Easier for cat owners to stay out all night than for dog owners.
I hate cats. I also want to know why other gay men love those selfish creatures so much.
Cats are fluffy and more like people personality wise.
Dogs are very demanding. Cats are very easy to leave alone for a weekend. Just put enough food and water down and they are fine. They might be pissed because you left them alone all weekend but physically they will be fine.
R3 cats are not selfish, they are animals. They are affectionate and haughty at the same time. The only reason they were able to be domesticated was because it benefited them in some way. Besides, nothing is cuter or sweeter than a fluffy little kitten.
[quote] Cats are fluffy and more like people personality wise.
Cats are more like AUTISTIC people personality wise.
The nice thing about cats is that one can travel and just leave them at home. If they die, it's very easy to get another cat. Granted the new cat will not know you, but the old one would have pretended not to know you anyway.
Cats make great pets. Most are smart, clean, friendly & affectionate. There's been a cat living in my house since my very earliest childhood memories. Can't imagine living without one (or two)!
I love cats because you can pet and talk to them while reading a book. Actually, they pet YOU while you're doing something else. They love it when you talk to them. Then they fall asleep. Dogs, on the other hand, want that damned ball tossed for a hour.
Dogs are very dependent and needy, cats much less so.
R6, you're an ass. Was that supposed to be funny? Couldn't tell, it was so ignorant.
R3, I don't trust any one who "hates cats".
I have a cat so I can pop off at work that I'm going home for a weekend of pussy-loving fun. It sounds so butch and confuses the hell out of the fraus who think they know everything about a obvious prancing prisspot.
Who cares? I don't need you to trust me, R10.
"The only reason they were able to be domesticated was because it benefited them in some way."
That's actually the definition of 'selfishness', R5...
Of course they are selfish R3/12. So are people. Our instinct is to survive above all else. Besides, my kitties bring me little presents to show their love. Granted, they are lizards or birds and usually still alive necessitating their rescue but still it's a sweet gesture.
People like R6 think they are funny.
People like R6 don't have friends.
I can't resist saying 'hi' and petting an animal but I'll never keep one indoors.
and pets in a trick's bedroom during sexy times takes the lead out the pencil
Then I'm a proud male lesbian, because I love my kitty and take her with me everywhere I go. She's been to Australia, Britain, Netherlands, Spain, France, Czech R, Berlin and Turkey. She flies first class and never eats airline food.
Cats are independent, only want you on their terms and prioritize their sensual needs above all else. They are essentially little men who poop in boxes.
[quote]"The only reason they were able to be domesticated was because it benefited them in some way."
You think that isn't equally true for dogs? Seriously?
I watched some kind of cat show on Animal Planet last night where this big tattooed gay guy (or at least I'd guess) comes in and helps owners who have mental cats. Imagine the hilarity!
I have a cat and I really don't care what anyone thinks of him or his specie.
You have to own a cat to know what they are really like. They are a bunch of neurotic hams. Quirky by nature. Loving yet aloof at the same time. Never a dull moment.
I forgot who said this but "dogs are prose and cats are poetry."
r20 the guy's name is Jaxson Galaxy and the show is called "My Cat From Hell." It's a rip on the Dog Whisperer. He has a girlfriend and they each have their own cat. I think he's always been a cat lover. He credits a cat for basically saving his life. He was going through a rough patch with drugs and alcohol. Rock bottom. He was working at an animal shelter when this injured cat came to the shelter. It was going to be put to sleep and he took it home to heal it. Through the process of saving the cat, he realized that the cat was saving him, too. That cat inspired him to save other troubled cats. They became best buddies. The cat is now deceased.
Anyways, that's his story.
I've love both dogs and cats. I wouldn't be without a cat, but dogs and high-rises don't really mix all that well. In my building, pets can't walk on the commons, so everyone must carry their pet or pull them in a cart. Cats are much easier to hand carry than dogs, but I will admit, cats are hard to pull in a cart.
I consider dogs to be like people as they should be, and cats are like real people.
