I got to thinking about the secret language of cats because I find Ivy to be so interesting to watch and live with.
So I looked up some of my questions.
Q: What are a cat’s toes called?
A: The dewclaw is the toe and attached claw forming your cat’s “thumb.” Your cat uses their dewclaw to get a good hold on their toys!
Q: Why does my cat curl her toes when I talk to her?
A: Experts say that this action beckons your adult cat back to a safe, welcoming memory when she was nuzzling her mother for milk as a newborn kitten.
She is being affectionate and a bit nostalgic.
Q: Why does my cat stretch in front of me?
When cats stretch, they’re saying they feel comfortable and relaxed. If a cat stretches in front of you, it means you make him feel content!
While cats sleep, their brain paralyzes most of their muscles to keep them from acting out their dreams.
(Wow! That last bit of info was interesting. Who knew?)
Q: Why doesn’t my cat like me to touch her paws?
A: Their paws are extremely sensitive. Because of these receptors, cats can feel changes in texture, pressure, and possibly vibrations through their paw pads.
Q: Why does my cat touch me with her paw?
A: Your cat is gently reaching out to you hoping that you will brush her, pet her, and show her more affection.
Q: Why does my cat lift her back end when I’m petting her?
A: Although elevator butt may seem rather insulting to us, it’s actually the cat’s very positive response to the fact that you’ve hit just the right spot when petting her.
Not all cats enjoy being scratched or petted along the spine or at the tail base, but if yours does, you’ve probably witnessed that elevator going up.
Q: Why does my cat gently bite me when I’m petting her?
A: This is called petting-induced aggression. This sudden bite occurrence happens when a cat reaches his or her tolerance level when being handled.
It could be triggered by overstimulation or that she is particular about where she likes to be petted.
And what I’m most curious about when it comes to Ivy…
Q: Why does my cat sleep so much?
A: Cats are natural predators. Their prey is quick and elusive. Sneaking up and pouncing—repeatedly—is undoubtedly exhausting.
Cats in the wild work hard in order to meet their dietary needs, and expending that kind of physical effort requires a lot of recharging.
Q: But why does my indoor cat sleep so much?
In a word: heredity. As a species, cats—whether they sleep on the street or cuddle on a sofa—are all hardwired to the same internal clock.
For cats, laziness is a way of life. When cats aren’t eating, scratching, or asking to be scratched, they are usually catching 40 winks—or 60 winks or maybe 80 winks.
Q: How long is it normal for my cat to sleep?
For cats, laziness is a way of life. Cats are among the top sleepers in the animal kingdom.
The average adult cat may spend 16 to 18 hours per day sleeping. This is normal, but much of that sleeping is “catnapping.”
Deep sleep tends to last about five minutes, after which the cat goes back to dozing. This dozing-deep sleep pattern goes on until the cat wakes up.”
Q: Does my cat dream?
When they are in their deep sleep, cats can dream, reports Catster.” If you’ve seen your cat’s whiskers or paws twitching while she’s asleep, there’s a good chance she’s dreaming.”
Well, I can see that cats are complicated creatures. And at the same time very interesting creatures.
I love the term “elevator butt”! Sure never heard that before.
Let’s learn about these adorable creatures together.
What behavior does your cat display that you wonder about?