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Why Your Cat Stands on Two Legs

Are There Physical Reasons for Cats to Stand?

Should I Worry If My Cat Stands Often?

It is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.

Cats do many strange things at night, from darting around to hiding in narrow boxes. Another strange behavior is that they stand in front of you. Cats can easily stand on their hind legs, although this is not their typical posture. So, why does a cat want to stand in front of you? The reasons for standing are diverse. Some cats stand when being stroked, some when facing each other, and some when communicating with their pet owners.

Standing on the hind leg is completely normal for most cats. Meaghan Thomas, DVM, is a veterinarian at East Ridge Animal Hospital and says cats can stand on two legs, but it's not seen often because it's not natural for them. ÔÇťIt usually happens as a response to threats,ÔÇŁ he says. However, he adds that if cats do stand, it may be for reactive or playful purposes.

Why Do Cats Stand?

Dr. Standing is not a natural posture, Thomas says, and something usually triggers it. He states that cats are hunters, so their fight reactions are high. Like every species in nature, they make themselves look as big as possible in response to a threat. While every cat and every situation is a little different, listed below are several reasons why they might stand.

  • Extending Muscles : Your cat may stand on its hind legs to stretch its limbs for physical comfort.
  • Watching for Possible Threats : Cats' natural ancestral instincts sometimes kick in. When they sense a threat, they may stand on their hind legs to get a better view or to make themselves look more intimidating.
  • Conservative Curiosity : Cats are known to be curious creatures. When they want to learn more, they can get a better view by standing on two legs.
  • Reaching Out for a Reward : Like any food-motivated animal, cats are food-oriented. When they see a treat in your hand, they may stand on two legs or even jump to catch the treat.
    • They Want to Get Your Attention : When your cat needs or wants to play, they may stand in front of you to get attention from you. Thus, they ensure that they are not ignored.
    • They Want Affection or Caress : Your cat can stand on two legs when they want love, hugs and caresses from you. This is a great way for them to communicate what they want or need.
    • Excitement : Cats are funny, exciting and playful. When they are excited, they can express this excitement by standing up suddenly.

Are There Physical Reasons for Cats to Stand?

While there is no specific physical reason why most cats stand on their hind legs, Munchkin cats are known for standing more often than others. This is because they have short, chubby legs and sit on their hind legs, which allows them to balance their bodies upright.

Additionally, cats with radial agenesis or radial hypoplasia (bent front legs) may not be able to use their front paws. This may cause them to stand on their hind legs more often. Remember: standing on the hind leg is usually not a symptom of unexpected health problems.

Should I Worry If My Cat Stands Often?

There are no underlying health problems related to standing on two legs in cats. Usually, it's just a sign that your cat wants love and attention. However, Dr. Thomas explains that injuries, osteoarthritis, and previous surgeries can all limit mobility.

If your cat is acting aggressive towards you or constantly fighting and acting aggressively with more than one cat, it may be time to consult a pet trainer or behaviorist.

It is important to observe and take note of your cat's behavior and interactions with other pets. Try to learn body language and signals. And always feel comfortable seeking help and advice from your veterinarian or other professional pet behaviorist.

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