Cats leave home for a variety of reasons, but the two most common are curiosity or fear. An outdoor cat may enjoy exploring a new neighborhood, or an indoor cat may slip out the door. Cats also clash with each other, with dominant cats chasing away submissive ones.Continue Reading
While feral cats form colonies, each cat has his own clearly marked area that is further divided into territory and home range. A cat is willing to defend his territory, which is usually smaller and located within the home range; however, a cat's home range is the area in which the cat hunts and feels comfortable interacting with other cats. Male and female cats often have overlapping home ranges. A cat may feel hostile or aggressive to an unwanted cat entering his home range and chase the intruder out; feral cats sometimes harass domestic cats in this manner.
An indoor cat is less likely to abandon his home because of his territorial urges; however, if he inadvertently escapes, he usually takes shelter as quickly as possible and may become disoriented and unable to return home. An outdoor cat may vanish because he has fallen ill or has been captured by a well-meaning person. He may also have fallen prey to another animal or climbed into a container and been accidentally transported.Learn more about Cats
The Pet Health Network explains that shivering in cats can be an indication of pain, anxiety, fear, nervousness or low body temperature. The website notes that an endocrine disorder known as Addison's disease can cause cats to shiver as well.Full Answer >
The most common reasons cats eat plants like roses include soothing teething or simply playing. Eating plants in small quantities is normal cat behavior and usually isn't a problem unless the plant is poisonous. Roses are non-toxic in small quantities, provided the stems and thorns are removed.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 >
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 >