However, some things have a good reason behind them. There is an explanation, so your cat is not just trying to mess with your mind. In fact, they are likely trying to tell you something.
This gesture constitutes of your cat pushing its paws rhythmically against soft surfaces, such as a bed, a blanket, or even you. Otherwise known as “treading”, “making bread”, or “pawtycake”, theories suggest that this behavior can be due to the fact that the cat was taken away from its mother too early. However, no matter the situation, it seems that while there is a connection to their mother, it has little to do with untimely weaning.
Cats often made this gesture as kittens to stimulate the milk flow while they were furry little kittens next to their mama cat. When they’re adults, however, it’s a sign that your cat is feeling safe, comfortable, and affectionate. It will be commonly accompanied by purring, so you’ll know that it’s a good thing. And, if anything, free massage.
As a cat owner, you might’ve noticed a lot of playful and perhaps odd gestures. While rubbing, whether it’s against your face, hands, or legs, is a sign of affection, others are not so clear. For example, a lot of cats are in the habit of head-butting you, which might turn out to be not so pleasant if they push up against your lips. However, be assured that it’s all done out of love for you.
Head-butting is the cat equivalent of a high-five, a clear sign that your pet has taken a liking to you, and it’s accepting you. Some believe that this is also a claim of ownership. So, if your cat moves on over to head-butt you, it just means that they like you enough to claim that you’re their human as much as they are your cat. Feel free to lower your head as well for some bonking to reciprocate their attention, but don’t knock too hard.
3. Chatting Up Birds
You might’ve noticed your cat staring out the window at birds and starting making some odd noises that make you believe it’s trying to communicate. Perhaps a threat or two for the birds to know what’s coming? It’s a rapid movement of their jaw, with just enough sound coming out to notice. No one is truly sure why exactly this happens, but there are a few theories that sound possible.
For one, it could be the Pavlovian instinct of cats getting ready to attack and kill their prey, even if there is a window and other obstacles ahead of them. However, it’s possible that your pet is preparing its muscles to ambush the unsuspecting bird. On the other hand, the sounds might just be an outlet for their pent-up frustration of not being able to reach the birds.
4. Invasion of Privacy
We’ve seen it on the internet or experienced it ourselves, but cats find less meaning in the word “privacy” when it comes to the bathroom. Some of them might race ahead of you to get inside, or you might see a furry little paw scratching underneath the door. That is because a closed door is a challenge for your cat. They know you’re in there, and they want to see what all the fuss is about. For you, it’s weird. For your cat, is an unknown adventure that they want to embark upon with you.
Even more, the bathroom is an enclosed space, and they might like it because that means all your attention will be on them.
5. Bringing You Gifts
Even though you buy them their favorite food, expensive kibble, and make sure they have all their nutritional needs met, your cat might still bring birds, mice, or cockroaches in the house. It’s a very gross habit because you certainly do not enjoy a dead rodent placed at your feet. However, it’s all done out of love. Cats are excellent hunters, and your feline is only trying to keep you fed as well. Since you offer them food, they are returning the favor by bringing you their prey.
After all, they haven’t seen you out there catching birds or mice, so they could possibly think you’re a lousy hunter who isn’t getting enough food. They love you too, and they do not want you to starve. It’s believed that this habit is left behind from their mother, who used to bring them their catch as kittens. So, fret not, and do not punish your cat. They only want to take care of you as well.