The more time you spend with your cat, the more you'll probably start to notice he's got some weird habits.
I decided to look at some of the most common cat behaviors and get a better understanding of why they do them.
From time to time you may catch your cat kneading. This occurs when your cat rhythmically alternates their paws, pushing in and out, usually against something soft.
While no one is 100% sure why cats take on this behavior, here are a few theories:
Baby kittens will knead instinctively when they're young to help stimulate their mom's milk production. Some people think cats continue kneading as they get older because the action reminds them of the rewards of nursing.
Other theories for why cats do this include that this is their way of showing affection, it helps them limber up after a nap or prepare a soft, comfy spot to lay down in, or that it's an easy way to scent-mark their territory.
For female cats, many also believe that kneading is a way of displaying to male cats that they are ready and able to mate.
Chewing on Plants
Coco will chew on anything…
Some cats chew plants because they find comfort in the act, or as a way to get your attention.
Of course too much of a good thing can be … well … bad. Cats that eat excessive grass or plants usually end up throwing up.
No one's quite sure if cats do this on purpose to help bring up hairballs, or if it's just a coincidence.
Rubbing his furry little cheeks on everything he sees, your cat is actually being quite territorial, marking off what he considers to be "his" in your home. Cat’s cheeks contain glands that deposit his own unique scent when rubbing cheeks on something.
Cats are natural hunters and so it only makes sense that if you have an outdoor cat he will, from time-to-time, be stalking some prey. And you know how you like to bring your furry best friend home a treat every now and then to let him know how much you love him? Well, some experts believe that dead mouse, insect or bird could be his way of telling you just how much he cares about you.
You approach your cat in the hallway to say hello, and he immediately throws himself on the ground, rolls onto his back and exposes his tummy to you.
If it's a familiar scenario, be happy. Cats that roll over and expose their stomachs are actually relaxed and comfortable, calm and content. When he does this, your cat is showing you that he loves and trusts you and probably wouldn't mind some scratches at the moment, either.