speaking her language...

@ElicBxn (60981)
United States
September 4, 2009 11:56pm CST
Now, I've mentioned the new kitten, Jool. And she's a little cutie But she's NOT good around food. I mean, she BITES the hand that feeds her. I am NOT KIDDING! So, I was eating dinner, and dinner did include some turkey and cheese - both of which she adores! Well, she climbed up on the chair and was sitting on my shoulder, trying to figure out how to get to the food without my stopping her and I started growling. Now, I've had cats since I was 22, actually more like 18 since my brother brought a cat home from college and I was still at my folks then. I'm pretty good at making cat sounds. She turned her huge kitten eyes on me like "I didn't know you spoke CAT!" I kept chewing and growling. She started to try anyway and I grabbed her and put her back on the floor. She came up again and I started growling again. She did NOT get into my food. I was able to eat my meal in peace, well, I did have to growl a bit more, but I didn't have to fight with the kitten, she finally gave up and left. I told the roomie, so maybe she'll try it, tho she's not as good as I am at cat sounds. So, have you ever had to fight off a determined animal wanting your meal?
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
5 Sep 09
No they ate thier food at their bowl!
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
5 Sep 09
most of the cats know better than to mess with our meal while we are there - but this kitten is only 8 weeks, and still needs to have limits set - and the roomie isn't real good about doing so - and she hands out treats, I don't I keep telling her, we need to not let the baby get away with this stuff or she'll try it on the new owners....
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
5 Sep 09
oh yes she will lol
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@Jody20 (887)
• Netherlands
5 Sep 09
Every time i eat chicken they all group around me, hoping that i accidently will drop a little piece of chicken. The little one still trying to figure out a how to steal my meal.
@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
5 Sep 09
the cats know the roomie is a softer touch than I am, so they all stare at her
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
6 Sep 09
[b]I just know you didn't want to ask me that! Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?"[/b]
@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
6 Sep 09
YOU feel asleep on YOUR fish stick, and LET the cat take it...
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
6 Sep 09
LOL--nah, my kitties have always had me wrapped around their finger..uh, paws and have always given in...like Pyewacket who is determined to help me eat my scrambled egg breakfast every morning. I've never tried growling sounds, but I'm good at purring like a cat and hissing
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
6 Sep 09
not good at purring, but I can hiss like a master! Most of mine are good about leaving the food alone, but this kitten just hasn't taken "NO" before, and she's got to learn some manners before she can find a new home...
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5 Sep 09
Hi Elic, Wow!! I'll have to learn that as I have to sy no, to them all the time but give up and give them some from my plate, i have to have a little bowl so they can eat in there, not the same normal cat bowl they have, and funny thing is they know. I have to learn to growl I think. Tamara
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
5 Sep 09
believe me, the kitten really sat up and noticed when I did it - she just ignores every thing else - but when she's rubbing up against you its hard to stay mad at her...
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
5 Sep 09
I had a big fight with my friends dog, like I posted...there was pork chop everywhere. The wonderful part of it is that the dog hasn't tried anything like that since. For some reason I don't have that problem with the cats...they seem to know that if they tried for the food they'd lose. What I am aiming at is what happened to my Mom. It was a couple of years before she passed away, and she had a thing for peanut butter and PBJ sandwiches. She had made one for a snack one day, and left it on her end table and went to the bathroom. Her Rottweiler, Rocky, also loved peanut butter. I watched in amusement as Rocky crept up to the end table and snacked on the sandwich. Mom came back, sat down in her chair, reached for her sandwich and had this blank look on her face like "I don't remember eating the sandwich". About then Rocky came up to her for his usual attention and burped peanut butter. I laughed til I about peed myself!!!
