Service Cats: There Is No Bully Cat Breed: The Instincts of Cats

Meowllo and welcome to another Service Cat Monday. It’s cold and windy here, but fur the moment, we have sunshine and shadows. Mommy wanted me to let everypawdy know, that we might be writin’ a couple things today that will upset a few folks; but ifin you’ll stick with us, we purromiss you’ll unnerstand our point. We welcome all your questions, comments and suggestions. The only thing we ask, is that when askin’ a trainin’ or behavioral question, purrlease try to be as specific as pawssible. We’re not mind readers, and do wanna try to help ya’ out. But without specifics (you can even include an example) we can’t be sure ifin we’re actually givin’ ya’ the right tips. You can leave those questions/suggestions in the comments or send us an email. As with all our Service Cat postys, the followin’ will be written in Human English fur translator and reader ease. Our Trainin’ posts aren’t meant to be a step by step manual as trainin’ is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards. Our Trainin’ posts include tips, tricks and techniques used/developed by mommy throughout her many years of trainin’ animals, cats in purrticular. Ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, you can ketch up by clickin’ on the links at the end of this or any Service cat post. We’ve got some great questions to address, so let’s get to them.

 

 Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

The question we’re gonna address today, was left last week. We’re not sure if this is an ongoing situation, or one from the past. Never the less, it’s weighed heavy on our minds since it was posted and we feel we just have to address it. The thought of it has haunted mommy all week, because there are currently breed laws in effect in many States against certain dogs because of misconceptions. And mommy couldn’t live with the thought of that happening to kitties. We’ll sum up the example given fur you: A person adopted a female Tuxedo kitty as well as an 8 year old human boy from a chaotic, violent, drug filled environment. Said kitty was terrified of the human boy and retreated to live in cabinets in the basement. Whether or not kitty had been abused, is/was truly unknown to the adopter. It also appeared that the adopter already had a resident Tuxedo male kitty in the home, possibly her littermate (the comment wasn’t specific). When the female Tuxie finally started to venture out of the basement she was bullied by the resident Tuxie male to the point that the adopter had to pen him so that he couldn’t get to her. And here is the question that was asked: Do you think it’s normal for some breeds to just be bullies and pick on those kitties who didn’t have such a good start in life? 

 

 Baby Dezi puffed up for intimidation

Me’s not a bad kitty, me’s just assertin’ me’s claim.

 

The short answer is NO!!! Absolutely Not!!! First, let’s take a look at Cat Breeds in particular. ALL cats are descended from the Middle Eastern Wildcat. That’s right, those smooshed faced Persians, Color Pointed cross eyed Siamese, Floofy, floppy Ragdolls, and every other breed descended from the Felis Silvestris. Through natural gene mutation, cats adapted to their environments. Until that is, humans got involved. Breeders started cross breeding, inbreeding, and manipulating nature to create more desirable traits so they could make money. Don’t you go and hit that unfollow button. Me has a point to make. The results are not always in the best interest of the cat species. Now don’t nobody get angry with us, we’re only presenting the truth. And you know it too. Let’s keep going here. There’s conflicting evidence as to exactly when cats became domesticated, but for sure we’ve been part of human’s lives for at least 9000 years.

 

 Felis Silvestris

Felis Silvestris

Now let’s take a look at a cat’s natural behavior. Yes, we have a point for all of this, so just bear with us. A cat has four basic functions bred into each and every one of us, wild or domesticated, naturally evolved or with breeder interference. We are born to hunt, eat, sleep and procreate. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on our innate nature to HUNT. Cats are preprogrammed to hunt prey to survive. Yes, even the adorable kitty purring in your lap. Cats have amazing smell receptors. The thing that makes us great Service Cats is our ability to smell the changes in mommy’s chemical make up before she passes out. That ability also lets us smell fear, other animals (prey and/or appropriate mates), changes in the weather, and other scents we encounter.

 

 Raena playing with wand toy

 

As most people know, cats are very territorial. Because of our need to defend and claim our territory, unaltered cats, especially males can exhibit unwanted/undesirable behavior such as marking or fighting. Spaying and Neutering goes a long way to alleviate this behavior. However, defending our territory is still paramount. The smell of fear often signals prey; and the scent of another cat, signals a possible change in the hierarchy. That innate need to hunt may cause us to attack a scared or weaker cat, as we see them as prey. Cats desire live prey. Chasing is part of the hunt. A scared cat with it’s tail tucked between it’s legs and running away is a sure sign of prey. And that instinctual desire to chase, catch and kill kicks in. We can’t fight it, it’s part of our nature.

