Kitten facts I learnt today;

Why does a cat go to the visitor who doesn’t like cats?
When one cat is threatening another, it stares boldly, sometimes hisses, and frequently moves in toward the other cat.  Usually, the person who doesn’t like cats avoids looking at it, doesn’t talk to it, and sits quietly, hoping to be ignored by the cat.  The cat, therefore, sees the person’s behavior as “cat-friendly” and practically inviting.

(My cat will thus like Beansprouts!!)

Why does your cat rub up against you?
Cats have scent glands along the tail, on each side of their head, on their lips, base of their tail, chin, near their sex organs, and between their  front paws. They use these glands to scent mark their territory. When the cat rubs you, he is marking you with his scent, claiming you as “his.”  Too, he is picking up your scent. Cats rub up against furniture or doorways for the same reason – to mark the item as “his”.  (Urine spraying is also a territorial marking, by the way.)

I belong to Tempura, for she marks me every day (especially in the morning)

Why does a cat sometimes wash its fur immediately after being petted?
There are two theories on this behavior.  One theory proposes that the cat is getting rid of the human smell.  The other is that the cat is furthering the pleasure of his association with you by tasting your scent.

Why does your cat turn his/her back on you after a scolding, or if you’ve been gone for a while?
Typically, a person’s body language when reprimanding a pet includes staring or other overtly “aggressive” behavior.  The cat usually responds in a submissive fashion.  In a sense, it is telling you he has surrendered to you, as a fellow cat, and is discouraging attack.   (By the way, you will get better results from a cat if you enforce his positive behavior instead of reprimanding any negative behavior.)

Why does your cat bring you dead or dying creatures?
There are at least four 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 she usually eats.
– The cat is simply trying to make sure you have fresh food.


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