Who doesn’t get a bit worried when the rain clouds come rolling in? Often referred to as thunderstorm phobia, many cats are greatly affected by these storms. Cats have strong senses and may feel static electricity and changes in barometric pressure during a storm, not to mention the loud sounds of thunder or howling winds.
Experts recommend bringing your cat inside and letting your cat hide if they want to. Plus, having a cuddle buddy during a storm is one of the many perks of having a furry friend.
Down in the Dirt
Though cats rightfully earn their reputation for being meticulous groomers and clean animals, they do have a dirty secret — they just love rolling around in the dirt. Experts explain that cats indulge in this dirty behavior to cool off as the dirt is typically cooler.
Rolling in dirt also helps mask their scent from potential prey or even predators. As they roll, cats are also spreading their scent and marking their territory. There's also the possibility that it's just fun to roll around and take a dirt bath once in a while!
Some cat owners are surprised to find that their feline companion enjoys sucking on blankets or fabric. Experts believe that this baby-like behavior can be the result of a kitten that was separated from its mother too early.
Cats “nursing” clothing may be displaying the deep trust they have in you or can be a self-soothing behavior if your pet is feeling stressed. It's best to always have a blanket on standby, that is if you don't want every sweater you own to be drenched in cat saliva.
All Night Long
Some cats seem to sleep all day and play all night. While this behavior is normal, it can be disruptive to everyone else who is trying to get a good night’s sleep.
If your cat is too active at night, make sure they have interactive toys to play with during the day. Rotate their toys to keep them new and exciting. You can also offer your cat a small meal before bedtime to help make them sleepy.
Squirming on the Floor
Does your cat roll around and squirm on the floor as you watch in amazement? Is it under the influence of catnip, or is something else going on?
When your cat rolls over and squirms it typically signals that your cat feels safe and maybe wants some attention from you. They may be feeling very playful and your cat may also be marking the area with their scent this way, claiming your space as its own.