We’ve all caught our cat red-pawed after hearing our precious possessions smash to the ground. No, your cat didn’t knock your expensive flower vase onto the floor out of spite. Boredom is to blame!
If your cat has been on a knocking-objects-off-the-shelf-rampage, it needs some fresh stimulation. A few new toys or a change of scenery might just do the trick and keep your valuable items above ground. Pushing things around with their paws is also a way cats learn about the textures and shapes of the objects in their environment.
No, your cat isn't trying to ruin your new couch on purpose. There are a few reasons why your feline feels the need to scratch your couch to pieces.
Cats will scratch objects to sharpen their claws. A cat is both a predator and prey and so it must keep its nails ready to defend itself or to catch dinner. It's also a way for cats to mark their territory — not only are scratch marks visual cues that the area is taken, but the act of scratching releases pheromones embedded in a cat's paws. Scratching objects also helps to remove dirt and skin cells to keep their nails and paws clean.
Lean on Me
Does your dog ever lean on you when you’re hanging around? While you may not even notice that they are leaning some of their body weight against you, this is a sign that they’re hugging you. It’s not that they’re lazy and can’t stand up on their own but it’s their way of connecting with you.
Next time you notice your dog doing this, don’t nudge them off of you. This can be hurtful. Instead, you should allow them to express their affection for you.
Standing up on Its Hind Legs
If your fuzzy friend is demonstrating this kind of behavior, don't worry, it's is not joining the circus. Your rabbit could either be intrigued by something or simply begging for whatever piece of food you might be holding in your hand.
That's right, just like dogs, bunnies beg. In fact, they can sometimes be even worse than their canine counterparts. Being overweight can be dangerous for rabbits, so as long as you don't overdo it with the treats you have nothing to worry about.
Walking in Circles Before Lying Down
Sometimes your dog may walk in circles before they lay down. If you’re wondering why they do this, it actually is a habit that perhaps their wolf ancestors passed down to them. Wolves do this before they lay down in order to flatten leaves or debris that have made their resting spot uncomfortable.
While your dog probably doesn’t have any debris lying around their dog bed or kitchen floor, they seem to have retained this habit and it’s quite funny to watch them do it.