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Cats See; Cats Do: Cats Can Mimic People's Behavior

Cats See; Cats Do: Cats Can Mimic People's Behavior

Some owners report having seen some scenes of their cats reading a book with their paws on it. Additionally, they can also be seen sitting across the dining table, ready to join you and your guests. Cats also cross their legs when you do so and can learn how to open the food cabinet door by watching you do it. There are so many other examples, according to cat owners, and that's right! They ARE imitating our behaviors.

Research shows that cats can imitate some actions of the owner under controlled scientific conditions. Significantly few species have been observed copying human behavior, and now the domesticated cat is one of them. What's more, researchers have also found that cats (living with their owners) can mimic their owner's habits and adapt to their lifestyle. More specifically, cats' sleeping and eating patterns are pretty similar to the owners'.

Learning from other cats or humans is known as copycat behavior. In fact, they start learning right from their birth. Additionally, kittens learn grooming behavior to clean themselves from their mother. Through observation, cats can repeat a specific behavior and then learn it. It's essential for hunting and surviving in the wild environment. That's why owners can take advantage of it to train cats, like using a litter box (it doesn't mean you really need to poop on it). But there's also a headache; cats can learn to open the food carrier to get food.

There are also other reasons that push cats to imitate their owner's behavior.

To gain attention and approval. Pets like cats and dogs pay much attention to what their owners are doing and how they react to some of their behaviors. Imagine if your significant other is reading a book or is staring at their mobile phone. What would you do? You will try to divert their attention from their book or phone by dancing or singing. In the same way, cats can copy your behavior to get your attention and approval. And the moment you begin to notice them and start taking their picture, they are satisfied.

To gain benefits. You won't ask me what benefits can cats get if they learn how to open the food cabinet or if they know how to turn on the faucet. Cats are a clever and smart species; they are always down to experiment!

If you have similar experiences of your cat imitating you, come and show us! It better be hilarious.

Understanding Cat's Marking Behavior

Understanding Cat's Marking Behavior

Have you ever wondered the reasons why your cat is licking you? Is it just showing affection or trying to get your attention? Well, the answer is NO. Cats are solitary animals, and they are more independent than dogs. But, most importantly, they mark their territory by licking, rubbing, or even urinating on things. So when your cat is licking you, it may mean it has marked YOU as its territory. Doesn't it sound sweet?

Marking behavior is found in wild animals. However, domestic cats also show this marking behavior. Marking territory is vital to cats, especially when they live in a specific area or use particular things. For example, they like to feel safe and secure inside their homes and signify their "ownership" over something, such as litter boxes or food bowls.

Most territory marking is done through rubbing, scratching, and licking. But what is the most essential thing in this process? Scent. The scent is the primary way that cats communicate. Cats have several scent glands on different parts of their body, including cheeks, paws, flanks, pads of their feet, and they can put personal scents on objects by rubbing or scratching. In addition, the smell indicates the message to other cats that they've been there and laid claim. So rubbing against you or clicking you is a way of marking you as theirs and telling other cats to back off. This communication pattern can be easily found among wild animals.

Generally, cats will mark their territory by rubbing against objects, scratching, licking, and even urinating. Don't worry if your cat shows this behavior; they can be trained. Spraying urine is mainly done outdoors; means more competition. However, if your cat sprays in your home, it may be anxious about something. Think first if there is any change in your home? Like new furniture or a new cat in the neighborhood? If everything is all right, take some time to observe this behavior and ask your vet about it.

If you have several cats at home, make sure they all have their own litter box, food bowls, bed, perches, and toys. Make sure they don't have to fight for a resource. This can help reduce competition and anxiety and will make them feel safe and loved.

Do cats dream?

Do cats dream?

Hi there, pet owners! Have you ever thought about why your kitten or cat is waving its paw, twitching whiskers, or drooling while sleeping? Have you ever wondered if they dream just like humans?

Well, apparently, just like us, cats are also mammals and have a similar brain structure. This means that their brain's activity during sleep is also quite similar, and they can dream just like us. So here, we will talk about sleeping cats and their dreams! 

How long do cats sleep?

On average, adult cats sleep 15 hours per day, and kittens sleep 20 hours a day. Born as natural hunters, cats sleep most of the daytime and save energy for hunting during the night. So that's why you may notice your cat sleeping during the day. This sleep is also referred to as a "catnap."

But don't ever think that they won't notice when you walk by or open snacks. While sleeping, cats are always alert to their surroundings, and they can simultaneously be awake and asleep. Even domestic cats display such behaviors. So they are most active at midnight and dawn. They may walk on your face or jump between tables, and this may cause a lack of sleep for owners.

Do they dream?

Yes, cats can dream like us! Just how we dream about people we have met or like, cats do the same. The only difference is the experience and feelings. For example, your cat is very likely dreaming itself lying down on top of the "food carpet." During rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the closed eyes move quickly and randomly. Meanwhile, the dreams cats have tend to be detailed, long, and sometimes imaginative. During non-REM sleep, dreams are short and simply replay the day's activities, like playing with toys or balls.

We can have nightmares when sad things happen or when we are under pressure. Similarly, cats sometimes have nightmares, too! But the things that might haunt them could be separation anxiety or any other scary animal. For some cats, dreams could be about the abuse they've suffered, including hungry days on the streets. When cats have nightmares, you can help by patting them gently and reminding them they are loved. Cats process stress and trauma in life through dreams, and once they wake up, the nightmares and fear go away.

Cats have various sleeping positions, like belly-up, the classic loaf of bread, and sideways. Sleeping cats are so adorable and will melt your heart. You are welcome to share with us your fur friend's sleeping pictures!