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Why Do Cats Behave Like That?
You just got out of the shower and are sitting on your couch. Your cat jumps up and begins to lick your moist skin. Thinking she is thirsty, you go out into the kitchen and refill her water bowl. Instead of lapping up the fresh water, she starts licking your leg.
Try switching to organic soaps and shampoos, or take your regular body lotion and add in some lemon oil. Make sure you don’t use much or the lotion will be sticky. Use this lotion to deter your cat’s behavior.
Why is my cat eating dirt, licking concrete, eating wool and other clothing?
Why is my cat playing in the water bowl?
Cats as a rule do not like standing water. If your cat is splashing water all over your kitchen from his water bowl try one of the following tips:
Why is my cat racing around the house early in the morning?
This is instinctual behavior. He is active in the early morning hours because this is when his prey is available. With his extra keen hearing and his ability to see well with only reflected light, your cat is in high prey drive. He hears bugs in your walls, cats outside or a mouse.
You can redirect his prey drive by engaging him in play right before you go to bed. Play with him using an interactive toy such as Da Bird. Before you stop, give him a nice meaty treat, than put the toy up. He should sleep the night away.
Why is my cat playing with toilet paper?
This is great fun for cats and kittens! They hear us spinning this fun toy in the bathroom. They demand to come in and find out what all the noise is about. Once they discover that as they spin the roll, all this lovely paper falls to the floor, they are captivated for hours! Besides, reaching up to grab the roll of paper helps them stretch their back and sharpen their claws.
Why is my cat scratching the furniture?
This behavior is the one that gets cats into the most trouble. They can get kicked out of the house or banished to the basement, or worse yet, they get declawed.
Cat Behavior is not misbehavior. It is instinctual and part of the cat’s inner workings. Understanding why they do what they do, helps us to accept their behavior, redirect it when necessary and live in synch with these beautiful creatures that share our home.
Mary Anne Miller is a freelance writer, website content provider and member of The Cat Writers’ Association.