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
5 Sep 09
don't leave anything low enough or a dog will steal and eat it around here, but the cats are restricted by low, so you have to guard food around here
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
5 Sep 09
Our dogs have always been taught not to beg at the table and not to steal food. Rocky, Mom's Rottweiler, was a different story. There were only two incidents of his stealing food. One was her peanut butter sandwich, and the second was an angel food cake that we had just bought at the grocery store. Abby, my friends dog has been a different matter. She really never received training. My friend would reprimand the dog for doing wrong and then promptly apologize and love the dog. Talk about mixed messages!!!! I have been working for a year getting the dog broken of bad habits and trained to walk calmly at your side, not steal food, keep herself off my bed, not jump on people or claw them when they are sitting and visiting, and currently we are fighting about her sleeping on the couch. It wouldn't be so important but the couch I have right now is a really cheaply built sofa and there is hardly any stuffing in the seat cushions, so having the dog on the couch constantly would destroy the remaining stuffing. I am about to get the dog's owner to take her back. I am spending a ton of money for food without the owner helping out. She seems to think that giving me money once every three or four months will provide food for the dog. Abby eats three times as much as the three mini Dachshunds eat...so a 40 pound bag of dog food only lasts me three weeks in comparison to it lasting nearly three months! Anyhow, at least there was some training of the dog, and maybe when the dog goes back to the owner she will retain some of the training.
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
6 Sep 09
[b] Dang, Loverbear! Now I need to go find dry undies! I doubt I'll ever look at a pb&j sandwich again without at least grinning! Maggiepie "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE"[/b]
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@camomom (7536)
• United States
9 Sep 09
That is so funny. I love your cat stories. I have not had to do anything like that ever.
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
9 Sep 09
I'm glad you like them because I sure do enjoy telling them!
@camomom (7536)
• United States
9 Sep 09
We must be TRUE cat lovers
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
5 Sep 09
I have to get over the thought of you growling first! LOL Too cool! But no, my Spunky girl (dog) is a real lady and in fact won't even touch her food without getting my permission first. We had her at the vet's yesterday to get her booster shots and the vet tried to give her some little chewy treats after the shots for being such a good girl and she wouldn't take them. He was so surprised. So I told him to put his hand back out to her, Spunky sniffed the treats, turned her head and looked at me, and I said, "Go ahead girl, you can have them" and she gently ate them out of his hand. He asked me how long it took me to train her to do that, and I told him she's always been like that..........never ever takes food from anywhere or anyone without my permission first, so no training was involved. He told me I should have called her 'Lady' instead of Spunky! LOL
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
5 Sep 09
I've never had that "problem" now, Cujo didn't know what treats were before he came here, and because of the big dogs torturing him at his previous place, he's got some funny habits, he'll take a bite of food and then turn around, same with water, drink a few laps then turn around - obviously he's not had the problem with the big dogs here, but its now a programed response...
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
5 Sep 09
Spunky was the runt of her litter of 8. I don't think she ever got into the habit of pushing her way in for feeding. She was such an ugly, malformed little thing when I got her at six weeks. You wouldn't know it to see her now! LOL I'm glad your Cujo isn't being tortured anymore. Poor baby..........
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• Canada
5 Sep 09
This sounds like a typical night at my place!! My husband knows how to speak Cat quite well, and he and Shakti carry on long conversations. As for Shakti stealing my food, I'm used to that by now. LOL I remember the dang cat pulling a whole chicken leg right off of my plate one night, and running with it!
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
5 Sep 09
Actually, my first cat stole a fish stick off the former roomie's plate. Now, back then we didn't know she had sleep apnea, and she'd fall asleep anywhere, any time. So, we had sat down to eat and she went to sleep. I figured if she couldn't stay awake long enough to eat her meal, then Sab EARNED that fish stick!
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
8 Sep 09
I am laughing just picturing this, it sounds pretty funny. I guess not at the time that you are doing it. But I get really mad about animals eating my food. I have a cat that loves chicken. He will try to steal it when you are not looking. They get it away more often from my husband then me. I tell them No really firm and they listen. My cats often remind me of dogs.
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
8 Sep 09
oh yes, its funny, but you might try it, this little girl hasn't taken "No" for an answer and she BITES!
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
5 Sep 09
I have four pets and they are all relatively well behaved around food. The bird doesn’t really count, the worst he will do is make a ‘deposit’ on your head! The dog just looks at you with eyes that unless you have a heart of stone will melt you and you will give her something. One of the cats is a lady and does not bother and the boy cat, well he used to ‘bite the hand that fed him’ if he didn’t get his way but we put a stop to it by spraying him with water every time he did and it came to a stop, although he is quite sick now...
