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can cats copy each others mannerisms?

post #1 of 9
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Does anyone else have situation?

I have 2 cats.


My black one (moo) squeaks whenever he lands on the floor after jumping. Now matter what he is landing on he squeaks. Its REALLY cute.

Anyway I noticed that my little white cat Tilly...is now doing the same thing as moo..she never did that before but she too now squeaks whenever she lands. (which isn't as often since she doesn't jump alot)

Its almost like she is copying him...Is that possible? Sometimes they are like brother and sister with the little sister trying to copy the older brother.

and moo NEVER EVER walked up to me and meowed for attention until I got Tilly. She hops up on me and meows into my ear for attention when I'm in bed and I have noticed that moo is starting to do that as well. (there is a 2 year age difference between them)

Ah well I was just wondering if anyone else had their cats copy each other.
post #2 of 9
Yes they do though. When we got Lucy as a kitten, Much was 10 years old. Much doesn't do a body-rub. Instead, she comes up to you and leans her hip on you. Lucy picked that up.

Because Much was older and did not play, Lucy really didn't learn to play either. We played some, but she didn't pick it up. We got Carly when Lucy was 3. Carly loves to play and chase toys all over the place. Now 4 years later, Lucy is beginning to play with toys too. We can only figure that she learned from watching Carly.
post #3 of 9
I guess it depends on the cat(s) but I know my Mulder definitely picked up a lot of his actions from my other cat Spooky. I brought Mulder home at 7.5 weeks when Spooky was 1 year old. Mulder started mimicking Spooky right away. Now they do just about everything the same and together.
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They definitely watch each other. One of my male cats Mo loved to get his belly rubbed. He'd drop on the floor and roll over and look at me until I rubbed his belly, Cinnie, his sister from the same litter didn't do that, but I saw her watching me rubbing Mo's belly and the next thing I know she started dropping to the floor and looking at me to rub her belly, my only problem with that is when they do it at the same time its usually across the room from each other, I think they think I'm Stretch Armstrong or something, so I have to go back and forth rubbing bellies. Not exactly a hardship for me.
post #5 of 9
Kittens learn to eat and use the litter box by watching mom, so cats definitely have the ability. It may decrease with age, but they are definitely capable of copying and learning from each other.
post #6 of 9
My Aura does something that annoys me to no end. Now i don't know why it annoys me, but it does.

When she is presented with food that she does not like instead of just turning up her nose at it and walking away she uses her paw on the floor and acts like she is covering up her poo like she would in the litter box. It drives me nuts.

Jack, our 16 week old kitten, just started doing this as well None of our other cats do this and I have never seen another cat do this and so the only place he could have picked it up is from Aura. So now they both show their displeasure at my insensitivity of giving them food which in their minds must be plain old crap.
post #7 of 9
Jack is like Rosie's shadow because he followed her everywhere from being a kitten, and yes, he does things that she does

He's even vocal like Rosie!
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by Mai_kitties View Post
When she is presented with food that she does not like instead of just turning up her nose at it and walking away she uses her paw on the floor and acts like she is covering up her poo like she would in the litter box. It drives me nuts.

Jack, our 16 week old kitten, just started doing this as well None of our other cats do this and I have never seen another cat do this and so the only place he could have picked it up is from Aura.
Both our cats do it, as do a couple of the foster cats we've picked up. I've heard sometimes they do it because they don't like the food, but sometimes it's an attempt to hide their scraps like they might do in the wild.
post #9 of 9
Nora chirps every single time she jumps also, not just when she jumps down but every time she jumps. I think it's adorable also.
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