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Want to show your cat affection? Think twice before stroking it [truncated]
Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 7 October 2013 | Victoria Woollaston

Posted on 10/08/2013 10:23:25 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

If you really love your cat, don’t stroke it.

Researchers say that the pets become stressed if they’re 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.

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The research also dispelled the popular belief that cats are solitary creatures who struggle to live happily together in groups.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalrights; animalrightsagenda; bs; kittyping; peta
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Full title: Want to show your cat affection? Think twice before stroking it: Our feline friends can become stressed when touched

Mrs Slocombe, you lived in vain.

[Thanks to Gefn for the link!]

1 posted on 10/08/2013 10:23:25 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 10/08/2013 10:24:35 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
So when they come around purring and rubbing against your leg and you pet them and they act as if they like it, it's all a lie?
3 posted on 10/08/2013 10:26:24 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

What nonsense. If they don’t like it, why are they always hocking you to be petted?


4 posted on 10/08/2013 10:26:27 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Slings and Arrows

This article is such BS.


5 posted on 10/08/2013 10:26:45 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

As an owner of multiple cats over a fifty-five year period, I feel qualified to determine that this is complete ‘bullsh*t’.


6 posted on 10/08/2013 10:27:28 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: ModelBreaker
Mine seeks out my hand and pets himself with it. Sometimes I have to leave the room to get away from him.
7 posted on 10/08/2013 10:30:23 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I guess that's why both of our cats kick stuff off the desk to make room for themselves to curl up on my mouse hand.

Who knew they liked stress?

8 posted on 10/08/2013 10:30:30 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Slings and Arrows; hummingbird
Animal behaviour experts discovered that cats released hormones linked to anxiety when they were handled by humans.

I call bullsh!t on this.

My three cats chase me around the house bumping me and nudging until I scritch and stroke them. I have one cat, Rooster (my namesake), that constantly rubs his head against my mouse control hand until I give up at the computer and rub him.

Purrhaps my control group is to small for conclusions. But as someone who has worked in the service of our feline overlords for many years, I would suggest these "experts" know not of what they speak.

9 posted on 10/08/2013 10:30:49 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

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.


10 posted on 10/08/2013 10:32:02 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Then why do they position themselves right under your hand and when you quit petting they nudge it.


11 posted on 10/08/2013 10:32:38 AM PDT by tiki
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

A cat? Lie? Surely you jest!


12 posted on 10/08/2013 10:33:02 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I don’t know, maybe the researchers were stroking them wrong? I’ve notice that cats don’t really like to be just “stroked”, per se, but they like to be “scratched”. Try to pet a cat front to back, along the grain of the fur, and often they will move around and try to get your hand some other place that they want you to be rubbing or scratching for them. Behind the ears is always a crowd pleaser.


13 posted on 10/08/2013 10:33:09 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: RoosterRedux
Purrhaps my control group is to small for conclusions. But as someone who has worked in the service of our feline overlords for many years, I would suggest these "experts" know not of what they speak.

They're probably the same ones who concluded that homosexual sodomy is natural, healthy and beneficial.

14 posted on 10/08/2013 10:33:40 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Does this mean we’re going to have to stop calling them pets and call them nervous nellies instead?


15 posted on 10/08/2013 10:33:45 AM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I can just imagine a couple of guys in lab coats chasing a cat around the lab to see whether it is stressed when stroked.
16 posted on 10/08/2013 10:33:49 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

this is pure catsht.


17 posted on 10/08/2013 10:33:49 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: fwdude
Mine seeks out my hand and pets himself with it. Sometimes I have to leave the room to get away from him.

Yep. This is what one of mine does. The other jumps up on my lap and starts licking me, or if I'm walking around he stretches out his paws to be picked up.

18 posted on 10/08/2013 10:33:56 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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To: Slings and Arrows

My cat doesn’t just like to be petted, he likes his HIND END to be petted.

Although he is somewhat particular how and when it is done.

By my friggin’ face at daybreak seems to work best.


19 posted on 10/08/2013 10:34:15 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Cyber Liberty

20 posted on 10/08/2013 10:35:43 AM PDT by freedomlover
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To: Slings and Arrows
All BS. This has to be written by a dog.

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.

/johnny

21 posted on 10/08/2013 10:35:57 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Think ten times before getting one.


22 posted on 10/08/2013 10:36:31 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: miss marmelstein

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.