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
5 Sep 09
I'll tell ya, Jool is the first cat (kitten) I've ever had that was THIS determined to try for human food. now, the roomie is bad about letting the cats have treats, but I'm like stone (except for Star) But this isn't begging, this is getting up in the food and claiming it as her own. And I have to admit, its pretty amusing right now, but it won't be as she gets bigger, so it needs to be corrected now.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
5 Sep 09
I don't spaek cat or dog language but my animals would stay away from me when I eat, they learned how to keep eye on their own bowls....maybe because my meals are vegetarian and they love meat....
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
5 Sep 09
oh, I know a bit of what they sound out, but I can't say I know what I'm saying, just when to use some of them
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
5 Sep 09
Lol I love it Elic The only one that we had to fight of was my Sons Dog lol she just would not have it But I would put her straight on it lol but yes it was a Fight Gissi is pretty good that way he will not touch anything unless I say he can When I leave the Fridge door open he will look in there but not touch, but he does know his Ham is in there lol
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
5 Sep 09
good for Gissi, yeah, most of the cats only look longingly, but this little girl, well, she goes for what she wants - and to get her adopted, we're going to have to correct some of these bad behaviors
@horsesrule (1960)
• United States
5 Sep 09
Oh yes, our dogs are amazingly determined to get our food. In fact, they know the best people in the family to follow or beg from and that is who they both go for. The weakest link, so to speak, is the youngest, he's 4 and he's messy, drops a lot of food and sets his food down on the table a lot in between bites. The dogs go to him whenever he has food and if our attention (the adults) wanders for even a second, the dogs will grab his food off the table! And if we are eating, we adults, and we happen to be talking and if we wave our fork around, if the fork dips too low, the dog will lick it. I think we may have to put the dogs outside at mealtime because they are getting much worse about food stealing. One time, our dog Rosie, went into the kitchen and jumped up on a chair that I sit on when I cook (I can't stand up for long) and then she jumped on the tray to steal the leftovers. She's a very naughty dog and we love her very much! LOL
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
5 Sep 09
it does sound like meals should be dog free - the dog we grew up with would sit under the table, no one dropped food intentionally, but what did get dropped got vacuumed up... She was a really good dog
@jwfarrimond (4474)
5 Sep 09
My cats know better than to try and steal my food As for speaking cat, I remember once when I was "playing" with a kitten that belonged to someone else and he was getting really agressive, biting and scratching at my hand. I tolerated this for a while, then growled at him. He stopped the biting and scratching and just stared at me. I thought that the growl might not be enough to deter him, so I decided to reinforce the message by grabbing him and roughing him up a bit for a second or two. When I let go, he just stood there staring at me, so I thought that it was time to send a positive message and I reached out and started to stroke him. After that, he never bit or scratched me again and became very friendly.
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
5 Sep 09
sounds like you got a message across, I wonder if he stopped just for you or for everyone...
@scififan43 (2438)
• United States
27 Sep 09
I think I have had to do that once or twice in my life. but we have dogs her at my gf house. no cats.
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
27 Sep 09
I've growled at a few dogs in my life too, but not one I was living with
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
18 Sep 09
LOL I can picture the look on Jool's face and what she was thinking when you growled at her. Priceless! Only times I have to fight a determined animal is when they are young kittens. They don't know any better which is why mom has to teach them that they have their food and we have ours. Growling is indeed the best way to teach them because that's exactly what their momma would do in the nest if they try to nurse when she's weaning them.
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
18 Sep 09
and I know how to growl like a cat too, that way deep in the throat growl it was a priceless look!
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
14 Sep 09
LOL I can just see it now Elic! I'd be laughing so hard at you and the reaction of the little kitten! It just had to be funny!! Sometimes it takes a little bit of their language to get them to understand and obviously, you did a remarkable job! LMBO
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@ElicBxn (60981)
• United States
14 Sep 09
Yeah, I was eating the other night and she just ignore me - like "this one isn't available to share food with" She'll get right INTO the roomie's food