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Cats, Their Particularities and Behaviour

Cats are hard to pin down, but at the same time, we are all fascinated as human beings and we try to understand their different behaviors. We also like to understand each of their particularities… What are their whiskers used for? Why is he rubbing his face on my leg or my guest’s leg? Why is he trampling on your pillow, stomach or blanket? Why does he have such a rough tongue? No matter what questions we ask ourselves about them, cats are still special beings that we continually try to understand… Let us try to demystify certain behaviors and peculiarities.

The Whiskers of Cats
Whiskers help your cat “see” in the dark and sneak into tight spaces. These are not only thick hairs, they are sensitive stems that contain many nerve cells that help them feel. This makes it easier to sneak into small spaces without worrying about the lack of space or the fact that it could get stuck. So he can walk in silence in the house while you sleep.

The Tail of Cats
Their tail is useful for communicating and helping them stay in balance. Your cat uses its tail to talk to you. A tail that moves quickly could mean that it is angry or nervous. A low tail would mean that it feels scared or surprised. A slow move with a tail in the air? Your cat is relaxed and happy. Balance is also an important element that allows the cat to walk like a tightrope walker, a bit like the human being who would wear a long pole to help him move his weight.

The Need for Taurine in Food
For the health of her heart and eyes, the cat needs taurine in her diet. This allows her to maintain a healthy balance of her cardiovascular system and eye health. Read the labels or ask your pet professional to make sure your cat’s food contains enough of this amino acid usually found in meat. A lack of taurine could lead to heart failure and retinal lesions or blindness.

We’ve all seen our cat jump! Often, when this happens, it’s because the cat could have a high level of stress. This startle or jump reflex is often related to a fight or flight reaction in the brain. When a cat has trouble coping with the regular stresses of the day, it can develop chronic stress, which increases its reactions. Reactions such as hiding, urinating outside your litter box, false sleep or aggression can also be linked to your cat’s level of stress.

Rub Together
Cats often rub against objects in order to claim them. The scent glands on their faces secrete pheromones. Therefore, when the cat rubs his face on your leg, a toy or another object, he spreads his pheromones in order to possess it. As humans we see this gesture as affectionate and cuddly, but cats use this type of markings to mostly assert their position in the house. If you have multiple cats, when one is rubbing up against you, others also tend to want to do it. In chat language… They’re trying to claim you as their property.

Claws That Retract
Its purpose is to keep their claws sharp so they retract them in the cat. By retracting, they remain as strong and sharp as possible. The cat being at base a wild animal, it is thus that it manages more easily to catch its prey or to climb the trees. However, in a home, these claws easily tear your beautiful curtains or sofas… It is therefore suggested to cut them regularly using a special pet nail clipper.

Rough Tongue
The cat’s tongue is rough to help with grooming and feeding! It contains taste buds that act a bit like a detangling brush when it cleans the fur or to lick anything edible around the bones of prey in nature. Without its peaks in the taste buds, the fur would become oily and tangled. And of course, in nature, it is thanks to these that the cat could survive by eating all the last pieces of prey or some food.

Vertical pupils
Cats have eyes that see in the dark with vertical slits. These slits are vertical to help them estimate the distance. If a cat sees a prey leaving, its pupils will help it judge the distance to jump to catch it. The eyes and pupils also change shape according to the amount of light or whether they're chasing something or not.

The kneading gesture that the cat makes, whether on a pillow, on your stomach or on the blankets, serves to comfort him. When the mama cat takes care of her baby, the cat spontaneously and instinctively kneads her mother to help get the milk out. Adult kneading still gives your cat a lot of comfort. A cat usually kneads in a state of sleepiness or simply when he is happy or comfortable.

Love bites
Most humans show their affection in a softer way, but for cats, it is the light bites or occasional pinches that will be used to tell you that they feel loved, in love and happy. This does not mean that your cat is aggressive or angry, but rather represents the affection they have for you. These bites should never really hurt you or occur in alarming ways. If your cat becomes aggressive, contact your veterinarian or an animal behaviorist.