Creepy Cat Behavior, What You Need To Know!
Cats can be loveable creatures, and equally mysterious. They may display behavior that has you questioning their intentions. One type of behavior that makes pet owners curious is when their cats start intensely at them. What would this mean? The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to uncover the meaning behind mysterious cat behavior and why they may be staring at you so much.
Why Does My Cat Stare So Much?
We may forget that they are animals after all, and not small, fluffy humans. As much as we may want to personalize our feline companions, they are still animals with instincts and a predatory nature. As with most animals, staring into the eyes of another can indicate a display of dominance. Cats are territorial and will stare at intruders. If there are multiple cats in the household, one may eventually become dominant over the others. Outdoors, cats will stare at each other until one backs down. If the staring challenge is accepted, a fight ensues.
But what does it mean if your cat is staring at a wall, or at you? Common reasons that cats stare can be:
- Staring at a wall—There is probably some small movement that has attracted your cat’s attention. His eyesight is far better than yours, and as a predator, he’s hard-wired to notice movements that could indicate danger or a prospective meal.
- Staring at other animals means your cat is protecting his territory and is prepared to fight if need be.
- Staring at you! Your cat is attached to you as a familiar person in his world. He relies on you for all his basic needs. Maybe he’s asking for a snack, a pet, or a cuddle. Whether you’re eating, sleeping, or trying to work, your cat may stare at you because that’s what cats do! If your cat seems “off,” his stare could be telling you that he is injured, sick, or in pain.
Strange Cat Behavior That Says, “I Love You.”
Our cats bond with us because we are constants in their lives, provide for them, and shower them with affection. Your cat will show that he trusts you and wants your attention. Here are some kitty behaviors that say, “I love you.”
- Headbutting—As sweet as this behavior appears, your cat is actually marking you as one of his own!
- Purring—This often means your cat is content in your lap, but sometimes purring can mean he’s sick or experiencing pain. Know your cat! If you feel that something isn’t right, call us immediately at (918) 681-2818 to schedule a wellness visit.
- Jumping in your lap or on top of anything that is taking your attention!
How To Know if Your Cat Wants To Attack or Play
Since your cat can’t tell you what he needs or wants, it’s important that you understand the body language associated with his behaviors. Aggressive or defensive cat behaviors include:
- Tail twitching
- Flattened ears
- Arched back
- Back and tail hairs are erect
- Tail between his legs
When your cat or kitten arches its back and skitters sideways across a room, it is letting potential aggressors know that he’s a tough guy and bigger than he looks!
What Behaviors Indicate Illness or Pain?
Your cat may be incessantly meowing or hiding and won’t come out, even for meals. These are sure signs that something is wrong in his world. It may be that he’s meowing at an insect you can’t see or hiding because another person walked in. To keep your cat in top health, make sure to keep up to date with annual exams. Since cats at masters at hiding disease, illness, or pain, it’s important to schedule regular wellness exams so we can rule out any potential issues and keep them healthy.
If you are concerned about your cat’s unusual behaviors, visit us for a consultation and examination. Contact our team at (913) 681-2818 for an appointment with Blue Valley Animal Hospital. The earlier we catch health issues, the better chance we’ll have to address problems before they become severe.