I don’t know what you’d call it, but I’d call it a good start in life–cuddling with a cat before you can toddle. And it’s astounding, how patient some of these cats are with human babies who appear to have mistaken them for some kind of furry squeaky-toy.
Yes, I’m convinced it’s a good idea to let your baby and your pet cuddle and play together. Unless your pet is a lobster. Then all bets are off.
Those little balls of fluff running all around the playroom are guinea pigs, and the cat is trying heroically to ignore them. They don’t want to be ignored. Maybe the cat is preparing for an audition as a Buckingham Palace guard. Maybe the guinea pigs are helping him rehearse.
If you can get a cat to stop ignoring you, that’s an achievement.
Cats confronting mirrors–it gets me every time. These cats just don’t get it. Or do they? Sometimes it seems they’re making a game of it.
I held up a mirror, once upon a time, to my little dime-store “chameleon” (Carolina anole, to give the lizard its proper name), and he totally freaked out. No game there! I had to take the mirror away before he did himself a mischief.
Note: “Peoply” is my word, I coined it, I own it.
I knew someone who taught his cat to use the toilet, so much so, they didn’t need a litter box anymore. But the cat never did learn to flush.
As for dogs watching television–really, now, don’t you have a squeaky toy to play with?
My cat Missy loved to play fetch. That’s what she thought pipe cleaners were for. And if I was still in bed, she brought me one anyway.
Important Note: If your cat is panting like a dog, it’s time for a trip to the vet. In cats panting like that is a sign of several serious illnesses. Not an occasion to make a Youtube video. Heart diseases, respiratory illness–not something to take lightly.
See, this is one of those things that make people think that maybe cats are not all there. Why do they chase their tails? But then how are we, tail-less bipeds that we are, to judge? When all we’ve got is that poor little coccyx that nobody ever sees unless something has gone terribly wrong. Then it’s ineluctable.
I’d better stop here before I turn into Casey Stengel.
Isn’t it pitiful? Little cat steals dog’s big bed, and the poor dog doesn’t know what to do about it. That’s domestication for you. Are dogs really that un-assertive, or are they just being generous?
And cats are very, very good at judging what they can get away with.
It seems most of these cats don’t know what to make of puppies. And of course the puppies want to play, because that’s what puppies do. Sometimes they can hit it off right from the start, but most of the time, for the cat, it takes some getting used to.
And there’s a puppy in this video who’s gotta be part-hamster, because he’s no bigger than a hamster. He confuses two cats at once.
I saw a sign in my doctor’s office that said that babies who interact with dogs and cats develop stronger immune systems than babies who don’t. So the cat licking the baby’s face, or the dog sniffing the baby’s ear–those are not bad things.
When I was still only three years old or so, I tried to change my baby brother’s diaper. I’d seen my mother do it; how hard could it be? All you’ve got to do is dump half a bottle of baby oil on him and then liberally coat him with baby powder. That’s when my mother came in and put a stop to it.
No cat or dog would ever do that to a human baby.
Cats are very smart–smart enough so that they try to understand things like printers, washing machines, and metronomes that can’t possibly have any relevance to them. In this they resemble human beings.
That’s why, when you watch a cat trying to figure something out, you can almost hear the wheels turning in his head.