Cats live life on their own terms. Their behavior choices often make us question our sanity, as though everything we’ve done to care for them never happened. As though we don’t spend our hard-earned money on cat beds that go ignored in favor of the cardboard boxes in which they were shipped. One cat owner we spoke with said he’ll let his cats into a room and then “they immediately want to leave and act like I trapped them in there.” As soon as he lets them out again, “they start pawing at the door meowing like I’m a cruel despot who won’t let them in a room.” The thing is, house cats aren’t domesticated animals. They’re wild cats in small packages who happen to live in your house. And yes, sometimes they make you feel insane.
But here’s the thing: There’s always a reason for your cat’s behavior. It’s up to you to figure it out.
Some common cat behaviors that drive feline guardians nuts are listed below.