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Three Strange Cat Behaviors Explained

cat in a cereal box blogThere’s no doubt that cats make wonderful companions. They’re the perfect balance of independent, loving, and downright adorable. But with all of these great traits sometimes comes a few peculiar behaviors. Below are a few seemingly odd feline behaviors explained:

1.) Chewing on plastic or other strange things: If you notice your feline companion chewing on plastic bags, blankets, or other non-edible items, she might be suffering from a condition called pica (craving to eat substances that are not food). Pica can often results from anxiety. Your cat chomping down on a plastic water bottle cap is similar to some people biting their nails or twirling their hair when nerves set in. This behavior isn’t harmless and can result in damage to a cat’s gums and GI tract. If you observe this behavior, be sure to discuss it with your cat’s veterinarian.

2.) A love for boxes: With all the comfy couches and sunny spots around your home, why on earth would your cat choose to cram into a box to relax? The fact is that cats feel more secure and safe in small spaces. In the wild, felines avoid sleeping in open spaces to help protect themselves from predators. So, the next time your see your kitty curled up in a cardboard box or the bathroom sink, just know that she found a safe place to snooze and probably doesn’t want to be bothered.

3.) The unblinking stare: Have you ever noticed your cat just staring at you? This unblinking gaze can be a bit disconcerting, but chances are she’s just trying to catch our attention. This behavior may mean your cat is hungry, would like to play, or would just like some affection.

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  • Jordan Walker September 23, 2014, 5:34 pm

    My cat really likes to chew on plastic bags and blankets. There was one time that I caught him chewing my favorite blanket. When he saw me he immediately escaped. Good thing I caught him in time or else my fav blanket would turn into pieces.

  • Jean September 23, 2014, 5:55 pm

    As well as plastic, my cat licks furniture. Bureau, hutch, coffee table, all have cat smicks all over. I’m afraid to polish anything, it’s all poison

  • Harriet September 28, 2014, 6:28 pm

    when my cats “stare” at me, i do what i call “blinkies” which is a word all of my 8 rescued, pampered, indoor only, neutered fur babies now.

    i slowly blink my eyes back at them, and they respond in kind. it’s a sign of affection when they look at you like that. took me 5 yrs of blinkies to get my essentially feral Pumpkin to at least come on the bed with me at night.

    enjoy!!!

    sometimes my guys purposely chew on plastic, etc when they think i’m not feeding them quickly enough. clearly attention seeking and saying, “i’m so starving i’ll even eat this plastic bag!”

  • Mariana Mill December 23, 2014, 6:43 pm

    I use to cover my craft tables with the heavy duty plastic that comes on rolls sold at Home Depot. I would staple down the edges. I noticed that my flame pointe Siamese cat, Marmalade liked plastic bags, so I made sure that there were no bags around; little did I know he would somehow find a piece of plastic from the edge of my craft table… this plastic is “HIGHLY TOXIC” made with Petroleum products. A little goes a long way & I did not realize he was nipping the edges. One morning I found him lifeless on the table and CPR did no good. What a horrifying lesson to learn, Be vigilant when it comes to plastic. PLEASE.

    • eileen midge dvorin May 13, 2015, 4:07 pm

      So sorry for your loss. My cat chews and will swallow pieces of plastic bags and any type of stringy looking cloth. I’m as vigilent as possible but its so very hard to be 100%. I do try, though. It angers me that so many kitty “toys” have yarn and other stringy “appendages” in order to make them attractive to a cat’s nature. That’s fine, but owners need to be super aware of how easily these types of things can be pulled/chomped off of the toy and eaten, especially by young kittens. Noses, small bells or things that rattle, etc. are all dangers to both dogs and cats if the owner doesn’t pay close attention. Thank you very much for bringing this all important topic to light albeit under difficult circumstances for you.

  • Fred January 20, 2015, 8:54 am

    We have a kitty who chewed cloth items – blankets, tee shirts, towels, etc. Our vet said it was likely anxiety given the situation from which we adopted him. Vet prescribed amytriptline. It worked! Over the years, I have been able to reduce his dose so he only gets one half 10mg pill per week. Talk to your vet.

  • eileen midge dvorin May 13, 2015, 3:51 pm

    When my cat is “kneading” a fluffy blanket, purring loudly, she usually slightly sucks on the blanket (or else nuzzles it with her nose and mouth). Her vet told me that this action is often seen in cats who were separated from their mother too soon. My cat was a stray when I adopted her at about two years old, so her early history is unknown. It seems plausible that too early a separation from her mom is the cause of this suckling/nuzzling behavior.

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