This Is Why Cats Sweep Your Desk Clean While You Are Gone

Published April 8, 2018 281 Plays

Rumble / Cats & KittensEven if you do not have a cat, then most likely you saw videos with furry rascals dropping various things from tables, shelves and other places where people usually put things. If you ever wondered why they are doing this, and what is happening in their small cat's brains, then you have come just to the right place because we have the answers to these questions.

In the video above you can see a typical representative of felines and their devious activities. The owner of this cat regularly comes home to a very clean desk which is not the way he leaves it. The floor, however, is covered in random papers, receipts, money, USB sticks, and everything else that used to be on his desk. He finally catches the culprit red-pawed, as Shorty carefully sends each item tumbling to the ground followed by a blank stare. Why do you think they do it?

According to Dr. Ellen Whitley, what we label as rude behavior, is nothing more than a manifestation of the instincts of a predator.

"’Playing with the prey’ is the usual feline behavior while hunting. When a cat pushes an immovable object with its paw, it also "plays". A cat's instinct tells your cat that the trinkets lying next to it on the table can turn out to be mice. Even a chubby tabby wouldn’t miss the opportunity to have a quick snack, so they push things to be 100% sure that this is not a living thing. When a thing falls to the floor, the cat realizes that this is just a purse, not a mouse, and quickly loses interest in it, " writes Dr. Whiteley.