It’s 5 a.m. and you’re in deep sleep when something suddenly pounces on your chest — it’s your cat and he’s full of energy. The most common reason for the rude wake-up call? They’re hungry, or rather know that if they wake the sleepy human, they’ll get food.
Other reasons include not using up their energy during the day or not having a strict daily routine. As hard as it may be, try to ignore this furry little alarm clock in order not to reinforce this undesired behavior or implement a stricter feeding/behavioral routine.
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!
Standing on Hind Legs
It may seem a bit strange to come across a cat standing on its hind legs, in what looks like a human-like position. Though cats typically move around on all fours, they may get into this position for several reasons.
One of the most common reasons is to make themselves look larger or more intimidating in the face of a threat. In non-stressful situations, they may “stand up” to get your attention or a better look at some yummy treats. They may also “stand” when playing or feeling curious. Though short-lasting, it is interesting to see!
Taking Food Away From the Bowl
Many owners have watched curiously as their cat takes a chunk of wet food or some dry food and disappears, only to reappear and repeat the ritual over and over.
So why do some cats prefer not to eat from the bowl? Experts believe that this act is a way of protecting their valuable cache of food from other cats or predators, or not drawing attention to themselves (in the wild cats are hunters but can also be prey). Not known to be social eaters, cats prefer to eat in safer or less-stressful environments.
You're walking across the house, minding your own business when out of nowhere your cat sinks its teeth into your ankle. But what is behind this painful attack? Cat experts believe that moving feet trigger a cat's innate hunting instincts and make our toes seem like bite-sized morsels of prey.
It's also a way to get attention (even if we're left bleeding!) when they want food or want to play. You may also want to rethink wearing fuzzy slippers — because they look even more like prey, they’re known to encourage pouncing behavior even more!