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Baffling behaviour of child's mother as family cat sleeps on daughter

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Would you remove your cat while they sleep on your daughter who's on the living room sofa? Why not leave them alone. So much better. Would you take your cat off your sleeping daughter. Image: screenshot. I feel that I need to comment on this video. It shows a large family domestic cat sleeping on the video maker's daughter. This is the kind of thing you see all the time.  Kitten sleeps on bunny. In public domain. Although you normally see a domestic cat sleeping on another animal such as a large dog (or a bunny!) for instance. But it is no surprise to see the family cat treating the daughter as "another animal". It looks like a very peaceful scene. It is a situation which needs to be preserved and it shouldn't be interfered with. However, the mother of the child wants to interfere and intervene. She thinks that the cat is going to wake up the daughter and therefore she wants to remove cat. But there's no sign that the daughter is going to wake up. The cat and

The world is 10 seconds closer to Armageddon thanks to the threat of nuclear war

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Doomsday Clock moves to 90 seconds to midnight as nuclear threat rises. The declared intention of the owner of this site, Valley Girl, is to comment on videos so here we have a video which is not directly about cats but indirectly it is. It's about all of us. Some viewers of the video are cynical about it implying that it does nothing to help. But for me, it is not meant to be symbolic of a danger but a dire warning. It is meant to galvanise and gyrate humankind into changing their ways as soon as possible. Apparently, it was set to seven minutes to midnight 1947. There's been a gradual deterioration since that time. It seems to be completely progressive. If it keeps on progressing like this and deteriorating, it's going to be midnight. Midnight means the end of the world as I understand it. So, humanity is now closer to Armageddon than ever before. And that is as judged by a team of top scientists. You can see by the video that global conflict has helped to push the world

Petting aggression in cats

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The video actually doesn't add a great deal to the general knowledge of most domestic cat owners. Thanks to the Internet, there's been a massive increase in knowledge about domestic cat behaviour. And perhaps the most important aspect of domestic cat behaviour is biting their owner πŸ˜’. Or scratching their owner for that matter. And this is linked to the most important aspect of feline behaviour: hunting. It is their raison d'Γͺtre - their reason for living - which I've mentioned in other articles. And domestic cats are programmed through their DNA to respond to moving objects as the narrator in the video mentions. Stimulated hunting They're 'programmed' to respond to moving objects by attacking them because it's going to be a prey animal. They also have the same response to sounds. Domestic cats can locate a target prey animal through the sound they make thanks to their excellent hearing. But if an owner waves their hand around in front of their domestic

Cat loves carrying baby potatoes in his mouth. Why?

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There is only one reason why this energetic and loving cat is almost obsessed with carrying baby potatoes in their mouth and that is they are conflating a domestic cat's instinctive desire to hunt and their desire to play which is play-hunting.  Domestic cats who are prevented from hunting have to kill time rather than animals πŸ‘πŸ˜’- MikeB So, this cat who carries baby potatoes in his mouth is play-hunting. If you watch the entire video, you will see that they push the baby potatoes around as if they were home-made cat toys which in fact they are. And when he's done, he picks the potato up in his mouth and carries it to a different location and then drops it and perhaps prods it around the room. He is carrying a prey animal in his mouth and then when he drops it, he is pushing that 'prey animal' around in exactly the same way you see domestic cats pushing mice around when they are dead or half dead. Social media interprets the behavior as strange but there is actually no

Quick kitten rescue from sewer followed by instant adoption by observer nearby

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  I love the instant adoption. No doubts. No questions. Just dive in and do it. And I think this relationship will last all the wat. He's a keeper as they say. There' no better way to adopt in fact as the starting point is the best. A good start often leads to a good lifelong journey.

Deaf and partially blind rescue dog escaped euthanasia and is now truly loved and thrives

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This video should touch you if you have feelings to be touched (you do otherwise you wouldn't be here πŸ’“). It speaks of the divergent attitudes of people towards animals. On the one hand we have the man who found Kona and her companion and wanted them to be euthanised and took them to a vet for that purpose. The vet refused and took them to a rescue center from where Kona was adopted by this great woman, Nina, who adores her and her love is reciprocated in spades. It is just the way the world should work but often doesn't. Sorry that this is about dogs and not kittens but I couldn't resist. It is too sweet. There's not much difference in any case. It is about humankind's relationship with animals and how we care for the most vulnerable sentient beings in society, including other humans. I am sure that the deafness comes from the presence of the dominant white gene in Kona. And the partial blindness will have a similar cause. It is a congenital condition. She almost

Why do cats ruin everything?

