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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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How can you tell if neck biting between dogs is too rough?

As an FYI before reading, I've cited a source towards the end of this post for most of the information you'll find in it. Typically when two dogs are playing rough, it's better to let them figure ...
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Why do my cats play "soccer" with their dry food on the floor?

It's just their play/hunt instinct kicking in. The piece of food might have dropped outside the bowl, cat uses a paw to get it free (to take it), then notices "omgosh! it's moving!" and starts to "...
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Who should win at tug of war?

Tug as Play vs. Tug-Toy as Resource Unless you are dealing with a dog with resource-guarding or bite-inhibition issues, healthy play between dogs is reciprocal. When playing with humans, the play ...
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How should I respond when my cat wants to wrestle?

I've found that when my cats want that kind of play, I get the best results by substituting a decent-sized stuffed toy (catnip is optional). I don't mean one of the tiny mice designed for batting ...
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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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Is it rare for a cat to play fetch?

Uncommon, but not rare. Chase-and-pounce is, of course, a widespread cat game; "retrieving" is the more complicated behavior. Some cats figure out on their own that humans can be trained to throw a ...
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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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How should I respond when my cat wants to wrestle?

Playtime is an important bonding experience between you and your cat so you should take the opportunity to play! However, if you let her play with your hand, you will teach her that hands are ...
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Why would a cat ask to play all the time and how to satisfy her?

I think she needs some more stimulation. Keep in mind that she is still a young cat with a lot of energy. I'd say a good place to start is to make the playsessions longer and atleast one or two of ...
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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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How can I encourage multiple cats to bond and play together?

Cat on cat play cannot be forced. Some cats live together their entire lives but never play with each other. That your cats do play together is great! One way to encourage their relationship is to ...
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How can I get a cat to not meow after I stop playing with it?

Some suggestions: For your play sessions, use a toy that really tires your cat out. For example, check out da bird. At the end of the play session, introduce a toy that the cat can play with on its ...
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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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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 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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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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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 would a cat lick (groom?) her toy?

From what I've observed, many cats are naturally attracted to inanimate objects that resemble fur, licking them, and chewing on the "hair" regardless of what the object is. This is not necessarily ...
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Cats and throat-hold -- accept or discourage?

It sounds like your kitties are just playing. The bite to the front of the neck is an effective way to kill prey. I think your male cat is just practicing for "the hunt" - keeping his skills sharp. ...
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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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