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Old November 14th, 2010, 12:54 PM
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Cat jumps on my back

One of my darlings has now decided anytime I bend over or stand still for more than 5 seconds, that it's expected of him to jump on my back or shoulder. Sometimes this startles me as I don't expect it. Anything I can do to discourage this without hurting his feelings?
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Old November 14th, 2010, 12:55 PM
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BTW - it's good this is 10 pound cat and not a St. Bernard dog.
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Old November 14th, 2010, 01:25 PM
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I have a seven month old kitten that likes to do that when I am cleaning litter boxes. She normally just uses me to get from the bed to the dresser so not a big deal. Occasionally she sticks around for a few seconds before moving on.
Then I have Greyson. He is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 15 pounds. He likes to do the same when I'm doing the boxes in their house. He does it because he likes to give me hugs. Yep, he will put his head down on my shoulder and rub. Then he flops his whole body down and lies there. The only way to get him off is to roll my shoulders back and forth so he feels slightly seasick. I make sure I'm near something for him to jump on when I do that.
Try saying a sharp NO and clapping your hands when your cat does that. See if it helps.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 11:54 AM
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One of my cats used to do that too. I don't think I would clap my hands or startle him to get him to leave as he may dig in his claws trying to get away fast. I would let him come up on my shoulder and then sit down on a sofa or let him walk off onto a cat tree shelf.
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Old November 15th, 2010, 10:18 PM
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Don't bend over.

Seriously, though, one my cats, Mochie used to do that and she did right from the 1st day I got her. Fortunately she was a pretty light cat. I used to just try to not present opportunities for her to jump on my back meaning I'd brush my teeth standing up straight, etc. If she saw me hunched over or bent over she'd ALWAYS jump on me. I never found a way to stop it.
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Old November 20th, 2010, 04:26 PM
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When my cat was a kitten he would always sit on my shoulder when I played the piano. It was cute when he was a kitten - now he's 12 or 13lbs and still whenever I play the piano he will come over and sit on my head. I dont' get to play the piano much any more.
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