Cats are true experts when it comes to skipping. All of a sudden they begin to brush themselves or suddenly make seemingly unfounded chattering noises. But what are skipping actions and what triggers them?
Also, we humans "use" skipping actions every day - they are gestures and actions that we unconsciously do when we find ourselves in a stressful situation or stand between two stimuli or equally motivated actions. There are many ways in which we can say a skipping act.
For example, we head over to do something or suddenly look at our smartphones to fake uncertainty. The aim of the action is above all the self-pacification - through the unconsciously created distraction, we take to a certain extent out of the stress or decision situation. Even cats do this.
This is how skipping is expressed in cats
Have you ever seen your velvet paw while sitting by the window, chattering oddly, or making strange "quack-quack" sounds? This happens, for example, when outside a bird in sight, but not within reach - your cat thinks, "Man, I want to hunt" - but at the same time not out of the apartment. What follows is a skip chattering action to calm oneself and cool the situation.
Even in very harmless game situations, cats always tend to show jumping action. There is playing in a moment with the funny stuffed mouse and in the other moment, your kitty is suddenly dressing extensively, although her cat fur is sparkling. This does not mean that your fur nose has a cleaning problem - it simply has surplus energies in it that it just can not let out. By brushing it off these, "de-stressing" in a sense.
Typical forms of skipping actions in cats:
If you observe the following seemingly pointless activities with your cat in the given context, it is probably a skip action:
- ● Brushing / Licking: The sudden brushing of the coat is a common way of cat skipping and occurs, for example, when the girl does not understand something. Mostly eagerly licked over the chest or side flank to cool the situation.
- ● Chattering: Among other things, chattering can be seen when your cat is between two stimuli - she wants to do something, but she just can not. In order to calm down, the chattering sounds are unconsciously delivered.
- ● Sniffing: Sniffing objects is also one of the typical cat skipping actions. While we may scratch people's heads in stressful situations, the velvet paws just go on a sniff tour - the owner is often looked over his nose.
- ● Nibble: Nibbling and fumbling with or against objects is also typical and usually occurs when the animals are in stressful situations. To reduce stress, simply chewing or sucking for a short time - on wool, furniture, towels, the hair of the owner and Co.
- ● Hunt tail: Like dogs, some cats react by hunting their tail.
From the skip to the obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Jumping acts in cats, like dogs or humans, are normal and not very worrisome. However, if you notice that your cat is often caught up in seemingly illogical motivated actions, caution is advised. She may be suffering from chronic stress.
While occasional self-pacification in stressful or tricky situations is not bad and is part of normal cat behavior, repetitive, conspicuous behavior can be a symptom of OCD. Read more in the guide "obsessive-compulsive disorder in cats: how do they express themselves?".