cat wrestling

UPDATED: Monday, May 17, 2010 04:36
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Saturday, May 8, 2010 5:27 PM


Does any one else's cat/s lie in wait for them and try to bring them down like a tiger would bring down an antelope? it's kinda funny coz he's always gonna be smaller than me, but he still keeps on trying...its not so funny when he keeps trying to get me after I've had enough and we've established I'm the bigger stronger beast...hissing, biting and grumpiness often ensues...and then he spends the rest of the day sucking up to me.


Saturday, May 8, 2010 6:06 PM


Flying on duct tape and a damaged registry.

Our cat used to lie in wait under the bed and then pounce on my wife's feet. (Never my feet.)

My wife has a few small scars on her feet, and lots of small scars on her hands from playing with our cat and her family's cat, too.

"Whatever is wrong with you is so right for me." -- Marillion.


Sunday, May 9, 2010 1:41 AM


It's a cat thing, a way of burning off excess energy, kinda like that thing where they just up and run around the house just after dawn like their tail was on fire - if you think an 8lb cat sounds like a thunderin herd doin that, you shoulda been there when we had six and they liked to include the stairs in that little jaunt!

Usually the pouncing comes out of a combination of them seeing you as a playmate, and being bored - something like this...

Which often means they've lost the last of their jingle balls behind the appliances or under the couch, and you should get some more.

Also worth a note is that if your shoes have tassles or dangly things, that's just eggin em on too.

If you REALLY wanna mess with yon kitties head, and you're fast enough to do it - few people are, mind you... when he makes the bum rush quickly put the palm of your hand in his path so he hits it nose first and yell "DENIED!", they hate that, they'll go sulk, and you'll catch dirty looks for like, an hour, hee hee.

Kallista is mostly too lazy for that kinda thing, if she wants to put the hit on me, she'll contract it out, cause she's the princess and she knows it!



Sunday, May 9, 2010 4:06 AM


the boredom thing is probably it. two weeks ago he acidenatally pulled my sock off while trying to take me down and now that's his new favourite game. part of his wrestling thing is a ranking game too. I'm living with my parents so Theo sees me as a pack rival at times and tries to assert his authority.


Sunday, May 9, 2010 7:41 AM


Frem: It's significantly less funny (or maybe more) if you stick your hand out just as they happen to be making a jump for the counter top.

Oh sweet baby clementines she was MAD, but in my defense, I didn't expect she'd hit the open cabinet doors on the way back down.

She was okay enough to hiss, slap me and run off afterward, so.


Sunday, May 9, 2010 10:35 AM


Hell, Ghoster doesn't need any help on THAT front.

I swear, she's the clumsiest cat I've *ever* known, and yet she is also the one who most likes to climb stuff, for the sense of accomplishment, I guess - although more often followed by a bang-crash and stuff falling down with her, IF she even actually makes the jump, instead of falling somewhat short with a thunk-plop!
With the obligatory "i meant to do that", and quick grooming which is a cats version of looking away and whistling, trying to appear innocent.

Her personality cannot be faulted too much though, she reminds me powerfully of Beaky Buzzard from the old merry melodies cartoons - she is very sweet, but bumbling, inept, and none too bright from a human or feline perspective.

That little tune at 0:50 is *SO* Ghoster it's practically her theme music.

Oh yes, and she *SHEDS*, like, a lot... a whole lot, and if she gets nervous it's practically an explosion of the stuff - damn tribble factory.

She has her moments though, for a time we had the old big white AT&T standard issue phone, cause it was the only one I would answer, as electronic rings just didn't hit the right reflexes with me and I'd do something like go lookin for the smoke alarm otherwise, especially before morning coffee.
(My cellphone *must* have that ring, too)

Well, Ghoster managed to put the concept together in her little kitty head, and she would headbutt it, knocking it off the cradle, and then start meowing into the mouthpiece end - one telemarketer got quite a ways into his delivery before he realized he really was makin a pitch to a housecat, heh heh.



Sunday, May 9, 2010 11:05 PM


Theo's just weird...he has his routines: Morning naps on mums lap in dad's chair. He'll wait for her and if she doesn't sit there he'll go get her.noone else is allowed in it during that time. afternoon naps on mums lap in her chair though I will do if she's not available though I'm not as squishy as she is so he gets annoyed...evening naps in his chair after he's attempted to sit in my chair and been told to get off. three times a day he approaches either one of us to put our finger in his dry food...we're not sure why but if we don't do it when he asks he stesses out. there's a plastic stool in my parent's bathroom he has to play with at least once a day or he's stressed...he hugs it rubs himself on it hides under it walks across the floor wearing it. we don't know why though I think it links him to his old life before they moved. on the rare occasion he does crazy-kitty-running-around-for-no-good reason he bumps into things and then lies there with his feet in the air.


