Categories: cat aggression

Confused Cat Demands to Enter House He Used to Visit

Confused cat demands to enter house he used to visit. Picture in public domain.

People are asking to translate the vocalisations that this sweet bicolour cat is making at the front door of a house which he used to visit. The ownership of the house changed hands. The new owner will not let the cat in. The cat wants to come in and I am going to suggest that the new owner presents to the cat as a hostile animal who needs to be removed so that the cat can enter the home where he had spent many happy hours before.

As this cat sees the new owner as a hostile figure he yowls at him. This feline vocalisation is one that cats make between themselves when they are having a stand-off before fighting each other. It is a sound which sends a signal to go away or face a fight. Therefore, I would also suggest that this grey bicolour cat is threatening the homeowner in the hope that she will go away whereby he’ll be able to enter the house. It is not a direct threat or request that the woman opens the door but a demand that she disappears to allow him to enter. This is my interpretation of what is going on.

It is an alternative use of the feline pre-fight yowl which we see quite a lot on YouTube. It is the sound that domestic cats make which is very peculiar and unfamiliar. We only see it and hear it when two cats meet each other and the resident cat confronts the incoming cat whereupon they both make threats to each other through this vocalization. It usually results in the resident cat winning and the visiting cat slowly retreating in a manner which allows the cat to retain his pride and status. It is a slow motion retreat.

You can see that the cat in the video also adds a hiss which confirms that his vocalisation is an aggressive one. The cat hiss is also an aggressive sound in order to deter an impostor or an animal who is threatening the cat. What is being called for in comments to the video is that the woman should allow the cat to enter. They feel sorry for the cat as I do. It would resolve the problem. I don’t think that this cat is hostile or aggressive. He’s just doing his best to get inside and using the tools that he has at his disposal to achieve that. It may be the case that the woman has a cat of her own and therefore is fearful for her cat because it may result in a fight.

This cat treats this house as part of his territory. I would also suggest that he had visited the house many times before and that the person who lived there previously treated him very nicely so that he has pleasant memories of those experiences. He wants to recreate them.

An example and typical comment on Facebook:

Betina Van de Hoorn: Let him in already instead of filming. The cat doesn’t understand that you’re filming. He sees her standing there at the door but not opening it. Now that must be frustrating other then that the meowing is hilarious. little arabic 😆

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • Is this poor cat really just a regular visitor to the previous resident?

    I ask because there is a sorrowful and determined desperation to the cat's behaviour. I wonder if the cat was actually owned by the previous resident, who callously abandoned the cat?

  • Poor cat is annoyed and also confused and fearful. That hiss, I read as a 'fear hiss' Hisses can express fear and aggression.

    I can't imagine that the snappy, chiding raised voice of the new resident does anything to reassure the cat that she is safe for a cat to be around.

    Has she got an entire female cat inside who is coming into heat? I wouldn't dismiss that, I've known humans do more stupid things, then been unable to understand the consequences.

    If she let the cat in to show that the cat's friend has gone, the cat might not visit again.

    It might be kinder to totally ignore the cat.

  • Poor kitty doesn't understand that his friend is gone. Too bad the new owner won't let him in to see that the old owner is no linger there. Maybe then he would stop coming around.

    I wonder if the new owner could contact the old owner and have the cat moved to the old owner's new address?

  • Would you all let a dog, raccoon, fox, or any other animal displaying aggressive behavior into your home if it demanded it wanted in?

    Find some psychologists and psychiatrists prescribing heavy medication, you all desperately need to be reconnected to reality. I suggest electroshock, that might help.

    • Once again you are displaying mental health issues. Racoons, foxes are wild animals and aggressive unknown dogs are potentially dangerous. This cat is a domestic cat and if you know how to understand their vocalisations you can tell that he/she is safe. It is a question of using your brain to make a decision. Something you are incapable of doing.

  • Yeah, I've seen this before and PoC describes it correctly alright. I also feel sorry for the cat; it's desperate and the woman doesn't understand. This was unfortunate and I wonder what eventually happened.

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