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What does your cat do when you're not around? RePURRters: The Movie. (Camera Operators: Charlene Butterbean, Fudge, Gizmo, Jett, Milo, Moca, Mousse, Nutkins, and Penelope)
posted by dersins (47 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's worth it for the lady bug. I'm not as surprised about the video as I am about the quality of the editing the cats did!
posted by HuronBob at 6:57 PM on December 10, 2010 [12 favorites]


Most of the time I come home to find them sleeping in the same place they were when I left for work.
posted by TrialByMedia at 7:04 PM on December 10, 2010 [15 favorites]


Should have used a steadicat.
posted by orme at 7:09 PM on December 10, 2010 [23 favorites]


I love this. I giggled a little bit.

My disappointment, however is that we don't have better cat cam technology. This is 2010, almost 2011, and what the hell?

1) We need something to be able to see more from where their eyes are, not below their neck. (though that did provide some interesting shots)

2) Field of View sucked, and what is the FOV for cats? OK, 200, vs 180 for people. Slightly larger than humans, and that cam seemed *much* narrower. Now, I don't know enough about camera tech and focusing and all that, so maybe it's not physically possible, but I deem this a challenge for all cat camera developers (hopefully, to be funded by Friskies as well):

Fuck the better mouse trap. Get the better Mouse Cam.
posted by symbioid at 7:10 PM on December 10, 2010 [7 favorites]


I was expecting more drugs and hookers.
posted by gomichild at 7:11 PM on December 10, 2010 [4 favorites]


One of the camera operators, Charlene Butterbean, is a permanent resident (and "aunt") at the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee.
posted by MrGuilt at 7:21 PM on December 10, 2010 [3 favorites]


i've noticed they follow a set routine,sleep for about same set of hours, then eat, play tag for 1/2 hour non-stop, then sleep for next 5 hours on my bed as i wait for wife to get home from work, this cat schedule repeats itself day after day.
posted by tustinrick at 7:21 PM on December 10, 2010


I thought it was going to be this.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:29 PM on December 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm doubting that this is a real cat because when the door is held open for the "cat" to come in, it ran in right away instead of walking up to the door and waiting.
And waited.
And waited.
And looked around at something.
And waited.
And then walked in as slowly as possible.
posted by Zack_Replica at 7:34 PM on December 10, 2010 [20 favorites]


My cat passed away last Christmas. On Christmas day. Thank you for this.
posted by valkane at 7:34 PM on December 10, 2010 [5 favorites]


Zack, not all cats choose to take out their secret loathing of humanity in that fashion. My cat comes when you call her name, comes running and cheerful, no matter if it's through a door or down the hall. I couldn't change her name when I adopted her for this reason. Instead, she decided that not knowing how to use a litter box or wash herself was a much more effective mode of torture.

If I didn't trust the Itty Bitty Kitty People, I'd doubt this was real because of how nicely decorated and tidy all the homes looked.
posted by Mizu at 7:55 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


I thought it was going to be this.

I thought it was gonna be this.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 8:01 PM on December 10, 2010 [5 favorites]


mmmm

feed the senses
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:01 PM on December 10, 2010


All I can think about is how long my cats would lie there staring at me if I ever strapped something that big around their necks.
posted by nevercalm at 8:03 PM on December 10, 2010 [5 favorites]


but but it's not caturday yet!
posted by liza at 8:07 PM on December 10, 2010


Shaky cameras, natural lighting, and improvised dialogue... must be another one of those 'Catma' films.
posted by Flashman at 8:13 PM on December 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


What does your cat do when you're not around?

Whatever the Hell she wants; same as when I AM around.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:31 PM on December 10, 2010 [9 favorites]


Shaky cameras, natural lighting, and improvised dialogue... must be another one of those 'Catma' films.

Mumblecat?
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 8:55 PM on December 10, 2010


From this picture, the camera appears to be a GoPro HD wearable sports camera.

Based on that, I'm a little disappointed the cats didn't show off their snowboarding skills.
posted by rh at 9:27 PM on December 10, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm actually impressed at the editing here. This could have very easily been nausea-inducing the whole time (i.e. Bourne 4), but they were smart to mostly pick those shots when the cat was standing still.

Mizu: if you knew that your cat was filming your home for a movie like this, I think you'd probably tidy up a bit before sticking the camera on them. I know I would at least think about it.
posted by ErWenn at 9:34 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well it's kind of cute. I do love cats, sadly, I am allergic to them and to dogs. Eveyone seems to have a dog or a cat, or even both. Foryself, in a way, I am glad I don't have either one. I had years of responsibility for children, and small animals. It is life and death responsibility.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 9:40 PM on December 10, 2010


These cats have got some pretty nice lives.
posted by anarch at 9:41 PM on December 10, 2010


What does your cat do when you're not around?

*The Daily Agenda of Samcat and Maxcat, the Brothers von Awesome*

6am - noon: Sleep. Maybe eat.
12:01 - 12:03 pm: Walk around the house.
12:04 pm - 3pm: Wow, that was exhausting! Better take a nap.
3:01 pm - 5pm: Sit in a window and stare at The Outside - sit in my office door and stare at me.
5:01 pm: Dinnertime! All that staring sure builds up an appetite!
5:30 pm - 1:30 am: Yet more sleeping, preferably on their owner's lap.
1:31 am - 6am: Alternate between crying at the top of their lungs, bringing up toys to us as their 'kill', and chasing each other at top speed around the house while yowling and hissing.

