting to know you, it’s generally best to give them some space and try again later. Being too persistent can ultimately backfire and make them feel nervous around you. Just be patient and wait for a time when they feel more inclined to socialize. Cats are curious creatures, and before too long they’ll be ready to come over and say hi to their new friend.

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much (And How Much Sleep do They Need?)

If you own a cat, then you’re probably well aware of the fact that your feline friend loves to sleep. A lot. On average, cats sleep for about 15 hours every day, and some kittens and older cats will sleep for upwards of 20 hours a day. Cats might be up and active in the… 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

Tips to Deter Your Cat from Scratching

How many times have you had to try and scare your cat away from clawing at the edges of your couch or other furniture? Cat scratches can quickly turn your fine furniture into tattered fabric, ruining the nice looks and comforts of your home. There are many methods to use to deter your cat from… Continue Reading