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Feline peer pressure - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Feline peer pressure
I think cats have peer pressure. Jelly Roll's idea of playing with a cat teaser (one of those strings on sticks that you wave around) was to grin and bob his head, and you could almost read his mind: "Wow, humans are really funny when they play with that." Consequently, Cindy would hesitantly bat now and then, look for non-existent approval, and then slink away. Jelly hasn't been here for a few weeks, and Elizabeth left his cat teasers, since he was so disinterested in them, and now Cindy is all over them. She drags her favorite (a strip of rainbow colored terry cloth with no bells or whistles) around and waits for me to pick it up. She will happily chase it around in circles, like she's chasing her tail, and last night, she did a back flip trying to catch it. She seems to genuinely enjoy it these days. Of course, her polydactyl grip is so strong that I have to use my fingers to dislodge it from her claws to continue the game if she happens to catch it! She hasn't quite got the concept that the game can only work when she doesn't actually have hold of it.
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scarah2 From: scarah2 Date: June 26th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
We call that "fishing for cats."
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 27th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I like that. I'll call it that from now on. :)
arclevel From: arclevel Date: June 26th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Athena loves it when I play with dangly toys. Like Jelly, though, she mostly prefers to watch me, unless I dangle it right above and behind her ears, then she'll jump for it. And she might jog for it once or twice in a play session. But mostly she likes to crouch down in stalking pose and watch it slither or twitch.
sreya From: sreya Date: June 26th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
*giggling* Yes, it's funny how cats are such socially-driven creatures. When I'm visiting my parents and bring along River, she acts all tough in front of the other two, hardly coming near me unless the other cats aren't around to see her cuddling with "mommy".
jo_anne_storm From: jo_anne_storm Date: June 26th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have two cats, an eight year old brown-tiger version of Cinderpelt and a grey "kitten" who is a year and a half. They each have their own favorite games. Rose, the Maine Coon, loves "cat fishing", like Cinderpelt. Woad, the grey, will bring you a toy mouse, drop it near you, and wait for you to throw it. Yes, as in fetch! She loves it best when you throw it down the stairs, and if we refuse to play she'll eventually throw it down them herself, only to bring it up and do it all over once she's caught it.
reihla From: reihla Date: June 27th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
> I think cats have peer pressure

I agree. My two definitely do. If ours are in the same room they always ignore the toys we dangle in front of them, giving us that "you can't be serious" look. If we close a door and separate them, though, they'll chase just about anything, just like kittens.
felis_sidus From: felis_sidus Date: June 30th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! My polydactyl cat Moby used to grab the dangly toy, then look at me as if to say, "So? Now what?". I found that tugging on the toy triggered his "oh, noes! The prey is escaping!!" response, but letting the toy go limp, as if the "prey" had died, usually got him to let go.
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