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Weird Cat Behaviors Explained

By Joanne Eglash

Weird Cat Behaviors Explained

Cats often surprise us with their unpredictability and, at times, they may even seem downright ditsy. Big Boy, the extremely large cat who charmed my mother for more than fifteen years, was fond of darting into the kitchen sink. There he would sit, staring into the dish drainer as if it contained the answers to the mysteries of the universe. To avoid disrupting his peaceful meditations, my mother would use the bathroom sink upstairs. It was clear who owned whom in that relationship, but it begs the question: Why do felines like Big Boy behave in such puzzling ways in the first place?

Wacky Cat-isms
“The why part [of cat weird] is easy -- cats and people are different species with different genetic evolutions,” says Oceanside, California-based Animal Behavior Consultant Arden Moore, who is the author of pet books such as The Cat Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Feline Questions (Storey, 2007). As an example of a basic difference between cat and human behavior, Moore points to the fact that cats “rank as one of the top snoozers of all creatures, averaging around 16 to 17 hours of sleep each day. Most people are lucky to get seven hours of sleep a night.”

Cats as Comedians
Karen Santos, companion animals manager at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Yarmouth Port, Mass. contends that cats have a “better sense of humor” than humans. She attributes this to the fact that cats “live more in the moment,” adding that “They don't hold grudges and when they do, they are short-lived and specific to a particular event.” That distinction could explain why one of my own cats, Miss Manners, tends to sulk in the coat closet for about an hour after returning from a trip to the vet. After her kitty retreat has ended, Miss Manners shows she has forgiven me by rubbing against my ankle and purring sweetly.

The “closet-sulking cat” illustrates just one kind of seemingly flipped-out feline. See if your own cat falls into one of the following types:

The Esther Williams Cat
This is a feline that, despite all scientific claims to the contrary, enjoys swimming and being near water. Your favorite feline may be exhibiting an evolved trait linked to breed. “Some cats love to swim, especially certain breeds like the Turkish Van,” explains Moore. In their pursuit of water, these cats may even hop into the shower stall or bathtub to join their humans.

The Bowl Prober
Bowl probers sometimes paw their water bowls before they drink. The reason: it’s following the pattern of “wild cat ancestors who need to test the water to make sure it is safe,” says Moore. Cats’ paw pads constitute one of their most sensitive areas so, “Pawing the water helps some indoor cats check for any possible ‘dangers’ lurking in the water bowl.”

Mr. or Ms. Confidence
If you have a dominant and confident kitty, you may be in luck. Moore says this feline type makes the perfect candidate for toilet training. Before you toss the cat litter box, though, be forewarned. She cautions, “This training can be thwarted if you -- or others in your home -- forget and put the lid down or shut the bathroom door.”

The Herb Lover
The herb-loving cat is always more than eager to get its paws on catnip. Feline fans of this perennial member of the mint family roll in it, sniff ecstatically at it, and close their eyes blissfully as they indulge. But, as many as 30 percent of adult cats have absolutely no interest in catnip, according to Moore. “Some cats prefer honeysuckle, which must be moistened to release its active ingredients,” she adds.

The Ear Licker
Some cats seem to have a human earlobe fetish. They’ll lick the ears of their owners, or even those of startled guests, with apparent enjoyment. Moore offers a simple explanation: “A young kitten separated from its mother before being weaned may be determined to lick your earlobes with its rough tongue. It may mimic the suckling it enjoyed while nursing.”

Food Burier
Santos notes that some cats scratch around their food dishes, almost as if they’re trying to “bury” their food under the kitchen floor or other surface. This behavior may reveal their lineage. “The wild ancestors of cats would bury their food to save it for later, so they could return to it.”

The Gift Giver
Has your cat ever suddenly dropped a toy mouse in your lap? Several cat owners have reported receiving such unexpected gifts, whether they want them or not. The moment becomes even more memorable if the mouse was a once-live real one. Santos explains that it is your kitty’s way “of showing affection.” 

Predator to the Invisible
Cats playing games with a speck of dust are not, contrary to their humans’ bewilderment, losing their kitty minds. That speck of dust or ray of sunlight that they are chasing serves as entertainment, according to Santos. Call it the “Project Runway” or “Top Chef” equivalent of relaxing amusement in the kitty’s world.

The Crazy Running Back
Almost all cat owners have observed what some call the “kitty crazies.” Their cat abruptly runs around, occasionally leaping into the air like a ballerina or a football star on too much caffeine and then just stops as if nothing had happened. Santos theorizes this behavior can be attributed to a feline’s inherited need to stay in shape for hunting.

Whether your cat has a bathtub fetish or, like Miss Manners, is fond of kneading hats, one thing is clear: Such behavior makes perfect sense to felines. So long as the behavior isn’t destructive to you, your cat and your surroundings, it’s best to take inspiration from your cat. Live in the moment and think of cat weird as the new feline wonderful.

is a widely published journalist, specializing in health, fitness, food, fashion, relationships and lifestyles. She currently lives with two elderly cats, Miss Manners and Ashley, and is the official godmother to three poodles.


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Posted on June 27, 2012

Lenamarie says: I have a pregant cat that is due anyday.I was wondering why she cleans my other cat that is not hers.I had other cats in the past pregant,and they never done that.Im just curious to know why-Thank you.

Posted on June 24, 2012

esther says: why does my friends cat suddenly comes in the room whenever i'm on the phone with him?

Posted on June 18, 2012

Kerjoe says: I have a cat who loves hugging feet when they are sleeping in bed with me.  When I say hugging the foot, I mean it's either our foot is strictly a pillow with only the head on it, one paw is draped over the foot, or one paw is under the foot while the other paw is on top of foot.  We aren't talking mere positioning, either.

Posted on May 29, 2012

mei mei says: My cat can't stand her kitten after he cAme bAck 3 weeks later

Posted on May 9, 2012

Gabby says: Cats aren't showing affection when they bring you dead animals. They are showing you how to hunt for your food, because they think you suck at it.

Posted on April 30, 2012

Katie says: I can vouch for "The Ear Licker". My cat was weaned from her mother too early, and when I got her at about 2 months she would try to suck on my ears for comfort. Actually she still tries to get away with it. She''s my babygirl :)

Posted on April 30, 2012

Katie says: Oh, and my cat also "grooms" me after I get out the shower. A couple days when I was running late for work, she was persistant about grooming me. She ended up jumping on my back from the coffee table and imediately started licking the beads of water off my shoulder. :p

Posted on April 14, 2012

Lucille says: I have a stray cat which seems to have adopted me. Got pregnant, evidently has delivered her kittens somewhere and only comes back to our house to get food. Two nights ago she was rolling around in a flower box filled with dirt. This went on for at least 5 minutes. Whats UP?

Posted on April 11, 2012

Bentley says: My cat all of a sudden never stays on the ground and if he's done eating he runs to a spot. He wants to be on top of something. He'll eat a few bites then run to a spot and start meowing.

Posted on April 4, 2012

randy says: my cat sits at the breakfast table every morning and puts her mouth around my wrist for at least 20 minutes and purrs loudly and does not want to be disturbed. Why is this??????

Posted on April 2, 2012

Merrilee says: My two female cats keep getting on the counter tops and peeing on the top of the microwave.

Posted on April 1, 2012

Miranda says: So my cat begins to act really weird if she is around chewing gum mostly mint gum. Why?

Posted on March 26, 2012

LISA says: GABBY: It sounds like your cat may have ear mites, you need medicine from the vet.

Posted on March 26, 2012

LISA says: my cat Mimi likes to lick plastic bags and she likes to carry all her "babies" (toy mice and kittens) into her plastic bag. She licks my feet and bites my ankles as a show of affection. She also likes to pee in inappropiate places mostly on soft blankets so I am doing a lot of laundry. I have been told she is burmese mix and I think burmese might have an aversion to the rough rocks in the litter box because their feet are very small and they don't like to get their toes hurt on the rough litter. That's just my thought on it. I petsitted Mimi's daughter once and I found that she had the same behavior so whatever it is is genetic b/c I had her tested for urinary tract disfunction and she was cleared (???) Now I try to get the smallest finest kitty litter for her and she seems to do a bit better.

Posted on March 4, 2012

twin calico kittens says: one of my calico kittens love to burrow in any thing even my long hair it it normal. and she loves to nuzzle her head in to my neck? and he sister has horid gass attacts randomly any advice?

