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Why does this famous actress’s Persian cat poop around her in a circle while she sleeps?

Kate’s Persian cat

On the Late Show with James Corden, Kate Beckinsale, the well-known actress, admits that a Persian cat that she inherited from a friend poops around her while she sleeps. The big question was why and Kate sought the services of Jackson Galaxy a.k.a. Cat Daddy.

Jackson Galaxy told Kate Beckinsale that her cat liked her a lot and that this was behind her cat’s unfortunate behaviour. He advised her not to pet her cat too much as this overexcited her cat which could lead to pooping as described. I am a sure that this was not all the advice. It’s what I can glean from the video.


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Kate Beckinsale's Cat Shows Love Through Its Bowels

James asks Kate Beckinsale about contracting the services of the Cat Daddy to figure out why a feline she inherited from a friend would leave a force field of poop around her while she slept and learns it was the cat's way of showing affection.

Posted by The Late Late Show with James Corden on Friday, March 15, 2019


Scent Marking

I’d like to throw my hat into the ring. Pooping on a bed is a form of scent territorial marking. The cat is reassuring herself. It is born out of insecurity and anxiety. A cat who marks territory through defecation is doing something very similar to marking territory through urination. Is getting her home, i.e. her home range, in order and making sure that the home range is secure and possessed by the cat.

Jackson Galaxy and Kate Beckinsale

My former wife had a similar experience. She was out all day working hard and out during the evenings too. This left her cat with separation anxiety. He pooped on her bed.

It is not quite the same thing because Kate Beckinsale is describing the strange feline behaviour of depositing stools around her while she sleeps.

Avoiding Kate

The question is whether it is significant (i.e. a deliberate message) that Kate’s Persian cat is pooping in a circle around her owner. Or whether this cat is simply pooping on Kate’s bed for the reasons described above i.e. anxiety. I would tend to argue that this cat is not pooping around her owner to create some sort of ring of fire protection as Kate describes it but is engaging in this behaviour for the usual reasons.

Her Persian cat, while defecating, is avoiding Kate while she sleeps. In order to achieve this she has to poop around her owner. If Kate wasn’t sleeping her cat (whose name I don’t have) would poop in the spot where Kate would have slept. My argument is the cat wants to poop in that particular spot but can’t do so and therefore deposits her stools as near as possible to it which is around Kate.

Anxiety

The point to recognise is that this behaviour is due to an underlying low level of stress and anxiety at being separated from her owner who the cat likes a lot, as Jackson Galaxy said. Because the cat likes her owner she is emotionally affected by being separated from her. That’s my assessment but of course I do not have the luxury of having discussed the matter directly with Kate Beckinsale as Jackson Galaxy did.

I’m not sure about the idea of not petting your cat so much to stop her becoming too excited. It may be a way of trying to cool down the relationship a little bit too chip away at the separation anxiety.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

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  • Yes Michael your diagnosis has the ring of simple truth to it. My add to things like this is that cats have few ways to express themselves, this being one of them, so they use what they have. I have to say every time I read of one of Mr. Galaxy's answers I cringe with despair... I want him to be right and believable but to me he's not. He always comes up with something different or weird for that sake alone, to apparently set himself apart. I think his objective is that he wants people to think he's some kind of genius that no one understands yet because he's ahead of his time or something. IMO he's kind of a snake oil salesman and in fact he does sell stuff that might well be. His time was up a long time ago with me and he just keeps proving it. Sorry. I know you like to give everyone their say, which is great, I'd just add a disclaimer, which is what I just did I guess.

    • I just remembered to say that I think he was wrong because a cats prime want is to feel secure, and her cat wasn't feeling it and was trying to make things more so by securing the territory especially around her human. So the cat needs more reassurance, not less. More petting, not less. I have to say I think Jackson just pulls things out of his behind sometimes. I just don't know where else he could have gotten his bit of wisdom. It has no basis.

      • Also, ALSO... this buddying up to the rich and famous is a classic tactic of modern day hucksters. Cesar Milan did the same thing to advance his career.

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