Weird Things Cats Do: 5 Silly Things Your Cat Does Explained
Cats. Mysterious and elegant creatures. You don’t choose them – they choose you. However, these majestic balls of fur are not always as elegant as they may appear. If you have a cat, then you probably know this. Because cats sometimes do the weirdest things in the world.
Some of the things they do are just silly, others will cost you your favorite porcelain set of plates, and some of the things they do are just – creepy. So, from staring at nothing to pushing glasses and plates – here’s 5 weird things cats do explained.
Staring At Nothing
How many times has it happened to you that it is three in the morning, you’re watching TV and you look away just to find your cat standing there staring…at nothing.
And you ask yourself: “What is my cat staring at?” Is it a ghost? Okay, okay, it is three in the morning, what if it’s a ghost? What if there is something I can’t see?
Actually, there is. Even though it appears that cats stare at nothing, they do stare at something you can not see with your eyes. That’s simply because your eyes aren’t as good as the eyes of your cat. Cats have a vision that detects motion a lot better than humans. In general, cats have much sharper senses than humans do.
Hearing and vision allow cats to detect things like the tiniest insects, the tiniest particles of dust or even hear the electricity flowing through the walls of your house. To us, it appears as one of those weird things cats do that we can’t understand why.
So, next time your cat stares at something you can’t see – don’t worry. It’s probably something tiny that you can’t see. And let’s hope it’s not a ghost.
Pushing Things Off Of Tables, Shelves, Counters…Everywhere
Another one of the weird things cats do is pushing your stuff off of the table or any other high surface you have that they can reach. This can be very annoying, especially if they break something (a tip, don’t leave fragile things on the edge of high surfaces, they might suffer the deadly consequences of your cat to push things). But, why do cats do this?
The reason behind pushing stuff is actually instinctive. Cats are predators by nature, meaning that if in the wilderness – they are going to hunt and catch prey. They don’t always need to be in the wilderness to do this, though.
Some of our domesticated cats often bring us gifts like birds and mice to show us their gratitude in a unique way. As you might have already noticed (and if you have, too bad for you), cats sometimes like to play with their prey by pushing it around. It is instinctive to them to do this.
So, when a cat pushes your cup of coffee – they think it is a prey, they spotted it and now they’re playing around with it – which is why your precious cups keep breaking. It is simply a game of predator and prey. Often times this behavior stops as cats realize that it’s not an actual prey, so they just simply grow out of it.
Yes, your cat is a carnivore. So why are they eating grass out on the porch?! The truth of the matter is, cats don’t have the enzymes to process grass. Which means, shortly after they eat it, they’re going to vomit. So why would they do such a thing?
This process helps your cat clear their stomach from hairballs (cleaning themselves all the time means they consume quite a bit of hair), feathers or other things that their belly can’t process. So don’t panic if your cat does this every once in a while. It’s usually to just clean their bowels.
Absolutely Worshiping Boxes And Bags
This is also known as the “If it fits, I sit” phenomenon. You will frequently find your cat in your shopping bag, the box from Amazon that you just got or just some weird place like a basket. What makes cats so drawn to boxes and similar things?
It is very simple. It gives them a sense of safety. Because they are inside a box, they feel like nothing can attack them since they can see when something is coming their way.
Cats are also a bit private and less social than dogs would be, so sometimes when they need some alone time they just go and hide in your laundry basket.
Attacking Your Feet As They’re Their Worst Enemy
Often times, you’re all snuggled up in bed and your precious kitty cat is right there with you. A beautiful moment of harmony, enjoying some nice comfy time with your pet. That’s until you move your feet and all of a sudden your cat just attacks them. Pretty painful, right? Why would your sweet cat do this?
Again, this is something that is instinctive for them, especially when they are younger. It is another predator and prey game. The cat is the predator, and the prey is obviously your feet. They just see something suspicious moving under the sheets and they have to protect their hooman, right?
Another reason why they might be doing it is simply that they’re being playful. Especially if your cat is still young, expect to be attacked every time you move in a way they find charming.
But, you love your cat, right? So what’s a little pain compared to that? Be a man and hold on as your feet get destroyed! You do it for love!
Despite All Of The Weird Things Cats Do…
…we still love them dearly. Even though there are tons of weird things cats do (like being fascinated with running water), you have to admit that they’re still one of the most cunning, sly and most elegant creatures out there. After all, you decided to take care of a mini tiger. It does come with a little bit of weirdness.
No matter what your cat does, they still have their sweet moments where you can’t help but think how precious they are. Still, though, watch your feet!
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