Most animals just don’t get mirrors. I discovered this early in life, when I showed my “chameleon” (an anole, actually) a hand mirror and was amazed by the little lizard’s violent reaction to his own reflection. I’m surprised he didn’t blow a gasket.
So here we are with dogs and cats, goats, a horse, lizards, and even a monkey, all of them baffled by that mysterious expanse of glass. We’ve seen our pets figure out harder things that mirrors, but mirrors stump them. My iguana paid no attention to mirrors, but never did work out why he couldn’t eat pictures of strawberries painted on the plate.
P.S.–I may be having Facebook issues again, so I’d be obliged to anyone who shares this post on his or her FB page, just so I can see if it generates referrals.
We once went fishing, and for bait, bought a sackful of little crabs. The rest of the day we spent trying to keep the crabs in the sack. I don’t think we managed to do much fishing.
When we brought home our Buster and Missy as kittens, and they had a whole new home with new people to explore, they just plain wore us out! “Are there really only two of them?” Patty cried. “They’re like the little crabs in the bag!” I added.
Well, healthy kittens gotta let off steam. And I ought to offer a prize to anyone who can accurately count the kittens in this video–any more than I could count the crabs in the bad.
Do babies learn from dogs, or dogs from babies? Here we see dogs imitating babies, and babies imitating dogs. Well, dogs are way better role models than some of the ones we pick up later in life: maybe babies are born with good sense. It would be so cool if they could talk to us! So many things I’d love to ask a baby… or a dog.
Cats and human babies have something in common. Obviously, both have minds in which various things go on–things which fascinate us, but about which we can only speculate because neither cats nor babies can tell us what they’re thinking. And for my next question–does the one know what the other’s thinking?
This is the kind of thing that goes on under Baroness Vannett’s back porch all the time, in my Bell Mountain books. Wait’ll this cat tries to get a job at any farm. “You play with the rats? Get lost!”
But I’ve had rats as pets, and mine were wonderful–affectionate, fun-loving, and smart (even if they were a little hard on each other). People who muttered “Yeeeew!” when I brought one of my rats into the vet’s waiting room wound up petting and talking baby-talk to it.
And I did have a cat named Henry who peacefully sniffed at my pet mice and never tried to knock the lid off their aquarium. But I think that was because what he really wanted was my baby fence lizards. Oh, he wanted them so badly! But he didn’t get ’em.
So you’re trying to get your career in the opera under way, practicing in the most private place you’ve got–and along comes this cat who just has to criticize. But then cats have their own ideas about what constitutes music.
Here’s another one of those stupid cat videos that I post because we’re all just a lot of old fogeys witch hasnt got no feeel “for” the modren world, as Joe College would say.
These kittens remind me of our Buster and Missy, brother and sister. Buster usually bossed Missy around. But when her ears went flat and her head and tail went almost to the floor, and she headed straight for him in a kind of deadly silence, he knew she was ready to take the dispute to a level way higher than he was prepared to go. So he would back down–if she let him.
Will somebody please play with this poor cat, before he has a conniption? Who knew a cat could get this upset if you leave him alone in the house? Our cat Peep doesn’t like to be the only one in a room, and will summon us to join her. You know–like, “Hey, humans, get up out of bed and come back down here to the living room!” She’ll even settle for her sister’s company, if that’s all she can get.
Meanwhile, I’d be obliged if some of you would share this post or another on Facebook, so I can see if anything happens. Right, it still isn’t working. *sigh*
Our cat Peep does something very similar to this. There’s a quilted comforter on our bed, and she has learned how to wrap herself up in it on cold mornings. She doesn’t have a stuffed dolly to cuddle up to, though.
All the cat in this video needs is an alarm clock.
Some people think hamsters don’t do anything but sleep, fight with each other, and run on wheels. This video will prove them wrong.
Hamsters do a lot of different things. One of them, I hope, is to attract visitors to this blog today. We shall see.