August 2009 Issue

Do Cats Exhibit Vengeful Behavior?

Experts feel it’s more likely a case of separation anxiety.

Vacations are wonderful, but there’s nothing like home sweet home. You drive home from the airport, excited at the thought of sleeping in your own bed, and seeing your beloved cat. And she does seem happy to see you, greeting you with enthusiasm and sharing a few cuddles. Then you go off to unpack, and there she goes — right into your suitcase, urinating on top of your folded clothes. To you, it may feel like your cat is angry because you left her — and this is the way she’s making her feelings known. But can a cat really hold a grudge? Experts look at it in another way. Cats and Vengeance. Ask many cat companions, and they will say "yes." They swear that cats can and will be vengeful at times. Besides suitcase antics, people point out the times their cats bite them minutes, or even hours, after they did something their cat disliked — such as grooming it. But animal behaviorists disagree.

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