Understanding Cat Behavior

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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
How to Handle Territorial Aggression in Cats
Is your cat acting up, defending her territory, or otherwise being aggressive? Here are some of the reasons why this happens, and what you can do to help.
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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.

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Is your cat acting up, defending her territory, or otherwise being aggressive? Here are some of the reasons why this happens, and what you can do to help.
If you have a contented feline lap warmer, you've no doubt been the beneficiary of the bonus kitty massage known as "kneading."
Learn how to manage common behavior issues, such as scratching and spraying.
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.
Pica in cats is a condition of chewing and digesting non-food items. This might explain why your cat is licking and chewing. Learn more about dealing with pica.
Your cat's unique way of eating may be perfectly suited to her food.
Cats can use vocalizations—like meows and purrs—to let us know what they want, like or dislike. But a large part of their communication is based on body language—much of it conducted through their tails.
Do you ever wonder why your cat moves socks around your house or likes to crawl into boxes? Here's insight into those curious cat behaviors and more.
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.
Learn how pouncing and stalking are part of your cat's natural makeup.
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.
Cats are notoriously quirky-- learn why they sit on boxes and race around at midnight.