A Cats Basic Instincts
Cats are most active at night, and may spend up to 16 hours a day resting or
asleep. They need to conserve their energy for short bursts of power needed
to catch prey. Your cat will have an
overwhelming instinct to go out to hunt small creatures. All the senses are
geared towards stalking and hunting, and are much more acute than those of a
human. A cats whiskers act as sensors to feel close objects. You may
sometime find your cat has brought home a dead mouse or bird, this is
nothing to worry about, and you should not reprimand your cat for this, in
fact your should feel honoured, this is their way of showing you affection,
almost like giving a gift.
Cats can also be
used as a friendly gesture to other cats. Cats are friendly animals and will
make a relationship with other animals or become part of a cat community of
they are allowed outside. This community is hierarchical, with the unneutered males and females being supreme and highly territorial.
Male and female cats will gently show
their territorial rights by rubbing their heads against objects and humans.
They leave a scent that is secreted by glands around the body. The scent is
also released from between the paw pads when a cat scratches a tree or a
scratching post to sharpen its claws, this is another reasons as to why you
need to ensure you train your cat to use a scratching post rather than your