Ennui of the Cat

April 15, 2012

Profound philosophy of the gloomy sort, while ” the white idiot writhes on his chair, begging for cheeseburgers.”

 

Cats Have How Many Lives?

January 15, 2012

I love this meme. Science, silly puns, and cats. What could be better?

Cat Laugh Video

December 29, 2011

I know, I know. Long time no see.

I’ll offer no excuses for not posting. Just too busy dealing with life is all. But this gave me a good laugh, so I have to share it.

 

This has some wonderful moments. Alas, that has has but one life for his art … and not nine. Not nine ….

This is another fun video about the importance of cats in current global industry, this time focusing on advertising. For the previous video on Kitty wood Studios / click here /.

 

Research at its finest! (sorry about the pun in the title – couldn’t resist)

The study is titled/ Feline Reactions To Bearded Men /.  Read through the experiment, carefully assessing all the data, and see if you agree with their conclusions:

Abstract

Cats were exposed to photographs of bearded men. The beards were of various sizes, shapes, and styles. The cats’ responses were recorded and analyzed.

Interpretation

  1. Cats do not like men with long beards, especially long dark beards.
  2. Cats are indifferent to men with shorter beards.
  3. Cats are confused and/or disturbed by men with beards that are incomplete.

“The test subjects were female cats, all between the ages of four and six. 214 cats participated in the study. Three cats died during the study, due to causes unrelated to the bearded men. Fifteen cats gave birth while viewing the photographs”

And let us not forget this bit of critical information:  “While each cat was viewing the photographs, it was held by a laboratory assistant. To ensure that the cats were not influenced by stroking or other unconscious cues from the assistant, the assistant was anesthetized prior to each session. The cats’ reactions were assessed for changes in pulse rate, respiration, eye dilation, fur shed rate, and qualitative behavior.”

A Cat Toy To Free Humans?

August 30, 2011

Cats know perfectly well that you are dragging the feather or string, that you are tossing the catnip mouse, that you are controlling the laser pointer. If you try to do anything else, they stop and stare at you until you give them your full attention again. Rather like human toddlers, they seem to need you to watch them play.

I saw this today. Would it, just possibly, free me from servitude to my Feline Overlords? Could I program it to sufficiently random movement, or must it be controlled in real-time? And either way, would I still have to devote myself to Their Amusement, or could I write and play with them simultaneously?

Not that I don’t want to involve myself with their antics, but when they keep poking at me, demanding I stop writing and come play, I get annoyed. This might be useful.

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