Well, little “Jynx” might not be evil per se, but Mr. Kitty certainly has some ulterior motives. What, you thought that just because he rubbed himself against your legs it was demonstrating affection? Think again, my friend. Apparently, cats do all sorts of things to make sure we know who’s the boss.
WHO DOESN’T LOVE CATS?
We all love cats, they’re independent, they take care of themselves, and they’re not overly attached to you, making them the ideal partners for a busy modern life. When we take one of them into our homes, we form a trustworthy bond and really feel like they’re our furry sons.
THEY’RE MANIPULATING YOU
Cats are governed by a series of shrewd behaviors that they only show us in order to get what they want. For instance, did you know that they can modify their meows in order to make us do things? Those little bastards certainly know what they’re doing.
IF YOU WONDER IF THEY LOVE YOU AT ALL, THEY DO
But they also consider you their property. No, for real! That cute routine they do when they swing around your feet and rub against you has an ulterior purpose, besides being “OMG TAKE A PICTURE” cute .They have pheromone secreting glands on their sides, tail, and forehead and they rub against you to convey to other animals that you’re theirs.
THEY CLEAN AFTER THEMSELVES, SO THEY’RE COOL, RIGHT?
But they don’t do it to make your life easier. Turns out that when they’re burying their droppings they’re actually hiding them from predators or other alpha challengers. Their poop releases a distinctive smell and pheromones that usually marks territory.
WE CAN’T HELP OURSELVES
A study found that humans can distinguish these custom meows and are subconsciously programmed to respond to them. Since they sound similar to the cries a human baby does, we feel the urge to please them or give them what they want. I can already hear dog lovers around the world saying, “We told you so!”
THEY CAN GET MAD AT YOU TOO
Stress or changes in his or her routine can cause them to stop burying their feces and start urinating in a corner somewhere. But this can also happen when they need to mark their territory. They might not recognize you as the “alpha” of the pack or maybe they spotted another cat in their domain.
THEY’RE ALWAYS CLEANING THEMSELVES
Sure, Mr. Fluffy Pants is super cute, wanting to get all clean and neat. But they might be trying to get rid of your scent! If a cat licks himself all over after you pet them, they might not like your odor and are trying to get rid of it from their body. So next time you catch your cat doing this, it means it’s time to take a shower.
THEY CAN STILL HATE YOU, THOUGH
On the other side of the spectrum, a cat that feels threatened uses his or her signature “hiss” sounds. They do this to instill a sense of danger on their enemies, and they’re intentionally imitating another of nature’s predators, the dreaded snake, and it works REALLY well too. If you hear that sound, you’re running to the hill!
ALTHOUGH FLUFFY AND ADORABLE, THEY’RE STILL PREDATORS
And they hunt for pleasure too. You know they have food ready and served, but they still go out and hunt for birds and gasp rats. Then, they have the audacity to bring their prey’s corpses back into the house! Yuck!
AND THEY DO IT TO SHOW YOU HOW IT’S DONE
In their mind, you’re not capable of doing it right, (hum, gee, thanks!) so they’re teaching you how to hunt and provide for the family, like they would do for his or her progeny. Also, they think this is a nice gift too. Hopefully they saved the receipt.