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Atheist Cats

A place for atheists with cats to exchange pictures and anecdotes and even ask for advice regarding our feline friends.

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Comment by Unseen on October 11, 2013 at 12:15pm

I think some cats are just that way. Squeaky keeps my arms covered with little bite and scratch marks. She loves being held but hates when I have to put her down. She lets me know that's not what she wants by taking a parting shot at my arm. I'm sure it'll get better, but she may never mellow out entirely. Here's one tip, though. Cats can frequently become fascinated with CD/DVD drive doors that slide in and out. Also, many cats go nuts when you print something out on your computer printer. Often I can reach my remote for the CD/DVD or print a sheet out and Squeaky will jump off my lap to investigate.

Comment by Morgan Morrison on October 11, 2013 at 10:22am

I'm new, but this is Katie. She's just a baby. I've had her for about a month. She's about 12 weeks old now, but she was younger when this picture was taken. She's biting and scratching during play way more than any of my other babies ever have. Anyone know anything that could help that? We've been playing with her for hours every day trying to get her well exercised, but she's still pretty aggressive. I don't think it's because she's upset or anything. I think she's just playing. Anyways, she's still a total sweetheart and I thought I would share the cuteness :)

Comment by Unseen on September 27, 2013 at 10:47pm

One of Squeaky's favorite ways to play is for me to put one of those thin plastic grocery store bags on the bed, which she will stick her head in, and then touch the bag with a pen or pencil tip and she will strike it with a front paw. The speed of a cat's strike never ceases to amaze me. It's like a gun shot. No wonder they can daze and kill so many different animals. In fact, by some standards, the common domestic house cat is the top predator in the whole world!:

(N)ature's most agile, diverse and versatile predator is the House Cat. It has one of the most diverse diets in the animal kingdom, and is especially apt at hunting the widest array of creatures in its family of species. Its hunting performances exceed those of lions, tigers, leopards and Big Cats, and it is equally effective both during the night and in daytime. It feasts on fish, land animals and birds alike, and a well-trained adult can effortlessly secure meals for its offspring. Researchers are constantly amazed by the efficiency of the hunt, and by the fact that the animal's hunting strategy features elements that are present in many other species of felines. (source)

Comment by Unseen on September 27, 2013 at 3:29pm

When Squeaky was a kitten, she ddn't respond to catnip. Now that she's a teen cat, she likes it. If I put some dry catnip on her scratch mat. She'll eat it and then perhaps sit on the residue, like Zelda. It doesn't particularly make her crazy, but if I give it to her during crazy cat time, it does seem make her even crazier.

Comment by Strega on September 27, 2013 at 11:03am

I scatter some on the scratch-arches we have - Zelda eats it and then she sits on the residue.  The boys (Zeke and Rex) do the crazy behaviour, then they go outside.  Shyloh, the bedroom monitor, doesn't seem to care about it at all - shes the fat one.  The girls stay indoors.

Comment by Unseen on September 27, 2013 at 10:57am

Ever wondered if catnip is healthy and safe for cats? I found the answer here

Cats are unique in their response to catnip, as cats have a special receptor for the catnip active ingredient, called Nepetalactone. The receptor is located in the cat's hard palate (roof of the mouth) and is called the vomeronasal organ.

Nepetalactone is not addictive or harmful for cats. The behavioral response can be very dramatic in some cats - rolling, licking, rubbing, drooling, jumping, running. Other cats appear to become very sedate after exposure.

Very young and senior cats do not respond as much, or at all to catnip. Additionally, the feline response to catnip is genetic; 10-30% of the cat population does not respond to catnip at all, at any age. Some cats are genetically "programmed" to respond to catnip, some aren't.

In any case, for all of the (sometimes entertaining) behaviors seen, catnip is completelynontoxic to cats. If a large quantity of fresh catnip is consumed, you may see some vomiting or diarrhea, but this is rare and self-limiting. If your cat experiences this, limit or withhold catnip.

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 2:06pm
Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 1:54pm

Squeaky usually reads my mind and whatever I am going to do, she gets there ahead of me. Weird. 

I've tried putting several different halters on her, but she's an escape artist and I haven't found one (or a collar) that she can't get off in short order, so no walks. She's afraid to go beyond the front door anyway, maybe because going beyond it typically results in her being at the veterinary clinic.

Comment by Strega on September 24, 2013 at 1:50pm

So to her, your 'No' means that you won't participate.

There are some things you can train a cat to do, but they usually have to be positive for the cat.  You can train them to come for food to a whistle, or a set sound, for example.  I had a cat who would come in from the rain and wait to be towel-dried - in fact he would stand there and miaow for the towel if he was wet.

Siamese cats are completely different though - you can train them to do all kinds of things, including pooping into your toilet rather than in a litter tray, and walking on a leash!  Quite why you'd want to do the leash thing I have no idea - but you can if you want to.

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 1:41pm

When I say "no" to a treat or to playing, I say it rather without stress or loudness or any sort of inflection, which is why I say she seems to understand that no means no.

If she's on the counter and I say "no" I'm likely to sound angry at the same time, yet she ignores me.

Typical cat: doesn't do anything to please her master (subject).

 

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