…find string so entertaining? If your kitty seems to stalk anything that trails across the floor, she’s just being her natural predatory self. According to Dr. Michael W. Fox, author of Cat Body, Cat Mind, “This type of play is good for cats; it helps discharge their prey-chasing instinct, and it also keeps them physically active and alleviates boredom.” A safer alternative to string or yarn (since either can interfere with digestion if swallowed) is an inexpensive laser toy. Most cats love to chase the beams.
…bring me small, dead or nearly dead creatures? This is another entirely natural behavior of feline predators. She’s giving you a gift, believe it or not. If the critter is dead, it is purely a gift. If it’s still breathing, she’s bringing it to you so you can learn how to finish what she started.
…hate getting wet? Generally speaking, cats don’t like surprises, and being dunked, soaked or sprayed with water holds an element of surprise. If you want to train a kitten not to fear baths, try the following. Put a nonskid mat (a towel or washcloth will do) on the bottom of a dry sink, grab some cat treats, and place the kitten in the sink on the mat. Offer her treats as she stands there getting the feel of being in the sink. Do this for a few days, then gradually begin to add a bit of water to the sink each day – and don’t forget the treats. With any luck, your kitten will learn to associate bath time with yummy treats, and you’ll end up with an adult cat who doesn’t freak out if you need to bathe her.
…know when it’s meal time? Most animals have an internal body clock that senses the general time of day. And since meals are usually one of the high points of kitty’s day, it makes sense that your cat seems to know when it’s chow time.
…purr? Generally speaking, your cat purrs when he’s happy and content. But even sick or injured kitties sometimes purr as a way to sooth themselves.
Understanding why your dog or cat does this or that allows you to view the world from the perspective of your pet. This knowledge can improve your interactions with your fuzzy family member and deepen the bond you share.