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My cat always growls

Sarah LawhorneSarah Lawhorne New Port RicheyMember Posts: 26
My kitten always growls! She growls when I pick her up, I put her on my lap and she growls, Growl! Growl! Growl! She never goes a day without growling! Please help me!

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  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    Cats make a variety of sounds, just like any other species. Is your cat attacking (scratching and biting) you? Are her ears back and tail flicking when you pick her up? Eyes big? Does she hiss or 'spit' at you? Some cats don't like to be held. Even now, at the age of 4, if anyone picks my Izzie up, he will claw and bite to get away. If she is just "growling", it may be her version of talking. Instead of trying to pick her up, engage her in hands-off playtimes with a "fishing pole" sort of cat toy or laser light (be careful not to shine it in her face) The toys need not be expensive. I put a toilet paper tube on a string the other day and Izzie thought he was in heaven!
  •  Member Posts: 5
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    My friends cat makes awful noises! I thought it was really angry, growling in that really annoyed way that they do when they feel under threat. But apparently he always does it. He's perfectly happy just making lots of noise. It's a bit odd but he doesn't seem to mind!
  • Accepted Answer
    She might've picked it up from other kittens she was with; maybe they had to compete for mom's care and attention, or for food, or the other kittens picked on her. Maybe keep reassuring her, making sure she has access to food, water, litter box, a bed...and most importantly your affection...and she might realize she doesn't have to compete for these things and give up the growling. Make sure she knows she has the option to get out of your lap if she feels like it, too...don't worry, she'll eventually start coming back and staying on her own!
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