Post # 1
I thought I’d come to you ladies because I don’t even know what to google!
I let my cat out for about an hour before calling her inside. She always comes when I call her even if it takes her a few minutes, she never wanders far. I keep going to the door to call her every so often, for about ten minutes before I start to get worried. I go out to look for her, constantly calling her name. Again, she ALWAYS comes when I call.
Eventually I find her and she’s laying on her belly on the ground, not in any apparent distress, simply laying there, alert. It’s then I notice a large white cat laying about three feet away, staring at my cat. When the white cat notices me, it dashes away into the trees. Then my cat gets up and runs toward me, and I pick her up and take her inside.
It seemed to me she was afraid to move while the white cat was there. She could easily hear me calling her the whole time but made no attempt to come to me. On the other hand, my cat and the white cat didn’t seem to be behaving agressively to each other.
Does anyone have any insight to this type of behaviour? Thank you!
Gratuitous picture of my cat below 🙂
Post # 2
achilles: your cat is absolutely GORGEOUS! Her coat is unbelievable and I just love her little peaceful face and big ridiculous tail.
As a lifelong cat person my thoughts are:
1. is your cat fixed?
2. is the other cat fixed?
If your cat didn’t seem distressed, hurt, or scared, it could be the exact opposite.
It could also just be a territorial thing. I used to have an outdoor cat that would sometimes just stare down other outdoor cats. They looked like they absolutely hated each other, but they never actually fought. Just weird cat behavior. I’d continue to check her for injuries and see if she seems afraid, but barring that she’s probalby fine and just being a weird little kitty.
Post # 3
Cats constantly have to renegotiate their territories and power struggles. My cats are dominant over some cats in the neighbourhood and will chase them off their territory, but other cats they are submissive to and will let them come into the house and eat their food even! I have only ever seen one of my cats with a small scratch on her nose so I’m not worried they are going to get hurt; they usually figure these things out without fighting so it’s actually a good sign that your cat has chosen to be submissive instead of fighting.
If she ever seems injured though, make sure you take her to the vet in case she’s been bitten – cat bites are disgusting and need antibiotics usually.
Here are my girls when I had the audacity to try to get back in bed:
Post # 4
Totally normal. It’s just typical territory stuff, for some reason they feel the need to stare down whoever is around and you become less important at that point lol. My little orange cat does this ALL the time when he goes out. He will hiss and puff up when he sees a strange cat, and yet if they walk away he will follow them and they’ll just sit there, staring for a while. Neither of them are puffy or upset, no fighting. So I wouldn’t worry at all