Does your cat ever do things that you don’t understand or seem plain weird? Here is the low down on weird cat behavior:
When your cat bumps you with its head, have no fear. This is a way for your cat to let you know they love you! Also, they are probably marking you as their possession with the pheromones in their cheeks.
Some cats “talk,” also known as chattering, when they are excited or frustrated or both. Other weird noises you may hear your cat make include hacking, yowling, or chirping.
Bouncing or the Walls
Is your cat prone to dart around the room, run at full speed, or even bounce against the furniture, walls, and their scratching post? The easy explanation is cats are playful and packed with energy, especially kittens. This can also be a reaction to catnip. As long as you have your windows closed and nothing dangerous that can fall on them, it should be OK. There is a slight danger that they could fall out of a window or be injured, so if your cat is consistently active in this way, you can cat-proof your home to make it safer or try to channel their energy with interactive toys or chasing games.
Squeezing into Tight Places
Cats LOVE to squeeze into tight places because they feel safe and secure. This is a relaxed way to nap too. This odd behavior can be traced to their ancestors when they loved in the wild and needed to sleep in hidden places from predators.
Gifting Dead Animals
If you have an outdoor cat, you may be on the receiving end of many “gifts” that your cat is happy to present you with – especially dead animals like mice or birds. This is how they thank us for taking care of them. Not scolding or praising can keep the behavior at bay – it is natural they can’t help it, but you wouldn’t want to encourage them to do it more often.
Cats knead their paws because it is a comforting behavior that stems from their time as kittens kneading their mommy to stimulate milk. Learn more about this weird behavior here.
Pooping Outside of the Litter Box
Ugh. There is nothing worse than finding cat poop where it doesn’t belong! You will need to find out the cause of your cat’s starts doing this. Make sure the litter box is easy to access, clean, and in a private area. If you have multiple cats, you may need to have more than one litter box.
Chewing on Stuff
You may notice your cat starts chewing on weird things like socks, rubber bands, plastic bags, or pillows. Most often, this is due to boredom, anxiety, or they might be sick. Some cats may have weaned too early and felt comfort “nursing” on random items – especially if they are soft. This is a dangerous behavior since they can choke or end up with an intestinal blockage. It is best to visit your veterinarian to figure out how to treat this behavior.