There’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.