Is it unusual for a grown cat to act like a kitten?

It’s not that common for a grown cat to act like a kitten, but then some adult cats act like kittens. It depends on the feline’s personality, just like some people never grow up.

I had a grown cat named Angel who had acted like a kitten. When he was five years old, he’d leapt in the air and clapped his front paws, looking just like a huge kitten. It was funny, especially because he was a huge cat.

He had also reminded me of a kitten because of the fascination he showed with toys, insects, and other moving targets. They way he’d stared at them like they were the eighth wonder of the world, with huge pupils. It was comical.

It’s probably more likely for a hyper cat to act like a kitten. My Angel was very hyper. He’d run through the house and knock things down, and he used to scratch and bite me playfully, the way grown cats do, but kittens do more often.

Angel had calmed down when he’d turned seven and had started sleeping much more and playing much less.

My Hazelnut still sounds a bit like a kitten when she mews.

But none of my grown cats had ever climbed on me, like Hazelnut did when she was five weeks old. They’d never sat on my shoulder or head like she did. It’s also kittens who usually bring home trash, and Hazelnut has pretty much stopped doing it.

Some cats owners wish their older cats won’t act like kittens, because they’re tired of the toilet paper all over the house, the house looking like after a tornado, and being scratched and bitten all the time. Not to mention their kitten climbing on their head and shoulders when they’re in front of the computer surfing through the net or trying to get work done.

However, I kind of miss it.

Do your cats act like kittens?

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Do cats have phobias?

Cats can have phobias, just like humans. Felines who are anxious by nature are more likely to suffer from irrational fears. You may be able to tell if the cat has an anxious nature by the look in her eyes. My Princessa’s eyes constantly move around, looking for imagined dangers. Her body is often tense.

Do cats suffer from phobias?

Cats common fears

  • Unfamiliar environment
  • Sudden noise
  • Unfamiliar humans
  • Dogs
  • Closed places
  • Vets
  • Humans moving too fast close to her

Reasons for these common feline phobias

In the wild, you don’t know what kind of predators lurk in an unfamiliar environment. Rustling leaves can indicate the presence of a poisonous snake or a large predator creeping closer. Humans and dogs are also considered larger predators. Being stuck in a closed place in the wild isn’t a good idea because it cuts off your escape route in case of an attack. And vets handle cats and sometimes cause them minor pain.

Less common feline phobias

My Amiga had an irrational fear of my new pants. She refused to sit on my lap and kept staring at them, sniffing them and then retreating quickly. Maybe it was the smell. In the wild, an unknown smell can indicate poison, disease, predators, fire.

Also, she runs away when I throw a toy mouse for her to chase, and none of my other cats do that. They all run after the toy, not the other way around. She might fear the toy will hit her. She’s also a bit afraid of the shoelace when I wiggle it in front of her, which is why I don’t tease her with it the way I do with my other cat.

Years ago, I had my house exterminated. When it was over, I put a blanket on the floor before letting my cats back in, so they won’t step on the floor. Amiga was terrified of stepping on the blanket. She kept staring at it like she expected it to come to life and smother her. I had put a food bowl at the edge of the blanket and took it closer to the center of the blanket, one inch at a time. She had overcome her irrational feline fear.

See phobias through feline eyes

Cats aren’t as logical as we are, which may actually protect them against phobias. They don’t watch the news, and they aren’t aware of some dangers that lurk outside. They probably don’t worry about something that might happen unless they’d suffer some kind of prior trauma.

For example; your cat isn’t going to develop car phobia, and isn’t going to stay awake waiting for you to come home, worrying about an accident. Cats phobias need a trigger. The sudden loud noise or the smell from unfamiliar material. Cats don’t pick up phobias by obsessing about the statistics of car accidents and crime.

But felines have a hard time overcoming their phobias. They don’t know all the tricks, to take one step at a time, to pretend to be in a safe and quiet place, to rationalize that statistically it’s highly unlikely for a cat to be killed by dogs.

How to help your cat overcome irrational fears

One step at a time, just like humans who suffer from phobia. First you place the object your cat is afraid of within sight, and then closer and closer. It might take time and patience.

Your kitty will feel safer if you’re there for her, and she doesn’t have to overcome her feline phobias alone.

Sometimes treats can help the cat associate the thing that scares her with something pleasant. There’s also petting and ear scratching.

