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The day when my cats develop manual dexterity and take over the world. Sigh, it was fun while it lasted: the illusion of being in control, the love and cuddles, the adoring purring and rubbing against my feet*.

Peoples' exhibit A
Pandora likes biscuits. We have seen her steal a wholewheat digestive off the table by picking it up with her hands and putting it in her mouth. Crunching sounds then ensued from underneath the table. A few days ago she stole a Lemon Cream from next to the PC, opened it without breaking it and licked out all the creamy filling. Obviously she's learned how to use tools to open biscuits. She discarded the boring hard bit and went straight for the sweetness.

Peoples' exhibit B:
I found the bag where I keep the extra cat food unzipped and the cat food bag gnawed open. Now, I've seen Puff gnaw open a bag but only Pandora has demonstrated the manual dexterity needed to be able to unzip a zip.

Hear me, fellow humans! The Catpocalypse is coming! Bow down now to our furry overlords** and they may spare you the tortures of the Play Pen. Perhaps you can be a Favored Slave instead of having your toes gnawed off for eternity***.

Don't say I didn't warn you.

* Ok, this only really happens when they want food, but still.
** Even if they lick their bums and have arse-breath, and occasionally chase their tails. It's all to lull you into a false sense of security.
*** They grow back, you know.

Date: 2009-01-14 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Here's the scariest smart-cat story I know:

Picture a household that includes one Siamese cat, one labrador and one canary. Naturally, the cat wishes to get at the canary, and naturally, the birdcage is hung somewhere suitably not-get-at-able.

Picture the scene:
Door to larder opened...
Dog food bag opened...
Trail of dog food leading to spot directly underneath birdcage...
Cat standing on doggy shoulders to bother the bird.



Date: 2009-01-14 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My kits obviously have much to learn.

Date: 2009-01-15 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My new kitten (Chairman Mao) fell in the toilet (post urination prior to flushing--he is orange and as I was distracted he only narrowly missed a goldfish fate)...clearly he has an awful lot to learn before he comes into his genius.

Toilet cat

Date: 2009-01-15 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, we've had the same experience (although sans urine). Our little Puff is a water lover, and likes to drink out of the toilet. When she was smaller and less steady on her feet she fell into the (clean) toilet. Now we keep the lid closed :P.

Re: Toilet cat

Date: 2009-01-24 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Not on topic, but before I forget...
I thought Bumpycat's family's solution to getting cats into the UK was most interesting (scroll down to the 4th paragraph)
If it works from France (presumably with the UK/EU pet passport thingie), then it should also work in other EU countries. I assume cottages can have an internet connection and reasonable proximity to airports with low-price airliners. Just saying.

Re: Toilet cat

Date: 2009-01-26 09:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We did think about this, but I would need a Shengen visa and probably wouldn't be able to work while in the UK. We'll weigh all the factors when we actually come to planning the move, at the moment it's a "some day in a couple of years" scenario.


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