Cats are often seen as mysterious and hard to understand.They do things that just don't make sense to humans. In fact, when cats do these things they are usually referred to as 'bad', even though what the cat might be doing is perfectly natural to her. Let's take a look at some of our feline companions more puzzling behaviors.
Why Do They Bring Us Dead Creatures?This is a frequently asked question; usually immediately following the discovery of a dead mouse or bird in the house. Adult cats teach kittens how to hunt by bringing them dead small creatures; often mice, so the kitten can play with it. The mouse's tail looks like a good toy so the kitten is usually playing with the mouse quickly. Later the adult cats will bring the kittens stunned but alive prey so the kittens can perfect their hunting abilities. Without being able to ask the cats why they bring their people dead creatures, experts believe two different scenarios come into play. First, your cat may be trying to teach you how to hunt as she would a kitten. After all, if you have a mouse in the house or garage or rats in the backyard, she may feel your hunting skills are not up to par. The other theory is that she wants to show off her prowess. "Here, see what an awesome hunter I am!" I'm not sure I believe the idea that cats try to earn their keep by showing off their kills, but it certainly looks like it sometimes—especially when multiple mice are lined up in the kitchen. Whichever reason you think makes the most sense, remember: your cat is a cat. Cats are hunters by nature, that hunting instinct hard-coded into their DNA. While you don't want that dead mouse on your carpet, remember that your cat is just doing what it's made to do.
Why Do Cats Sit on the Keyboard?Although cats have been bringing up dead mice for hundreds of years, cats plopping themselves on the keyboard is a more recent activity. So why do they do this? This one's simple: cats lie down on your keyboard because they want your attention. You are sitting, being relatively still, and so as far as your cat is concerned, that's a good time for you to pet her. They have no idea that your fingers tapping away mean anything. Your cat doesn't know that you might be working. To her, this is simply a good time for you to pay attention to her. If you're the subject of constant keyboard plopping, you might need to get creative to keep your cat happy while you work. For example, I placed a small cat bed on my desk to the side and slightly behind my keyboard. My cat can be on the desk, comfortable, and I can pet her every once in a while.
She Wants In. Now Out. Now In.Cats hate closed doors. They just hate them. And unless your cat learns how to work doorknobs (don't laugh; many have) then she's going to want you to open all doors and leave them open. Obviously, leaving the outside doors open 24/7 is almost impossible; you're not paying to air condition or heat the outside, not to mention the dangers that could present itself to you or your cat. Cats dislike closed doors because they want to know what's going on. There might be a game, food, or a comfortable blanket on the other side of that closed door. Or another cat, or a dog, or who knows; maybe a monster. The phrase, 'Curiosity killed the cat," applies to closed doors. If a door must be closed and your cat is focused on it, try to distract her. A food dispensing toy, a ball, or some petting from you might distract her. If nothing seems to work, take a paper towel soaked with white vinegar and rub that lower portion of that door so that the vinegar smell lingers. Cats and vinegar don't get along.