Recently, Cat's Protection, the UK's leading feline welfare charity, posted a video on how to interpret a cat's body language that we'd like to share with you.
But what's really interesting to us are the statistics they gathered from a survey on cat behavior that prompted the creation of this video.
So enjoy the video below, but then be sure to scroll down to view some of those statistics - we think some of them may surprise you!
A few surprising stats
In the study that led to the production of this video, Cat's Protection found that fully one-third of people polled thought a cat who rolls onto its back wants its belly rubbed like a dog.
Seasoned cat owners can tell you that's a sure way to earn yourself a seriously scratched hand!
Four in ten people thought a cat with its ears back would benefit from a comforting cuddle. Well, at least they understood that "ears-back" meant frightened! But a cat that's scared needs his space - not a human hug! They also need a place to hide until the fear and stress subside.
Half of cat owners polled did not know that a cat will lick its lips when stressed. One third of them thought it meant the cat was hungry. Not so - often it's the exact opposite. Cats lick they're lips when nauseous, too.
And finally, our favorite (at least in the Darwin Award Cat-egory!).
Drum roll please:
25% of cat owners polled actually thought we kitties intentionally shed our fur to mark territory.
But we will admit that stropping your legs when you come home is as much to re-scent you as it is to greet you.
(You have nooo idea how stinky you smell when you get home - all those strange office and shopping scents and all, you know.)
That's enough Kitty Confession for one day. Hope you enjoyed the video!