Just like a child, your cat’s behavior can give you a clue as to what they are feeling. While many behaviors may seem odd and nonsensical, often your cat is conveying that they are bored. Your cat may leap into your lap, stare into your eyes, or rub against your leg as a way to crave attention. Some things you can do to alleviate your cat’s uneasiness or boredom, in addition to petting them, is to provide them with an indoor cat tree. Also, give them the opportunity to spend time outside in a safe environment. If she flattens her ears, she probably does not want to be touched.
- Like bored children, a bored indoor cat will find ways to get into trouble.
- Instead of letting your cat graze on kibble throughout the day, find ways for the cat to hunt or work for food.
- Provide your cat with a floor-to-ceiling structure that allows plenty of opportunities for the cat to climb, scratch, and stretch.
“Scientists learn about the genetics of domestication by assessing what parts of the genome are altered as a result of animals living with humans.”