Does your pet have a phobia? Let’s share stories in the comments. I’d love to hear your story.

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What's the bravest thing your pet ever did?

The bravest thing my cat Hazelnut ever did was on the first day I found her, a sick, motherless feral kitten, five weeks old.

She was hiding under the bushes in front of a bank when I found her. I went to pick her up, and she screamed in rage and attacked me. She wasn’t scared. She was angry.

Now put yourself in her shoes. Suddenly a huge creature, and I mean huge, all five feet two inches, back then weighing maybe a hundred and eight pounds. To a kitten, that’s probably the equivalent of a creature over a hundred times your weigh and towering over you like a building. Suddenly such a creature reaches out a huge hand and grabs you, trying to kidnap you.

But Hazelnut seemed to be saying, “How dare you pick me up without my permission? Who do you think you are, bothering me?”

What's the bravest thing your cat ever did?

Amiga, Princessa, and Chocolate Paws had leapt through the window into my first floor, ground-level apartment. I consider it a very courageous thing to do. Imagine walking into an unknown territory that houses an unknown creature much larger than you, without knowing what to expect. Would you walk into a bear’s territory? That’s the bravest thing my three cats have done in their effort to get food.

My cat Milky had run away and had stayed on the streets for fend for herself for two and a half months. That’s the bravest thing my Persian cat Milky had done, and she wasn’t a brave cat at all.

My Amiga had attacked a feral cat that had wandered in from outside. The cats’ feeders call him John The Bully. (John and the word bully rhyme in Hebrew). My Amiga had flown at him with the feline battle cry. You know these furious screams that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on edge? I’ve seen quite a few cats fights, because there are so many feral cats around here, but I’d never seen cats fight so frantically before.

I had clamped my hands next to the fighting cats, but they didn’t care. I ran toward John The Bully to scare him away, and he hissed at me and started toward me, clawing at the air. (The cats feeders don’t call him John The Bully for nothing). I filled a glass with water and threw it at him, and he leapt out the window and ran away. I consider it not the bravest thing my cat Amiga had done, but one of the bravest. She had fought like a tiger.

What’s the bravest thing your pet had ever done? Cat or do or rabbit or parrot. It doesn’t matter. I love pet stories.

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Feral cats video

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I was on my way to a tiny park behind a shopping center when I saw these cats outside some abandoned building a few months ago.

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How to get over the death of a cat

How do you get over the loss of a pet? I hate it when people shrug it off and say, “Oh, it’s just a pet. Get another one.” It’s not helpful at all. In fact, it’s annoying.

People love their pets and grieve deeply when they’re dead. Unfortunately, cats don’t live as long as we do. But if pets outlived their beloved humans, who’d take care of them when we’re gone?

I can tell from first hand experience that copying with the loss of a cat is devastating. After my Persian cat had died from pkd and enlarged heart, I was walking toward the supermarket, and suddenly, I didn’t know where I was and what I was doing there. I just froze, unable to form a coherent thought. Luckily, I came back to reality after a few minutes.

How do you get over the first shock of losing your pet, and the years afterward?

Get into forums dealing with the loss of a pet

There are forums that deal with this kind of pain, where people trying to get over the loss of their pets get together and offer comfort, advice, and memories. Here’s one. https://www.griefhealingdiscussiongroups.com/forum/11-loss-of-a-pet/

There’s also the rainbow bridge with hotlines, forum, e-cards, and more. https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/

Hide or look at pictures and videos

For some people, it helps to look at videos and remember, while for others, this will only bring painful memories. Every person is different as an individual, but we all know ourselves and know which approach is better for us. I don’t have any pictures of videos of the cats I used to have, and if I did, I’d get rid of them because they’d remind me of what I’d lost.

Buy a new pet

This will work for some people, while it may not work for others. If you’re not sure buying a new pet will help at the moment, take your time and don’t rush into it.

Find a challenge

Set yourself a goal for something, whether it’s saving money, taking a course, or opening a blog. A challenge can be a great distraction and help you get over the loss of your pet.

Family and friends

Spending more time with the people you love can be healing and can help you get over the loss of a pet.

You have nothing to feel guilty for

Pets owners often feel guilty when their pet dies. Know these feelings usually have no hold in reality. I had felt guilty after losing my cat, even though now I know there was absolutely nothing I could have done to save her. When you lose your pet, you don’t think clearly and reasonably. There’s usually no logic to the guilt. It’s nothing but an emotion born out of pain and loss.

