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Does purring tire cats?

Purring is a sign of wellbeing for the house cat. She certainly purrs because you are petting her, but if she would be sleeping on you then chances are she would probably also be purring without you ...
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My cat is biting and scratching me and diving at me with claws out

1. Kittens are generally playful We recently got three cats. When they joined our family, they were 8 months, 8 months and 5 months old. All of them were still childishly playful, and have been for ...
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Does purring tire cats?

There's no good reason to assume that purring is tiring for cats. Whilst the exact mechanism by which cats purr is not fully understood, it seems to be an almost passive part of breathing to them. ...
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Does purring tire cats?

I knew a cat who literally purred the entire time he was awake. His vet liked to say that he "didn't know how to turn his engine off". It didn't appear to tire him at all, he had just as ...
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Is it bad for the cat's health if I keep prodding my cat to play when she wants to rest or sleep?

Cats aren't toys! They are living creatures - and like (most) living creatures they need a sufficient amount of sleep in order to maintain their health, and cats in particular sleep quite a lot (16-...
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my cats won't play together (not neutered or spayed)

There are some things to consider when having a multi-cat household, especially if she's never grown up with other cats. 1) Make sure they each have their separate food and water dishes, place water ...
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What should I do to make my cat active?

It's perfectly normal for cats to lose their playfulness as they age. Human adults don't spend their afternoon running in the garden the same way a child does either. While there can be medical/...
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Family cat is boring--way to bring out it's playful side?

Remember that videos become popular on the internet because they are exceptional. Also remember that young cats tend to be more energetic than adults, and that cat personalities differ just as human ...
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My cat won't play

Unfortunately, declawing a cat is biologically equivalent (roughly) to removing the tips of their toes at the first knuckle, so you might expect some complications. Even if a vet does not find a ...
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Does the cat know it's a game?

If the cat is "hunting" when it isn't hungry, it's doing so for entertainment value. A cat usually isn't interested in eating a bug, just catching it. A well-fed cat may not always be interested in ...
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my cats won't play together (not neutered or spayed)

Being that both cats are not neutered, the need for more space between them is greater than if they were. I agree with all of the suggestions made by @RebeccaRVT, but keep in mind they might not do ...
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How to prevent my cat from deconstructing cat fountain?

Try a different fountain. You might like the look of that specific fountain, but it's made of lightweight plastic pieces that are assembled in a way that allows them to be easily moved by a pet (a ...
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Border collie puppy chasing cats: how much is too much

Border Collies are a working and herding breed and extremely energetic and intelligent. The motion of the cat triggers their herding instinct and they start to chase. The cognitive connections of &...
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Does my dog want to play with the cat, or kill it?

What you describe is not a wish to kill. As you correctly guessed, it's a natural interest in another living creature and maybe a wish to play. Signs that your dog wanted to kill the cat She wouldn't ...
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How long to settle who's alpha?

Cats don't really have pack hierarchy like dogs. One cat might be really confident or aggressive, and the other timid, such that the one cat takes over everything, but that's just a natural result of ...
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How much play time does a 5-month old kitten need?

For mammalian children like your cat it is always a good time for a playtime unless they are sleeping or are otherwise temporarily distracted by their physiological needs. So I think it's not really ...
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5 month kitten is aggressively playful

It sounds like your kitten really wants kicker toys. "Bunny kicking" with their hind legs on toys is a common play behavior which regular cat toys don't really satisfy. If their desire to do ...
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Did I make a mistake getting a 2nd cat?

It sounds to me like your cats mostly get along, and some of this is your worrying the situation is far worse than it actually is. Here's my read on some of their interactions: The cats cuddle and ...
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Why doesn't my cat like to do anything?

I remind you that cats have their own character, some are playful, some are lazy, others might just want to be pet when they want, other can't live without human interaction and so on. You mention ...
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Do we really know if cats are "playing"?

Play is almost universal among animals with large enough brains to react/interact creatively with their siblings and surroundings. It is far from being specific to humans, and not limited to juveniles....
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My cat is biting and scratching me and diving at me with claws out

Kittens need a lot of play. Play with him until he refuses to play anymore. Use only toys, never your hands, so scratching/biting you will not be reinforced. Lure toys or laser pointers are the safest....
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Cat meowing when playing

cats do not want to be held against their will and can be quite vocal if one do so,but in your situation the cat probably want your girlfriend to let him go quicker so he can keep playing. so in a ...
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Does my cat know we're playing when I chase him?

Unfortunately, unlike dogs, cats do not have a specific signal they use to indicate they want to play. However, if you observe their body language, you can figure out whether they're afraid or if they'...
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My cat is terrified of me

Patience. Gifts / treats. Try to free some time so spend with the cat. Just sit / lay somewhere, with the cat around. It is important that she understands you do not have intentions to hurt her. ...
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How much time per day should I be spending with my cat?

There is no fixed time your cat need to be with you, you and your cat need to make a compromise about the time you have and the time your cat wants. Every cat is different, some want a lot of ...
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Does purring tire cats?

I'm pretty sure your cat is perfectly fine. My cat also likes to come lie in my lap to get cuddled, and she purrs loudly for most of it. Then she suddenly stops and I look down to see that she has ...
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Puppy safety for tug of war

There is a possibility of harm To answer your specific questions: Do I need to worry about pulling the toy up? I feel like all the force goes on her neck, and I don't know if that can do some sort of ...
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Cat growling at nearby people while holding a "caught" toy

From your description, this sounds to me as if your cat is just really immersed into the play hunt. We frequently see this behavior from our own cats with live prey. When they caught a mouse for ...
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Is normal for dog to play biting?

Biting is very common at that age as they are still learning boundaries. We are currently dealing with a teething, mouthy two months old as well and when he gets mouthy with us we will redirect his ...
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Why does my cat only play with her toys late at night?

It is because cats are most active at night and during the day it mostly naps and is not very energetic. Also at night the cat can see what looks like a mouse or prey, while during the day he can ...
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