TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › The Cat Lounge › Anyone else have a cat with DPA?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Anyone else have a cat with DPA?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
By DPA, I mean "Designated Petting Areas". :lol 3: And, by that, I don't mean areas on there bodies. We all know cats that are like that....only prefer to be pet on the head, or back, etc.
With DPA-cats, I mean areas of the home that the cat thinks is where certain people are to pet them. My DPA-cat is Samson. If I'm on the computer, I have entered a Designated Petting Area, and I'm the only one that can pet him. If my son is doing his homework at the dining room table, that is Eddy's Designated Petting Area for Samson. My hubby's DPA is when he tries to go upstairs in the morning. Samson will leap up onto his scratching post (located at the bottom of the steps) and await the petting!
Cats with DPA will only allow petting from the person assigned to that area of the house...if anyone else tries to pet him, he will bite them. (Not hard, but enough to make you stop trying to pet him).
So, anyone else with a cat like this? Or is Samson truly a strange little kitty?
Ginger
post #2 of 21
No kitties like that, here. I wonder if other people have kitties with rules like Samson has, but they never figure them out, and just think their kitty is weird!
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beckiboo
I wonder if other people have kitties with rules like Samson has, but they never figure them out, and just think their kitty is weird!
I have figured out Samson's rules, and still think he's weird!
post #4 of 21
Do you do consults? I would love to figure out some of the crazy cat behavior, instead of just thinking..."I have no idea what is going on in your little furry head!"
post #5 of 21
Trent has DPAs. Mine is on the couch - that's where he likes to snuggle, be held like a baby with my rubbing his tummy until he falls asleep. Daddy's DPA is when he's sitting up, cross legged, in bed. Of course, the computer room is fair game for whoever will pick him up and love on him, and if we are both in bed then we have to lay on our sides facing each other so Trent can snuggle between us and be covered up. (Nah, he doesn't have us trained!)

Ophelia has a DPA in general, on the box at the bottom of the bed with the velvet tree skirt that they claimed as theirs. She doesn't care who does the petting there, but that's where she wants to be petted.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beckiboo
Do you do consults? I would love to figure out some of the crazy cat behavior, instead of just thinking..."I have no idea what is going on in your little furry head!"

My husband says I ought to become a "cat whisperer". Of course, in this house, I'm more like a "cat yeller".
Actually, with Samson, we still don't completely know what's going on in that head, other than the sound of wind. My husband says if you hold his head up against yours, you can actually hear the ocean.
Seriously, he really is a cool cat, and I wouldn't trade him for the world.
post #7 of 21
Oh definitely. Sunday - anywhere in the house so long as she's comfortable. Ie, bed, lounge, spare bed. These are EXPECTED DPAs, other places she will tolerate a pet, but not require one.

Sashka, as soon as you sit down at the computer. You start getting rubbing around your ankles, meows, croaks and pats with her little paw, until she gets a cuddle. Try it any other time, and you'll lose a finger!!
post #8 of 21
Emma definitely has DPAs! The bottom left hand corner of the bed, on the loveseat, and when I'm at my vanity doing my makeup!
There are other times when I can pet her but these seem to be the places she seems "safest".
post #9 of 21
I notice Skittles has to be petted till me or her falls to sleep every night.
post #10 of 21
All three of mine have DPAs. Tailer's is on the rug in the kitchen, on Pat's lap, and on the bed (but only after he's finished "dancing" and laid down). Harvey's is when he's on a lap...either lap is fine, but nowhere else.

In Forest's case, DPA stands for "Demand Petting Area". If he's on the floor the computer room and you come across him there you MUST pet him...especially when he rolls over and presents his belly for rubbing. If you refuse to comply with the demand, he'll meow incessently until you return and rectify the situation.
post #11 of 21
DPA. LOL thats cute. I hope you dont have it trademarked cause i think ill use it.

Yes my Korki has DPAs whereas the other 3 cats the entire house is their DPA.

The computer, the love seats (especially for the wife) and the chair by the window all invite KLT (which we call Korki Lovin Time).

Its so funny to see a guest in our house suddenly being tackled by a 12 lb cat demanding attention due the proximity of DPA.

