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2022-05-18 1:29:14 PM  
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According to Fark, this is the only interest cats have in humans.
 
2022-05-18 2:59:51 PM  
Did anyone think cats didn't know this?
 
2022-05-18 3:03:24 PM  
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2022-05-18 3:04:00 PM  
I have two cats.  I can assure you that when I call one by name, it is obvious which one is ignoring me because I'm not calling it and which is ignoring me on general principles.

I'm not even joking.
 
2022-05-18 3:04:48 PM  
This research belongs in a litter box.
 
2022-05-18 3:05:17 PM  
I rarely call my cat by it's Christian name. Usually, it's some variation of 'asshole', 'fatass' or 'you farking lump'.
 
2022-05-18 3:07:23 PM  

Subtonic: I rarely call my cat by it's Christian name. Usually, it's some variation of 'asshole', 'fatass' or 'you farking lump'.


I, on the other hand, love my cat and so call him things like 'swee' boy', 'kittyboi' and 'shiathead'.
 
2022-05-18 3:08:00 PM  
I call all orange cats "Mr. Cheese"
 
2022-05-18 3:10:18 PM  

Russ1642: Did anyone think cats didn't know this?


Shoot, I had a cat who knew my name, and learned to say it fairly clearly. But only when she wanted something...
 
2022-05-18 3:10:30 PM  
Call them by the right name, or call them by the wrong name.  Just don't call them late for dinner.
 
2022-05-18 3:10:46 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Subtonic: I rarely call my cat by it's Christian name. Usually, it's some variation of 'asshole', 'fatass' or 'you farking lump'.

I, on the other hand, love my cat and so call him things like 'swee' boy', 'kittyboi' and 'shiathead'.


I pronounced shiathead...sheeth-eed when referencing my fur ball. Sadly he crossed the rainbow bridge this January after 13+ years with me.
 
2022-05-18 3:11:03 PM  
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2022-05-18 3:11:26 PM  

Subtonic: I rarely call my cat by it's Christian name. Usually, it's some variation of 'asshole', 'fatass' or 'you farking lump'.


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2022-05-18 3:11:33 PM  
They know our names, too...but insist on calling everyone by "peasant".
 
2022-05-18 3:12:19 PM  
The only reason you give a cat a name is so they have something to ignore you by.
 
2022-05-18 3:15:58 PM  
Growing up, my pets all knew each other's names and the names of their people. You could tell the cat to go find the dog, the dog to go find the cat, or either of them to find a particular person, and they would.

I guess that's not normal?
 
2022-05-18 3:16:11 PM  

guestguy: They know our names, too...but insist on calling everyone by "peasant".


Maybe they're French.
 
2022-05-18 3:18:44 PM  

apoptotic: Growing up, my pets all knew each other's names and the names of their people. You could tell the cat to go find the dog, the dog to go find the cat, or either of them to find a particular person, and they would.

I guess that's not normal?


It is normal, people just have to write stuff to fill their website to get clicks.
 
2022-05-18 3:18:47 PM  
I forget the guy's name, but his theory, expressed via poem, was that cats have many names. A pubic name, a true name, a given name. This was on top of the name given to them by humans.
 
2022-05-18 3:19:52 PM  
I have a cat that is an exception to the rule. He comes when I call him, is generally affectionate without cause or need, and is not socially awkward.

I'm actually not convinced that he's not a dog in a cat suit, honestly.
 
2022-05-18 3:21:35 PM  
My cats names are "Princess, Schizo, Klepto and The Angry Shiater"

They all ignore me unless I'm feeding them or don't move for awhile and they think they can eat me.
 
2022-05-18 3:22:49 PM  

Russ1642: Did anyone think cats didn't know this?


The people who funded the study?
 
2022-05-18 3:24:41 PM  

mrparks: I forget the guy's name, but his theory, expressed via poem, was that cats have many names. A pubic name, a true name, a given name. This was on top of the name given to them by humans.


T.S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats. It was the basis for the musical Cats.
 
2022-05-18 3:24:59 PM  

Subtonic: I rarely call my cat by it's Christian name. Usually, it's some variation of 'asshole', 'fatass' or 'you farking lump'.


One of my cats usually responds to his middle name "GET OFF THE FARKING COUNTER!"
 
2022-05-18 3:26:00 PM  

apoptotic: Growing up, my pets all knew each other's names and the names of their people. You could tell the cat to go find the dog, the dog to go find the cat, or either of them to find a particular person, and they would.

I guess that's not normal?