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The question in the title is suggested by Google. It is a question which is highly critical of the domestic cat. Unfairly so. There is a philosophical dimension as well as a practical one in answering it. But let's agree that domestic cats do damage furniture and other possessions sometimes. They don't do it maliciously. They don't see furniture and other possessions as "possessions". As humans do. As you no doubt know, domestic cats need to scratch vertical and horizontal objects as part of their natural behaviour. Image in public domain. This is Monty. Possessions are important to humans. They like to buy and own nice objects. They like to care for them and keep them tidy, shiny and smart. The domestic cat is living in the human environment. They have the mentality of a wild cat wandering around North Africa under the sun. They have no regard for 'possessions' as humans do. When a wild cat scratches a tree to mark their territory and sharpen the claws, t

In Breakfast at Tiffany's the ginger tabby cat has a symbolic role

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They don't make movies like they used to. This is so much better. And what a cat! A ginger tabby who played the part heroically getting soaking wet. Not many domestic cats would have been able to do it. In the clip Hepburn's character, Holly Golightly, hasn't even given her cat a name. She calls him 'Cat'. He has to be male as nearly all ginger tabbies are. I think not naming her cat was meant to portray her at that time as being cold-hearted, grasping and insular which she was. It was symbolic and the ginger cat plays a symbolic role again it seems to me.  She dumps him in the rain after she's taken a lecture on her behaviour. She returns to find him in the pouring rain and instantly loves him. She can express her love and her cat is the first recipient. It is the first stage, a stepping stone, in her accepting a close relationship with, and loving, the male lead in the film played by George Peppard. Her guard has dropped and she becomes a sensitive, feeling pe

Ricky Gervais on cats versus dogs (YouTube interview)

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This is a video of Ricky Gervais talking to Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show . He's talking about the difference between cats and dogs. I'd like to comment on it.  I don't want to get too serious but in the opening 30 seconds he makes a desperate mistake. He says that he likes both cats and dogs. Fair enough. But because Gervais's work takes him away from home all the time, he can't have a dog because a dog would ask him why he can't come along 😎.  Whereas with cats they don't mind if they are left alone. That's what he believes. Completely wrong. Perhaps he means that he leaves his cat with somebody else but I don't think he does because from what I can see he genuinely believes that cats can take it or leave it when it comes to human companions. Please note that sometimes YouTube videos disappear or stop working because they are deleted on the YouTube website. If that has happened, I'm sorry but I have no control over it. P.S. Ricky is great

Infographic checklist on domestic cat adoption

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A useful (I would say that πŸ˜ƒ) infographic checklist of things to think about when considering adopting a domestic cat companion for the first time. Or even the second and third if previous attempts were failures. I believe that there should never be any failures. Every cat adoption should be a resounding success. This can be achieved by work in preparation and honest self-examination.  This is a cross-post from PoC because when I take a bit of time preparing an image as is the case in this instanceπŸ‘I think it is sensible to use it wherever I can πŸ˜‰. Although the infographic was prepared by me and it can be used by anyone under licence: Creative Commons: ATTRIBUTION-NODERIVS CC BY-ND license. Just right click on it and follow the menu to download it.

Measuring domestic cat intelligence through their abilities

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This is a cross-post on an infographic which looks at cat intelligence from a different perspective. Humans tend to measure domestic cat intelligence through their eyes. They project their ideas of intelligence onto their cat. They also tend, sometimes, to make comparisons with dogs.  Dogs tend to be good at playing fetch because often they're working dogs bred over thousands of years to fetch. And dogs are more trainable than cats because they are pack animals and look to their master, their human owner, for answers Therefore, it is unhelpful to compare cats with dogs when trying to measure intelligence. But you might hear a person saying that their cat is intelligent because they play fetch and because they learn very quickly when they train their cat. Their cat might be intelligent, even more intelligent than average, but I don't think these are good tests. Dr. Fogle looks at the abilities of domestic cats and works backwards from there. Of course, many domestic cats don'