What is the one thing that every writer needs besides coffee and chocolate? A cat. Cats and writers have been partners in crime for years.
There are lots of famous writers who have owned these remarkable creatures, like Ernest Hemingway, Neil Gaiman, Mark Twain, and Edgar Allan Poe. In my case, my tabby Colin will sometimes stare at my screen from his perch by the living room window.
Still, felines can be mysterious animals who do things that not everyone understands. So today I thought I would delve into the mysteries of our feline companions, asking why does my cat do that?
1. Sleep all day-Cats sleep about sixteen hours a day, and it is not a deep sleep. They have to be ready to go after dinner at any moment.
2. Rotate their ears-Ear rotating means many different things. If they are pointed forward, then tabby is content, relaxed and listening. Pointed straight up? Kitty is focusing on a new sound. Flattened ears? Your feline is frightened.
3. Bite while being petted? Your feline is not being mean; he or she is just setting boundaries. Therefore, they are letting you know when to stop.
4. Kneading-Cats do this to deposit their scent around the house. If your cat is kneading on your lap, take it as a high compliment. They see you as their surrogate mother.
5. Chattering-This unique sound happens when a cat sees prey that they can’t reach because of a barrier. This is because there is a rabbit or squirrel in the yard.
6. Making a strange face-We have all seen it. You look over and there your cat is sitting on the floor with their mouth hanging open and a funny look on their face. What are they doing? This is called the “flehmen response” and it is a reaction to deliciously complex smell.
7. Sleeping on you at night-This is prime time for your cat to bond with you. Cats sleep on each other, so they figure we don’t mind. Colin sleeps on me at least three nights a week. I love that he wants to stay close.
8. Dashing madly around the house-Colin does this at least once a day, and it is because he is burning off vast amounts of energy.
9. Appearing to “wink” at you-A slow wink at you is the equivalent of a kitty kiss.
10. Interrupt your phone conversation-My friends human children interrupt our phone calls and so does my cat on my end. Why is this?
Using a soft, lyrical tone to speak into the telephone makes our cat think we are talking to them. The sound of this soft chatter is irresistible to them so no wonder they jump up on our laps to listen.
Cats act in all kinds of strange and funny ways, but they are the best companions. I hope these answers have helped demystify some of your cat’s behavior.
So, the next time they interrupt you or want to sleep with you, enjoy it. Your cat adores you and couldn’t live without you.