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2013-06-27 11:15:57 PM
4 votes:
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 11:08:23 PM
4 votes:
Cats are dicks. It's science.
2013-06-28 12:17:54 AM
3 votes:
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.
2013-06-27 11:31:25 PM
3 votes:
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.
2013-06-28 12:06:09 AM
2 votes:

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.
2013-06-27 11:19:06 PM
2 votes:

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 11:10:59 PM
2 votes:

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 11:08:02 PM
2 votes:
Obvious tag was too busy sitting on the top of the refrigerator licking its crotch
2013-06-28 08:58:33 AM
1 votes:

rustypouch: I don't know if stupid people buy cats, or owning cats makes you stupid. With the brain parasites and all that fun.


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2013-06-28 08:16:35 AM
1 votes:

Overman: Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

/obscure


languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu
2013-06-28 03:45:57 AM
1 votes:
aletheuo.ath.cx
2013-06-28 02:50:36 AM
1 votes:
Cats absolutely, definitely, undoubtedly know their humans.

I had chin-length hair. One day I had it all cut off and as soon as I cam home my Russian Blue walked up and sniffed my boots as usual. Then she looked up at my head and stared in utter astonishment for a good minute. Staring intently with eyes WIDE open. She even jumped up onto the arm of the sofa for a better look.
2013-06-28 01:23:48 AM
1 votes:
This is a story that includes a reference to a device that will translate your pet's sounds into human speech, and we've gone 79 points, and a headline, without a single "Wants Steak" reference?  For shame, Fark.  For shame.

http://www.fark.com/comments/4521148/Dog-translator-turns-barks-into -E nglish-even-though-every-statement-turns-out-to-be-a-variation-on-want -steak
2013-06-28 12:56:15 AM
1 votes:
My Bengal is very talkative - some very specific meows for different things - very distinct, she even seems to use syllables. But the best one is where she combined her meow for being annoyed with the chittering for seeing huntable animals, letting us know she wanted the bedroom curtain open so she could see if there was anything interesting outside.
2013-06-28 12:41:26 AM
1 votes:

Bumblefark: riverwalk barfly: I swear between the vomiting moments, I knew that she was one of those death cats.

I thought that stuff was just superstitious nonsense, until I had the unfortunate opportunity to witness it first hand a little over a year ago.

Since then, I've actually had my wife keep the cat away from when I've been really ill. I don't want to lie around watching the cat watch me, attempting to figure out what I would do if it started pulling its "harbinger of death" routine...that's just not the sort of thing you want to be left to mull over when you're too sick to move or think straight.


There is a hospice (I forget where) that relies on a cat's predictions, which usually come 36-48 hours before the patient dies, to notify next of kin so they can be there in time, and the cat has never been wrong.

Very, very creepy. But this cat's ability has allowed a lot of family to be able to be with their loved ones in their final moments, so it really does serve a good end.
2013-06-28 12:37:19 AM
1 votes:
Meh. Both of my cats are affectionate. My boy is a textbook Nebelung amd my girl is the most affectionate animal I've ever seen. Both will follow me from room to room just to be near me. Both are lap cats. Both follow me to bed and lay/sleep on or near me for the night and for nap time. They know their names and will come when I call them.

They also greet me at the door when I come home. They somehow know what time I get home and are downstairs waiting for me. I know this because when I come home early they scamper downstairs, probably napping on my bed, after hearing the door. Home at normal time, they're waiting. Home early, they're not waiting.
2013-06-28 12:19:56 AM
1 votes:

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.


My clowder of four saves the 'meow' for the human...but they do trill and 'chirp' at each other quite a bit- especially the ones with lots of 'Oriental' in the gene pool (going by body type, head-shape, and personality).

I've given each of my cats their own 'name song'...repetitive tune, lyrics consisting mostly of their names...sung to them while being petted, fed, brushed or other things that make them go purr.
This comes in handy during stressful moments (e.g., at the vet, getting a rare bath, receiving various 'shut up, it keeps you healthy' treatments). I sing them their song, and their stress level recedes. Made it easier for the Sainted Vet to get blood from my eldest last week.
2013-06-28 12:10:21 AM
1 votes:

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.
2013-06-27 11:57:24 PM
1 votes:
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 11:48:43 PM
1 votes:
2013-06-27 11:34:54 PM
1 votes:

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 11:30:04 PM
1 votes:
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2013-06-27 11:24:43 PM
1 votes:

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


Quit projecting.
2013-06-27 11:23:05 PM
1 votes:

puppetmaster745: fark those little bastards.


Bastard coated bastards with bastard filling?
2013-06-27 11:17:51 PM
1 votes:
fark those little bastards.
2013-06-27 11:12:30 PM
1 votes:

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 11:09:41 PM
1 votes:
And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.
 
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