Cats leave home for a variety of reasons, but the two most common are curiosity or fear. An outdoor cat may enjoy exploring a new neighborhood, or an indoor cat may slip out the door. Cats also clash with each other, with dominant cats chasing away submissive ones.
While feral cats form colonies, each cat has his own clearly marked area that is further divided into territory and home range. A cat is willing to defend his territory, which is usually smaller and located within the home range; however, a cat's home range is the area in which the cat hunts and feels comfortable interacting with other cats. Male and female cats often have overlapping home ranges. A cat may feel hostile or aggressive to an unwanted cat entering his home range and chase the intruder out; feral cats sometimes harass domestic cats in this manner.
An indoor cat is less likely to abandon his home because of his territorial urges; however, if he inadvertently escapes, he usually takes shelter as quickly as possible and may become disoriented and unable to return home. An outdoor cat may vanish because he has fallen ill or has been captured by a well-meaning person. He may also have fallen prey to another animal or climbed into a container and been accidentally transported.Learn More
A male cat may roam as far as 900 meters from what he considers to be home and can have a territory of up to 69 acres. Female cats do not roam as far and have territories about one-tenth the size of male territories.Full Answer >
Spider plants are not poisonous to cats, although sensitivity to the plant may cause an allergic reaction, such as skin irritations, according to the University of Connecticut's home and garden extension website. There are, however, many common household flowers and plants that are poisonous.Full Answer >
Cat breeds that don't shed as much tend not to be as popular or well-known as common house cats, but there are a number of them, including Rex cats and certain European and Asian breeds. Cats that don't shed much are known as hypoallergenic cats. While no cat is completely non-allergenic, there are a number of cats that don't shed enough to cause an allergic reaction in most people.Full Answer >
Cats primarily howl, or yowl, as a form of communication during breeding season. Female cats express their receptivity toward male cats by yowling. Male cats attempt to secure a mate when they yowl. Some cats also yowl for human attention.Full Answer >