cat obsession

In such cases the for cats (and dogs) crossed the line from dedicated to unhealthy obsession in the form of collecting or hoarding.
The ASPCA notes three attributes common to animal hoarding: having more than the typical number of companion animals; the inability to provide minimal standards of care, which often results in starvation, illness and death; and the inability to accept that minimum care requirements aren’t being met.
There is no rule that dictates the difference between unhealthy obsession or passion when it comes to cats (and dogs).
Is your health suffering because of your devotion to your pet? How is the pet’s quality of life? A general rule of thumb is if you or your pet’s quality of life suffers, then it’s not just a passion, but potentially an unhealthy obsession.
A person with a dozen cats that are all spayed or neutered, living in sanitary conditions and in good health is not considered a hoarder.
However, a person who fixates on a cat, to the point where the cat’s or the owner’s health and well-being are threatened, has an unhealthy obsession.
“Some people have judged me by their own standards and mistake my commitment and dedication to animal welfare and my own pets as an obsession," Pellicano tells WebMD.
"People would approach my husband and say, “I can’t believe you paid 10 grand to keep a dog alive!” My husband’s reply was simply, “Well, it’s cheaper than a divorce!” Swank tells WebMD.
WebMD the Magazine caught up with the busy dog trainer and asked him about his health habits, his family, and what he’s learned about humans by working with dogs.
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"My professional opinion about being obsessed with anything is whether or not one loses a sense of balance and the child, animal, or object of obsession takes over one’s entire life,” La Jolla, Calif.
Experts talk with WebMD about the line between devotion and obsession with your pet.
The "Cat Ladies" film crew interviewed hundreds of potential cat ladies and ultimately found four brave women, all from the Toronto area: Margot, Jenny, Diane and Sigi, who don’t use last names in the film.
Callan-Jones’ latest documentary, "Cat Ladies," tells the stories of four women and their devotion to their cats.
But what made the women "cat ladies," Vargas found, was more than the number of cats the woman owned, be it three or 123.
Since the documentary was produced in the fall of 2008, all three of Margot’s cats have died.
But as much as her devotion to her cats is a central part of her life, she is very lonely, very much in need of a friend, she says.
"At the time I was living with two other people and we had five cats in the household, two were mine, two were my roommate’s and one was a friend of mine’s who moved and couldn’t take her cat with her.
You’ve been known to cook extra of whatever you’re having specifically for your cat.
You know you’ll find love with someone equally as obsessed as you.
You’ve been known to take them out on the town for an adventure.
Oh you love cats too? We…we can be friends.
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The first three panels look familiar, but in our house this story always ends with a single cat in the box.
A shame that there is no way to write a regular text post here without repinning some generic cat picture.
Cat with a heart, awesome! My kitty has a heart on his shoulder and a Geisha on the other side.
This kit saves so much time in rounding up feral animals and training them not to scratch you in the eyeball.
What's so crazy about being a cat lady? You love felines — and best of all, they love you.
Plotting to kill me?….he's planning on taking over the whole world.
(I used to have a Norwegian Forest Cat, and this visual pretty much sums it up: they are in your life and in your face, 24/7.
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Great products! Cute Lens 🙂 I’m more of a dog person but love cats too.
What a delightful lens! I have one cat that adopted us and she is the queen bee, so no other cats at this moment…I would love to have many, but not practical for us.
What a super fun lens! Pinned to two of my boards "cats" and "art I love." I have a dog now, but you remind me why I love cats.
Cats, giraffes, and camels are the only 4 legged animals that walk by moving both back and front legs on the same side of the body together.
Cats have on average 1-8 kittens per litter, and two to three litters per year.
According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the richest cats were a pair who inherited $415,000 in the early 1960’s.
Abraham Lincoln loved cats, and had four of them during his tenure at the White House.
Domestic cats are the only cats able to walk with their tails held vertically.
Indoor cats live an average of 15 years, while outdoor cats live an average of only 3-5 years.
I enjoy cats they have so many expression and are so self absorbed and know that people exist to care for them.
Cats need only 1/6 the amount of light that humans need in order to see.
Wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs when walking.
According to French researchers, cats have a vocal range of up to 60 notes ranging from purrs to howls.
I have had three cats in my life and those quotes fit them perfectly.
Some people are really obsessed with animals not just cats.
In the US, white cats are considered to be good luck, while black cats are considered to be bad luck.
Ailurophilia is the love of cats, while Ailurophobia is the fear of cats.
"Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel.
If only more people spay and neutered their cats .
There are also interesting quotes about cats, and lots and lots of cat trivia for you to peruse.
After bathing their cats, 25% of cat owners go the extra mile to blow dry the cat’s fur.
Cats need much more protein than dogs do.
"Cats always know whether people like or dislike them.
