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2013-06-27 11:06:28 PM
Looks like my cat is right once again!

/I hate that stupid know it all
 
2013-06-27 11:08:02 PM
Obvious tag was too busy sitting on the top of the refrigerator licking its crotch
 
2013-06-27 11:08:23 PM
Cats are dicks. It's science.
 
2013-06-27 11:09:41 PM
And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.
 
2013-06-27 11:10:59 PM

ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.


And why not?  It's not like I need it anymore, and the food cans don't open themselves.
 
2013-06-27 11:11:01 PM
My cat responds to "asshole" more than his name.

The other one doesn't respond at all.
 
2013-06-27 11:11:41 PM
All I know is that my cat likes Christmas and gets all festive - say Hi! to Stinky:

imageshack.com
 
2013-06-27 11:12:30 PM

ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.


So do dogs, my dad's friend was found dead two weeks after he died. His face was half eaten off by his dog. It was probably because the dog was starving.
 
2013-06-27 11:13:46 PM
They make for good Yakitori, basted in teriyaki on a kebab over open flame. Add some egg rolls, wanton soup and slaw for a $5.99 lunch special, and you got the hoookup!
 
2013-06-27 11:15:57 PM
I left my cat with a friend for a week for my vacation. When I came back, the cat was lounging in the sun on the 2nd floor porch. He couldn't have seen me show up, but when I called his name he immediately woke up and ran towards me meowing and cooing the whole time. For a belly rub and head bumping.

Whatever is happening in that walnut-sized processor, I think it can encode relationships and memories and emotions at some level.
 
2013-06-27 11:17:51 PM
fark those little bastards.
 
2013-06-27 11:19:06 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Whatever is happening in that walnut-sized processor, I think it can encode relationships and memories and emotions at some level.


He is beautiful and he loves his mommy/daddy.
 
2013-06-27 11:20:45 PM

demonfaerie: ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.

So do dogs, my dad's friend was found dead two weeks after he died. His face was half eaten off by his dog. It was probably because the dog was starving.


A dog will wait until you're dead to feed. A cat will precipitate your death in anticipation of a meal.

That said, the article talks about research into prairie dogs. I may be hallucinating here, but I distinctly remember hearing - years ago - that prairie dogs have some of the most sophisticated language skills of any mammal besides humans. Their cries aren't on the level of "Predator coming," but instead they get insanely specific, like "Tall man thing, yellow shirt, dark pants, not deadly."

I think this was a Radiolab episode from awhile back.
 
2013-06-27 11:22:30 PM
Well duh
 
2013-06-27 11:23:05 PM

puppetmaster745: fark those little bastards.


Bastard coated bastards with bastard filling?
 
2013-06-27 11:24:09 PM
The idea (from tfa) of carrying a "cell-phone sized" device to communicate with my pets made me wonder -
should that happen - can I write them off as dependents on my tax return?
 
2013-06-27 11:24:43 PM

I Like Bread: Cats are dicks. It's science.


Quit projecting.
 
2013-06-27 11:25:56 PM

demonfaerie: ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.

So do dogs, my dad's friend was found dead two weeks after he died. His face was half eaten off by his dog. It was probably because the dog was starving.


Sorry, just watching old Bones episodes and thought I'd throw it out there.

The dogs would at least wait for the body to be cold and near starvation to set in, cats on the other hand will only wait for mild discomfort. They're just not as respectful as dogs (plus they're smart enough to see we're not using the body any more, dogs aren't that smart).
 
2013-06-27 11:26:24 PM
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2013-06-27 11:27:02 PM
What your cat is trying to say to you...

