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Do You Believe That Cats Hold Grudges?

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets )

- 1935 days ago -
I believe cats don't hold onto resentment -- they're too smart for that, frankly. What do you think?

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Autumn S (151)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 6:31 am
thanks, Cher :) I don't think cats hold on to resentment. I still don't like to trim their nails though. They ignore me for awhile

Dana H (229)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 7:08 am
ty cher

Ruth C (87)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 7:28 am

Christeen A (369)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:13 am
I think they do if only for a short time. Thanks for this article.

Valentina R (12)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:15 am
Cats definitely have resentments. They like a little revenge every now and then. It doesn't make them any less smart.

Carol H (229)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:24 am
I know I used to have one that did!! not to people but to another cat. noted, thanks

Ela V (85)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:51 am
mine hold grudges :)

Barbara DeFratis (23)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 10:00 am
I agree, Cats are too intelligent and too forgiving to hold grudges.
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which reminds me of our late cat, Patches. The cat who lived with us when I was a child. I remember 360+ days of the year she hated fish, except on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, she demanded fish, or I'd get 'that' look. Patches also introduced me to 3 a.m. feedings, after all, when she got hungry was when she got hungry, this is why I can honestly say that she counted Ash Wednesday from mid-night to mid-night, it was either fish or 'that' look and her water dish. Because I confess, some times I was less than eager to go from the up-stairs bedroom not only down to the kitchen but also down to the basement where her cans of cat food was stored, since that was where the food pantry was in our house. I'll never forget her, she lived to be 19 years old.

Beth Tatum (95)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 12:30 pm
Both of my cats get very annoyed with me occasionly, but not for long!

Birgit W (160)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 12:50 pm
Maybe when you leave them for a holiday. Otherwise they do not.

michelle t (41)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 12:59 pm
Animal s don't hold grudges but humans do.

leona m (0)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 1:38 pm
yes 1 of mine does the other 2 don't.

Janis B (7)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 2:06 pm
Some cats who think their people seem to hold grudges. The other two cats would make a big fuss of us on our return from vacation but the third would have her back to us for 2-3 days.

. (0)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 2:46 pm
Cats don't easily forget...

Dianne D (490)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 2:54 pm
My cats may walk away mad for something I did, like shave matts off of them or trim their nails, but within a couple of minutes, will come back running to greet me.

Eternal G (745)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 3:28 pm
Some do, I've experienced, but never longer than a day or two.

Debra Van Way (12)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 4:13 pm
Yeah, not only can they hold a grudge, they can get even. Back when I was still married, I had a wonderfully smart cat named Puppy. The first winter we spent living in Michigan, the house we owned had a large picture window and our sofa was in front of it. We had a bird/squirrel feeder outside that window and Puppy loved to watch the birds. One snowy evening he was chittering away and looking at the ground under the feeder. I went to see what the fuss was about-there were tiny field mice eating seed under the feeder. My then husband made the comment that the cat was too stupid to catch a mouse. Puppy's ears went back for a moment and I could tell an evil plot was hatching. He ran to the back door meowing to go out. Now the back door was by our kitchen table and my husband was sitting in the chair reading at that end of the table so, he reached behind him, opened the door and let the cat out. Less than 3 minutes later, the cat scratched at the door to be let in and once again, my husband just reached back and opened the door without looking. I happened to be sitting on the sofa watching this. My husband let out a shriek and jumped up ON his chair. Puppy had strolled around to the front of the house, caught, but not hurt a mouse, then dropped the wet, cold very live mouse on my husband's bare foot, calmly walked back to the sofa, jumped on the back and resumed his mouse watching enjoyment. I being the truly sympathetic (to the cat) wife, calmly strolled into the kitchen to pick up the frightened but unhurt rather damp little mouse-dried- him off carefully (husband still on chair freaking out) then took the little guy outside to be with his mouse friends. My husband was still standing on the chair when I got back inside just in case Pup had stashed a spare mouse. After that, he never said another insulting thing to or about that cat ever again.

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 4:58 pm
I believe some do. A few years ago I was in the hospital for five days due to a hand operation. When I returned home my cat ignored me for several days. He was taken care of during my absence but I guess he thought I abandoned him.

Vicky P (476)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 5:41 pm
They do, they don't forget just like other animals

greenplanet e (155)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 5:43 pm
Not for long.

marie C (163)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 5:46 pm
My brown Burmese boy (Hugo) used to ignore me for a week and refuse to sleep on my bed when I came back from holiday it happened every time and every time my suitcase came out he used to spray them so yes cats can also chihuahuas are incredible hat sulking

Winn A (179)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 6:31 pm
I think mine do for a minute or two and they they get over it with one exception. If I'm away from home for too long, what ever that means to them then it takes a while longer for them to come around.

Shirley B (5)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:16 pm
One of my two definitely holds a grudge but only till he gets even or it is close to feeding time, whichever comes first.

Shawna S (45)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:34 pm
Mine does...for short periods of time :")

Anita R (2)
Friday February 8, 2013, 2:55 am
They may not hold grudges, but they are certainly able to read humans! When I was in my teens, we had a visitor, a woman my parents had known in the past who came to pay back a loan. She was a allergic to cats. Our cat wandered into the room, looked at her, and then sat down and stared at her from about 6 feet away. For the whole time she was in the house, he sat and stared at her. It was if he was challenging her. "You don't want me here, do you? Well, this is MY HOUSE!"

Kath P (9)
Friday February 8, 2013, 4:42 am
I don't believe that they hold onto grudges but I do think that they don't want to repeat a traumatic event.

naomi cohen (55)
Friday February 8, 2013, 11:45 am
when i take any of my cats to the vet, they definitely are angry with me, and don't let go of that resentment for several hours. but then......they are all over me and forget the whole thing. thank you, cher!

Isabelle J (81)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 9:36 am
Maybe, but not for long.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 1:31 pm
Mine hold grudges and this, for years! They don't forget.
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