Can you decipher these cat behaviors?
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An erect tail with a curve at the end that resembles a shepherd's crook indicates friendliness or playfulness.
- The cat is agressive and shouldn't be approached.
- The cat is friendly or feeling playful.
- The cat is hungry.
- The cat is focused and ready to pounce.
- It's an instinctive behavior from when the cat was nursing.
- The cat is showing affection.
- The cat is testing the surface for comfort and safety.
- Scientists aren't sure why cats do this.
- Sleeping less
- Lack of grooming
- Personality changes
After observing 20 cats for eight months, scientists determined that cats are capable of recognizing their owners' voices, but the felines usually choose to ignore their calls.
- Will often begin to purr
- Have trouble determining where the sound is coming from
- Recognize our voices but choose not to respond
- Translate our words into a series of meows
Purring is likely a means of communication and a form of self-healing. Cats purr when they're happy, but they also purr when they’re uncomfortable, frightened or feel threatened.
- To show possession of territory
- To heal themselves
- To communicate with us
- To express anxiety
Pica, the urge to eat non-food items, is common in cats and can be caused by many things, including dietary defiencies, compulsive disorders or genetic predisposition.
- A cold
Cats are instinctively drawn to boxes because they offer security. The confined space provides protection from predators, and it’s a great place to stalk prey while remaining virtually unseen.
- They're curious and want to know what's inside.
- Confined spaces make cats feel safe.
- Cardboard contains trace amounts of catnip.
- They're instinctively searching for food.
Cats communicate with meows, chirrups, hisses, purrs, chatters and growls, but the meow is the most common.
- Kittens meow more than adult cats.
- Male cats have louder meows than female cats.
- Adult cats often meow only in the presence of humans.
- Some breeds, such as Siamese and Burmese cats, are more likely to meow frequently.
When a cat's tail becomes spiky or fluffy, the animal is frightened and trying to appear larger to ward off something it perceives as a threat.
- It enables them to run faster.
- They're trying to appear larger.
- It signals that they're prepared to fight.
- Researchers aren't sure what causes this reaction.
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