Like this.


23 posted on 10/08/2013 10:36:33 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Right. And dogs don't really like chasing sticks.

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?

24 posted on 10/08/2013 10:36:50 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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

25 posted on 10/08/2013 10:37:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


26 posted on 10/08/2013 10:37:50 AM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The silly things that “scientists” say. Cats know different.


27 posted on 10/08/2013 10:39:01 AM PDT by gunsmithkat (There is no such thing as Too Many Guns)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Just ran this by my cat. She said “knock off the funny business and get over here and scratch my head.”
28 posted on 10/08/2013 10:41:01 AM PDT by JPG (Putin Does Obama.)
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To: who knows what evil?

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.


29 posted on 10/08/2013 10:41:33 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: fwdude
Probably a conclusion reached by Cass Sunstein based on experience with a single cat in his neighborhood.

I have learned that cats don't like liberals and would certainly be stressed if and when rubbed by them.

30 posted on 10/08/2013 10:42:37 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

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.


31 posted on 10/08/2013 10:42:48 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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To: Slings and Arrows
" hormones linked to anxiety"

"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.

32 posted on 10/08/2013 10:43:24 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


33 posted on 10/08/2013 10:43:41 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Slings and Arrows

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 ...


34 posted on 10/08/2013 10:44:17 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Animal behaviour experts discovered that cats released hormones linked to anxiety when they were handled by humans.

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.

35 posted on 10/08/2013 10:44:48 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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I have learned that cats don't like liberals and would certainly be stressed if and when rubbed by them.

Of course. They smell like dog s**t.

36 posted on 10/08/2013 10:45:12 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: ModelBreaker

“What nonsense. If they don’t 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.


37 posted on 10/08/2013 10:46:18 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Slings and Arrows

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.


38 posted on 10/08/2013 10:46:52 AM PDT by diamond6 (Behold this Heart which has so loved men!" Jesus to St. Margaret Mary)
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To: Slings and Arrows

She probably gives health advice too.


39 posted on 10/08/2013 10:47:24 AM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: fwdude

Lol!!


40 posted on 10/08/2013 10:47:31 AM PDT by diamond6 (Behold this Heart which has so loved men!" Jesus to St. Margaret Mary)
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To: tiki

Exactly. And if ours is on the bed with me, and I am only petting him with ONE hand, he pulls the other one in to be sure he’s getting the full quality experience.


41 posted on 10/08/2013 10:47:37 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
So when they come around purring and rubbing against your leg and you pet them and they act as if they like it, it's all a lie?

They're fickle like that.

42 posted on 10/08/2013 10:47:56 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Slings and Arrows
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.

Why not just avoid having them in your family entirely?

43 posted on 10/08/2013 10:48:30 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: fwdude

Agreed. Our cats come and go all day long, but are sure to demand a brushing each time they come in. They get brushed 4-6 times a day, if not more.


44 posted on 10/08/2013 10:50:48 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cats love it when you scratch right where the tail attaches to the body. They can’t reach that area, also inside the ears.


45 posted on 10/08/2013 10:52:36 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Where's that great graphic showing a comparison of cats vs. dogs from a few weeks back? It was black and white and used the term "Awesome" over the dog's whole body. Not so much for the more discerning cat.
46 posted on 10/08/2013 10:53:27 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

When they want petted, they like being petted. When they don’t want petted, petting them just makes them angry. I won’t restate my theory about guys being like dogs and women being like cats here.

My guess is that they forced themselves on a bunch of cats that weren’t in the mood.


47 posted on 10/08/2013 10:53:54 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: fwdude

:))


48 posted on 10/08/2013 10:55:24 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (Go, Cruz! Go!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yup.


49 posted on 10/08/2013 10:59:04 AM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I think the article might make sense. Not much for cats, but we always had several growing up. Cats want you to “rub them”, in face, near ears, neck. Since they mark their territory and property (e.g. you) by rubbing in this way, it follows that it’s why they encourage you to rub them there. What the article is talking about seems to be handling, e.g. picking the cat up, or holding them while stroking their fur (e.g. back, belly). As the article points out, many cats will tolerate this, some are not happy. Very few that I’ve seen actively seek this out... and some respond by either trying to escape, or clawing/biting.


50 posted on 10/08/2013 11:01:22 AM PDT by LambSlave
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