Posted on February 15, 2012

Girly says: Lindsee, your cat must be just grooming your feet. Trying to make you dry before you get cold. My cat does it too.

Posted on February 14, 2012

Paige says: I have a white cat named Winter that I found as a sick stray about 2 years ago. She is well behaved, but lately she has been picking up odd behaviors. She comes into my room around 4:00 every morning and bats at my face with her paw till I get up. And if I lay back down she yowls till I go into the kitchen, I need to go to her food dish then she eats and after that she leaves me alone. Another thing, she takes my stuff into the litter box at night. Every morning I find hair clips, stuffed animals, lighters, and even my cloths in there. I'm confused, she's never done things like this before. 

Posted on February 12, 2012

lindsee says: my cat is about 2 years old now, and shes always done this thing when i get out of the shower. She'll attack my feet or hands and lick them like crazy, its adorable. it's almost like i had showered in catnip or something. i could never figure out why.

Posted on January 21, 2012

Jim says: Cats leave food "presents" such as mice and birds because they feel it's a safe to keep it. It's also "you are a safe place" compliment.

Posted on January 21, 2012

leona sekyra says: my two sister and brother cats age 7 years have become agressive since I be=rought the brother home from the vets for a shot. now the male cat will not cime downstair for the last 3 month, help

Posted on December 16, 2011

Susanna says: gabby quarve, you don't sound ready for the responsibilities of cat ownership.

Posted on November 8, 2011

Cookie says: My cat bites me for no reason, and he yells and talks to me a lot it´s really annoying, he follows me around the house and makes weird noises, he sits on everyone that comes in the house, he stands on two feet when he wants to look over the couch, he goes to the door to greet me, and I taught him to sit and give me his paw if he wants a turkey treat! i swear!

Posted on November 15, 2011

Anonymous says: Wow. The comment section of this article is the biggest collection of clueless cat owners in the world. Somebody call The guiness book of world records.... People! You all need help, but you cant find it here!

Posted on November 16, 2011

Annette Gerger says: please tell nmme why my healthy (accoding to vet)cat throws up

Posted on September 20, 2011

Lynn says: Why would my cat carry off socks and napkins while meowing?

Posted on September 24, 2011

Chris says: I thought my cat just enjoyed playing fetch : P but after reading Im confused. When he brings his toys to me is it a gift that I shouldnt throw for him to chase?

Posted on August 31, 2011

Tim says: As a kid , we had a female cat named Tiger that caught birds and brought them to the back porch.

Posted on July 27, 2011

amanda says: my cat likes to lay on flat surfaces and act like shes swimming. the more you encourage her to keep on doing it the longer she will continue. its really cute but im curious why a cat would do this.

Posted on July 29, 2011

tyler says: Whenever my cat goes into the house after playing outside, he begins to behave differently. He kind of acts like he is high on catnip or something to that effect. Can you help me out here?

Posted on August 13, 2011

Brenda says: I have a cat that we found semi-feral named Tigger and he pretty much is with us now. (he was probably an abandoned domestic cat) I get very concerned when he tries to follow us to the Gas station though (especially because there is a busy road to cross)He wont if hes in our closed porch, but how else do I stop him from doing this?

Posted on July 25, 2011

Tiffany Shaw says: My cat Rocki is extremely lazy, but one of his favorite things to do when he sees my husband or I is to run up to us. He'll "talk" to us as if saying how much hes missed us, then flop over on his back in front of our feet demanding belly rubs.

Posted on June 21, 2011

AC says: What about always laying on paper (even if it's a tiny index card my cat'll at least rest his head on it) or jumping on your keyboard (even if you're not typing on it but just looking at the screen)?

Posted on June 24, 2011

Renazuki says: Our Manx - Alexx has a thing for socks - he wants my socks as soon as I get home from work. He'll rub his face in them like he would one of his catnip toys. Why is this?

Posted on June 19, 2011

Ms, Whit says: Have had cats for 71 years and each has been unique and special in their own way. Have loved them all!

Posted on June 7, 2011

Glenn says: My cat has a foot fetish. Loves my shoes, slippers, etc. She loves to sit in my crocs, lay in them, you name it. It is not because the smell either. I am very fastidious so I think she just enjoys shoes, kind of like most women I know.

Posted on May 15, 2011

shirley says: why does my cat insist on waking me up at 4 am, pawing at my head, meowing, at this rate, who needs an alarm clock, lol

Posted on March 1, 2011

olga says: this was good reading, i do have aproblem with my cat. he is chasing his tial and is getting very agresive. does anyone else have that problem

Posted on February 26, 2011

katie says: my cat's a rescue and we named him johnny jump up! because that is his usual mode of transporting himself through life. he can jump quite high, like 4 ft in the air, very funny to watch when he jumps over the weiner dogs! he also likes to store his toys in his food bowl when he's not playing with them. he's a character and very humorous, loving and affectionate, when HE feels like it. when he's feeling loving he slobbers like a St. Bernard, YUK! LOL...

Posted on February 20, 2011

Paul says: Two things. I have seen comments and questions about cat behavior, that I might shed light on. First, we had our cat bring a dead mouse and leave it on our front door step. Why? When the cat food would run out, and he had to go a few hours before we buy more to feed him. Second, he would nip and grab my arm with his claws while laying on his back. I was told it was a cat showing affection. Plus a cat is not likely to lay on his back in a submissive position unless he trusts you.

Posted on February 14, 2011

cheryl says: my cat use to have this loud annoying meow and it was more high pitched..now she has this deep quiet meow almost like her throat is sore from a bad cold..why is she like that and will it go away?

Posted on February 1, 2011

pendes says: I have a tuxedo b&w cat, part Maine Coon, who will only drink from a bathroom sink. He will meow at in until I turn it on for him. I hope he will drink from a bowl when we go on vacation!

Posted on January 15, 2011

olyman64 says: My girlfriends cat is usually very active during the day. But today the cat is sleeping all day, no movement at all, and hasn't gone to the bathroom all day. Any suggestions on what could be wrong and what we can do to help heal him.

Posted on January 14, 2011

Cindy says: One day I came home and my cat just started racing around the house and looked like he was scared of me. Last night when he was in my room and I was sleeping he jumped on my face and I had to shove him off. Now he just looks like hes wary of me and doesn't even let me pet him anymore; when I do, he gets up if hes lieing down and runs away. Please help me! I don't know whats wrong with him, its as if he forgot who I was...

Posted on January 11, 2011

jerald says: why do cats vomit their food

Posted on January 7, 2011

Jean McCarty says: I am so puzzled by my 5 month old male kitten. I took him and his sister to the vet for their 2nd round of shots yesterday. His sister was very ill from the shots, vomiting and diarrhea for a good while. The male kitten has become very antagonistic toward the sick sister, hissing and growling at her if she comes into his sight. If she gets too close he really shows animosity. What happened? Will this go away? They were inseparable litter mates. He acts like she is a strange cat in the house.

Posted on June 30, 2010

..::Cat Expert::.. says: Hey your cat probably does this because it doesnt like the way you hold him, and he is telling you to let go so then he can go back to sleep

Posted on September 26, 2010

cory says: i have two cats an one of them any time he is around incessantly licks my arm or face an ill push him away and he keeps coming back has a very severe raspy tongue and can be painful what should i do to get him to stop

Posted on January 7, 2011

Sudden behavior change after 12 years? says: My orange tabby lost his buddy of 10+ years over a year ago, but did not show any signs of depression. Now he has stopped eating, but is healthy and is getting into everything--trash, recycling, etc. that he never did before. He is meowing constantly. He has been primarily an indoors cat, but has gotten out routinely and roamed the neighborhood for hours. He is very healthy and alert--just a pest to me.

Posted on March 28, 2010

ellen says: I have a male cat whose almost 2 maybe and we were laying on the couch, i had one arm around his back and my other hand had his tail because he likes to bite and play with it.then he got up and started nibbling and batting at the arm i was holding him with and trying to stand on it with his bak paws while doing a full 360 on my arm, and he never bit me hard just little nibble bites, but im soo confused about wat hes doing.and then he'll just lay down and go to sleep.

Posted on January 31, 2010

gabby quarve says: my maine coon started twitching his head for some reason.his name is kitty.he just started it and im scared to death.i dont know if it neroligicol or contagis because hes the only cat i have.could anyone tell me what it is and quick.(because ive had 13 cats die or get picked up by animal control.my other cat was a girl bombay and every time we planned to get her spayed and nurtered shed get pregnant and id get 5 kittens every time and SHES MATING WITH A STRAY!!!!!!shes with animal control now.please help my maine coon.

