A confident cat might leave their droppings out in the open for everyone to see and smell. It’s not the most attractive cat behavior but it’s purely instinctual. Since their droppings are packed with scent markers, in an act of defining their territory, cats might leave their exposed droppings around the house.
This behavior is common when a new cat joins the family. Another reason for a droppings display is that your cat may be unhappy with the litterbox conditions. Either the scent of the sand isn’t quite right or the box needs a good clean. No one said that having a cat was glamorous!
Ever bought your cat a fancy new toy, only to discover they're more excited by the cardboard box that it came in? You're not alone. Cats love cardboard boxes! They provide small and comfortable spaces for cats to climb into and dodge potential predators.
Cardboard is also that it's a great material for heat retention. Since cats love being warm, a cardboard box is an easy DIY sauna for them. It's also not too soft and not too rough, making it the perfect chewable and scratchable surface.
Eye of the Cat
Getting a glimpse of your cat's eyes when fully dilated can be slightly spooky! Cats are usually on the prowl for prey when there's little light outside.
To ensure they find dinner, their pupils will expand to let as much light in as possible. If your kitty has big eyes during the day it may be a signal that it's in heat, or that it's feeling stressed. It's always a good idea to keep a (cat) eye out for dilation changes.
An... interesting feline trait is hiding droppings in sand or foliage. While it could make for a very unhygienic game of 'find the treasure', each dropping contains a unique identifying scent belonging to the cat that...deposited them.
This is not great if a cat is trying to evade predators. Hiding droppings gets rid of the scent marker and keeps your kitty safe! Even though modern house cats don't need to worry about predators, the instinct remains to dispose of their droppings without a trace.
Knocking Objects Off Surfaces
We've all caught our cat red-pawed after hearing our precious possessions smash to the ground. No, your cat didn't knock your expensive flower vase onto the floor out of spite. Boredom is to blame!
If your cat has been on a knocking-objects-off-the-shelf rampage, it needs some fresh stimulation. A few new toys or a change of scenery might just do the trick and keep your valuable items above ground. Pushing things around with their paws is also a way cats learn about the textures and shapes of the objects in their environment.