Is Your Cat a Bully?

Is Your Cat a Bully?


America’s schools are all abuzz with bully abatement, but did you know  that cats can be bullies too?  Here are the red flag warnings that your  sweet little kitty is really a big bully to the other cats in your household or  neighborhood.

1. Staring

2. Pouncing on another cat while that cat is sleeping or resting

3. Blocking thoroughfares such as in the middle of a hallway or in front of  the cat flap to deny exit or entry

4. Attacking, growling and hissing at another cat without apparent  provocation

5. Blocking access to indoor litter  box

6. Forcing another cat away from food bowl

7. Claiming resting areas and/or access to human by physically pushing other  cat away

Cats are territorial by nature and in territories where there is more than  one cat (indoors and out) a hierarchy is likely to develop. The biggest cat  often, but not always, will dominate the top rung of the ladder. If you do  observe the above listed behaviors in one or more of your cats, and it lasts for  more than a couple of weeks, then you likely need to intervene.

The first step is to assess whether your dominate cat (the one being the  bully) is getting the respect he/she deserves.  This situation happened in  our household. Sushi, our Maine Coon, who weighs about 24 pounds is the  undisputed top cat in the household. However, he is not the family favorite as  he doesn’t like to cuddle and he is quick to use his claws. The family favorite  is Mittens, our skinny little polydactyl cat that has an amazing personality,  loves to cuddle, and is light enough for the children to pick-up (which he  completely tolerates). Riki Tiki Tabby is also well-loved, but since he doesn’t  like to sit on laps or be held, he takes second place to Mittens. The result is  everyone in our household greets Mittens first, plays with him first, rubs his  belly first and gives him lots of treats. It got to the point where Sushi was  almost being ignored.  I guess Sushi said to himself, enough is enough,  because suddenly one day, he started  attacking Mittens quite aggressively.  I was actually shocked as it seemed to come out of nowhere.

This went on for a few weeks and it was causing our household significant  strife. Mittens was a nervous wreck and developed chin acne ( a sure sign of  stress). My husband was finally astute enough to suggest  that maybe Sushi  was jealous and that he (Sushi) felt he was not getting the respect he deserved  as top cat. So, we started greeting Sushi first when we came home, giving him  lots of chin rubs, and making sure he was the first to get a treat, the first to  get brushed and the first to be fed. Like magic, Sushi suddenly stopped  bothering Mittens!

Other issues that can stimulate bullying behavior in cats include having too  many cats in too small of a territory and/or having too few resources. Most cat  experts will say that you should have at least one bowl of food, one bowl of  water and one litter box for each cat. Some vets suggest even having one extra,  especially in the case of litter boxes. Cats that have not been spayed/neutered or  were fixed later in life, tend to be more naturally aggressive and  territorial.



Ok, I’m back…..This place is busy today & we’re suppose to be closed!

I had some people stop and of course, they seen me in here. So they knocked on the door and I had to see what they wanted. A neighbor of theirs told them that I had some kittens in. And it was time for us to start looking for them a home. The kitten was for their daughter, she looked to be about twelve. She was excited to be here so I took them back to look at the kittens. They picked out the one they wanted. I told them I would hold her for them. I also asked them if they minded coming back tomorrow(to fill out paperwork, about 3 months from now we will be checking on the kitten). I even went so far as telling the little girl I would give her a tour of all the wildlife we had. Gee! What’s Wrong With Me? I’m getting soft!

Now to get back to work before someone else shows up, lol! Sorry About That!

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Kitty Humor – 8 Reasons Cats Are Better Than Kids

8 Reasons Cats Are Better Than Kids


As a mother, I can say with great confidence there are more than eight  reasons why cats are better than kids, but just in case my two daughters (6 and  8 years old) read this post someday, I better leave it to eight! This would also  be a good time to clarify: I love my daughters. I love their giggles. I love  their curls. I love the charming crayon drawings they proudly bring me.

Yes, I love reading them bedtime stories and I love kissing their boo-boos,  but there are admittedly moments — and sometimes even days — when I wonder if  life would have been easier if I had just been happy with my husband and three  cats and left it at that! Cats, after all, are so much easier to live with – and  you can leave them (mostly) alone when you go on vacation.

So, for those of you without kids still hankering to procreate, here is my  short list of why you should either be happy with the cat you have or, if you do  not already have a cat, why you should consider cats instead of kids!

1. Cats are quiet – really quiet, compared to kids!

2. Cats take care of their own potty needs. You never have to wipe a cat’s  bum. If they are indoor-outdoor cats, you don’t even need a litter box.

3. Cats make great company when you are sick. They just curl up next to you —  quietly (see, there is that word again) and they do not ask you to play bingo or  monster trucks when you are about to upchuck into the toilet bowl.

4. To feed cats all you have to do is leave a bowl of dried food on the  floor. It can also be the same food everyday.

5. You never have to bathe a cat — they do so all on their own and without  complaining.

6. Cats, unlike kids, love to be brushed. When you brush a cat, there is no  howling or tears — and thus no guilt.

7. They never argue or talk back to you with a voice full of sass.

8. As said above, you can leave cats mostly alone while on vacation and  if you want a date with your partner, you never need a babysitter, thus making  those dates easier and cheaper.

In spite of all the benefits of having just cats instead of kids, you must be  careful about having too many cats, especially if you are female, single, and  over age 40. Otherwise you may be known behind you back as “the crazy cat lady”  —  or worse accused of witchcraft. Having a few kids around however can  diffuse the name calling and the witchcraft suspicions! Furthermore, if you  really like to wipe bum-bums, loud noises, and cooking for picky eaters, the  good news is that cats and kids are not incompatible. In fact, you can enjoy both. I know, because I do.