Behavior

October 2007 Issue

The Attention-Hungry Cat

Does it feel like you can't get a moment's peace without your cat pestering you? Here's help in understanding his curiosity.

Bandit sits on a white plastic grocery sack (with the handles slit so she doesnít become trapped). Sitting on a sack is her personís cue that Bandit wants to play a game. Growltigger sits on papers in front of the computer screen whenever his owner is trying to type. Ziba jumps on newspapers spread out on the dining room table when someone is reading them there. Thomas Mountain Lion climbs on bags of recycled paper that make crunching noises when he moves around on them. Place a throw rug on the floor, even if itís on top of wall-to-wall carpet, and Migraine will sit on it. Place a folded fuzzy blanket at the end of the bed, and Merry stretches out on it. Stacks of books, stacks of clean clothes, stacks of reports from your tenth grade history class ó set them on the floor, and your cat is likely to perch on them.

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