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Press the Enter key for all search results. Jump, run, fetch and pounce with your cat as you treat them to another new addition to the toy box – hours of fun for both of you! What’s Up With Cat Humping, Anyway? Have you ever noticed your cat humping? I’ve gotten emails to my cat advice blog from people who are startled and disturbed when they find their cats humping. Whether they’re humping another cat, humping blankets or humping your favorite bathrobe, cat humping is a behavior that seems to freak people out. But rest assured that this behavior is normal, and both male and female cats do it.
Cat humping is nothing to be shocked about — it’s actually a normal cat behavior! Humping is a natural thing, and it occurs for many reasons, the most important of which is hormones. Intact male cats will hump female cats as part of the sex act. They may also hump other male cats in the home, which is viewed by most experts as dominance behavior. Even neutered cats can hump, though, and this is particularly true if the cat was neutered later in life. If a cat suddenly starts humping, he may feel stressed by changes in his home environment, whether that’s a new home, a new animal companion, new people or cats and other animals roaming around outside his home. Cats may also hump because they need more attention or play time.
Why don’t cats hump as much as dogs do? In dog society, humping is a part of normal play behavior. In addition to masturbation or mating, dogs mount and even thrust as part of the games they play. This is truer for under-socialized dogs. Because humping isn’t part of regular feline play behavior, you don’t see cats humping one another as often as you see this behavior in dogs.
What should you do about cat humping? First of all, never hit or throw things at your cat! Your cat won’t understand why you’re doing it because he doesn’t see anything wrong with his behavior. The only thing you’ll achieve is harming the bond between you and your cat. The best way to deal with cat humping is by distracting your cat when you see the signs that he’s about to start humping. You’ll notice body language like dilated pupils, purring and kneading very excitedly. If your cat is humping another cat, watch them as they interact.