Knowing it wasn’t your fault, and that you could’ve have possibly changed the outcome of things can help you get over the loss of our pet.

Train your mind

This is difficult, but I found out I could do it. This is my story.

First, I took my cat to the vet for teeth cleaning, left her there and went home, intending to pick her up when the vet calls. When they called, the vet said he has bad news. I had foolishly though they had to take out a tooth, but he said she’s dying.

Turned out she had pkd and an enlarged heart. One kidney was ruined, and the other barely working. This was the first shock.

The second was when she’d run away for two and a half months. I could hardly sleep or eat, and I’d lost weight. But I had a feeling she was alive. I just knew it.

And then one day, on a bus going home from work, I suddenly had the feeling that two huge blue eyes were watching me, her eyes. I arrived home feeling hope that she’d come back that day, and was bitterly disappointed when I opened the door, and she wasn’t there.

So I had sat down and tried to watch TV. Suddenly, something made me look up, and she was there, having leapt into the my first floor ground-level apartment from the window.

At first, I thought she was a hallucination, because I’d fantasized about her coming back so many times. When I picked her up, it was like I was picking up nothing. She had no weight, and I could feel her ribs and spine sticking out.

And then two or three months later, she died. Not from her starving on the street, but from her enlarged heart.

And then three and a half years later, my other cat had to be put to sleep because he had some problem in his spine, being fifteen and a half, an old cat. He was in pain and disabled, and the vet said nothing could be done.

The thing is, and this is what I’m getting to, after so many blows, my mind had found a way to avoid the pain, like an immune system that had finally found the way to fight a disease, a form of self-preservation. When in the past, I couldn’t stop thinking about my cat, Milky, now whenever I thought about my other cat, Angel, there was a switch in my brain, and I started thinking about other things instead. It helped a lot with the grief.

Although each person is different as an individual, and what works for one person may not work for another, this could work for some people. Whenever you think too long about the pet you’ve lost, and the pain gets too much, simply think about something else and concentrate on it real hard.

Picture the beach, for example. See the waves up close, closer and closer. Pay attention to the smaller details, like the foam on the waves and the seashells. Feel the hot sand under your bare feet, hotter and hotter. The noise of the waves getting louder, and the salty small sharper. You can train your mind this way and get better with practice.

I call this method ‘the switch.’ It’s what it is in my mind. I don’t know if someone out there had thought about this before me, and if there’s a name for it in psychology. All I know is that it helped me get over the loss of my cat.

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Cat won’t eat if bottom of bowl visible

Some cats refuse to eat if they can see the bottom of the bowl. This can be a source of frustration for cats’ owners, who have to fill the bowl many times a day. But there are reasons to this kind of behavior. Why won’t cats eat if the bottom of the food bowl is visible?

This you food bowl, human? I licked it clean for you so you don’t have to wash it. Always the considerate one. The caviar was good by the way. Allow me to compliment you on your good taste.

Next time, leave my bowl full so I don’t has to take your food.

Whiskers

When the food is low, your cat must lower her head to get to the food, which causes her whiskers to rub against the sides of the bowl. This can be irritating for cats because of the sensation and the sight scraping sound a whisker can make as it rubs against the stainless steel.

These whiskers weren’t made to rub against stainless steel, human. I’m proud of me whiskers. When the other cats measure their whiskers, I always win. Girl cats eye me as I slither down the street, and male cats look with jealousy. Once someone yells at me, “Hey, you, where you got these whiskers?”

Me got the largest whiskers in town, so large I can hardly get out the window, and I’m whiskers sensitive. Now hop back in the kitchen and fill me food bowl.

Getting stuck

A cat may be afraid its head can get stuck in the food bowl, if the food bowl is long and narrow. When the food is low, the cat has to dig her head in deeper, which is why the cat may refuse to eat if the food bowl isn’t full, out of fear, whether it’s a justified fear or not.

Food shortage

when there isn’t enough food, you don’t want to finish everything on your plate. You might want to keep some for later. Cats may refuse to eat if the bottom of the food bowl if visible for that reasons. If the amount of food in the bowl is low, that can mean there isn’t enough food.

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What’s the best thing your pet ever did for you?

