Explaining certain Cat behaviour!
- Why do cats purr?
Purring occurs because of vibration of vocal cords due to neurological stimulation from brain activity. Experts say that the purpose is uncertain, but it does seem to be associated with pleasurable activity. However, cats are also known to purr when ill or injured, which led some to believe that the frequency of the vibration can be associated with greater healing. Purring also is reinforcing for people and therefore can increase the amount of petting.
- Why do cats knead?
Kneading behaviour in cats reflects instinctual behaviour from kittenhood. Kittens knead the mammary glands of the queen to stimulate milk production. It is usually seen in older kittens and cats when they are content and are attempting to solicit attention.
- What does catnip do to cats?
Catnip is a herb. About half of cats are genetically likely to respond to active oil in catnip. It is not certain what part of the brain is stimulated by this ingredient, but it is not harmful and can be used to help increase use of items like scratching posts. Many treats have this to help stimulate play.
- Why do cats like boxes?
Cats like to hide and yet be able to see what is going on around them. The opening gives them the view and the sides of the box can protect them from being seen by predators. Remember cats today are the same cats they were 10,000 years ago when they hunted and avoided predators to survive in the wild.
- Why do cats sleep so much?
Often, they are asleep but are instantly awakened; this type of sleep varies with another deeper one. They tend to sleep in short increments of 10 to 30 minutes, so they are probably not sleeping as much as we think.
- Why do cats eat grass?
One theory is that it is an evolutionary adaption to intestinal parasites and may serve as a purging mechanism. Most veterinarians agree grass eating seems to be a way for cats to relieve gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, parasites, or infections. Another theory is that cats are craving micronutrients found in leafy plants. Finally, cats may eat grass simply because they like it. It is important to note some cats suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may be misdiagnosed as “grass eaters.” Consult your vet if concerned.