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July 20, 2004

My Cat Freaked Out « Cat Blogging »

Live long enough, they say, and you'll eventually see everything. Well, midway through three decades, and I can already cross "A Cat Freaking Out Over a Glass of Iced Tea" off the list.

Lucky has no problems with cats on TV. He figured out mirrors immediately (at least, I never saw him freak out over one). But this morning, I poured myself a tall glass of iced tea into an opaque plastic cup. I had placed it on the floor next to me as I put my boots on to go to work, and Lucky apparently caught his reflection on the surface. He immediately stiffened, then backed away. He spent the next few minutes working up the courage to look again several times, always stiffening and backing away again. I think he was just getting used to the idea of a cat in the cup when I left, taking it with me.

Weird cat.

Posted by Nathan at 08:40 AM | Comments (4)
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I think when you use the phrase "weird cat" you are being redundant. After years of having cat companions (you can't try to own a cat or they'll scratch your arms to shreds). It has been my experience that you can only fool a cat with a mirror one time. Then they get wise. My most recent cat also looked behind the computer screen several times to try to get at the cursor. Then it wised up there, too. But flipping the cursor across the screen took several days before it decided it couldn't get it.

Posted by: chuck rightmire at July 20, 2004 10:06 AM

I've had cats that weren't this weird before.

...actually, I've never had a cat that's reacted to reflections at all until this anecdote. (out of about 6 cats)

Posted by: nathan at July 20, 2004 10:57 AM

My brother's cat attacks the TV set whenever "The Man Show" is on, and women are jumping up and down on trampolines. Funniest thing I've ever seen.

Posted by: Rob at July 22, 2004 04:51 PM

My cat freaks out around those fringes at the ends of throw rugs...she jumps like two feet in the air if she runs up to one unexpectedly. Just one of those odd cat things I guess.

Posted by: Sam at September 29, 2005 09:34 PM
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