It actually doesn't matter if I'm home or not, they're bonded to my roommate, who is their owner and thus posesser of The One True Lap. I am the Backup Human, and they merely tolerate my presence.
posted by spinifex23 at 10:08 PM on December 10, 2010 [10 favorites]


They forgot the puking.
posted by mudpuppie at 10:30 PM on December 10, 2010 [6 favorites]


I read somewhere that the reason cats sleep so much (18+ hours a day) is because they use calories like crazy when they're awake. Many can, after all, leap five or six feet straight up, and run thirty miles an hour.... on short legs! That's a LOT of calories. They burn very bright during their uptime, and then spend prolonged periods catching up and restoring themselves. I don't think their other organs are any more efficient than other mammals', so it takes a lot of rest to get ready for the next active session.

(Cue the snark about "my fatass cat has trouble reaching my lap!" :) )
posted by Malor at 11:08 PM on December 10, 2010 [1 favorite]


Correct me if I'm wrong but this isn't actually "The First Ever Movie Filmed by Cats!" is it? I'm sure there was a post on the blue in the last year where this had been done by a guy with a cat that was particularly adventurous out of doors.

Although come to think of it that may have been multiple photos made into a video, and more like "The First Ever Movie Filmed a Cat!"
posted by DarlingBri at 12:36 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


That was so good. Loved the part where the cat's first see each other and get into position to play. Also, the shot of the one cat walking through the magical forest that is actually just tall grass.
posted by Corduroy at 1:36 AM on December 11, 2010


(Cue the snark about "my fatass cat has trouble reaching my lap!" :) )

My fatass cat has no trouble getting on top of the wardrobe, even though it takes two three foot jumps straight up to do this...and did I mention she's fourteen years old and has bad joints? So there.
posted by daniel_charms at 1:51 AM on December 11, 2010


Wait... cats don't lick their balls?
posted by a non e mouse at 3:17 AM on December 11, 2010


my cats weren't interested in watching this, but i loved it!
posted by msconduct at 5:15 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


It is life and death responsibility.
Life: A life and death responsibility.
posted by Peach at 5:24 AM on December 11, 2010


Previous related FPPs: Pictures by Cat || LOLcatcam.
posted by ericb at 5:30 AM on December 11, 2010


I want to footage of the cat triying to kick the collar off using the back leg.
posted by SillyShepherd at 7:24 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also related: the Devo cat party!
posted by limeonaire at 7:25 AM on December 11, 2010


I loved this! Many giggles. Thanks for posting.
posted by torisaur at 8:07 AM on December 11, 2010


> Should have used a steadicat.

Not one of these?
posted by mmrtnt at 9:14 AM on December 11, 2010


Wow. Thanks for showing me how to link to a specific point in a YouTube video.

This might have been common knowledge, but your example was the first one I've seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8zuINXmqCI#t=02m34s
posted by mmrtnt at 9:19 AM on December 11, 2010 [3 favorites]


Well, glad it wasn't my cat, J The Great and Terrible, Destroyer of Chairs (Swatter of Shins, Keyboard Slayer, Lord of all He Surveys, Lord Fuzzbucket, Furry Source of All Evil In The Universe), currently aka The Nine-Pound No-Doz.

Last thing I want is real time footage of him peeing on my leatherette love seat again.
posted by Samizdata at 10:12 AM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, I forgot Le Bete Merde.

Although he is a hell of a dancer.
posted by Samizdata at 10:17 AM on December 11, 2010


Charming as hell, but I wonder about some of the tiny meows and chirruping I heard when they seemed to be alone. I always thought that apart from some involuntary sounds, like chittering at a bird, most cat sounds are meant to communicate to humans or other animals. Did the editors splice in sounds in a (successful) attempt to make the cats more endearing?
posted by maudlin at 11:26 AM on December 11, 2010


My cat waits for me to leave and opens all the accordian closet doors in the house. Otherwise she heds hair, poops in her box, eats, naps, eats, pees in her box, demands attention when I get home, gets it, and is generally a caution. If she were fitted with a catcam, it'd just show her bowl, her box and hour upon hour of black screen while she naps under the comforters on my bed. When I close the accordian doors she's opened, she meows plaintively. I don't understand what she's telling me, but it all starts again tomorrow. She's 17 and I think she likes me.
posted by drogien at 11:42 AM on December 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


so cute! so much jumping!
posted by janepanic at 11:48 AM on December 11, 2010


Other than the part in the tree I was surprised by how low everything was. When I had cats they were forever on top of things looking down. The highest indoor space seemed to be a counter top.
posted by TooFewShoes at 2:19 PM on December 11, 2010


We have two cats, a brother-and-sister team. Sweet and law-abiding when we're around... but when we're at work, they systematically pull every paper tissue out of every box in the house, which they then shred into paper mâché. They also manage to unroll all toilet tissue and do same. It's impressive. We've tried everything to stop them, but they clearly view our sorry efforts as challenges to be overcome. It's gotten so that we just gather up the shreds and use them.
posted by kinnakeet at 3:30 PM on December 11, 2010


The music is wonderful, also.
posted by santaslittlehelper at 4:20 PM on December 11, 2010


I used to let my cats run around outside with a small still cam suspended from their collars. The female was more adventurous and apparently enjoyed observing people and other animals. The male seemed to generally prefer hanging out inside/under various bushes, sheds and other little shelters and so his shots were mostly abstract in nature, except for a couple of occasions when he photographed humans attempting to get a better look at his collar. He passed away from a brain aneurysm about a year ago and I shelved the camera at that point, but this post has gotten me thinking about giving it another shot this spring, perhaps with video. Thanks!
posted by christopherious at 8:00 PM on December 11, 2010 [3 favorites]


Actually the music was the thing I didn't like about the video. But otherwise, good times--makes me wish I could get a second cat and/or let my cat be inside/outside.
posted by manguero at 8:36 AM on December 13, 2010


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