Monday, May 10, 2010 4:55 AM


Yep, for all their independent nature, cats who choose association with humans show a preference for a high degree of "ritual" behavior and get disturbed when those are thrown out of whack.

Squirmy will drive you totally batty with playing fetch - she'll bring a milk jug ring, which is kinda the penultimate cat toy, and headbonk you, with repeated trill calls till you finally give in and throw it...

And she'll go get it, and bring it back, and she will *KEEP* doing this prettymuch forever if you let her, even running her out of energy won't do it, she'll flop on her side panting (rare for a cat, but she really throws herself into the game) for a couple minutes, and then she's right back and raring to go.

Don't think faking the toss, or lobbing it where she can't reach is gonna help you either, she keeps a stash of the damn things under one corner of the hall carpet, and will simply hook another out from under there and come back with THAT instead, heheheh.

Only way to get out of it is to pick her up and pet her while explaining your busy and maybe later - she's not real fond of being picked up and held (thus, her name) but will tolerate it well from me, just no one else.

Of course, half an hour later, she'll come back again, but that's just how she is.



Monday, May 10, 2010 5:20 AM



she'll bring a milk jug ring, which is kinda the penultimate cat toy

Yep. Our kitty is kind of a fatso, though, so she'll play fetch, but only for a few minutes. We really need to figure out how to trim her down. She's been on a diet, we monitor her food intake and take away her food when we're going somewhere and can't watch her, we have low calorie food, we take her bowl away if she starts vacuuming the food up within ten seconds.

She hasn't lost any weight yet.


Monday, May 10, 2010 7:04 AM



Originally posted by Fremdfirma:

If you REALLY wanna mess with yon kitties head, and you're fast enough to do it - few people are, mind you... when he makes the bum rush quickly put the palm of your hand in his path so he hits it nose first and yell "DENIED!", they hate that, they'll go sulk, and you'll catch dirty looks for like, an hour, hee hee.

My kitty hates a palm in her face. She goes into stand off mode where she starts arching her back and meowing all crazy. She won't back down but she will eventually attack if I don't move my hand.

Her attacks are all playful though. She never bites to break the skin or anything.

I just think it's funny that a palm in front of her face is perceived as a challenge or something.


Monday, May 10, 2010 8:15 AM


Actually, the nose is a sensitive area for most felines (includng the wild varieties; if attacked by a mountain lion/cougar/puma, the best strategy is to aim a punch at its nose). It's all soft tissue, and full of nerves.

The forehead, OTOH, is solid bone. My cat developed a habit of headbutting doors, cabinets, or walls if he thought they were in his way. Even when I knocked hard on his head, he'd just start purring.

We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient.


Monday, May 10, 2010 9:03 AM


Ha, gives new meaning to the word "bonehead", and prolly why Ghoster has survived this long!

The palm-denial thing they do take as a challenge, mostly, but if you want Kallista to attack you, and I am not kidding, she really will - provoke at your peril!

Make two fists about 8 inches and point your thumbs inward, then hold them up in front of her and wiggle em, going "look, *I* have opposable thumbs"...

You will seriously, seriously regret it, bwahahaha.

I'm right glad I didn't get stuck with Ray's cat, Howler - do not ever, EVER let that cats food bowl get empty, she's a siamese, and they're already notorious for mouthy-whiny-ness, and if she happens on an empty food bowl, she will wind up into a veritable air raid siren till you fill the damn thing... it's really, REALLY disconcerting and utterly impossible to ignore, she bloody well knows this, it's why she does it.

Makes me wonder sometimes, who the smarter species is here, thumbs or no thumbs.



Monday, May 17, 2010 4:36 AM


This morning I heard crashing in our barbeque area. Theo was jumping around and jumping up onto walls knocking stuff down pouncing on things chasing imaginary beings etc. I went outside to see what was going on, he jumped on my foot and ran to the back door. I stupidly let him in the house. He jumped on couches and chairs galloped up the hallway into my parents en-suite, knocked over the stool, came back down the hall and into my room where he dived under my bed, massacred a sock,beat up a sneaker, ran back to the lounge room ran behind the couch sprang out to grab my arm, disappeared behind the TV came out did a weird martial arts move on my legs and dived under the couch where he got stuck. I got him free, he got me in a kitty headlock, I got his paws (claws retracted thankfully) off my face, he curled himself around my arm and started biting my hand...I wrangled him outside and he dropped down and went for a 200 metre run down near our chicken pen where he lay down for his first daily nap. I was tempted to join him.






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