Posted on December 10, 2009

crystals says: ive got 4 cats and they each do their own thing but my main coon likes to sleep on my lap top im thinking its the heat but not sure she also eats with her paw. my youngest is a calico and orange tabby shes not spayed yet but she loves to play small balls shell pick them up with her mouth and bring it in the kitchen if i go in the kicthen and pick it up and throw it in the living she chases it and does the same thing over again. my other two ive figured out all ready

Posted on September 4, 2009

Cathy says: Why does one of my cats keep bringing fistful size wet clumps of last years leaves via her mouth onto the deck for a litter of 3 mo old kittens I have--she is not the mommy kitty....

Posted on August 3, 2009

Lynn says: My 12 1/2 year old little guy, Charles was sick about 3 months ago. Believe it or not, that was the first time Charles had ever been sick. It was a simple issue, resolved by taking antibiotics. Well, he's never had a pill shoved down his throat, and I wasn't about to start, so at the vet's advice, I crushed the pill and put it in canned food, which up until then, he had never had before. Welllllll.... how do I break Charles of the canned food, which he's becoming quite annoying about? No one can walk into the kitchen without "Boog" following them and constantly meowing! Will cold turkey actually work?

Posted on July 10, 2009

EVELYN PROUDFOOT says: I have a neutered male cat -approx 1 1/2 yrs old. Every time he is around a litter of kittens, he constantly 'mothers' them. He is in their birthing box from the time of birth bathing them, licking all their little butts and protecting them so momma can get away. This happens with all the litters. He is not the daddy to them but is obsessed with the babies. There are other adult cats in the house. Why?

Posted on June 17, 2009

JANIS BRUST says: I rescued a Feral Manx and at first he was very playful, loving, wanted to be around us all the time. Just recently he got very sick, went to the vets, they did blood work, but came back with finding nothing. all he wants to do is sleep, he seems to be limping from his right front leg. he doesn't want to play with the other Ferral cat I resuced. As a matter of fact he seems quite put out for me bringing home the other cat. I do know he has fiv. Would this make him not want to do anything? I'm really worried. He eats just fine, his bathroom routeen seems to be normal. I'm very new at this cat thing. I have had dogs all my life don't know a thing about cats. Please help me in trying to figure out if he is sick or I'm just worrying for nothing.

Posted on April 14, 2009

janis williams says: ANY ADVISE

Posted on April 14, 2009

janis williams says: I adopted a preg young cat she is great no indoor litter she still hunts even tho well feed and vet kept she will at times bring me presents lizards mice in bed even...ouch but, my concern is her wild run through the house and i call it chomp aggressive with out hurting me still scares me first time cat lover ...so not familiar with the behavior ..i help and feed her with her kittens and adopted her ..i am new to having a cat ...but, she is awesome just not sure how to and some of her behaviorisms...like dropping a lizard in my face in the middle of the night...lol hope someone can relate

Posted on April 14, 2009

janis williams says: CONFUSED ON BEHAVIOR

Posted on February 26, 2009

LINDA says: why do they bite each other are they playing or fighting one is female other male

Posted on March 1, 2009

Zak says: Hey! Okay, one of my cats, Pooter, has the strangest meows. When she meows, it's a faint, bug-like sound, similur to purring. I don't understand why she does this, but it's constant (not just in resonse to particular stimuli) she's healthy and normal... except she sounds more like a locust than a kitty! :D any ideas???

Posted on February 7, 2009

Loretta King says: My cat has a sock fetish. When no one is watching, she takes socks from the clother hamper and lines them up, very precisely, across the floor. When I come home from work, I find socks lined up from one end of the house to the other! One day I counted 27 socks. So weird!

Posted on November 17, 2008

Barb says: My Maine Coon Cat (11 years old), "Puff", sits on my lap in my recliner each night. There is "something" that gets his attention each night when on my lap: I see his eyes following "it" from beside my recliner, all over the room. It always starts beside my recliner. Sometimes he's scared and gets down. But I decided to ask aloud "is someone here with us?". My cat's eyes moved wildly all over the living room as if watching something "fly" frantically. Now it is like clockwork: Each night I say "is our friend here with us?" and my cat's eyes rapidly move to watch "it" flying around the room. Other times when I don't address "it", all is quiet. There must be something to this. I believe he can see spirits.( In fact I related this story to a friend of mine who just released a new book "New York State Ghosts, Vol. II". (Note: A lady died in my apt. about 2 years ago). Has anyone else had a strange experience like mine with my cat? Barb

Posted on October 13, 2008

Glenna says: I have a burman mix cat, he is 8 years old. I got him when he was 1 month old. He is our only pet, and is very spoiled. He displays some dog behaviors that are funny. He has several favorite toys that he cares around the house, meowing, teasing us to try to take from him. When we do try he meows louder and walks over to another one of his toys, stands on it and hunches his back. He does this on comand, I just have say 'bring me your toy'. I wonder how common this behavior is and if anyone else has a cat who thinks he/she is a dog?

Posted on October 13, 2008

Glenna says: I have a burman mix cat, he is 8 years old. I got him when he was 1 month old. He is our only pet, and is very spoiled. He displays some dog behaviors that are funny. He has several favorite toys that he cares around the house, meowing, teasing us to try to take from him. When we do try he meows louder and walks over to another one of his toys, stands on it and hunches his back. He does this on comand, I just have say 'bring me your toy'. I wonder how common this behavior is and if anyone else has a cat who thinks he/she is a dog?

Posted on September 4, 2008

cassidy says: My cat LOVES the bathtub she loves the water! I was giving our dog a bath and she just jumped up and started swimming around in the tub. Its the funniest looking thing. Theres a video on Youtube

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Posted on August 12, 2008

carolyn says: For as long as I can remember, one of my cats loves to chew on anything paper and the other kitty likes to lick plastic bags. They both like to chew on my bamboo plant as well (which thankfully it isn't toxic!). This is very strange to me and I haven't figured out why they do this. Any ideas?

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Posted on August 11, 2008

Susan Faulds says: Every time I put on perfume my cat goes nuts! He will follow me around, jump on top of a sink, bureau, or anywhere he thinks he can get close to me to lick me. It's truly weird! Do you have any idea of why he would do this. This cat is a male...nine years old and was originally feral. I have had him inside for all these years.

Posted on August 11, 2008

Jeanette says: I have a male indoor cat and after 6 years of his life he has decided to urinate on certain parts of my apartment. I took him in for testing thinking he was sick after blood test and observing the vet said he is totally healthy. He has put (Odis) on prozac wich has diminished the problom. He now knows how to throw his medicine up and I have noticed he has urinated on the carpet again. How do you keep kitty from doing that? (throwing up med)

Posted on August 11, 2008

donna says: today my cat was chaseing a fly,and when it flew away, he meowed.But it wasnt a normal meow,his mouth was shivering.and sometimes when he meows he does it with his mouth closed is this normal, or not?

Posted on August 11, 2008

Jeanette says: I know what you are going through, I had to put down a cat of mine due to an illness (so sad)And my other cat that was a kitten when I got her grew up with him, After I put him down she went into a deep depression. She would not come out of my room half the time and was not social anymore. After 8 months of getting another kitten she does not really want anything to do with the new one. It has been 7 years now and she is finally starting to come around.. All I can say is give your cat lotts of attention it has lost a very good friend

Posted on August 10, 2008

Chris says: My 12 week old orange tabby kitten has becime so agressive in "play" that I have numerous bleeding bite marks and/or scratch marks from him. Also, he does the wierdest thing sometimes when I think he has grabbed the side of my hand or one of my fingers- he opens his jaws as if to bite, but licks with his tongue as is he is mimicking nursing. The serious biting has got to stop and I would love suggestions of how I can curb this behavior. In two weeks or so, he will be declawed and neutered.

