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Post by Jennifer Mauc » Tue, 31 Aug 1999 04:00:00



We've had our kitten Iris for 6 days now (thank you to everyone who
replied to my prior message with advice) and I noticed the other day
that, when she sits and watches me intently (or anything actually), she
only blinks one eye at a time.  Is she just doing this so she won't miss
anything or is there something wrong with her eyes that I should be
worried about?

-Jenny

http://icdweb.cc.purdue.edu/~psyche/iris.jpg

 
 
 

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Post by Keud » Tue, 31 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Blinking is a form of communication in cats.  It's usually an invitation to
friendship, but squinting eyes can also indicate an oncoming fight.  Some
cats will blink just one eye, but I don't think this is common.  If the eye
is not watering and she is not squinting it, I would say she is just
"talking" to you.
Quote:

>We've had our kitten Iris for 6 days now (thank you to everyone who
>replied to my prior message with advice) and I noticed the other day
>that, when she sits and watches me intently (or anything actually), she
>only blinks one eye at a time.  Is she just doing this so she won't miss
>anything or is there something wrong with her eyes that I should be
>worried about?

>-Jenny

>http://icdweb.cc.purdue.edu/~psyche/iris.jpg

 
 
 

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Post by Red Wol » Tue, 31 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Well my Cat usually blinks with both eyes. But interstingly dogs have been
known to blink one eye at a time. It is almost af they're winking at you.

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Quote:

> We've had our kitten Iris for 6 days now (thank you to everyone who
> replied to my prior message with advice) and I noticed the other day
> that, when she sits and watches me intently (or anything actually), she
> only blinks one eye at a time.  Is she just doing this so she won't miss
> anything or is there something wrong with her eyes that I should be
> worried about?

> -Jenny

> http://icdweb.cc.purdue.edu/~psyche/iris.jpg

 
 
 

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Post by JMC » Wed, 01 Sep 1999 04:00:00


I think it's more common than you think.  I've had many friendly cats "wink"
at me, when I do the slow-blink thing at them.  Haven't a clue what it
means, but must be related to the all-is-right-in-my-world both eyes slow
blink.

FWIW, I've noticed if they one-eye "slow blink" at me, it's usually the
right eye.  Perhaps it means "you are my friend"?  I've never seen an
unfriendly or upset cat do either the slow blink or the slow wink.

So perhaps she's saying "all's well, and I like you".

I'd be interested in folks theories on this or other cat nonverbal
communication.  I'm always trying to better understand what Meep is trying
to tell me!

Jodi


Quote:
> Blinking is a form of communication in cats.  It's usually an invitation
to
> friendship, but squinting eyes can also indicate an oncoming fight.  Some
> cats will blink just one eye, but I don't think this is common.  If the
eye
> is not watering and she is not squinting it, I would say she is just
> "talking" to you.

> >We've had our kitten Iris for 6 days now (thank you to everyone who
> >replied to my prior message with advice) and I noticed the other day
> >that, when she sits and watches me intently (or anything actually), she
> >only blinks one eye at a time.  Is she just doing this so she won't miss
> >anything or is there something wrong with her eyes that I should be
> >worried about?

> >-Jenny

> >http://icdweb.cc.purdue.edu/~psyche/iris.jpg

 
 
 

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Post by nitehaw » Wed, 01 Sep 1999 04:00:00


All five of mine do it with either one eye or both. Both eyes generally
comes right before the you will pet me now look. And one eye is generally is
the I have done something wrong I bet you can't guess what look. Don't know
if it goes with other cats but that is usually what mine do.

Quote:

> We've had our kitten Iris for 6 days now (thank you to everyone who
> replied to my prior message with advice) and I noticed the other day
> that, when she sits and watches me intently (or anything actually), she
> only blinks one eye at a time.  Is she just doing this so she won't miss
> anything or is there something wrong with her eyes that I should be
> worried about?

> -Jenny

> http://icdweb.cc.purdue.edu/~psyche/iris.jpg

--
"Excuse me sir, You have my body and I want it back"
"There is more than one way to skin a cat but there isn't a way you can do
it that the cat is going to like it"
                          Beverly Hillbillies
 
 
 

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Post by Caron » Wed, 01 Sep 1999 04:00:00


Quote:

> All five of mine do it with either one eye or both. Both eyes generally
> comes right before the you will pet me now look. And one eye is generally is
> the I have done something wrong I bet you can't guess what look. Don't know
> if it goes with other cats but that is usually what mine do.


> > We've had our kitten Iris for 6 days now (thank you to everyone who
> > replied to my prior message with advice) and I noticed the other day
> > that, when she sits and watches me intently (or anything actually), she
> > only blinks one eye at a time.  Is she just doing this so she won't miss
> > anything or is there something wrong with her eyes that I should be
> > worried about?

> > -Jenny

> > http://icdweb.cc.purdue.edu/~psyche/iris.jpg

I read somwhere that if you look into a cat's eyes and give it a three second,
two eyed blink, it means you are blowing them kisses - and they'll blow one
right back at you.
--
Carone aka Carolyn Gregg in Canada.  This address is spam blocked.  Please use