It turns out owls can do a lot more than just sit around and look wise and criticize Freddy the Pig’s poetry. Before youtube came along, who knew owls could make such good pets?
I remember the first time I saw an owl. My friend and I were walking in the woods, I guess I was about six years old, when we disturbed the world’s most enormous owl, who flapped his wings with a sound of thunder and took off. Man! To this day I’m sure that bird was bigger than I was. One of those memories you just don’t forget, ever.
Alas! Late with the cat video tonight! That’ll cost me points.
Anyway, here are some cats who, like Greta Garbo, want to be alone. That’s why they disappear on you, you know. And they can do it without setting foot outside the house. Think kittens burrow into your box springs.
My two cats fight incessantly. They must have been really something in the womb. But some of the critters in this video have them beat. I am especially intrigued by the one dog that insists on sitting on the other dog’s head. It must mean something.
Watch how quickly this cat adapts to a bizarre addition to his environment–a radio-controlled toy dinosaur. It freaks him out at first. Of course it does! What do cats know from robots? (Our old family dog, Rags, would’ve had this thing in bits and pieces before you could scream, “No, no, that’s expensive!” And then he would’ve smirked.)
I can’t say for sure that the cat figures out that the dinosaur is not, in fact, alive, even if it moves and sounds like something that’s alive. But he does figure out it can’t hurt him.
Cats are smart; and if they had hands, we’d be in trouble.
Did I see that right? A cat climbed into the lizard’s tank to take a nap? I have known a lot of lizards who’d object to that.
If you’re one of those who insists that cats can sleep anywhere, and in virtually any position, this video’s for you.
You may have noticed I tag these animal videos “Sanity Medicine.” Why? Well, driving home from the Keyport Fishery (best seafood in New Jersey) today, I almost went off the road when I heard Hillary Clinton, on the radio, deplore “the politicization of the Justice Dept.” Can you be that utterly without self-awareness and not be as mad as a hatter?
Anyhow, bunnies, cats, dogs, hamsters, turtles–they’re all good for leading us back to sanity.
Don’t think you can solve this problem by giving each cat his own dish of food. Note that a lot of these selfish little guys are kittens. I have no idea how to adjust their attitude. At least my cats don’t mind if I pet them while they eat. The only thing that really annoys them is each other.
Sometimes you just can’t please a dog or cat. Doesn’t this video make you glad you don’t have huskies? Anyway, who knows what these critters want? They’ve got a mood on, and there’s no getting it off.
There’s something about cats grooving on cardboard boxes that just brings a smile to my lips, unless they’re doing it in my living room and turning the cardboard into confetti. For that I don’t smile.
Really–when the cat dives into the box and slides across the floor, doesn’t it make you want to fling out your arms and yell, “Saaaaafe!”?
These are incidents that were not disasters, because somebody was standing there with a camera, filming them. So no cats accidentally put themselves in cold storage. And the owner now can worry about what goes on when he’s not there.
This video also raises the question of just how acutely cats understand the human-centered world in which they have to live. Just how smart are they, anyway?