Skip to comments.Want to show your cat affection? Think twice before stroking it [truncated]
Posted on 10/08/2013 10:23:25 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
If you really love your cat, dont stroke it.
Researchers say that the pets become stressed if theyre constantly petted.
Animal behaviour experts discovered that cats released hormones linked to anxiety when they were handled by humans.
In fact, the tests appeared to show that no cats enjoyed being stroked.
Some were prepared to tolerate it but they were the individuals that showed the highest levels of distress.
The researchers concluded that genuine cat lovers should avoid constantly petting their feline friends to spare their feelings.
The research also dispelled the popular belief that cats are solitary creatures who struggle to live happily together in groups.
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More than once, I've woken up with an arm hanging over the side of the bed with my catz doing the 'dead hand petting' thing with my unresponsive hand.
Think ten times before getting one.
My cat only likes to be stroked on her own terms - but she does like it. When she gets tired of it, she has her own way of telling me to knock it off.
Yeah, they do have a way.
Thank God for all of the colleges and universities who employ such professors; otherwise, whatever would we do with all of our idiots? Other than send them to Congress, that is?
Well, I make the pussy purr with the stroke of my hand
They know they gettin' it from me
They know just where to go when they need their lovin' man
They know I'm doin' it for free
Mrs. Slocumbe is most likely upset about her beloved Tiddles. My kitteh loved to be scritched on the ears, neck, and tail.
I call schenegans.
The silly things that “scientists” say. Cats know different.
I agree. Different cats had different personalities and preferences.
We have two, at the moment. One prefers to sit on my husband’s lap and get the occasional ‘mauling’, then will be content to be ignored. He’s happy to sit there. If I try to pet him (apparently I’m doing it all wrong) he’ll leave.
The other will not stay out of my lap. If I stop petting him, he’ll pet my face, make solid eye contact, stroke my nose with his chin, meow, and generally make a fuss until I resume. Then he relaxes and goes back to sleep.
I have learned that cats don't like liberals and would certainly be stressed if and when rubbed by them.
Let me guess at this researcher’s methodology. Cat goes to strange office to be observed. Strange person goes into room and pets cat. Cat is scared because it is in a strange place with strange people who are touching said cat. Researchers act surprised when cat releases pheromones associated with being scared.
"In fact, the tests appeared to show that no cats enjoyed being stroked"
"Some were prepared to tolerate it but they were the individuals that showed the highest levels of distress."
Yeah, all of which explains why stroking a cat's head and scratching its chin puts it into an "anxiety-ridden" coma.
It isn’t about whether I want to show the cat affection. It’s whether the cat wants me to. In which case, I’d better.
My little tuxedo Lady likes being petted so much that when you stop stroking her she reaches out with her paw and pulls on your hand to keep going. She needs her affection every day. If only wives were so inclined ...
My cats do not like to be picked up but will stalk me to get in to my lap when it suits their fancy.
They are very persistent at this and will try repeatedly to get in to my lap until I relent.
The female will after occupying my lap will nip my arm until I pet her or scratch her. When I particularly please her in my efforts she will then groom my arm.
Being petted is something a cat enjoys on their own terms IMO just like a human.
I think this is another Leftist PETA nutcase study.
Of course. They smell like dog s**t.
“What nonsense. If they dont like it, why are they always hocking you to be petted?”
Agreed. My cat runs in front of me when I walk and I literally run into her. She rolls over and invites me down for a belly rub. I can barely make it across the house without paying in strokes.
My family says I’m p*ssy-whipped.
I own a very sweet cat. Unfortunately sometimes he swats at me when I pet him when he’s laying down. I don’t understand it.
She probably gives health advice too.
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