Aw, that's sweet, R22.
[quote]They are essentially little men who poop in boxes.
I've heard cats described as little women in fur coats.
gay men and women in fur coats are much alike. You r26, must be straight.
R23 has been living in a hyperbaric chamber his whole life.
No, R28, not at all.
I'd always heard cats were independent and indifferent. We'd only had dogs growing up, so I had no experience. A couple of years ago, I took in a stray. At first she was jittery, sometimes she'd approach me, sometimes she'd run away. After a few months, she followed me inside the house (and nearly had a panic attack after I shut the door).
Well flash forward to now, and this is the neediest animal I've ever met. She follows me from room to room, screaming more than meowing. If she's not sitting/sleeping right beside me, she wants me to hold her when I'm walking.
R19, of course it's true of dogs as well. Our dog is "man's best friend", fixing us with his soulful brown eyes (and drooling) when we're eating something he wants.
We have 2 cats and a dog and I don't find the dog to be messier than the cats. Granted, he is 100% housetrained, so that's not an issue, but he tracks in dirt from the outside and drools. The cats, on the other hand, track litter all over the house and scratch furniture. As for barfing, I'd say the cats have a slight edge but the dog barfs occasionally as well. Bottom line, if you're a neat freak, you probably shouldn't have pets.
The dog is definitely more dependent and a big whiner. He lies down by his food dish and moans if the food is not to his liking. He also hates to be left alone. The cats do quite well on their own but they are always glad to see us and they both love attention. One of them gets on his hind legs and taps my back when I'm on the computer and jumps up on the desk and "pets" me.
All three of them are affectionate guys with lots of personality and I can't imagine life without them.
Cats are the greatest pets
I love my pussy!
I love both cats and dogs but I will always prefer cats because they make such hassle-free pets in comparison to dogs. My ideal is to have both when I'm older (esp if I can live by the sea and take my doggy for a walk on the beach regularly). In the meantime my cats are perfect companions who I can leave to their own devices when I'm at work or even if I go away for a couple of days.
Plus cats generally live longer, are less smelly, more independent and a bit brighter than dogs IMHO...
Slightly off-topic, but has anyone read 'A Sreetcat Named Bob' about a homeless man in London who adopted a stray cat which ended up pretty much turning his life around? I've seen this guy in the Covent Garden area with his gorgeous cat on his shoulders and the book made me smile from ear to ear.
Seems like they found each other just when they needed to - puts me in mind of my beautiful ginger tom who has been a real comfort to me through some of the darkest times of my life. A must-read for cat-lovers!
Quiet? Has anyone ever had a Siamese? They yak their heads off. I've known some, would never own one. Strays and rescue cats are for me. I adopted a 2 year old cat because I'm too old to go through the baby stuff again. She adapted well, and is one of the friendliest and affectionate cats I've ever had. The most well behaved too.
DO NOT travel with a cat. I don't believe the post about taking the cat all over the world. Cats are territorial and do not like a change in their environment. I also will NEVER let a cat outside by itself again -- too dangerous. If they don't go out, they don't miss it.
Very creative video, on what'd you face if you had roommates who acted like a dog and a cat. They pretty much nail it. :)
Siamese are the exception that proves the rule. And as much as I love cats, I cannot stand Siamese cats. They're ugly, prone to ill health, and LOUD AND OBNOXIOUS AS FUCK.
I've seen people traveling with cats just fine. It really depends on the cat. Most don't travel well, but some certainly do.
Cats are favored by lazy people.
The guy who plays the dog in that is hot, R37. I got kind of turned on when he sniffed the other guy's butt.
R40 = farvored by no one
> Cats are favored by lazy people.
I read an article that suggests the opposite, and I can see his point.
"Dog people" are lazy folks who need instant gratification. Dogs love their people unconditionally, will come when you call them, always want to please you. There's no challenge there.
Cats, on the other hand, are more particular. If you want your cat to like you, let alone love you, you have to EARN that, and it often is not easy. There a lot more satisfaction when a cat seems to acknowledge: "You know, you're OK ... for a human!" :)
I love my Mr. Kitty and blog about him often.