It works wonders for people you dont want to stay, especially those who dont like cats. "here sit over on this chair" /grin
post #12 of 21
well, since i'm the only human in my home, i'm the DP no matter where the DPA is! but they do have their own, quirky ways about them. Cable loves to rub herself on my feet, so everytime i lower the recliner or get out of bed, she comes running! Pixel must knead my left shoulder every night as soon as i turn off the light to sleep. the others don't have any quirks i've noticed as yet.
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 
What a relief! After reading all your posts, I'm so glad Samson is "normal".....or well, as normal as he can be.
Emmy and Ranger both have the attitude of "an empty lap needs to be occupied".
The only DPA zone that anyone can pet him (or at least those who actually live here) is hubby and mine's bedroom. It doesn't matter what OUR reason was for being there, his attitude is that our REAL reason for being there is give him pettings. If company comes over, it doesn't matter if they're in one of his DPA zones, or not, Samson will bite them. We have to warn everyone to stay away from "the fluffy cat", and not to believe him. Samson will come over to them and sniff them, but several people have chosen not to believe us, and think that since the cat approached them, that he's okay to pet. Now, thankfully, he doesn't bite hard enough to draw blood, or even leave a mark, but it is just hard enough to take them by surprise.
With Emmy and Ranger and "strangers", they act as though everyone has come to visit them, and they NEVER get any attention from their humans.
post #14 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by emmysamson
What a relief! After reading all your posts, I'm so glad Samson is "normal".....or well, as normal as he can be.
Emmy and Ranger both have the attitude of "an empty lap needs to be occupied".
The only DPA zone that anyone can pet him (or at least those who actually live here) is hubby and mine's bedroom. It doesn't matter what OUR reason was for being there, his attitude is that our REAL reason for being there is give him pettings. If company comes over, it doesn't matter if they're in one of his DPA zones, or not, Samson will bite them. We have to warn everyone to stay away from "the fluffy cat", and not to believe him. Samson will come over to them and sniff them, but several people have chosen not to believe us, and think that since the cat approached them, that he's okay to pet. Now, thankfully, he doesn't bite hard enough to draw blood, or even leave a mark, but it is just hard enough to take them by surprise.
With Emmy and Ranger and "strangers", they act as though everyone has come to visit them, and they NEVER get any attention from their humans.
I have to add something here and it is personal but I hope others have the same thing so I do not look like I have a weird cat, but after this thread I have been thinking on other spots in the house that my Skittles goes to and I have to say the Bathroom. She races me in there every morning and when I shut the door she is in there. When I go to sit down she is all over my legs for my attention. I think she has DPA Do ya think it is a correct diagnoses doc
post #15 of 21
Thread Starter 
[quote=momof3rugratz] I have to say the Bathroom. She races me in there every morning and when I shut the door she is in there. When I go to sit down she is all over my legs for my attention. QUOTE]

Oh, yeah! Emmy does that, too! I forgot that is her one and only DPA zone. I keep the lid down on the toilet seat, since Emmy tried to drink the water in there once.... The absolute worst thing she does, though, is when I'm running into the bathroom, 'cause, well...obviously the need is there, so well, I'll be running in and trying to pull pants down, and reach for the toilet seat lid simultaneously, and Emmy will jump up on the toilet seat! One of these days, she's going to be baptized in a whole different way from us!
Sorry all if that was a little too much info!
post #16 of 21
[quote=emmysamson]
Quote:
Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
I have to say the Bathroom. She races me in there every morning and when I shut the door she is in there. When I go to sit down she is all over my legs for my attention. QUOTE]

Oh, yeah! Emmy does that, too! I forgot that is her one and only DPA zone. I keep the lid down on the toilet seat, since Emmy tried to drink the water in there once.... The absolute worst thing she does, though, is when I'm running into the bathroom, 'cause, well...obviously the need is there, so well, I'll be running in and trying to pull pants down, and reach for the toilet seat lid simultaneously, and Emmy will jump up on the toilet seat! One of these days, she's going to be baptized in a whole different way from us!
Sorry all if that was a little too much info!
May have been too much, but so true Skittles did it also. She does not care as long as I pet her.
post #17 of 21
Yep... both Toulouse and Kanoe do this... although Toulouse is the only one that will "ritually" come in with me.
post #18 of 21
[quote=emmysamson]
Quote:
Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
I have to say the Bathroom. She races me in there every morning and when I shut the door she is in there. When I go to sit down she is all over my legs for my attention. QUOTE]

Oh, yeah! Emmy does that, too! I forgot that is her one and only DPA zone. I keep the lid down on the toilet seat, since Emmy tried to drink the water in there once.... The absolute worst thing she does, though, is when I'm running into the bathroom, 'cause, well...obviously the need is there, so well, I'll be running in and trying to pull pants down, and reach for the toilet seat lid simultaneously, and Emmy will jump up on the toilet seat! One of these days, she's going to be baptized in a whole different way from us!
Sorry all if that was a little too much info!
i actually sat on Java once - not hard enough to push her in, but she simply refused to move!
post #19 of 21
[quote=laureen227]
Quote:
Originally Posted by emmysamson
i actually sat on Java once - not hard enough to push her in, but she simply refused to move!
I had to pee bad I did not bother to look first. Talk about a hairy butt LOL
post #20 of 21
Simon once raced me to the bathroom and I always keep the lid closed but I lifted the lid and that's when Simon jumped... boy was he surprised!
post #21 of 21
Bandit, our codependant cat, is the same way about the bathroom!! You absolutely CANNOT be in there and not let him in!! Max has DPA moments... He's weird... Sometimes the couch is his DPA, other times it's the computer chair... You never can tell with him... Oh, and don't you dare try to take a shower without both of them... Bandit likes to sit in the shower with us and drink the water while Max sits on the edge of the tub and catches stray streams every now and again... I could go on and on about these two weirdos!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: The Cat Lounge
TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › The Cat Lounge › Anyone else have a cat with DPA?