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I tend to forget that Sassy is a cat. Most of her rather inventive blog has been dedicated to her exploits and outrageous trips around the world, often in anthropomorphized form.
But she is a cat, and a House Panther to boot. Going through her blog since she started it, I found exactly five pictures of her in feline form that had not been photo shopped in some way. Maybe we can get her to remedy that situation? We love your trips, but we love to see you in your natural state as well!
You can find Sassy's more recent adventures at Sassy Tales. Her profile says only that she lives in the rural midwestern United States, that she is loving, lazy loyal, headstrong, sensitive, persistent, quiet and spoiled. Beyond that, we know little of Sassy, the real life feline.
Come on House Panthers, show us your petty black furs!
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Anxiety and You
Not call cats lie contented across the back of an overstuffed sofa, selectively oblivious to house mates and visitors. Cats can be afflicted with worry and anxiety, just as humans can. Although cats are unable to describe these emotions to their human companions, they are very expressive through their behavior. With some observation and attention to body language, your human should be able to identify the situations that cause anxiety in you.
The anxious cat, regardless of the reason, will usually show physical signs of distress and conflicted emotions. She may hide much of the time, especially when faced with visitors, loud noise, or other uncomfortable stimuli. Cats may also show indirect signs of anxiety, such as urinating and defecating outside the litter box, or urine-spraying (a marking behavior); they also may lick themselves to the point of causing bald spots or even broken skin. An anxious cat's pupils may be dramatically dilated, and she may lash her tail back and forth—such behaviors usually signal agitation or fear.
What kinds of situations are likely to make you so nervous? Most common is anxiety due to social conflicts with other cats. Social anxiety may be spurred when a second, territorially aggressive cat joins the household, for example. Territorial behavior includes stalking, staring at and pouncing on the victim, who usually chooses to hide rather than be continually bothered.