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Every single time that I'm at the keyboard the cat gets affectionate and wants to cuddle. Every single time, no matter what. She could be dismissive all day long but as soon as I get on the keyboard she wants attention. Why?
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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #1 on: 14/03/2015 12:43:05 »
Every single time that I'm at the keyboard the cat gets affectionate and wants to cuddle. Every single time, no matter what. She could be dismissive all day long but as soon as I get on the keyboard she wants attention. Why?

Jealousy?

"You're not paying attention to me"

Could also be pure inquisitiveness, or curiosity as some put it.

Now you know why Schrodinger put his in a basket, only way he could get work done  :)
 

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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #2 on: 14/03/2015 16:46:08 »
Every single time that I'm at the keyboard the cat gets affectionate and wants to cuddle. Every single time, no matter what. She could be dismissive all day long but as soon as I get on the keyboard she wants attention. Why?
Typical female....................Only looking for attention when we males have other pressing business to attend to. Never mind us when we are looking for attention................GO FIGURE!
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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #3 on: 14/03/2015 17:47:45 »
Typical female....................Only looking for attention when we males have other pressing business to attend to. Never mind us when we are looking for attention................GO FIGURE!

Ooo, Ooo, Ooo.  .....  I was sooo tempted to write something along similar lines, but my PC alarm meter went crazy, I was so sure I would be flamed!

Get your fire extinguisher out, no, no get 2!

 

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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #4 on: 14/03/2015 20:59:50 »
Typical female....................Only looking for attention when we males have other pressing business to attend to. Never mind us when we are looking for attention................GO FIGURE!

Ooo, Ooo, Ooo.  .....  I was sooo tempted to write something along similar lines, but my PC alarm meter went crazy, I was so sure I would be flamed!

Get your fire extinguisher out, no, no get 2!
Just in case I need to cover my backside and hide from the PC Police, I was referring to a female cat.

I have a sneaking suspicion that might not be good enough for some of the fairer members here at TNS.

Oh well, what the hell, if it weren't that statement getting me in trouble, it would just be something else I've dared to say.

Did I ever mention that I love all our female members here at TNS?
I am extremely indebted to you all, without you where would I be?
Did I ever mention how wonderful and beautiful you all are?

I think I'm in a whole lot of trouble!!!!
 

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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #5 on: 14/03/2015 22:33:46 »
I think I'm in a whole lot of trouble!!!!

If I were you I might pretend to be a mouse!

My daughter suggested that is what the cat was really after  ;D
 

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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #6 on: 14/03/2015 23:12:54 »
I think I'm in a whole lot of trouble!!!!

If I were you I might pretend to be a mouse!

My daughter suggested that is what the cat was really after  ;D
Squeak, squeak...........Do you think I could SQUEAK by if I behave from now on?   [:-'(] :-\ :D
 

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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #7 on: 15/03/2015 00:17:01 »
Squeak, squeak...........Do you think I could SQUEAK by if I behave from now on?   [:-'(] :-\ :D

Appreciative groan!
 

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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #8 on: 15/03/2015 08:59:54 »
........ She could be dismissive all day long but as soon as I get on the keyboard she wants attention. Why?

Sorry, we seem to have hijacked your thread. Getting back to your original post:

When I was small we had a cat and one memory has remained very vividly. We had a set of encyclopaedias, very precious. I still have them including a page showing an Anaconda, but covered in muddy paw prints. I think I was reading and using my finger to follow the words, maybe that attracted the cat to investigate?

Experiment: wait until cat is ignoring you and begin to poke an object in the room. You might also try poking an object while not paying it attention to isolate the poking action. Not easy to design an experiment and eliminate any confounding factors.

On the other hand, being interested in birds, she might be ....wait for it ..... looking for the Tweet!

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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #9 on: 15/03/2015 10:01:41 »
Every single time that I'm at the keyboard the cat gets affectionate and wants to cuddle. Every single time, no matter what. She could be dismissive all day long but as soon as I get on the keyboard she wants attention. Why?

Try replacing the mouse with a trackball!

Seriously, it's possible that she is attracted by the clicking, or your moving fingers look like live prey, or, as you are sitting down, your lap becomes a stable warm platform. Cats are particularly good at detecting small temperature changes.
 

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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #10 on: 15/03/2015 16:10:24 »
It's not the mouse. She doesn't even acknowledge the mouse's existence. I think I jumped the gun on this though. I'm on the computer and she's ignoring me. False alarm I guess.
 

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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #11 on: 16/03/2015 00:49:19 »
My cats do that, too. Not all the time, but sometimes  they do seem to demand you stop paying attention to the lap top and focus on them, Maybe it is a kind of jealousy. Before lap tops, it was newspapers my cat insisted on walking in front of or poking its head under. A friend of mine said her cat would caught a bird and left it on her lap top - a kind of present, it would seem.
 

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Re: Behaviour of a cat
« Reply #12 on: 17/03/2015 10:13:21 »
I saw a Youtube video of someone who had attached a string to the hub of an overhead fan, so the string just reached the ground.

If the cat is bothering you, turn on the fan, at slow speed. The cat won't bother you for a while.
 

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