Sad Cat Diary
 
2013-06-27 11:30:01 PM
My cats can communicate with me quite well. The three biggest things they tell me:

/let me out
//feed me
///pet me and tell me I'm pretty
 
2013-06-27 11:30:04 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-06-27 11:31:25 PM
My cat is quite talkative, and definitely has a whole range of different sounds with consistent meanings. She's also coy about strangers, and usually won't "talk" to a friend or relative until she gets used to them (though she never hides from new people; she's very confident and curious). She responds to her name whenever I say it (not that she really gets the concept of a name such as it is, but she definitely recognizes that I'm communicating something), and because I whistle jazz and blues tunes a lot, we've developed a couple of short melodies that will usually bring her running. Part of that is just cats' facility for pattern recognition (and "superstitious thinking," as I've heard animal behaviorists call it; she has little routines that she thinks are integral parts of getting a treat or having a meal), but there's definitely communication happening on some level. I've also read that cats usually don't meow past infancy if they are raised in the wild (they communicate with each other and with other animals largely via scent and body language), so I suspect that they make the sounds they do with people because they are (at least some of the time) getting the responses they are looking for.
 
2013-06-27 11:32:22 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-27 11:32:37 PM

Bonanza Jellybean: My cat is quite talkative, and definitely has a whole range of different sounds with consistent meanings. She's also coy about strangers, and usually won't "talk" to a friend or relative until she gets used to them (though she never hides from new people; she's very confident and curious). She responds to her name whenever I say it (not that she really gets the concept of a name such as it is, but she definitely recognizes that I'm communicating something), and because I whistle jazz and blues tunes a lot, we've developed a couple of short melodies that will usually bring her running. Part of that is just cats' facility for pattern recognition (and "superstitious thinking," as I've heard animal behaviorists call it; she has little routines that she thinks are integral parts of getting a treat or having a meal), but there's definitely communication happening on some level. I've also read that cats usually don't meow past infancy if they are raised in the wild (they communicate with each other and with other animals largely via scent and body language), so I suspect that they make the sounds they do with people because they are (at least some of the time) getting the responses they are looking for.


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2013-06-27 11:34:54 PM

ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.


My cats are welcome to eat me if I'm really dead. I'm rather worried they will start working together and eat me alive.
 
2013-06-27 11:35:30 PM

Bonanza Jellybean: My cat is quite talkative, and definitely has a whole range of different sounds with consistent meanings. She's also coy about strangers, and usually won't "talk" to a friend or relative until she gets used to them (though she never hides from new people; she's very confident and curious). She responds to her name whenever I say it (not that she really gets the concept of a name such as it is, but she definitely recognizes that I'm communicating something), and because I whistle jazz and blues tunes a lot, we've developed a couple of short melodies that will usually bring her running. Part of that is just cats' facility for pattern recognition (and "superstitious thinking," as I've heard animal behaviorists call it; she has little routines that she thinks are integral parts of getting a treat or having a meal), but there's definitely communication happening on some level. I've also read that cats usually don't meow past infancy if they are raised in the wild (they communicate with each other and with other animals largely via scent and body language), so I suspect that they make the sounds they do with people because they are (at least some of the time) getting the responses they are looking for.


Here's a picture of the little munchkin.
i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-27 11:35:52 PM
I have two cats, Amelie and Rockford.

This past Monday I got really sick - I was throwing up all night, dehydrated, couldn't sleep.  And Amelie just sat on the bed and stared at me and then she would walk-up to me and put her paw on my face.  I think she was checking to see if I was dead yet.   I swear between the vomiting moments, I knew that she was one of those  death cats.
 
2013-06-27 11:36:03 PM

ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.


shiat I woke up this morning to my cat Snowball biting me so I don't think she's gonna exactly wait til I'm cold.
/And out of my two cats I consider her the gentle,sweet one so ya.
 
2013-06-27 11:37:09 PM
'I think we have the technology now to be able to develop the devices that are, say, the size of a cellphone, that would allow us to talk to our dogs and cats.

"This leash demeans us both."
 
2013-06-27 11:40:40 PM

riverwalk barfly: put her paw on my face. I think she was checking to see if I was dead yet


LoL! No, that cat just loves you.
 
