Can you decipher these cat behaviors?

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Cats do a number of curious things — from licking your hair to hiding in boxes — but do you know why? Put your knowledge to the test.

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cats grooming each other
What percent of their waking hours do cats spend grooming?

Cats groom themselves and each other for many reasons. It helps distribute oils on fur, and saliva evaporation aids in body temperature regulation. Cat saliva is also thought to contain enzymes that make it a natural antibiotic.

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What does it mean when a cat's tail is curved like a question mark?

An erect tail with a curve at the end that resembles a shepherd's crook indicates friendliness or playfulness.

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cat kneading
Why do cats knead laps or other surfaces with their paws?

Kneading is an instinctive behavior that kittens do while they nurse to stimulate milk flow. It's thought that cats continue the behavior into adulthood because it's comforting.

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Which of these is not a sign of depression in cats?

A major disruption such as moving, adding or losing a family member or a change in schedule can trigger feline depression.

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A new study reveals that when we call our cats by name they...

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.

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Which of these is not a reason why cats purr?

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.

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cat eating paper
If a cat eats non-food items, such as cords, paper or plastic bags, he could have what?

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.

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Why do cats find boxes so irresistible?

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.

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Which of these statements is not true about cats' meows?

Cats communicate with meows, chirrups, hisses, purrs, chatters and growls, but the meow is the most common.

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Why do cats fluff out their tails when they're frightened?

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.