Though there is no hard evidence that domestic cats can breed with bobcats, McKenna’s beautiful fawn coat and dominant nature could cause a skeptic or two to change their tune. Born in the summer of 2016, McKenna would prefer a home as an only cat, with no children, as she’s highly territorial and assertive.
McKenna may have had bad experiences that make her wary of being touched. If anyone gives into the temptation to pet her luxurious coat, she will bite, scratch, and hiss. Needless to say she will need patient owners willing to give her space, time, and most importantly, a place where she feels safe and loved.
Cats can bite their owners for different reasons: to play, to show affection, or to show that they are overstimulated and want to be left alone. Physical contact can feel unpleasant for them if it’s repetitive. If you’re petting them over and over, especially in the same spot, they will likely get agitated. They may give off warning signs, such as twitching or flipping their tail, flattening their ears, or dilating their pupils. If those signs go unnoticed, they will communicate their unease with teeth and claws.
Signs of offensive behavior include a straight-legged stance, arched back, stiff tail, and upright ears. Defensive stances include crouching, curving their tail, flattening their ears, or retracting their whiskers.
If you wish to gain the trust of a scared or suspicious cat, do not corner them or force them to interact with you. One method of making a cat come to you is to extend a finger toward them at nose level. If they approach, touch your finger with their nose, and then rub their cheek against it, that’s a sign they’re willing to let you touch them. Start small by petting their cheeks, chin, and ears. If they don’t feel safe enough to approach you, leave them alone and try again later.
When playing with cats, don’t use your hands. Cats respond better to toys, especially fishing-pole type toys that allow some distance between the cat and the person. If they don’t want to play, walk away and wait until they’re in the mood.
If aggressive behavior persists, it’s best to contact a professional, such as a veterinarian or animal behaviorist, to curb this behavior or find a root cause of it.
For more information on McKenna or other adoptable cats at Cats Cradle Shelter, go to their website or call 701-356-7877.
– Särah Nour