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Last night, I spotted Egypt during her usual routine prior to beating up one of the other cats...my radar immediately went on the alert. So, she began with the usual, hunching up her back, back hair and tail entirely erect, and began side-stepping over to her intended victim, but that was just it. I was perceiving it to be her victim, she was perceiving it to be her playmate :(

She's been exhiting this behavior for some time and because she's so rough during play, I really thought it was aggressive, but it's not at all. It's how kittens get each other to play socially. I wish I could apologize to her for all the scolding, squirting, and time outs during these past months. I feel terrible and to make it all worse, she still continues to love me unconditionally. I feel like a big doofus for misreading her in such a way. I will confess it's hard not to unless you know what to look for. All their tumbling about always ends up in someone yeowling in submission and Egypt is always on top with that wild kitty look in her eye.

Maybe some extra treats tonight or exclusive couch privileges just for her? I feel as if I need to make this up somehow.

I'd also like to point out that I found the real intent behind this type of behavior from an old cat forum thread so please accept my sincere thanks to all of you who regularly post on this forum for all your great advice...just goes to show it's never too late to learn new things!
 

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Just the other day I said to a friend how I wished cats could speak English or we could understand cat. :?

I'm interested in reading (but not resurrecting) the old thread you spoke of. Can you post a link or otherwise direct me to it. Thanks!
 

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Ya know, both Rochelle and Alice do the side-step/jump pounce as well. When they first started doing it, I wasn't sure what to make of it...I thought it was hostile! Rochelle always freaks me out, because when she plays, she puffs herself up, and with the side-jump, I wasn't sure what to make of it. I eventually realized this was normal behavior. I feel bad for the times I did break them up...:?

I think treats and a night of movies cuddled on the couch sounds like a great idea...anything to make up for breaking up play time.
 

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Thanks for the link. Now I understand what you meant. I call it the "witch dance", because it reminds me of the Halloween cat pictures. Muffs used to do that when she was a kitten. I didn't realize what it was and would always try to stop her, by saying "No". Then, when I adopted Abby, she did it too. When I hired the behaviorist to help me with the difficult introduction with the girls, I asked him what that little dance meant. He laughed and said it means "I want to play". Boy, did I feel stupid for having scolded both of them every time they did their little witch dance! So, you're not the only one who's misinterpreted that one. Extra treats sound like a good idea. :)
 
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