Make of that what you will.
> Cats are favored by lazy people.
I'm not sure what that means. I have two cats and I seem to spend an enormous amount of time shoveling waste out of litter boxes. (The person/s who invented clumping litter deserve/s the Nobel prize in chemistry). I also devote time cuddling, petting, brushing, feeding, and washing their dishes.
I drove cross country with my cats, literally coast to coast when I moved. It took five days and they were most certainly not happy (there was lots of meowing the first day) but they settled down after day one and I didn't even have to drug them.
I find cats to be elegant, clean, loving, inquisitive, fun and goofy. And they don't bark. What's not to love?
> Cats are favored by lazy people.
Isn't that what some used to say about people who drove cars with automatic transmissions?
I'm floofy and I know it.
I fell a little in love with Karl Lagerfeld when I found out he, too, is a crazy cat lady. Oh, to have Choupette s life (his cat)
I'm a dog person at heart but cats are more practical if you're living in an apartment. I'd love to have a dog but keeping it confined in my apartment while I'm away at work all day would be cruel. My two cats entertain each other while I'm away and limited space isn't an issue.
I think it's an individual thing. I have had both cats and dogs. Love them both, but cats fit with me better. Dogs are so much work. The family pet was always a cat. I didn't have dogs growing up. But my ex and I had them and I loved them very much. Cats, I don't know, I just have a bond with them. I love their independence and self-sufficiency (just wish they'd change their own boxes!). I did have one cat that I loved dearly but my God, he was stuck to me like glue and acted more like a dog. Drove me crazy. I'll always have a cat. Who knew someone who liked dick so much could be into pussy?
I've never been in a cat owners' home that didn't smell like cat piss.
"oh, but our house doesn't smell"
That's nice, R30.
R51, that's because some male cats spray their piss to mark territory. Doesn't have to happen. First, neuter your cat. Second, don't have multiple cats because they compete for territory.
My male stray that I had since he was 2 weeks old, was a notorious sprayer when in a house with three other cats. In my apt alone, he was perfect and never peed out of the box.
BTW, this cat chased women cats even after he was neutered. Almost had his head taken off my some of them.
Arguing one is better than the other is silly. Cats are not all the same, and neither are dogs.
[quote]r23 Dogs: slobbery, loud, messy, needy, co-dependent, high-maintenance, stiff & uncuddly
[quote]Cats: clean, quiet, independent, low-maintenance, soft & cuddly
Not at all. My dog does not slobber, is very quiet, does not shed and is very cuddly. She is on the sensitive side though. The cat is a pigpen. He's got long hair that sheds and gets crap in it (sometimes literally). He doesn't like grooming himself. He starts being noisy within an hour of dinner time. He wrecks stuff and makes it nearly impossible to get anything done in the kitchen. He's pretty easy-going but hardly low-maintenance.
An eldergay cat hissed at me.
That's because your cat is a messy straight boy, r54!
My friend has this theory that women love cats because a cat is the approximate weight of an infant and it strikes some sort of primeval cord in a female to hold a nursing child to her breast.
Men hate cats because cats have a phallic shaped tail that is longer than the average man's penis and they are threatened by that.
My friend is being facetious but you have to admit it's pretty funny.
More insane than funny, r57
Because kitties are CUTE.
And you can hold them like babies.
And they PURR.
Cats purr too r59.
Gay men just love pussy(cat)!
My Siamese cat thinks he's a dog. I've always been a dog person but he's so personable. He loves all people, plays tug of war with toys and even growls when someone's at the door.
Here's my theory about the appeal of cats: They're the only living things that you can spoil rotten.
If you spoil a human or a dog rotten, it will get nasty and turn on you. If you pamper and indulge a cat, you have a happy cat.
I love cats because they're affectionate and expressive and cuddly and funny.
One of my cats beat the shit out of dog last night. The dog was covered with scratches and bleeding. Kitty is fine.
