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Top 5 strange behaviours in cats

Top 5 strange behaviours in cats

Cats have strange behaviours that can sometimes leave us scratching our heads in confusion. From kneading to chirping, these habits can seem strange to us, but they are actually very normal for feline friends. In this blog post, we will discuss the top 5 strange behaviours in cats and what they mean.

1. Kneading

One of the most common strange behaviours in cats is kneading. This is when your cat pushes its paws in and out against a soft surface, such as a blanket, pillow, or your lap. Cats often flex their toes and retract their claws in a rhythmic motion, while purring or showing other signs of relaxation and contentment. Kneading is an instinctual behaviour that cats learn as kittens when they knead their mother's belly to stimulate milk production. They may also knead when they are feeling comfortable, happy, or affectionate.

2. Chirping 

Another unusual cat behaviour display is chirping, which is a series of high-pitched, bird-like sounds accompanied by clicking or chattering. Cats often chirp when they are watching birds or other prey animals, or as a way of expressing affection or greeting their owners. It's a unique vocalisation that is believed to be a form of communication that helps them express a range of emotions and intentions.

3. Eating grass and nibbling plants

Cats also love grass and may eat it to help facilitate digestion and promote the elimination of hairballs or other indigestible material. Grass contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that may be beneficial for cats, such as folic acid and chlorophyll. Eating grass may be an instinctual behaviour for cats, as their wild ancestors consumed plant material as part of their diet. Some cats may simply enjoy the taste and texture of grass, and may eat it as a form of play or entertainment. However, it's important to ensure that any grass your cat eats is free from harmful chemicals and pesticides.

4. Burying cat food

Another strange behaviour that some cats display is burying their food. This may be an instinctual behaviour retained from their wild ancestors who buried prey to hide it from predators or to save it for later. Burying their food may also be a way to keep their feeding area clean and free from debris, or to disguise its scent and prevent other animals from stealing it. Burying their food may also be a way for cats to save a portion of their meal for later.

5. Winking or blinking 

Lastly, blinking or winking is another behaviour that cats exhibit. Cats often blink at humans as a sign of trust, love, and contentment. They may also wink to show affection or to communicate with their owners. Blinking slowly at your cat is a way to show them that you love them, and they may reciprocate the gesture.

In conclusion, cats have strange behaviours that may seem confusing to us, but they are entirely normal for feline friends. If your cat's behaviour seems excessive or painful, it's a good idea to consult with a veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

A healthy and nutritious diet that is high in animal protein as well as vitamins and minerals will help keep your cat feeling good, making sure your cat is keeping on the right side of the strange behaviours! At Tippaws, our food is made from 70% real meat and fish and cats absolutely love it. New customers get 10% off their first 1.5kg bag when they sign up to our newsletter.

Do your cats exhibit any strange behaviours? If so, leave us a comment below and we’ll include it in the next version of this article. 

3 comments on Top 5 strange behaviours in cats

  • Tippaws
    TippawsMay 02, 2024

    Hi Valerie

    I’m so sorry to hear this, that is stressful. The first thing I would say to do is contact your vet, as she may be in pain. This is the first thing to eliminate. If there is nothing wrong with her medically, then it may be that she is stressed as it is a new environment and only time will help with this.

    If you pick her up and put her in her litter tray regularly or after meal times, this may help her associated the litter tray with going to the loo.

    You can also try different / multiple trays as some cats like enclosed litter trays and some prefer open ones. There are also some more tips in our article here:

    But the first thing I would do is check with the vet.

    I hope you can resolve this as I know it’s super stressful. Hopefully she will settle down when she becomes more relaxed in her new home.

  • Valerie Baysan
    Valerie BaysanMay 02, 2024

    I have a new adult cat and she wont use the litter trayshe wees on the floor and poos.I have tryed every thing.

  • Valerie Baysan
    Valerie BaysanMay 02, 2024

    I have a new adult cat and she wont use the litter trayshe wees on the floor and poos.I have tryed every thing.

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