Why are cats so weird?

It’s something I consistently find myself asking when I watch my cat. Thankfully, a new video from TED Ed, narrated by cat guru Tony Buffington, gives a scientific explanation.

“Cats today retain many of the same instincts that allowed them to thrive in the wild for millions of years,” Buffington explained. “This explains some of their seemingly strange behaviors: To them, our homes are their jungles.”

Here are the explanations from the video, based on the hypothetical life of Grizmo the cat:

  • Why cats love the highest spot in the house: “Enabled by their unique muscular structure and keen balancing abilities, cats climbed to high vantage points to survey their territory and spot prey in the wild. Grizmo doesn’t need these particular skills to find and hunt down dinner in her food bowl today, but, instinctually, viewing the living room from the top of the bookcase is exactly what she’s evolved to do.”

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