Cats have the courage to live by them.” That may explain why cats act the way they do and are often seen as very independent. In general, early interventions with behavior training, veterinary oversight, or a cat behavior specialist, can help turn around cat behavior issues.
Normal Cat Behavior
Cats, like people, have unique personalities and characteristics. While there are many common feline behaviors, keep in mind that each cat is special and may act in ways that are slightly different due to their personality, environment or mood. Pay attention to your cat’s behavior and determine what is “normal” for your cat so you can be aware of unusual behavior that may require a trip to the vet.
Most people consider purring to be a universal sign that a cat is happy and content. For the most part, cats will purr when they are comfortable and happy. Cats often purr when being pet, enjoying the sunshine or sitting on your laptop computer as you try to work. When a cat purrs, the vibrating cords in the larynx create vibrations across the cat’s entire body that can be soothing in a stressful situation. If your cat is purring excessively or in situations where purring is not common, it could be a sign of illness or injury. Thoroughly examine your cat or take them to a veterinarian especially if the cat is not eating, drinking or otherwise acting “normal.”
Cats also typically spend a great deal of time grooming. For some cats, grooming can take up to 50 percent of their time. Grooming helps cats stay tidy, but their saliva also helps insulate their bodies and keep them warm. So, you may see your cat grooming more in cold weather. Each cat will have different grooming habits and patterns, so pay attention to your cat’s beauty regime. If grooming is excessive (overall or in a certain area) or causes loss of fur, you should bring your cat to the veterinarian for an examination.
Damage from Your Cat’s Kneading
Another common cat behavior is kneading. Other experts point out that cats have glands in the pads of their paws, so perhaps this behavior is a way to mark their territory. If your cat is kneading you and causing pain, simply distract the cat by petting, playing with the paws or giving a treat.
Climbing on Everything
Cats generally like high places and are excellent climbers. There are many types of cat perches that you can buy or make on your own, but make sure that the perch is safe and can hold the weight of your cat. If your cat enjoys climbing on high shelves or above the refrigerator and cabinets, make sure the area is clear of items that could hurt or trap your cat.
Destructive Cat Scratching
Other cat behavior includes burying and scratching which is another instinct in all cats. Cats prefer to scratch textures that are appealing, so you can discourage a cat from scratching certain areas by applying double-sided tape or aluminum foil.
Cats are also prone to curling up into a tight ball to sleep which provides warmth and security. While it may seem that cats are trying to type on the computer or enjoy pushing objects off a table or shelf, this behavior is common in many cats simply as a form of play.