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Larimar

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Re: Herd your cats here
« Reply #450 on: July 28, 2020, 01:31:01 PM »
Yeah, I think the other behavioural cues all seem fine. As long as he's not avoiding contact when he purrs, or putting himself away in a dark corner, it should be fine and perfectly happy purring.

I agree. It sounds like Maestro is most likely absolutely fine.

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Re: Herd your cats here
« Reply #451 on: July 28, 2020, 01:33:31 PM »
Lately I've noticed a curious behavior from Maestro. It's a variation on a behavior he's had since we first got him.

From day 1, Maestro enjoyed soft, fuzzy blankets. He would "nurse" from the blanket for about 5 minutes at a time: biscuit paws, suckling noises, fervent purring. I read this is fairly common behavior for kittens, especially when separated from mother too soon.

As he's matured, he's been nursing on blankets less often, and I've noticed a new quirk: as soon as SO enters the room, Maestro begins nursing and purring furiously. He will stop as soon as SO exits; we've tested this several times. Maestro does not do this with me. He and I can be lounging together on the bed peacefully, Maestro leaning against my side. Then SO pops in for a chat, Maestro leaps to his feet and attacks the blanket, making suckling noises and forcefully kneading the cloth.

Now I've read some opinions that cats nurse on objects as a form of comfort during stress. I've read others that say cats nurse as a form of comfort. Period. Cats do it because it feels nice, not necessarily because they are stressed.

Is Maestro just excited to see SO? He will often jump in SO's lap or follow him out of the room, so I'd like to think he is not seeing SO as a source of stress.

What does the forum think?

I've heard similarly divided reasons for purring. 1) Cats purr as an expression of pleasure and contentment. 2) Cats purr when experiencing stress or pain as a form of self-soothing. Maestro purrs loudly when I pick up his bowl to fill it and sometimes when he is eating. I assume these are purrs of pleasure. He will also purr sometimes if I simply move to be physically closer to him. No petting, just proximity, and he rumbles away like a motorcycle engine. I want to believe this just means he is happy to be hanging out with me.

How can I make sure he is not purring because he is stressed about me invading his space?

It sounds like Maestro loves both of you :o)
Two of my cats, Sir Puck & Lady Jane, will jump on my lap & to the "purr-y slobbers" with foot kneading when I'm wearing my pjs. I think it's because that's what I wore to cuddle with them when we brought them home.  It's a sign of happiness.  I think Maestro really loves your company and likes having you near.

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Re: Herd your cats here
« Reply #452 on: July 28, 2020, 01:48:00 PM »
Lately I've noticed a curious behavior from Maestro. It's a variation on a behavior he's had since we first got him.

From day 1, Maestro enjoyed soft, fuzzy blankets. He would "nurse" from the blanket for about 5 minutes at a time: biscuit paws, suckling noises, fervent purring. I read this is fairly common behavior for kittens, especially when separated from mother too soon.


We had an adult cat that would do this on one particular blanket.  And get so fixated/entranced that he'd let out a startled meow if you touched or otherwise interrupted him.  It got slightly uncomfortable at times, like, should we give them some privacy?

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Re: Herd your cats here
« Reply #453 on: July 28, 2020, 01:55:40 PM »
Lately I've noticed a curious behavior from Maestro. It's a variation on a behavior he's had since we first got him.

From day 1, Maestro enjoyed soft, fuzzy blankets. He would "nurse" from the blanket for about 5 minutes at a time: biscuit paws, suckling noises, fervent purring. I read this is fairly common behavior for kittens, especially when separated from mother too soon.


We had an adult cat that would do this on one particular blanket.  And get so fixated/entranced that he'd let out a startled meow if you touched or otherwise interrupted him.  It got slightly uncomfortable at times, like, should we give them some privacy?

This! This is Elder Evil cat!

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Re: Herd your cats here
« Reply #454 on: August 01, 2020, 05:34:26 AM »
"Look! A Bird"  I'm not sure if this belongs there or here.  With the very hot weather we've been having, all the doors and windows are open and my cat has been racing from one screen to another.  To the front door, sparrows on the lawn. To the back door, geese on the lawn. Leaping up to a side window, goldfinches in the lilac bushes. Up onto my desk, robins and doves in the cherry tree, and down to a back window, a catbird on the stump and a kingfisher hovering.  Lots of predatory crouching and tail lashing.

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« Reply #455 on: August 01, 2020, 10:54:12 AM »
"Look! A Bird"  I'm not sure if this belongs there or here.  With the very hot weather we've been having, all the doors and windows are open and my cat has been racing from one screen to another.  To the front door, sparrows on the lawn. To the back door, geese on the lawn. Leaping up to a side window, goldfinches in the lilac bushes. Up onto my desk, robins and doves in the cherry tree, and down to a back window, a catbird on the stump and a kingfisher hovering.  Lots of predatory crouching and tail lashing.

Sounds like a lot of fun was had! And you have lilacs and a cherry tree in your yard? How lovely!

The other day I was bringing the trash bin back from the curb after the trash collectors had been through, and discovered a suspicious pile of gray feathers in the yard - probably mourning dove - and one of the feral colony cats was a plausibly-deniable distance away but looking quite proud of herself...

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Re: Herd your cats here
« Reply #456 on: Today at 10:58:54 AM »
"Look! A Bird"  I'm not sure if this belongs there or here.  With the very hot weather we've been having, all the doors and windows are open and my cat has been racing from one screen to another.  To the front door, sparrows on the lawn. To the back door, geese on the lawn. Leaping up to a side window, goldfinches in the lilac bushes. Up onto my desk, robins and doves in the cherry tree, and down to a back window, a catbird on the stump and a kingfisher hovering.  Lots of predatory crouching and tail lashing.

The mightiest of mighty hunters has to keep on their toes!  So many birds!  Any chirping or singing involved?

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« Reply #457 on: Today at 11:14:57 AM »


The mightiest of mighty hunters has to keep on their toes!  So many birds! Any chirping or singing involved?

Oh yes, my cat does both.