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Why Do Felines Bite Human Toes?

Last night, the human was lying in bed, getting ready to sleep. He was nice and comfortable, relaxing before he fell asleep. And then, Koji decided to pounce on his toes, which jolted the human out of his relaxed state.

Koji When He is Not Biting The Human's Toes
Koji When He Is Not Biting The Human’s Toes

Koji did not bite the human hard enough to do anything but startle him. The human told Koji he did not appreciate getting his toes bitten. Then, he relaxed again and fell asleep. He stayed asleep when we felines opened one of the kitchen drawers and turned some of the things in there into toys!

Now, you might be thinking, Bagheera, the feline I share my house with does this to me, too. Why do you felines do this?

A white coated human says we do this because of our prey instinct. We see your toes, and they are hidden. We pounce on them, because our prey instinct takes over. Then, we let go because the rest of our brain tells us you are not noms. But we enjoy it, and since we do not hurt you too badly, we will do it again.

Do not forget, furiends, that we felines also like getting you attention. We can do it with meows, with paw taps, or, if you are like Koji, by biting our human’s toes! We do not mean to hurt you, and we know that you are not noms.

So furiends, now you understand why we felines like to bite your toes. We are not doing it to be mean to you. We think it is a game. And it all goes back to our prey instinct. Without this prey instinct, we felines would not have survived in the wild. And you humans would not have brought us around to catch rodents. So enjoy the little nip that we give you when we pounce on your toes!

Cats Wiggling Butt Before Pouncing

I am sure you have seen it. We felines are ready to pounce on something, but before we do, we wiggle our butts. And furiends, it is not just us felines who live with you who do this. Our bigger cousins like lions and tigers do it, too!

Even Wild Cats Like This Lynx Do the Butt Wiggle
Even Wild Cats Like This Lynx Do the Butt Wiggle

Now that you know that the little butt wiggle before pouncing is something that happens among all cats, you might be wondering why we do it. We know why, but we are not telling. And that is why you humans have to speculate.

Some white coated humans think that we do this in order to prepare for a successful pounce. You see, when we walk, we use one rear leg at a time. But when we pounce, we need to use both legs at the same time. And the butt wiggle is a way for us to get ready to do this.

Another reason we may do this is because we want to be sure the ground beneath us is solid. Now, you may be thinking, but Bagheera, you know the floor in the home is solid. And we do! But before we came to live with you humans, the ground we were walking on was not always solid. And so this is something we continue to do out of instinct.

We may also be planning exactly how we are going to pounce. We use lots of little muscles to get us to pounce exactly the way we want to. The butt wiggle we do could be a way to warm up those muscles, so that when we do pounce, they work exactly the way we want them to.

I suppose it does not really matter why we do the butt wiggle. What matters is that you humans think it is cute. And it tells you that we are ready to pounce, so you watch us in action. If that is the only reason we do it, isn’t that enough?

Why Do Felines Knock Things Down

I am sure you humans have experienced this. You are at home, and you look at a feline in your home. They look back at you, and tap something that is on a table. Then they do it again and again until it falls down. We end up with an annoyed human, and a feline who is laughing.

Humans Wonder Why We Felines Do This
Humans Wonder Why We Felines Do This

You may think that we felines knock things down just to annoy you. But some smart humans have other theories about this. And there are many reasons why we might be knocking things down.

Some humans say that this is related to our prey drive. We learn by batting something around whether it is alive or not. Plus, we use our paws to test whether something is safe or not, and what better way to learn that than by tapping something? Our paws are very sensitive, so we learn a lot by touching things and moving them around.

We may also be trying to get you to pay attention to us. When we see you jump up to move something you do not want us to knock down, we learn we can get your attention by doing this. Then when we want your attention, we use this technique.

And sometimes, we felines are just having fun. You see, knocking something down simulates the entire hunting process. Moving something with our paw is like hunting. We tap something to get information about it. It moves around. And then, when it falls, it is like prey trying to escape.

Smart humans need to do more research before they can say for sure why we felines do this. But if you see us doing this, you can take the item away and play with us. If you play with us and let us channel our prey instinct into other things, you will pick up less broken things.

And that will be more fun for both the humans and felines in the home.