Posted on August 9, 2008

Marci says: Our Adult cat has created a very weird and persistant behavior or maybe I should really say a crazy habit. To begin with, she was one of the pets to have consumed the poisoned food back when, and it took about three months with daily visits to the Vet, force feeding/water and many, many prescriptions (besides praying) that both my husband and I did to bring her back to health. Several months went by and all seemed normal, she appeared to be happy, ate well and acted as if she was a Kitten again. Then, she began to follow either one of us into the bathroom and waited for the person taking a shower to finish then demanded to lick the water on the marble rim of the shower. This is still going on, however, now even if I walk into that room to get something or just pass by, she is sitting in front of the door and talks or should I say demanding for me to put water down on the rim. She appears to be infatuated more towards me and if I should close the door, her face is close enough to the door and trying to look at me under the door and even sticks her paw under. If I forget to put water down, I get talked to very loud. She also does this to my husband, but I seem to be getting most of this weird behavior. She drinks from her water bowl, but insists and prefers the water on the Shower floor rim after either one of us showers. She has also become very adamant and wherever I am, she is under my foot. I have asked many if this is her being grateful for sticking by her and bringing her back from near death. She also sleeps with us and goes from one to the other during the night. She does sleep on my head and in my arms as if she was a child. She is now 13, solid white, deep blue eyes and 25 lbs. Very healthy and snores, but very lovable and extremely affectionate it's like having a child all over again. Is there anyone out there that can comment on this behavior?

Posted on August 9, 2008

Penny says: I have a calico cat that is 10 yrs old, When she gets on my side at night too go too sleep, she keeps moving until I put my hand (either one) top side up so she can lay on it, She settles then and falls asleep. Why?

Posted on August 9, 2008

Melanie Young says: My cat is very sweet and loving to humans. He is an indoor cat. If another cat comes on our porch he turns into a hell cat, growling and shrieking and attacking the window to get to the enemy combatant out on the porch. He sits on the back of the couch watching and waiting. It can scare the crap out of you when he wake you up from a dead sleep in the early hours of the morning. I have asked the vet about this and he really has no explanation of why my neutered male cat exhibits this kind of behavior. Any suggestions?

Posted on August 8, 2008

JB says: We broke our Maine Coon kitten from getting on tables/cabinets early on with a spray bottle of water. After finding him on a table, spray him a quick squirt of water in his face, saying "NO!" Now if I even use the word in conversation near him, he cowers down. I have to spell it to my husband! Haven't used the squirt bottle in 8 years...cat is 9!

Posted on August 7, 2008

Pat says: My first cat is a feral kitten that was found in the woods when she was very tiny and did not get to enjoy her siblings. She was our "only cat" for a year and a half. I adopted another adult cat and the first cat was very jealous. They got into a few cat fights but have settled down...they are not friends but they tolerate each other. I just adopted another 12 week old kitten, assuming that cat #1 would not be threatened by a kitten. Not so! She constantly attacks him, especially when he uses the litter box. She hides behind doors and attacks. The second cat loves the kitten and they play all the time. I don't know what to do. Friends say I should let them work it out, but it isn't a fair fight! I have tried spraying her with water and shaking a can filled with coins, but it hasn't worked. I love her and don't want her to be afraid of me. She is a nervous cat. I used to train dogs....and thought cats would be easy...not so!

Posted on August 8, 2008

Caitlin Bumbalough says: Peaches, my 2 year old house cat, is a pain in the neck. At midnight exactly, she picks up her jingling toy a meows very VERY loudly. Then, she goes and hops up on my bed and puts her butt on my face! At 4 o'clock int he morning!! How do you explain that?

Posted on August 8, 2008

Tami says: Help What can I do. He will not poop in either litter box only on the floor. I am ready to get rid of him I cant take it help

Posted on August 7, 2008

Alyssa says: This information is really helpful! My 15 year old cat likes to paw at the closet door and the walls like she wants to play with "something". She also runs around as it she were playing witha nd invisible string. THen my other one goes crazy with catnip. She Howls and rubs the container. When I give her some she attacks the floor! But Chocolate (15year old) and Expresso (1.5 years) dont like eachother. What can I do???

Posted on August 7, 2008

Anna says: I have 2 cats and one loves to be affectionate and be out there and very independent. She loves being outside and sitting in the tub, but sometimes she is too independent and may scratch. Then my other cat is always hiding and scared but is the sweetest cat and loves people after you find her and pet her. She hates the water and is terrified when she outside. And I'm the only one she'll come too if i call her. I think that is very interesting on all the different behaviors cats have and the different personalities. This article is really nice.

Posted on July 29, 2008

Zoe Wookil says: I adopted Oliver from a wonderful woman who could not keep him because her soon to be husband suffered almost deadly allergies to animals in general. Oliver took to me instantly and he has lived with me for 6 mo now, Oliver was 10 mo when I got him. He is a ragdoll and now weighs 16lbs and is amazingly friendly, entertaining and one of the strangest cats I have ever owned. If he hears the shower cut on he will knock you over getting to the shower where he sits just outside of the spray until you litterally pick him up to get him out of the way, if you turn on any sink he will immediately jump on counter and get "sink loving" just licking the direct stream of water. I bought him a fountain so he could have his "sink loving" when ever he wants, however he ignores it. This being said, I have just given in to sink loving and shower time for him. He is normally very friendly, vocal and overall a great cat but just recently he has started attacking me going to bed, I thought at first he was just playing but now its turned into biting, nipping, aggressive wrapping his arms around my leg and raking with his back claws. He often sleeps on the end of my bed wrapped around my feet but I have been awaken to him in pure hunting mode and determined to kill my feet. Help me I love Oliver but do I need to buy kevlar just to sleep because he is pretty determined he is going to hunt something down and I understand his needs to hunt and the instinct of prey but will he grow out of this? Zoe

Posted on July 27, 2008

Sarah says: Sometimes my cat Mystic sits in front of the TV and follows the action on screen, moving her head to follow it and then she walks all around the TV and jumps up on it and looks behind trying to discover where it is coming from. She also displays interest in the screen when the TV is off and will put her paws on the screen and peer at reflections. She likes to stare at herself in the hallway mirror too.

Posted on July 27, 2008

B says: one way of training cats when they behave badly is when they do something you don't like them doing, such as getting on top of tables, furniture, and more, is to use a rolled up newspaper on them, because they become scared of it, and they don't like it and it will get to where they are so scared of the newspaper being used on them, that when you pick it up they run from it, and they learn right from wrong. And it helps train them. I tried it on my cat and it has worked wonders for me and my fiancee, with our cat Salem! Believe me! Just give it a try! And he does have weird cat behaviors, but none like any of the ones I have read on this page!!!

Posted on July 26, 2008

christine thompson says: I HAVE TWO CATS SIMON AND GARFUNKEL, AFTER USING THE LITTER BOX THEY RUN AROUND THE HOUSE DOING 80 MILES A HOUR, HOWLING. AT TIMES GET AGGRESSIVE WITH WITH ME AND EACH OTHER. WHY? I KEEP THINKING THERE'S SOMTHING WRONG WITH THEM. IT JUST DON'T SEEM NORMAL. SOME ONE NEEDS TO EXPLAIN TO ME JUST HOW THIS IS NORMAL WHEN THERE DOING 80 MILES A HR THROUGH OUT MY HOUSE AND RUNNING INTO WHATS EVER IN THERE WAY. (HELP)

Posted on July 26, 2008

kim says: Is it normal for a 5 month old kitten to chew like a puppy would?and she meows at at my bedroom door every morning

Posted on July 26, 2008

cat lover says: Help , my cat jumped up on the bed last night and peed on my leg .and then just jumped down like it was nothing . this is the 1st time she did this. 1 year old please advise

Posted on July 26, 2008

Maurice says: My wife and i have adopted a rescue cat,he is about a 2 months old now and is still scared to come to us so we can hold him. How can i win him over ? My other cat is a real loveable cat,he has always been great. The two cats play together. Thanks Maurice

Posted on July 26, 2008

Tammy Hayes says: I have a male tabby black/gray. His name caesar he is about 9 weeks old. At night when I go to bed he jumps on the bed. I have really long hair anyway he lays down on my hair starts smelling my hair and pawing at it and purring he has done this from the first day I brought him home when we got him he was quite young I have had im for about a month he can still crawl under the doors. What should I do? Tammy

Posted on July 25, 2008

Karen says: I am at my wits end. Our 15 year old cat has taken on the awful habit of yowling all night long and sometimes all day long. It is an awful sound, like he is in distress or hurt. Not sure what has brought this on, but last night I had to put him out on the porch all night just to get some sleep. I don't know what I should do. You would think he would get laryngitis by now. It is such an awful sound. What should I do?

Posted on July 24, 2008

kristen says: My cat always scratches my books off of my bookshelf, she also loves to lick the mint residue off of gum wrappers and she loves to lick Eternity perfume off of my wrists! she is a weirdo!

