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Understanding Odd Cat Behaviours: Tips from a Veterinarian near Brooklyn Park

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You do not need to be a cat expert to know that the furry little creatures sometimes exhibit truly odd behaviours.

From chattering at birds to finding the absolute smallest spots to tuck themselves into, cats are always doing something to make us wonder what exactly is going through their heads. 

If you are nervous about your cat’s behaviour, the good news is that, in most cases, the things that seem bizarre to us are perfectly normal to our feline family members. While it’s always best to seek assistance from a veterinarian near Brooklyn Park if your cat’s behaviour changes or is particularly concerning, here are some explanations for some of the most common cat antics from the experts at Pets Health Veterinary Practices

Headbutting

If you have ever been headbutted, or “bunted,” by a cat, you should feel honored. This behaviour is a sign of love and respect that cats tend to only share with the humans who mean the most to them. 

Cats have scent glands in their heads, so when they bunt their foreheads against people, other pets, etc., their scent is transferred. This marks you, your dog, or your sofa as your cat’s property. If your cat headbutts you frequently, you should most definitely feel loved! 

Kneading Soft Objects

You have probably seen a cat kneading soft objects, like blankets or pillows, before settling in for a nice long nap. Often referred to as “making biscuits,” this behaviour is learned during kittenhood when a kitten is nursing from its mother. In many cats, the kneading continues into adulthood because it is soothing. Cats also have scent glands in their front paws, so this is another thing that cats do to mark their territory. 

Chirping at Birds

Have you ever heard a strange chirping or chattering sound coming from your cat while they were watching birds or small animals on the other side of a closed window? A lot of cats do this while “stalking” prey they are unable to reach, and it is thought to occur as a result of frustration. 

Hiding in Small Spots

Your housecat may feel like a fierce predator most of the time, but they also know they could be preyed upon by larger animals. For this reason, they tend to feel safest when tucked away in a small spot. Whether it’s a box, a vase, or any other small space, cats love curling up in places where they feel secure. 

Evening Zoomies

Cats are often thought of as nocturnal, but they are actually crepuscular. This means they tend to be most often at dusk and dawn. This makes sense since that is when their typical prey is also most active. If your cat gets a sudden burst of energy around the time when you are trying to go to sleep for the evening, it’s due to their prey drive. 

Behaviours That Aren’t Normal

While many seemingly unusual cat behaviours are normal, others are not. If your cat is exhibiting any of the following symptoms or behaviours, contact a veterinarian near Brooklyn Park right away to schedule an appointment: 

  • Decreased appetite and/or thirst
  • Eliminating outside of the litterbox
  • Unexplained aggression
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Obvious signs of distress
  • Dragging back legs
  • Excessive fatigue

Veterinarian near Brooklyn Park

If your cat needs to see a veterinarian near Brooklyn Park, we would be more than happy to help. Please contact us now to schedule an appointment

 

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