Humans and cats being able to communicate clearly and unambiguously is not the norm.  It takes work by both the human and the cat.  Most humans reduce this to the stereotype that cats are dumb, only motivated by food, and will eat you if you die.  Ok, that last part's true, but the others aren't.
 
2022-05-18 3:35:34 PM  

blondambition: mrparks: I forget the guy's name, but his theory, expressed via poem, was that cats have many names. A pubic name, a true name, a given name. This was on top of the name given to them by humans.

T.S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats. It was the basis for the musical Cats.


Yep, that was it.
 
2022-05-18 3:41:15 PM  

apoptotic: Growing up, my pets all knew each other's names and the names of their people. You could tell the cat to go find the dog, the dog to go find the cat, or either of them to find a particular person, and they would.

I guess that's not normal?


yes but at some point all that anecdotal evidence does need to be replicated under controlled conditions as a form of  "proof" of that which we might have already just experienced anyway. in that normal, subjective human way we experience everything.


A massive hundreds year pile of "they say" is still just they say, until we can under controlled conditions at will replicate the situation.

the difference between that some may get the first hand XP while others may not vs. the lab results are in and anyone can check them out.

No matter how many of us may have first hand xp with something, until it is reliably replicated, it is just some they say.
 
2022-05-18 3:41:24 PM  

blondambition: mrparks: I forget the guy's name, but his theory, expressed via poem, was that cats have many names. A pubic name, a true name, a given name. This was on top of the name given to them by humans.

T.S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats. It was the basis for the musical Cats.


Partially quoted here
Logan's Run - The Naming of Cats - Peter Ustinov - Closed Captioned
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2022-05-18 3:45:14 PM  

RyansPrivates: I have a cat that is an exception to the rule. He comes when I call him, is generally affectionate without cause or need, and is not socially awkward.

I'm actually not convinced that he's not a dog in a cat suit, honestly.


Mine too; pretty sure he's inbred.  If a bug comes in from the outdoors I can sic him on them by making the ack-ack-ack "I see an animal in need of killing" noise and he's on it.

/currently spending $500 on diagnostics to determine why there's blood in place of urine
 
2022-05-18 3:47:52 PM  

mrparks: I forget the guy's name, but his theory, expressed via poem, was that cats have many names. A pubic name, a true name, a given name. This was on top of the name given to them by humans.


i like the idea of a pubic name, one given at the coming of age, like a Bar Mitzvah or Quinceanera :)
when i call one of our cats each morning for his insulin, another who is his buddy will come and make a show of getting in between us, to protect him.  it doesn't work, but it's a sweet gesture.
 
2022-05-18 3:49:00 PM  

TheFoz: Subtonic: I rarely call my cat by it's Christian name. Usually, it's some variation of 'asshole', 'fatass' or 'you farking lump'.

One of my cats usually responds to his middle name "GET OFF THE FARKING COUNTER!"


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2022-05-18 3:50:03 PM  

misanthropic1: RyansPrivates: I have a cat that is an exception to the rule. He comes when I call him, is generally affectionate without cause or need, and is not socially awkward.

I'm actually not convinced that he's not a dog in a cat suit, honestly.

Mine too; pretty sure he's inbred.  If a bug comes in from the outdoors I can sic him on them by making the ack-ack-ack "I see an animal in need of killing" noise and he's on it.

/currently spending $500 on diagnostics to determine why there's blood in place of urine


that's horrible, good luck.
 
2022-05-18 3:51:39 PM  

mrparks: I forget the guy's name, but his theory, expressed via poem, was that cats have many names. A pubic name, a true name, a given name. This was on top of the name given to them by humans.


Pussy?
 
2022-05-18 3:57:11 PM  

RyansPrivates: I have a cat that is an exception to the rule. He comes when I call him, is generally affectionate without cause or need, and is not socially awkward.

I'm actually not convinced that he's not a dog in a cat suit, honestly.


I've had two cats that would answer to their name and come when you call them.   The first would also fetch pennies (and bring them back to you.)
 
2022-05-18 4:07:58 PM  

foo monkey: apoptotic: Growing up, my pets all knew each other's names and the names of their people. You could tell the cat to go find the dog, the dog to go find the cat, or either of them to find a particular person, and they would.

I guess that's not normal?

Humans and cats being able to communicate clearly and unambiguously is not the norm.  It takes work by both the human and the cat.  Most humans reduce this to the stereotype that cats are dumb, only motivated by food, and will eat you if you die.  Ok, that last part's true, but the others aren't.