The thing about women liking cats and men liking dogs is more about the men and the dogs.
Many STRAIGHT men don't like cats because they can't dominate and control them. Cat say fuck off to that shit or run off and hide. You can't teach a cat to be your slave. A lot of men, especially straight ones, can't handle that.
Did you that it's documented that very few single men have cats? They mostly have cats when they're coupled with women. I assume gay men were not counted in the study.
[quote]If you pamper and indulge a cat, you have a happy cat.
That's true. However, the cat will expect/demand not only more of the same, but even better. If it wants breakfast at 4am & you oblige, it will eventually start crying for food at 3:30am. Etc., etc., etc......
You have to be the boss, or the parent, in your relationship with a cat or they'll walk all over you.
Do not feed the cat people food or feed them at 4:00AM. They need a schedule. I do sometimes cut up small pieces of chicken and give it to her AFTER she finished her dinner sometimes, maybe once a week. I do not believe in letting them nibble all day because it attracts insects. Dry food for breakfast and half a small can of wet food for dinner.
Pamper your cat with kindness not food.
BTW, I give her the BRAND name can food -- that's how I pamper her. She hates the generic and she'll eat most anything.
r17 there is a 6 month quarantine on cats (and probably other animals) if you want to bring them into the UK. How did you get around that?
My dad loves cats. His mom was a crazy cat lady. Your eyes started to water from the amonia a foot from the front door. I don't even understand why she had litterboxes as they all were indoor/outdoor cats. Grandma Kitty didn't like me much. There's a picture of me as an infant flipping her the bird.
[quote]Many STRAIGHT men don't like cats because they can't dominate and control them.
Exactly. It's a control thing. I avoid men who hate cats like the plague because of this. I don't want to be manipulated or controlled either.
My two cats do their play fighting (batting each other with their paws) but stop right in the middle and start grooming themselves. Is this normal?
R74 why do they do that?
Never date a man with a cat.
They ain't right.
Grooming and playing are activities on the same spectrum, r73. Cats only play-fight with other cats whom they like and trust.
Cats that are play-fighting generally take turns being the aggressor and the attacked, both are willing to expose their throats and bellies to the other, neither makes a move to run away, and it's generally non-vocal play unless one of them gets too rough.
Among cats that like and trust each other, grooming will often turn into a boxing or wrestling match, and a fierce play battle might end up with the cats all grooming each other or themselves.
The Hissing Eldergay (THE)
R51, that may be true of the homes you've been in. But I know for a fact that my house doesn't smell like cat urine. And I have cat-owning friends whose homes smell clean and fresh.
Here's why the homes of some cat owners smells like piss: They simply do not clean. Either they don't clean the litter box on a regular basis, or they don't clean up accidents after cats have peed outside of their litter box. And let me assure you, there are only three real reasons why a cat will pee outside of his litter box: health problems, trauma (he's being attacked by another pet while in the box, for instance) or A DIRTY LITTER BOX.
I've known people who think their cat is being devious when it pees outside of the litter box. The reality is, a cat prefers the box. He is in distress if he won't use it. A cat has to be taken to the doctor when it starts having litter box problems. And in my opinion, owners who don't take them to the vet should not be pet owners.
If someone's house smells like cat urine, it is not the cat's fault.
LOL, r80. Have you never heard of an unneutered male peeing outside the box to spread his scent?
R70 The UK has changed the 6 month quarantine bullshit.
My girls like a clean box so I comply.
The under 30s, male and female, are all pro-cat now, thanks to LOLCats. They want cats over dogs. Anonymous will ruin your life if you dare harm a cat.
Cats don't bullshit you, and they clean up after themselves. They don't need to be walked either. Then there's the whole rodent situation.
There are a lot of benefits to having a cat, if you want a pet.
People live longer for some reason if they have a cat.
Every cat owner I have ever encountered or observed is a mental case.
[italic]The thing about women liking cats and men liking dogs is more about the men and the dogs.
