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VetStreet.com: 10 Strange Cat Behaviors Explained

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Mysterious Feline Habits

There’s no denying that cats are excellent companions, but sometimes they do something that leaves you scratching your head in total confusion. If you’re used to dogs, cats' social interactions and the way they communicate can be very confusing. Yet it's these special behaviors, like affectionate head-butting and their penchant for cardboard boxes, that make us love them so much.

To help you better understand your elusive feline, we rounded up 10 cat behaviors that people commonly consider mysterious. You’ll find that many of these habits aren’t weird at all for cats — they’re normal.

Chatters at Birds

The truth is, behaviorists aren’t exactly sure why cats sometimes emit a clacking sound when they see a cardinal or mourning dove fly by the window. Some behaviorists speculate that it has something to do with cats’ pent-up frustration of not being able to go outside and catch the bird. Others think the rapid-fire movement of the jaw is a Pavlovian instinct allowing kitties to prepare their muscles for the act of killing prey.

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