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23 Jul 2009, 6:26 am

Greentea wrote:
1. Do you understand your pet's / other animals' body (non-verbal) language better than people's?

2. Can you discern between your pet's tone of voice / intonation / sounds?

3. What are your pet's personality traits, if any?


1. yes

2. yes

3. very social for a cat. vocal and cuddly. we never trained her to play carefully w her claws+us, so wear gloves when playing rough :D


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23 Jul 2009, 6:39 am

and how do you protect your face?


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23 Jul 2009, 6:49 am

Greentea wrote:
and how do you protect your face?


i keep it at a safe distance :D

i rarely play rough w her, shes an outdoors cat and usually "runs herself off" outside, as we say,

during winter its cold as death outside, so she stays in for the most part, except for her little quick territorial surveys

so we'll usually play some quick chase-games jumping back and forth in the small kitchen :D or the usual "little toy behind a corner" and if she still has a lot of energy left we put on a couple of tough skiing gloves, and make a "running hand" that jumps up and attacks her, thats the rough play, she gets to kill the hell out of the glove-monster with teeth and claws, shes far away from the face, and i doubt she would ever even think of going for the face


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23 Jul 2009, 6:56 am

Oh I see! The glove is the prey! :D


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23 Jul 2009, 6:59 am

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Oh I see! The glove is the prey! :D


yep! both me and my brother grew up playing w plush animals, i SUSPECT my dad is the culprate aspie, he had very specific ways to play that he passed on to us, where you make the toys do very natural movements, almost like a very well done puppet show

so with that allready "in our blood", we make a pretty irresistible glove-prey, mimmicking typical small-critter movements. she loves when the glove skips around, then suddenly stops, as if it has noticed her :D "CHARGE!! !"


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23 Jul 2009, 7:17 am

Nice! Is anything left of the glove at the end or do you have to buy a new one each time?


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23 Jul 2009, 7:22 am

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Nice! Is anything left of the glove at the end or do you have to buy a new one each time?


haha no theres a lot left :D she CAN rip it to shreds, but she shows some restraint, she knows we're playing. the thing is, she uses her claws playfully, but that doesnt help us much, since our skin is too delicate anyway. most people i think will simply avoid rough play w cats, other cats ive played with dont use their claws at all near bare skin. i dunno if theyve been tought it, or tought themselves.

if she digs her claws into a toy, i can easily make her let go, by sliding my hand under her paw, making her retract her claws. she definitely is careful, she just doesnt know we're so flimsy :D

the gloves get a beating tho, so we cant do it too much. we should have a like a real carpenters glove. my dad used that w a huge male cat we had when i was little. the glove took it!


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23 Jul 2009, 7:30 am

How about oven gloves? Have you watched this video? Mean Kitty


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23 Jul 2009, 7:38 am

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How about oven gloves? Have you watched this video? Mean Kitty


haha that was awesome :D

i THOUGHT of kitchen gloves, but then i imagined myself in the kitchen using kitchen gloves full of holes, and an embarassing evening spent at the doctors, bandaging up my hand and stuff...

the cat in the vid reminds me of my kitty when she was younger, shes a female, so they seem to settle a bit and calm down. but yes, there was stalking, and needle teeth and claws on very sensitive bare feet and stuff :D


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23 Jul 2009, 8:06 am

Glad you liked the vid! :)


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31 Jul 2009, 8:15 pm

I remember while I was 11 or so finding a stray St. Bernard (he was huge, around 250 pounds) in my neighborhood. I had no idea why my mom was so nervous about me petting him, just because I knew he wasn't going to bite me or anyone else. I didn't see how she could be uncertain about whether or not he was friendly.

A couple down the street ended up taking him in, and it turns out I was right. He never once bit or even growled at anyone up until his death last year.


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31 Jul 2009, 11:12 pm

We have two Lovebirds and they have more personality than some people. If we don't follow their schedule, they let us know with a chirp that is close to a Bronx cheer. They have certain tweets and sounds for certain emotions. If we bring one out to be with us and forget the other one we get scolded. They really try their best to communicate with us.


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01 Aug 2009, 12:12 am

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He's a bit. . .odd, though. He doesn't really like to be picked up, or held for any length of time. He generally prefers to be petted on the floor.


My last female cat was like that. I found that if you held her in your arms so that her back feet were firmly touching my arm or body she was fine with thta. (You might give it a try.)

I think she just wanted to feel a bit safer and more in control, so making sure she was "grounded" worked.

I've always had a special relationship with animals (especially cats and oddly enough, non-pet frogs).

1. Do you understand your pet's / other animals' body (non-verbal) language better than people's?

Yes, especially after they're mostly out of kittenhood. I like dogs but I don't "get" them the way I do cats.

2. Can you discern between your pet's tone of voice / intonation / sounds?

Definitely. Cat body language is much easier than people's.

My last female cat was constantly on my lap, even when I ate dinner. Once I accidentally left the door to the bathroom open and she jumped on my lap there. Eventually I had to wean her off of me a bit so I could sometimes get a break from her sitting on me.

Izzy used make a rattling noise from the back of her throat whenever she saw a moth, etc. she was hunting came close. When she wanted me to wake up, she'd lightly pat my eyes with her paws to wake me up...and that worked! When she was begging for food she liked (her cat food can, hotdogs, ham, tuna), she'd meow quickly over and over like a desperate kitten who needed to be fed NOW. When she was annoyed with our other cat, her tail would whap erratically on the floor until he walked away.

3. What are your pet's personality traits, if any?

My last remaining pet, an ancient English cocker understandably has far less personality then when she was young. When she was young though, she was extremely affectionate, constantly happy, and had the energy of an Olympic athlete. She also doted on Izzy and went out of her way to sleep near wherever she was sleeping.


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01 Aug 2009, 2:28 am

There was one time a good decade back with a orange stripey shorthair I'd named Applesauce because he was about that color where I tried communicating "cat style"

No longer remember exactly what it was that he was caught doing or where it was, think it was in the kitchen, when I came back from the bathroom. Whatever it was he did was something he definitely did not need to be doing. Might have involved hot stovetop burners or something.

Had an inspiration - okay, what do cats do when they're really ticked off?
Ahh - arch, hiss, and spit!

So, I tried imitating that. :twisted: Got in front of him and put on the show.

Ohhh baby: 'The Saucecat' looked like he'd just seen the wrath of an angry god 8O 8O 8O - eyes as big a soccer balls and everything :!:
He left the room at supersonic velocity and was never caught doing whatever it was again.

My other cat Annabelle, a little black and white longhair, was nearby and looked like it made an impact on her too. Then she put on her "I'm such a sweet kitty, see how I don't get in trouble" act.
Yeah, right, cat. And the moon is made of catnip.

Also works on my wife's "mean kitty" twins up there in the avatar. She has to ask me to come do it because she just can't be intimidation enough or something, they just kind of look at her with a "yeah, whatever" pose.
They do, however, pay attention to "daddycat". :twisted:

The little black one, MightyMouth, will come look into the phone speaker when I call home. Cute :)


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01 Aug 2009, 2:51 am

Greentea wrote:
1. Do you understand your pet's / other animals' body (non-verbal) language better than people's?

2. Can you discern between your pet's tone of voice / intonation / sounds?


Yes and yes. Dogs and cats are very easy to read, and it happens instantly. I can learn to understand a bird or a horse and once I'm used to them I'm better at them than people. It's strange to me that I cannot seem to learn to accurately understand human facial expressions and body language when I can tell you what an animal is going to do.