2013-06-27 11:48:43 PM
 
2013-06-27 11:52:13 PM
I know what my cat is saying. She wants moist food, to have her belly rubbed and to take a nap on my clean laundry.
 
2013-06-27 11:53:29 PM
Every cat I've lived with responded to its name.  They usually also responded to asshole, motherfarker, and catass.
 
2013-06-27 11:57:24 PM
This thread is nothing more than a cheap excuse for a little Caturday on Thursday.
I don't like it, no sir, don't like it at all.
Just kidding, I like cats, even with the face eating and all...
 
2013-06-27 11:58:10 PM

Big Merl: I know what my cat is saying. She wants moist food, to have her belly rubbed and to take a nap on my clean laundry.


That is one lovely kitty.

//feeding your cat wet food is a treat now, but when they get older, get sick, loose teeth, it becomes really important - it could be all they can eat, and they need to be used to it.
 
2013-06-28 12:01:03 AM
That must be why she barfs on my bed almost every single night.
 
2013-06-28 12:03:47 AM
All cats are born with these two phrases at the ready:

"Holy shiat!"
"fark you."

Usually the second follows rapidly on the heels of the first.

/ I say this as a friend-of-cats
 
2013-06-28 12:05:52 AM

SomethingToDo: Obvious tag was too busy sitting on the top of the refrigerator licking its crotch


Girls are like cats.
 
2013-06-28 12:06:06 AM
Wonder how the Cats are doing in Best Korea...any left?
 
2013-06-28 12:06:09 AM

SomethingToDo: Obvious tag was too busy sitting on the top of the refrigerator licking its crotch


This. I thought this was common knowledge. Cats aren't stupid, they usually just don't give a damn.
 
2013-06-28 12:06:38 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-28 12:07:21 AM
I am a slave to all 5 of my cats, and they use my love for them to their advantage.
 
2013-06-28 12:08:56 AM

demonfaerie: ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.

So do dogs, my dad's friend was found dead two weeks after he died. His face was half eaten off by his dog. It was probably because the dog was starving.


They'll both eat your face, but the dog would at least feel a little conflicted about it.
 
2013-06-28 12:10:21 AM

ReverendJimBobHammer: demonfaerie: ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.

So do dogs, my dad's friend was found dead two weeks after he died. His face was half eaten off by his dog. It was probably because the dog was starving.

Sorry, just watching old Bones episodes and thought I'd throw it out there.

The dogs would at least wait for the body to be cold and near starvation to set in, cats on the other hand will only wait for mild discomfort. They're just not as respectful as dogs (plus they're smart enough to see we're not using the body any more, dogs aren't that smart).


Bullshiat.  Dogs will start eating their owners before they're even dead.
 
2013-06-28 12:10:32 AM

TinyFist: [i1309.photobucket.com image 528x253]

http://theoatmeal.com/misc/frame/cat_kill


That was way to complicated.  If your cat is awake, it's plotting to kill you.  You're just not worth the effort of following through.
 
2013-06-28 12:14:18 AM

demonfaerie: ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.

So do dogs, my dad's friend was found dead two weeks after he died. His face was half eaten off by his dog. It was probably because the dog was starving.


Marie Provost
 
2013-06-28 12:17:07 AM
Don't look into their eyes!

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-06-28 12:17:53 AM
My cat does things to irritate me, just to force me to go into the kitchen and watch him eat. He doesn't like to eat alone.

/Yes, of course I do it.
 
2013-06-28 12:17:54 AM
In other news, part of one of the more highly developed orders of predators ever found on the planet is pretty high on the sentience scale. Whoda thunk.

Yes, cats get to know the voices of the people they live with. They also remember specific tendencies, archive mistakes you've made, and hold it against you for a decade. They have unique and complex personalities, learn from each other, learn from you, judge you when you masturbate... None of this is exactly a shock to anybody who has ever spent much time around a cat.
 
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