SomethingToDo: Obvious tag was too busy sitting on the top of the refrigerator licking its crotch
Quantum Apostrophe: Whatever is happening in that walnut-sized processor, I think it can encode relationships and memories and emotions at some level.
ReverendJimBobHammer: And they'll eat your face off before your body's cold.
rustypouch: I don't know if stupid people buy cats, or owning cats makes you stupid. With the brain parasites and all that fun.
Overman: Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!/obscure
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.
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.
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).
I Like Bread: Cats are dicks. It's science.
puppetmaster745: fark those little bastards.
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