Why are cats curious?

Cats are naturally curious animals, and it is perfectly normal for your cat to want to explore things and investigate anything new around them. This often means trying to get into cabinets, jumping up onto counters to find out what you're doing, or getting into things they shouldn't. This is the source for the phrase "Curiosity killed the cat," which just means that often it is a bad idea to meddle into things out of curiosity when you shouldn't.


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Cats are thought to be curious because of their role in nature as a solo hunter. Cats in the wild will stake out a territory, and will wander around it exploring. This exploration can be the source of food or just knowledge of the terrain that could be helpful to the cat if it was attacked. It's a form of behavior that encourages learning in a way that helps the cat survive.

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