20+ Unexpected Facts About Cats’ Psychology From an Experienced Breeder
Cats have lived with humans for more than 10,000 years but we still don’t know everything about them because they are really mysterious creatures. However, there are ways to outwit even the most cunning of them. A Twitter user shared some of her tricks and she described some interesting facts about cats’ behavior.
Bright Side would like you to know more about your cat with the help of this article and meet the pet of the author of the thread. At the end of the article, you’ll find an amazing story.
How to keep a cat happy:
- Female cats like vertical scratching pads while male cats prefer horizontal ones. Probably some psychologists can explain that but I have no idea why it is like that.
- It’s really hard to infect highbred kittens. I had a situation at one exhibition. One madam brought a cat with a distemper virus. Even though all 4 of my kittens sat on the same judging tables as the infected animal, none of them even sneezed. That’s what I call a strong immune system!
- If your cat doesn’t like brushing, there is a high probability that it doesn’t like the tools you use rather than the process. Some cats are even afraid of mittens.
- Every time you pick your cat up by its forepaws you risk breaking its collarbone. The risk is higher if your cat is rather heavy — say 12-16 lb.
- Cats’ hierarchy is very simple. The one who is placed higher is in charge. That’s why if you place your cat’s house above your bed, you make your cat in charge of you.
- Neutered cats, unlike unneutered ones, stay playful until very old age because their mind is at peace. If you don’t let your cat grow fat, it can live to a ripe old age without diseases. So, it’s up to you to decide which life is fuller.
- If you don’t want your cat to sleep in your bed, lock it in another room for the night from a young age. It will cry during one night and then, it will get used to it. It doesn’t affect your relationship with it at all. So, when the cat grows up, it’ll never dare to sleep in somebody’s bed.
- Don’t wash a cat’s toilet with chlorine. Chlorine is like valerian for the majority of cats. Your cat can move to live in its toilet or will inhale too many fumes and will get poisoned.
- Cats have preferences not only in food but in its texture, as well. So, if your cat refused to eat fresh wet food, don’t throw it away. Perhaps it left the food to get a bit dry so that it can eat it later.
Cats’ psychological traits
- If your cat wants to attack you, it turns on its back, catches your hand with its forepaws, and beats you with its rear ones. This is their brand blow. When a cat tries to beat you with its forepaws, it says “get lost” with a different degree of civility.
- Cats have a built-in filter for measured movements. That’s why it’s more effective if you swing a toy spontaneously. If you swing it like a fan at a measured pace, your cat will stop seeing the toy in about 30 seconds.
- Cats can be trained. The problem is that humans can be trained even better. So, with an equal perseverance, cats usually win.
- Cats don’t think that their master is someone who feeds them. If you want your cat to look for your attention and think of you as its master, you should take it as a kitten and train it (meaning punish it for bad things and prohibit mischief.) The one who feeds them is just a feeder.
- You should be logical and consistent in your cat’s training. If your cat decides that you nag it, it will think you’re just in a bad mood and will climb your curtains again or will be mischievous in some other way.
- There are no aggressive breeds — the breeding of furry killers is not encouraged by cat breeders’ associations. As a rule, bad behavior is a consequence of a wrong combination of a cat’s character and its living conditions. A melancholic British Shorthair in a noisy family or a Siamese cat that has been forgotten by its owner can be aggressive.
- Cats have unpredictable associative connections when it comes to humans. Your pet can think that all men are vets because the one that it met was a man, or it can associate cuddling with perfume. They can’t remember exact humans.
- Cats don’t like abrupt movements from someone who is not their food that’s why they don’t like dogs. The dogs move too abruptly and cats can’t decide whether to eat them or to play with them. Their algorithm gets broken and they do what they always do in a dubious situation — they beat a dog’s nose.
- If a cat gets nervous in your hands during cat shows, its tail should be carefully pressed between its rear paws so that it doesn’t swing it. In this case, a cat’s mentality tells them that if they can’t show their nervousness, then there is nothing to be nervous about. It’s strange but it works.
