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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:14 PM
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Ok pet owners - now answer me THIS question
Seriously, is butt-sniffing the universal greeting for your pets. I swear Dingbat and Ms. Dingbat start sniffing each others butts while I'm filling their food dish. Then the immediately go and eat their food.

Can't they find some other way to great each other. What is it about the butt they are smelling that makes them want to check it out each and everyday.

This frightens me a bit!
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toadzilla Donating Member (814 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:15 PM
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1. thats why cats are superior
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:16 PM
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2. Because their insane ability to smell each others butts
Edited on Wed Oct-04-06 01:20 PM by LynneSin
If that's a sign of intelligence, I don't want to be a smart person!
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:19 PM
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6. LOL!
Well, I'm smart, but I don't sniff people's asses as a greeting.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:21 PM
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8. Have you ever tried it?
I mean how do you know that you don't like it if you have never tried it
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:23 PM
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10. No, I haven't.
Now I may be confined by social norms, but sniffing a strangers ass, in lieu of a handshake, has never appealed to me.
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:16 PM
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3. For my cat, it's a head-butt
Anytime I'm on the couch or sleeping, she head-butts me when she comes by. I have a strange cat :)
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:17 PM
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4. If I"m on the couch or sleeping
They'll push their butt in my face.

I'm tired of smelling cat butt
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:23 PM
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11. gross
:rofl: OK, I'm sure it's not but it sounds real funny. I've had cats all my life and I'm happy to report that has never happened to me.
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:27 PM
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15. Man, I'm lucky. My cats headbutt me.
I guess they know I do not appreciate buttbutting.
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VeggieTart Donating Member (698 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 10:27 PM
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26. A few things explained
When a cat headbutts you, it's a compliment. Your cat is trying to deposit his/her scent on you (in effect, saying, you're mine) and at the same time, gets a little bit of your scent on him/her.

When a cat sticks his/her butt in your face, he/she is saying, Mommy, inspect my glands. I usually pat my cat on her side and tell her she's a good girl.

When a cat brings you a critter he/she has killed, it's like momma cat showing her "kittens" how to kill. I've heard it's also a gift for the humans.

You see, a domestic cat retains some kitten-like behavior and considers the people his/her parents. Conversely, the cat also sometimes acts like a momma cat to her humans, "showing" them how to kill. In the wild, a mother cat shows her kittens how to kill, first by bringing dead animals, then by bringing badly injured animals and so on and so forth.

I have noticed that large dogs like to stand perpendicular to humans and bump their legs. I understand that is a compliment. On a couple of occasions, I have actually had dogs (strangers, I might add) fall on the ground and roll delightedly when I greeted them (as I am wont to do when I see someone walking his/her dog).

Dogs and cats both communicate with scent, which is why they sniff each other's butts.
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:18 PM
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5. Yup, butt-sniffing is normal.
They all do it, except for, once again, Midnight. Nobody sniffs her ass and she doesn't sniff asses either, only kicks them. Cuddles even likes to lick Peaches' ass. Now I find THAT disturbing, but they have totally kitty crushes on each other. We used to call him gay, but he was just looking for the right woman.

Let's face it, pets (especially cats) are really fucking weird. At least your cats haven't done anything really crazy yet, like run straight through a screen door.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:20 PM
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7. Evita has caught two songbirds from with inside of my apartment
Seriously - he got her paw out there and nabbed them - not once, but twice. Actually, Matcom has a bounty on Evita
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:22 PM
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9. Don't let bikewriter know.
He once said my cats were responsible for the downfall of some endangered mouse in FL. Damn, they're good hunters.

I'm amazed your cats pulled that off. My cats have never caught a bird. The biggest bounty ever brought home was a mostly grown headless bunny.
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:27 PM
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14. and why are they always headless
When I was a kid, we had a cat name Percy. She was the only outdoor cat I ever had and she regularly brought home field mice... and not one ever had a head... and we never found her hidden stash of mice heads. I always imagined it like the hidden elephant graveyard :shrug:
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:29 PM
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16. Normally, they have heads except for that rabbit.
Ginsberg usually eats half the thing, but he'll bring it back with the head still attached. I think he was really proud, like "look mom, I killed this thing that weighs like 5lbs and I took it's WHOLE head off and I took it ALL THE WAY home, just so I could show you."
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:48 PM
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21. Perhaps the mice head are with all those socks who lost their partner
:shrug:
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:39 PM
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18. Amazed my cat...not cats
Evita caught the bird, Abbott does what he is most skilled at doing - licking himself.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:26 PM
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12. Jessie and Merlin touch noses first thing in the morning...and then
the wrestle for the water dish. :hi: I have 4 water dishes in the house and they always fight over just one. :eyes:
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zonkers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:26 PM
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13. There's a great NYer cartoon of a dog sniffing a fire hyrdant all
excited. Caption: Alright! Louie's back from the coast!"
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NewWaveChick1981 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:31 PM
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17. Must be.
:rofl: Every dog I've ever had has done that, and every cat too. :P My current dogs (Casey and Vicki) are hysterical when they do it---Casey sticks her whole head under Vicki, and Vicki lifts her leg like Casey's milking a cow. :rofl:
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:43 PM
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20. It could be weirder...
we had a female German Shepherd that would hump the male cats as a dominance thing. The cats just stood there like, :wtf:
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NewWaveChick1981 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:54 PM
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22. LOL! I can just see the cats now...
:rofl:
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:56 PM
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23. "Gawd! Is she done yet?"
:rofl:
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NewWaveChick1981 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 02:02 PM
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24. And you know the dog's thinking, "I shall dominate you, you
cats! Take that! And that!" :rofl: :rofl:
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 02:12 PM
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25. Actually, the dog really, really liked the cats. She treated them like
her babies...except for when she was humping them. She'd also discipline them, attempt herding them and when they were kittens, carry them by their scruff. Honestly, she would have been better off as a police or herding dog, because she was very aggressive in a protective way. She couldn't be trusted loose around strange people, kids, animals. On the plus side, she was really smart, so she trained herself to bark three times and seclude herself in the basement when company came.

:rofl:
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-05-06 03:24 AM
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27. You think that's weird? My dog is a sub...


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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-04-06 01:41 PM
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19. We have three cats, and only one of them (the youngest)
does it to the other two cats. The others have never done that.

:shrug:
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