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#1 razz

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 02:22 AM

This just happened yesterday.

I save all my receipts. I keep a calendar handy and, at the end of every week, I go through my receipts and record what I spent on my calendar. It's my way of keeping track of what I've spent on groceries, gasoline, medicine and other misc. I then figure out how much I saved within store sales and the coupons I clip out. I then tally the amounts for the whole month.

Here's the funny part. My calendar has huge pictures of cats on it. Yesterday, while writing on my calendar, my cat Kitty came by, started licking my calendar, smelling it and acting a little too friendly. I thought something must have spilt on my calendar. Then I realized it was the picture. I thought no way. Does she notice the picture of the cat? So I started flipping the pictures and showing them to her and she would glance at the faces of the cats.

This morning I thought Hmm I'm going to show Kitty the calendar again and see what she does. Sure enough she licked my calendar and looked at the big cat picture.

Isn't that funny? I know cats look at television and computer screens, but pictures? <_< Interesting.

Hope you enjoyed this story!


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Posted 26 July 2008 - 03:42 AM

Razz:

Cats are very intelligent and astute. My neighbor feeds strays and has kept this particular one as an indoor cat. He is used to the outdoors but welcomes the snuggle of her home as well. He is a little teaser though. I have caught him on the other side of my fence and seen him wiggle and jab his paw under the fence to tease the dogs <_< . Back then, Tru was quite old and Mia ambivalent, so it didn't matter. Now comes Ollie :o :o . Let's just say after one of these sessions and Ollie getting under the fence and all the brouhaha, I haven't seen that little paw wiggling under the fence in a long while :( . We have since secured the fence so as not to have a repeat performance.
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Posted 26 July 2008 - 04:15 AM

Hi Razz,

I always love animal stories. Animals are very entertaining. My neighbors have a cherry and crabapple tree. The squirrels, birds, chipmunks, and rabbits love it. And, the cats and I love to watch them!!!

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#4 razz

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 08:43 AM

Thanks Truman and Purr,

I thought I was losing my mind! I'm a big animal lover. If I could, I'd open a huge haven for the ones needing homes.


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Posted 26 July 2008 - 08:59 AM

Razz,
I've always known that cats were smart, because I've had cats for over 30 years. However, we found a little 6 weeks old cat 8 years ago. We named him Houdini (Houdi for short) because the first night we had him, we shut him up in the bathroom with lots of newspaper. Within seconds of getting in bed, he was out of the bathroom in bed with us. We shut him up again, made sure the door was securely shut and went back to bed. Well, after joining us for the THIRD TIME, we gave up and let him sleep with us. The only thing that we could figure out was that he jumped up on the countertop which is inches away from the doorknob, and turned the knob! A couple of years later he proved it. I actually saw him turn a doorknob with his two front paws!

Through the years he has demonstrated his intelligence in many, many ways as well as incidences that reinforce his name. He's got my husband under control and keeps trying to control me, but I'm a little more of a disciplinarian than my hubby, so sometimes the kitty actually loses, but then sometimes he wins also. He has more patience than me and will wait me out. :lol:

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 03:40 PM

Janey,

That's a great story how your cat figured out how to open a door. Our cat is the first long-term cat we've ever had. So we're still learning typical cat behaviour.

It's interesting to sit back and be entertained by Kitty!


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Posted 26 July 2008 - 06:00 PM

My husband and I became empty nesters this year and were looking forward to the quiet. Our kids are both within 35 minutes of us so we see them at least once a week and talk to them almost once a day, but we were looking forward to having our nest to ourselves as it were. However, we have three cats, two Norwegian Forest cats and one Siberian who is really damaged due to the circumstances of his early kittenhood. The two "weegies" are clever, active and very much in control of the household.That does change the empty nest thing a bit.
I have been totally trained by them. They know they are not supposed to get on the piano and sure enough at 3 or 4 AM I will spy them relaxing on my beautiful 1916 grand piano! They don't even flinch when caught. They just wait to be removed. The youngest, a weegie, has taught himself to play fetch and his favorite time is 4AM when I am in bed finally asleep! He leaps on top of me with a toy, drops it on my face, after climbing on me and it is playtime. I toss the toy and he keeps coming back, like the energizer bunny. If I don't toss the toy, he brings me another toy! It is like he is bringing me his "kills" from hunting and I should appreciate them!
He greets us at the door, like a puppy. Rolls onto his back to have his belly rubbed. Both weegies are very verbal and talk to us all the time. They will come to us and meow in certain ways to let us know if something is not right - (the female brought me one of the boy's toys to let me know he was closed into a bedroom!) They have trained my cleaning lady and her husband so well that they carry them from room to room and actually hand feed them water while they are cleaning the bathrooms!
They have brought me a lot of joy and often when I am having one of "those" days one will sleep with me or just keep me company as though they know I need a friend to just be there. Native intelligence or just instinct? I am not sure, but I really appreciate them being there for me and their schtick is appreciated as well, it keeps me laughing and outside of myself and that is not such a bad thing either. Cats are very smart indeed.
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Posted 27 July 2008 - 03:30 AM

Smurfette,

Your cats are hilarious! I enjoyed hearing about their funny antics! Especially when they insist on doing what they're not supposed to. My cat knows she's not supposed to go in my bedroom, yet every day she heads for my room. I have to keep the door locked. She knows I don't like her clawing my new, unpaid for, couch and sofa. Yet, she does it, many times. One great thing she does is play fetch. I'll throw her toy and she'll bring it to me, over and over.

Your cats waking you up at 3 and 4 am is so funny. You're right about them having us trained. When Kitty gets locked in my stairway, she'll rattle the door knob over and over until someone comes and opens the door.

Thanks for sharing you story!


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