Cats are smart but seemingly complicated animals. Many of their behaviors often seem strange to us. One behavior that could have multiple meanings is when your cat licks you. According to OurFitPets.com, It could mean anything from anxiety to its way of trying to teach you how to groom.
Here are some others.
1. Head rubbing, also known as Bunting
Cats have pheromones in their cheeks that allow them to leave their scent on whatever they rub against. It is also one way of showing affection. However, it’s just as normal for them not to bunt on their humans so don’t worry if yours isn’t in the habit of doing so. Cats have many different ways of showing affection, such as raising their tails on your legs and face.
2. Chattering or Chirping
Chances are, your cat probably does this when it sees birds or other potential prey from the window. House cats were originally bred to hunt small prey-or farm pests-in ancient Egypt and they kept rats at bay during the Black Plague. Those instincts still remain intact to this day. The chattering is the kind of biting down that they wish that they were doing to the birds or whatever potential prey they’re seeing. It’s also their frustration over not being able to catch them.
3. Constantly Chewing on Inanimate Objects
Some do it out of anxiety or an illness. In others, it may be because they were weaned too early and try to “nurse” on soft items, such as blankets.
Either way, this is worrisome because it could cause choking or other intestinal blockages. As a result, it’s recommended that you take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
4. Ignoring You When You Don’t Want To Be and Then Clamoring for Attention When You Least Want Them To
If they’re ignoring you, chances are, it’s not because of something you did. Unless you scared them with something noisy like a vacuum cleaner or patted them too hard. Cats are more independent than dogs and seem to crave some “me time”. It’s usually best to leave them alone when they do.
However, as soon as they see you doing something like checking things on your phone or working on your computer, they get right in your way. They’re not trying to be annoying as much as they’re curious and want in on the other something taking your attention away from them. They’re a little similar to young children that way.
5. Knocking Things Off of High Places
Yes, we understand that this is annoying. However, one of the primary ways that cats explore things is with their front paws. It also doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that they probably think that stuff’s in their way. And, yes, they sometimes do it for your attention but not usually. After all, as far as they’re concerned, they’re the real owners of the home. You just get to live with them because they get their food and love from you.
Most experts recommend ignoring it because it seems to encourage them otherwise. However, we recommend using your best judgment and not leaving anything super valuable where they tend to hang out the most.