Things cats don't like
May 23, 2017 12:59 PM   Subscribe

This compilation reveals one of the many true natures of cats [ambient sounds, occasional music].
posted by Johnny Wallflower (35 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
Honestly, I didn't even finish watching it before I posted because, as a well-known dogcat lover I felt I could trust my instincts here.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:00 PM on May 23, 2017 [5 favorites]


this is false news. knocking shit off of high places is things cats absolutely adore (especially when the big two-foots are asleep).
posted by bonehead at 1:12 PM on May 23, 2017 [3 favorites]


The work done here to remove the cotton pads but not dump the glass jar is masterful.
posted by maryr at 1:17 PM on May 23, 2017 [18 favorites]


this is just the preview, the actual "things cats don't like" documentary is 1000 hours long
posted by idiopath at 1:19 PM on May 23, 2017 [12 favorites]


cats are gonna cat
posted by entropicamericana at 1:21 PM on May 23, 2017


I just love the "cats who gently but firmly push their owners' hands away when they don't want to be petted" genre.
posted by dismas at 1:25 PM on May 23, 2017 [17 favorites]


What I don't see is the 24 different flavours of open catfood cans that have been sniffed once and then walked away from, tail high.
posted by bonehead at 1:29 PM on May 23, 2017 [17 favorites]


The two kittens obsessing over a piece of peeling wallpaper? a sticker? made me snort along with the people filming them. Also that last cat. So thorough.
posted by spamandkimchi at 1:43 PM on May 23, 2017 [7 favorites]


I don't think it's dislike exactly. Many of those cats were just doing physics.
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:55 PM on May 23, 2017 [7 favorites]


I don't think it's dislike exactly. Many of those cats were just doing physics.

True Fact: The reason physicists smash particles together in giant colliders is that we really hate those little sons of bitches.
posted by BrashTech at 1:57 PM on May 23, 2017 [23 favorites]


With all due respect to the awesome Miss Cellania, here's the direct link to the YouTube video, and here is The Pet Collective's full collection of videos, including Clueless Cats and Cat Butts.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:01 PM on May 23, 2017 [8 favorites]


I have watched this video so many times. The pause where the cat looks directly into the camera and then raises its paw is such a masterful example of cat assholery it's beautiful.

Cats knocking things off shelves tends to be one of my favorite genres of youtube videos anyway. I also don't have a cat so I can find them funny.
posted by darksong at 2:05 PM on May 23, 2017 [9 favorites]


Orange Yoga-Hating Cat looks just like my Nico. He hates lots of things, but mostly just his kid brother.

One of my childhood cats Toby the Tabby was one of those little bastards who moseys on up to the nearest table or counter and starts super-casually reaching out a languid paw and knocking down item after item until you pay attention to him. I miss him.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 2:11 PM on May 23, 2017


Things cats don't like: anything you provide them that they're supposed to like or use

Things cats like: anything you've stopped paying attention to or have forbidden to them
posted by Sangermaine at 2:12 PM on May 23, 2017 [4 favorites]


There's a spot on our wall (a tiny dent with a bit of cracked paint) that our cat constantly attacks similar to this one. I keep trying to get video of it but she never does it when I have my phone close to hand.
posted by quaking fajita at 2:19 PM on May 23, 2017


Things cats don't like: anything you provide them that they're supposed to like or use

I don't know, my cat is enjoying the hell out of a package filler paper underbrush we've created for her on the living room floor by unspooling the contents of an Amazon purchase.
posted by maryr at 2:25 PM on May 23, 2017 [1 favorite]


The rule for my cat is that if it's on the floor, it's obviously a toy. If it's a toy, it's mine, and you can't have it back.
Also, Cat Pro Tip: scrounge the 1.5x2 and 2x2 sample squares of various carpets - for some reason, that is cat magic; sometimes it's a scratching spot, sometimes it's a laying spot, sometimes it's a play spot, according to the characteristics of the carpet and/or mood of the cat. Always a hit. Another Cat Pro Tip: hide the squares from time to time, then wait a week or two, then take them back out - it's like the trick of old toy/new toy, but times ten.
posted by eclectist at 2:35 PM on May 23, 2017 [9 favorites]


