Cat behavior varies based upon breed and is often best analyzed based upon a cat’s body language. A cat’s body language can give insight into behaviors such as aggression, play, and communication efforts in as little as one glance. Some of the most common behaviors cat owners report are urine marking, grooming, and hunting.
Body Language in Cats
Body language while studying cat behavior is crucial because it reflects how a cat is feeling. For example, if a cat is upset or acting submissive, he is likely to be in a hunched position with his tail tucked between his legs. If your cat is feeling anxious, she may life on her belly with her tail close to her body and the tip of her tail moving back and forth.
Urine Marking in Cats
Urine marking is a commonly described behavior as it is often accompanied with a great deal of pet parent frustration. This cat behavior can be extremely upsetting to the pet parent; especially as it is occurring in the home. Why is your cat urine marking, though? Cats have scent glands which, as feces are eliminated, spray a scent which marks their territory. Luckily, this is often treated by spaying or neutering your cat as intact males are most commonly noted for the behavior.
Grooming in Cats
Grooming is a commonly noted cat behavior. This is because your cat often spends a great deal of his or her time cleaning themselves. Cats are very clean, tidy animals and prefer to be clean at all times. Cats may spend up to half their time grooming. When grooming, they have relaxed body language and are often content in their environment.
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Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.