Many STRAIGHT men don't like cats because they can't dominate and control them. Cat say fuck off to that shit or run off and hide. You can't teach a cat to be your slave. A lot of men, especially straight ones, can't handle that.
Did you that it's documented that very few single men have cats? They mostly have cats when they're coupled with women. I assume gay men were not counted in the study.[/italic]
Under 30 males have cats now more than ever. It's the hipster animal of choice.
It doesn't seem as though the cat craze will end anytime soon. It's all cat vids, hilarious cat memes, gifs, etc.
My neutered 1.5 year old cat decided he liked the plush feeling of the rug in my spare room to do his biz. No health problems, total privacy in his litter box and no issues with cleanliness or type of litter, since he still also used the litter box. He's such a dirty boy even the dog gives him the side-eye.
It's a huge turn-off when a man has a cat.
Equally true when a woman has a cat.
But even a bigger turn-off when a man had a cat.
By the looks of this thread the stereotype of gays and cats is pretty accurate. The cat people I know are a little nutso.
I like a man who likes all animals. If someone just likes dogs I think they lack empathy or something is wrong with them. I don't understand people who say "I hate cats/dogs" because it probably stems from some childhood trauma they need to deal with already and get over it.
I love dogs and I love babies, but I'd never have either.
I'm a cat guy. I adopted a 12 year old cat earlier this year. His owner died and the cat ended up in the shelter. He was grieving and scared when I got him. Now that he's settled in like he owns the joint he's showing a lot more of his personality. He's pretty cool. He's most affectionate when I completely ignore him.
I've never noticed anyting about "gays and cats" in all my adult life. I have two, and I love all animals. I would have a dog if my lifestyle did not make it diffcult (have to walk dogs at least twice a day in the city) etc.
Few things more wonderful in life than the companionship and love from a cat or dog in my opinion. I just wish they lived longer so I did not have to lose them.
R91, good for you in adopting an older cat from a shelter! Too many people just go for the cute kittens, who have little problems finding a home.
My cat is 13, and I've had him since he was 7 months old. And he continues to "train" me to do what he wants his human to do. He's very patient with me. He loves the attention of all people, and will actually entertain and play with kids who visit with their parents. At least a dozen people have told me that, if I ever need to find him a new home, they want to be the one to be called.
By the way, he was neutered before I got him, and he has NEVER pissed or crapped outside of his litterbox. It's a big box, and I replace the litter twice a week. If it gets bad, he howls in the box to let me know "It's time!" I have a Febreeze plug-in on the wall next to his litterbox, and many have remarked, once they see I have a cat, that there is absolutely no odor, even if you enter the spare room where the litterbox is located.
It's creepy when a man has a cat.
I had a Siamese cat who sounded like Eliza Doolittle with all of his owwwwwwahhhs....awwshhhh. I'd get off the elevator at my building and he'd start in. Had him 18 years and he was high maintenance. Now have two black ones and it's pretty noise free around here.
When I discover that someone loves animals (whether cats, dogs, chipmunks- one of my favorites, large preditors, grazing aminlas, you name it) I tend to think of them in a more favorable light.
And visa versa, although there are no hard rules. But I met someone who did not want to become my friend based on the fact that I have two kitties- they are not friend worth having. It's almost kind of like being racist in my view. Kind of sad too.
R91, you sound pretty cool yourself for adopting an older cat. And R95, what a great description of a Siamese's voaclizations! And good for you for giving two black cats a home.
I broke up with someone who was allergic to cats. Shame, he was the hottest guy I ever knew. But I knew there was no future for me with someone who can't be around cats.
I detest people who give up their pets, whether dogs or cats, for a potential bf/gf due to allergies (there are meds for that) or simply "I'm not into animals" attitudes. I've known several couples where one had to give up longtime pets for the other and they always ended up splitting up eventually and the poor animal shuffled off, or worse yet, taken to a shelter where it potentially ended up being put down.
