Felines are ferocious hunters. They silently stalk their prey and when the moment is right, they pounce! You may have noticed that your cat does a little wiggle right before the jump. It certainly provides some comedic relief in this predatory practice, but it also serves an important function.
It’s thought that the wiggle helps to position their legs so they’re ready to lunge. The movement also warms up the cat’s muscles to protect it from a potential hunting injury. Who said you can’t look cute and hunt at the same time?
When all paws are tucked neatly under its belly, a cat's loaf position has officially commenced. Besides looking adorable, felines love to lie in the loaf position for a few reasons. By keeping its paws underneath its body, your cat prevents unnecessary heat loss through its extremities. The loaf position also keeps your cat's vital organs safe and sound since it entails lying on its stomach.
While it's a comfortable resting pose, it's an easy position to pounce out of should the need arise.
Have trouble finding your cat? Look up! You'll probably find it perched up high atop your cupboard or shelf. The higher up the cat is, the better vantage point it'll have. Cats feel most comfortable when they can survey their environment and it's best to do so from the highest point in the room.
The need to have a bird's-eye view comes from their natural instinct to keep an eye out for prey and predators that could be crawling on the ground. Nowadays, it's a good way to spot when their food bowl is about to be topped up.
Felines love a good sun session. Cats are built to thrive in hot climates and need to keep a toasty temperature at all times to feel content. While it may seem strange to see your furry friend lying in the sun for hours, it's an easy way to recharge their batteries and get some much-needed warmth and energy back into their bodies.
When your cat drifts off into sleep, its body temperature naturally decreases. This is also why cats prefer to sleep in the sunlight to make up for any lost body heat. Don't worry, cats can handle the heat.
While it's not socially acceptable for humans to go around licking people, cats do it all the time. It's a perfectly natural behavior that has many functions. Cats groom themselves and one another by licking as their tounges have tiny hooks that remove excess fur and dirt.
When you get a lick from your feline, it means you're in need of a good grooming session. It suggests that your cat cares about your well-being and wants to keep you clean and healthy! It's also a way to mark their territory and warn other cats that you're not up for grabs.