This Twitter Page Is Home To ‘Unexplainable’ Cat Behaviors, And Here Are 50 Of The Most Unhinged
The internet is brimming with proof why there’s no point in trying to rationalize cat behavior; some of it just can’t be explained. Unlike their strong urge to enter any box there is—which can be scientifically justified—certain things they do simply don’t make sense.
Instead of trying to make sense out of them, it might be better to simply marvel at the adorably dorky critters; and that’s where the ‘Unexplainable Cat Images’ Twitter account comes in handy. Brimming with, well, unexplainable cat pictures, it has amassed over 18k fans, and to show what brings them to it, we have put some of their best examples on this list for you today. Scroll down to find the cat pictures and enjoy.
In order to try understanding at least some of the things cats do, Bored Panda has reached out to the author of The Cat’s Meow: How Cats Evolved from the Savanna to Your Sofa, Professor of Biology and Director of the Living Earth Collaborative, Jonathan Losos, who was kind enough to answer some of our questions. Scroll down to find his insight in the text below.
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Professor of Biology, Director of the Living Earth Collaborative, and author of The Cat’s Meow: How Cats Evolved from the Savanna to Your Sofa, Jonathan Losos told Bored Panda that cat behavior is strongly influenced by three main factors, the first of them being how hungry they are.
“They’ll definitely let you know when they want food. Also, contrary to popular belief, cats are very trainable because they are so food-motivated. You can even train them to use a toilet,” he said.
The second factor is how secure they are, as cats are very place-oriented—they might become very nervous if you take them to an unfamiliar environment. Lastly, their behavior can also be influenced by how sleepy they are: “Everyone knows how much cats like to sleep,” the professor pointed out.
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The level of hunger, security, and sleepiness can affect each individual cat differently (though, even these factors can’t really explain the actions of some felines on this list) but some things they do are pretty universal and familiar to most cat owners out there; kneading, for instance.
“Kneading is a behavior that kittens of all feline species use when they’re nursing from mama cat,” Evolutionary biologist J. Losos told Bored Panda. “The rhythmic pushing on the mother’s abdomen probably helps keep the milk flowing. As anyone who lives with a cat knows, adult cats use the same behavior on a blanket or your belly. It clearly is a sign of contentment as the cat seems to go into a trance, making biscuits sometimes for several minutes before curling up and going to sleep.
“As far as we know, the domestic cat is the only feline that continues to knead as an adult; though some reports on the internet suggest that other species do so as well, but they are not well documented,” Losos added.
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The vet had to briefly cover her nose to stop the purring.
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Another activity favored by cats and witnessed by every single person who’s ever owned one is their inexplicable love for sleeping in boxes and other random places. Well, inexplicable until you start delving deeper into their evolution from a predator to a If I fits, I sits kind of ‘beast’.
“We need to think about what life is like for the ancestor of the domestic cat, the African wildcat,” Prof. Losos suggested. “This is a species that lives out on the African plains with a lot of larger predators, like lions, leopards, and hyenas. Bigger predators are notorious for killing smaller predators, so even though African wildcats are supreme predators, they are also prey and must always be on the lookout for danger.
“These behavioral tendencies are still present in housecats and that’s why they like to sleep in places that give them a sense of security. It’s also the reason cats like to get up on high places, so they can keep an eye out for danger and be away from ground-based trouble, like dogs and toddlers.”
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She has no remorse and is now snuggling with all 26 of them!
The switch from sleeping in strategically located places in the wild to a cushion on the sofa was far from the only thing that changed as the feline evolved from an African wildcat to something resembling Garfield. Jonathan Losos suggested that even their way of meowing was adjusted to their new lifestyle.
“Everyone who lives with a cat knows they meow to us to communicate. I always assumed that cats meow to each other, and by meowing to us they were treating us as fellow cats. But that’s not correct. Researchers have shown that cats rarely meow to each other—they make many other sounds to communicate (hisses, growls, chirps), but not meows.
“Meowing to us is a trait that evolved during domestication to allow them to communicate their needs and desires to us. In fact, the meow has changed from that of the African wildcat—it is shorter and higher-pitched and people rate it as more pleasing. Presumably, this change evolved to make us more receptive to what they have to say,” he explained.
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Even though some things, such as kneading, meowing or sleeping in boxes, are typical to most domesticated cats, no two felines are the same, as they might have very different characters. The expert told Bored Panda that their character traits typically depend on their genetics and upbringing.
“Cats have different personalities that are the results of their genes: some breeds are very friendly or docile, others are very bold and outgoing. Just as with dogs, breeders have selected for different traits in different breeds,” he suggested.
“At the same time, how a cat is raised is critically important. Kittens have a key window of socialization from about 4-8 weeks in age. Kittens that spend a lot of time with people during this phase and are handled gently will tend to be friendly, well-adjusted pets. But kittens that aren’t handled by people in their first eight weeks often end up being more reserved, and those not handled until ten weeks of age will rarely become friendly to people, no matter how kindly they are subsequently treated. Puppies, too, have a critical window of socialization, but it is later, when they are seven to fourteen weeks old.”
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“This is the old ‘nature vs. nurture’ distinction and both are important,” Losos continued. “Even cats from extremely friendly breeds will not be very good pets if they aren’t handled as kittens, whereas offspring of unfriendly feral cats can grow up to be well-adjusted if handled frequently during the socialization window.”
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It might seem that some domestic cats tend to be highly independent and enjoy their own company more than anyone else’s. However, according to Losos, cats are in no way aloof loners. “When they live in areas with lots of cats—as happens when there is a lot of food available—cats form into social groups composed of related females,” he told Bored Panda.
“These females are very friendly to other members of their group, lying together, grooming, playing, even nursing each other’s kittens and serving as midwives during birth. In this way, the social behavior of domestic cats is similar to that of lions, another species that occurs where food can be very abundant.”
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Whether more of a loner or not, a housecat has certain needs that have to be met in order for it to live its best life. Prof. Losos pointed out that one of the main things, other than taking care of the cat’s needs for food, shelter, veterinary care, etc., is giving it a stimulating life.
“Cats are intelligent, curious creatures and they need an interesting life—boredom can lead to the development of undesirable behaviors and even health problems. Play with your cats frequently and provide them with lots of new objects and situations; even moving a box to a new place is intriguing to them! Keeping cats indoors protects them from cars, coyotes and other threats, and is also good for the environment, but such cats are particularly in need of mental stimulation.”
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If you find cats as fascinating as we do, make sure to view our previous edition of simply ‘Unexplainable Cat Images’ here and browse some more pictures of the adorable goofy felines.