Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Maryland (DC area)
Interpreting Batting Paws
This is not a serious behavioral problem, fortunately--or at least I don't think so-- but I am still curious as to what is going on with my Fab Four. Leaving aside the batting of paws that occurred during the intro process, they don't bat at each other now, with one exception--mealtimes.
At mealtimes, they of course get excited and are pacing or running around the kitchen and dining room in anticipation. As I am preparing their wet food, when I look over I often see Hershey batting paws with Blizzy, or Hershey with Snowby. It is rapid-fire, both participants squint their eyes, but it is not designed to hurt, nor do they vocalize. It only lasts a few seconds each time but is repeated numerous times in the five minutes it takes me to do everything I need to.
So, just wondering, since they get along with each other, and the two who just tolerate each other--Snowby and Blizzy-- do not bat at these times. Is this just play, passing the time until I announce dinner is ready? Or is it a rivalry of some kind? Just cats being cats? It happens then and only then, so I assume it's just the release of nervous energy as they await the meal. I couldn't find anything about it in the online research I've done thus far. Would be interested to know if others observe a similar phenomenon. It causes quite a little commotion as it is going on, with the others watching and moving around to get out of the way.