Why do cats go to the one person in the room who doesn’t like cats?

    When a cat enters a room full of people who are staring at him, he  becomes very uncomfortable. Then he notices that one person is totally  ignoring him – the person who dislikes cats for whatever reason. The cat  goes to that person to seek a safe haven from those who are fawning over  him or intimidating him.


    Why do cats rub against your leg?

    When a cat rubs his head or the side of his chin against you, the  furniture, or any object, he is actually depositing his scent on them as  part of territorial marking. He uses his glands on his forehead and  around his mouth and chin. These glands produce chemicals called  pheromones, which he transfers by rubbing against objects. Cats can tell  how long ago a scent was left and how much attention they need to pay to  the warning.


    What does it mean when my cat exposes its stomach?

    A rare form of greeting, the ultimate compliment that a cat can pay to  a human. This body language shows how much he cares for you and how  comfortable he is around you. Totally exposing the stomach reveals how  secure he feels, because the stomach area is the must vulnerable body  part of the cat. He can be asking for a caress, inviting you to play with  him, or may want the stomach area stroked. If he sleeps on his back this  way, his trust in you is in the stratosphere.


    Why does my cat knead?

    That loud purring followed by the sharpening of claws on some soft  spot of your body is called milk-treading. When you relax and sit  quietly, you’re giving your cat the same signal he got from his mother  when he was a kitten – that his mother was ready to let him suckle. A  nursing kitten instinctively uses his paws to draw out the milk, gently  pushing on his mother’s stomach to increase the milk flow. When older  cats behave this way, it’s a good sign that they’re happy, content, and  probably recalling their kittenhood.


    Why do cats get stuck in trees?

    Their claws are constructed for climbing up. When they attempt to  climb down headfirst (and normally this is what they will try to do  first), it’s impossible for them because the claws are curved the wrong  way. Eventually, a cat will figure out how to go down the correct way – shimmying down backward so that the claws will cling to the bark of the tree.


    What is that noise my cat makes when it sees a bird (or squirrel, etc.)?

    The odd behavior that resembles teeth-chattering is usually produced  when a cat sees something he wants but can’t get to it. Though his mouth  is slightly open (the lips pulled back and the jaw opening and closing  rapidly), it’s not a form of communication. The noise made is a  combination of lip-smacking and teeth-chattering as he gets more excited.
He may emit small bleating noises like a baby goat. So far, none of this  is believed to have any function.


    If cats are so smart, why are they so hard to train?

    Actually, cats aren’t that tough to train; they just refuse to perform  for a pat on the head. They’re indifferent to the process and learn  tricks only because they want to. Because they’re not renowned for their  obedience, we think they’re defiant. However, if there’s something in it  for them, they are quick to learn. Cats learn by association. You can’t  bribe them with sweets because their taste buds don’t have any sweet  receptors (as meat eaters they don’t need them). They can’t tell the  difference between a sugar solution and plain water. As with all animals,  coaxing them includes much love, patience, consistency, authority,  repetition, and reward … but never punishment. Dogs are trainable  because they are born to follow leaders; cats, on the other hand, take  care of themselves.

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