8 Strange Cat Behaviors Explained


Cats often knead with their front paws against soft surfaces, like your lap or a blanket. This behavior is a remnant of kittenhood, as they knead their mother's belly to stimulate milk flow.

Chattering at Birds

When cats see birds through a window, they may make a chattering noise with their jaws. This behavior is thought to be an instinctive hunting response.


Cats may head-butt or "bunt" against you or objects to mark them with scent glands located on their face.

Bringing Gifts

Cats sometimes bring their owners "gifts" in the form of dead animals like mice or birds. While it may seem strange to humans, it's a natural hunting behavior.

Rubbing Against Furniture

Cats rub against furniture, walls, and other objects to mark them with scent glands located on their cheeks and body. It's a way for cats to establish territory and create a familiar scent environment.


Cats sometimes exhibit sudden bursts of energy, darting around the house and racing from room to room.

Hiding in Boxes

Cats are drawn to boxes and confined spaces because they provide a sense of security and safety.

Chewing on Plants

Some cats chew on plants out of curiosity or boredom. However, it's essential to ensure the plants are non-toxic, as some can be harmful or even deadly to cats.