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Old 09-06-2016, 03:47 PM
 
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Cat owners, prepare to be stunned: A new study suggests your cat isn't really a crabby jerk—he's just bored. And there may be a simple way to improve his mood, even his health: challenge him.

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley say food puzzles—think mazes or other toys that make a cat work for its food—bring out a cat's instinct to hunt, making the animal more active, less needy, and less prone to stress—because, apparently, lying around the house all day can be pretty stressful for a born predator.

In more than 30 cases, researchers say the puzzles were able to alleviate specific health or behavioral concerns in cats, reports Gizmodo. For example, an 8-year-old obese cat lost 20% of its body weight after using food puzzles for one year, researchers say.
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Old 09-06-2016, 06:22 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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Wow. You mean the folks at Berkeley are just figuring that out?

Not making fun of the message, but they probably could have saved their selves some time & effort if they had come on this board asked about it.

Can't help but wonder how much grant money they burned through to make this 'discovery'.
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Old 09-06-2016, 06:27 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I have one cat, Hiss America, who snaps at me. She needs a bit of re-education when she pulls that stuff.
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I have one that's not so much "crabby" as "sensitive". Lol. She's sensitive to my getting off the bed after she's laid down between my legs. She's sensitive to getting up in the morning (hates it.) She's REALLY sensitive to the other female cat getting on the bed and will attack her. I get her out of those moods by distracting her, either by petting her flanks, scratching her rear, or sometimes by patting each side of her rear back and forth (kind of like spanking, but more gently). It pretty much goes that she'll settle down in a few minutes and start licking my hand instead of being a PIA. I guess all that personal attention does keep her "occupied".
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Old 09-07-2016, 04:57 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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I have one that's not so much "crabby" as "sensitive". Lol. She's sensitive to my getting off the bed after she's laid down between my legs. She's sensitive to getting up in the morning (hates it.) She's REALLY sensitive to the other female cat getting on the bed and will attack her. I get her out of those moods by distracting her, either by petting her flanks, scratching her rear, or sometimes by patting each side of her rear back and forth (kind of like spanking, but more gently). It pretty much goes that she'll settle down in a few minutes and start licking my hand instead of being a PIA. I guess all that personal attention does keep her "occupied".

OMG I'd be taking my life in my hands! Like so many crabby cats, my girl gets overstimulated from too much petting. If she's annoyed with me, touching her flanks would make her even more "sensitive"! Does your cat do the lick, lick, "that's enough" bite thing??
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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OMG I'd be taking my life in my hands! Like so many crabby cats, my girl gets overstimulated from too much petting. If she's annoyed with me, touching her flanks would make her even more "sensitive"! Does your cat do the lick, lick, "that's enough" bite thing??
No; the "sensitive" one only licks me when she's calmed down and in a good mood. Now the former alpha female will do the "lick, lick, bite thing" if she gets overstimulated when I'm petting her. And the boy cat will let me rub his belly for an indeterminate amount of time and then bite me like an asp Sometimes it gets to be annoying keeping all of their individual preferences in mind when attending to their "needs". It's like being the ringmaster in a 3-ring circus!
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:27 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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A cat might show you his belly but not want you to touch it. It's in the manual, pg. 439783, para. 63248, subpara. 9988432.
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Venus
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A cat might show you his belly but not want you to touch it. It's in the manual, pg. 439783, para. 63248, subpara. 9988432.

Didn't need to read the manual. I learned that by trying to rub Electra's belly.



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Old 09-08-2016, 07:33 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Didn't need to read the manual. I learned that by trying to rub Electra's belly.



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You are required to read the manual. Cats are not required to abide by the manual.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:04 AM
 
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One way to spend grant money and come up with a thesis:>(

You know what makes a cat tick - get a patent!

ShadowCat has no sense of humor when it comes to her wishes and demands. Scratch belly now! Oh more, moooore! What are you doing?
Cha-Cha our squirrel bait - that is fun. I tricked you into it! What was I thinking?
Humans - the girls played with us. Awesome! Peroxide is in the first drawer.

Try not to serve breakfast or dinner as scheduled and in the proper manner and there will be consequences. Work through a maze for a bite of something? Tray, correct spot, move it over to have the plate in front of me. No breakfast yet? Coffee maker is done! Time to wake up it is Sunday. Thump - 15 pounds balanced on four tiny steel posts on a sleepy human work anytime.
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