Posted on July 25, 2008

ahdrmd says: I have a wonderful maine coon. His name is Ringo he has a circle on each side. The problem is I can not keep him off of my kitchen table, night stand endtables...He also gets on my desk to help type...Help!!!. He does a lot of head butting sometimed quite hard. He sure does like to be close or to sleep on dirty clothes(probably 'cause they smell like me and my hubby)...How can I keep him off the tables? he sits on the chest to look out the sliding glass window and sewing table at bay window. any help would be appreciated,my previous cats were so much easier to train.

Posted on July 24, 2008

Mary Hill says: I have a 1 year old male Manx cat. He has a small rubber ball that he likes to keep in the shower to play with there. When I'm in the bathroom, he throws it out onto the floor and waits for me to throw it back into the shower. He repeats this until I leave the bathroom. It seems he has found a way to play ball with me just like a dog. What do you think of this behavior? Isn't it odd?

Posted on July 22, 2008

Georgia says: I have four adult cats Bubba she's five, Buddy he's three, David she is maybe 7, and Chester is a stray unknown age an adult, I've had them for three yrs and just recently they have been agressive towards each other and have been urinating on my carpet. They have two cat pans cleaned daily. Bubba is the worst she doesn;t want David near the food bowls or the cat pans or just strolling freely. David acts scared she is small in size. Buddy thinks Bubba is his momma so now he's acting like her. Chester is an outdoor cat that would come in but my indoor cats are unfriendly to him so he wants to come in when the weather is bad but is afraid. What can I do to help them to get along and not to urinate or spray in my house?

Posted on July 22, 2008

Christina says: My cat, Bela (who I believe to be about a year and a half old) loves to hide under the dining room table or under my computer desk and jump through the air in front of me when I walk by. Then she darts off into another room. One time I caught her completely fixated on something in the bathroom so I snuck up behind her and stomped my foot. She did a back flip through the air about 3 feet high. I'm not even exagerrating. She's the kookiest cat, that's why we get along so well.

Posted on July 21, 2008

mary says: My girl kitty, Thelma, is obsessed with my right ear. She'll look at my left one, but immediately goes back to the right ear. She rubs my face with her right paw and my neck with her left. I thought she'd outgrow her need to lick my earlobe, but after two years, she's still doing it. Her brother, Wayne, has never done that. He has his own oddities...

Posted on July 18, 2008

Jenna says: When I got my kitten (she is 7 now), she was also very young and it seemed like she had never learned to bathe herself because she stank! That was weird to me because cats usually clean themselves and rarely stink! Anyway, I decided to bathe her because I couldn't stand it anymore. The best thing about it was that she seemed to learn to clean herself after because she licked herself to get the water off. It seemed like it stimulated her instincts or something. Anyway, it was not too difficult, just get a harness instead of a regular collar so you don't choke him, and DON'T put him into water, just into an empty sink or tub and wet him with a cup or hose, lather him (use only cat shampoo because he will lick himself and you don't want to make him sick), then rinse and dry. Believe it or not, I still bathe her, and she tolerates it pretty well. It really helps with my cat allergies, too! I also shave her with clippers, and she LOVES to be petted afterwards, and it makes her a lot easier to bathe and her hair a lot easier to clean up!

Posted on July 16, 2008

claire c tryer says: m y cat is killing small rabbits. is there any way to stop this.

Posted on July 16, 2008

Connie says: My 6 yr old calico (Kalli) loves to suck on my toes and between them. I call it my "pet"icure!

Posted on July 17, 2008

David says: My wife's and my 1-year old tabby does about the same thing that Sharon's (7/14/08) does. Our indoor Tigger burrows under the covers and attacks our feet, biting our toes. We love this guy and would appreciate any insight into how to curb this behavior?

Posted on July 14, 2008

Sharon says: I got my kitten when he was only 4 wks old. He is now almost 7 months. The majority of his socialization is with me. He has this very weird behavior of always pouncing my feet. He will wake me in the morning by nosing he way under the covers to attack my feet. What is the reason for this behavior? Any suggestions as to how to stop this behavior???

Posted on July 14, 2008

Darleen Groden says: Our outdoor cat, 2years old, came home with his tail hanging over, not straight up , as usual. A friend said that that happens to outdoor cats. That afterneen he ran behind our house, to the woods and I did not see him for 2 days. I called him as I usually do, and he answered me but would not come out of the woods to me. He has always come when I call him. He is very comfortable with me and even jumps up in my lap for me to scratch and love him. There have been other cats coming to his house to eat the food I put out for him and fight him. He has been nuetered. Do you have any idea what could cause this kind of behavior all of a sudden. Thanks for any help.

Posted on July 11, 2008

Goldie Burrier says: Our cat who is 8 is just lost without our other cat that just died. She was 20 years old and in the best of health until she had a tooth pulled and then it all went downhill. Remaining cat is so sad and lonely that she refuses to eat and is just lost. Would another cat help? she doesn't like change at all so that only adds to the problem. I am trying a drug at the suggestion of the vet but that only makes her sleep.

Posted on July 13, 2008

Mona says: Thank you so much for explaining about the need to "test the water for hidden dangers"..My boy cat, Chopper has only recently started doing this and it was driving me crazy because I just couldn't understand why he was doing it...We have been together now for 7 years and he only recently started this behavior and now I at least understand and can be more tolerant of it! Again, thank you!

Posted on July 10, 2008

Stephanie says: My yellow tabby "Molly" has a thing for smooth surfaces, such as hardwood floors, magazines, shiny books, and even my satin bedsheets. Whenever Molly sees a smooth surface, she acts like she digs on it with her front paws. She seems to be attracted to them!

Posted on July 8, 2008

carla says: my cat is named midnight, he's been spaded he and indoor-outdoor cat. he's afraid of everything, like when he wants to go outside he has to sneek around the door and jumps over the thrush hold on to the porch. if theres a pair of shoes laying there he has to hit it with his paw and sneek around to get past them and he can be sitting next to me and I go to pet him he'll jump straight up in the air like something got hold of him, and when he eats his food the bowl can be full but he just sits there, untill you act like you are pouring his food then he'll eat it and he does then padding the floor when he drinks his water. I am starting to think he is going blind if anyone has and answer please!

Posted on July 7, 2008

doresa says: i love cats but i came to visit for the summer i relized that lunchbox[catname} follow her will come out when she come home some time play with the kids but now when i go to sleep she will come get in the bed with me sometime she will make funny sounds if i;m sleep so i can see her or move over i guest and some time i don;t know that she is there if i'm up she wii come and sit so i can scatch or rub her i just think it;s strange some answers w/b nice

Posted on July 5, 2008

Steph says: Pearl is about 1 year plus 3 months. When I got her from a petshop (more or less a rescue) she was a very playful kitten. She grew up into a rather aloof cat. Lately she has been a very friendly kitty, but also gets so spooked by things like socks. She paws them from a distance like she is afraid of them. If I try to consul her she jumps. What has happened to my cat? She also lives with a younger cat that she just about mothered and much older cat she used to bother. I tried to play with her lately but she defers to the youngest and lets her have all the playtime.

Posted on July 5, 2008

Melissa Elwell says: Hi, I have a 9 y/o cat and I have had her since she was 8 weeks old. Recently, my family adopted a little kitten and now my 9 year old won't come out of the bedroom and hisses, growls, and snaps at us. My 9y/o grew up around one other cat at my moms house, but there house was so big it didn't matter I guess. Now we live in a 1200 square foot apartment. Can anyone give me advice on how to break the ice between these loving felines. My family has to go away the end of July and leave them home alone with someone coming to check them every day. I don't want them to kill eachother. Any ADVICE?????

Posted on July 3, 2008

jennifer says: My cat of 14 years takes every piece of food and sets it on the floor before she eats it.

Posted on July 3, 2008

Alma says: My cat, Neko, a Japanese Bobtail, is very annoying, as she likes to knock things off cabinets, and anywhere else she can find to knock on the floor. I have yelled at her and tried to scare her when she does this to no avail. She also seems to be jealous of my other cat, Koda, and constantly attacks her if I give too much attention to Koda. I try to give Neko the same attention as the other cat, but Neko does not like to be held. Koda is a lap cat and much more affectionate. How can I teach Neko not to knock things off cabinets, dressers, etc. and not attack Koda?

