Why do cats knock things over, Thomasina? My cat is constantly swatting pictures and trinkets onto the floor.
I can see where constantly picking things up would get really tiresome. But your cat doesn’t mean to annoy you or be disrespectful. We just see things differently than you do, and sometimes cats knock things over because they’re in the way.
Your cat doesn’t realize your pictures and trinkets are arranged on a table because they look nice. If she wants to nap on the table, and they’re in her way, she’ll just push them aside. It doesn’t seem like a problem to her if they all land on the floor.
Why Cats Knock Things Over
- If she’s knocking your things over to clear space for a nap, maybe you could put them someplace else. Or rearrange them on the back of the table, so there’s room for her to stretch out.
- Playing with her with a wand or fishing pole toy will burn energy and relieve boredom so she doesn’t have to entertain herself by swatting your stuff off a table onto the floor. Electronic toys are also fun and keep cats from getting bored. And the cats at my house love this robotic mouse.
- Put Sticky Paws or double stick tape on the tables your cat uses. She won’t like the sticky feeling on her feet and will stay off. Or even better from the cat’s point of view, put double stick tape on your pictures and trinkets so your cat can’t knock them off the table.
- Ignore that crashing sound when she knocks something off the table. If you don’t reward her by giving her attention, she’ll find something else to do.
Oops! If you’ll excuse me, I need to get going, Annoyed. I just heard something falling on the floor. That must be Katie stretching out for a nap on our human’s nightstand. It’s always fun to watch her picking up her alarm clock and pictures and rearranging them on the nightstand so they’re not in Katie’s way.