Proof that cats are, indeed, liquid
April 30, 2015 11:35 AM   Subscribe

 
It's waiting for the fish to get back. Sneaky!
posted by aubilenon at 11:36 AM on April 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


Now, for the first time, I have "liked" a cat video.
posted by kozad at 11:39 AM on April 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


Finally something to clean my brain of the horror that is Perfect Polly.
posted by Librarypt at 11:42 AM on April 30, 2015


Related video: If it fits, I sits!
posted by carsonb at 11:45 AM on April 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


Scottish Folds are funniest cats.

I like the moment at ~0m40s when the bowl is rocking, cat puts a paw on it to steady it, cat is visibly surprised that the bowl stops rocking.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 11:49 AM on April 30, 2015 [8 favorites]


Man, finally I have an idea how those people got those cats wedged in - the cats did it themselves!
posted by flatluigi at 11:49 AM on April 30, 2015 [7 favorites]


This is some serious Kitty Science going on here, there are experiments and conclusions drawn from results - this is a Kitty Doctoral Thesis.
posted by The Whelk at 11:53 AM on April 30, 2015 [13 favorites]


Do Scottish Folds have some genetic predisposition to want to be in tight spaces?
posted by TheCoug at 11:56 AM on April 30, 2015


It's like they want to fold themselves into tight spaces.
posted by I-baLL at 11:58 AM on April 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


I enjoy that the goldfish bowl reshapes the cat into a more compressed, non-cat shape, as if for more compact traveling and resale, like square watermelons.

So the cat salesman is all "Yeah you can store them like this in the warehouse for a few hours and then you pop them out and POOM you have your regular springy cat back ready to tear around your house."
posted by onlyconnect at 11:58 AM on April 30, 2015 [12 favorites]


The cat just had to figure out how much of itself it needed to shift into another dimension to fit. That takes a little bit. Transdimesional geometry isn't easy.
posted by eriko at 12:01 PM on April 30, 2015 [15 favorites]


(tucks tail in)
posted by tickingclock at 12:03 PM on April 30, 2015 [8 favorites]


Also made of liquid: French people.
As proved by the TV show "That's Incredible" in a sequence that haunts my dreams to this very day (montage runs about 2.5 minutes).
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:08 PM on April 30, 2015 [6 favorites]


I love at the end when the person filming gets too close, and the cat is like "fuck you, find your own fishbowl, I worked hard to get where I am."
posted by KathrynT at 12:18 PM on April 30, 2015 [27 favorites]


brb buying fishbowl
posted by entropicamericana at 12:41 PM on April 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


I've always wanted to see an x-ray of a cat curled up like that, because where is its spine?
posted by WCWedin at 12:44 PM on April 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


My cats are completely undone by clear plastic. They think it is some kind of magical force field.
posted by poe at 12:45 PM on April 30, 2015


I love the persistence!

*is it nice in there, buddy?* *Do you feel safe?* *Is it cozy?* *yeah, it is!*
posted by Gor-ella at 12:53 PM on April 30, 2015


poe: "My cats are completely undone by clear plastic. They think it is some kind of magical force field"

Which, of course, it is.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 12:58 PM on April 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Dear AskMetafilter: Where can I order three spherical kitties for physics experiments in a vacuum?
posted by Soliloquy at 12:59 PM on April 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


no IRB is going to approve anything with kitties and vacuums, their ancient enemy.
posted by poffin boffin at 1:13 PM on April 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


I still don't understand where the left rear leg goes. Does it retract?
posted by demonic winged headgear at 1:40 PM on April 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


And the staff-persons are smart enough to have carpet that matches the oceans of cat hair that must always exist in a vacuumless space occupied a cat.
posted by mightshould at 1:44 PM on April 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Any obstacle can surmounted if you sniff at it enough.
posted by klarck at 2:28 PM on April 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


I still don't understand where the left rear leg goes. Does it retract?

Yes. Furthermore, in case of hind-leg accidents, cats have healing superpowers unattainable by other species. As attested to by my vet when Kanoko The Climbing Maine Coon took a tumble from fency heights. Kanoko trotted indoors from the garden one evening, limping a bit and grumbling. "Dad gummit, dadgummed fence made me FALL and now my leg is like, all weird and stuff, human can you fix this??" he snarf-snorted at me, ears unnervedly twitching back. Off to the vet we went.

