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Normal Feline Behaviour – Our Response — 12 Comments

  1. 1. Insp. McWee clawed two-thirds of the way through the vertical post upholding one end of the sun porch. But none of my cats, throughout the years, clawed my furniture. It never happened. Actually, I bought an overstuffed ‘club’ chair for Little Ethel, which she disemboweled over an interval of two years: but she knew the chair was hers to have fun with. Three months after I paid a veterinarian to kill her, it sits in her bedroom, untouched – half of its stuffing on the floor – and there it will stay. I can’t bear to haul it to the dump.

    2. It is a mystery how cats can catch and eat wildlife and retain their health. McWee and Ethel – during the years they were outdoors – caught multitudes of robins and fledgling blue jays, none of which they ate. The same with the field-mice and a few smallish rats.

    But Bunny (‘Bun’ a mispronunciation of ‘Vern’) was semi-feral; i.e., his ‘caretakers’ seldom bothered to feed him, so he was accustomed to eating what he caught. He savored mice, and devoured every morsel – including the bones – except for the colon, which he spat out. Did these rodents make him ill?

    After I’d had him for three years, he was diagnosed with FeLV, and slowly went downhill. But the vet said that he had contracted another illness amenable to treatment, but that he’d have to remain indoors for the remainder, as his FeLV made him infectious. Because he enjoyed being outside – exploring the woods and riverbank for hours every day during the summer – to sit in a house for the rest of his life would have finished him. Neither could I give him away, as he’d still have been shut away indoors. So – again – I paid a vet to kill another endearing cat. Which is why, at this juncture, I have a hard time associating cats with anything but sadness that beggars the language.

    But it is a mystery how cats can always – or is it only sometimes – remain immune to the multiple pathogens carried by rodents. One website said rats and mice are vectors of numerous diseases. Even so, many cats – those without a parent who feeds them – seem to survive, at least for a while, on this microbial fare. Their digestive acids must be more germicidal than ours.

  2. I love the old adage ‘You can take a cat out of the wild, but you can’t take the wild out of a cat’ and it’s very true. No matter how much we domesticate cats they still retain their instincts and ‘genetic blueprint’ and people need to understand and accept that cats are programmed to behave like cats, not like humans.

    • Exactly Ruth – too many people interpret a cats’ actions into human terms based on human understanding. It’s all wrong from the start. To understand a cat one has to forget being a human for a minute in order to get a clearer or more true picture.

      • For me this topic is the most important of all domestic cat topics in relation to caretaking. Jackson Galaxy promotes these issues too and what he does is built around the issues referred to on this page.

        It goes to the heart of good cat ownership. I tried to make this semi-scientific so that it carried some weight.

      • Exactly it all comes down to being on the same wave length as the cat. I remember a time, when cass turned wild. At the time it was abit scarey ,as hadn’t seen her do that before. I thought she was almost lost to us remember writing a poem of the sadness that she had gone, created a huge loss for me. Thankfully, she decided to come back & be a domestic cat. I guess what im saying is that all cats have in them the ability to go & be a wild cat. Sometimes when they are not getting what they want they can revert.

    • It is the most important part of cat caretaking. To understand these things. Once people have mastered that and respect the cat they will be excellent cat caretakers/guardians.

  3. My 5 year old tomcat Matata if in the Western World would have long been handed over to a “ANIMAL SHELTER” as a incurable case. He sleeps the entire day as do all cats including his dam “Matahari” but at night tends to “Yowl” intermittently at odd hours.Recently i found a cure to his yowling by shutting my bedroom door and preventing him from entering the room. Strangely, after doing this i found a change in his behavior and he “Yowls” less and much quieter that before.I am writing this embarrassing habit for the benefit of other cat owners who might experience the same behavior in their cat or cats if living in a small flat.”Matata” loves human company and seems that at night he wants to be with his human compatriots!

    • Rudolph, I agree that he is yowling because you are not around and he’s calling for company and you are the company he is calling for. This is probably because you are around a lot and he’s strongly connected to you. Geriatric cats with dementia can the other night because of confusion and calling out for company for reassurance.

      • Michael, i am firmly convinced that tomcat Matata suffers from some “Mental disorder” although he is otherwise normal.First and foremost he just doesn’t know the natural act of mating, something bizarre.I observed this clearly a month ago when “Matahari” was on “Heat” and totally submissive to tomcat Matata with the joker not realizing what to do ?Next, his “Night yowls” and deep affinity to his human care-takers is something unique.As you mentioned he thinks that me and my house-keeper are his “Cat Company” and he just wants to be with us humans.At 5 years of age Matata is in the prime of his life and definitely not a Geriatric cat.He has one of the strongest jaws for a small cat and he bites into chicken bones as if it were “Cat food pellets”.A real strange and bizarre cat which could be a cat researchers prime subject.

    • May I assume that Matahari sleep with you in your bedroom?
      My cat is one of “The Three Amigos,” and wants to be outside all night with my two flatmate’s cats. I tend to lose much needed sleep at night, while trying to coax the three amigos indoors. I can only carry one at a time. They, too, sleep all day mostly. And now I find myself trying to catch catnaps to make up for the two to three hours I get per night. ;_

      • Yet, I must qualify that, because the most fun we all have together is at night, the wee hours of the morning, outside. 😉

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