Posted on July 2, 2008

Logann says: My cat is a fixed female about 2 years old. She wonders off for like 2 months than returns. She is very skinny. Acting like a brat. Doesn't let you touch her, likes to do her own thing. She stayed home all winter and now wants to go, go, go! I have another cat. (which is her brother) He is fixed also, very nice, friendly, likes to be held. WAY DIFFERENT THAN THR GIRL. What is her problem?

Posted on July 1, 2008

Gina Morton says: While not expecting to locate this very informative information, it didn`t keep me from reading and enjoying as I found myself reading about the cats that I had heard stories about over the years. This is a special shout out and pat on the back for you T.

Posted on July 1, 2008

Lisa says: It has been lovely to read all of these comments. I have had cats my whole life and the baby I have now is, by far, the most peculiar when it comes to her behavior. She is a 5lb, 4yr old black cat. I feel like she is constsntly telling me how she feels. I recently stayed with a friend who has two kittens and it took her about 3 weeks to adjust and I swear that when she is mad at me she will go to the bathroom in my shower. Then she will not do such a thing for months. I recently moved and watched her very carefully our first night. I do have a question. When Itty Bitty is stressed she will produce dander on her fur. I am very aware of this. Our first night in our new home, no dander, but she was almost nervously excited and was pretty much up all night but kept rubbing up against me all night and purring. I'm taking this as a good sign? No dander and purring and cuddling. I'm chalking it up to excitement. Any other insights?

Posted on July 1, 2008

Amanda says: I'm a new kitty person. It started with a 3month old stray orange tabby named Mr. Bingley. He was a very sweet boy that soon found a home with us. I felt bad about him staying home alone so I adopted a little gray kitten which we named Lestat because he likes to nibble on us. I thought no kitty could be sweeter then Mr Bingley but Lestat is a lap cat, he is always sleeping on me or beside me. My question is why did Mr Bingley stop purring after getting Lestat. They seem to get along.

Posted on June 29, 2008

Ann Lowe says: All of my four are rescued cats. The oldest, Paula, was attacked by dogs and came to me with a big hole in her belly and needing to be nursed. She is now a very beautiful cat. She loves to be brushed and play hide and seek... (byt the way, Dr. Jon has heer picture in his galery of beautiful cats) Fritz is seven years old. He was also bottle fed. He is more like a dog. To my amazement understands an obeys all my commands. He just broke his left hind leg and is in a cast. Sheba is 2 years old and he is just a loving cat. He runs around the house like and attacks dust like some of you mentioned but now I know he is not crazy. Jackie is my last girl. She came to me at about 7 weeks - picked her up on the street. On May 8 she completed one year. From a pitiful frazzled, bald, starving kitten she turned out to be a beautiful black long hair cat. (Jackie is also in Dr. Jon's photos) She is the only one that is a lap cat. All others don't like to be carried. They all are very loving and are part of my family. Even their vet loves them! There is no problem with bathroom manners. They each have their own box. The sand is a regular inexpensive clumping sand I buy at Costco. They are fed on canned Friskies and Good Life Recipe dry food. They are all healthy and their coats shine. I am really sorry for the persons who have problems with their cats. Also for the ones that simply disappeared or were lost.. I never had a cat carrier and never lost a cat, except for old age and Nipsi, a Abissinian that died at age 12 from kidney problems. It is so very nice to be able to share our experiences. Thank you.

Posted on June 29, 2008

Ann Lowe says: All of my four are rescued cats. The oldest, Paula, was attacked by dogs and came to me with a big hole in her belly and needing to be nursed. She is now a very beautiful cat. She loves to be brushed and play hide and seek... (byt the way, Dr. Jon has heer picture in his galery of beautiful cats) Fritz is seven years old. He was also bottle fed. He is more like a dog. To my amazement understands an obeys all my commands. He just broke his left hind leg and is in a cast. Sheba is 2 years old and he is just a loving cat. He runs around the house like and attacks dust like some of you mentioned but now I know he is not crazy. Jackie is my last girl. She came to me at about 7 weeks - picked her up on the street. On May 8 she completed one year. From a pitiful frazzled, bald, starving kitten she turned out to be a beautiful black long hair cat. (Jackie is also in Dr. Jon's photos) She is the only one that is a lap cat. All others don't like to be carried. They all are very loving and are part of my family. Even their vet loves them! There is no problem with bathroom manners. They each have their own box. The sand is a regular inexpensive clumping sand I buy at Costco. They are fed on canned Friskies and Good Life Recipe dry food. They are all healthy and their coats shine. I am really sorry for the persons who have problems with their cats. Also for the ones that simply disappeared or were lost.. I never had a cat carrier and never lost a cat, except for old age and Nipsi, a Abissinian that died at age 12 from kidney problems. It is so very nice to be able to share our experiences. Thank you.

Posted on June 15, 2008

Martha williams says: Our cat had two kittens she loved and protected, until one disappeared for two days, at about rwo months of age. When the kitten suddenly showed up, the mama cat would have nothing to do with him. She even took her other kitten to a new spot to get away from him What has happened to her?

Posted on June 15, 2008

Sam says: I know this might sound a little kooky...It started a week ago, that was when our family adopted a 7yr. old male cat from the local shelter. He was so friendly, sweet, and we felt a little sorry for him (since most kittens are adopted first). We didn't know what to expect. Of course he was frightened and scared at first, even a little too vocal, but we hung in there. Then, the strangest thing...a neutered cat taking my rugs and blankets, arranging to his liking and proceeded to ...well! I'm sorry is this normal? Also, he likes to nip you anywhere on your body, is that normal? What can I do?

Posted on June 16, 2008

Shobhana Trivedy says: i have two cats. Oliver and Tanya. Oliver is a male and Tanya is a female. Lovely children. Tanya is very jeolous. Oliver has become slow after his accident. He is gentle. Poor child has vertigo. But he manages well

Posted on June 15, 2008

Susan says: My male cat "hugs" me when I hold him. When he was younger, he would "hug" my arm when I was sleeping. He seemed to be sexually stimulated, but he was neutered. We took him to another vet only to find that he was definitely NOT neutered, and the second vet performed the surgery. About a year later, he still seems interested, jumping on me while I am sleeping and kneading my back or legs while twitching his tail and hind legs. It's a little embarrassing! Is this behavior normal for a neutered cat?

Posted on June 14, 2008

todd c says: i have three cats, we have the mother "baby" and daughter "daisy"daisy is a long hair white,daddy was turkish angora and mama calico.mama,baby and daisy both love my lap. when i get home from work the min ute i sit dow one of them is on my lap.i love it, but baby kitty is JEALOUS if her daughter daisy gets on my lap first she will come up on my lap and try to lay down and to push daisy off or so that daisy gets up and leaves. i had a talk with her and told her she is not supposed to be like this ...Daisy loves to be brushed,brushed all day long,believe me she needs it, lots of hair everywhere.you should see the brush.i tell Baby kitty thta she has to share in Daddy's lap. i have to move her over even alot. now missy she is on her own trip.she goes in and out and own the car.she likes being in the car..thanks

Posted on June 13, 2008

Franky says: OMG this was very helpful. Now I understand why he checks his water like an aristocrat and he definitely has an ear fetish!! The other behavior is he wants me to stand next to him while he eats, maybe he's inviting? IDK

Posted on June 13, 2008

makala says: my cat is only about 8 weeks old, he is a male names kitty austin(lil brother named him) and we got him in the walmart parking lot....he is the best cat ever when you first see him....he's lovable and sweet and just a normal kittwn....sometimes i wonder if he is normal becouse he is so well behaved(no clawing or biting or jumping)....but if u give him ANYTHING to eat he freeks...he starts making weird growling sounds and if u get within reach of him he goes crazy on u in a frenzy of clawing and screeching and running. I have a five year old brother who loves to pet him and i am always worrying about him getting to close at the wronge time.....please tell me you have some advice??????

Posted on June 10, 2008

Dani says: I have two cats and my mom has one. All of our cats fit into one or more of these categories! Right on!

Posted on June 11, 2008

Ramona says: We were talked into taking a cat from a woman in front of Pectco. She said the cat was female, had all its shots, 8 weeks old. We found it was a male, was only 4 weeks old and didn't have any shots. We call him stinky because well..... he stinks. He will not go outside, he will not let you pet him, he stinks because he rolls in his litter box (cleaned twice a day) he scavanges anything you leave out and gets into the garbage. We have a large feeder so there is always food. Is this normal behavior is this a problem cat. I worry because I also do not see him grooming himself (ever). I worry that feces is getting everywhere the cat is.

