front of your feet. Sometimes when
I’m focused on doing something, like
cooking, my cat is right there waiting
for me, and I don’t even know it and
nearly step on her. To keep from
getting injured or from injuring
kitty, we need to look around our
feet before we take a step.
12Squeezing into small spaces How many of us watch our cats try to fit into
spaces that are too small for their
bodies and then post a video of
it on You Tube? As entertaining as
it is for us, cats do it to feel warm
and safe. Their flexible spines
enable them to squeeze into tight
13Chattering This adorable vocaliza- tion, which is impos- sible for us to mimic,
conveys a cat’s excitement and
frustration all at the same time.
Cats often chatter when they see
a bird or bug flying outside, and
they can’t get to it.
One study by the Wildlife
Conservation Society found that
cats might actually imitate their
prey, as scientists in this study
discovered when wild cats made
vocalizations that sounded similar
to those of monkeys. Chattering
might be their imitation of birds.
After all, meowing is an imitation
of human verbalization and is
something they do mostly with
14Stockpiling toys How often have you moved the couch to sweep under it only to
find a stash of your cat’s favorite
toys? Trust me on this one. They
know right where they are for
safekeeping to play with next
time. Just pretend you didn’t see
them, and move on.
15Giving the cold shoulder We might take this as an insult, but it’s actually
a compliment and display of trust
when a cat sits near us or on us with
their butts in our faces. Cats are both
predator and prey, so they need to
watch out for predators and anyone
they don’t trust. If our cats completely trust us, they’ll feel safe enough to
turn their backs on us.
Susan Logan-McCracken has two quirky red tabbies at home. Maddie jumps up on
her hind paws when she wants attention, while Sophie does the moonwalk to back
off of a window ledge.