Friday Cat Blogging – 5 August 2016

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Hilbert, like all cats, likes to hunker down on any kind of flat object you might lay down somewhere: clothes, paper, books, iPads, you name it. But like all cats, he’s also very hard to fool. He only wants to lie down on this stuff if it’s somehow annoying to the humans. Here’s the morning newspaper, for example. There’s a bunch of sections I’m not reading at the moment. He ignores those. The only part he’s interested in is the section I happen to be reading at the moment.

This seems to be universal behavior. How do they do it? Do they track our eyes, so they know what we’re looking at? Is it feline telepathy? Whatever it is, the message is clear: You are paying attention to something other than me, and you need to knock it off. Capiche?

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