My cat seems far more intelligent than my dog, or at least has more common sense. "That is a piece of wood, I probably shouldn't eat that. That is a pepper, I don't recognize that as food. That cookie is just sugar, I don't want to eat that. That is another animal's excrement, why the Hell would I ever consider eating that?"

Whereas the dog, when I'm cleaning the cats litter box, seems to look at me like "Hey, uh, are you going to eat that?"

I love her, but damn dogs can be dumb. I understand smelling strange feces, they're territorial, and they want to get a scent on strange animals in their territory; but why eat it? Aside from some attempt to get rid of it so it's no longer scent marking in their territory. But no, I think she just really likes the taste of dog shiat. And rabbit shiat, and deer shiat.

And yes, the cat does know her name, she just chooses to ignore it most of the time. And to be fair, my previous dog started ignoring his given name as well later in life. He was named Charlie, but eventually he stopped responding. However if I said "Choo-choo" or "Choo-choo rocket" he'd respond and get all wiggly.

Maybe because that's what I affectionately called him as a puppy when he was being adorable. It may be like human parents calling their child by their full name, when you use the full name they probably assume they're in trouble. Anyway, I got off on a tangent.

Cats are extremely smart animals. They've managed to convince people that they're domesticated, and they haven't had to give up their natural instincts or much of their physical form to do so. Compare a house cat to an Egyptian wild cat. Then compare a grey wolf to a chihuahua or pug.

I think we owe dogs an apology.
 
2022-05-18 4:08:12 PM  

foo monkey: apoptotic: Growing up, my pets all knew each other's names and the names of their people. You could tell the cat to go find the dog, the dog to go find the cat, or either of them to find a particular person, and they would.

I guess that's not normal?

Humans and cats being able to communicate clearly and unambiguously is not the norm.  It takes work by both the human and the cat.  Most humans reduce this to the stereotype that cats are dumb, only motivated by food, and will eat you if you die.  Ok, that last part's true, but the others aren't.


This is so true. Our cats are trained to sit outside the kitchen door while we prepare their food. They sit on command and both of them love to play fetch. They are strictly indoor cats and they never try to go out. One time I was out doing some yard work and I guess the door didn't latch all the way. I had been out there for about an hour when I needed something from the house. I turned to go back in and the male was just sitting in the doorway, with no attempt to go out. The female cat simply has no interest in it at all.
 
2022-05-18 4:11:20 PM  
Hump Day, everybody smile now dammit

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2022-05-18 4:15:29 PM  

jim32rr: Hump Day, everybody smile now dammit

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That is cute.

Slow ride, take it easy.

I just hope they don't scratch that tortoise. I'm sure it can take it, but I just worry about tortoises and turtles, some of the cutest animals on the planet.
 
2022-05-18 4:23:12 PM  

RyansPrivates: I have a cat that is an exception to the rule. He comes when I call him, is generally affectionate without cause or need, and is not socially awkward.

I'm actually not convinced that he's not a dog in a cat suit, honestly.


Had a cat like that once.  Obviously a genius amongst cats, too.  He actually had a lot of dog-like behaviors I would say are generally too complex for cats.

If i could have cloned him, i would have.
 
2022-05-18 4:25:31 PM  

blondambition: mrparks: I forget the guy's name, but his theory, expressed via poem, was that cats have many names. A pubic name, a true name, a given name. This was on top of the name given to them by humans.

T.S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats. It was the basis for the musical Cats.


Um, name checks out?
 
2022-05-18 4:30:36 PM  

mrparks: I forget the guy's name, but his theory, expressed via poem, was that cats have many names. A pubic name, a true name, a given name. This was on top of the name given to them by humans.


T.S. Elliott.
 
2022-05-18 4:44:07 PM  

Vern: My cat seems far more intelligent than my dog, or at least has more common sense. "That is a piece of wood, I probably shouldn't eat that. That is a pepper, I don't recognize that as food. That cookie is just sugar, I don't want to eat that. That is another animal's excrement, why the Hell would I ever consider eating that?"


It's believed cats can't taste sweet.  They lack the proper taste buds, so sweet doesn't interest them.
 
2022-05-18 4:50:49 PM  
They found that domesticated cats spent more time looking at the image when their owner said the wrong, unfamiliar name than they did when their cat friend's real name was called out-a behavior that the study's author hypothesized might come down to confusion.

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2022-05-18 4:51:03 PM  

foo monkey: Vern: My cat seems far more intelligent than my dog, or at least has more common sense. "That is a piece of wood, I probably shouldn't eat that. That is a pepper, I don't recognize that as food. That cookie is just sugar, I don't want to eat that. That is another animal's excrement, why the Hell would I ever consider eating that?"

