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Feline Friday: 12 Weird Cat Behaviors Explained

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Seren's Valentine Rose
We love them but cat behavior can puzzle and frustrate owners, making us think we have a weird cat. Does your cat eat weird things? Seren-kitty (above) can’t get enough of roses. Some cats act like battering rams, and pummel their special humans with head butts and body rubs. It’s called bunting behavior, and is one way cats communicate with each other, and their humans.

Why do cats pose in a quirky front-end bow with their nether regions raised? I call it elevator butt, although there’s a more polite technical name for the display. And what’s up with presenting his tail to your face? Actually, your cat’s action is a backhanded compliment and kitty-correct.

Cat with bowl
Do your cats cover their–ahem–creative efforts? Not all cats do this, and some try to cover their food bowl. How weird is that? Especially when they seem to prefer eating plastic.
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Does your cat want to phone home? Is kitty jealous of your time with the telephone?  or maybe they want attention when you’re on the computer? This quirky behavior also has a logical explanation. Learn about 12 weird cat behaviors, why cats do them, and how you can learn to live with them – or even enjoy your quirky kitty’s antics.

What are your cats’ foibles? Every cat is different, of course. My Seren-kitty, for instance, adores Philly cream cheese and has learned how to get the Magical-Dawg in trouble. She just “meow-meow-meows” so he comes running, and then her head spins around and she throws a hissy fit and chases the 90-pound lug across the room. How do your cats express their “inner creative kitty?”

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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

2 responses »

  1. I have been followed home by a stray cat. She’s great and sweet, but she has this really strange thing going on, she’s always giving me messages. I am wondering why she does this unusual action. So I am asking for some advise to why this unusual behaviour, please contact me as soon as possible, thank you… Sincerly,Mio.

    • Hi Mio,

      I’m not sure what you mean by your kitty giving you messages—or do you mean massages? *s* If you mean the behavior where the cat pushes against your body with the front paws, we refer to that as “kneading” behavior because it looks like the cat is kneading bread dough. Here’s one of my Ask Amy videos that explains the behavior. Thanks for visiting the blog! Best, amy


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