Possibly the cutest behavior on this list, a cat ‘blep’ refers to when a cat leaves its tongue hanging out its mouth. While this would make even the most ardent dog-lovers switch sides, cats don’t do this for brownie points.
Instead, they leave their tongue out to survey their surroundings using their very strong sense of taste. Their taste buds can detect pheromones from nearby cats and scents from potential prey. There are also less practical reasons behind a blep. When relaxed, a cat’s jaw muscles will loosen, allowing its tongue to flop out or it can simply forget to reel its tongue back in.
A Flick of the Tongue
Snake owners know that their scaley companions smell with their tongue, but what does it mean when they flick it? Well, that depends on the pace of the flicking. If it's slow, your snake is simply looking around, absorbing its environment. If it's rapid, it means that the snake's attention is caught by something — usually potential food.
Avoid handling your snake when witnessing rapid flicking as the hunting instincts are on so there are more chances of it biting you.
Sniffing Other Dogs' Butts
You've surely heard the line, "Can you imagine if people greeted each other like that?", amongst your dog-owning friends when referring to dogs' butt-sniffing. Well, there's obviously a reason behind this; since a dog's sense of smell is at least 10,000 better than a human's, they use their nose to learn about the world around them.
Dogs learn about each other by sniffing each others' butts; they can learn about the other dog's gender, reproductive status, temperament, diet, and more.
Chasing a little red dot around a room may sound boring to most, but is an ideal playtime activity for cats. It ticks all the right boxes to get your feline's predator juices flowing.
Cats enjoy this activity as it lets them flex their built-in hunting features while getting a good workout in. Your cat will use its superior peripheral vision and tracking abilities to spot and hunt down the laser pointer wherever you may be aiming it. It also makes for a great reusable toy that won't get ripped to shreds.
Cats take the phrase "sleeping with one eye open" to a new level. They have the ability to sleep with their eyes half open or one eye open and one closed.
It's known as "Shallow Sleep", and is an evolutionary behavior that your cat will employ when it needs to get some rest but doesn't feel completely comfortable in its surroundings. This dozing technique ensures your cat can keep an eye out for danger while getting some much-needed rest.