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My cat is "clicking"

post #1 of 13
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Whenever Icarus is looking out of the window at the birds on our bird feeder, he makes little clicking noises. I can see they're coming from his mouth, and they're like really short, soft squeaks. I'm sure it has something to do about being excited about the bir ds, but does anyone else's cat do that?
post #2 of 13
Absolutely. It is a normal behavior. Some say it's the cat being excited at seeing the birds, others that the cat is mimicking the chirpers. Whatever the reason, I find it pretty cute.
post #3 of 13
I think the majority of cats do that It's completely normal
post #4 of 13
Some call it "chattering". Lots of our RB cats did it but Aristotle chirps. It's fun to watch them watch the birds.
post #5 of 13
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I didn't know most cats probably did that. Mickey never did that. When I first heard Icarus "clicking" I was shocked. But after awhile,I did find it totally hilarious!
post #6 of 13
Mine does this too for the critters outside. It is really strange, but cute
post #7 of 13
are you talking about when she does that funny shaky miaow? if so i've heard my cat do that and i have no idea what it means before.
post #8 of 13
Mine does not just do it around birds. unfortunately she does not ‘mow’ all she does is 'click' it was funny as a kitten but now she is older and still funny but not nearly as much.
post #9 of 13
Yep Ling does it more then Charlie does. I like to think of it as them imitating the birds chirpping to lure them in closer to eat them
post #10 of 13
Mine do it all the time too
post #11 of 13
I hate to add a spin to the "it's cute" comments, but from what I've read what they are doing is practicing their "killing bite". In the cats mind it's got the bird, or more often in my case the squirrel, in it's mouth. The chattering/quick movement of the mouth is what it would do to sever the spinal cord of it's prey.
post #12 of 13
Mine do that too. Pixel even gets that excited about the feather-on-a-wand toys. The others save it for the birds and squirrels.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Matt B View Post
I hate to add a spin to the "it's cute" comments, but from what I've read what they are doing is practicing their "killing bite". In the cats mind it's got the bird, or more often in my case the squirrel, in it's mouth. The chattering/quick movement of the mouth is what it would do to sever the spinal cord of it's prey.
lol that's nice... basically the cat is saying "kill" & "food"
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