10 Signs That Your Cat Is Trying to Tell You Something

Editor’s note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on August 14, 2014. Enjoy!

Cats have been enjoying a symbiotic relationship with us for centuries, yet a lot of what they get up to still baffles us.

From looking you dead in the eye before swiping your glass of water off the end table to intentionally leaving poop uncovered in what can only be described as an act of rebellion, maybe you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that your cat is just plain weird.

Believe it or not, there is some sense of logical reasoning behind your kitty’s quirky antics:

1. Deliberately knocking things onto the floor

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At first it might seem funny, but when you wake up to the sound of glass shattering at 5 am and the only culprit is your kitty who is giving you a look like “yeah I just did that,” it doesn’t seem quite so cute anymore. This wicked little game is actually a cry for attention, or in other words: food.

2. Sleeping on your laptop

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It may seem like your kitty just wants to disrupt your communications to the outside world, but in reality they love snuggling up to something warm. Your laptop is like a tailor made electric blanket for kitties. Some cats also like the feel of the keyboards when they press the keys, so next time your cat looks as though it wants to hop on, try giving them a massage instead.

3. Cat butt presentation

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What’s up with your cat presenting his furry nether regions to your face? Cat butt presentation is a part of cat talk, and although it might not seem like it at the time, this butt sniff offer is a huge compliment usually reserved only for trusted friends.

4. Eating strange things

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Cats eat all sorts of strange things that you wouldn’t expect. Leftovers are one thing, but some cats insist on eating cardboard, paper, plastic, and even electrical wires. If your cat looks at you as he begins to eat, it is an attention-seeking behavior.

5. Hiding in dark places

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You may have noticed that your cat likes to hide in dark places and watch everything you do. This behavior is for security, allowing them to spring out and take whatever it is they have had their eye on by surprise, which in most cases is your ankle.

6. Intentionally leaving poop uncovered

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What does it mean when you cat doesn’t bother to cover his poop? Some cats will leave their poop uncovered, or in conspicuous locations, in a self proclaimed declaration that they are the dominant member of the household.

7. Somersaulting across the room

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Does your cat randomly drop to the floor and start rolling, an action which is often accompanied by head rubbing and meowing? Before you start asking where he got the catnip, try to figure out the timing and circumstances that this rolling takes place. Chances are you’ll notice a pattern. Rolling serves as a solicitation for attention, but whatever you do, don’t mistake this action as an invitation for a belly rub.

8. Incessantly crying like a baby

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We all know that when our cats meow they are trying to tell us something, whether that may be “I’m hungry” or “pay attention to me.” However, cats have an incredible ability to fine tune their meows to manipulate us into doing whatever they want, and are cashing in our nurturing nature by adjusting their meows to a similar frequency as a baby’s cry.

9. Using you as a climbing frame

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When a cat uses you as their own personal climbing frame, it is their way of saying they want maximum closeness. Shoulders are prime real estate for cats, especially those that want to see the world from our vantage point, but beware as once a cat declares themselves the official ambassador of your shoulder, they’ll stake a claim for the rest of their life.

10. Phone call fanatics

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Is your cat jealous of the attention you give the phone? There’s a reason your kitty comes running every time they hear the ringtone, and no it’s not jealousy. They know full well that you’re at their mercy for the duration of the call, and that could mean petting, playtime or even a refilled food bowl.

Which of the above is your kitty guilty of? Share your stories in the comments below…

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W. C12 days ago


Stanley S
Stanley S12 days ago


Elizabeth O
Elizabeth O17 days ago

Thanks for the article.

Mike H
Mike H18 days ago

Thank you

JT Smith
JT Smith20 days ago

My cat, Mrlyn, ended up moving in with my friend in Philly because my living suddenly changed and I had to moved to a boarding house that didn't allow ANY pets (except mebbe pet rocks). Mrlyn eventually took to waking my friend's husband by presenting her arse and farting in his face. Every morning. Probably a good thing she was so cute and lovable. D)

Carol S
Carol S21 days ago

Very interesting. I've always wondered why once in a blue moon this darned cat would poop in the middle of the living room! She is definitely the boss and I know it, I'm just the cat slave :).

Julia S
Julia S22 days ago

I usually dont lock myself up in the bathroom, and my cats often force the door open to see what I am doing.

Karen P
Karen P22 days ago

Hey, just dropped a HUGE furball in my housemate's bed! I bet she will love me even more now!

Karen P
Karen P22 days ago

Well, I decided to try the cat's method, and stick my bum in someone's face. It wasn't favourably received! Damn!

Karen P
Karen P22 days ago

Leanne K., haha, love your comments! Don't forget about opening and shutting the door constantly too! You MUST learn your place!