Understanding your cat’s body language, needs and inner secrets can be pretty tricky. We’ve found some helpful tips about cats and why they act the way they do, along with some products from Brookside Barkery that can keep your cat happy and healthy! Watch for these four behaviors cats do that could mean they’re trying to tell you something-
1. Just because I am purring doesn’t mean I’m happy. Purring can signify contentedness, but it can also mean your cat is in pain, nervous or is just trying to manipulate you into feeding him. Kelly Morgan, DVM, clinical instructor at the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine in Chicago, likens it to smiling. People smile when they’re happy, but also when they’re uncomfortable or when they want something. Likewise, purring can indicate a variety of internal states.
2. I get a lot of my moisture from food. Cats don’t have the same drive to hydrate themselves as other animals because their wild ancestors got the majority of their liquid through their food. To make sure your cat is adequately hydrated—a challenge, to be sure—have them eat their liquids: serve them wet food and high-water-content frozen treats, such as ice cubes made from no-salt beef stock. Brookside Barkery has many different choices for wet food, be sure to check out our selection next time you’re in! (Of course, make sure plenty of fresh clean water is always available.)
3. I’m not as hungry as I tell you I am. Cats are amazing at pretending to be hungrier than they are. They know they have you wrapped around their little paws; experience has taught them that. But where food is concerned, your devotion to indulging their wants is not in their favor. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of U.S. cats are obese or overweight; that’s over 47 million fat cats—and they’re not feeding themselves. Despite overweight cats becoming the norm, feline obesity is no joke. It can cause diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and even cancer. Consult your vet in determining proper amounts of food to feed and stick to your guns.
4. I don’t just like to scratch, I need to. (And I’m definitely not trying to ruin your stuff.) Cats need a proper scratching post. As the Humane Society of the United States notes, the purpose behind scratching is multifold: cats scratch to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, mark their territory by leaving both a visual mark and a scent (they have scent glands on their paws), and to stretch their bodies and flex their feet and claws. They scratch when they’re excited, like when you come home from work, after naps, and to claim their space. Fail to provide an approved-by-you outlet for this natural and necessary behavior and your cat will find somewhere else to exercise this instinctive action—like your couch. Stop by Brookside Barkery and pick up one of our Scratch ‘n Pads, it protects your furniture, keeps claws healthy, and cats love it!
*Thank you moderncat.com for the secrets our cats want us to know!