Thursday, September 6, 2007

Miz Allie cat Speaks Out On Cat "Behavior"

Miz Allie did some digging through a lot of books to bring you some logical cat-explanations to some of their behavioral habits. Meow

  • Why does your cat wash your hair or face? A cat-ogical thing to do because the first thing a kitten experiences, even before it can see, is its mommy licking and washing it. Grooming is a cat-demonstration of their love and care of their mommy and daddy. So, if your cat occasionally washes your hair or licks your face, she/he is showing you her/his cat-ceptance of caring for you as a fellow feline.

  • Why does a cat "knead" or "make biscuits"? When a kitten is nursing, it typically kneads its paws against its mommy, either as a sign of cat-contentment or to encourage the milk flow. When the cat matures, it kneads to show its cat-contentment and pleasure.

  • Why does your cat push its head against you? This is called "head butts". This is a cat's way of showing affection. Some cats will turn their head, and push it against a human (or another cat).

  • Why does a cat do a stiff-legged hop/touch against a human? That is the cat's body language of saying, "hey, hi there, how ya doin'?"

  • Why does your cat rub up against you? Cats have scent glands along the tail, on each side of their head, on their lips, base of their tail, chin, near their sex organs, and between their front paws. They use these glands to scent mark their territory. When the cat rubs you, she/he is marking you with his scent, claiming you as "hers/his." Too, he is picking up your scent. Cats rub up against furniture or doorways for the same reason - to mark the item as "hers/his". (Urine spraying is also a territorial marking, by the way.) MEOWWW

  • Why does a cat walk sloooowly, looking straight forward when passing another cat? Well...All us cats are somewhat territorial to an extent - the range of a particular inside cat may extend from a small space in a room to the entire house, depending on their hierarchical ranking in the family. When a "superior" cat confronts on "inferior" in the hierarchy, it will stare at and/or move in for a face-to-face confrontation. When a cat wants to show that it doesn't want to get into an argument, it will make a wide, slow path around the other cat, usually avoiding even looking at it.

Now Miz Allie Cat feels a bit tires from all that book reading..lick she is going to take a little nap, but first a little cleaning on the paws and then mommy's hair....Meowwww


The Furry Kids said...

Thank you for doing all that research. That was very interesting reading. Hope you had a great nap!


Daisy said...

I try to lick my Mommie's face all the time, but she does not like it too much. I knead a lot, too.

The Crew said...

Very informative Allie.

Head-butts are also used as a form of greeting. We do that to Mom but she hates it when we do it while she's trying to eat or drink!!

Anonymous said...

Fascinating reading -- thank you very much for that! I do a lot of licking -- I love to kiss, and I love to do headbutts. MaoMao is a kisser, too, and Dorydoo and Brainball both like to give love nibbles, and they do kneading!

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!

Karen Jo said...

You did a lot of research. That was very informative. Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm glad you like my limericks.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

wow Miz Allie, that is great information. My mommy loves when I rub her or daddy. She thinks it is very cute that I'm saying "these beans are MINE!"

Thanks for doing so much research. You deserve a nice long nap to rest up.