The largest known litter of cats with all surviving is 14.
In fact, if people hadn’t killed so many cats for being “witch’s familiars” during The Black Death, the extra cats would have killed all those rats that carried the plague and many innocent lives would have been spared.
Well isn’t this article just HILARIOUS since God had a hand in creating ALL creatures including CATS? If cats were evil why would God have made them in the first place? Or, why wouldn’t they have been knocked out in the great flood? Apparently God had Noah save a pair of cats on the ark for a reason……You are such a ridiculous moron….it’s almost laughable, but really I just hope such an animal hater and ignornant stupid fool like you who give REAL Christians like me such a bad name BURNS IN HELL.
Dogs may have been trained to protect humans, but cats kill mice, and those are really dangerous! If people wouldn’t have killed cats, the Plague wouldn’t have been as destructive as it has been.
Stephen you describe cats as if they have malicious intentions before saying “people today have anthropomorphized their pets to the extreme, giving them human emotions” you seem to have fallen for this trap yourself.
Nowhere in that article do you properly compare dogs to cats, I understand that your article was designed to put people off having a pet cat, but you do not mention that dog poo is one of the most horrible substances in the world, whereas cats will, if properly trained (you can do that you know) will never excrete anywhere except in a litter tray or outside.
Because if person likes dogs they will probably find the pictures funny and amusing the same with people who like cats and visit the other site.
Billings claims that “Unlike dogs, cats do not have ancestral roots in any kind of work or service.” This is false.
“I don’t trust people who don’t like cats.
2) I’ve been “found” by cats, so even though I am not a cat person, I realized the animal needed help.
“Unlike dogs, cats do not have ancestral roots in any kind of work or service.” Cats kill undesirable rodents.
It’s even been proposed that one of the reasons the Bubonic plague spread throughout Europe is because people killed cats for superstitious reasons.
Although WebMD is a reputable source for health information, the fact that pets can keep their humans up at night and the fact that they sometimes cause them to trip aren’t exactly the most important issues in the world today, and they’re certainly not evidence as to why cats are bad pets.
With 3-5 million animals, both dogs cats and others, being put down every year responsible pet ownership is everyone part.
Cats may have dander but so does anything with hair including humans, and I don’t know a dog that likes to be bathed in “hot” water either.
In fact, I think it’s safe to say the Bible references dogs in more negative ways than it ever does cats AT ALL.
Dogs train people just as much as cats do.
Lastly, I’d like to say that living in a house with two cats does not make you an expert on feline behavior, no more than me reading this article makes me an expert on you and your peers, Mr.
“Unlike dogs, cats do not have ancestral roots in any kind of work or service.
Did you know, Stephenson, that having contact with many different humans every day is more dangerous than living with one or more cats (or any animal, for that matter)? Why do you think that wearing gloves is required when handling another person’s bodily fluids? In the veterinary profession, the only time gloves are required is during surgery, and that’s to protect the ANIMAL against OUR germs.
My biggest question is “Why Cats?” Why not ostriches, snakes, or even bears? The Bible refers to these creatures more then it does cats! When does it even refer to cats? It does refer to dogs–in reference to the gruesome deaths of some enemies of God (ie.
You also neglect to mention that cats were often kept to keep down vermin, a dog required a lot of care and needed to be deliberately set on an animal, but a cat kept around a farm, or ship, or simply a house, would keep rats and mice and other such vermin at bay.
I have spent my entire life taking in abandoned cats that people are always dropping off in the country on our farm.
Just because there is no mention of cats in the bible does not mean that cats are evil, or less to be loved than dogs.
I have had up to 9 cats in my house and when people walk they are surprised to know that because my house does not smell.
In Christianity, the “M” marking on the forehead of tabby cats is said to be where Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ (Christianity’s primary prophet and son of the single Christian god) touched and blessed a tabby cat that comforted her baby.
Sorry Adam, cats are an incredibly clean animal compared to most, I mean, dogs eat there own shit and get ticks all the time.
What animal cannot transmit diseases? Dogs, cats, birds, turtles, mice, everything can transmit diseases to humans.
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If you realize that you have no interest in spending time without your cats, then professional help is an option to assist you in reestablishing those missing aspects of your life.
"The unconditional love of a cat is something to cherish, but it shouldn't replace a real relationship with other people, whether it is friendship or romantic," says Rothschild.
If caring for your cat has heavily interfered with everyday aspects of your life, you may be obsessed, according to Debra Rothschild, clinical psychologist and addictions expert.
Probably the progenitor of shameless cat pictures was English photog Harry Pointer (1822-1889), who snapped approximately 200 photos of his perplexed albeit jovial "Brighton Cats." Pointer began his career shooting naturalistic photos of cats, but he realized in the 1870s that coaxing felines into ludicrous poses was an exercise in delicious absurdity.
