The Reason Behind Cats’ Strange Behavior

by Pets

Cats are undoubtedly cute, sweet and fun, but they sometimes behave very differently. They watch, jump, play, or fight with small objects in the house and amaze us with their strange behavior. With millions of videos featuring cats’ weird behavior on the internet today, this topic has become a popular entertainment for many.

However, have you ever wondered why your cat acts like that? Science has a simple answer to this question:

The Evolutionary Story of Cats

Cats have hunted both small and large animals throughout history. Their survival depended on their instinctual behavior as hunters and prey. While some of the cats’ behaviors may seem strange to us, they hold an important role when living in the wild. For millions of years, cats used distinctive musculature and balancing abilities to climb trees or high places to scan territories for prey. This is why your little friend likes to stand in high places and observe its surroundings, even if it has no practical purpose for it.

Hunting Styles

Cats are opportunistic hunters who rely on strategy to capture prey. They chase, jump, kill, and feed on small prey many times a day in the wild. Due to their size, prey hide in small places, and that is why your cat enjoys jumping into boxes or holes out of curiosity. These behaviors have helped perpetuate the species for millions of years. That’s why cats have a desire for small meals several times a day and love to chase and pounce on small toys or socks.

They Don’t Hate Your Stuff

Cats need sharp claws to climb trees, hunt, and defend themselves in nature. Sharpening their claws on surfaces around them helps keep them conditioned and relaxed, stretching their back and leg muscles and relieving some stress. Thus, your cat doesn’t hate your furniture; it uses them to maintain its claws, ready to hunt prey. The broken or damaged objects we see around the house are merely the result of their simple routine and not strange behavior.

Cats, like other hunted animals, have developed skills for evading predators. They are experts at finding and hiding in tight spaces in homes, evading their enemies. Therefore, you might find your cat hiding in unimaginable spaces or places, much to your surprise.

The Mystery of Purring

One of the most dominant behaviors in cats is purring, but it remains mysterious to us. Purring shows that a cat may be happy, stressed, or hungry. Interestingly, the frequency of the purr is between 25 to 150 hertz, which can promote tissue regeneration. This means that your cat’s purr might positively affect your muscle tissues and bones, making it an excellent sleeping companion.

Cats still hold onto their instincts that have allowed them to survive in the wild for millions of years. They view your house as their forest or territory, where they need to look out for themselves. Therefore, we are either big, hairless cats competing for resources or enemies they have to defeat every day.

If you’re interested in learning about the strange behavior of cats, watch the video below:

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