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I need that cat. Is there a switch hidden in cats to make them start doing that?
posted by Going To Maine at 7:05 PM on May 7 [5 favorites]


Gifs have sound now?
posted by kenko at 7:13 PM on May 7 [3 favorites]




Yay!
posted by Room 641-A at 7:33 PM on May 7 [2 favorites]


Cat the cat figured out/trained us to pick her up when she tapped our leg, then you'd carry her around and you'd play hot or cold with where she wanted to go by the claws going into your shoulder.

Some cats are stand offish this one trained us to carry her around like a pasha.
posted by The Whelk at 7:45 PM on May 7 [21 favorites]


Every time I adopt a new cat, I learn that things I thought were urban myths actually happen in CatWorld. I now have a cat who sleeps in my arms. Next cat will demand to be carried around, just to prove it's a real thing.
posted by janey47 at 8:12 PM on May 7 [3 favorites]


** what is wrong with that dog? **
Also, that's some good massage therapy there, furshur. Need a painkiller for the landing, though.
posted by TrishaU at 8:58 PM on May 7


What kind of bird is that in the massage failure video?

The Sweet and Sour Cat has a habit of biting/nipping which I'm gradually getting him to cut back on.

In other words, he'll put his paws up on my leg to signal that he'd like to be picked up. He even puts his arms around my neck sometimes.

But when he's back on the ground, I need to be alert because he might feel like biting my ankles. In other words, we don't see the afterphase in the video of picking that cat up. It might be a benign experience or it might not.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 9:18 PM on May 7 [1 favorite]


PIGGY!!!!!!!
posted by Hermione Granger at 9:28 PM on May 7 [8 favorites]


I react to broccoli the same way. Good dog.
posted by soakimbo at 9:29 PM on May 7 [3 favorites]


The BunnyFood tumblr is my first choice for animal kyoot-ness, and here's one example why: a little octopussie turning into a 'cuddle'-fish.
posted by oneswellfoop at 9:48 PM on May 7 [2 favorites]


Nancy, I know nothing about birds but I birthed a mad birdo after marrying one. Ooops. From what I've gleaned from her, and MrTaff and all the birdwatching events I've gone to, and all the books around our house, and what I see in our back yard, I can categorically say I have no idea what that bird is. But it looks like one we get in our yard called a zosterops lateralis. We call them silver eyes and they're delightful. But it's probably not a zosterops lateralis because it's pretty much the only bird I know and the likelihoodof me knowing is less than zero.
Probably not this bird.
posted by taff at 10:01 PM on May 7 [1 favorite]


** what is wrong with that dog? **

It's a husky. I have some and you can make them do that with a variety of citrus fruits too!
posted by fshgrl at 10:34 PM on May 7


oh my god, please take 3 seconds out of your day to watch this.

I am simply helpless over this. Helpless.
posted by mochapickle at 10:47 PM on May 7 [5 favorites]


Huskies are magical beings who can be simultaneously outraged and delighted by everything around them

I mean who can blame them when it comes to broccoli

Could there BE any more suspicious a vegetable

I ask you
posted by Hermione Granger at 11:11 PM on May 7 [9 favorites]


There's a story behind that broccoli gif, it's scientific.
posted by numaner at 11:28 PM on May 7 [14 favorites]




The bird is certainly one of the white-eyes, but there are apparently 75 species in the genus Zosterops, so it’s hard to be sure which one. Incidentally: Zosterops. zosterops zosterops zosterops. Zosterops borbonicus. Zosterops anomalus.
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 1:05 AM on May 8


A bit of googling says it's japonicus. At least I got the zosterop part right. Kiddo will be proud of me.
posted by taff at 2:45 AM on May 8 [2 favorites]


Every time I adopt a new cat, I learn that things I thought were urban myths actually happen in CatWorld.

Never underestimate the highly paid lobbyists of Big Dog.
posted by kersplunk at 3:36 AM on May 8 [4 favorites]


Cats will always surprise you. My cats are extremely social. Not only with each other, but they've made friends with the strays in the neighborhood. They get along with my dogs too. My dogs can't stand them, but will put up with the face rubbing and the tails curled around their noses.

But I've never seen the cats work as a killing team. A neighbor dog, on the big side of small dog size, came wandering over to visit while I was cleaning out the shed. That dog's not particularly vicious. Very friendly to me, ignores the cats, and will play a little with my dogs. Anyways, I heard this screaming coming from the dog while I was back in the shed, and ran out to find the dog surrounded.

