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Thread: Do our cats manipulate us?

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    This is VERY interesting. My boy Kitchen def has different types of purrs, especially the high pitched morning one!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8147566.stm


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    hahahah so true, mine crys when he can't see me, and gives me an annoying cry for food or water but I'm usually on top of that one. hehehe

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    Dogs have people, Cats have staff! nuf said! lol

    My little girl will cry if she cannot see me.
    Big boy will cry at me, ok, YELL at me when he thinks he needs food.

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    I saw it somewhere...cats have waitstaff. Mine sure do.
    They really are enjoying me being home more. I trip over them more and instead of one getting between me and the keyboard there are 2 LOL
    The third one who doesnt like to be handled has been all over me and demanding I pet her.

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    I have been known to have 2 and sometimes 3 cats sitting on various parts of my body. Good thing I am overweight or they would never fit. :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Dogs have people, Cats have staff! nuf said! lol

    My little girl will cry if she cannot see me.
    Big boy will cry at me, ok, YELL at me when he thinks he needs food.
    I have to laugh as I've always said that! My 3 cats have 4 people to wait on them hand and foot.
    Ms Kitty, (the Momma to Cali) is the boss!! Even of our dog (Max) we really think she's a cat/dog as she'll chase off anything that's in her yard (she's the only one that we let out as she came to us as an outside cat with no claws. :shock: )

    Anyways, Cali (Ms Kitty's daughter) will howl if she can't hear you at night. She has to be around people. Thinks that when you go up the steps for something, that you're going to see HER! *LOL*

    Ms Kitty will tell me when they need water, food or anything else.

    Tigger....Well he's just psychotic.. :lol: :lol: the doorbell rings and he runs for the hills!!!

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    There was never a doubt in my mind that my cats run me and my house.

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    Mine yells at me when she wants attention. She moves her tray her food is on all over the place too. You have to be careful where you step 24/7

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    Oh, yeah, I've always known that my cat rules me!! If he loses me for a second, he squalls. If I leave the house for a couple of hours and come back, he's sitting at the door and fusses. If his food/water bowl is down to less than HALF, I get pestered until I feed him.... :oops: :oops:

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    Mine has several purrs - the morning one described in the article, a huge motorboat one when both her ears are being massaged at once, and a special one when she toys with me - when I lean over the bed to turn on the fan, she jumps on my butt and purrs. I seldom have the heart to just relocate her.

    She seldom meows, though, and it usually means a BUG has gotten in the house and must be destroyed. I actually saw her snatch a fly in midair with both paws, and she is de-clawed in front.

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    Ooooooh let me count the ways!!!!!! :mrgreen: We have one that wakes us in the mornings in a most UNUSUAL way! We have a picture above the chest of drawers. It's a picture of a "cat with an attitude"...with frame and glass. Our Dasher gets up on the chest and paws and meows at the cat about 5:00 every morning. The minute we start to move around he jumps down. He KNOWS it'll get us up!

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    I don't have kitties right now, but I will again some day. DH is VERY allergic, but if he pisses me off - - - too many more times - - -

    I love all your stories.

    We just came back from visiting the DGS's (oh yeah, we visited DS and DDIL, too) & 2 dogs, an adorable female Wheaton (Geko) and a 'busy' male Jack Russell (Walter). Every time I sat down, Geko cuddled up next to me. DDIL called to tell me Geko went into deep depression when I left. NO one gives her as much attention as I do - too much competition. I don't even realize I'm petting her - it just happens - I KNOW you all know what I mean.

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    Yes, they sure do. You should see mine in the morning when they want their teaspoon of cottage cheese. I always know when they need water because FiFi will drag the water dispenser over to the sink. But I wouldnt give them up for the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    I don't have kitties right now, but I will again some day. DH is VERY allergic, but if he pisses me off - - - too many more times - - -

    I love all your stories.

    We just came back from visiting the DGS's (oh yeah, we visited DS and DDIL, too) & 2 dogs, an adorable female Wheaton (Geko) and a 'busy' male Jack Russell (Walter). Every time I sat down, Geko cuddled up next to me. DDIL called to tell me Geko went into deep depression when I left. NO one gives her as much attention as I do - too much competition. I don't even realize I'm petting her - it just happens - I KNOW you all know what I mean.
    I know exactly what you mean. It's hard to NOT pet the little fur babies!

