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2013-10-07 04:55:00 PM
So wait... if that means my cat is normal, then what the hell is wrong with the housemate's cat that just wants to be petted all the time?
 
2013-10-07 04:55:05 PM
Protip: Always pet her front to back.
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2013-10-07 04:55:18 PM
Hey, My girlfriend LOVES to be touched.
Just not by me.
 
2013-10-07 04:55:25 PM
And those who dislike or are allergic to cats are like feline ecstasy.
 
2013-10-07 04:55:58 PM
If the article is accurate saying that I should have two cats, should I have two girlfriends?
 
2013-10-07 04:56:30 PM
Subby, with cats, much like your girlfriend, getting to third base without consent gets your balls torn off.
 
2013-10-07 04:56:34 PM
I think subs meant wife. Girlfriends let you touch them
 
2013-10-07 04:57:29 PM
I'm really more of a dog lover.
 
2013-10-07 04:58:49 PM
So when my cat wakes me up four times a night wanting pets, she really doesn't want pets?  I has a confuse
 
2013-10-07 04:59:03 PM
Especially when drunk
 
2013-10-07 04:59:09 PM

epyonyx: If the article is accurate saying that I should have two cats, should I have two girlfriends?


Yes, but you have to let them touch each other for it to be effective.
 
2013-10-07 04:59:24 PM
Kitty on my foot and I want to touch it,
Kitty on my foot and I want to touch it,
Kitty on my foot and I want to touch it,
KITTY ON MY FOOT AND I WANT TO TOUCH IT!

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2013-10-07 04:59:58 PM
Yet another reason why dogs are so much better than cats.

If you give a cat too much attention it will be stressed out, turn into a furry ball of knives, and probably accelerate its plot to kill you.
If you give a dog too much attention *null statement, dogs can't "get too much attention".

If you give a cat too little attention, it will come sit on your head, and probably accelerate its plot to kill you.
If you give a dog too little attention it will look at you with sad eyes.
 
2013-10-07 05:01:56 PM
Every day when I come home from work, my cat runs to me and practically climbs up my leg. I have to pick him up and he puts his head under my chin and I have to carry him like that for 5 minutes or so before I can put him down without him crying.
 
2013-10-07 05:02:31 PM

JesseL: Yet another reason why dogs are so much better than cats.

If you give a cat too much attention it will be stressed out, turn into a furry ball of knives, and probably accelerate its plot to kill you.
If you give a dog too much attention *null statement, dogs can't "get too much attention".

If you give a cat too little attention, it will come sit on your head, and probably accelerate its plot to kill you.
If you give a dog too little attention it will look at you with sad eyes.


Nah, having a cat is like doing the crossword every day.  It keeps your wits sharp.
 
2013-10-07 05:04:46 PM

JesseL: Yet another reason why dogs are so much better than cats.

If you give a cat too much attention it will be stressed out, turn into a furry ball of knives, and probably accelerate its plot to kill you.
If you give a dog too much attention *null statement, dogs can't "get too much attention".

If you give a cat too little attention, it will come sit on your head, and probably accelerate its plot to kill you.
If you give a dog too little attention it will look at you with sad eyes.


Dogs sound boring.
 
2013-10-07 05:07:02 PM

JesseL: If you give a dog too little attention it will look at you with sad eyes.


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2013-10-07 05:08:49 PM
Two of my three cats don't particularly like to be pet. They love being scratched behind the ears and the top of their head. Just like people, all cats are different.

It seems to be a common misconception that cats aren't affectionate. Cats are introverts, most of them are just as affectionate as dogs, you just have to take the time to get to know them. Dogs are extroverts, as an introvert myself I can relate much better to cats. They're quiet and make good company without being completely in my face like a dog. Cats are self cleaning too. Not
Saying they're "better" than dogs but they are a better match to me.
 
2013-10-07 05:13:39 PM
Our older, formerly feral cat will seek your attention, then bite the fark outta your hand.

Her dim-witted son, whom we raised inside from day one, is an insatiable attention seeker.

The barn cat from across the street (well, that's where the barn is) that we nursed back to health from some kind of heel/ankle injury will quite literally jump up into your lap, 15 times in a row, before he gets the idea you don't want him in your lap.

I think its pretty much a waste of time to generalize the behavior/likes/dislikes of cats.
 
2013-10-07 05:14:03 PM
The more important question is why an international team of researchers is studying this sort of thing?
 
2013-10-07 05:15:23 PM
Ghey
 
2013-10-07 05:15:46 PM
Why must I chase the cat?
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2013-10-07 05:20:51 PM

Anayalator: And those who dislike or are allergic to cats are like feline ecstasy.


