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04 Sep 2016 15:40
Why Do Cats Knock Things Over? 
According to an article by Emma Cueto in Lifestyle Magazine, cats can be funny and weird companions. They like to sleep on our heads, play with boxes and bring home that dead mouse they recently killed. Some like to sprint and jump off of couches and counters and rest in nooks behind toilets and on top of cabinets and some like to knock things over. And while that can be funny sometimes, other it leaves us with a shattered glass vase or a prized porcelain figurine and a mess to clean up.

It's very common for feline hunters, including the cute but deadly house cat, to toy with their prey — and destroying your beloved knickknacks gives them a way to practice this behavior. As Dr. H. Ellen Whiteley explains. "Once a cat learns that knocking something to the floor will bring humans on the double-quick, she may actually do it on purpose to get your attention, particularly if she feels that a meal is long overdue."

In other words, if your cat doesn't think you're paying them enough attention or if you aren't feeding them to their liking, they'll decide that anything that isn't nailed down is fair game.

"Cats are incredibly adept at finding ways to manipulate what they want," says Amy Shojai, a certified animal behavior consultant and the author of several books about cat antics. "which often comes down to: Look at me, feed me, play with me." She explains that since even bad attention is better than being ignored, knocking over objects provides another way for cats to get a reaction out of their human companions.

To prevent accidents, make sure your cat has plenty of appropriate toys around and rotate them in and out of service to keep them exciting and new. And schedule play and exercise time with your cat every day. The combination of boredom and pent up energy will always send cats searching for "trouble."

- Arlene Wong, Loving Pet Care, with excerpts from and Lifestyle Magazine