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Hello there! I'm the owner of a 'special needs' kitty with some mild Cerebellar Hypoplasia and oral lesions (she's almost toothless now). She has fairly recently begun a new behaviour while playing that, while not too disturbing, has been confusing to me.

Her favorite toys are milk rings. If I'm not within view of her, she will occasionally interrupt her play to pick up the ring and walk around with it, calling out fairly loudly (for her). Generally, she'll do this either until I call her and break the 'spell', or for several minutes before she apparently just tires of it. It's always done after a burst of 'hyper kitty', particularly if she's gotten the toy under something and extracted it (I'll hear her batting it around the crinkly paper I've left on the floor for her).

I don't think this is anything to *worry* about, but I'm wondering if you might be able to shine some light on what the heck is going on. Or if it's just because... well... Cat.


All cat play has to do with hunting behaviors or with affection for "siblings". In this case, she is obviously executing some kind of hunting behavior.  It is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.

Much of cat behavior is still inexplicable to us. The best cat behaviorist I know of is Jackson Galaxy and his web site is a wealth of cat behavior information (much from videos from his TV program on Animal Planet: "My Cat from Hell"

I like your last sentence: "'s just because... well... Cat."

Best regards... Norm.


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Norman Auspitz


I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.


I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.

Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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