Understanding Cat Behavior

Cat Behavior Hero

Why does your cat act the way she does? If you’ve ever wondered why cats purr or knead or what their different meows mean, you’ll find the answers here. Plus, you’ll get tips on how to correct any behavioral issues should they arise.

Featured Cat Behavior Articles

Territorial aggression in cats
Cats by nature can behave aggressively to defend their territory. Read about the reasons why this happens, and what you can do to help prevent aggressive behaviors.
Cat meowing
Meowing is not part of natural cat language, it was developed almost exclusively for humans. Find out the answer to why do cats meow to people here.
WHy is my cat behaving badly
Learn how to manage common behavior issues, such as scratching and spraying.

Articles

  • If you have a cat, you’ve likely had dead mice or birds turn up on your doorstep. Read why cats hunt and get a better understanding of your cat’s behavior.
  • Why do cats purr when you stroke them and how do they do it? Sometimes it’s their way of communicating or showing affection. Find out what it means when your cat purrs.
  • If you have a contented feline lap warmer, you've no doubt been the beneficiary of the bonus kitty massage known as "kneading."
  • Grass juice contains folic acid, a vitamin that supports cats’ growth and helps increase oxygen levels in their blood. If your cat is grazing, it may be because he or she is battling a dietary deficiency and is in search of this vitamin boost.
  • Cats spray for a variety of different reasons, and this behavior is connected to their natural instincts. Learn more about why cats spray and how to control it.
  • Meowing is not part of natural cat language, it was developed almost exclusively for humans. Find out the answer to why do cats meow to people here.