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Think you know your cat? Think again: New video demystifies feline body language
DailyMail ^ | July 31, 2013 | Sarah Griffiths

Posted on 08/03/2013 5:36:01 AM PDT by Daffynition

Uncut title: Think you know your cat? Think again: New video demystifies feline body language - and reveals they probably DON'T want their tummy stroked

Every cat owner likes to think they share a special bond with their feline friend, but experts believe that many people might be missing the chance to communicate effectively.

Britain's leading cat charity has produced a video guide to cat behaviour after a study found many owners struggle to understand their pet.

The Cats Protection video dispels popular myths such as cats licking their lips when they are hungry or wanting their tummies scratched when they roll over.

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


TOPICS: Humor; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: calico; calicobongo; catbehavior; kitty; kittyping
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**'Unlike dogs and humans, cats have not evolved the complex facial muscles that allow them to make obvious expressions,'**....or not.


1 posted on 08/03/2013 5:36:01 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Slings and Arrows
Happy Caturday fine sir!


2 posted on 08/03/2013 5:37:03 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: Daffynition
Figuring out cats, like figuring out women, is a fool's errand. Wise men are satisfied with understanding a few basic things and leave it at that.

My daughter and SIL got a cat to teach our grandson how to relate to other living things. Sometimes he is sweet to her and they will curl up on the couch or floor and sleep together.

Sometimes he treats her mean. She doesn't bite or scratch, just gets up and walks away. He will then try to make nice, but the cat just ignores him or hide even more if he becomes too persistent in his apology.

Then, when he is least expecting it, she will come over, curl up beside him and roll over on her back for a tummy rub. The little fellow is getting a real education in how to treat living things and is very lucky to have a gentle feline friend who won't bite or scratch.

3 posted on 08/03/2013 5:46:52 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Daffynition

They are most fascinating creatures!


4 posted on 08/03/2013 5:59:15 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Daffynition

5 posted on 08/03/2013 6:02:44 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: Vigilanteman

What a wonderful experience for your grandson. I think that’s great!


6 posted on 08/03/2013 6:18:35 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: JoeProBono
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww! *Do as I do!* stupid human.

Have you seen Matilda the barn cat?

7 posted on 08/03/2013 6:20:50 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: Daffynition

I’ll bet donuts that average cat owners are smarter than the study researcher(s).


8 posted on 08/03/2013 6:48:25 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Daffynition
Nicky, the video presenter.

I'd hit it.

9 posted on 08/03/2013 6:54:07 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Daffynition

Eyes blinking at you? What do they know! That’s a kitty kiss.


10 posted on 08/03/2013 6:57:01 AM PDT by cornelis
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To: Sir Napsalot
To prove my previous point, excerpt from the article:

'Unlike dogs and humans, cats have not evolved the complex facial muscles that allow them to make obvious expressions,' she said.

Cats don't need 'obvious facial expression' to communicate their thoughts. Obviously! You will know when they mean business just by looking at their eyes.

11 posted on 08/03/2013 7:00:07 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: cornelis

12 posted on 08/03/2013 7:07:11 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

A few days ago the Daily Mail had a story about dog expressions and advised owners to watch their eyebrows.

13 posted on 08/03/2013 7:13:27 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: Daffynition

My cat gets up in the bed about 4:15am every morning, and is very affectionate. He purrs and rolls around next to me, for about 5 minutes. If I haven’t gotten up to feed him by then he bites my arms and starts attacking my feet. Doesn’t matter if there’s food in his bowl, he wants someone to go downstairs with him, make sure he’s fed and give him some attention.


14 posted on 08/03/2013 7:15:45 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: Daffynition

I just presume my cat wants to kill me.

It makes things much easier.


15 posted on 08/03/2013 7:24:34 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Daffynition

Other cat behaviors.

(this one’s a classic)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIoOJKLHeY0

(beating the masochistic cat)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OigAGhLhh8I

Actually this is fairly common among cats, some of whom aggressively demand to be thumped and get quite upset when it stops. There used to be a lot of videos of it, but I think YouTube got too many complaints from unknowing animal lovers that cats *could not* enjoy being thumped, no matter what.


16 posted on 08/03/2013 7:28:30 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: Daffynition; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...
And to you, madam.


17 posted on 08/03/2013 8:17:17 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Daffynition

Mao, my girl kitty;s, favorite thing is life is being vigorously brushed, with a pin/stripper brush. Twice a day at least. She’s a fur factory! And she ALWAYS rolls over to get her tummy brushed. She loves it!


18 posted on 08/03/2013 8:21:30 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

19 posted on 08/03/2013 8:25:15 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: Daffynition

Sunbeam bliss!


20 posted on 08/03/2013 8:27:34 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Daffynition

*snicker* Anything that dangles is a cat toy.


21 posted on 08/03/2013 8:29:01 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Is she afraid of the vacuum?


22 posted on 08/03/2013 8:30:43 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Wise men are satisfied with understanding a few basic things and leave it at that.
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Very true BUT as long as there is a Government (AT least fools pulling the money strings) willing to grant money for such inane studies, someone will do it - GLADLY accepting OUR money to finance their tom-foolery.

People used to rail Art Bell and call HIM crazy.

I looked at Art Bell as rather a ‘sanish’ type person making a living. The people I ‘worried’ about on his show were the CALLERS that had been abducted, probed and worse.


23 posted on 08/03/2013 8:31:54 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --Inside every 'older' man there is a 'younger' man wondering "WTF happened")
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Calico Bongo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3MdnyQ381E


24 posted on 08/03/2013 8:37:04 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Daffynition

“Is she afraid of the vacuum?”