Posted on June 7, 2008

Robin says: My cat is 18 years old and is always hungry. After he eats he meows with a very deep loud meow several times. This started about a year ago. Our vet checked him for thyroid and for diabetes. He has neither. I don't want to spend much more money with tests to find out nothing is wrong wrong. However I don't want the cat to be suffering in pain. His has maintain a weight of 7 - 8 pounds his entire life. Should I be worried he is in pain.

Posted on June 6, 2008

Phyllis says: I used to have this cat, Rover. Once I dropped a green olive jar lid on the floor. He went to it and started rubbing his cheeks on it, then squatted on it and peed. Only time and only cat that ever did that.

Posted on June 1, 2008

Vicky says: All I can say is when you have a cat declawed, it is the same thing as if someone cut each of your fingers off at the first joint. I don't know about anyone else, but if someone cut all of my fingertips off - I think I'd be abit depressed!!!

Posted on June 1, 2008

Laura says: Reading this article has made me realize that maybe my cat is normal. But just a month ago he was really laid back, docile even. Now he's a twitching basket case. Sometimes I think he's seeing ghosts and it freaks me out. He likes to play with what could be dust specs, or maybe dead ancestors. A month ago he lived in a neighborhood where he could play with other cats. But I moved him to my fiance's house in a rural area and that's when he flew the coop. So we're wondering A. if he's doing this keep himself entertained or B the move was so traumatizing that he can't cope with the environs. What gives?

Posted on May 31, 2008

Karyl Bible says: Bates and Mokie also lie on their backs when they sun, when they are held and get a good rub down. I've heard that cats that do this are very secure cats. Is this true?

Posted on May 31, 2008

Julie Kirk-McReynolds says: My kittie, Stimpson, is an endless source of entertainment! When he drinks out of the dogs bowl he uses his paws, scooping up the water and drinks it from his paw! He'll do this for 5-10 min. at a time! He also does the kittie freak-out and just start running around like crazy for no reason and it's quite a show, back flips in the air, hopping from one piece of funiture to the other never touching the floor, what talent! What a show, sometimes I think he does it to entertain us! I am also worried about your Catskill cat! I would be heartbroken! Have you tried a humain trap from animal control with his favorite food or blankie from his bed? Good luck I'll pray for you and your kittie. Everyone keep writing your stories , I just love hearing about other "kittie tails"!!

Posted on May 30, 2008

Karyl Bible says: I have 3 cats. All rescues. 2 females, Psycho and Mokie, and 1 male Bates. They are all 3 & 4 years old and were spayed and nuetered and the age of 6 months. They are very quiet, loving and different personalities, but Psycho starting at the age of 6 weeks likes to pull her cat food into the water dish 3 or 4 nuggets at a time and then dish them out one at a time with her paw to eat. She also sleeps flat on her back, not sometimes, but all the time. She also is under my feet rubbing, nudging and caressing them. When I'm cooking and she plays dead at my feet I have to give her a push to the side and she slides like a dust mop. They are all house cats and I never let them outside. I've seen people go out of their way to run a cat over, especially black cats.

Posted on May 30, 2008

Nicole says: My fluffy orange male cat(Mango), about 2 years old is very annoying, if i don't give him constant attention. He is constantly standing on his back legs like a gopher, while pawing the air with his front paws meowing. He does this all the time. It looks like he's trying to wipe something out of his face. But the meow is awful, even thought he looks cute doing it. He's very lovable and playful, is he just extremely needy? Has anybody see this constant behavior in a cat before

Posted on May 30, 2008

Gary says: The only male animal (3 cats - 1 dog) is a cat that the 2 females bought home when it was abandoned as a kitten. Al the cat loves the 2 females but would rather hang out with the dog. Takes several mile hikes with me and the dog. Sleeps and plays with the dog. Al is now about 3 years old and I really believe he thinks of himself as a dog. Is this usual behavior?

Posted on May 28, 2008

Karen S says: Is there some way to get my cat which I adopted at age 5 to be secure around strangers?

Posted on May 29, 2008

Mike says: I've had several cats over the years. I had one of my females declawed. For her, it required about 2 months to return to "normal" behavior. From what I've learned from other cat owners, every cat responds differently to the declawing.Perhaps your cat needs more time to adjust to the change. If this happened to my cat, I would check with the Vet and ask if some psychological trauma occurred at the clinic around the time of the declawing operation or during recovery.An emotional trauma coupled with the declawing could cause behavior like this. If so, maybe your vet can suggest something. Good luck.

Posted on May 27, 2008

INA says: My cat is almost 22 and has just begun meowing at times with a blood-curling sound that sounds like she is scared and in distress . As long as you go to her she will quit. What is causing her to do this ?

Posted on May 27, 2008

Teresa Shimerda says: Have you ever seen or heard of a cat acting completely isolated after getting declawed? Running away from the family, hiding in the closets, not coming to us when we call him. ETC. I am very sad for him and do not know what to do. Do you have any suggestions? I have gotten him out of hiding, pet him for a while and off he goes as soon as I let me. What is going on? This is not normal behavior. Our other cat is doing just fine. They were declawed the same day. I thank you for your help.

Posted on May 27, 2008

Katherine says: I have a beautiful kitten, almost 1 year old. I adopted him from the SPCA last August and he was extremely affectionate & friendly. Within 2-3 months he became afraid of anyone but my daughter and me. He hides whenever anyone else is around and won't even come out to eat. He has spent the better part of 3 days under my bed because I had company this weekend. I don't know why his behavior changed so drastically. He is still very affectionate with me and my daughter. By the way, he was 8 weeks old when we got him. The SPCA found him by the side of the road where his mother had been killed by a car.

Posted on May 27, 2008

josie Gneco says: My cat disappear two weeks ago when I took her to my camper in the catskill, ny. She used to go up there and come back to our camper when it was dinner time. This time she sid not come back. When I went to look for her, I found her in an old shed. She saw me and meow. I tried to get her out of the shed but she would not come out. I throw a rock into the shed and she ran out. She ran so fast that I could catch her. The next day she was back in the shed and I tried again to get her. She would not come out. I throw another rock into the shed ands she ran off again. I could not catch her. Two days later I went back to the camper to find her. This time she was not in the shed because the owner of the shed was back in his house. I called and called her until I saw her. I walk slowly to her to catc her but she ran so fast that I could not catch her. The following weeks I returned to the property and did not see her. I left food for her and she did come to eat it. Is she dead? Did she go up there to die? She is 10 years old. She used to be an outdoor and indoor cat but have been indoor for 4 years. Why did she ignore me? She is fixed and can not get pregnant. I can not sleep thinking of her. Will I ever know what happen to her? The two weeks that she been in the catskill, I left her dish with food and the food was always gone until this weekend when she disappear. The weather has been good and the area that she in is pretty safe. Was she sick?

Posted on May 27, 2008

Mike says: My year old neutered male cat feverishly paws a glass door often, and for long periods, usually after using the litter box. I'm guessing he sees his reflection in the glass, and is trying to make contact with the cat he thinks is in front of him. Anyone know why a cat will do this?

Posted on May 3, 2008

melissa says: is it normal for a cat to make bird noises? my cat baby will make pigeon noises when she startled and when my mom talks to her. other than that, she doesnt make that noise.

Posted on May 12, 2008

Cindy says: My cat is an Esther Williams, Bowl Prober, Herb Lover cat. She is a Maine Coon, but often she likes to "drown" her toys. I find her catnip squirrel in the toilet on many occasions. She also likes to lay in the bathtub and wait for me to turn on the water. Silly kitty.

Posted on May 21, 2008

Karen says: Out of the blue our 4 year old cat decided to do a bm on the carpet near the litter box instead of in the box. I have changed kitty litter brands and clean it more often nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?

Posted on May 1, 2008

valrntina gonzalez says: I have two spay cats. and Idon't know why they always run outside. I figure since ther'e spay they would be fine. what can I do?

Posted on May 2, 2008

Bill says: My 17-year-old female cat, Smudgy, has an annoying habit of meowing persistently for no discernible reason. She often does this while looking (from the outside) at the doorway of a bedroom where she spends a lot of time sleeping. It doesn't matter if the door is open or shut. She meows and looks very reluctant to go into the room...even if she just came out of it minutes before. My other cat, a very close and longtime male friend of Smudgy's, passed away about 2 years ago. He (Snowy) and Smudgy were together for about 15 years. Smudgy's caterwauling seemed to start sometime around Snowy's death. Is it possible that Smudgy might still be in mourning? The bedroom that Smudgy meows at used to be occupied almost exclusively by Snowy; and Smudgy rarely (if ever) ventured into it. Anybody have any ideas about this?