[quote]I detest people who give up their pets, whether dogs or cats, for a potential bf/gf due to allergies (there are meds for that) or simply "I'm not into animals" attitudes. I've known several couples where one had to give up longtime pets for the other and they always ended up splitting up eventually and the poor animal shuffled off, or worse yet, taken to a shelter where it potentially ended up being put down.
The #1 reason for this at shelters: "With our new baby, we just don't have the time he or she needs! It's not fair to Rover/Fluffy!"
And so, for purely altruistic reasons (eyeroll), a perfectly happy and well-behaved animal is now dumped at the shelter, where it's confused and scared.
Yes, R101, I had a beautiful Siberian Husky, white with blue eyes, who was left at the shelter because her human companion got married and they got pregnant. The wife was worried about the precious baby and made husband get rid of the dog. That dog was the most well-behaved, gentle animal and did well with kids, never barked, just woo-wooed and howled occasionally and was very good in the house.
I get really pissed at the excuses of some people to dump animals.
My favorites are the ones who write rescue groups asking for their pets to be taken. Of course their pets are the most wonderful pets ever who have been spoiled rotten and loved beyond compare for past 9 years. It's with a heavy heart they have to give up Fido because they're getting married, just had a baby, they're moving or someone developed an allergy. Fido should only go to the best adopters who will love him just as much as they have.
What's wrong with these people? First it's a tough life out there for rescue animals. Do they think there's an overwhelming demand for senior cats and dogs? Second, they think they're in a position to demand the best for their pets when they're giving them up?
I'm not saying there is never a legit situation when a pet has to go. But it should be the very, very, very last option and owners have an obligation to work every option before they give up their pets. You took on that responsibility when you brought home a living being.
Giving up a pet that is in its twilight years is basically giving it an early death. Senior cats and dogs are often the first to go to the gas chamber. It's heartless. Having a baby is not a good reason to get rid of a pet, especially one that has been part of the family its entire life. Babies/kids and pets are not mutually exclusive.
"But I have to bring little Travon home to an antiseptic, sterile environment free of any allergens!"
[quote]I get really pissed at the excuses of some people to dump animals.
How about these assholes? I guess the dog was too much for their new pristine house.
[italic]Earlier this year, they downsized from a house with more than 3,000 square feet to one that is half that size, cutting their property taxes in half and their aggravation even more.
There has been one sad downside to the downsizing, though. The new house, the Kellys realized, was too small for a dog the size of Toby. So he has gone to live with a family that has a bigger house, as well as another collie to keep him company.[/italic]
I think that's actually a good deal for the dog, r107. It has bigger space to run around and a new friend to keep it company. At least it will have a home to live out the rest of its days.
My issue has always been with people who go to shelters or rescue groups with sorry ass excuses and expecting some miracle that their "beloved" dog/cat will find the perfect family. That ain't going to happen, people. Your dog/cat is a senior and no one wants to take on the inevitable health crisis and ensuing vet bills.
If you look at the pictures of their new home, R108, there seems to be plenty of space for a dog (there's a garden, too). It's not like they moved into a 500sq ft Manhattan walk up.
Yes, they found a good home for the dog, but it seems the decision was made for convenience, not necessity.
Most gays deserve cats. The whole thing really completes the picture...LOL it's very similar to dykes in their flannel shirts.
If they actually did the work of finding a good home to rehome their pets, then I give them credit. Especially if the pet is going off to a better living situation. I just find the ones who want to pass the buck onto the shelters and rescue groups reprehensible. Especially when they are demanding and/or have flimsy excuses.
Shelters lie to pet owners. They'll tell them that Fluffy has a good chance at adoption to get rid of them and send them away guilt-free. Three days later Fluffy is most likely dead. I was talking to a cop who patrols my area and he said he used to have a side job working for the county animal shelter. Three days is the max and they had freezers full of dead animals stacked to the ceiling. He said it was horrible.
You can't beat dogs for love and devotion. You can't beat cats for being self sufficient. I love both but wouldn't make a dog live in my condo. My cat seems to like it and is mostly pretty affectionate.
r112 I don't believe you at all. Shelters often have to turn away people who want to dump their pets if it is full. Many shelters are at the max. They will tell these heartless people that senior cats have a difficult time being adopted out.
