How to Stop Your Cat from Attacking Your Ankles
How To Stop Your Cat From Attacking Your Ankles

How to Stop Your Cat from Attacking Your Ankles

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How to Stop Your Cat from Attacking Your Ankles
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(ELMER FUDD VOICE)Be very, very quiet.

I'm hunting ankles.

(WHISPERING) Let's get catified.

[THEME MUSIC] So it's about thattime that I start answering the kindof questions that get asked me every single day.

It's really important thatyou're paying attention, not only to thebehavior of your cat, but to the language youuse around the behavior of your cat.

Jackson, help me here.

I have a cat from hell.

My cat attacks meevery chance he has.

What? Your cat attacks you? Yes, attacks me.

Every time I walk bymy dining room table, he is hiding underthere and he jumps out and he attacks my ankles.

Attacking– that's whatI'm talking about, folks.

When cats play, when theyprey, when they attack, it comes sometimesfrom the same place.

It means your cat is hunting.

This is play aggression.

What is play aggression? Play aggression is theact of your cat playing.

Although, to your ankles and toyour knees and to your fingers, it actually doesn'tfeel like playing.

But you got toremember something.

Once again, you guys, wehave basically wild animals in our homes.

I mean, the wild part ofthese guys, the raw cat, is right there up rightunderneath the surface, right? Then what are theygoing to hunt? They're going tohunt things that move just like their prey wouldor as close to it as possible.

And when you're walkingby that coffee table, what do your ankles look like? Your ankles look like prey.

So that's why suddenly, sneakattack, jump on the ankles, and then run away.

He is playing with you, andif he is choosing your ankles to play with, well then,what are you not doing? Exactly.

You're not playingwith your cat.

You're not takingthat time every day that I've talked about timeand time again to play, right? And that means simulatinghunt just for your cat.

Now, most cats who willhide under the table, who will hide under the bedand then pounce out– what do I call them? I call the bush dwellers, right? These are cats whofind their confident, their raw cat,that little hunter.

They find them under, down, low.

Then that's when you play withyour cat, and you structure it.

So it happens every day.

What's appropriate isan interactive toy.

Toys that you'veseen me play with, I'm sure over andover and over again.

Long pole, a string, a featherat the end of it, and then you wave it around the room.

You actually have themchase it around corners.

Don't forget we're dealingwith a bush dweller here.

So they may love havinga toy up in the air.

They may equally love having thetoy disappear around the couch, and then wear them out.

That's your job.

But, Jackson, you say,my cat doesn't play.

You haven't found that magictoy and action combination is all there is to it.

And if you regimentthat time of day– you know that I've talkedabout this a million times.

As long as you regimentwhen that happens, you get that body expellingstatic electricity when and where andhow you choose.

So, folks, your homework aroundbush dwelling ankle hunting is, first of all,enrich the environment for your bush dweller.

Make sure they dohave places to go underneath with little coverson top of it so they can hunt.

But then when it comes toyou being proactive and not reactive, it is breaking outthat toy every single day, varying the toys,giving variety, because that is thespice of a cat's life is having differentthings to kill every day.

But make sure that you arecatering to ground prey.

Get that engine crankingand get them moving.

Hunt and catch and kill andeat and groom and sleep.

Make sure you haverituals, and keep it at that for a couple ofweeks, and you tell me if your cat's attackingbehavior has gone down.

Hey, listen folks.

If you want to find me socialmedia wise, look at this.

You can find mejust about anywhere, but more importantly,we can find each other.

I want to know what you dowith your bush-dwelling ankle attacker, OK? All you got to do is tell me byhashtagging #TeamCatMojo, hey, Jackson, this is what I do todrain that hunter energy out of my cat.

You tell me, you're tellinghundreds of thousands of other people, and we willall be better off for it.

We will keep more catin homes, and that's what we do hereat Team Cat Mojo.

All right, that's itfrom me this week.

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Until next time, folks,all light, all love, all mojo to you.

Mah! Love you.


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