what do cats like to do

Cats love high places for watching and hiding.

A common ancestor of modern pet cats is the African wildcat (Felis sylvestris lybica). Similar to our domestic cats, this tiny wildcat is still extant and functions as both a predator and a prey in its natural habitat. The African wildcat is a predator that has evolved to hide high in hills or trees and hunt prey. Additionally, it flees to high areas as prey that are inaccessible to large predators.

For our domesticated cats, jumping and climbing to high places remain normal behaviors. Similar to their predecessors, your feline companions search for elevated areas to survey their domain and flee from other household pets, small children, or frightening objects. If you provide your cat “approved” locations for climbing, jumping, escaping, resting, and observing the surroundings, you can appease their love of heights. An excellent substitute for your kitchen counters, bookshelves, or fireplace mantels is indoor cat “tree” furniture, which comes with a variety of surfaces and comfortable platforms.

Cats love sleeping and napping.

It’s no secret that cats sleep a lot. As a matter of fact, cats typically sleep between 15 and 16 hours every day. Kittens and elderly cats can snooze for up to 20 hours a day. That is the amount of time your cat spends not eating or doing anything else. If you’re worried that your cat might be sleeping too much or too little, discuss with your veterinarian the typical sleeping patterns for your cat’s size, age, breed, and level of activity.

As intelligent, sentient animals, cats can have a long list of likes—and, maybe, an equally long list of dislikes!—but, for the most part, your cat’s favorite things are usually the same as your own, including delicious, freshly prepared food, extended naps in comfortable places, and a variety of enjoyable activities, to mention a few.

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Like with people, cats’ tastes in entertainment can change as they get older. For example, your cat might grow to love a feathered toy one day and find it boring the next. It’s your responsibility as a cat parent to notice when your cat’s interests shift so you can maintain her happiness, wellbeing, and engagement. While each cat’s preferences may differ, these eight cat “likes” are a great place to start.