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Overstimulated cat (video) — 2 Comments

  1. Very interesting subject…

    As play fighting is a normal part of cat behaviour, I wonder if this cat is truly ‘overstimulated’ – those are very gentle paws and jaws.

    Perhaps behaviourists came up with the concept of ‘overstimulation’ as a way of labelling a behaviour that many humans would not welcome if it was used by the cat to defend itself?

    Was the term first used to describe a seriously annoyed cat mauling the hand of a deliberately tormenting human?

    To me, the cat is happy enough, the human hand heeds the cat & stops petting the cat. This video looks like more of a lesson from a polite cat to me, or even a playful cat.

    Have we mislabelled normal cat communication to save us having to decipher & understand the nuances of what a cat is actually telling us? This labelling of behaviour as a deviance cannot do humans any favours can it?

    It may favour cats to prevent humans tormenting them, as some are prone to do.

    This notion that all cats need to be calm & serene at all times, as a definition of happiness, kinda reeks of human convenience to me.

    It also denies that cats have a full emotional range.

  2. I truly like your take on just about everything “cat”, but you explained that so well that I can’t add a single word. Note the time and date as I know this doesn’t happen often. (Sorry about it, or I think you say over there: pardon). 😉

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