One thing that is consistent about cat behavior is that each individual cat has its own personality. However, despite their individual personalities, there are some common characteristics of cat behavior.
Dominance is one of the most common characteristics of cats. The dominant cat may be perceived as the alpha male, with all of the attitude traits associated with that status. He or she might display surprising aggression and possess an intensity level that can be scary for other cats and humans alike. Some aggressive cats also have a strange obsession with meowing. This type of dominance can be displayed by a cat who is particularly skittish around new things or people.
Fearful Or Anxious
A timid cat that suddenly becomes aggressive can be fearful or anxious. If the timid cat is introduced to a new person or situation, he might attempt to hide rather than fight. The cat might lie low to the ground or curl up into a ball on the floor. This type of submissive behavior can be frightening to other animals or people who do not know the cat well. But this type of behavior can also signify that the timid cat is trying to find a place of her own.
Since cats have evolved for survival, they also hunt for small animals and insects that might threaten their survival. They have even been known to seek out foods that have been rodents or insects. While hunting, the cat might bite the preys’ legs to discourage it from continuing its pursuit. This behavior might also be accompanied by loud noises.
No Longer Care For Them
Historically, feral cats were often adopted by those who could no longer care for them. Today, many abandoned or rescued cats are mistreated and abandoned. Some of these are treated worse than stray felines and abandoned because their lives are made miserable. Others might be abandoned simply because they can no longer take care of themselves. Whatever the reason, the cats abandoned by humans are often malnourished and are not as friendly as a well-fed cat.
Watch how your cat acts when you leave it alone. If your cat starts to meow or scratch on the floor or jump up on visitors, it is a sign that it is feeling abandoned. It might also act aggressively when disciplined or reprimanded. These signs are also seen in wild cats that have been domesticated. If you find that your pet cat has changed it’s personality or behavior habits, it might have been mistreated or abandoned by another animal or person.
Watch how your cat crawls around the floor. A cat that keeps its body near the front of the legs might be trying to find warmth or an object. If the cat crawls this way, it might also be searching for something that it might catch. This type of behavior can also be seen in wild cats. A shy cat that likes to hang out in the corner of a room or small space will most likely want to hide until it feels safer. Watch out for your cat’s strange scratching habits. Cats have unique ways of touching different parts of a person or object. They might rub their face on furniture or leave their mark all over a soft toy. This might be an indication of illness or stress if not handled immediately. Kittens, older cats, and cats with skin problems may scratch without a warning and do so in all directions.