Which is funny because my neighbor has two cats that avoid me like the plague when i come home, and i'm deathly alleric to them.
/found out the hard way when my throat siezed after petting my gf's kitty...
//no, that's not a euphamism...
/// yes, i pet that kitty, too...
 
2013-10-07 05:21:34 PM
My cat knows when I'm about to rip a big sneeze -  even before I inhale.  If he's sitting in my lap when the sneeze is coming, he jumps off.  He must be able to sense some group of muscles tightening up in preparation.
 
2013-10-07 05:23:34 PM
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2013-10-07 05:24:49 PM
It's not that cats don't like attention, per se.

It's that cats want a very specific amount of attention, which varies from cat to cat, and if given more or less than that amount, they get annoyed. Basically, don't pet kitty if kitty doesn't want to be pet. She'll let you know.

Actually....yeah, pretty much exactly like a woman.
 
2013-10-07 05:25:52 PM
I have 3 cats--2 who love to be petted and one whom I *think* likes to be petted, but is too afraid of his own shadow to come near.  Unless I'm already petting one of the other cats--then he'll shove them aside and move under my hand.

Cats are weird.  That's why I like them.
 
2013-10-07 05:27:29 PM
Also, be careful when applying lipstick.

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2013-10-07 05:27:33 PM

James10952001: Just like people, all cats are different.


Yep.  I also have three of 'em:

Cat A allows petting only under tightly-controlled, heavily rule-laden circumstances.
Cat B asks to be pet but after a while gets too excited and starts biting.
Cat C is an attention whore who wants petted 24-hours a day (and will slap Cat B right in her face in order to get her out of the way).

James10952001: Cats are self cleaning too.


I love this, but as I discovered the hard way, old cats sometimes can't reach certain spots and require baths.  Said baths are, well, very dramatic.
 
2013-10-07 05:28:06 PM
My cat loves to be petted, as soon as you stop, she paws your hand, or goes to the other hand to see if that one is more willing to give petting than the other.
 
2013-10-07 05:30:51 PM
This article, totally untrue.  Cats love affection.  You just have to be in their "inner circle" before you do it.

How would YOU like it if somebody you just met had their hands all over you?  Only dogs whore themselves out that way.
 
2013-10-07 05:31:34 PM

FloydA: Also, be careful when applying lipstick.

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you win.
 
2013-10-07 05:31:43 PM
I didn't know cats did anything besides sleep.
 
2013-10-07 05:32:51 PM
AliceBToklasLives:  James10952001: Cats are self cleaning too.

I love this, but as I discovered the hard way, old cats sometimes can't reach certain spots and require baths.  Said baths are, well, very dramatic.


There are also things you don't want them licking off of themselves.  If they get into something that could be toxic if swallowed, "self-cleaning" isn't really an option.
 
2013-10-07 05:33:26 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: My cat loves to be petted, as soon as you stop, she paws your hand, or goes to the other hand to see if that one is more willing to give petting than the other.


Sounds like our cat. She will actually poke me in the face to get my attention, but only when I'm trying to go to sleep. She avoids me except when:

1. I have food or something likes (chicken, tuna, etc)
2. It's bedtime and I'm trying to sleep

Yeah, cats are weird, but I like 'em all the same.
 
2013-10-07 05:34:42 PM
The cat will train you in its preferred petting routine. The routine is unique to each cat so pay attention during the training or suffer the consequences.
 
2013-10-07 05:38:58 PM

James10952001: Two of my three cats don't particularly like to be pet. They love being scratched behind the ears and the top of their head. Just like people, all cats are different.


I agree.  One cat loves having his throat and chin stroked, but could care less about being pet on the head or back.  The other demands his cheeks, ear, and chin scratched.  I've known one cat who did not like being petted, yet she would lay touching you.

The study may have evidence of stress, but perhaps their conclusion is flawed.  It may not be because a single cat gets undivided and unwanted attention.  It may be because that animal is isolated from its fellow felines.  Cats aren't socialized with their own, like solo dogs can be walked with canine friends or go to dog parks.  People don't take their cats to their friends' homes to visit other cats.
 
2013-10-07 05:45:03 PM

James10952001: Cats are introverts


Many are, it's true.  And when you come on too strong, you're like that dude who is always badgering his introverted friend to do stuff - you'll just annoy and repel them.  This is why cats often try to cuddle with the one person who doesn't like cats: they are attracted to someone who hasn't already hugged them and squeezed them and called them George.
 
2013-10-07 05:48:49 PM

23FPB23: Our older, formerly feral cat will seek your attention, then bite the fark outta your hand.

Her dim-witted son, whom we raised inside from day one, is an insatiable attention seeker.

The barn cat from across the street (well, that's where the barn is) that we nursed back to health from some kind of heel/ankle injury will quite literally jump up into your lap, 15 times in a row, before he gets the idea you don't want him in your lap.

