The cat we grow in our home does not go wild in search of prey to survive. She cannot fully realize her instincts in the conditions that the human home provides to her.
Nevertheless, many of her habits are still manifested today, despite the changed habitat. The cat fits into our interior, but it was created to mainly meet the needs of people.
Here are some signs of cat behavior we should pay attention to:
The cat moves everywhere
A cat needs freedom of movement. It’s normal for her to go around and check out all the available places in the house she lives in. This is her territory as much as yours. In the past, the cat moved freely in human homes and buildings, it was allowed even in religious temples, which could not be entered by every person. The cat moves everywhere, chasing small animals to feed on. This reflects her predatory instinct, as well as human expectations of hunting mice and other rodents.
Unlike a dog walking on the ground, the cat will want to reach the high and enclosed spaces, such as shelves in a wardrobe and a cupboard. Restrictions are inevitable, but they must be reasonable.
Observe where the cat is moving and clear objects from her path, especially those that are fragile. Collect your important items in the open, but inaccessible places and keep the rest items somewhere safer.
The cat drinks water from different places
The cat does not always drink water from the bowl, which is left next to the food. She finds abandoned glasses, tries to drink from the running faucet, and sometimes looks for any other sources of water. This behavior is rational and formed in the process of evolution.
Whether the cat feeds on an animal killed by her or by another predator, she avoids drinking water near the carcass. In this way, the cat tries to avoid germs and infections.
If your cat is drinking mostly water from other places and avoids the bowl placed for her, you need to look for another location. The option is to place it in a higher but accessible location. This way you can satisfy her instinct for finding clean water.
The cat pulls food out of the bowl
When a cat pulls food out of a bowl, maybe she pulls her whiskers into it, causing her to feel uncomfortable. The reason for this is that the bowl is tight. In order to meet the cat’s physiology, it must be wide and low board.
The mustache is a very important organ of the cat and plays a role in its spatial orientation. With the help of the mustache she estimates the close distances and distances around her – whether an opening is wide enough to pass through, for example.
The cat has a mustache around the mouth, above the eyebrows, and in the lower part of the limbs. They are equipped with sensors (nerve endings) that send information to the brain about objects that surround it. With their help, the cat knows how to move. They complement the picture that her other senses make – vision, sense of smell, hearing, touch, balance.
Another reason for moving food outside the bowl may be that it was placed incorrectly and you must find another place for it. The cat does not like to feed on the paths people go through and tries to feed on peace.
When looking for a bowl of the right shape, keep in mind the material it is made of. Ceramic and glass cutlery are preferred over plastic and metal. Plastics scratch, they start to contain bacteria more easily, and it is better to change them after a year. Metals are better suited than plastic, but are oxidized if they are not specially treated.
The cat eats plants
Plants help the digestive system. However, this does not apply to all species. The coexistence of cats and plants can be quite problematic for both sides. Some plants are poisonous to her, and even though she usually knows what she needs, you shouldn’t rely entirely on her knowledge of botany. Exotic home plants grown by humans are not exactly what a cat meets in its natural environment, and something could go wrong.
In any case, to save the plants, you must make them inaccessible to the cat. Exactly how to restrict your cat from plants that are not for her can be a difficult question, which depends on the number of the plants and the characteristics of the home. The use of repellents is not a long-term solution.
- You can attach the plants to the ceiling or put them in an inaccessible place
- You can separate the plants with a barrier or a net
- You can place the plants in a separate room, lighted niche or balcony
The cat sits high
Cats feel good when they can observe their territory. In this way they are aware in case of any danger or potential hunt for prey.
It is good for the cats to have such place. This can be a shelf or a higher table-top, but it must be accessible and cleared of other objects. If you decide to buy specialized furniture, you have a choice of two types of construction – wall and floor.
The walls are well fixed, but more inconvenient to install. With floor furniture, you should be careful not to swing, which often happens, because the construction should raise the cat to a height. This is a common flaw, and the cat prefers to have a stable base under her – after all, she’s not like a squirrel.
The cat climbs
The cat takes every opportunity to climb and shows exceptional skills in such activities. The desire for climbing is a basic instinct and a physiological need that she cannot practice very well in our homes, which are designed only for our needs.
Painted surfaces, floors, walls, doors, as well as furniture made of solid artificial boards or painted wood do not correspond to the physiology of the cat, because she can’t nail while climbing and regulate her movement. The only material suitable for her from this point of view is the textile and therefore she often pays her attention to it.
Whether she’s trying to use our furniture or climbing curtains, there aren’t many alternatives among our human items.
What can be done?
Any well-fixed piece of carpet in the right place on the wall will do the trick. If you buy ready-made furniture for this purpose, try to imagine how the cat will interact with it. If successful, such an experiment would partially reduce the sharpening of the nails in your furniture, because this way the cat will also take care of them by climbing.
The cat sharpen her nails in furniture
The “sharpening” of nails in human furniture is typical for almost every cat. This keeps her nails in order, which is important because her entire musculoskeletal system is built on them. Trimming or sawing them is not recommended. Trimming or sawing is not advisable.
In nature, the cat keeps its nails sharp with the help of the bark of different trees. In our homes, she finds an alternative in upholstered furniture, whose stretched upholstery with soft items is quite good for this purpose. She also likes carpets or heavier carpets that are fixed to the floor, however her tossed pieces of wood or sisal-wrapped items are often ignored.
It can be difficult to refocus the cats on a specially purchased gadget because our furniture is just more suitable for the purpose. When sharpening her nails, the cat needs not only a surface to put them in, but also different angles to help her while sharpening and pulling.
It is not enough the surface itself, on which the cat will sharpen its nails, to be suitable. Nor is it certain that the cat will step on the gadget in the way prescribed in the instruction, even though it happens sometimes.
An option is to make additional covers to the parts of upholstered furniture in which she periodically will take care of her nails. Tighten them well because the cat will flex its paws to reach the comfortable factory-stretched fabric.
The cat needs her own space
Cats are territorial animals, and for domestic cats the territory is the same as the home they inhabit. In addition to the fact that they can consider every place in their territory their own, cats need personal space and places to be their own.
They are both social animals that seek the company of a person and animals who like to be independent. They need independence and sometimes they enjoy only themselves. This is why cats usually use their shelters to reduce stress.
Sleep plays an important role in a cat’s life. She spends 15 percent of her time in deep sleep and 50 percent in light sleep. In addition to the fact that she likes to use a human bed, she is also looking for warm places near the heater or those in which she will feel safe. It is not difficult to help her by putting a suitable mat or bed in the places she uses to sleep.