Why does my cat bring me dead or dying creatures?
There are at least three differing theories on this behavior:
- Your cat is bringing you a present, in appreciation for you feeding it or as a sign of affection.
- Your cat realizes you are a totally incompetent mouser and is trying to educate you.
- The cat is bringing her prey home to where it is safe, where they
will eat it. However, most domesticated felines seem to think you've somehow converted it to cat food
, which is all they can really conceive of eating.
Why does a cat play with its prey?
Cats are attracted by movement, so if a stalked prey keeps moving, the cat's desire to attack continues to be stimulated. If the cat gets very excited over the stalking/killing, they may continue to play with the prey after it is dead.
Why does my cat put her toys in her water or food dish?
Cats look upon their food area as part of their territory, and that
particular area of their territory usually doesn't change from day to day - so the cats are likely putting their favorite toys away in a
"safe" place. Some cats will consistently put away their toys when
they're through playing with them. You might try putting your cat's
toys in a small basket near one of her favorite spots and see if she will put them away on her own.
Why does my cat take a small bite on my arm or cheek and hold on for a few seconds?
Some cats, when they are very happy and feeling extremely affectionate toward the Big Unfurry Cat, will gently take a piece of human skin between their teeth and hold it for a few seconds. Think of it as the feline equivalent of kissing.
Why does my cat roll over on his back?
Cats roll over on their backs for a variety of reasons: if your cat
flops down in front of you and rolls over on his back for a tummy
scratch, it's a sign of his complete trust in you that you won't ever
hurt him. Other times, cats want to play. Of course, if the cat is
female and in heat, it's a form of foreplay.
Why does my cat lick photographs or plastic bags?
It has been speculated that they are tasting the slight "odour" that emanates from these products. They may also enjoy the texture of the items on their tongue.
Compiled by Bob Snare