Categories: Cat Behavior

Why Do Cats?

Why do cats do things that seem mystifying? Nothing that a cat does is mystifying to the cat. It is all natural behavior. A lot of what people do is truly mystifying! The answer as to why a cat does a particular thing that seems odd to us is in the instinctive behavior of a cat that has evolved over millions of years.

There is a precise, logical and reasonable answer to all the why do cats…questions and I intend to provide them on this page. It is though a gradually growing page so at any one time it may be full of facts or not.

I have used a form to present this information. It is just below this text. The idea is for visitors to occasionally ask questions about cat behavior by using the form and other visitors answering them by leaving a comment – a Utopian world of perfect harmony!

It certainly pays dividends to better understand our cat companions. A lot of bad stuff happens to cats through a lack of understanding. No criticism is meant but there are many people who through lack of knowledge also have a lack of empathy with the cat and in fact many other animals. I think it is better if we can learn to live in harmony with our fellow creatures rather than try to dominate or destroy them.

What Other Visitors Have Said

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Why is my cat pawing at hard, shiny surfaces?


My cat ‘George’ will sit and look out the window and begin scratching on the glass with both paws (one then the other).

At first I thought he was …

Are my two tom cats fighting over me!
I have two toms, Graycloud and Slim (both brothers). I pet them both all the time and spend every second of every day I can with them and they both get …

My cat has a very sensitive lower back
I scratch my cat on her back right before her tail, she reacts really funny. She will squint her eyes and her head goes up and kind of goes back and forth …

Our Cat Hisses At My Fiancé
Our cat was a stray kitten that wandered up on our patio at an apartment complex the day after Christmas 2008. We took the kitten to the vet and was told …

Jumpy Cat
My cat is aptly name Taz for Tazmanian Devil. As a kitten and even now at 4 yrs old he would spin through the house in a blur of beige and chocolate fur….

My cat goes out for weeks and attacks my other cat on return – why?
My cat Pickles goes outside a lot, sometimes for weeks at a time. He always comes home though! (Big Mama’s Boy :P) but EVERYTIME he comes back he hisses …

Why does a feral cat rub itself against sticks, frames etc on my allotment?
One of ‘my’ feral cats knows me and comes very close and keeps rubbing herself against things all the time. She does it to whatever she is near, bamboo …

Cat Sleeping in Litter Box
Why is my cat sleeping in the litter box? I have personal experience of this….er no it’s not me sleeping in the litter..

I have seen it happen on …

How long will it take for our cat to get on with a new kitten?
How long will it take our 6-month old cat to get along with a 5 week old kitten we just got last night?

6-month old cat is extremely jealous of kitten …

Why does my cat always lie down on black stuff?
My black and white long haired cat LOVES to lay on dark colored clothes especially black stuff. I was just wondering why she seeks out these dark colored …

My 12 year old cat doesn’t use the litter box properly
I have two cats. The first one that I adopted is a female domestic shorthair about 12 years ago.

I am aware that she is very old but I just cannot …

Help please, my cat keeps hiding my clothes!
My cat likes to carry around certain fabrics in his mouth, I don’t know why but he used to carry around a fuzzy beanie and sweat shirts.

I left my clothes …

Why is my cat kneading and hissing at the same time?
Our cat has been getting into our bed and kneading the comforter and hissing at the same time, sometimes when we are in it. Do you know what this means?…

Why Do Cats Hide Stuff?
My cat is always hiding stuff under rugs! Especially change. I once found almost $1.50 just in change! Also my ponytail holders and other small things….

My Cat Sticks His Rear In The Air When Stroked
Yes, my cat sticks his rear in the air with an upright tail, when stroked. I am talking about Charlie, my three legged boy cat. The picture above shows …

Why Do Cats Wag Their Tail?
Why do cats wag their tail? When my girl cat wants to go out I open the door for her (she is too fat to get through the cat flap!). If its horrible outside …

Why Do Cats Hide?
People ask, why do cats hide? The answer is a commonsense one. Why do we hide? Because we don’t want to be seen. The same goes for the cat and the reason …

Why Does a Cat Bury its Feces?
Why does a cat bury its feces? Well the answer is that they don’t always bury their feces. The question was posed by the well known zoologist Desmond …

Why Does My Cat Lick Me?
For me the answer to the question, “why does my cat lick me?” comes from personal observation. My cat looks upon me as a mother cat. All domestic cats …

Why Do Cats Knead
I had believed that the answer to the question, “Why do cats knead?” was well known. But a keyword search tells me that there are few websites answering …

Why do Cats’ Eyes Glow in the Dark
This is the answer to the question, “Why do cats’ eyes glow in the dark”? Cat have excellent night vision and are able to see things that we cannot….

Why Do Cats Purr?
To the question, “why do cats purr”,  the answer seems obvious because we have all heard a cat purr when he or she is content. You stroke a cat and …

Why Do Cats Hiss?
Why do cats hiss? The answer comes from Desmond Morris, a well known British zoologist. The cat’s hiss sounds very like a snake’s hiss. It is meant to….

Leo My Funny Cat Not rated yet
Lol my cat Leo sticks his rear end in the air while he’s being stroked. Do you have a clue why he does it because i think its because he wanna be rude …

Does anyone know why cats like to lick and bite pictures? Not rated yet
I’ll answer this on the run without reference to anything. The reason why a cat would lick and bite pictures must be linked at a basic level to the fact …

Why Does My Cat Lick Not rated yet
People ask, “why does my cat lick” and we see it so often that we don’t think of it as behaviour that is, well, somewhat exceptional amongst all the animal …

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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