It’s the bane of every cat owner, you place a neat bowl of water for your whiskered friend only to come back and find the area around the bowl dripping wet. But why do cats love to dip their paws in the water and splash it around?
One reason may be that their highly-sensitive whiskers may make placing their face in the water bowl feel painful or uncomfortable. Another theory is that cats prefer moving versus stagnant water. Some cat experts think the reason for this behavior is that splashing water around is just plain fun!
Don’t Be Rude!
While dogs are often called “man’s best friend”, the same can’t always be said about cats. Though cats make amazing companions and can be very loving pets, they do have a reputation for being unfriendly. Their aloofness, however, may be tied to their evolutionary biology.
Some experts attribute their coldness to the fact that they were domesticated later than dogs and so they have held onto their wild traits for longer than dogs. Though they are naturally solitary animals, cats do crave attention and social interaction — just on their own terms!
Nose to Nose
Many cat owners love when they get a little ‘boop’ on their nose by their pet cat. But why do cats enjoy touching nose to nose? Many experts believe that, for cats, touching noses is the equivalent of humans shaking hands — a standard cat greeting.
This nose-touching behavior begins with their mother. From learning who a cat is to where they’ve been, to even serving as a way for dominant cats to pass scents onto more submissive ones, his gentle touch is used to convey a variety of messages and glean all sorts of information.
Nothing Butt the Truth
It's an unfortunate reality of being a cat owner — though you may be offering love and affection, you’re suddenly faced with your cat’s rear end. But why do some cats just love showing us their bottoms? It turns out that a cat’s bottom can be a treasure trove of important information!
Cats often smell one another’s bodies (including their bottoms) in order to gain information about everything from the other cat’s diet to their mood. If your cat is showing you this less-than-pleasant area, it's actually because they trust and love you. Bottoms up!
Following You to the Bathroom
Though the kitchen might be a popular hangout place for your cat, many felines are fascinated by their owner’s bathroom. From sleeping in sinks to causing trouble with the toilet, these cats can't get enough of the commode.
Many cat behaviorists think this bathroom obsession comes from them feeling vulnerable without you (just try doing your business alone, without being watched — impossible with cats!). The bathroom is also full of interesting smells and cool smooth surfaces to lay on — plus they know they’ll be the focus of your attention. You've got yourself a new bathroom buddy!