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Six Cat Behaviors Explained

Why Does Your Cat Do These Things?

By Timothy A RowlandPublished about a year ago 4 min read
Six Cat Behaviors Explained
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Six Cat Behaviors Explained

Do you ever wonder why your cat does certain things? Like scratching furniture or meowing at night? Cats are unique creatures with their own behaviors and quirks. In this blog post, we'll explore some common cat behaviors and try to understand what motivates them. So if you've ever wondered why your cat does something, read on! And please share any insights you have into your own cat's behavior in the comments section. Who knows, you might help solve a mystery for another cat lover out there!

Why Do Cats Purr?

All cats have a unique and distinct purr that occurs when they’re feeling content. It’s a sound that many associate with the emotion of happiness, and for good reason as it is one of their main forms of communication. If a cat is around its most trusted companion, it will often purr in an attempt to communicate how content it feels. Other animals also communicate happiness, but the unique sound of purring from cats has an endearing quality that only serves to increase the bond between feline and human. When it comes to interpreting a cat’s feelings, the purr is definitely one signal which should not be overlooked.

Why Do Cats Rub Up Against You?

Cats show their affection in many different ways, one thing they always do is rub against you. When your cat rubs against you, head butts you, lies on you or even kneads into your lap- it's a sign of its love and adoration. It's a physical way of telling you that it loves and feels comfortable around you. While cats are often independent creatures by nature, when they take the time to show their affections through rubbing against you, it means they feel safe and content. So if your furry friend starts cuddling with you or rubbing its face against yours, just enjoy the moment and savor all the love that your kitty is communicating!

Why Do Cats Scratch Up Furniture?

Cats rely heavily on their sense of smell to communicate with other cats, as well as to inform others about their presence. A huge part of this process involves marking out their territory by leaving clear indicators that an area belongs to them; one of the most popular methods for cats is scratching furniture. Not only does this leave a highly identifiable scent, it also offers visual cues which can be helpful in identifying an intruder or showing another cat which areas are "owned" by another. As such, when you see a cat making a mark in the form of scratching your favorite piece of furniture, chances are they're just trying to clearly establish the boundaries and make sure their message can be heard loud and clear!

Why Do Cats Stare at You?

A cat's body language can tell you a lot about how it's feeling. If your cat is giving you an intense stare, it could mean a couple of different things. It could be that the cat is expressing dominance or aggression, so watch out for signals such as ears back and teeth baring; however, it might also indicate curiosity. If your cat seems relaxed yet interested in what you are doing, the staring may be due to their natural inquisitiveness. Fortunately, in either case, the fix usually involves just taking some time to hang out with them and give them a few pets or a treat— both ways they can feel appreciated, secure and contented.

Why Do Cats Yawn? Not Why You Think

Yawning in cats is yet another way they display their contentment and happiness. While most people might assume that a yawn is a sign of boredom or tiredness, this isn't always the case for cats. When Kitty does the classic jaw-stretch, you can take it as a good sign that your affection is much appreciated. Cats often yawn when being petted - a sort of happy response to the comfort and relaxation of being so close to their human companion. So next time you see your cat giving you the "cat yawn," just pat yourself on the back; you're doing something right!

Why Do Cats Meow?

Cats are unique animals, in that they meow to communicate their needs. This vocalization is a great tool for both cats and their humans. It guides us to better understand the wants and needs of our furry friends; if your feline friend is meowing fervently, chances are they want something from you. Usually, these vocalizations mean that a cat would like attention or food, or even just for their human companion to open a door for them to explore the great outdoors. We can take the extra step in providing excellent care for our cats by noticing those sounds and adapting accordingly. The occasional meow may be an inconvenience at times, but it's worth it to ensure that our cats have all of the love and attention they deserve!


In conclusion, cats are wonderful companions -- they are affectionate, social and have a certain amount of intelligence that allows them to communicate in various ways. A cat's purr is always a sign of contentment and when it rubs against you, it is an unmistakable display of love. Scratches on furniture mark their territory and a stare may be either aggression or curiosity. Cats also show happiness by yawning or meowing for attention when it needs something. All these signs make for an incredible understanding between cats and humans. We hope this blog post has helped you gain a better knowledge of what your furry friend could be communicating with its body language! Now that you know all these signs, what kind of cat do you have? How many cats do you have? Let us know in the comments below!

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About the Creator

Timothy A Rowland

I’m an every day human Xennial from the United States. I have many interest. I just want to improve your life and maybe entertain you. Available for editing and LeadsLeap projects at:

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