Please explain cat weirdness
October 23, 2012 9:44 AM Subscribe
This is my cat Turtle.
What is she doing?
posted by mudpuppie to Pets & Animals (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Turtle is a seriously dorky cat, in many ways. This is one of her stranger quirks, however. As I'm petting her, she'll maneuver her head so that my index finger is against her mandibular joint, and she then proceeds to do what you see in the video. She gets kind of trance-like or blissed out while doing it. Is she grinding her teeth? She'll continue to do it even if I move my finger so that it's still next to her face, but no longer touching it.
She's four years old and in good health. No apparent problems with her teeth. She only does it on the one side.
It baffles me, and I'd like to understand what's going on. However, pretty much everything she does is baffling, so I'm willing to accept the Cats Are Weird diagnosis. Just thought maybe someone had seen something similar, though, so I thought I'd at least ask.