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    our cats definitely have us trained well. Koko (our only male) has a
    soft pathetic cry when he wants to play or wants attention. Mostly he's
    a quiet little guy tho. Sheba is the queen (and knows it) and she does
    not meow or even sound like a normal cat. She yips and squeaks.
    Pepper is the little princess who wants to be queen. She has a very
    loud and demanding meow. Don't know how we wound up with 3 cats
    when we only wanted one - I think they hypnotized us! The house would
    not be the same without them though. We love them and spoil them
    rotten - our friends and neighbors claim they want to come back as our
    cat when they die.
    Catlady

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    Mr. Bean starts with a basic meow, and progresses to a very annoying and almost ear-piercing yowl if we don't jump to his bidding. If we still won't do what he wants, he scratches the furniture, gets on the counter or (last resort) tries to bite us. (The little shit!)

    The difference between DH and me at that point is that DH will do what kitty wants. I throw things at kitty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    If we still won't do what he wants, he scratches the furniture, gets on the counter or (last resort) tries to bite us. (The little shit!)
    We had a cat who would start off with a gentle pat on the cheek, if that didn't work he'd move onto a little poke with a nail, and if THAT didn't work, would go poop on the carpet. He knew I was the one who took care of him, so I was the one who got this adorable treatment. After the 3rd or 4th time wtih the poop treatment, I told DH he had to go. The cat, I mean. Hmm, maybe I made the wrong one leave... JK

    I've been a cat lover since I was little. Dad used to tuck the kittens in his denim jacket and bring them to the house to show me as soon as they were old enough to leave the nest in the barn. I blame him for the endless stuggle with fur that we have had since then. Now both DD's are cat lovers, too. Both say that they will be crazy old cat ladies like me. I think that's a compliment?

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    Oh zzyzx definitely had different purrs! I always called one her "kissing up" purr, when she was hungry or wanted a treat. That's when she would let me pick her up or would jump up on my lap - otherwise she's rather be left alone :wink:

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    My sister's cat squeaks! I have never heard her meow, although she does purr loudly. Her queaks all have meanings, mostly being happy. :lol:

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    My sister's cats(5, including the newest addition) definitely rule the roost. One has to have her food on the back deck with her cream. It used to be milk until I started having cream around, and she got spoiled. She also has to buy a certain food or they protest. I inherited my Mom's cat when Mom passed, so I buy food for her. Here is the crazy part----they all eat out of Taylor's(my cat) dish, even miss picky.

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    Pancho does a variety of squeaking and meowing. If he wants more food he keeps up the squeaking when we come into the room and feed him. He evidently thinks we can't hear him but we can. He also follows us from room to room and keeps an eye on our dog Maggie to know where she is at all times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    Mr. Bean starts with a basic meow, and progresses to a very annoying and almost ear-piercing yowl if we don't jump to his bidding. If we still won't do what he wants, he scratches the furniture, gets on the counter or (last resort) tries to bite us. (The little shit!)

    The difference between DH and me at that point is that DH will do what kitty wants. I throw things at kitty.
    :lol:

    Barney bites my bare toes to show he loves me!

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    When we got ready for bed Saturday night, Mr. Bean was climbing the screen and DH thought that he was catching bugs. So he opened the door and let the cat in. ALl over sudden I hear: Mr. Bean NOOOOO! Oh SH** he's got a rat.

    Of course the rat was alive and of course Mr. Bean spat it out in the kitchen.

    Pat yelled that he's got a bucket but he can't figure out how to get the rat into the bucket. All I can think of is to hand him a flyswatter. Here stand the great white hunters. One with a bucket and a flyswatter, the other (me) barefoot in a T-shirt waving a dish towel. Got the picture?

    Eventually Ratatouille heads my way and I throw myself into his path - even caught it by the tail. Unfortunately, DH didn't leave well enough alone. Instead of letting me take it out, he has to put the bucket on it - and the rat has NO trouble escaping......under the fridge.

    Now out comes the fridge and the poor rat is screaming - I'm crying, Pat is cursing and the damn cat is yowling for canned food. Pat got the trolly and lifted the fridge letting the rat out. I took Mr. Bean and put him LITERALLY nose to nose with his bounty. The little turd looked at me as if I had just insulted him (and pranced away).

    Now we are at last resort and Pat called Heidi our lab/hound mix. She checks out the corner and gets hissed at by the rat who escapes between all our legs. Remember - I am still barefoot and let out an involuntary squeal and jump. The dog turns on a dime - barrels past me (knocks me over) and like greased lightning catches that rodent. Good dog!

    Now the cat decides that - well - since it is dead, he might as well eat it.

    .......do our cats manipulate us? You tell me.

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    Great story Mad Quilter. Mice are bac enough, but RATS EEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why do cats insist on showing their trophies ALIVE to their slaves? The least they could do is KILL them first.

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    LOL Martina but I would have wet my pants! I have mice in the henhouse, they sit cheeky as anything, waiting for me to fill the feeder! Barney just sits in the doorway and watches they play! Useless, fat article!

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