November 7, 2020, 10:30 p.m. | Animals
First of all, it is necessary to recall the peculiarities of cat anatomy and physiology.
Why do we love cats? A strange question — for soft wool, for sweet songs, for warmth and tenderness. And also for small and infinitely cute quirks. Cats have become famous for their extravagant antics, which are very difficult to explain from the point of view of common sense.
The cat climbs onto the owner's lap, caresses and purrs. An idyll, yes. But why does a pet suddenly knock and rub its head against its owner, and so hard that the blow is quite noticeable? Let's try to unravel and explain this wonder, informs Ukr.Media.
First, let's focus on the key points. The word "hit" we usually understand it as a military reception (in one of the meanings). Consider boxing, where combatants exchange painful blows, testing each other's strength. But the cat's blow is completely different: yes, the whisker knocks its head against its beloved person, but does not jump back to hit another one right away, but on the contrary, caresses gently, showing with its whole appearance what pleasure it receives. Or the cat goes even further: first it butts its head, then it clings to the owner even tighter, “hugs” it and other parts of the body.
It should be noted: "buzzing" not only people feel it. Cats can "push" and the door, and the chair, and even the walls. Good mood? Yes, but not only.
What is happening to the cat anyway?
Everything is explained simply – you need to remember the peculiarities of cat anatomy and physiology. Cats have special secretory glands on their cheeks (they are also called smelly or scent glands). With the help of a secret that is released, cats mark the territory by leaving scent marks.
We humans do not feel or recognize these marks. Actually, tags are not intended for people, rather, they are addressed to other cats. The decoding is simple: "Hey, this person (or this room, this thing, or this item) is already occupied and has a master. Look for someone (or something) else.
Well, just pure physiology, no love magic? Let's listen to the opinion of expert Pam Johnson-Bennett (Pam Johnson-Bennett), author of the famous book “Think Like a Cat”. Here's what she says: "Yes, on the one hand, it is so – a pure physiological act takes place. On the other hand, it is not for nothing that a cat brings its face so close to a person, interfering in their personal space. We also see an unprecedented act of trust, a vivid demonstration of love and affection.
In other words, not all cats 'mark'. and to the owners, the cat's "buzzing" you still have to earn it. If you have felt a blow from a cat's face, know that you are loved, appreciated and infinitely respected.
We noted above that not only people are honored with such an honor. A cat can poke, for example, his best tailed friend or girlfriend. And it is not at all necessary that it must be a cat – dogs, for example, also know what a cat purr is. Again and again we talk about an unprecedented level of trust, love and friendship. not only domestic cats raised in comfort. Similar behavior is observed among wild cats, so we can safely conclude that we are dealing with a natural model of behavior carried over through millennia of evolution. Cats don't learn this pattern of behavior, it was inherited from their ancestors.
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Don't be alarmed if you find that everything said does not apply specifically to your pet. We often repeat this phrase: you will not find two identical cats in the world. And your pet can choose other means of expressing love and affection – those that he considers more suitable.
However, take a closer look at the pet. Sometimes "bumping" is palpable and not painful. But it also happens in another way: the cat flatters and rubs against the owner very gently, barely noticeable.
Distinguish the behavior patterns
We analyzed the "good" a model that indicates happiness and harmony in your home. But you can also observe another strange thing, when the cat rests its face against the wall and makes strange sounds at the same time. In this case, you should consult a veterinarian – these may be signs of a neurological disorder. At the same time, the animal may lose orientation, spin, behave unnaturally and abnormally. Here the intervention of a specialist is necessary – most likely, the pet has problems with the brain and central nervous system.