Pointer often arranged his cats in unusual poses that mimicked human activities – a cat riding a tricycle, cats roller-skating and even a cat taking a photograph with a camera […] Harry Pointer soon realised that even a relatively straight-forward cat photograph could be turned into an amusing or appealing image by adding a written caption.
Roger the cat could have been a sad, three-legged abandoned moggy, but thanks to a weekly dose of BBC One’s Great British Bake Off, he’s the picture of health.
Roger was found wandering the streets by the RSPCA with a collar trapped around his front leg – it had been there so long that he had horrific injuries from where the collar had rubbed down to his bone.
She said: ‘We took Roger in around the start of this series of Bake Off.
Her popular LaCarmina blog chronicles her adventures in Goth street style, extreme body modifications, Asia cute culture, and earless cats.
I’ve tried on bowler hats with pointy ears, visited kitty petting zoos, and eaten Cheshire cat pizza at theme restaurants.
Or perhaps there’s a simpler explanation: cats are cute, and easy to depict in the round, simplified "kawaii" design favored by Harajuku girls.
Today, business owners put "maneki neko" (beckoning cat) statues in front of their shops, in hope that the moving paw will bring in customers.
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Often cats learn to consume larger quantities in one or two sittings because they come to realise that food is not available at other times, but their natural instinct is to eat smaller amounts more often.
In many cases owners misinterpret a cat’s attempts to elicit social interaction, through vocalisation or rubbing, as a demand for food and when he/she realises that food treats can be elicited in this way they will quickly learn to develop this "food soliciting behaviour".
You can prevent this by increasing the frequency of feeding by spreading your cat’s daily food intake between multiple small meals rather than two main sittings.
In a natural wild environment cats are hunters, spending many hours of the day looking for and capturing food.
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Just look at THAT FACE! She is a cat with Resting Bitch Face, and I love her.
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The cats you see at both shrines are called maneki neko, or "beckoning cats," and they've occupied a huge place of cultural importance in Japan since around the Edo period.
But if you ask anyone from Japan, they might tell you that the popularity of cats online is a natural outgrowth of the role cats have occupied in Japanese popular culture for centuries.
But cat ears, such as the kind featured in the popular Japanese yaoi (male/male manga) Loveless, in which humans come equipped with them until losing their virginity, are a very public declaration of feelings, and remove the burden of emotional expression from the person who wears them.
Cats are a walking, meowing paradox in Japanese culture, represented both as kawaii (cute) and kowaii (scary).
These kind of spirit animals, more than any other representation of cats in Japan, have made their way into anime and pop culture.
Abstract – Dark Irish tales about the King of the Cats are the source of superstitions about black cats and graveyards.
Dark Irish tales about King of the Cats source of superstitions about black cats and graveyards.
In Scotland, the story goes that The King passes away, and an old man watches a group of cats carrying his body away while shouting “The King of Cats is dead!” The man returns home and tells his family about what he has seen, when his own cat suddenly jumps out and shouts “Then that makes me The King of Cats!” He flies up the chimney and is never to be seen again.
He then tells everyone what happened, when suddenly a cat that lives in the pub stands up and declares “Well then that makes me The King of Cats!” He sprints up and attacks the man, who runs from the village, never to be seen or heard from again.
It’s no surprise then that a fairy story began to be told, about a fairy who looked exactly like a cat called The Cat Síth, or The King of Cats.
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Created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002, the animal rights organization hopes to encourage cat owners and fans to honor their fuzzy friends.
Many animal shelters worldwide are encouraging people to adopt cats on Friday while others are holding courses on feline care and health.
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This is where you can feed your cat obsession to the max and explore cat history, cultural beliefs related to our four-legged friends, and view stuffed cats, including an authentic Egyptian cat mummy from 3,500 BC, and cat collectibles from the world over.
Apparently dating back to the Middle Ages, the Festival of Cats’ origin lies in a horrific practice in which the town jester annually threw live cats from one of the town’s highest towers.
After all, Kuching translates to "The Cat City." In Malaysia cats are believed to bring good luck, and if that is indeed the case then this place must be overflowing with it.
Talented stunt cats balance effortlessly on mirrored balls, walk the fine line of a tightrope, ride a rocking horse, and even coast along on a skateboard at the Moscow Cat Theatre in Russia.
Since the barbaric practice ended in 1817, this small town has more than made up for it by holding a parade that honors everything that has to do with cats.
Patrons literally pay by the hour to hang out in a room full of common house cats where they can also order coffee, tea, and snack food.
This museum is a true mish-mash of literally everything related to cats and will surely bring joy to a cat lady’s soul.
Here, master works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints, have only one thing in common: they are all devoted to cats as subjects.