Cat Behavior: 10 Weird Cat Behaviors Explained

Why Cats Behave the Way They Do

Does your cat's behavior confuse and frustrate you, making you think you are the only one with such a crazy cat? You are not the only one! And even more surprising, your cat may be considered normal! Learn about these 10 weird cat behaviors, why cats do them, and how you can learn to live with them -- or even enjoy your quirky kitty's antics.

  • 01 of 11
    Cat rolling
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    Does your cat "flip" - that is, throw himself on the ground at your feet and roll? Is he under the influence of catnip, or is something else going on? This article explains why cats indulge in kitty somersaults.

  • 02 of 11
    Yellow Striped Cat Arched
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    How rude! Isn't enough that kitty asks for a scratch with an elevator butt pose? What's up with presenting his tail to your face? Actually, your cat's action is a backhanded compliment and kitty-correct. This article explains what kitty butt presentation means.

  • 03 of 11

    Covering Poop

    Cat in litter box
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    All cats do this. Or do they? Cats communicate volumes in the litter box and sometimes they want their (ahem) potty graffiti available for the world to see. 

  • 04 of 11
    Cat covering food
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    We've all heard of finicky cats. And some cats make clear their gustatory preferences by covering up the food bowl. Does it mean what you think? Read this article to see if you're right!

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  • 05 of 11
    Cat Eating
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    Home from the grocery, and before you can say "scat!" you catch your Fluffy-kins licking the plastic bags. If not caught in time, some cats even eat plastic. What's the attraction? And how can you cure this kitty foible? Learn tips in this article.

  • 06 of 11
    Cat eating grass
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    Do your cats eat green stuff? I don't mean the fake "peas" included in some commercial kibble. Sure, cats are carnivores, so why should they relish nibbling on house plants? Is it healthy, is it safe, is it normal? Find out.

  • 07 of 11
    Cat sneering
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    The technical term is flehmen but it sure looks like a feline sneer. It's doubtful you'll ever see your cat aim this sneer your way, as it's a reaction reserved for other cats, or rather, their invisible messages. Check out this article on this mysterious cat flehmen behavior.

  • 08 of 11
    Cat Winking
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    When your cat "winks" at you, is he flirting? That might be one way to interpret the kitty eye communication, sometimes called a cat kiss. Refer to this article to learn why a cat eye blink is such a wonderful compliment.

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  • 09 of 11
    Tabby cat scratching a chair
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    Ready-set-GO! Those rear-treading paws rev the kitty engine right before a burst of speed, while the front paw treading (kneading) offers a more reflective emotion. What do cat treading and kneading really mean? 

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    Young woman with phone gets cuddles from kitten
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    Does your cat want to phone home? Is kitty jealous of your time with the telephone? Why do cats seem to pester owners whenever they're on the phone? This quirky behavior has a logical explanation. Discover the reasons cats are fascinated by the phone.

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    Tabby cat and great dane
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    Cats' unique behavior includes bunting -- that odd way your cat head-butts you. The technical term is bunting and refers to the way a cat presses and rubs her head against objects. Another technical term, allorubbing, refers to the way cats rub their bodies against another cat, a human, or even a trusted family dog.