8 out of 10 cat owners are baffled by their unusual behaviour – from ignoring scratching posts to bringing in dead mice | The Sun

EIGHT out of 10 cat owners are baffled by their pet's unusual behaviour which includes ignoring scratching posts to bringing in dead mice.

A poll of 2,000 cat owners revealed 47 per cent "don’t get" their furry friend – with 87 per cent feeling stumped by their quirky behaviours.

The feline’s superpower of being able to differentiate the opening of a treat packet over a salad bag is what confuses them the most.

While their persistent clawing of furniture instead of scratching posts and random outbreak of five-minute "zoomies" also featured on the top 30 list of weirdest cat traits.

Despite their strange ways, 65 per cent wouldn't change a thing about their fluffy friend, with 53 per cent finding most things they do hilarious.

The research was commissioned by Wisdom Panel in an effort to bring us closer to these fascinating felines.

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Partnering with The Scratching Post rescue charity during a time when abandonment cases are at an all-time high, the DNA testing company has launched the world’s first catwalk for cats as fashion week draws to a close.

It showcases their diversity and beauty while inspiring cat adoption – because no one does a catwalk like a cat.

Susan Delaney, founder of The Scratching Post, said: “The past few months have been incredibly challenging for rescue charities.

“Shelters have always struggled with abandonment, however the cost-of-living crisis has definitely contributed to more people having to part ways with their pets.

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“Adoptions have also been impacting, reducing by 40 per cent since pre pandemic levels, which unfortunately is causing rehoming centres to hit crisis point.

“It was fun to showcase the personalities of our cats that are available for adoption, whilst also celebrating global fashion weeks.”

Other bizarre cat behaviours baffling Brits include their obsession with empty boxes, why they lie down on clothes you’ve laid on the bed to wear – and their fussiness over food brands.

The mystery of how they can suddenly go from cuddling to ‘attack mode’ with seemingly no warning also appeared on the list.

The average cat-owner has four felines in their lifetime with 39 per cent admitting their current one is their ‘best friend’.

Unsurprisingly, 56 per cent admit they find it hard to resist treating their own cat despite over a third (36 per cent) suspecting it goes from house-to house hoovering up other people’s offerings.

More than half (55 per cent) believe each cat has many different personalities with 52 per cent wishing they could speak with their cat if it somehow managed to learn their language.

And according to the OnePoll study, almost half (48 per cent) go as far as "meowing" back as a way of communicating.

Georgina Richardson, head of Wisdom Panel UK, said: “Each feline catwalk model was tested with our new DNA kits – screening for 70+ breeds and populations, 45+ genetic health conditions, blood type and 25+ physical trait tests.

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“We were thrilled to have ITV This Morning’s vet Dr Scott Miller present the results at the event, uncovering the unique traits and genetic makeup of each rescue cat.

“We really want to encourage potential cat-owners to consider adoption and to do it properly by DNA testing them first in order to truly understand them.”


1. How they can tell the difference between the treat packet opening and something that’s of no interest to them like a bag of salad

2. Why they ignore their scratching posts and go for the furniture instead

3. Why they get ‘zoomies’ at random times and seem to go absolutely mad for five minutes

4. Why they meow at you when you're eating, seemingly asking for some of your food, and when you give it to them, they just ignore it

5. Why they constantly seem to try and get in places you don’t want them to, like cupboards or under the bed

6. How they get comfortable sitting in really uncomfy looking places

7. Where they go when they’re out of the house

8.  Why they always seem to lie down on clothes you’ve laid out to wear

9. Their obsession with empty boxes

10.  Why they suddenly go from purring and cuddling to ‘attack mode’

11.  Why they’ll eat one brand of food and not another

12.  Why they seem to lie on their back and ask for a tickle, then attack the tickler

13.  What they get out of staring aimlessly out of the window for hours

14.  Why they choose 3am as the optimum time to sprint around the house at top speed

15.  Why they insist on bringing in dead animals

16.  Why they stare at you for long periods of time

17.  Why they try to fit themselves into a box of any size

18.  Why they seem to adore certain houseguests and hate others

19.  How they can nap in such weird places

20.  Why they seem to get on with some cats, and not others

21.  Why they always knock things off the side

22.  Why they rub their head against you when you’re working

23.  How they can squeeze themselves through the tiniest gaps

24.  The weird noises they make if they end up in a cat fight

25.  Why they drag treats like chicken bones off to eat them in private

26.  Why they run away at the sight of a person                                

27.  Why they need such ridiculously sharp claws

28.  Why they attack your feet for no reason

29.  Why they play with hair bands etc. and ignore their actual toys

30.  Why they can't resist string

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