I think its pretty much a waste of time to generalize the behavior/likes/dislikes of cats.


Not really, knowing what causes a cat pain or pleasure is pretty important if you don't want to turn them into an unstable mental wreck. There's a difference between a cat that actually likes being groomed by their owner and a cat that submits to it because it's terrified of what might happen if it lashes out, and often it has to do with events the cat has experienced that their owner has no clue even happened. Just because the owner thinks he/she can communicate with their precious fluffball doesn't always mean they actually can.

/animals with a brain spend their whole lives learning
//they just tend to learn things humans never expected to teach them, especially if the human decides to believe the animal is actually a little human with fur
///the difference between humans and animals is our imagination, which gives us the ability to delude ourselves in all sorts of ways
 
2013-10-07 06:04:06 PM
I wonder what this says about my cat who forces his head under my hand and pets himself if I do a lackluster job.
 
2013-10-07 06:08:24 PM

FloydA: Also, be careful when applying lipstick.

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It's even worse when a dog gets a run in her stocking.
 
2013-10-07 06:15:15 PM
How were they measuring the stress hormone levels? If some stranger was there sticking a needle I the cat, that would affect the outcome. Even just the presence of a stranger is going to change the comfort level of most cats.
 
2013-10-07 06:21:55 PM
AliceBToklasLives:  Said baths are, well, very dramatic.

Start early in their lives and they don't seem to have a problem with it.  They still don't really like it, but don't turn into maniacs at the sight of a bath.
 
2013-10-07 06:25:39 PM
If you're going to be around cats you need to learn kitty body language.

The position of their ears and tail tell you quite a bit.

Then you need to know about odd things affectionate kitties do:

Cats are like dogs in that they rub against you and lick you to be affectionate.

I've only owned one dog, my current dachshund terrier mix, that nips at me to be affectionate. Most cats do this. That's a "love bite". Kitty isn't being aggressive when they nip at you like that.

If kitty is comfortable rolling onto her back around you that's a sign of trust and affection. Unlike with dogs, that doesn't necessarily mean they want a belly rub though. Sleeping on your lap is likewise a sign of trust and affection.

Other weird affectionate behavior: Pointing their little kitty butt at you and quivering their tail. Rubbing their face and gums on you. Looking into your eyes and blinking slowly. Bringing you small dead things they've killed.
 
2013-10-07 06:25:50 PM

JesseL: Yet another reason why dogs are so much better than cats.

If you give a cat too much attention it will be stressed out, turn into a furry ball of knives, and probably accelerate its plot to kill you.
If you give a dog too much attention *null statement, dogs can't "get too much attention".

If you give a cat too little attention, it will come sit on your head, and probably accelerate its plot to kill you.
If you give a dog too little attention it will look at you with sad eyes.


That's more or less accurate, but that is exactly why I prefer cats.

If I can't pay attention to a dog for a few hours, the dog is going to be very sad and mopey. I'm going to feel terribly guilty about neglecting it. OTOH if I can't pay attention to a cat for a few hours, the cat is going to go to sleep after 5 minutes and not care. Of course, it may kill me one day down the line but so far I have managed to avoid all of the little bastages plots which mostly involve me falling down the stairs at ungodly hours of the morning and evening.
 
2013-10-07 06:32:00 PM

ciberido: It's even worse when a dog gets a run in her stocking.


That is really wrong, and really weird
 
2013-10-07 06:46:27 PM
www.petsadviser.com
 
2013-10-07 06:50:13 PM

AliceBToklasLives: James10952001: Just like people, all cats are different.

Yep.  I also have three of 'em:

Cat A allows petting only under tightly-controlled, heavily rule-laden circumstances.
Cat B asks to be pet but after a while gets too excited and starts biting.
Cat C is an attention whore who wants petted 24-hours a day (and will slap Cat B right in her face in order to get her out of the way).



How did you get hold of my cats? Give them back!

Seriously, this is the exact situation at our house. Three cats, one that insists you do not touch or pet her except if you are in the petting chair or she is on the hamper in the bathroom. The one that was rescued from the backyard loves to be petted and asks to be petted, but gets easily overstimulated and begins to claw. And the third, a boy, who would be happy to be surgically attached to me so he never has to be away from mommy. He is also insanely jealous of me and will "punish" the other two if I show them affection in front of him.
 
2013-10-07 06:55:01 PM

dv-ous: So wait... if that means my cat is normal, then what the hell is wrong with the housemate's cat that just wants to be petted all the time?


My housemate's cat will actually KICK me if I stop.
 
2013-10-07 06:56:02 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Cat B asks to be pet but after a while gets too excited and starts biting.


Yep, this right here. The belly thing is a trap, though.  One or two rubs before CLAW-CLAW-BITE.  20 points of damage to...

*rolls*

Right arm.
 
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