It's believed cats can't taste sweet.  They lack the proper taste buds, so sweet doesn't interest them.


I was aware of that. Seems like the only things she's interested in is canned tuna, her chicken and salmon kibble, and sometimes yogurt and cheddar cheese.

But if a dog lacked the proper taste buds to taste sweet things, do you think that would stop them from grabbing a sugar donut off the counter? It would probably taste just as good as the grass they ate, a rotting bird carcass, or that amazing turd sandwich they found. I really don't think "taste" means much to a dog.
 
2022-05-18 4:55:39 PM  

mrparks: blondambition: mrparks: I forget the guy's name, but his theory, expressed via poem, was that cats have many names. A pubic name, a true name, a given name. This was on top of the name given to them by humans.

T.S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats. It was the basis for the musical Cats.

Yep, that was it.


It's the first verse in the book...

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.

I used to read from that book to bughunter 2.0 almost every night when he was little.

He demanded it.
 
2022-05-18 4:58:18 PM  

foo monkey: Vern: My cat seems far more intelligent than my dog, or at least has more common sense. "That is a piece of wood, I probably shouldn't eat that. That is a pepper, I don't recognize that as food. That cookie is just sugar, I don't want to eat that. That is another animal's excrement, why the Hell would I ever consider eating that?"

It's believed cats can't taste sweet.  They lack the proper taste buds, so sweet doesn't interest them.


Then why has every cat want my PB&j, cinnamon pop tart, or my oatmeal cream, but shows no interest in savoury people food?
 
2022-05-18 5:19:41 PM  

LouisZepher: foo monkey: Vern: My cat seems far more intelligent than my dog, or at least has more common sense. "That is a piece of wood, I probably shouldn't eat that. That is a pepper, I don't recognize that as food. That cookie is just sugar, I don't want to eat that. That is another animal's excrement, why the Hell would I ever consider eating that?"

It's believed cats can't taste sweet.  They lack the proper taste buds, so sweet doesn't interest them.

Then why has every cat want my PB&j, cinnamon pop tart, or my oatmeal cream, but shows no interest in savoury people food?


You answered yourself. The cat wants your peanut butter, the jelly, probably the cinnamon (and let's face it, cinnamon pop-tarts are the best pop-tarts) and the cream in your oatmeal.

And who knows, it may be the fat content that they're after. Or maybe they do taste sweet things, just slightly differently, and it has to be a combined taste to interest them. Or they're just hungry and they don't really care what they eat, as long as they eat. My cat has the luxury of being a cat that can decide what she eats, and she's very picky. I'm just glad I found food that she does eat.

And I'm really glad that she stopped liking Creamy Tuna Delight. That crap was hard to find during the multitude of cat food shortages we've had over the past year. Finally found some, and she was so excited when I opened the can. Then she sniffed it, and farked off. It's much easier to find canned tuna in the store, and less expensive. And she loves that. Never had an issue finding her dry food though.
 
2022-05-18 5:41:43 PM  

GrendelMk1: blondambition: mrparks: I forget the guy's name, but his theory, expressed via poem, was that cats have many names. A pubic name, a true name, a given name. This was on top of the name given to them by humans.

T.S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats. It was the basis for the musical Cats.

Um, name checks out?


I didn't post that. Take it up with mrparks.
 
2022-05-18 6:02:21 PM  

LouisZepher: foo monkey: Vern: My cat seems far more intelligent than my dog, or at least has more common sense. "That is a piece of wood, I probably shouldn't eat that. That is a pepper, I don't recognize that as food. That cookie is just sugar, I don't want to eat that. That is another animal's excrement, why the Hell would I ever consider eating that?"

It's believed cats can't taste sweet.  They lack the proper taste buds, so sweet doesn't interest them.

Then why has every cat want my PB&j, cinnamon pop tart, or my oatmeal cream, but shows no interest in savoury people food?


Fat, salt, curiosity, and maybe they're bored with the food you feed them.  Also, cats are weird.
 
2022-05-18 6:08:43 PM  

blondambition: GrendelMk1: blondambition: mrparks: I forget the guy's name, but his theory, expressed via poem, was that cats have many names. A pubic name, a true name, a given name. This was on top of the name given to them by humans.

T.S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats. It was the basis for the musical Cats.

Um, name checks out?

I didn't post that. Take it up with mrparks.


I take no responsibility at all.
 
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