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Curious cat behaviors

  1. Sep 26, 2009 #1
    My cat tries to trip me up, feigns insult (meow!) if I step too near, plops herself at the busiest intersection in the house (at night), and sits or claws on material I am reading.

    I can imagine her being a hazard to her senior former "owner." Otherwise, she is a great gata.

    [Would you please deign to entertain these blandishments, Kitty?]
     
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  3. Sep 26, 2009 #2

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    Sorry, couldn't resist.
     
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  4. Sep 26, 2009 #3

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    LOL, that one is rather brilliant.

    (Et ceci n'est pas un bookmarking post).
     
  5. Sep 26, 2009 #4

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    Loren, you might try this quiz at the following link:

    http://www.heyquiz.com/quiz/cat_kill [Broken]

    http://www.heyquiz.com/images/quizzes/headers/14.jpg [Broken]
     
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  6. Sep 26, 2009 #5
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    At least my 85% is better than the typical 185%. I now recall previous threads like this. Kitty had me under a trance.

    Yes Kitty, another portion of Fancy Feast.
     
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  7. Sep 26, 2009 #6

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    I hope you don't mind a bunch of questions.

    How old is she?
    How long have you had her?
    Was she an only cat in her last home?
    Is she an only cat now?
    Does the "tripping" occur primarily when you are preparing her food?
    How much attention does she get from you or from people in your home? (And are there people home during the day, or is everyone at work or school?)
    How often do you play with her?
     
  8. Sep 26, 2009 #7
    We currently have 2 cats and 2 puppies. They all have unique personalities. The oldest cat is absolutely fearless. He often chases large neighborhood dogs and runs toward loud noises.

    The puppies, my rescued Greyhound (when he was a kitten and could've snapped him into 2), my 120 pound black lab (again as a kitten), my sister's German Shepard, a mixed Pit Bull I watched for a friend, and my brother in laws Great Dane have all been terrorized by this 15 pound cat. He never really hurt any of them, just let them know who was in charge. To us, he couldn't be more passive, gentle and loving. My daughter dresses him in doll clothes and tries to paint his nails (only the puppies allow that activity).

    The younger cat could not act more afraid (of everything). However, the big cat has taught him how to hunt and defend himself. When cornered, he is quite ferocious. His newest thing is climbing up on the deck to jump onto the roof of the house - where he waits every night around 8:30 for our neighborhood bat to fly by (we live in a rural area).

    Both cats tell us when they want to go outside or are hungry. On a few occasions, they've been quite loud and dramatic. One day when I ignored them, they knocked their empty bowl down a flight of stairs - normally they just climb up on my chest and purr.

    They also join in on family celebrations. We often have family and friends over for holiday dinners. Every year each of the cats go out and find a mouse, mole, chipmunk, baby rabbit, or a bird and place it near the door.
     
  9. Sep 26, 2009 #8
    How old is she? 8
    How long have you had her? 5 months
    Was she an only cat in her last home? Yes
    Is she an only cat now?Yes
    Does the "tripping" occur primarily when you are preparing her food?Yes, or when she wants some. I feed her two sizable meals, and two snacks during the day. I am gradually tapering down the amount, as she had been obese.
    How much attention does she get from you or from people in your home? (And are there people home during the day, or is everyone at work or school?)Mostly just me. She is an indoor, latchkey cat, although I work 6 hours a day on average.
    How often do you play with her?About 3 times a day, although I encourage her to lie or sleep with me (she seems to have been trained no to lie on, just snuggle with people). As a longhair, she relishes combing. I'm going to pet her now.
     
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  11. Sep 26, 2009 #10

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    http://www.theonion.com/content/news/cat_congress_mired_in_sunbeam" [Broken]

    http://www.theonion.com/content/files/images/cat_article_large.article_large.jpg [Broken]
     
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  12. Sep 26, 2009 #11

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    Ahahaha,[/URL] that's great.
     
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  13. Sep 28, 2009 #12

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    I think most kitties get distracted at feeding time and do the figure 8 dance around your feet while looking up at you (accidentally tripping you) because it's a mix of begging and anticipation they can't control (especially if food is being reduced).

    If she's seeming extra needy, there might still be a little separation anxiety from losing her previous owner. She doesn't want to lose you, too. I had a cat who slept with me who always touched my face periodically during the night, just checking that I was still there. He also had some kittenhood issues, though. He had been weaned too early and was a habitual "wool sucker", that is, he "nursed" on blankets whenever there was an opportunity.

    Newspaper time might be more fun if you give her her own piece - especially if you lay it in a cardboard box that she's almost too big to fit in. (Maybe keep an old newspaper just for her). Paper wad chasing is fun, too.

    You should post some pictures of her. :)
     
  14. Sep 28, 2009 #13

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    Only 83%...wow! I was sure it was an absolute certainty she was plotting my death, especially when she's racing up and down the hall trying to trip me in the morning before I've made it to the coffee pot.

    Oh, Ember's latest trick is to run out from under the bed and under my feet as I try to step out of bed in the morning. I think she's trying to frame me for stepping on her now...she probably plans to plea self defense when she kills me.
     
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