Why do cats knead their owners with their claws?
When kittens are first born they are totally dependent on their mother for their nutrition. When they suck at their mothers’ teats they tread with alternate front paws at her body to stimulate the flow of milk.
If your cat is kneading on your lap or chest when you have a cuddle this shows that it associates the intense and secure nature of your relationship with that of its mother when it was a tiny kitten. Some cats will take the process one step further and dribble uncontrollably as they anticipate the milk-feed that kneading usually predicted.
Cats grow out of this behaviour when it ceases to be necessary but a few will retain it into adulthood, particularly when in the presence of someone with whom they feel safe or when they get on a particularly fluffy cushion or blanket.
Why do cats like to nibble grass?
Even though cats are obligate carnivores and don’t usually volunteer to eat fruit or vegetables, they do like to eat grass.
Eating grass is a normal behaviour in cats yet not fully understood – the general understanding is that it helps to move food or hairballs through the digestive tract (either up or down as grass-eating often results in vomiting). It may also provide them with essential trace elements in their diet, so it is recommended that cats without access to grass outside are provided with a source indoors. This can be a commercial pack of ‘cat grass’ or a pot in which grass seeds or grass from the garden can be grown.
Indoor cats without access to grass may chew other potted plants they would usually ignore or avoid and which may be poisonous
Why do cats like catnip?
A plant that we call catnip (its proper name is Nepeta cataria) has an extraordinary effect on around 80% of cats.
An encounter with either the plant itself or with a catnip-stuffed toy can make cats excited, and they may sniff and roll around on the ground or over the catnip.
The active chemical in the plant is called nepetalactone and has been likened to LSD. However, its effect is short-lived and harmless.
Why do cats have mad moments?
Cats would naturally spend a great deal of time during the day, stalking and chasing prey or avoiding danger in their adrenaline-fuelled lifestyle of hunting and exploring.
A day in the life of the average house cat doesn’t really include anything very dangerous and energy may not get used up. Suddenly, often without warning, this energy will burst out and your cat will act out a little fantasy role-playing, alternating between the hunter and the hunted, dashing around the house with a flicking tail and widely dilated pupils. This often occurs at times of the day and night when cats are naturally more active, for example at dusk, and it can be triggered by a loud noise, a visit to the litter tray or something quite inconsequential.
Your cat may stare into the top corner of the room before launching itself across the carpet but don’t worry; it’s just using up that excess energy.
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For more information, visit the International Cat Care website.