As I sit here, I have just given my three cats their dinner. They are satisfied, they are happy, they are cleaning themselves and are just content with life. They are distracted at this time of the day, and they have their routines that follow after dinner. After their bath time, they will ten to one go to the toilet, followed by a drink of water then they settle down for the next hour or so before they begin playtime. Sometimes, especially on weekends, we want them to be with us at this time, because I consider this time of the day the most relaxing, while awake. I often miss this moment, because after feeding them dinner during the week, I have to start cooking for us humans. So I make the most of moments such as these. But how can you teach a cat to come to you?
Over the years I have definitely noticed and realised that cats have a hierarchy system which has to be in place for a well balance both in their colonies or domestic environment. How I’ve realised this is because in both adventures I’ve had with cats (first Sasha and Dizi then Travis, Sancho and Scotch). Cats are territorial creatures, this we know, but how do you know that some of the unwanted behaviour is just purely acting out against the dominant cat/s? Here are some things to look out for in cats with territorial behaviour.
There are times that cause you to place your palm on your forehead when it comes to our cats. Lately I have had many questions of my own as to why certain things happen with our cats that cause a small amount of chaos in our lives. Here are some things that I have questioned when it comes to my boys, and some I have managed to find answers to and other just remain face palm moments:
When you have a kitty and you’ve spent time with him, you get to know his personality and behaviours which coincide. You tend to know when he is upset, happy, agitated. You understand his meows and all the small sounds that come out of his little mouth. You understand his purrs and the way he looks at you. You understand him. Or so you think! Cats are complex creatures, and every cat has a personality of their own, and their environment creates certain behaviours which can get influenced by the smallest changes. Over the past 10 years, I have had 5 cats, all of which have had very different personalities. But, one thing I have noticed with all of them is that they all carry one very certain type of characteristic within their individuality. Either confidence, lack thereof or just quite happy as it is, whatever “it” is.
There are so many characteristics in our little feline friends that make us scratch our heads as to why they do certain things, why they have certain behaviours and generally why they are just the way they are. I recently came across a very interesting article which gives mention to the H.I.S.S Test that every human should know about or do when they come across some strange behaviour in our little fur friends. So, what does this stand for?
We all love it when we are curled up on the couch or bed and your fur ball comes and lays next to or on top of you. He will probably be purring and kneading at some part of your body. You feel loved, you love knowing that he has developed this tremendous trust with you. But, when is it a sign that your cat is actually insecure, and needy? Here are some signs and solutions to a needy cat, or as I like to call it “kneady” cat.