Our cat Fiona, a 12 yr old female tabbycat, knocks things over when we are watching TV and working on our computers. She loves to sit on my wife’s lap. This action seems to happen when my wife is working on her laptop computer and has no room for Fiona. We started researching this subject and found the following article.
Why do cats love to knock things over:
“Unlike dogs or cows, cats are self-domesticated and don’t need humans. Cats act out to get attention, need food or they have some kind of illness. Cats only hunt small things that move, such as mice or birds, not objects. Behaviour might be instinctual not learned, its been seen in lion cubs. In April, animal behaviour experts said they decoded 24 kinds of ‘meows’
Cats are known for clawing at drapes and knocking over anything within their reach. This behaviour can be seen as annoying mischief, but specialists suggest there is a deeper meaning. This kind of conduct isn’t a way to feed their animal instincts, it’s just your cat demanding attention, they say.
Cats are known for clawing at drapes and knocking over anything within their reach. This behavior can be seen as annoying mischief, but specialists suggest there is a deeper meaning behind their mayhem. Those type of actions aren’t ways to feed their animal instincts, it’s just your cat demanding attention. ‘Unlike dogs or cows that we’ve domesticated, cats are self-domesticated and don’t need humans to survive,’ Dr. Eric Doughtery of The Cat Practice told dailymail.com. ‘Cats use us and this is just a way of them getting what they want, which is probably to be fed or it could be their way of them telling us they’re ill.’
Doughtery explained that when cats hunt they go after small, fast objects that they see whizzing across the floor, not stationary objects on a table top or shelf. ‘There are things that can be done to stop or minimize this kind of behavior,’ said Doughtery. ‘Just know that cats are creatures of habit and any changes in their environment can make them upset.’
Buying high perches or creating quiet secluded places for your cat is recommended to tame their destructive behavior. Dr. Katherine Houpt, Cornell University emeritus professor of veterinary behavior, told Upvoted if this becomes a serious problem, covering shelves and tables with double-sided tape will do the trick.
In other cases, the behavior might be instinctual rather than learned. Houpt says she observed lion cubs doing it to practice hunting. Earlier this year, animal behavior experts claim to have decoded up to 24 different meows, which could help pet owners understand what their cats are really saying.”
The consensus is that cats are just trying to get your attention. So it is up to you to figure out what they want.
This article is excerpted from “Why Cats Love To Knock Things Over”….The author gives lots of sources for her outstanding information.
SOURCE: STACY LIBERATORE …. PUBLISHED: 15:39 EST, 9 December 2015