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circa Fri, 16 Jan 2004 08:55:31 -0700, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Stepdawn (Email Removed) said,
Today Bilbo and Sam were doing something odd that I've not seen before. Bilbo was on top of Sam, holding ... in a little batting about of paws and then Sam lied down on his back and purred (loudly). No fighting.

It's a dominance thing. See here:
http://www.dotphoto.com/go.asp?l=geekwench&AID=369785&Pres=Y

Jacob has been doing that to Oscar for Oscar's entire ten years. In this picture, you don't see Jacob biting the back of Oscar's neck, but that's usually what he's doing. He just noticed me getting ready to take the picture. :-)
Don't worry; it's perfectly normal.
Laura

I am Dyslexia of Borg,
Your ass will be laminated.
circa Fri, 16 Jan 2004 10:43:40 -0600, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, kaeli (tiny (Email Removed)) said,
Male cats will also mount this way, but I've not heard of mounting behavior as a dominance display in cats.

Wanna meet Jacob? ;-)
Seriously, this is very much a dominance thing.
Laura

I am Dyslexia of Borg,
Your ass will be laminated.
circa Sat, 17 Jan 2004 02:13:06 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Laura R. (Email Removed) said,
Today Bilbo and Sam were doing something odd that I've ... lied down on his back and purred (loudly). No fighting.

It's a dominance thing. See here: http://www.dotphoto.com/go.asp?l=geekwench&AID=369785&Pres=Y Jacob has been doing that to Oscar for Oscar's entire ten years. In ... what he's doing. He just noticed me getting ready to take the picture. :-) Don't worry; it's perfectly normal. Laura

Whoops, I forgot to mention- look at the last picture, entitled "Yes, they're neutered. And both male."
Laura

I am Dyslexia of Borg,
Your ass will be laminated.
Well, I checked out those websites, and after a bit of panic, I promptly took all three cats (one at ... fine with each other now, so I've got two easy going boys and one absolutely insane female : ). Dawn

I think they will be fine. Most reactions seem to happen pretty quickly. And now you have clean cats!
Does anyone else have a cat that likes to have a pillow? I mean, a cat-sized pillow propped under her head for sleeping. Kami has a low donut bed and if she's not curled up with her head upside-down, she has her head resting on the rim. On the couch, she sleeps with her head on her upturned paw, when she's snoozing under the directors chair, she has her chin propped up on a low rail. I just think it's odd. Acid Reflux Disease or something? (I'm kidding)
I agree. Hartz should have been pulled off the shelves years ago.

Lauren

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Does anyone else have a cat that likes to have a pillow? I mean, a cat-sized pillow propped under her ... her chin propped up on a low rail. I just think it's odd. Acid Reflux Disease or something? (I'm kidding)

I've always thought this was weird, too. Tiger will prop her head on anything, even hard uncomfortable (to me) objects. They have one of those Cosmic Catnip Alpine scratchers (basically a wedge of cardboard) and she'll lay on the floor with her front paws & head propped up on the bottom. It looks painful to me!
Liz
circa Sat, 17 Jan 2004 19:44:11 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Elizabeth Blake (Email Removed) said,
Does anyone else have a cat that likes to have ... think it's odd. Acid Reflux Disease or something? (I'm kidding)

I've always thought this was weird, too. Tiger will prop her head on anything, even hard uncomfortable (to me) objects. ... on the floor with her front paws & head propped up on the bottom. It looks painful to me! Liz

Jacob sleeps under the covers in my bed, with his paws either around my neck or on my outstretched arm, with his head on my pillow. When I get up in the morning, he stays in the bed for a while with his head still on the pillow. I'm not sure he knows that he's a cat.

Laura

I am Dyslexia of Borg,
Your ass will be laminated.
Jacob sleeps under the covers in my bed, with his paws either around my neck or on my outstretched arm, ... bed for a while with his head still on the pillow. I'm not sure he knows that he's a cat.

For a few very sweet nights after he was first released from his socialization stay in the guest room, my former feral Sebastian slept in my bed with his head on my pillow. I guess I socialized him too well! ;-) Then he remembered he was a cat, and he hasn't done it since.

Priscilla
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