50 Times Cats Made Their Owners Wonder “What’s Wrong With My Cat” (New Pics)
Even healthy, happy cats can be unpredictable and idiosyncratic in many ways. One moment your beloved feline is chilling and purring on your lap, the next it's stealing your neighbors' belongings.
But don't just take my word for it. There's a whole subreddit dedicated to the surprisingly funny ways of these creatures, proving just how random and adventurous they can be.
It's called 'What's Wrong With Your Cat?' and the online community has 583,000 members who are constantly sharing moments from their pet's "malfunctions."
Also, don't miss the talk we had with Lucy Hoile, a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviorist (CCAB) who specializes in cats! You can find it spread out between the pictures.
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Feline behaviorist Lucy Hoile, who runs an awesome Facebook page where she shares funny and informative cat-related content, said that whether we like it or not, our furry companions probably think we're just as random as we make them out to be.
"Changes in human lifestyles that seem normal to us (such as moving into a different house or a partner moving in) can completely unsettle a cat," Hoile told Bored Panda.
"They appreciate a predictable routine and fit their activities in around us, often waking up with us in the morning or when we come home from work."
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Some say that the differences between humans and cats is what always keeps us apart, claiming that since these animals evolved as solitary hunters with little need for reading social cues, especially those for behavior modification, they are hard to train. While there might be truth to these words, Hoile thinks that cats can be trained just as easily as dogs (or any other animal), just with a few additional considerations.
"Training with rewards is most effective with cats, they will rarely do something for nothing! The tricky part is finding something motivating enough to use as the reward; it's got to be worth it!" she explained.
"Smelly food usually works well e.g. small amounts of chicken or tuna. Training sessions should be short, as they can lose interest quickly and sessions should be split into small, easily achievable steps."
Also, you have to remember that every kitty is different. And we still don't have a complete explanation as to why. But we're getting there! For example, a new study by researchers at Azabu University in Japan suggests that cats' gut microbiomes and hormones like cortisol, oxytocin and testosterone may explain why some felines get along well with others and why some are more aloof.
The scientists split 15 shelter cats into groups, placing five random cats in three 13-by-25-foot rooms for two weeks. During this period, they used video cameras to observe the cats' behavior, and they collected urine and feces to measure hormones and microbial species present.
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They found that cats who had higher cortisol and testosterone concentrations exhibited fewer social behaviors like grooming, sharing food or sniffing, while those with lower amounts of cortisol and testosterone were more social.
Additionally, cats with similar microbiomes had more frequent contact with each other, and those with higher testosterone levels were more likely to try to escape.
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However, because the cats were of different or unknown ages and backgrounds, "we do not consider our results to be applicable to all cat groups," Hikari Koyasu, lead author from Azabu University, told Inverse.
Future research should look into how factors like growing up as juveniles and changes in environmental conditions affect social behaviors. And though the study showed correlations between hormones and behaviors, correlation doesn't always mean causation. The authors of the study highlighted that research conducted over a longer period of time may be required to provide "more comprehensive information."
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Sometimes, however, there really can be something wrong with your cat. Like when it's so darn hot! So we have to do our best to protect them and ensure a comfortable environment all year long.
"Provide plenty of fresh water in several different ways to encourage drinking and keep them hydrated," feline behaviorist Lucy Hoile suggested. "Some like flowing water, others prefer drinking from shallow dishes or tall glasses."
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"For cats with outside access, plenty of shady areas help them keep out of the hot sun. Inside, provide objects to keep them cool such as ice cubes in a tray for them to bat or lick and cooling mats for them to sleep on," Hoile continued.
"For long-haired cats, keep on top of grooming and apply pet-safe sunblock to the ears of cats with paler coats."
They will definitely find a way to thank their human servant!