Just How Much Do Cats Know?

Maybe they own us after all

Cats sometimes seem so aware that it's scary. They know when you're talking about them, even if you don't say their name. They know your habits and form their own to match yours. They seem to even know things you don't, like what's that thing over your shoulder! In all seriousness, it sure does seem like cats know a lot ore than we think they do.

Some people post videos of their cats learning how to use the same communication tools dogs use, pushing buttons for words. I don't know if that's legit or not but it sure seems pretty advanced. Then there are cats who can even be used as emotional support animals. Just how smart are they?

Do you think cats know more than we give them credit for? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Best Cats of Tiktok

Who are your favorites?

There is a TikTok that makes fun of Millennials who mock it, saying that they'd never use that Vines knockoff followed by an image of said Millennial cracking up over TikTok months later in quarantine. Yep, that sums up me! I never thought I'd go for it, either, but do you know how many fun animal videos are there, among other niches?

The cat videos alone are worth it. Have you seen cat_named_winter, adventure_cat_blue or dontstopmeowing, the Cat Daddy Issues place? That one may be my favorite! He loves to have spa dates, among other things, with his cats. I could see my husband doing something similar.

Which TikTok cats are your favorites? Share them in the chat!

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If She Fits, She Sits

The Weirdest Places Our Cats End Up

Every cat lover knows the phrase, "If I fits, I sits." If a cat sees something that he might fit in, he tries it out and sits in it, without fail. Cats are so funny that way, and in our house a simple cardboard box is always a cheap route toward entertainment. My cats do really quirky things like pull towels off racks to sit on them, too. I recently got a desk with some square bars that the cats are fascinated with. They like to sit and stare out of the bars like they're in a Sarah McLachlan commercial. Feel sorry for my babies! 

All kidding aside, I'd love to hear the silly places your cats end up. I saw an experiment on TikTok the other day where someone made a box out of masking tape and his cat sat in it, on the floor, for over an hour! I plan on doing something similar with mine soon.

Where are the funniest places your feline friends sit and fit?

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The Best Cat Myths

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A couple of days ago, my trio of cats lined up to look outside one window before I had a chance to open the other windows. It was adorable to see them lined up, all on different levels, but also a bit surreal. I referred to them as cat sidhe searching for prey, and who knows? Maybe they are.

It made met think of other fun cat fables, myths and stories I've read over the years. I love how many magical stories there are about cats. From the Egyptian Bast to the Cat's Paw, Poe to spirit guides to both lucky and unlucky (I call baloney there), there are so many stories. I always loved the one about the shapeshifting cat woman who either wore the key around her neck as a cat as she told suitors the man who would wed her would have to get it from "her cat" to the story about the shapeshifter accused of harming livestock whose paw was cut only to have it revealed as a bleeding widow woman the next day. Don't even get me started on 80s kid me crushing on Lion-O from Thundercats or Ron Pearlman's Vincent from Beauty and the Best the TV series!

What cat legends, fables and myths are your favorites?

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Catnip Strain Shop to Open?

Toronto may have a catnip shop for cats soon!

This is either a really strange idea or a brilliant one: Mikey Fivebucks, an entrepreneur from Toronto, is working on setting up a catnip dispensary with different strains of catnip for cats to enjoy. He says that the stuff sold in stores just isn't good enough for cats and that it lacks the lasting power that the catnip he wants to sell will have.

Fivebucks is trying to raise enough money on Kickstarter to launch his business and says he's been studying the art of catnip growing for over three years. The brilliance of this idea, of course, is that people LOVE their cats and might actually find novelty in supporting a shop like this.

What do you think of the idea of a catnip dispensary? Share your thoughts in the chat! 

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Cats on Road Trips

Do you take your cats along?

It's been a long time since we've been able to travel (I'm sure you can empathize!), but back when we did we always hired a pet sitter to feed and water our animals, take our dogs for walks and ensure everyone was happy and healthy. So when I saw that there are many people who enjoy taking their cats with them on trips, I was a little surprised.

I've seen plenty of dogs on trips and we've even taken ours here and there for shorter trips, but cats? It just seems odd to me. A friend of mine took her cat with her family while they traveled the country in an RV! I saw an article about a man who saved a kitten who then became his motorcycle riding companion. I can't even imagine my cats doing that but I suppose it makes sense. Plenty of cats have taken to the ocean on a boat or two, after all.

Does your cat go on trips with you? How does the cat fare?

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Giving Cats Plenty of Space

How do you help your wild ones climb to great heights?

Like any other creature, cats have their own personalities and preferences. Some couldn't care less about climbing to great heights; one of mine doesn't even like to jump much! She's not that old; she's just a chunky cutie who doesn't enjoy a lot of exercise. Another cat, however, would climb trees every day if she were allowed outside, so we have to make sure to provide her with plenty of space to do so indoors.

You can definitely use cat towers, and we have, but they can take up a lot of space and get in the way. What we've found is that integrating cat perches into our home works wonders. My husband put strips of carpet on top of some cabinets, for example, for them to lie on and scratch. He also put "steps" up to them in the corner, attached to the wall, that also act as spaces for climbing or napping. They are very much like these. My cat who doesn't like to climb as much even enjoys those!

How do you give your cats extra space in your home? Share your DIYs in the chat.

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Silly Cat Snow Behavior

How is your cat handling the snow?

Lots of us are watching the snow fall this week. Where I live, it's more normal than not, but too many citizens are finding themselves snowed in and without power for the first time, and my heart goes out to them. If you are used to the snow, chances are your pets expect it each year, too.

One of my dogs tolerates the snow (much better than she tolerates rain) and the other LOVES it, but one of my cats, Pumpkin, thinks it's a laser light! She darts to the window, watches it fall with palpable energy, then rushes around the house as if she's sniffed catnip or is chasing a laser. Then she runs back to the window to watch it fall again. Pumpkin is six, y'all. She has seen many a winter. This never gets old.

How do your pets behave when it snows? Is this your pet's first snow?

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Funniest Cat Tweets

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One of my favorite things about social media is seeing everyone's pets! I love the pet videos, the videos, all of the fun things we get to share with one another. Having a bad day? Ask for everyone's pet pics and you won't be disappointed.

We also love to see people's funny pet tweets about their dogs and cats. There are whole summaries of all of the funniest tweets of the week each week you can even follow. My husband and I love to read these aloud in the car to one another. He'll drive us to get takeout, I'll read funny tweets and we'll eat in the car. It's a fun 2021 date!

Have you read any funny tweets about cats this week? Share them in the chat!

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Cat And Lynx BFFs

It's too cute!

Have you seen the story yet about the stray cat who broke into the St. Petersburg Zoo in order to become chums with a resident lynx? The pair are BFFs who snuggle and look absolutely adorable together. Given that the cat was a homeless kitten when they paired up, it now looks to the lynx as a mother figure.

I'm so in love with this story. Cats who become friends with other animals are always cute but I love how patient and caring this lynx is. It makes me wonder about all the different animals that could potentially be buddies if given the chance (and which ones would instead be dinner, and why!). 

Have you read any other cute cat tales this week? Share them here!

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