January 22 is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day! If you’ve ever wondered why your feline companion acts a certain way or starts meowing at you for no apparent reason, January 22 is the day to unravel the mystery. To understand your cat’s questions, you have to try to see things from your cat’s point of view. has put together are a few questions from cats, asked from the cat’s point of view, along with their human’s answers and followed by the feline’s rebuttal.

Cat’s Question: Why do you keep shutting the doors in the house?
Person’s Answer: Lots of reasons, my dear cat. To keep you out of some rooms, to conserve energy, sometimes out of habit. What’s the big deal?
Cat’s Rebuttal: Okay, well I need to know what’s going on in my own house. I’ve marked it all as my territory and I want it accessible at all times. When you close doors, you cramp my style.

Cat’s Question: Why do you bring strangers into our home?
Person’s Answer: They’re my friends. And they love cats. There’s no need to hide when they come over.
Cat’s Rebuttal: Oh yeah? I didn’t invite them over! They scare me. They always want to pick me up. If they’d just leave me alone and let me sneak up and investigate them, I could decide if they are my friends too, and then I might be ok with them petting me.

Cat’s Question: Why do you get so upset when I go potty behind your bed?
Person’s Answer: Because that’s gross. You have a nice litter box. Use it.
Cat’s Rebuttal: Have you seen where you put my litter box? Have you seen what’s in my litter box? How would you feel if your toilet were out in the open where anyone could see you using it? I may be an animal, but I need my privacy, and I like things clean. The litter box is really nice, but if I don’t use it, there’s a reason. (And sometimes the reason is I’m sick and I can’t help it. You’ll have to ask my veterinarian about that.)

Cat’s Question: Why do you keep petting me when I tell you to stop it?
Person’s Answer: Well, you’re so soft and cute and adorable I can’t help it. And you like being petted.
Cat’s Rebuttal: I know I’m irresistible and I do love being petted, but I have my limits. When you see my tail swishing from side to side, I’m letting you know that I’ve had enough. When you don’t get the hint, I have to get up and walk away.

Cat’s Question: Why am I not I allowed on top of the refrigerator?
Person’s Answer: I’m afraid you’ll fall. And you’ll knock stuff over.
Cat’s Rebuttal: Dude, I’m a cat. It’s unlikely I’m going to fall and if I did, I’d land on my feet. I need to be up high. That’s how I observe and supervise my domain. If you don’t want me on top of the refrigerator, can you give me some other high places to perch?

Cat’s Question: Why do you give me interesting things to lie down on, then take them away?
Person’s Answer: Oh, you mean, the book or newspaper I happen to be reading? Those aren’t for you – those are people things.
Cat’s Rebuttal: Really? When you sit quietly staring at paper, it feels like a nice moment to be with you. Besides, I think I’m more interesting than whatever you’re reading…don’t you?

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