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Why does my cat climb the screen door?

Cats are impressive climbers.  In general, cats like to climb on top of things (e.g. why does my cat jump on the refridgerator?) or inside of things (e.g. why does my cat like boxes?).

Cats climb by using their claws on all four of their paws.  They pull themselves upwards by digging their claws into the surface.  Because cats require claws to climb things, declawed cats are not very good climbers.  Most (if not all) cats should be kept indoors, especially declawed cats.  Declawed cats cannot easily climb things (such as trees) in order to get away from predators.

Below are some impressive pictures of Mocha, one of our friend cats, who climbs the screen door.  Mocha is an indoor cat.  Do you think she is climbing the screen door because she wants outside, or is Mocha just having a good time?

You can add funny pictures of your cat, and he/she may appear in a why does my cat article!

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Why does my cat groom all the time?

Cats lick their fur to clean and groom themselves. Cats don’t like baths and showers like humans do, so they clean themselves by licking.

In fact, cats generally spend 30% – 40% of their time grooming themselves.

Why do cats groom?

Grooming has many hygienic and psychological benefits:

  • helps to eliminate parasites
  • keep the cat’s coat clean and smooth
  • cools the cat down through evaporation of saliva
  • stimulate the glands that are attached to hair roots, which keeps the fur water-proofed (we all know cats hate water!)
  • reduce conflict, frustration, and anxiety

When do cats begin grooming?

A mother cat begins licking her kittens immediately after giving birth. She does this to clean them and to stimulate them to release urine and feces. Kittens usually don’t start grooming themselves until they are about 4 weeks in age. A week after they, they start helping eachother out with their grooming.

Did you know? When littermates groom eachother it is called allogrooming.

Allogrooming generally continues into adulthood and will often strengthen the bond between cats. Therefore, if you introduce a new cat into your home and they start grooming each other, it is a very good sign that they are getting along and beginning to bond with each other.

You’re probably wondering how cats clean their heads if they can’t reach with their tongues. Well, in this case they apply saliva on a paw by licking the paw. Next, they use a circular motion with their paw on their ears, face, head, etc. They repeat this many times until they decide they are clean. Or of course, if they get bored or tired.

Is my cat grooming too much?

Over-grooming (in the form of excessive licking, biting, nibbling, chewing, or sucking the coat or skin) with no underlying medical reason, can usually be attributed to stress. Yes, cats do get stressed out! Common causes of stress in cats include: fear, lack of stimulation, new household pet, new location, isolation, or even new sounds, new food, etc. Anything that is new can stress out your cat!

Your cat may also over-groom if he is sick or feeling ill. You should take your cat to see a veterinarian if you feel your cat is grooming excessively, especially if he is presenting additional symptoms.

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Why does my cat knead me?

This generally means that your cat loves you very much.  Cats usually knead humans on the stomach or thigh area where the skin is softer.  This may feel like an awkward sensation at first, but after you realize that your cat is showing you love, it is very neat!

Before a cat kneads, he will usually start purring.  Kneading usually happens when you are petting your cat, or other times when your cat is extremely happy.  Sometimes, your cat may even start drooling while he is kneading you!

Kneading is an instinctual kitten behavior.  Young kittens knead their mother’s nipples to stimulate the “let down” reflex in her, which causes the milk to flow so the kittens can eat.

If your cat has long nails, kneading can sometimes hurt.  So, if your cat enjoys kneading you, make sure you keep his nails clipped.  Also, keep a towel handy to wipe up all of that drool!  Happy Kneading!

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Why does my cat hate bandages?

Your cat probably tries to pull off his bandages constantly! This is very very very normal behavior for cats. Cats seem to always pull their bandages off in record time, especially if the bandages are on his paws!

Your cat will probably try to pull off any bandages that you put on him, no matter where it is. The body of the cat is quite complex, and many areas are very sensitive and serve very important functions. Your cat probably dislikes his bandages as much as he hates a nice new sweater or other fashion accessory!

Information about Cat Paws

Your cats paws have claws and footpads. The paws serve many different functions for your cat. The claws allow your cat to climb, dig, hunt, and defend himself. Your cat’s footpads function as shock absorbers so he can jump and land softly from surfaces high off the ground.

So, when your cat has bandages on his feet, he will generally try to pull them off as quickly as possible.

Information about Cones

Cats with bandages wearing cone

Cats with bandages wearing cone

If your cat must wear a bandage for medical purposes, veterinarians usually recommend that your cat wears a cone. A cone is a device that is worn around the neck of your cat. It is a cone shape and prevents your cat from having the ability to use his teeth to pull or bite off his bandages. Cones are not painful for cats, but your cat may act like he is very uncomfortable. Your cat will adjust to wearing a cone eventually. You may have to remove the cone to allow your cat to eat and drink. Your cat may also need the cone removed before he can get in and out of the litter box.

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Why does my cat put his paws up on the wall?

There are a few reasons why your cat may be putting his paws up on your wall.

Your cat may be putting his paws up on the wall to stretch. Your cat probably stands tall on his hind legs and stretches his paws as far up on the wall as he can reach.

Your cat may also be doing this to mark his territory by leaving his scent on the wall.  Cats have sweat glands on the underside of their paws.  They use the glands to leave their scent on things in order to mark their territory.  When you cat rubs his paws on something, he is probably sending the message to other cats that the object belongs to him.

It is also possible that your cat puts its paws up on the wall to get closer to you and to get your attention. If you cat meows before, during, or after putting his paws on the wall, he is probably trying to communicate with you. Your cat probably wants you to pick him up or give him affection.

Hopefully your cat is not scratching the wall when he puts his paws up. If he is scratching, he is probably trying to leave his scent on the wall to mark his territory.  You can try to stop the behavior by introducing a scratching post. If you already have a scratching post for your cat, you can try to redirect the behavior to the scratching post when he puts his paws up on the wall.

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