What’s the best thing your pet ever did for you? What did your kitty friend bring to your life, or your dog? Pets aren’t just cute and funny. They’re so much more than this, and what they bring into our lives is difficult to put into words.

I stumble over this question in Quora and Yahoo answers, and I just had to write a post about it, because it really is an interesting question.

The best thing my Persian cat ever did for me was make me see things differently, recapture my childhood happiness to some extent. This is what happened.

As a child, I was fascinated by nature, animals, and music. It was what i lived for. I never socialized with other kids, being shy and a loner. But these three things were all I needed. They were magic.

What's the best thing you pet ever did for you?

When I turned nine, things had looked different, not as exciting as they used to be. It’s not that i didn’t like the things I used to, but they’d lost their hypnotizing quality. It was like the rainbow had faded, its colors tinted with gray. I didn’t understand what happened, and it scared me to think I’d live my whole life this way.

When I was ten and a half, one of the feral kittens I was feeding at my parents’ yard had run away. I didn’t expect it, didn’t know kittens ran away if they’re not fixed. It was my favorite kitten, a cute orange one. I was depressed for half a year.

Eventually, I kind of grew out of it, but a mild depression lingered for decades, making me attracted to danger in my teen years, in the foolish belief that the excitement of risk would chase away the boredom.

And later, in my early twenties, I’d deliberately chosen night jobs and would walk home after midnight in the worse neighborhood, with a knife in my pocket. I had taken crazy chances, and looking back, I see I’m luck to be alive.

So, this is the best thing my cat had done for me. This will sound crazy, but after I lost my cat Milky, I started remembering my early childhood and missing it, even though I was in my late thirties. At first I didn’t understand why, and then it dawned on me; I wanted to go back to that time in my life before I lost my cat.

And suddenly, I started craving nature, not as fiercely as I used to, and it’s not like I ever stopped loving nature. But I started paying more attention to trees, bushes, flowers, blue sky, the sunlight, the way the palmtops turned the sky and the sun into a puzzle of green and blue and gold. I started paying attention to the birdsong.

This is the best thing my cat had done for me, and the worst thing, of course. I’d give anything to get her back, and I’d give up this ability to enjoy nature if it would bring her back, but she’s given me something.

And now on a happier note, my new cat Hazelnut used to scratch and bite me constantly as a hyperactive kitten, and I had developed a higher threshold for pain. So when I went to the dental hygienist, she told me I don’t complain like some of her clients. That’s the best thing my kitten had done for me, lol.

And once my cat Angel had killed a winged cockroach that had gotten into the house, and I’m terrified of these things.

And what is the best thing your pet ever did for you? whether it’s a cat, dog, rabbit, parrot, iguana, (or a pet alligator if you live in Miami, where you can keep any pet you want), please share in the comments.

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Why do cats attack humans

Aggression in cats can happen for several reasons, but it’s usually directed at other animals, especially other cats. Being smaller than humans and easily frightened, cats usually don’t attack humans. Except for the times they do. Why would a cat attack a human, a much bigger predator?

Protecting their young

There’s nothing more fierce than a mother cat protecting her kittens. Mother cats are very brave, and they’ll heroically attack whomever they consider a threat to their kittens. Walking close to a litter of feral kittens when the mother is around is never a good idea.

When cornered

Cats prefer to run when feeling threatened, but if they can’t run, they go for the rule of fight of flight. When you force a pill down your cat’s throat, or grab it by the back of the neck to put in a cage so you can take it to the vet, the cat feels cornered and is likely to attack.

When angry at someone else

It sounds crazy, but it’s true. Cats can take their aggravation and frustration out on their beloved owners. One of my cats, Princessa, has bitten the back of my calf several times when my other cat Hazelnut had hissed at her. I happened to be standing right between the two, and so I got the worst of it.

Cats can attack humans in such circumstances because they feel rather than think, and they’re impulsive and childish.

Accidentally

When getting in between two fighting cats, you’re taking a chance of being bitten and scratched either because the aggressive cat feels an urge to take her anger out on you, or because it attacks the other cat, and, blind with rage, hurts you accidentally.

Defending their property

My Hazelnut had bitten me angrily when I took a branch she’d brought into the house, among other trash she’d brought into the house as a kitten. She was angry at having her toy taken away from her.

Pain

A wounded animal is a dangerous animal. If your cat is in pain, and you move to touch it, the cat may attack even her beloved human. The hurting cat is afraid that the touch will cause it more pain.

