Scent marking

@dawnald (84148)
Shingle Springs, California
May 29, 2010 9:32am CST
My Dad has this remark he loves to make when the cat rubs against him. He says, "I used to think the cats liked me, but now I have learned that they are just marking me as their property." True, but look at it this way, Dad. Why would the cat bother marking you if it didn't like you? Have YOU been scent marked today?
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• Malaysia
29 May 10
hehe...my cat is marking me right now there were times when i came back from a friend's place (who has a cat), and when i get back home, my cat runs off after taking a few whiffs of my pants. then after a while it comes back and starts rubbing itself all over my legs just to 'reaffirm its property'.. hehe
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
Yes, very important to get that established! :D
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
• Malaysia
3 Jun 10
an accidental accident accidentally happened..
@savypat (20246)
• United States
29 May 10
We have no house cats at this time, only the barn kitty and she doesn't do this, she just wants tummy rubbs. I do miss our house cats.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
I can't see being without one! :D
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
29 May 10
We are both suffering withdrawel. Our problem is our age and we don't want to have someone else have to take care of our pets. But if one shows up at our door we will read that as a sign.
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@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 May 10
Not in the traditional way no. This morning about an hour ago, my cat Precious walked around my ankles begging for the food we stored in the fridge for him. But, he didn't "sent mark" as that part of his body never touched me. Though he will do it several times throughout the day for certain I know. He always does.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
I wouldn't want to be sprayed (yech) but they do rub their faces on me, of course.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
29 May 10
oh yeah, ya think? Tho, I have to admit, there are some I try to avoid, since they drool...
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
ah yes, Sunny used to do that, he'd get right in my face and then shake his head. Priceless!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
1 Jun 10
Yep, that's what Scamp does, gets right in my face and SHAKES his head!
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
29 May 10
hi dawnald nope sad to say if Ihad one hundred extra dollars each month for the rent i could have a cat, course then i wou ld need litter, litter box and cat food plus the cat of course. so that would be even more money needed. but I do so love cats and in all the various apartments we lived in nobody would allow one cats or dogs.birds and fish okay but who makes a pet out of a fish or a bird? anyway I did not get scent marked today.sadly. miss not having a cat.
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
Some apartments allow them, but then they charge an extra deposit...
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@GardenGerty (99193)
• United States
29 May 10
Some retirement communities encourage voluteers to bring in pets to interact with the residents.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
29 May 10
Not today. I think that if they mark you that they want to keep you.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
especially if I feed them and pet them and brush them and feed them....
@GardenGerty (99193)
• United States
29 May 10
I have at least one that greets me at the top of the stairs and tries to rub my ankles all the way down, complaining loudly each time I step on a foot or tail. It is kind of like, "I'm first, I'm first) If i have a lap at any time the drooler lands on me. Princess seldom want to mark anything or love anyone, but the moment she does, you better pay attention.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
You didn't put the cat in your will, did you? I smell a plot...
@climber7565 (2579)
• United States
30 May 10
lol I guess the cat has taken over lol
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
The cat was always in charge!
• United States
1 Jun 10
That is just too funny. I once rescued a yorkie from an abusive home and sure enough this puppy took over my ex G/F's dad. This guy would not let his daughter and wife get in his classic 1959 DeSoto car without careful inspection, but would take the dog into it and let it ride with him. lol
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
30 May 10
Yes, first thing this morning. Rosie sleeps on my bed with me and that is how she says hello every morning as soon as my feet touch the floor. My other feline Hewy can’t be bothered, he’s too busy trying to figure out a way to get to the bird cage! I agree that a cat would not mark you as his or her property if he or she didn’t like you!
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
Surely Hewy takes time out to eat and be petted and whatever?
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 Jun 10
He does have a little 'lap' time in the evenings while we are all watching T.V. and I am hoping as he gets older that time will become longer and longer.
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
29 May 10
Dawny if you can call a freaking sneeze scent marked, then i guess i have to say, yes.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 May 10
yuck
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@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
29 May 10
And i have to say what....... about this?
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@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
1 Jun 10
Everyday I go to the stable to work I get rub on by at least one cat and horse while I am out there! Those animals love me! I think the cats do it just so they get attention! Horses usually do it because they want to scatch an itch on their forehead! Doesn't bother me at all!
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
Maybe the cats are getting an itch scratched too!
• United States
30 May 10
Every morning my big old Smokey Bones jumps up to give me a hug and scent mark me. He puts his paws around my neck and rubs the side of his face and mouth against my cheek. Once this is complete, he's off to see the rest of the family and tell them good morning, too. He makes my day with that lovely hug!
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
Mine all come up on the bed for a morning visit too.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
30 May 10
Is that true? I didn't know that. I thought only dogs mark their properties. I also thought that cats like me by rubbing their body in my legs. But I think its fine. And your right. I think they still like me because they're marking me as their property. Its kinda weird though.
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
Yep, it's true. Far as I know, it's something only the cats can smell.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
30 May 10
I had never heard this about cats before. I thought they had other ways of marking their property. This will give new meaning to how much a cat likes me the next time one rubs against me. Here I am thinking the cat is just being friendly.
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
It's both. A cat isn't going to scent mark you if they don't like you.
@buenavida (8009)
• Sweden
30 May 10
I have not been marked today.. I wish I had cats but it is a bit difficult if I want to travel - so who would take care of them? But when I see a cat somewhere, I usually try to talk with it and make friends, and I feel so happy when it comes and rubs against my leg.. I feel that the cat likes me. I take it as a proof that our Creator - who has made the animals, has meant us to feel happy for their friendship. Our pets are a great gift, and I am especially grateful for the cats and dogs..
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
Me too, especially cats...
@BarBaraPrz (19823)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 May 10
Not so far today (I was at the policing centre) but I'm sure I will be when Harmony comes back in.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
Harmony and me...
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
2 Jun 10
Yes, I just woke up and took my shower. Here comes Bubba Kat on top of my desk so he can love nip me and get his fish breath slivia on my hands.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Jun 10
Ah yes, fish breath saliva, my favorite!
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
4 Jun 10
When the kittens were little they used to bite my feet everytime i took a shower.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Jun 10
lol
• United States
14 Jul 10
oh,i'm sure i have with 6. i don't think i own anything without fur on it,despite the best of efforts.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
14 Jul 10
as long as you didn't buy it with fur on it
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• United States
14 Jul 10
this is true
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• United States
30 May 10
How funny! My cat always waits for me to come out of my room in the morning. I usually go into the kitchen, and he'll come around to rub up on my leg. I love him but this can be so annoying sometimes!!!! I try to push him away (he's been shedding lately) and he'll turn right back around and rub up on my other leg. He''ll even rub on the carpet. I think he's a very territorial kitty. And also a very curious one!! +)
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
31 May 10
You need to comb or brush that cat to help him get rid of all that lose hair. A cat who is not curious is either sick or very old.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Jun 10
sounds like kitty needs a good brushing!
@bigal3 (1231)
• Thailand
15 Jun 10
Hi "dawnald". Interesting topic. Yes, I have a Siamese cat named "Pepsi" who "owns me and not the other way around. She comes and goes when she feels like it. "DEMANDS" to be fed or come in the house. Yep, I would say she has marked her property; ME! I love her because she's also very affectionate. Most cats are rather distant and stuck up. Happy MyLotting.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Jun 10
I wouldn't say most cats, but definitely some cats...