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Cats are beloved creatures who retain a certain mystique to even the most attentive human. Cat lovers have been asking questions about cats since the first one jumped in a human’s lap and began to purr and knead. Why do they do what they do?

#1. Is a Purring Cat a Contented Cat?

Not necessarily! Cats vocalize in a variety of ways for any number of reasons:

  • Purring seems to soothe a cat under stress
  • Even dying cats may purr
  • Cats also purr when they are comfortable and in positive social situations

When a kitty jumps in your lap and starts to purr, it’s a safe bet that he feels safe and secure with you.

#2. Why Do Cats Love Boxes?

It is true that if you give a kid or a cat a box, they’ll play with it all day long. What is the charm? For a kid, who knows? Maybe it’s the simplicity of the object that allows them to discover on their own whatever potential the box may hold. But for a kitty, a box or a bag offers safety from predators.

  • Cats are both predators and prey. They like hiding places that let them sneak up on their prey and seek shelter from larger predators
  • A closed box with a small opening provides safety and is great for scanning the landscape for predators
  • When cats are stressed they want to hide in enclosed, safe places like boxes and bags

#3.  Does Your Cat Really Think It’s Making Biscuits?

We’ve all made the comment when kitty starts kneading, “Look, he’s making biscuits!” This act is actually called kneading, and there are many reasons your cat does it, including:

  • Kneading is another self-soothing behavior for stressed-out cats
  • When they were nursing, they kneaded on their mother and will likely continue that behavior into adult life
  • Cats like to mark territory. Scent is released from their paws when they knead.

If your cat kneads on you or nicer fabrics, keep claws trimmed and buffed to avoid scratches.

#4. Why Do Cats Meow?

Cats have figured out how to get their human’s attention without compromising their social integrity. Miraculously, we’ve been able to learn much of their language, and have discovered that:

  • Cats meow for food
  • They meow when they don’t feel well
  • They meow when they want a toy or to go outside or simply to say, “Hello”

If your cat is meowing nonstop, there is probably something wrong. Call us immediately at (630) 428-0500 if you think your cat is ill or injured.

#5. Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Cats do seem to sleep an excessive amount and laze the days away. They rouse for food and little playtime and maybe for a few moments of affection. For the most part, cats sleep. Why?

Cats are predators, but historically they also have been prey. They like to be active in the early morning and evening hours before the larger and dangerous predators are on the prowl…and then cats sleep.

Cats conserve energy by sleeping. A cat can never know when it will need to make a run for it!

Cats nap a lot but seldom are in a deep sleep. They are generally alert for sounds of danger or for their human using a can opener.

Make sure that your cat has access to plenty of toys and engaging activities during his or her hours awake. If your cat is bored, that can trigger depression and cause kitty to sleep even more.

Ask Us Anything About Cat Behavior and Care

At your next wellness visit, please ask us what you need to know to help keep your pets happy and healthy. If you have any questions about their behavior or how to care for your pets, feel free to ask us anything. The team at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to help you and your pets live long and happy lives together!