It’s common knowledge: cats hate closed doors. Their thirst for freedom and their history could explain this behavior so surprising.
Cat owners know that their pet is a special creature. One of a kind, each cat has their own character, but they are often seen as moody (by humans). An independent blow, a cuddly blow, playful at night then sleepy during the day, these changes in behavior are often destabilizing for humans.
To understand cats on a daily basis, you actually have to “think cat”. But then what goes on in their heads when they get annoyed at a simple closed door?
Closed door or the deprivation of feline freedoms
This is fundamental, for a cat to be happy, it must be free. Free to eat when he wants, free to sleep where he wants, free to go in and out, etc. This therefore explains why a closed door is an obstacle to their freedom.
Not having access to a room, not only prevents to satisfy the insatiable curiosity of cats, but also to access places that the animal is used to frequenting. Nevertheless, it is true that cats can also meow outside the door of a room they never go to. And if we decide to open it up to them, they may lose interest immediately.
Gabby Wild, a veterinarian, explains to POPSUGAR “When we close a door to them, they naturally want to access what they perceive as their own territory or simply to discover the unknown.”
There are many reasons for this behavior: “They may be looking for other cats, smelling something interesting, or wanting an object, it could be anything from food to toys or scratching posts on the other side of the door. »Indicates the veterinarian.
A question of survival
Another answer could come to justify the behavior of cats in front of closed doors: their instinct.
Cats were domesticated late and therefore often exhibit behaviors similar to those their ancestors had in the wild. “Cats find closed doors irresistible because they are naturally curious animals and driven by their instincts that help them survive,” says Dr Bonnie Bragdon.
Because ultimately, behind a door, an enemy can hide or, conversely, a safe place for the animal, such as a desk on which it could watch your comings and goings.
Veterinarian Says “When cats no longer need to go in search of food and shelter, their survival instincts continue to rule their inquisitive nature and push them to know what’s behind the door.” .
And finally, if we suddenly closed a door in your home. Wouldn’t you be tempted to open it?
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