Does your cat do a weird thing?
1. "Why do cats love sitting in boxes so much?"
2. "Why is my cat crazy for the smell of my feet?"
3. "Does my cat actually love me or is he just trying to get more food?"
You can breathe a sigh of relief: "Cats do love their owners," says Bradshaw.
They show this in two ways: by rubbing their head on your leg (or sometimes a nearby chair leg), and by licking you. Both of those behaviours are things that cats do to other cats to show affection and reinforce a friendship – not because they want something.
It's worth keeping in mind, however, that cats are fundamentally territorial animals and will bond more strongly to the place they live than the people they live with. "It's a legacy from when they were wild animals," says Bradshaw. "The most important thing to have is a safe place to rest and a hunting territory that you know, otherwise you get eaten or you starve. They haven't lost that."
4. "Why does my cat run around at 3am?"
5. "Where does a cat's purr come from and what is it telling me?"
6. "Why are cats affected by catnip?"
7. "Why does my cat tread up and down before settling on my lap?"
8. "Why does my cat immediately dislike some people, but love others?"
9. "Why does the cat next door to me keep staring at me through the window at night, but run away when I stare back. Is it a spy?"
Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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