Cats are a popular choice when it comes to choosing a pet. They are the ideal house pets and they are very low maintenance. Since you have a cat for a pet, you may have noticed that your cat has the habit of playing or rolling around in the dirt and may have made you concerned with regards to there being something wrong with your cat. Well, this post is with regards to just that and for a starting note let me tell you, it is perfectly fine if your cat has a habit of rolling around in the dirt.
When the cats are rolling around in the dirt, it is because they are taking, what is called as a ‘Dust Bath’. Sand Bathing or Dust Bathing is a behavior exhibited by animals with a purpose likely for removing parasites from feathers, fur or skin, scratching themselves in areas they can’t reach and also to mark their territory.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN YOUR CAT IS ROLLING AROUND IN THE DIRT
It actually is healthy if your cat is rolling around in the dirt, while as a owner you are worried that it is making your cat all dirty, your cat on the other has excellent reasons for doing so. Given below are a few reasons and explanations as to why your cat is rolling around in the dirt.
- It helps cats in cooling down
One of the main reasons you may see you cat rolling is dirt is because your cat may be trying to cool down. Freshly dug soil is soft, moist which makes the soil cool and better than the soil that has been exposed to the sun. Therefore, if you live in regions where it is exceptionally hot or perhaps it is a very hot day, you may see your cat rolling around in the dirt as a process to cool itself down.
- It helps them to scratch
You may have noticed that your cat has a habit to scratch itself on the furniture of your home. The reasons for scratching on furniture are pretty much the same as rolling around in the dirt. It helps the cat scratch any infection that is being cause by any parasites on its body.
- A way for cats to mark their territory
Cats also use dust bathing as a way to mark their territory. Cats while rolling in the dirt leave a smell as they have scent glands in their paws, cheeks and the top of their heads.
Also, while rolling around in the dirt your cat may also be checking for the scent of any other cat and if so, would roll around in it so as to overpower the scent and claim that area as his territory.
- Helps in Digestion
Another reason for cats rolling around in the dirt is so that they can ensure proper digestion of the food they need. You must be guessing how that sis possible? Well here is the answer.
While rolling around in dirt, your cat will lets its fur catch some of the bacterial that is present in the soil. Your cat after this would resort to licking its own fur as a way to take in some of the bacterial. This bacterial that your cat takes in side, helps replenish the digestive bacterial that is present in your cats stomach which in turn helps in proper digestion of the food. This same bacterial also wards off any pathogens that may infect your cat’s stomach.
- Makes them feel ecstatic
Rolling in dirt can also be your cat’s way of keeping itself entertained. It is just as same as playing with wool or running after birds. Your cat maybe is just bored and is trying to have a little fun as rolling around in the dirt can make him feel quite ecstatic.
- May be because the cat is in heat
If you have a female cat, she may be rolling in the dirt because she is in heat whereas if your cat is male, he may resort to rolling around in the dirt in the presence of other male cats. Sometime, female cats also roll in the presence of male cats. Even if you were to place your cat in a group setting, it would mostly roll towards the opposite sex as its one of the indications of wanting to mate.
- Helps the cats in communicating with the owner
Lastly, if you see your cat rolling on its back, it may be trying to communicate with you. Your cat’s body language is very important and according to studies, if a cat rolls on its back it wants it owner to give it a belly rub but in case the cat rolls on its back while twitching its tail, it might want to take a nap and that is perfectly normal because cats can sleep up to 15 hours a day.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Yes, it should be of no alarm to you generally if your cat is rolling around in the dirt. However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when you see your cat rolling around in the dirt.
- If your cat has been incessantly rolling around in the dirt and also biting or scratching itself a lot, you should check for red patches or for infection on the skin as your cat may be doing so to get rid of the itchiness that it may be feeling because of such infection.
- Also, keep in mind that if your cat has a habit of rolling around in the dirt that the dirt your cat is rolling around in is not full of chemicals. As mentioned above, a cat also licks its fur after rolling around in the dirt as a way of taking in bacteria that helps your cat with digestion.
You have seen the reasons for which your cat may be rolling around in the dirt. It’s perfectly normal and nothing to be alarmed about. However, you should always practice a little bit of care in every situation and ensure that your cat while rolling in dirt is not doing it for reasons that are not normal.