Not really. But if it gets too close, she walks away. It’s just that she doesn’t like the loud noise.


25 posted on 08/03/2013 8:40:40 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
You'll have to teach her to undergo rigorous training to face the greatest of dangers, like the danger of loud, warm winds. ;D


26 posted on 08/03/2013 8:43:07 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: Vigilanteman

...roll over on her back for a tummy rub....

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Not the reason kitty rolls over, as explained in the piece. Cats don’t like a tummy rub.


27 posted on 08/03/2013 8:58:11 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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28 posted on 08/03/2013 9:05:45 AM PDT by Fawn (Pastor Bob Rocks!)
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To: Bigg Red

“Cats don’t like a tummy rub.”

Mine does! And tummy brushing too. High point of her day!


29 posted on 08/03/2013 9:08:37 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Daffynition

I question the intelligence of the people were in this study. Some of this stuff is about as basic as it gets. Maybe they should trade their cats in for something more suitable to them, like a pet rock.


30 posted on 08/03/2013 9:22:22 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Daffynition

Wonderful Corgi scene. Your dog?


31 posted on 08/03/2013 9:27:31 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: Vigilanteman

I must say, some cats really do want their tummy rubbed!


32 posted on 08/03/2013 9:31:59 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
"AndyMan" loves to be brushed with a hard-bristled plastic brush something like this one, but from the dollar store with shorter bristles. He actually begs to be brushed. Comes to his table and marches back and forth until I get the "brush me" message. He has a short shiny coat.


33 posted on 08/03/2013 9:40:33 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: Veto!

I bought a brush like that. Not scratchy enough for Mao. She doesn’t like it.
She just got brushed. She jumps up by my left side, when I’m on the computer, walks in front of me. Beeps a couple times. Maybe gives me a head butt, or a tail slap. Then she jumps down by my right side, and shoots off. I’m supposed to chase her! She loves that. She’ll head for the stairs, or will jump on top of the fridge. Then she heads for her brush. If I move them, I ask her “Where’s your brush?” She searches until she finds it, then nudges it with her nose, and looks at me. Pretty hard to resist that treatment!


34 posted on 08/03/2013 9:49:13 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: workerbee

It’s the Daily Snooze....what did you expect?

Are we Limeyphobic?


35 posted on 08/03/2013 9:54:12 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: Veto!

No, I wish...We have a black Lab....who also loves to be vacuumed.


36 posted on 08/03/2013 9:56:41 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: Daffynition

Okay! Hey, does anybody know where I can get some cat handcuffs? I’ve gotta get a pair of cat handcuffs. Either two little ones like this, to go around the little paws.. or a big one that hooks onto my arm and then hooks onto the cat.

I found out my cat was embezzling from me, so I’ve gotta get a little pair.. of cat handcuffs, so.. Well, I found out that when I’m away, he goes to the mailbox, picks up the checks, take them down to the bank and cashes them. The way I caught him, I went out to his little house, where he sleeps at night, and there was like $3,000 worth of cat toys out there. And you can’t return them, because they have spit all over them..

I don’t know where he is now, I guess he went out to Catalina, or something like that, I don’t know.. [ audience groans slightly ] No. He bought a catamaran, and went out.. [ audience groans again ] No, he got it out of a catalog.. [ groans ] This is a catastrophe! Hey, just remember - comedy is not pretty!

-Steve Martin


37 posted on 08/03/2013 9:57:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Bigg Red
Cats don’t like a tummy rub.

Nonsense. I had a cat who loved tummy rubs. He was a tummy rub fanatic. If you didn't rub his tummy he was very miffed.

I also have had cats who didn't like them but that one did.

38 posted on 08/03/2013 9:57:37 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Aww, that is so sweet!


39 posted on 08/03/2013 9:57:55 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Daffynition

I don’t like British humor, either.


40 posted on 08/03/2013 9:59:40 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Daffynition

I’m not really a cat person and this evidently makes me an excellent cat owner!

I briefly pet our cat if she comes up to me, I groom her in very short bouts, I feed her and take care of the litter box, and that’s it.

She’s happy, a great mouser, and she enjoys climbing on my husband (I don’t like that). Our relationship is “cordial”.


41 posted on 08/03/2013 9:59:41 AM PDT by Gingersnap
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To: dfwgator

42 posted on 08/03/2013 10:02:21 AM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: workerbee

I took an old dog-sized pin brush, and clipped two spring clamps onto the handle. They prevent it from rolling over onto the bristle side. It’s on the floor in the living room. She brushes her head with it all the time!


43 posted on 08/03/2013 10:02:45 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Daffynition

44 posted on 08/03/2013 10:06:08 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Bratch
I just presume my cat wants to kill me.

You may be on to something.

I discovered a small book in her box (not really, but it's a classic):

Day 983 of My Captivity

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe.

For now ...

45 posted on 08/03/2013 10:26:46 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“*snicker* Anything that dangles is a cat toy.”

Which is why us guys have to be very careful getting out of the shower. :)


46 posted on 08/03/2013 10:38:15 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Depends how far the cat has to jump. ;^)


47 posted on 08/03/2013 10:44:44 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Lazamataz

If you google image Nicky the cat behaviorist, Nicky Whelan will also appear on the page.

Oh my.


48 posted on 08/03/2013 10:46:59 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Vigilanteman

I have always been fond of cats for the exact reasons you describe... the connection you’ve drawn between feline behavior and feminine behavior is obvious... it’s no wonder I like cats.


49 posted on 08/03/2013 10:50:47 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Daffynition

Confuse-A-Cat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2Je1CEPkUM


50 posted on 08/03/2013 10:51:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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