Cat Science!

Today I took the day off work.  Earlier in the week I noticed a large cut on the side of one of my car’s tires, which were getting pretty worn anyway.  So it was time to get a new set.  I went to Costco for the first time to get the new ones, which turned out to be cheaper than I expected by quite a bit.  About the same as Harrison’s dental!

So I had an exiting afternoon knocking about the parking lot and eating an extremely long lunch.  I didn’t even mind that the service was pretty poor, since I needed to stretch it out for hours.

Then after picking up my car I went toward the store to shop and saw a cell phone on the ground right in the middle of the road where cars were exiting.  I grabbed it before it could get squished.  Some lady was going to be worried because inside the case she had her license and a few credit cards too.  I turned it in to the store so she could find it.

But that isn’t all the interesting things that happened since the last post.  I made an interesting discovery on Youtube – involving cat science.

Not this clip, which is from a conference for parody scientific papers, part sense, part nonsense.  I ran into this one a while ago.  There’s a few good ones besides this.  The one about why mammals sleep is particularly good.

No, this was music written to be interesting to cats!

When I played this last night, all three downstairs cats were soon hanging out in the zone of the speakers, although they seemed to be as confused by it as anything else.  Since Anna wasn’t present before, I decided to try it out on her tonight.

She seemed to be pretty bemused by this stuff.

The music did seem to have one good effect from Anna’s point of view.

It seemed to make Rhea somewhat reluctant to come in.

Finally Anna spotted her.  Ears down.  Hissy fit activated.

Anna actually likes this better, since Rhea isn’t sneaking forward to jump at her.

After a little bit of this I set Rhea out of the room and closed the gate.  Since Anna was still annoyed, I went to a second Youtube site:  Relax My Cat.  They have videos that have music that is supposed to make cats relax and sleep.

Tests were inconclusive that the music had a huge calming effect, but she did relax once Rhea was out of the room.

She was relaxed enough to give me a little grooming before I left.

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8 Responses to Cat Science!

  1. weggieboy says:

    What a fun post this was! As always, it’s fun to chatch up on your beautiful kitties. The two videos were fun, too. I got a big kick out of the sprinting cat video, and both my cats responded to the cat music video. Andy quietly perched on top of the cat tree, clearly interested in the sounds (lots of ear wiggling!), and Dougy hopped up next to one of the speakers and quietly groomed himself.

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  2. Speaking for the person whose phone you found and returned to the customer service desk, thank you. It would have so easy to ignore it or let it be someone else’s problem. 🙂

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  3. Pawsome! I really enjoyed this post!😺

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  4. Jo Woolf says:

    I have just tried the music with Purdey, and she sat next to the computer speaker for a good 15 minutes or so, after checking out the back of it for the purring ‘lion’. She’s now settled down in her bed, quite chilled out I would say!

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  5. Anne Daigle says:

    Old quote from somewhere–“And the night shall be filled with music and the cares that infest the day shall fold their tents like the Arabs and as silently drift away.”

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  6. quirkyartist says:

    I was listening to the cat music while I had my morning coffee in bed. Cosmo came across the room, started patting the iPad. Walking on it. Patting it some more. Then he pushed his way under the throw rug and curled up in a ball to sleep.

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  7. Lurkertype says:

    Neither of my cats reacted at all to the music. I guess someone’s got to be the negative result.


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