 

 Dezi rolls on the Yeowww nip nana while Raena prepares for an attack

 

And the need to be “King of our jungle” may cause us to attack a scared or weaker cat. In the wild, only the strong survive to procreate and pass along their genes to the next generation. For these reasons it’s important for our humans to take appropriate steps to introduce new kitties to resident cats. A cat that exhibits fear, requires extra attention from his/her humans in order to rebuild his/her confidence.

 

 Dezi pats Raena on the head

 

The person who left this question stated that the young boy hadn’t abused the scared cat, but was unsure about the adults in the previous home, yet the cat was fearful of the child initially. We’d like to take a minute not to suggest that the boy had abused the cat, but to relate that children don’t know how to treat animals until they’re taught. Children often approach animals wrongly. It’s not uncommon to hear of a child or even adult who’s been scratched after pulling a tail or trying to restrain a kitty to hard or for too long. Cats can acclimate to chaotic surroundings, but they are generally happier in more structured surroundings.

 

 Dezi and Raena play

 

When Raena came to live here, me was unsure about the whole thing. Sis Lexi had left abruptly, mommy and me had been alone for a couple of months and suddenly there was a new smell with an attitude in me’s house. Her innate drive to hunt caused her to chase anything, including me, that ran from her. It wasn’t till me’s tail went up and me stopped running and turned to face her, that she stopped treating me like prey. Because of me’s uncertainty and confusion about everything that had happened, me no doubt smelled like fear, and weakness. One of the most desirable traits of the Ragdoll, is the laid back nature we have. None the less, Raena initially presented as a “bully”. However, she was and is not a “bully”. She was only acting on her feline instincts.

 

 Raena carrying her new nip toy

 

In conclusion, we say again, NO cat or breed of cat are born “bullies”. Rather, we have an instinctual need to hunt and survive. Some cats have a stronger drive than others, but we all have it. We realize this isn’t much of a training post, but we have several questions about aggressive cat behavior, so we decided to address this issue by introducing the back story to where cats came from and what drives a cat’s existence first. And to stop the perception that any cat is a natural born “bully”. Since we all have the same DNA, that argument would mean that all cats are bullies, and we know that isn’t true.

 

 Dezi on Liberty Cat Tree

 

As me just said, we have an aggressive issue comin’ up. But next week, we’re goin’ to meow a bit ‘bout leash trainin’ do’s and don’t’s and include a question from one of our doggy furiends. In the meantime, mommy wants to stress that you don’t walk a puppy while on crutches…EVER!!! That’s an accident waitin’ to happen. ‘Member you can get caught up on any trainin’ posty you missed by clickin’ the links below.

 

Till the next time………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

 

 

Additional Resources: National Geographic (link above)

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

 

Service Cats

What to Look For     Training Foundations     Train Kitty to Massage

Smelling Disease     Do You Need One     Who Bears the Cost

Housing Laws and Exceptions     Accommodations & Common Sense

When the Handler Dies     Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2

Easiest Task to Train     Getting Kitty Ready for Outing    

Discipline: Stop Countersurfing Kitty     Internal Disputes 

Calling Emergency Help     Just What Is Kitty Capable Of 

Shad: Original Service Cat     Harness or Vest Leash or Stroller

Dezi, the Wheelchair & Chest     Round & Round We Go 

Tumble & Fall Response     Raena Calls For Help 

The Rest of the Story     Raena & the Wheelchair Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3 Pt. 4

When to Train     Explaining Rewards & Kitty’s Feelings

Stop Kitty’s Begging     Calling for Help Options Pt. 1 

Medicating Kitty    

Training the Pig Headed, Stallion Strong, Submissive Pup & Conniving Cat 

Cats Love Training & Social Media Downfalls    

Reintegrating the Scared or Bullied Cat             

About Deziz World

My name is Deztinee. I am a Ragdoll. I was born 11/1/2009. I am a service cat along with my sisfur RaenaBelle, also a Ragdoll, for our disabled human mommy. My sisfur Raena was born 4/21/2016. In March of 2016, mommy and I had to say goodbye to my mentor Alexandra (Lexi), a black tabby born 4/29/1999. This blog is about our daily life from the kitty's point of view. We were both rescued from bad situations and our mommy raised us and trained us to be service cats. I want this blog to be interactive and get to know all of you, so comment and visit often. I will also offer advice, training tips and education when possible. Copyright © 2014 - 2017 {Audra High via Deztinee High and RaenaBelle High} All Rights Reserved All personal content (story's, poetry, etc., videos and music) are the property of the human behind Deziz World, and may not be used, copied or otherwise re-published without prior written permission/consent from the author (A. High-the human behind Deziz World). We have an amazon.com wish list and a PayPal account if you would like to help/donate to us.

Posted on May 1, 2017, in Educational, Feline Behavior, Human Speak, Service Cats and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 41 Comments.

