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Cat Behavior 101 (Slideshow)

Cat “Attacks” Aren’t What They Seem

If you’ve ever found yourself walking around your home and — wham — your kitty attacks your ankle! Don’t worry, your cat is not angry or even maladjusted, it is merely playing with you. Cats are playful creatures that love to hone their hunting skills, and well you have just become a target. Lucky you. Thankfully, you can avoid any future assaults by distracting kitty with some string or another toy. Play with your cat for a little while. The cat will absolutely love you for it. More importantly, you’ll have less “loving” scratch marks.


So, we’ve busted the myths. Strange cat behavior isn’t that strange after all. It is merely natural instinct coming through. Now by all means, put that cat up on that pedestal. Just make sure it’s got something to play with up there… or watch out!

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3:20PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Thank you Nicholas, for Sharing this!

7:16AM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

Thanks for sharing

9:23AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

my kitty rarely "attacks" me, I choose not to instigate said attacks. My boyfriend likes to ruffle her fur and such to get her to play then complains that she attacks him when he tries to sleep or when he walks by. silly men. cats are incredible

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8:48AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

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6:40PM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

they are amazing, i love cat's( feral cats too!)

They are so sensitive and miss you alot when you go on vacations without it.

:) o/

4:40PM PDT on May 25, 2013

thank you for that

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