Saturday December 7, 2013
This forum discussion started over six years ago, and long since dwindled to a halt. However, this blog mention of it went viral, and people are still finding it many years later. Strangely enough, the original poster only posted once, and apparently never returned to the forum to read the responses. jaxxxxxxx wrote:
I have a 3 year old cat who is neutered. Whenever he is on my lap or sitting beside me he seems to act as if he is horny. When I try to move him or tell him to stop he snaps at me and makes a funny sound, like he doesn't want me to disturb him. This seems like very unusual behavior to me. Is there anyone who has seen this before, and is there anything i can do to fix this?
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Saturday December 7, 2013
Last night we had our biggest snowfall since we moved here two years ago. While all my cats are toasty warm indoors, I've noticed some neighbors in our new community, leave their cats outside and I worry if they're out that they'll not be safe in this cold weather.
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Our kitten Gaither was safely enjoying his first snow through the glass slider to our deck in this photo. Whether you manage a feral cat colony, or your cats are indoor-outdoor, It's important to take steps to ensure they are safe from extreme cold outdoors. In addition to the linked article, a number of our readers experienced with feral cat colonies have posted tips in this User Answer If you are also an expert on feral cat colonies, feel free to add your comments to those below.
Thursday December 5, 2013
Q: I read a magazine article that was a debate between cat behaviorists over whether cats have the capacity to love humans. One expert claimed that cats are solitary animals and only seek human companionship to fill their physical needs. I really do feel a bond with my two cats, but am I just fooling myself? Are cats really solitary animals?
A: I have read the same article, and yes, it is indeed an old debate. I have to agree with you that cats can and do express emotions and feelings, and that they are definitely capable of bonding with humans. While it is true that cats aren't "pack animals" as dogs are, they do establish "partnerships," often at an early age, both with other cats and with their humans. Incidentally, this has nothing to do with anthropomorphizing cats; they bond in a different way than...read the rest of my reply
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Wednesday December 4, 2013
Did it ever occur to you that your cat's misbehavior and/or bad attitude might be a result of things you do or don't do? For instance, would you want to use a public restroom that smells like a dirty litter box? Just as we humans do, cats have pet peeves too.
Does your cat suddenly turn on you with a strong bite or painful scratch while you're petting her? Careful observation of your cat's body language can help you avoid the pain of petting aggression. Someone apparently failed to learn the warning signals while vigorously petting this cat.
Photo Credit: © iStockPhoto/Anna Sematkina