Why Do cats do that...?


Why do cats ‘knead’ people with their paws?

Cats often place themselves upon their favourite lap or soft surface and use their paws in a distinct trampling /kneading action conveying pure pleasure.  Kneading, also referred to as milk treading, is an instinctive behaviour originating from kitten hood.  This action is used to stimulate the mother cat’s milk flow.  For an adult cat perhaps they find comfort in mimicking this action as they are taken back to these warm, snugly moments as a kitten which were sheer bliss.

Why do cats eat grass?

There are many theories as to why cats eat grass and here are a few of the more common accepted ones and perhaps all have truth to them.  Cats are commonly reported to eat grass to induce vomiting, such as when a hairball is brought up, but are also thought to eat grass when feeling nauseated which may be indicative of other health problems.  Grass also happens to have natural vitamin B levels and perhaps they munch away on it to gain some nutritional requirements.  Possibly the simplest answer to the question would be that they purely enjoy the taste (people often enjoy their fresh salad greens). 

Why cats do tails whop, wave and quiver?

Although cats display variety actions with their tails there are a few movements to which we think we have deciphered the meaning too.  A tall quivering tail, from the base upwards, is potentially a sign that our cat is bursting with excitement of anticipation.  A whopping tail is thought to be a sign of growing discontent which could potentially lead to anger or a kind of excited indecision such as when playing.  A slow and gently waving tail that moves back and forth is thought to mean that the cat is happy, relaxed and pleased such as when they are responding to a great chin rub or scratch behind the ears.  Sometimes a tail can whop and wave simultaneously potentially indicating that their feelings at this point in time are quite complex.

Why do cats purr?

There are many reasons as to why cats might purr but mostly cats will purr due to utter contentment. However, cats have mastered this alluring sound and may use it to get our attention, smooth over a wrong, to get their own way or make you give into what they want.  Cats also may purr when approaching another cat that they have no intention of fighting, a friendly greeting as such.  A sick or defenceless cat will purr when approached by a potential threat in an effort to calm any aggression that might arise.  A female cat in labour often purrs and a mother will continue to use this purr to let her newly born blind and deaf offspring that it is only mum approaching.  Kittens will often then reply in a purr to signal that they are receiving their mother’s milk. 

Why do cats make a funny chattering sound?

This chattering sound that is created when a cat opens its mouth slightly pulls its lips back and then opens and closes its jaw very rapidly.  This sound is often produced by a cat when they can see prey that can’t be reached due to some obstacle in there away such as a glass window.  It is thought that this is occurs due to pure frustration of not being about to catch the desired prey and instead the cat sits there practicing a killer bite movement and pondering the thought of how the catch would be.

Why do cats make that strange grimace?

This is the funny look cats do with their mouths when they stumble upon some exceptional scent also known as the ‘flehmen’ response.  A cat will be going about its daily business sniffing smells of the world when something interesting scent strikes their fancy. The cat tends to stop abruptly lift their head slightly, ease back there upper lip and open there mouth a little.  The opened mouth allows the scent they are interested in to pass though and be studied by the Jacobsen’s organ.  This organ is situated in the roof of the mouth and is a smell-taste organ which allows the cat to analyse interesting smells they stumble upon.  This experience is one we can only theorise at but we have to assume it to be enjoyable as often cats become completely captivated and lost in thought.