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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-26-2005, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cat getting "affectionate" with kitten

My 3 year old male, Tiger, has been doing something.....interesting lately. We have recently brought home a 3 month old male kitten, Garfield, who has become buddies with Tiger as far as we can tell. My husband let me know today that he saw Tiger "humping" Garfield. I wondered if it looked like he was just playing with Garfield, but my husband was certain Tiger was getting "affectionate".

I know that dogs will show dominance over other dogs by doing this, but I had never heard of it in cats.

Is this something that just happens and do we need to stop the behavior?

Has anyone else seen this happen?

I would love to get some feedback. Thanks for the thoughts!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-26-2005, 05:34 PM
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Yes, you're right, it's something that sometimes just happens. He should get over it. They just need to figure who's who and who's what. You didn't mention if Tiger was neutered. I'm assuming so, and that you'll neuter the new little guy, too. Before six months is recommended. Four months is not too early.

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Affectionate Kitty update

Tiger is neutered and there are plans to have Garfield neutered and declawed in the next couple of months. The lady of the pack, China, is still unhappy with Garfield for invading her happy home. She is also fixed and is the oldest. Poor kitties have to reorganize their lives, again.

Before we moved to South Carolina we had 4 kitties in an apartment. 2 of them came to us through catsitting turning into adoption. (The owners wouldn't come get them) We found good homes for those two when we decided to move here. So at least they are accustomed to having many housemates.
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Re: Affectionate Kitty update

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there are plans to have Garfield ... declawed
oh, PLEASE don't do that there are effective alternatives. please spend some time reading the posts on that subject here.
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please do not declaw your cats. when they declaw, they remove the entier first knuckle. the cat is in EXTREME pain for weeks afterwards and it's just a miserable, inhumane practice. there are alternatives, including trimming your cats claws, and softpaws, which are small vynil caps that you glue onto the claw. they fall off after 3-4 weeks and you replace them. even if the cat accidentally swallows one, it's harmless. www.softpaws.com
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-26-2005, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Checking out the soft paw

It looks interesting and worth a try.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-17-2005, 11:27 AM
 
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Just a quick note on declawing - I had my cats spayed/neutered and declawed at around 5 months....the vet that I frequent has a procedure where it is mandatory for a cat who is being declawed to stay at lease 3 nights at the hospital and in addition the cat has an area between his shoulderblades shaved and a morphine patch is applied.....they feel no aftermath and as far as my cats were concerned, the declawing did not phase them in the slightest...after coming home from the hospital they were absolutely their normal selves!!!!!

Don't dismiss the thought of having your cats declawed...there are humane ways of going about it!!
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-17-2005, 11:45 AM
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Don't dismiss the thought of having your cats declawed...there are humane ways of going about it!!
I disagree. I don't think there's a really humane way to perform multiple amputations. I see way too many older declaws with serious joint and gait problems to say that I think it's a decision to be taken lightly. It's an operation that's illegal or severely restricted in many countries as inherently inhumane and unnecessary, so I think that declawing a cat requires some very serious and deep thought beforehand.
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Just a quick note on declawing - I had my cats spayed/neutered and declawed at around 5 months....the vet that I frequent has a procedure where it is mandatory for a cat who is being declawed to stay at lease 3 nights at the hospital and in addition the cat has an area between his shoulderblades shaved and a morphine patch is applied.....they feel no aftermath and as far as my cats were concerned, the declawing did not phase them in the slightest...after coming home from the hospital they were absolutely their normal selves!!!!!

Don't dismiss the thought of having your cats declawed...there are humane ways of going about it!!
There are no humane ways to cut off one's fingers.....

I'll make this deal with you....you go have the tips of each of your fingers cut off....stay in the hospital as long as you want.....take all the morphine you need....adapt to using your shorter fingers.......then you tell me there is nothing wrong with it.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-17-2005, 01:29 PM
 
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Do you work at a Vet? My mother-in-law worked there and took good care of them....of course there's pain, there's pain with every procedure one has....but I was ensured that this was the most humane way of going about it.....I'm just saying my cats didn't seem to mind at all!!!!!
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