A territory dispute

When my Princessa brought her kittens to my house and had settled in the laundry machine room, she’d hissed every time I’d come in to do laundry, and sometimes she’d lunged at me. This is my territory, and my kittens. She also didn’t like it when I got too close to one of her kittens.

Sometimes, cats can attack their humans when they’re under the warm blanket on a cold winter night, and the human puts a hand in their makeshift tents in an effort to pet the cat. Spoken from painful experience.

What cats are more likely to attack humans?

Fearful cats are more likely to attack humans than trusting cats. Feral cats are usually more suspicious by nature, and every cat has a different personality as an individual.

If your cat trusts you, she may allow you to touch her kittens. Some cats even allow strangers near their kittens, but these are very trusting cats by nature. They simply assume no one will hurt their kittens.

Some cats are more territorial than others, and some are short-tempered, while others are gentler. I had a cat who used to attack me whenever I looked at a spot on his fur for more than three seconds straight, because he thought I might touch it or snap off tangled fur with a child’s scissors. And he hated the sound of the snap and was very sensitive to touch.

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Do cats think we’re cats

How can we tell if cats think we’re cats, if the cat can’t tell us what they’re really thinking?

But they can, without words. By understanding the feline behavior, you can tell whether cats think their owners are large cats, or if they realize humans are not like them.

Do cats think we're cats?

Cats mew to people, but not to other cats. However, their kneading and purring and rubbing against their humans can indicate that they treat us like foster mothers. But in the animals’ world, a foster mother doesn’t necessary have to be from the same species.

Cats don’t think we’re other cats because they realize we’re different in so many ways. We speak to them in a human language that is so much different than feline language. We walk on two. We’re slow and large and hairless.

Cats don’t think we’re other cats any more than they think mice and birds are other cats, or that dogs are other cats. Cats knew which species is prey and which to fear, so they must know the difference between the species.

When a human stranger walks into my house, the pizza delivery or the postman, my cats rush to the open shutters and jump down from my first floor, ground-level apartment into the yard and refuse to come back until the stranger’s gone. When another cat gets into the apartment, which happens because there are so many feral cats around, my cats hiss and growl and often swat it. This kind of behavior is indication that cats don’t think we’re cats, because they treat us differently than they treat other cats.

And cats can smell us. Felines have a very sensitive sense of smell that’s typical for predators. Humans don’t smell like cats.

Some of the feral cats around here, the braver and more trusting ones, mew at humans and follow them around in the hope of receiving food. They don’t try this with other cats. You’d say it’s because they’d been given food by humans before, but this may not necessarily be so. There are a few cats feeders in the neighborhood, but not too many, and there is a huge amount of feral cats, so they can’t feed them all. And these are feral cats I’m talking about, not abandoned after been kept as pets, but born and raised on the streets for generations.

From my experience with more than one cat in the household, I can tell cats are much more attached to the human than to each other. I had two cats, and although they had showed some affection to each other every once in a great while, it was me they’d come to on a regular basis asking for cuddles, settling on my lap, and following me around the house. And crying when I go to work.

Then again, it’s not unusual for cats to follow other cats around the house, rub against each other, lick each other, and settle on the sofa next to each other, touching.

So, the verdict is out. I believe cats don’t think we’re cats, but I can’t prove it. What do you think? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Mew your heart out.

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Why do cats knock things off countertops

Why do cats love knocking items off countertops, shelves, and tables? This kind of feline behavior is annoying to cats’ owners. It’s also kind of funny, the way cats play with things, pawing the object closer and closer to the edge, inch by inch, until they knock it down, and then the sound of the item hitting the floor scares them, and they run off.

So, why do cats deliberately knock stuff off countertops?

Hunting instincts

Even non-living objects appeal to the cat’s hunting instincts. Cats like pawing balls and sending them flying, and then pouncing on them. They prefer a moving target, preferably a live one, but if there’s none at paw, anything moveable will do. I had a cat who used to chase imaginary things, but that doesn’t apply to all cats. Every cat is different as an individual.

Why do cats knock things off countertops?

Attention

When your feline knocks something off the table, and you come running, Fluffy understands that’s the way to get the attention of his beloved human. That, or you jump from the sound of the crash, and your cat gets a reaction out of you. That’s why babies cry once they find out their parents rush to their side at the sound of their wails.

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