Three of my cats were circling him. Staying constantly in motion and adjusting to keep the small dog without any means of escape. The dog would try to dash, but the cats maintained the formation. The oldest cat would lash out first, and the other two would quickly follow. The cats had murder on their mind. Absolutely relentless.

I chased them away and saved the dog. No serious injuries and no blood. But was the creepiest thing I've seen out of cats in ages. Was like they suddenly became lionesses in a well knit pride. I know this isn't cute or uplifting, but had to share because I've never seen anything like it.
posted by honestcoyote at 4:24 AM on May 8 [11 favorites]


only adjacently relevant, but my work has babyanimalgifs blocked for "mature/adult content"*, but the Tastefully Offensive link that Room-641A posted is A-OK!


No, it's not just because Tumblr, there are a lot of individual blogs that aren't blocked, and the sign in site is blocked for "Social Networking"
posted by FirstMateKate at 5:24 AM on May 8 [4 favorites]


If you like the broccoli gif, you'll love the Broken Animals twitter account.

Cat demands spinach, regrets his life choices
posted by AFABulous at 6:43 AM on May 8 [7 favorites]


http://lesliefish.com/cats.htm

For cats doing strategic group hunting, page down to MRRRP THE MAGNIFICENT AND THE GREAT BLUEJAY MASSACRE.

Also, I've been told of a male farm cat who would socialize and bring home a feral kitten every time the humans added a dog to the household.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 6:55 AM on May 8 [1 favorite]


OMG, how I miss having a CAT who likes HUGS. My current fuzzballs are both all, "HALP I AM BEING CRUSHED BY A MURDERER IN HER GORILLA ARMS"
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:10 AM on May 8


Cat demands spinach, regrets his life choices

This dog ate an orange peel. Much regret.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:11 AM on May 8 [2 favorites]


Seriously though, what's the deal with that dog and the broccoli? Is the dog doing some kind of worship dance? Is it the broccoli smell?
posted by fuse theorem at 8:18 AM on May 8 [2 favorites]


CAT likes HUGS

OMG! Our cat Sam also does this! He will get up on his hind legs, put one paw on you and stretch the other as high as he can, and say "Up! Up!" (which sounds like "Mek! Mek!") until you pick him up, like a toddler. He'll then position himself with his head on your shoulder and purr loudly directly into your ear while you carry him around, giving you a wet willy with his nose. Put him down and he will come right back and ask to be picked up again.

As a non-parent, it always amazed me that mothers are able to balance a baby in their arms while going about their other business. I'm learning.
posted by Westringia F. at 8:25 AM on May 8 [5 favorites]


He'll then position himself with his head on your shoulder and purr loudly directly into your ear while you carry him around, giving you a wet willy with his nose. Put him down and he will come right back and ask to be picked up again.

As a non-parent, it always amazed me that mothers are able to balance a baby in their arms while going about their other business. I'm learning.


Melanie the cat was blind from birth and had cerebellar hypoplasia. When she was a kitten, the vet told us to pick her up and handle her as much as we could, to stimulate her nervous system development. As a result, she was spoiled absolutely rotten and would start nipping ankles if she didn't get picked up and carried around as soon as she asked. And because of her CH, she couldn't hang on; she would go completely limp and boneless in your arms.

It got to the point where I had trouble getting ready and out the door in the morning, because she'd insist on being picked up right after breakfast and throw a fit if I put her down before she was ready. So I sewed a cat pouch for her out of an old pair of jeans; it fit kind of like a reverse backpack and held her head at just about kissing level. If she started her "PICK ME UP" meow, I could just say, "Hold on, Melly, I'll get Uncle Pouch," and she'd calm down.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:37 AM on May 8 [14 favorites]


I can confirm from once doing something similar while falling backwards off the fence I was sitting on that this:

I think this hamster is broken

is exactly as much fun as it looks.

I now have a cat who sleeps in my arms.

I have one (warms seeking) that sleeps either on my hand, or in my beard at night. The other uses me as an on demand elevator service to get to and from one of her favourite sleeping spots on a top bunk bed (this is due to arthritis, though).

Three of my cats were circling him.

Speaking of predator circling: Why exactly are these turkeys circling a dead cat?
posted by Buntix at 10:10 AM on May 8 [3 favorites]


That Bunny-Food thing is great, oneswellfoop.

THANK YOU, I so needed that today.
posted by wenestvedt at 10:37 AM on May 8




PIGGY!!!!!!!

His name is Hank. He's your best friend.
posted by effbot at 6:06 PM on May 8 [5 favorites]


HANKY PANKY PIGGY PIE!
posted by The Underpants Monster at 11:26 PM on May 8


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