If you have a cat, have ever been around a cat, or have seen cats on the internet, you know that they love to do this:
It turns out that they're probably just doing it because it gets your attention.
Initially, though, cats might be batting at objects to see if they're alive (or a potential snack).
So if you want to discourage this behavior, make sure your cat isn't bored by providing them with lots of playtime. And don't come running or provide any positive feedback if you hear a crash.
Of course, your cat might be well fed and entertained, but they're just being a goof. Because who knows what they're really thinking?
H. Ellen Whiteley's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post.