Recently my cat kept getting up on my desk and knocking an eraser off. Eventually I rummaged in the drawer and produced like six erasers and lined them up in front of her and told her to go for it. She became alarmed, refused to knock any of them over, ran away. Reverse psychologized!
posted by little cow make small moo at 2:59 PM on May 23, 2017 [14 favorites]


Getting a cat has simultaneously made our apartment both more and less messy. On one had there's now stuff on the floor all the time (cat toys mostly, but also stuff she's knocked off a table), but on the other hand it's taught the human members of the household to not leave things that are easily swatted out on surfaces.
posted by quaking fajita at 3:03 PM on May 23, 2017 [4 favorites]


Here's one of my favorites in the genre. It's got it all: The hind leg stand, the bug eyes, the attempts at percussive maintenance, the pratfall.
posted by funkiwan at 3:10 PM on May 23, 2017 [4 favorites]


True Fact: The reason physicists smash particles together in giant colliders is that we really hate those little sons of bitches. they are all cats.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 3:33 PM on May 23, 2017 [11 favorites]




Cat vs printer, "PC load letter, what the Fuck does that mean?"
posted by ActingTheGoat at 4:04 PM on May 23, 2017 [3 favorites]


My cats have also been very good for home organization, as anything left on, say, the kitchen island (where mail used to accumulate) tends to wind up on the floor. Toilet paper and paper towels both have to be kept hidden; otherwise, carnage results. And let's not even go near what happens when the cats get hold of an unchaperoned single sock.
posted by thomas j wise at 4:13 PM on May 23, 2017 [1 favorite]


Wait- was it the new Total Recall?


Because I am right there with the cat if it was.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 5:59 PM on May 23, 2017 [4 favorites]


I just got a new desk. I intentionally went from a small writing desk to a 60" desk, so my cats could have a corner, and stop knocking off all the things. I've had the desk for six days now, and the cats have decided that all desk are belong to them. They will push anything, including a four tier in/out box, off the desk, so that they may lay where it was. The only thing allowed to stay is the monitor, and I think that may be only because they're not big enough to swat it off.

On the upside, my workspace has never looked cleaner, and I've always got a fuzzy tummy to scratch, so it's all good.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 7:11 PM on May 23, 2017 [5 favorites]


They're just odd. and endlessly fascinating. And funny. And far better suited for this world than you or I. And the furry tummies!

Of course, it could just be the toxoplasmosis talking.
posted by adam hominem at 7:31 PM on May 23, 2017 [9 favorites]


swear to god, as soon as I clicked the video, my kitten crawled on my lap to watch with me.
posted by AFABulous at 7:33 PM on May 23, 2017 [3 favorites]


The science behind why cats do this adorable/maddening thing.
posted by bryon at 10:44 PM on May 23, 2017 [3 favorites]


The only thing allowed to stay is the monitor, and I think that may be only because they're not big enough to swat it off.

Earlier this afternoon, Tommy the Cat knocked a full size monitor off the desk. So, yeah, just give them a chance to beef up a little.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 12:51 PM on May 24, 2017 [2 favorites]


I dunno, bryon. I'm pretty convinced that cats knock things down because they comprehend gravity differently than us. Not sure if it was here that I read it, but someone posited a theory that cats do this to test where the weak gravity spots are.

Also, I have found that most cats secretly love chest scritches like the one in this video.

And my favorite part of the video is the kittens and the wallpaper (eponysterical?). The quieted laughter of the cat owners is hilarious.
posted by frecklefaerie at 5:16 PM on May 24, 2017 [3 favorites]


The only thing allowed to stay is the monitor, and I think that may be only because they're not big enough to swat it off.

Earlier this afternoon, Tommy the Cat knocked a full size monitor off the desk. So, yeah, just give them a chance to beef up a little.


One of the less pleasant notes I received from my cat sitter involved the words "found the monitor on the floor."
posted by thomas j wise at 6:48 PM on May 24, 2017 [3 favorites]


Just realized tonight that what Tommy resembles most is a Ben Franklin stove with whiskers.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:36 PM on May 25, 2017 [1 favorite]


Blorp!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:40 AM on May 26, 2017 [3 favorites]


Some cats, just want to watch the world burn.
posted by ellieBOA at 12:48 PM on May 26, 2017


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