Posted on April 26, 2008

Cat Lady says: ALSO, another reason for that behaving CAN sometimes be if the litterbox has suddenly become unpleasant to the cat. Such as, it doesn't get cleaned of cat's use of it often enough. Think about it: nobody likes to use a toilet that's not been flushed. Another reason is if the litter has recently changed, especially to one with a scent or texture the cat dislikes. Scented litters are for human convenience. But cats sense of smell is greatly stronger than humans's. Would you want to use a toilet in a room with 50 gaudy air freshener smells? ... Just more tips to add to my previous post, about medical reasons a cat may eliminate in inappropriate places.

Posted on April 22, 2008

Alix Ayala says: My cat is 4 years old, he always sleeps in my room at night and has his own blanken on his own blanket. In the last 3 weeks he has stopped following me around and no longer comes to sleep in the bedroom or come when I call him. He has been very itchy and is excessivly grooming. He is still eating and drinking water -Any ideas? We are going to the vet in case there is something wrong :(

Posted on April 25, 2008

Cat Lady says: To the gal with cat who uses bed as a litterbox: what you described is classic behavior of a cat who is in pain, trying to tell its human that it has a urinary infection, impacted anal glands, or some other undiagnosed problem of the elimination tracts. Only a vet can properly determine what the root of the symptoms are. PLEASE have a vet examine your cat, and tell all those behaviors, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Certain neglected problems can eventually get excruitating for the cat, besides possibly fatal. It WON'T go away by itself, without vet's help. Good luck to your cat, and you!

Posted on April 21, 2008

Dahlia De Leon says: My cat Kasper will attack us for no reason at all...or if we tell him "No". We don't know what to do with him, one minute he can be loving and the next he'll claw us or bite us. HELP!

Posted on April 21, 2008

SHANNON KIMBALL says: my male cat has been making weird meows at my door since my mom passed away he goes by the door as if he sees something there and jumps up and appears to follow something we cannot see oddly he never meows unless he is doing this and i notice it at certain times of the day anyone ever experienced this? and if so is it possible that cats sence spirits?

Posted on April 17, 2008

Ali says: we have two kitties both tonkinese, 9 months and 5 months. The younger one chews on his tail all the time, and he also chews on the other ones tail. He doesnt seem to be hurting himself or the other kitty but I want to stop it before it becomes a serious problem. What can we do to stop this

Posted on April 17, 2008

Autumn says: My cat has TOTAL bowl-thing. And he has 'Pappy Butch Syndome' whitch is asyndrome that yuour cat finds reasons JUST TO LAY DDOW|N!

Posted on April 16, 2008

D.A. Courtney says: I have had Soxx for 13 years and early on in his life, Soxx developed a liking for other peoples shoes. He will wait for that person to relax, take their shoes off, and suddenly he is all over them. He will place his head inside them and then roll over them. This has "won" him over to even the least likely cat lover. Just one area I what to share about him.

Posted on April 16, 2008

Question says: I have three cats Simba, Shenzi, and midnight. Before I got the new kitten midnight always came out to say hi and play with simba now he sleeps in a chair and never comes out. I wish he would come out and play with the other kitties. Please help me get my midnight back I miss him!!!!

Posted on April 16, 2008

Question says: This is soooo wierd because my cat Simba(burmese sabel cat)meows when we all go to bed and I just don't know why. He goes room to room and meows for 3 min in each room.(we have to more cats)I cant get any sleep at night. In the morning he's fine he is normal but it's at night when he's crazy. Please help me!!

Posted on April 16, 2008

Ruth Jochims says: I'm sure your cat is back by now. My cat isn't supposed to go out, but some times he does. He's stayed out all day or all night before, but he always comes home. Cat's like to explore. Im sure yours will come back if he hasn't already. I he hasn't been nutered he'll want out more and will stay out longer.

Posted on April 16, 2008

LINDA LEE says: I ADOPTED A CAT 3 YEARS AGO FOR THE LOCAL SHELTER. SHE WAS 3 YRS OLD, FIXED AND DECLAWED. SHE HAS, ON AND OFF SINCE I GOT HER, DISPLAYED AWFUL BEHAVIORS. SHE USED TO USE MY BED AS A CAT BOX UNTIL I HAD TO THROW IT OUT! SHE NOW USES THE COUCH EVERY DAY! WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER? IF THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM SHE USES THE BOX BUT NOT ANY OTHER TIME. I HATE TO TAKE HER BACK BUT I CANT TOLERATE THIS! AND THE SPRAY I BOUGHT DOESNT WORK. WHAT CAN I DO?

Posted on April 15, 2008

Cassie says: we have5 cats in total 2 of them are in a spraying war How do we get them to stop and what can we get to get rid of the smell and clean up

Posted on April 14, 2008

Lauren says: Both my cats (Maine Coon mixes) follow me around as well. If we're all in the living room, and I get up and go into the guest room, they'll follow me, even if they were sleeping. I think they're just interested to see what I'm doing and like to know where I am.

Posted on April 13, 2008

Luis says: last night i got home late pass midnight open my door ...boom ther go my cat running out side.must of the time he enters tru the back of the house but i wait and wait but nothin im sad cuz i have him for a long time now i miss him...

Posted on April 13, 2008

Barbara Zucker says: Hi Liah She is just that attached to you. At that age, little kitties are always underfoot b/c they want to be where the action is. At least, that is my experience with the 5 cats I have had over the last 15 years.

Posted on April 11, 2008

Tammy Moore says: This was a great article. I have two cats, one female and one male. The male kitty, Toby, has done some really strange things like the running aroung all of a sudden like he is on crack or something then he just stops. Nice to know that this is normal behavior for kitties. I think that it is cute when he does it.

Posted on April 11, 2008

Liah says: I would really like to find out why my 9 month old female cat follows me around the house. She has became so attached that she will wake up if I leave the area she's sleeping in and follow me. Is she really just that attached to me or is there some kind of scent that I have which makes her want to follow?

Posted on April 9, 2008

Bonnie says: Simon, a very large orange tabby, has a cloth toy that he holds in his mouth and 'calls' much like a mother cat does to her kittens except his voice is loud. Roger, a regualr size grey & black tabby, has a major running fit after leaving the liter box. He runs from one room to the next, up and over everything in sight with big black eyes and his tail partially fuzzed, lasts for up to 2 minutes.

Posted on April 7, 2008

jeri says: i have 2 cats, and my calico who is crippled and never goes outside, she does the food hiding and pawin the water sometimes she turns the whole bowl over.thanks for the info

Posted on April 4, 2008

Joe says: Our second largest cat, Boy Wonder, loves to climb up on my pillow at night and lie down. Wether my head orface is there already makes no difference to him-he'll just plop down, grab around my head, and go to sleep. Most times he's right across my eyes. Now, since I shave my head this does keep it warm. BUT he like to lick my head and he has the raspiest tongue.

Posted on April 4, 2008

Stephanie says: There isn't a lot you can do but get the cat spayed. My cats love to go outside when the weather is right, but they are trained not to go outside unless I give the "outside" command. Even then I keep a very close eye so that they stay out of danger. Some cats are very sneaky and no matter how cautious you are they will find a way to sneak past you. If you get her spayed, she will stop going into heat and stop running out to relieve herself, i.e. get pregnant. Believe me having your cat spayed is worth the $.

Posted on April 2, 2008

yovonne says: my cat lives the house and gets pregnant by running out the door. when the door is open what can i do about this. besides gettin nuttered and paying about 500 dollars

Posted on April 1, 2008

kat says: I have 4 cats and each one is a hoot to be around! this did explain a lot about one of my cats named Beauty, shes a big dust in the air chaser!

Posted on April 1, 2008

Kim says: I love it! This is such a cute article. And so right-on for my kitty plus helpful.

Posted on April 1, 2008

geraldine harrison says: There are so many cat behaviours there probably isn't enough space to list them all. None of the ones listed above apply to my three cats, but where do i start on the behaviour of the cats that have spent their lives with me...?

Posted on April 1, 2008

Terri says: I thought it was her way of disapproving of the food - but you say she was burying it to come back later...good to know!

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