- Cats purr not only when they are pleased but also to attract attention, especially if their purring becomes louder. This is an analog of polite coughing, something like, “Khm, Master, it seems to be OK but you’re too deep in reading your Twitter, and who will be scratching behind my ears?”
- Cats can sometimes turn their paw at a necessary angle and slap a kitten that’s too playful on the back of its head. Kittens’ surprise here is identical to the one of humans.
- Cats can be childfree in a certain way. My older cat raised her own kittens with all the responsibility but without being enthusiastic — it’s just there was no one else to do it. But when she had her grand-kittens, she refused to take care of them and tried to avoid them at every opportunity.
- Of course, there is an opposite type of a cat. Such cats think that they are supermoms while the rest of the cats are incompetent. So they steal kittens and don’t allow their real moms to raise them. As a rule, they overestimate this talent of theirs...
- Cats also have their preferences in appearance. For example, a tomcat of my friend was totally indifferent when a dark cat was around. But if it was a blond, like a white, silvery, or peach-colored cat, he squeezed right through the plastic window to meet them.
- Cats can have really weird forms of entertainment. For example, our elder cat likes to get in the bathtub. She screams terribly if you don’t let her in. There are also those who like to ride in a car at high speeds and to swim in a river. Cats are really weird...
- Cats have a rather flat sense of humor. It’s usually directed at the other cats and represented by pranks like “I’m going to scare him right now, and he’ll jump so hi-i-igh!” A cat who managed to scare another one is usually very content with itself.
- However, a prank that turns out to be accidental where they both get scared is not taken into account.
About different breeds
- If you want a cat to cuddle with, look for a Persian. Their fur is very long and thick so they can’t brush themselves and they enjoy strong brushing and massages.
- Oriental shorthairs are inventive, funny, and energetic. If you don’t like it when someone talks to you all the time in a high-pitched voice and demands playing and attention more than once a day, this cat is not for you. It will never let you feel lonely.
- I love American curls. They always look so surprised so you immediately understand that they are surprised with their own look no less than you are.
- A Siberian cat is like a Siberian snowstorm. If it decides to go somewhere, you can build walls in its way, but it’ll still go there.
- If you want to take a Maine Coon but are afraid for your vase, don’t be afraid. Your vase is dead anyway. Young Maine Coons are very clumsy (because they grow too fast) and can destroy half of your apartment when growing up just because they lose control of their body.
- If you like music and cats, check out an Oriental cat who recently had kittens. These cats are extremely fertile, big-eared, sociable, and loud-voiced. A choir of seven cats will leave no one indifferent.
- Are you indifferent to cats? Get a British Shorthair and be indifferent together. To everything.
- The most popular question at all cat shows, “Are Sphynx cold?” Very. That’s why they like to sit in your arms and sweaters.
- Would you like to have a cat that’s like a dog? Get a Kurilian Bobtail. It can’t bark but it is as loyal and playful as a Shepherd.
- The most devilish mixture I’ve ever seen is a mix breed of a Persian and an Angora. She was amazingly beautiful but had the Persians’ vengefulness combined with the Angoras’ inventiveness and energy in her. As a result, she could become the prototype of Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy. For example, as soon as her owner left the room, this white cloud floated inside and assessed whether you have interesting objects or not. Then she moved to a chair which she was not allowed to scratch. She scratched it 4 times exactly and left the room with such a mysterious vibe that you wanted to check your wallet.
And there is something else...
- The longhaired variation of the same breed is usually calmer than shorthaired (Somali-Abyssinian, Selkirk Rex-Cornish Rex). Having this in mind, I still can’t figure out how a British Longhair is not too lazy to breathe.
- Cats are divided into those who like to hide in bushes (somewhere at the level of your feet) or in trees (they climb as high as possible and repeat the words from The Lion King, “Everything the light touches is our kingdom.”)
- About colors. There are a couple of interesting names for them. If your cat’s fur is black and red with stripes, congratulations, your pet has a “mackerel-turtle” color.
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