Vet: "Ah so Monsieur l'Aventurier fell, I see. Well, nothing's broken, he probably sprained his knee. Put him on the floor here and let's see how he walks."
Fraula places furball on floor.
Furball, limping visibly, backs into a corner covered by a stainless steel counter, turns his back towards us, and clearly relaxes.
Vet & Fraula laugh.
Fraula: "you're not hiding, silly, we can see you."
Furball: *ear twitch*not budging*
Vet: "Well, from the way he limped into that corner I'm guessing a bad sprain. The good news is that cats can heal from them on their own."
Fraula: "Other animals don't?"
Vet: "Nope. Cats somehow know how to take care of themselves and stretch and work sprains, I've seen plenty get back to full mobility. Feel free to come back if he's still limping in a month or so, though. We could try a cast, but sometimes that's worse for cats than just letting them heal on their terms."

Cats: liquid, but not invincible, but pretty near so.

Furball healed fine. Still climbs.
posted by fraula at 2:59 PM on April 30, 2015 [13 favorites]


Where do people get these cats that play with stuff they give them? I built a fancy tower out of an r2d2 cardboard display from the grocery store and all the cats have done is smell it.

But the one cat played with the same balled receipt paper, carrying it around with her, for like month.
posted by sio42 at 3:11 PM on April 30, 2015


I giggled at the tiny little *bonk* when he bumped his head on the rim of the bowl.

Twice.
posted by JohnFromGR at 3:27 PM on April 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


This is my favourite cat video of recent times.
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:35 PM on April 30, 2015 [7 favorites]


I believe this cat is volunteering to be a Bonsai Kitten.
posted by arnoldsnarb at 3:59 PM on April 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


0:35-1:20 "Fuck, how many feet do I even have???"
posted by boo_radley at 4:05 PM on April 30, 2015


Fraula - cats are remarkably capable. Several weeks after adopting a pair of cats, a friend discovered that the boy had a back leg whose bones weren't actually connected to the hip. It does limit his jumping a bit, but otherwise he's just a happy kitty.

Anakin the two legged cat wasn't even born with hips or back legs, and he gets around pretty well with two.
posted by wotsac at 4:35 PM on April 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I was so sure the solution was going to be trying back legs first, but no, the little guy just brute forced it. Respect!
posted by capricorn at 4:56 PM on April 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


All that pawing at the bottom of the bowl... that's totally like when I forget my PIN code is to the alternate dimension where I store extra matter when trying to wedge myself into a space that's clearly 57% too small for me. (See also: Spanx).
posted by TwoStride at 5:28 PM on April 30, 2015


That's an impressive analogy
posted by flatluigi at 6:32 PM on April 30, 2015


I love how satisfied that cat is with life after figuring out how to get in the bowl. Cat is all "Yeah, I'm good now. I'll just stay here from now on."
posted by darksong at 7:26 PM on April 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Till the time the cat actually went in, i wasnt sure that it could be done.

I was all like "yeah, that cat is never gonna fit in there. Ha ha dumb cat! It looks cute playing with the fish bowl" and suddenly ... "whoa! What the fuck just happened?". I had to replay the part to be sure.

Its magic!!!
posted by TheLittlePrince at 12:30 AM on May 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


If you put a cat in a bowl, and it's a liquid... is it meow mix?
posted by emptythought at 3:04 AM on May 1, 2015


Cats are not just liquid. They are vicious viscous liquid.
posted by srboisvert at 5:31 AM on May 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


The same principles have been used for hundreds of years by fishermen catching octopuses. Octopuses. Octo-puses. OctoPUSSES. MY GOD
posted by um at 6:07 AM on May 1, 2015 [2 favorites]




When he leaves the fishbowl, he'll give you five gold sardines. Which you can use to buy a fancier fishbowl!
posted by Metroid Baby at 1:21 PM on May 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


I've said it before, and no doubt I'll say it again: cats are the only liquids that seek out their own containers.
posted by JHarris at 1:39 PM on May 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


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