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Old 01-15-2010, 07:13 PM
 
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Default Why do my cats hate it when I sneeze?

Both of my cats have a weird reaction anytime I sneeze. Almost like that one where they see a bird close or something, and kind of chatter their teeth. They do that with the laser light too. But this one seems like they are mad about it. Thoughts?
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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My guess, is that because a cat's ears are so so so sensitive, that the abrupt and loud sneeze is actually hurting their ears. That's why they act mad.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Interesting. My cats don't like for me to sneeze, either. I think it scares them.
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Old 01-15-2010, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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Agreed. The abrupt loud, explosive noise does scare them.
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:10 AM
 
Location: NH
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The loud, abrupt noise of the sneeze.

AND especially the "shhh" associated with a sneeze. cats do not like loud high pitched noises or hissing sounds, especially.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:33 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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My cat (luCy) is about six years old and makes the same chatter type noise when I sneeze ...she's done it since I had her as a kitten and she's my first pet.

I really don't think the sneezing hurts her ears because there are much louder noises she's encountered without her reaction and also, she does it when I clear my throat (a-hem, a-hem) ...or even when I cough. She doesn't make the chatter noise everytime -especially when I try to demonstrate for someone ...but she does it more often than not.

And it also doesn't matter where she is -across the room in a chair, laying next to me or on my lap. She'll even 'remark' (with minimal effort) when she's half awake - so all this time I just thought it's her concern for my behalf...

So like the OP, I'm just as curious, anyone know what this could all be about?
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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I think it has to do with the weird noise we make when we sneeze. My Ami cat will go BRRRAAAAAHHHHHHH loudly when you sneeze, even if she's a few rooms away from you. Sneezes even wake her up too.
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Old 01-16-2010, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Florida
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One of my cats does the chatter when I sneeze and the other couldn't care less. They are brother and sister, so I guess it's just one of those personality things.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:26 PM
 
Location: ID
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Just one of those things.

One of our cats splits post-haste for the tall timber when she hears someone getting ready to sneeze.

The other continues to snooze.

Just a cat thang.



I am not convinced lasers are safe toys for cats. Or dogs or children or adolescents either.
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Norway
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I hate it when my cat sneezes ON me. Yuck.
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