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Understanding Your Cat's Behaviour: Insights from Feline Experts at Superpet

Understanding Your Cat's Behaviour: Insights from Feline Experts at Superpet

Mar 22, 2024

Cats are fascinating creatures, renowned for their mysterious and sometimes perplexing behaviours. At Superpet, we believe that understanding these behaviours is key to building a stronger, more harmonious relationship between you and your feline friend. Here, we've compiled insights from feline experts to help you decode some of the most common cat behaviours.

1. The Midnight Zoomies

Have you ever wondered why your cat suddenly races around the house at night? This burst of energy, often referred to as the "midnight zoomies," is a natural part of a cat's predatory cycle. In the wild, cats are crepuscular, meaning they are most active during the twilight hours. To help your cat manage this instinctual behaviour, try engaging in playtime during the evening to tire them out before bed.

2. Bunting and Head-Butting

When your cat rubs their head or cheeks against you, it's not just a sign of affection. This behaviour, known as bunting, marks you with their scent, claiming you as part of their territory. It's a significant sign of trust and comfort in their relationship with you.

3. Bringing You "Gifts"

While it might not be pleasant to find a mouse or bird on your doorstep, this behaviour stems from your cat's natural hunting instincts. Some experts believe it's your cat's way of caring for you, showing love by sharing their "catch." Showing appreciation for the gesture (even if it's just a simple thank you and disposal when they're not looking) acknowledges their effort and bond with you.

4. Kneading

Kneading, or "making biscuits," is when your cat presses their paws in and out against a soft surface. This comforting behaviour is rooted in kittenhood when they kneaded their mother's belly to stimulate milk flow. In adulthood, cats knead to express contentment, prepare a soft spot for resting, or mark their scent through sweat glands in their paws.

5. The Slow Blink

Cats communicate a lot with their eyes. A slow blink towards you is like a kitty kiss – a sign of trust and affection. You can return the gesture by slowly blinking back, fostering a deeper connection with your cat.

6. Chattering at Birds

Have you ever heard your cat make a peculiar chattering noise while watching birds through the window? This behaviour might be an expression of frustration or excitement at not being able to reach the birds. Some experts also speculate it could be an instinctual mimicry of the sounds prey makes.

7. Seeking Solitude

Cats value their alone time and will often seek solitude to sleep or relax. Unlike humans, who may isolate when sad or upset, cats enjoy having a quiet, safe space to retreat to. Ensuring your cat has access to such spaces in your home can help them feel more secure and content.


By understanding these behaviours, we can appreciate the complex and intriguing nature of our feline friends. At Superpet, we're dedicated to helping you and your cat enjoy a fulfilling life together. For more insights, tips, and all your cat care needs, visit us at Together, let's celebrate the joy and mystery of living with cats.


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