Actually, I think that maybe every waking moment is playtime for these two. Otters are well-known for their playfulness, but I don’t know how you acquire one for a pet.
Currently the otter has a slight advantage over the kitten. That’ll change. But I don’t think their friendship will.
I was talking on the phone with Susan this morning when I suddenly heard a loud, blood-curdling, definitely feline shriek. “No!” Susan shouted. “No!” And then she laughed.
It wasn’t two cats trying to tear each other to bits. It was one cat making war on his own tail.
This proves that cats have imaginations. But what they imagine–well, who can tell?
I’ve had cats who really loved certain smells. Vanilla, for instance. And York Peppermint Patties: Buster loved a whiff of one of those.
But here are cats rejecting various objects because apparently they smell real bad. Cats hate lemons; but we have no idea what a lemon smells like to a cat. They don’t seem to like the bouquet of toothpaste, either.
I have seen cats catch and eat birds. It’s one of those things that’s supposed to happen in nature.
But here’s a cat who only wants to take a nap, in spite of the barking dog, the loud TV, and several birds offstage. All of this he overcomes. But he can’t overcome the crazy dove who wants to coo at him, nibble his ear, and poke him with her beak.
How does this bird know the cat won’t–well, eat her? He has opportunities to put the bird away, but doesn’t do it.
“Biological machines hard-wired to behave in certain stereotypical ways”–Fap!
Now, Kitty! We humans put your squeaky catnip mouse in the cover for a reason–to keep it away from you. Because we’re tired of stepping on it! We know it’ll be perfectly secure in the cupboard because cats don’t have hands and anyway, we humans are, like, a thousand times smarter than cats…
What is this mysterious power that cats have over certain dogs? The dog is several times the cat’s size, and yet the cat holds all the cards.
I think this is an old dog with a very sweet nature–just what you don’t need, to roust a stubborn cat out of your bed. Please note that the cat doesn’t hurt the dog, just sort of shoos her away. Sportsmanship, of a kind.
These kittens are trying their best to stay awake, but some of them just can’t do it. This reminds me of my brother when he was little. He used to plead with my mother to let him say up to watch Route 66 on Friday night (he was crazy about the car, that old Corvette)–and three minutes after it started, he’d be sound asleep on the couch. Never failed.
Disclaimer: I am not aware of any humans actually getting hurt in this video. It seems cats just can’t resist the urge to tackle a running child. This behavior should not be encouraged.
But boy, some of these jumps! How do they do it? I mean, they might as well go whole-hog and learn how to fly. They’re almost there already.
Here at Chez Leester, we discourage cats from sleeping in the litter box, it just isn’t done. But as you can see from this video, there are certainly cats who’d do it. They’ll sleep soundly anywhere–who needs a bed, when you’ve got a nice light fixture handy?
People who do this are considered eccentric.
By cracky, do you believe this guy? Sleeping! When he oughtta be getting up to feed me.
Let’s see… How about the old tickly-whiskers-up-the-nose trick? That usually works. So does walking around on his stomach; and if he had longer hair, I could step on it. That gets a rise out of ’em. Then there’s always pat-pat-pat on the lips…
The great Helvetian vaudeville performer Otto Potzi had pet wasps who used to sting him awake. Pet cats are better.