Why Do Cats Like to Knock Things Over?

My cat is a sucker for pushing and licking, biting, and chasing all kinds of objects, but her preferred activity is to throw objects over that are really broken. It’s as if she likes hearing the sounds of glass breaking as well as the sound of ceramic cracking hitting the floor, and my loud gasp from the room next to it. Perhaps she’s just trying to make me feel uncomfortable? To say that my style isn’t in her style?

Nope. Cats aren’t interested in what you’re color scheme is, or that the vase was part of a wedding gift. (Shame on me for not placing the plants in another place!) Cats simply love exploring the world within their surroundings … in addition to trying the things they could move. They’re intelligent, active creatures, and the reason for their love of ripping objects off tables, counters, and shelves has nothing to do with motives.

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The exact purpose of knocking objects on the floor or from shelves isn’t being explored as of yet, and we’re unable to determine for sure why cats get into this habit. There are however some plausible explanations for this behavior, which can leave the cat scratching its head or wiping the floor.

1. Your cat is eager to climb up and climb on objects that are blocking the way.

If your cat is excited and is looking for something to explore, it could discover that random objects found at the top of your shelf offer an exciting chance (just as a toddler). They’re bred to climb up as well as hide from tiny spaces off the ground, therefore your unassuming shelf turns into a favorite place. If your home isn’t equipped with items to climb the shelves, desks, and counters are your only alternatives. If those areas are filled with “dust collectors” (as my husband refers to them) your cat could think of them as roadblocks.

To avoid having to clean up the mess caused by fallen objects, give your cat with climbing opportunities such as scratching posts and trees for cats and set them close to windows to let them watch the birds from outside (cat television!). Make your own and construct or buy shelves specifically designed for your cat’s interests in the back of your mind.

2. Your cat is eager to play.

We know that our dogs enjoy playing, but we often we don’t realize that our cats enjoy playing as well. If your home isn’t providing plenty of opportunities for physical and mental stimulation cats are free to find ways to provide stimulation. This could mean dropping your glass on your table until it falls to be thrown to the floor. Your cat may also want to have a playdate with you and you pushing the “World’s Greatest Dad” mug onto the floor might get your interest. Do not forget to play and play with your cat! Find playful cat toys that stimulate their natural instincts to pounce chase or catch or play with. Place empty boxes (should be simple to walk through after a night of late-night shopping) in your home where your feline can climb into and play within. Giving your cat plenty of chances to play can keep her content and healthy. It will also stop many broken pieces of pottery.

3. Your cat is naturally inclined to need to explore.

Cats are naturally inclined to hunt and snoop upon prey. Their instinctual nature to be curious, but also cautious assist in their hunt and help them determine which animals are safe to pursue and which are not.

They are also naturally curious by analyzing and testing out items that are new. The paw of a cat is vital for their capacity to “be a cat”–with their paws, they touch, scratch and scratch, knead, and then slowly move objects that catch their attention. Have you ever touched something just slowly, and really fast to check whether it’s hot? Yes, that tiny cat paw is looking for ways to test things as well. It’s also testing objects that you’re likely to treasure or occur to be on the edges or the edge of your dining table. Also, since cats are much very active and can see more clearly in the evening You may discover things “mysteriously” lying on the floor as you get up in the morning.

To help your cat’s natural need to look at new things Make sure to place items at a safe distance from the edges of your desk or table or wherever your cat might leap. Give them items that they are able to safely push around, such as small plastic bowls, cups, or smaller toys.

The ways cats behave that make us grin and smile are the things that make cats such a delight. Make sure that you appreciate that “catness” in your furry pet and provide them with plenty of opportunities to interact with the world that surrounds them. If your cat takes pleasure in pushing the coffee cup to the limit that you can’t reach, do not get annoyed. Instead, take advantage of the inherent curiosity of your cat, giving it the opportunity to play with its feline friends.

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