Don’t ignore the tell-tail signs your cat is trying to communicate with you with the swish of its tail. An upright tail with a curve on the end means your cat is happy and relaxed. A curvier tail or a tail wrapped around your legs is your feline’s way of welcoming you home. Your cat is in predator mode if you see it gently swaying its tail from side to side.
Whipping its tail up and down at short intervals usually means your kitty is annoyed. A frightened cat will puff up its tail, along with the rest of its body, in an effort to appear more threatening.
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.
Weird Waking Hours
You may have noticed that your cat doesn't stick to your sleep schedule. While it's often thought that they are nocturnal animals, it's more accurate to refer to cats as crepuscular creatures. This is because their preferred waking hours are at dusk and dawn.
Since these are periods of low light, cats will be able to hunt of out sight of potential predators. Even if your housebound cat isn't under threat, the instinct remains to be up when the light is low. This also explains why your feline will dedicate most of the day to catnapping.
If you hear your cat chattering away while staring out the window, it's not trying to start a conversation with you. Cats will make this chitter-chattering sound while watching birds perched on trees out of their reach. It can mean that your cat is excited or anxious to get a taste of its prey.
It's also believed to be a hunting strategy. The sound seems to mimic a bird chirp which could draw the feathered food in closer.