Cats lie upside down for two very different reasons. A cat may lie upside down, often even hanging its head down when being held, to show complete trust and contentment in its surroundings. However, a cat may also lie belly-up as a sign that it's upset and ready to fight.Continue Reading
Since the belly is the most vulnerable part of a cat, many people mistakenly think that any time a cat lies upside down, it's showing its submissive side and wants to be petted. A cat in this position is happy and relaxed if she's also purring, if she appears content and if she sleeps in that position.
On the other hand, if a cat's other body language indicates anger, if her pupils are narrowed, her ears are flat or laid back or she is growling or hissing, the supine body position isn't a sign of relaxation, but a way the cat is preparing to defend itself against a threat. Paying close attention to a cat's total body language lets an owner know if the cat's feeling mellow or if it's better to leave her alone.Learn more about Cats
There are multiple reasons why cats, specifically big cats like lions, will decide to eat their young. Male lions will sometimes eat the young in a pride that he has recently taken over in order to encourage mating with the females of that pride. Female-instigated infanticide is less common than male, but it still occurs.Full Answer >
There are actually many reasons why cats may knead their paws. One of the most common reasons for kneading is the cat is trying to make a comfortable place to sleep. They also knead to show love, or when doing something as simple as stretching.Full Answer >
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, cats lick for a variety of reasons, including a response to stress, illness and boredom or even as a form of comfort. Cats may also suckle or lick people continuously if they have been weaned early or orphaned.Full Answer >
Domestic cats may have scars for a variety of reasons. It is therefore impossible to give an accurate answer without an examination and background history of the cat with the scars.Full Answer >