How dogs and cats teach their little ones to walk down the stairs
January 22, 2014 9:40 PM   Subscribe

Teaching their little ones how to walk down the stairs. The difference between the canine and feline are glaring different.
posted by JujuB (34 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
I am not sure I buy into the study's empirical methods...
posted by jaguar at 9:44 PM on January 22, 2014 [8 favorites]


Bonehead made the same comparison last year.
posted by ceribus peribus at 9:47 PM on January 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Mother dog to Pup- "Gravity is important, do not fear it my son. Soon it's ways will be clear"

Mother cat to kitten-"Lesson 1"
posted by Freedomboy at 11:51 PM on January 22, 2014 [6 favorites]


This is a framing problem:

Maybe the momma cat wasn't teaching her kitten how to walk down the stairs, she was teaching her how to jump.
posted by rue72 at 11:57 PM on January 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


I doubt those cats were parent/kitten. They probably say that to make it funnier.
posted by Justinian at 12:24 AM on January 23, 2014 [12 favorites]


Dogs don't have a choice but to be with us. They were literally bred to love us. We made them as much as possible in our own image. Cats, on the other hand, are self-interested, half-feral jerks, but they choose to be with us anyway. That's what makes cats awesome.

Oh no, I'm God from Preacher.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:17 AM on January 23, 2014 [11 favorites]


Dogs copy. Cats improvise.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:17 AM on January 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Dogs build upon the knowledge of ancestors. Cats build from scratch.
posted by hat_eater at 3:17 AM on January 23, 2014 [5 favorites]


That looks like a pretty big kitten.

Also, I didn't think the dog was being particularly helpful, and thus I was expecting to see the cat gently lower her kittens from step to step.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 3:23 AM on January 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Maybe the momma cat wasn't teaching her kitten how to walk down the stairs, she was teaching her how to jump.

Such a Tiger Mom.
posted by sebastienbailard at 3:28 AM on January 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Its the noise at the end that sells it. Triffic.
posted by devious truculent and unreliable at 3:30 AM on January 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


"Mother cat to kitten-'Lesson 1'"

That was basically how my dad taught me to ride a bike. He didn't actually push the bike to the ground, but he did assure me he'd hold onto it and run alongside as I attempted my first ride, and then ran two steps as I pedaled and promptly let go and wandered off into the house.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:07 AM on January 23, 2014 [3 favorites]


This reminds me with one of those animal pictures with Impact font on it that doesn't even try to be lolcat.
posted by bleep at 4:37 AM on January 23, 2014


metafilter: self-interested, half-feral jerks
posted by pyramid termite at 4:40 AM on January 23, 2014 [10 favorites]


the cats actions have been misconstrued. it is giving a valuable life lesson - don't trust anyone, not even me.
posted by wilful at 4:42 AM on January 23, 2014 [6 favorites]


Those cats are siblings.
posted by clvrmnky at 5:34 AM on January 23, 2014 [4 favorites]


If all of these years of cat ownership has taught me anything, it's this: Cats are nature's successful attempt to create the most clever and sadistic jerk possible.
posted by azpenguin at 5:44 AM on January 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Yeah, definitely sadistic jerks.
posted by kavasa at 6:01 AM on January 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


I knew exactly what was coming and I still laughed my ass off.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:08 AM on January 23, 2014 [3 favorites]


I wish our cat had been taught by somebody how to retract his claws. I swear he doesn't know how, or care.

Apparently his mother abandoned him after his birth and he was raised by humans. If you think regular cats are jerks you should meet our Rico.
posted by Foosnark at 6:22 AM on January 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


As I remember, early domestication of cats (12,000 years ago, maybe) was cats eating rodents/birds eating our grains (or something like that - my memory is fuzzy). So they've become domesticated in the evolutionary recent past. Dogs, OTOH, were domesticated 30,000+ years ago. Again, a fairly short time, but long enough to make humans a part of a dog pack.
Playing evolutionary behavioral psychologist, then:
Dog: DOG LOVES ALPHA! AlPHA LOVE DOG? YAY! DOG GET FOOD! YAY! DOG GET TUMMY RUBS! YAY! DOG IS IN PRESENCE OF ALPHA! YAY!
Cat: You have food, yes? Excellent, Smithers! You may now rub my ears while I sing and fall asleep on you.
posted by mfu at 7:19 AM on January 23, 2014 [3 favorites]


Yeah - we've been rewarding (with shelter) the most succesful hunters among cats and (with scraps) the best bootlickers readers of our intentions among dogs.
posted by hat_eater at 7:44 AM on January 23, 2014


That's a young cat, but not a kitten. C'mon. And the crash! sounds to me like it was added in for effect.
posted by desuetude at 7:46 AM on January 23, 2014


You first, no you, no YOU, I INSIST.
posted by tafetta, darling! at 7:47 AM on January 23, 2014


That cat knew perfectly well how to go down the ladder already. The other cat is just clearly one of those cats who swipes everything off of tables and other horizontal surfaces.
posted by jeather at 7:50 AM on January 23, 2014


Bonehead made the same comparison last year.

I knew I'd seen that before. And yet I laughed just as hard this time.

You first, no you, no YOU, I INSIST.

Age before beauty.
posted by fuse theorem at 8:45 AM on January 23, 2014


So how do cats actually learn to walk down stairs? I'm assuming it's not this Funniest Home Videos edit.
posted by Nelson at 9:20 AM on January 23, 2014


So how do cats actually learn to walk down stairs?

First, they figure out which side of the stairs to use.
posted by jamaro at 9:32 AM on January 23, 2014 [6 favorites]


one of those cats who swipes everything off of tables and other horizontal surfaces.

aka a cat
posted by elizardbits at 9:41 AM on January 23, 2014 [5 favorites]


None of my cats are table cleaners and I refuse to even consider the idea that this might change. It's ok if they push each other down the stairs though.
posted by jeather at 9:47 AM on January 23, 2014


Think fast!
posted by gottabefunky at 10:26 AM on January 23, 2014


metafilter: self-interested, half-feral jerks that choose to be with us anyway
posted by aught at 1:00 PM on January 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Video was "removed by user". Damn.
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 7:43 PM on January 23, 2014


Fortunately, there's alternative links.
posted by jamaro at 7:54 PM on January 23, 2014 [3 favorites]


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