Kitteh, teh protector?
December 6, 2012 11:35 AM Subscribe
What is up with my boyfriend's cat? Do cats "sense" certain things?
posted by floweredfish to pets & animals (22 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
My boyfriend and I live together with his cat, a 7 year old tabby adoptee (or maybe he adoped my boyfriend? Who knows). His cat and I have a good but dysfunctional relationship. My boyfriend is hands down, clearly kitty's favorite human ever, to the point where I think kitty is jealous of me (which I find amusing and endearing). When it's just me and kitty in the house we just stay out of each other's way. However, the moment my boyfriend comes home, kitty morphs into this meow-y, needy, attention whore and wants my boyfriend ALL TO HIMSELF.
My boyfriend and I literally cannot even stand in the kitchen and hug or cook together without kitty pulling on his pants legs. We can't sit on our counter barstools and chat at any time of the day without kitty in our faces (he's not allowed on the counters), we have to kick him out of our bedroom at night and he's just all over my boyfriend. Of course my boyfriend indulges kitty with attention when kitty does this stuff but sometimes he even gets a little annoyed (like when he's trying to do work in his office and kitty is all over him when he's on a conference call). Kitty NEVER does this to me or even ventures over to me if I'm home alone watching tv on the couch. He doesn't seek any attention from me ever, although I do wish he did. I am the giver of treatz, and kitteh toyz however which is not new at all, but other than that, he pretty much just keeps to himself and I keep to myself.
Except when I'm sick or have my period. I've noticed over the past several months an emerging trend that if I have a bad cold then kitty will come and nuzzle me for about 15 seconds and then walk away like nothing happened. If I have my period, however, suddenly I have earned a new lap cat. Kitty will literally dive into my lap and will insist on sitting on my stomach everytime I sit or lie down. He's perfectly calm, he just parks it right on my belly. He won't give my boyfriend the time of day.
I'm just really curious and amused about this drastic behavior change. Do cats "sense" this stuff? What is kitty doing exactly? Is kitty trying to comfort me? Protect me? Control the household with kitteh mind games? I'm really interested in hearing your take on this or if your cat does similar or other drastic kitty behavior in other situations.