Like, well, everyone we know, we rely on Google to answer some of life’s most important questions. “Best restaurant near me?” “How to darn socks?” and the like. But when it comes to our cats, we find it helpful to consult a real-life expert whenever possible. Thankfully, Dr. Katja Lang, Made by Nacho’s resident vet, is here with the answers.
We hit the internet with “Why does my cat …” and let autofill do the rest. Then, we shared the world wide web’s questions with Dr. Lang to get her opinion.
Why does my cat…
The Internet: Why does my cat lick me?
Dr. Katja Lang: Mother cats groom their babies by licking them. Most often, your cat licks you as a sign of affection – they feel bonded with you! (Ed. note: Awwww)
TI: Why does my cat meow so much?
DL: There are SO many reasons cats meow. Meowing can signify hunger, stress, boredom, pain, wanting attention, or looking for a mate. There are also some medical conditions, such as hyperthyroid, which cause cats to vocalize more.
TI: Why does my cat bite me?
DL: It's usually a sign they don't want to be bothered when their human friends are trying to pet or play. Of course, kittens bite during play, but they must learn this is not acceptable during proper social interactions. Usually, your cat will give you some cues that they are not happy before they bite, so it is essential to understand their body language before the situation escalates.
TI: Why does my cat keep throwing up?
DL: Vomiting is typically a sign of illness. It can be caused by a primary gastrointestinal problem, such as inflammatory bowel disease, or secondary diseases, such as certain endocrine disorders. Occasional vomiting (1-2x/month) is not as problematic since cats can vomit if they eat too fast, become stressed, or eat something they shouldn’t.
TI: Why does my cat stare at me?
DL: No clue! Your guess is as good as mine :)
This blog post is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice, diagnosis, or treatment.