You know, it costs money to house the animals and sadly, to euthanize them.
It's people like r112 who make animal shelters look heartless when in fact it's people who think their pets are so disposable. Shelters do the job no one else wants to do.
Everyone talks about loving cats and dogs and they go online to watch cute cat videos. Yet, when pets become inconvenient, they are disposed of. Either set free (as in the case of cats) or just dropped off at the shelter for the workers to deal with.
I got Smokey D. Katt, about 7 months old, from a local no-kill shelter, which had rescued him from the county pound. I was amazed how much they do for the animals in their care, with both cats and dogs in "dayrooms" - filled with toys and stuff to climb on - rather than cages, so you can see how they interact with each other and with people. Kittens and "senior" (over 15) cats were in dayrooms with their peers, and they even had a room with cats with (non-contageous)medical problems, including diabetes or missing limbs. They even guarantee that they will take an animal back at any time, for any reason, if you no longer can care for it.
Now in his 12th year, Smokey is the mascot for my tax practice. Clients love to play with him, and he has his own business cards, identifying him as "Smokey D. Katt, CPA" (Contently Purring Animal)
My business and I have have been donors to them every year since. One year, I included in a mailing to my clients a "note from Smokey" asking for donations to the shelter, his "alma mater", and talking about the great work they do. The shelter called me to let me know they received over $1,500 in donations from people who mentioned "Smokey D. Katt" as their referral source!
Link to the shelter's site (in Phoenix AZ) is below.
One more reason to love the Tax Troll!
Fantastic. I volunteer with a no kill cat shelter also. We don't quite have such a great setup, but we do give thousands of cats each year a chance from being killed. We rescue them from rural high kill shelters and bring them to the DC area.
I don't understand people who give up their pets either. I had never had an adult shelter cat until I lost another shelter cat I had adopted as a kitten. I went in thinking I'd get a kitten again. Instead I fell in love with a 5 year old ginger tabby. BEST cat I have ever had. The excuse from his prior owner, who had him declawed, neutered, all his shots were up-to-date, was that he or she couldn't afford him anymore. What? He has an amazing personality, gets along with kids, dogs, people, etc. My current vet's office absolute loves him and the assistants fight over who gets to help when I bring him in. Unthinkable that someone just dumped him at a shelter. I'm glad I saved him and I'll always adopt adult cats from now on since they have less of a chance of getting a good home.
Cats and dogs both have common characteristics. Cats will bond to a human, as I write I have an 11lb. female cat names Angie in my lap.
As others have mentioned, you can go away for a week if someone can look in on the cat and no harm done.
However if you're gone for more than a couple days, when you get back the cat is going to be a little, what's the word I'm looking for, pissy. They have a slight attitude toward you but after you're home for a few hours they're fine.
Dogs on the other hand - they bond to humans a little too strongly. To the point where if you leave a dog with food, water and place to relieve itself, the dog is likely to also eat the living room sofa because of separation anxiety.
Plus I'm allergic to dogs, but not to cats.
My cat crawls up on me when I turn off the lights at night. She gets up on my chest and lays flat out and puts her little face right up on mine. She purrs like a freight train and wags her tail while I pet her. This has become a nightly routine for about 5 minutes. Is this normal?
Pretty r118. Go for it.
Yes r121. Very much normal. My cat sleeps on me every single night. He weighs 17lbs mind you. He likes to ignore me the rest of the day (except mealtime) but at night, he insists on cozying up. During winter, cats will seek warmth with body heat.
But she doesn't stay. She hops down after 5 minutes are so. It's like shes giving me a little love and then off to do her own thing. It's kind of sweet. My other cat sleeps between my legs in the winter.
Yes, R121. I have one who will sleep with me every night and if I lock him out he will cry until I let him in. He always curls up right behind my knees where they are bent (I sleep on my side). My other cats sleep wherever.
