10 Signs That Your Cat Is Trying to Tell You Something

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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Summerannie M.
Summerannie M.7 days ago

I can certainly identify with all those cat behaviours. Mine is a shoulder sitter and watches the cursor race across the screen... fascinated! She was deep in conversation with me this morning and had a slight anger in her voice. I had no clue but decided she was asking me for yet the 9 millionth cuddle for the morning. She will ask me for a cuddle or i might ask her if she wants one and each time she will answer me. She actually doesnt meow at all but chirps or has mastered her own trill which believe it or not, can understand her as she understands my conversation with her and whatever I say she will go and do. Shes a smart cookie er cat!

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers15 days ago

Thank you for sharing.

Carole R.
Carole R.28 days ago

Good information. Thanks.

Nickie Johnson
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Tanya W.
Tanya W.about a month ago

Woking out what our kitty cats are trying to tell us is half the fun and it only serves to bring us closer 😻

Tanya W.
Tanya W.about a month ago

Love this... thank you so much 😺

nicky m.
nicky m.about a month ago

Tearing things up is one of my cats ways of, not so much attention seeking, but getting rid of her anger! She HATES it when the sun is not out and she wants to go out. She asks me to turn the sun to the ON position, but when I don't comply, she goes to the lid of a cardboard box or a newspaper and vents her frustration by tearing chunks off and throwing them like confetti around the room. ( Much the way as some people hit a bean bag with a rolled up newspaper to get rid of their anger.) ; When she has calmed down, she just gets up and carries on with the day. I have another one who has noticed that I have a hearing disability and so has developed a HUGE, RAUCOUS mew that so loud that it emits a dangerous level of decibels , whenever he wants food. ( Which is nearly all day!) SIGH!

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogersabout a month ago

Great article! Thank you for sharing.

edward W.
edward W.1 months ago

I had a cat that use to unplug my computer when he thought I was on it too long.