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Why is Fifi Doing That?
10 Strange and Amusing Cat Behaviors Revealed

Nearly 38 million households in the United States are home to at least one cat (in all, this amounts to an estimated 90 million pet cats!). At times, you may think you know exactly what your feline friend is thinking (such as when he wakes you up meowing at 3 a.m. to be fed). But there are likely many others when you have no idea.

Most cats sleep from 13-18 hours a day.

For those times, we have compiled a list of 10 amusing cat behaviors, along with the reasons why they do them.

1. Knead me with his paws?

Young kittens knead their mother's nipples to stimulate milk flow. If your cat is kneading on your stomach or shoulder, it's a way of showing his affection for you.

2. Dunk her toys in her food or water bowl?

Wild cats bring their prey back to their nest, and this may be your cat's way of keeping a favorite toy in a safe place that's her territory only.

3. Chatter at birds or animals outside or on the television?

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This may be your cat instinctively imitating the biting pattern that happens when cats in the wild kill a bird or small animal. They may also be expressing frustration and excitement at seeing potential prey, but not being able to get to it.

4. Attack my feet when I walk by?

This is your cat following his natural instinct to stalk moving objects. He is engaging in a type of predatory-play, and your ankles are the prey.

5. Like to drink water from the running faucet?

Cats like fresh, clean water, and the water from the tap has an appealing taste, not to mention an appealing motion.

6. Go crazy at night?

Cats are most active at night, as that's when their prey would naturally be available. Indoor cats that have slept most of the day will therefore become incredibly active at night, much to their owner's chagrin.

7. Knock things over?

Your cat is not simply clumsy. Instead, if your cat is knocking things off a counter or dresser, it's because he is trying to get your attention to play with him, or because he simply finds it amusing.

8. Rub her head on my legs or shoes?

Your cat is "marking" you using the scent glands on his face. It is your cat's way of showing affection, claiming you as "his," and perhaps covering up the other scents you have acquired throughout the day.

9. Suddenly hiss or bite me while I'm petting him?

This is simply your cat's way of letting you know he's had enough petting. If you notice, your cat will likely not bite you hard, just enough to let you know that the petting session is over.

56 percent of cat owners own more than one cat.

10. Scratch on glass windows?

Indoor cats may scratch on windows or other glass surfaces as a way of testing to see if he can get beyond it, and into the outdoors. He may also be trying to go after a bird or insect that he say fly by the window.

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