  1. MrJackFreckles/Pipo & Minko

    When our diva, now Angel Suki was here and well. she ruled the roost…and we respected that. After all we came in as wee ones.
    But then things changed. She got very ill and had seizures and would be incontinent and could not walk in a straight line, let alone rule her domain. She would recover and resume her place, but this went on like that for about a year or so, gradually she got more and more of an invalid kitty. Had to be caged at night for her safety. Yup, we ganged up on her in her weakened state. (Yes we did; we are shamed to mew that, but we saw our chance to be the boss over her.) And caged so if she had a seizure and was incontinent she would not mess the den up. And when she was like that she was so vulnerable to our attacks. Even dog-guy got all strange and barky when she was in her worst moments.
    It was not till much later after she became an angel that petcretary realized all the dynamics going on there. On her ‘;good’ days she was ever the diva princess…anypaws…so we are not bullies either, we were just jostling to be the upper pawed kitties. Which eventually became Minko if you can believe that! MOL! Pipo protects him and fights off the dog-guy even in friendly encounters…but he always gives way to Minko for the best sunpuddles, etc.

    It breaks petcretary’s heart that Minko is now a special needs kitty and sometimes Pipo knows this and tries to take over…howevfur they still love to cuddle and snooze the hours away togher…so its not all bad.

    Last night She about had a fit…she looked up from her desk and saw Minko sleeping in the same nest as dog-guy!!! In over 12 years that is a first!! (Dog-guy would share a nest with our Angel Toki when he was a puppy, Toki decided he was a good and warm pillow. Likely that is what Minko decided too…

    Sorry, We babbled so much:)

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    • Ya’ll weren’t actually “ceasin’: da oppurrtunity. What was really goin’ on, is dat ya’ll were a bit scared and she wasn’t a kitty anymore, she was actin’ like prey. It wasn’t your fault. This offen happens with kitties who walk or move strangely and/or have seizures. Pipo, we know you’re scared, but purrlease don’t hurt your brofur. It really is still him. Big hugs

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena

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  2. I haven’t talked about this much … but within Bear’s community of homeless cats, he was picked on. Any time the other cats came around, he’d give up on eating the food I set out for him and he’d run and hide. Fast forward to a month later when I brought him inside … he was a holy terror to Kitty. He followed her around and wanted what she wanted and just had no clue that she didn’t want to be anywhere around him. I THINK he was just wanting a friend … but there were times that I thought he might be a bully. It’s heartbreaking because I struggled to provide Kitty a sense of safety and security and I never really managed it because Bear was so relentless and stubborn. Even closing her in a room by herself was impossible because Bear would tear up carpet and howl outside – stressing Kitty out even more. And I tried to distract him with everything I could think of and he just refused. Obviously, Bear wasn’t born a bully. But like with humans, I think sometimes bullied cats will bully when they finally get the opportunity to have power over another cat.

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    • We’re sorry dat Bear had to live an early life bein’ bullied. But, he was like Raena when he came in, a pest and not a bully. Pawrently Kitty wans’t an Alpha cat and bear furinally saw he had da oppurrtunity to be an alpha. And he also thought he would furinally have a furiend. Da need to belong, is just as furceful and drivin’ as da need to hunt and procreate. He really just wanted a play mate, a companion, a furiend. Those relationships don’t always work out purrfectly, but so long as both kitties are confident and will stand up to each other, they can coexist peacefully. It’s offen mommy who has to entertain Raena when me gets too tired to deal with her.But rest assured, Bear wasn’t a bully, he just wanted a furiend. And know you did da bestest you could with da knowledge you had and Kitty knew above all dat you luvved her. Big hugs

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena

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  3. The scared cat needs to have it’s confidence boosted! That’s why the ‘bully’ cat is doing that, and humans can help the situation. Site swapping, putting up a cat highway so one cat can always be up high to avoid the other, and teach them to associate food with being near each other. I hope that reader finds the assistance that they need, for the cats and the little boy.

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    • Fank you. We have learned since this posty, this situation is no longer. But we do hope dat any goin’ thru somethin’ like this now, can realize they need to take action so this doesn’t happen to anymore kitties. Big hugs

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena

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  4. you explained that hot topic very well! I agree with you… bullies were not born they were created….
    btw: what do you think about the “designer cat breeds” like savannahs and cats crossed with asian leopard cats or servals?

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    • Fank you Phenny. We hate dat peeps be so ignorant and have banned ownership of certain dog breeds. Humans are da ones dat cause all da purroblems and make bullies.

      And da short answer to your question is: We hate it!!! Humans!!! Hmmmmpht Not all of them, but some of them are just crazy and tryin’ to play God in situations they have no real knowledge of. Big hugs

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena

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