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Cats acting like spoiled children

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I relaized the other day that Panther sometimes reminds me a lot of a spoiled little child the way she acts sometimes. I think it really is a lot of the reason I get angry at her in the first place for the way she acts. Like when she does something bad and she gets any form of disapline how she will often run around knock a bunch of things over. I can just picture some little girl screaming and breaking something when she doesn't get her way or gets in trouble like on those nanny shows. Anyway I just wanted to point out this observation. Anyone else see these traits in thier cats? Maybe its something common in all cats that humans see in them.
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Ok, hi I just wanted to let you know that punishing a cat can have very negative effects on their disposition and personality. You can try to redirect them. Maybe the word you used was not the right word and you dont "punish" her, but if you do, I just wanted to point that out. Because as she ages, it can cause a negative effect. So many people think they can punish cats and when they start reeping the effects of "punishing" with their cats negative behavior, they want to get rid of the cat. Just pointing out to you and anyone reading this.

And to your question, yes my cats are like children. One pouts if Im gone from home too long and sometimes they are very insistent with things, but I find it very endearing. Cats are very unique, very intelligent they know what they are doing. I think its what makes them such a great companion.

They are so different in their own unique way. Life just wouldnt be the same without these nosey, snobby, pretentious and oh so loving and loyal little baby cats.
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We had one who would knock Mom's plants off the shelf when Mom scolded her. Mom caught her one day trying to get leverage to push a heavy pot.
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
Ok, hi I just wanted to let you know that punishing a cat can have very negative effects on their disposition and personality. You can try to redirect them. Maybe the word you used was not the right word and you dont "punish" her, but if you do, I just wanted to point that out. Because as she ages, it can cause a negative effect. So many people think they can punish cats and when they start reeping the effects of "punishing" with their cats negative behavior, they want to get rid of the cat. Just pointing out to you and anyone reading this.
My cat considers "punishment" anything that stops her from doing what she wants
Its funny that we humans see these traits in cats, but as far as the cats are concerned we are probably way off to how they are really trying to act.
post #5 of 9
What does she do that you call bad?

Cats will do what they want, who cares what you want or think, if you are too annoying, they will just wait for their chance when you aren't around to do as they please. They are concerned with themselves, above all else, they are easily spoiled and easily train people to cater to them with their super powers. You can try to influence cat behavior at that moment in time that you are present, but you can't train them. They are so not like dogs that way. They don't understand punishment, it really is beyond them and below them like everything else , but really, they can't grasp high intelligence concepts like that .
post #6 of 9
I was admonishing Ari this morning by saying it's getting awful close to Christmas. I'm channeling my Mom.
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Like when she does something bad and she gets any form of disapline how she will often run around knock a bunch of things over.
If your shouting at her, that's her running away and knocking things over in the process because she's scared, not spoiled.
post #8 of 9
I have to say that my kitty is most definately spoilt. I actually find that we don't have to tell him off very often at all, if at all. Not that he would pay a huge amount of attention anyway Its only if he decides to rip open a plastic bag or something that i say no as I worry that he might choke. My cat understands the word no, I say firmly but lightly. I never ever shout at him, it would only scare him and it is not kind to do to animal who is not aware that they are doing anything wrong. At times if he persists I go and take him away from what he is doing and say no again. That rarely has to happen though. He is a good boy really. It is very easy to stress a cat out and if they are not aware that they are doing anything wrong it is not really your cat being lik a 'spoilt child' its more like your cat being a cat and unaware that it is doing anything wrong.
post #9 of 9
I think that is one of the many therapeutic charms that cats possess. They definitely teach you to not 'sweat the small stuff'. They don't listen, they pout, they run from you when you need to give them some meds, and why do we get upset? Because we make them our equals, as we know what intelligent things they're capable of - which can be a great thing. Of course, it's not so great if it means people expect them to be perfectly behaved ornaments.

My Bayliss will play merrily with a string forever...until someone else comes into the fray, wanting to play as well. Bayliss will have none of it, sulking away, grumbling something under his breath. Likewise, he was playing laser pointer the other day when Rossi wanted to play as well, and the two nearly butted heads coming from opposite directions. Bayliss wouldn't play for hours after that, since Rossi dared to play on equal terms with the 'King of the Laser Pointer'. What a baby. So human.
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