My other cat had a bathroom ritual with me. When I showered in the tub/shower combo he would jump on the ledge and when started toweling off he would get up on his back legs lean his front paws on me and rub all over the towel purring like crazy while I scratched his ears. If I locked him out he claw and scratch at the door. Unfortunately, I moved to a new place with an enclosed shower so he can't do this anymore.
My cat cries when I shower. She is fascinated by the water yet terrified of it.
> My cat cries when I shower
She thinks the water is attacking you! When I first got him from the shelter, Smokey used to stand about five feet back when I showered, let out a howl, then give me an "OMG! I was so afraid for you! Who would feed me?" look when I turned off the shower. Eventually, he started checking out the oversize shower stall in the master bath that I use, and would run around in it (always counter-clockwise, after first stretching a bit at the entranse to the shower stall) for four or five laps. Strange kitty. :)
R121, the only thing strange about what your cat does is the tail wagging. Unlike dogs, cats generally don't wag their tails because they are happy or content. Depending on how fast and wide the wag, it could mean fear, uncertainty, hunting, or (if very slow and pausing occasionally) deep in thought. Could be thinking "OK, he likes this, so I have to remember to do this before I want anything from him. No sense wasting it now. LATER!" :)
The current feline resident, Angie, is a vocal girl.
When she wants something she definitely lets you know.
In fact she was a cat I adopted from the pound when she was 3 years old.
R126. I didn't realize she thinks the water is attacking me. I just thought she wanted to get at the water herself but as afraid.
R73, mine are the opposite--every mutual cleaning session always, always ends in hurt feelings and fisticuffs. Sometimes it just ends in one swipe and each walking off with one eye trained on the enemy. Other times, it ends in punching, scratching and body pin downs. They're supposed to be sisters.
R121. My cats tail wagging is very friendly not defensive at all. She laying on my chest looking at me, purring up a storm and I'm petting her. The tail is going 90 to nothing. It's very sweet. She's adorable.
When I'm in the shower, my water loving cat uses the time to go thru the lower kitchen cabinets.
My male cat is kind of immature. He lives with his mom and sister and an unrelated bitch cat.
A few times i heard him crying like a sad, scared lost kitten. I would go downstairs, calling him and he would pop up and look at me like, "What? What do YOU want?"
I eventually found out that he was going into a tiny (non working) shower in the downstairs bath, going behind the shower curtain and liner and crying as if he had no idea where he is.
I think he is reliving some event from his kitten hood. And he must be OCD, because he does it at least once a day, or at night.
R129 I have two who do that too. Usually it's pretty tame but several times it's gotten pretty wild with them rolling across the floor snarling and throwing punches. It's usually the youngest cat getting the upper hand but when the older one has had enough it gets wild.
Do any of your cats make biscuits on your tummy? it's so sweet but kind of ouchy
One of my cats makes biscuits in my armpits, crotch, lap and sides. Good thing I trim her claws every couple of weeks. Usually it's more ticklish than anything. Once it starts to hurt, I know it's time for the bi-weekly trim.
Growing up, one of the entertaining parts of Sunday dinner was the old Siamese putting her claws into my dad's ass. We had these Queen Anne chairs with a lot of space in the back. We'd all sit down, Dad would start praying, and then let out a 'Son of a Bitch!' The old cat would then race off.
In later years, you could hear when they awoke. You'd hear the cat yowl and then my dad would yell, "Well, dammit! Get out from under my feet!" It was a ritual.
I adopted a scrawny, gray tabby with a skin condition from the shelter. He plumped up and his bumpy skin healed. (The vet said it was stress-related). Eight years later and he's still a wonderful cat. I'm glad I took him because no one else would have. He is so regal I named him Man-Cat.
R137 Are you bumping this thread or did you have a stroke??
My cats love to roll around on top of wet laudrey after I take it out of the washer. Is this normal?
R139, some idiot doesn't know how to put threads in her threadwatcher without posting in them so types single letters in the ones she's interested in after she clears her cookies. It's probably D a v i d a.