By Kelli Bender
Feb 06, 2013
What inspired you to write "Taming Me: Memoir of a Clever Island Cat"?
Don't worry about her if she bites you. Worry about you.
I have a cat who likes to love at night and in the mornings. When she is done cleaning herself you better not touch her, she will bite you. Not hard at all just to say I did my work so don't mess with me.
Cats are smart and somewhat easy to train and I know they listen. I have a bobtail cat who is very sensitive & smart. I had cats all my life... and I love all my cats .One late evening my boyfriend and I was watching something special on TV,,,so we grabbed our dinner. As I begin to eat my bobtail cat nearly jumped on my food. My boyfriend yelled "Back off and let mama eat"! I couldn't not believe that cat actually was backing up, walking backwards and moving his head side to side while he continue to walk backwards..... He frowned and fell off the edge of my bed.
What are you doing eating dinner in Bed!That's strange to me
Kitties are so cool. I've got my little Spot in my lap now, and my passed friends, Magic and Wednesday, in my memory forever. You can't quantify cats and what they can learn or know by just one example. They are all completely different, but I can say from experience that they all learn. I think what often gets overlooked with cats is that they can be equal to a dog in companionship. For instance, Spot has to have a ritual when I get home from work where he has his time next to me. If he doesn't get enough attention, I get a patient nip. My previous two were in my life as a pair, and I considered us a pride. They'd each take a side of my legs and we'd all sleep like that, but they were considerate when I needed to change position. They'd stand, wait, and then settle back in. Spot doesn't do that. He's a periphery sort of cat, within arm's length, but not cuddly like Magic and Wednesday. I don't mind that, as his personality is golden. The smartest of the three I've had, Magic, was incredible. I think he could read my mind, and he would talk like a human through action. Say he was hungry? He would open cabinets in the kitchen. Fetch? He learned it, but then I got Wed, and he seemed not to want to perform in front of another cat. Talkative, and poignant when he did it. He would say when the cat box was full, for instance, incessantly, heheh. Spot is similar now. He'll lead me to the problem with meows as I follow him. He learned fetch as well, and he knows words and can differentiate. Get down and lie down are obeyed, and that's a subtle difference. I love dogs, but I can tell you that if you learn to know your cat, you'll get just as much satisfaction from him or her, and they walk themselves! Heh.
I agree with Angie regarding Diane's problem with the male cat urinating. I had the same problem for a couple of weeks and he also had some blood in the urine. I took him to the vet, which he does not like and he peed on the floor. I told the vet and she took a sample from that urine and did some bloodwork. It turned out that he had a UTI and he got a shot. She said the shoot should last about 2 weeks. He got the shot rather than pill form. So much easier with the shot. He is about a 1 1/2 into the medication and he is fine now.
I have a 25 pound cat that eats the other two cats food and then goes to the neighbors house and eats their food, He has some fur covered bumps on his back and I thought he just got into something and am afraid to cut them off but I don't know what they are...any help?
I have 3 yr cat that bites ever now than she is very playful she bit hand ankles what ever she can love my baby
I have a 3 yr cat thats bits ever now than the hands ankle what ever she can hold off she a very lovely cat i love her
we love our cat and she is spoiled she thinks she owns the bathroom she bites at my legs in the mornings till I feed her it don't hurt its more like she is pinching I my husband has been sick and she seems to know this I have to work so she keeps him company when I am gone all day he says she stay with him all day no matter what part of the house he is in she follows him around and at night she goes to sleep on my pillow and when I am ready to go to bed I have to wrap her up in a baby blanket and put her on the recliner and she will sleep there for about 3 hours then crawl back in bed with us
I love cats and have always had one. My last cat was 10 years old and got sick. I took her to the vet and found out she had a fast growing tumor. I was a basket case when she died she was the best cat you could ever have. Very lovable, always around me, she loved to cuddle alot. Well I got another kitten 8 weeks old. I dont know if shes just rowdy but shes a year old now and still bites hard all the time. I cant pick her up or pet her without her biting me hard. I,m walking she bites my ankles.. Please let me know what to do ? I,m hoping she will stop this when shes a little older.
Here's a tip I learned from a horse tamer. When the cat bites, push its' lower lip over its' teeth and press down. The cat will think it's biting itself and let go. While doing this, repeat the command, "DON'T BITE!" Eventually, all you'll need is your voice. With cats, it seems that the feistier, the smarter.