Why Cats Mark Their Territory?
The cat behavior varies among different breeds and human culture it lives in. It includes cat litter technique, hunting technique, communication with other animals and humans and reaction to certain events. In case of more than one cat, one may become dominant over the other(s). The main mode of communication of cats is body language. Their tail is the main body part used in communication. They may flick or flutter their tail to show certain responses like relaxation or to show their attention. In state of ease and relaxation, they play with their front paws or with bedding. They show affection by rubbing themselves with an object or a person, licking a person and purring. Purring most of the times show extreme emotion like pain. Another mode of communication in cats is vocal. They purr, hiss, meow, snort and chatter on different occasions. Sometimes cats pant to show stress, anxiety or fear. Their meow is very versatile in the cat behavior. Cats whine with a meow, greet with a meow and show happiness with a meow.
Marking the Territory
Every cat releases different hormone from scent glands on their cheeks. Cats mark their area by rubbing certain objects to define safe territory or to claim possession.
Cats also mark their territory by using their urine spray. The stink of the urine assures that no other cat could trespass this certain area and no other cat has right to mark this certain territory. The starting of this sense to mark their territory comes along with maturity. When cats are active sexually and their hormones are ready to affect their behaviors. The clash between cats also arise and they tend to fight more. Sometimes female cats want to be dominating and they also want the male one to leave their area.
Several other behavioral problems are directly associated with behavior of cats. Spaying and neutering of pet cats make them placid and docile. The element to be dominant stays there and cats would still stay territorial but marking of territory by urine spray is gone. Hence, there are less chances of extreme fights and above all there are less chances of other behavioral problems.
Cats in their early age are afraid of people but if handled with care become very social with humans and fellow cats or other animals. The cat behavior also depends on the nature of the human, how much time they give to this precious creature.