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Old 06-15-2008, 12:01 PM
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why do cats make their eyes big when you stare at them for a long time, then they get up and run away and act mad at you for some reason.
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:45 PM
Location: Home of King Willie the not so great
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Not sure if I have ever experienced this with mine. However, both my cats dilate their eyes especially if they are in what i call "berserk" mode. They run around all crazy. They also have this at night "black eyes" to adjust for the change in light.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:22 AM
Location: Philaburbia
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Cats don't like to be stared at. They take it as a sign of hostility.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:33 PM
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I have a grey and white tuxedo cat who makes her whole eye really big and round when she is surprised but not affraid.

For example, I have a screened in porch on the back of my house. Here in Florida they call it a Lanai, they often have a door from the Master bath or one of the bathrooms leading out to the lanai just in case someone has a pool, then wet people don't have to walk through the house.

WELL, the first time she saw that open, her eyes got as big as saucers and her neck got longer, she was so shocked that she could come in that way.

I saw her do it again last night when I was out in the garage, I don't let the cats out there and she saw the door standing open. It was so funny to see.

Check out my pets photo album on my profile, Willow is my kitty with the oh so big eyes.
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:33 AM
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Yes, I think they take staring as a sign of aggression, and is the technique used in the wild to stare down the enemy before attacking. As aggressive as my cat can be, I do stare at her for long periods and she doesn't seem to mind. She will slowly close her eyes and open them, which I have read means a sign of good will and mutual understanding, etc.
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Old 06-28-2008, 07:40 PM
Location: Mountain Home, ID
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You mean like this?

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