If you have cats you probably pick up things from the floor over and over. No matter if you catch your cat in the act, no matter if you say or scream “No!”, no matter if you give him/her the evil eye… most likely things will get knocked down anyway…
It is almost an uncontrollable impulse and you may be screaming at them, but they will slowly keep on moving their paw towards the thing they want to knock down while looking at you as like if saying “I know I’m not supposed to, so I’m going to do it anyway… just gently”.
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A post in Reddit opened the question and cat owners started theorizing regarding their cats’ behavior. The best theories were:
- they do it because they like the attention they get after doing it
- they do it because they know it annoys you and they love annoying you
- they do it to captures your attention because they are hungry
- they do it because they like to play and this is a super fun game for them
- they do it because they are learning that actions have physical consequences and this is fascinating for them
- they do it because every movable object is a potential victim to knock down to the floor and chase around
So which one is it? Are they all possible answers and it all depends on the cat? It could be, but here we give you a scientific explanation Dr Katherine Houpt – a Cornell University emeritus professor of veterinary behavior tells Upvoted.
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She says that even though it could be because they are hungry and trying to get your attention, it can also be an instinctual behavior through which they practice hunting. Dr Houpt has also observe this behavior in lion cubs as it is a predatory behavior. If you have ever seen a cat trying to catch a mouse, you have probably seen how they use their paws to swat at them before capturing them.
So, if it’s instinctual, is there a solution?
Well, you may not – nor should you, destroy your cat’s hunting instinct. Giving him/her a lot of play in which hunting is involved, can satisfy the instinct. Fishing pole toys or giving them a toy that they can hunt, may help.
And regarding your stuff you want to keep on the shelves, you can cover the shelf with double-sided tape. Cats will hate that feeling on their paws and they won’t go there.
Does your cat do the same? What is your theory about this uncontrollable behavior? What do you do about it? Tell us your experience, we will love to hear it!