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« on: March 02, 2011, 09:19:09 AM »

I thought this article was interesting and might make a good topic for discussion, although I'm not sure I agree entirely with everything that is in it, knowing some "cat men" as well as "cat ladies".

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41763121/ns/health-pet_health/
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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2011, 04:08:41 PM »

DH is definitely a "cat man"!  He and Mandy have a bond that is very strong and it is HE she goes to in the evening to sit on his lap for hours to watch TV.  He talks to her and pets and strokes her and she is in her glory!   Grin  Of course, it is I who feed her, change her litter, take her to the vet, give meds, etc. etc.  I am staff for sure!   Cheesy  But, she does also cuddle with me and picks my side of the bed to sleep.  She is a very spoiled kitty - by BOTH of us!   Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2011, 04:23:37 PM »

Interesting article! Cats are all so different. Some of ours have seemed a little more bonded to DH; others were more intensely bonded to me. The two we have now seek us both out in a random manner when they want a person to sit beside or on top of. At feeding times, they're usually going to try to rouse me, since I'm the one who usually does the feeding. I get a lot of attention out of being the feeder...  Grin

I wonder if the study considered who in the household is doing the kitty feeding.

Next time I feel I can indulge, I may spring for that The Domestic Cat: The Biology of its Behavior book.

 
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2011, 05:01:53 PM »

DH and I share the feeding duties equally. Most of my cats have always bonded more strongly with me, and are more likely to seek out my lap if they have a choice, consistent with the study.  This can be disappointing to DH, who loves them dearly and is very sweet to them.  Some of the cats also tend to follow me around the house, not as though they are seeking food, but just seemingly because they want to be with me.  Cameo the Manx especially tends to do this.

However, a few of the cats seem to like both DH and me equally.  Then there is Kalahari, who is clearly bonded with my daughters and doesn't socialize much with either of us.

catwoods, I too thought the book sounded interesting.  I plan to see if my local library gets a copy.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2011, 05:18:55 PM »

Mandycat, that's the exact same situation with my DH and Mia. Exactly.
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2011, 02:47:01 PM »

I had forgotten to mention that one of my Mom's cats, "Tiger"  has a huge crush on me. When I enter the house and sit down, he comes running to sit with me. I've never been the one who feeds him.

Now that DH is doing most of the feeding of Mom's cats, one of her others, a small tabby-and-white named "Anna" ( the momcat to my gigantic Budster) is DH's new best friend. Grin

Cats are all so different and endlessly fascinating.

catbird I should probably check with the library first too.
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