That's just the nature of cats...mine loves to open and close the blinds in order to get me out of bed to feed him!
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11/3/13 5:13 P
My sister's cat Peanut, she just eats, and sleeps. She is 15 yrs. old. When she was very young she got a staph infection, and had to wear one of those collars around her neck. At some point, her feet look like she is walking, not on her toes but on he first joint up her foot. She stomps thru the house. But in all fairness, she stretches out on the end tables and pushes books off.
I'm cat sitting my army daughters cat Dulce.He loves to open cupboards and climb inside. He has to be kept inside due to the hungry coyotes.One day I kept finding him outside and couldn't figure out how he was getting loose. By watching ,I discovered that he had managed to unlock a window behind a six foot bookcase. Needless to say.I put a broom stick in the gutter. Dulce never figured out how to lift it out.I moved to a country vineyard and had to build a 1,000 dollar cattery for Dulce and the two feral s that wanted to be house cats.
We had an old cat that used to try to jump up onto an old coffee table. The table was super smooth and super shiny. The cat would jump up, slide over the table and go 'splat' on the floor the other side. We used to crack up about that. Another kept my very old mother-in-law entertained. He would often be sitting on the back of the couch, (you could walk right around it) and he would suddenly get the wobbles and fall off, going 'splat' on the floor. He always looked a bit startled when that happened - LOL!.
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11/3/13 4:19 P
The dog version is just jumping up with their paws on the table to eat....called counter-surfing. Cats just have a different version of sitting on the table and swiping.
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52 11/3/13 2:53 P
Because they know it irritates you
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That video is hilarious! Thank goodness my cats aren't all that bad.
I do think it's funny when they miss their targets. Our two new kitties used to miss about 9 times out of ten when pouncing on something. So funny. But very determined. They would keep trying.
I can't say either cat in my home knocks things off tables, etc. But, my cat is a klutz! Sometimes, he tries to jump up somewhere and completely misses. Poor cat but it's funny. My husband's cat is a bully. He'll beat up the dogs. And sometimes the cats chase each other in the middle of the night and they sound like a herd of elephants.
Edited by: MLAN613 at: 11/3/2013 (07:39)
11/3/13 5:57 A
My youngest cat loves pushing things off tables. He has pushed a glass filled terrarium that was heavier than him. He now has me trained that I do not leave anything on my counter or tables. A couple of years ago, I accidently left a bottle of nail polish on my island and my older cat pushed it onto the ceramic floor. I woke up to a smashed bottle and a couple of purple paw prints. It took forever to clean it up, but that cat will not be in the same room with open nail polish now. She is timid to begin with.
11/3/13 5:44 A
Cats love things that are reactive, even if it is only the splat, crash or thud of the pushed item. Love my cat. He is great free entertainment.
My late hubby and I often used to get our free entertainment by watching 2 of our cats get onto a table or chair, and gradually push things to the edge, then that final little shove. They would lean over the side watching them land on the floor. The looks on their face were often of self-satisfaction - LOL!
I've had cats for most of my life. They all have their unique personalities, but I did have one cat that was really bad for pushing things off tables and counters -- even filled water glasses. We just learned to deal with it and never put anything in a place where it could fall on the floor and break (from experience). I was always worried that this cat would jump into shelves where I had breakable knick-knacks but he never did, and he would to go to great lengths and heights to catch a fly or moth. He was an amazing creature. If you love cats, you love their antics, and you just have to treat them like they were kids and cat-proof your home.
11/2/13 10:51 A
I haven't noticed my cats purposely knock things over but they sure have broken a lot of stuff by chasing each other through the house or jumping onto surfaces that I don't want them to jump on. I have finally "baby" proofed the house for them. Cats Rule!
11/2/13 10:13 A
I also think that cats like to watch things fall.
I used to have a cat who would paw at things (my nice, glass, things...the sort of little decorative things you put on your dresser) until they rattled a bit, then look over and see if I noticed. If I didn't react, he'd do it again and again. He liked to do this to get me out of bed in the mornings. It was kind of a game of escalation because he'd keep pushing things closer and closer to the edge. Finally, if I didn't get up, he'd knock whatever he was pawing at off. That would always make me get up. I think he liked causing an effect (getting me up) because he didn't really want anything of me once I did get up. This particular cat also liked to flush the toilet. He would just sit there, on the lid, flushing and flushing.
My cats also think that the water which goes into glasses is superior to the water that goes into their bowls. I have to watch them whenever I have a glass of water because they frequently tip my glasses over if don't watch carefully. They also think the water is superior WHILE it is falling as opposed to when it hits the glass or bowl. So, they like to drink out of dripping or running faucets.
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Cats are curious by nature and are very aware of their surroundings.
11/2/13 5:53 A
I kind of wish I had one of your cats. My cat is interesting and intelligent but playing and chasing after anything but a bird, a rodent or insect is a non starter for him really. He is just like that. Cats do those things to entertain themselves is the likely answer.
my cats seem to believe that the water that comes out of the faucet and goes into my tall people glass is different than the water that comes out of the faucet and goes into their bowl. so if the want the best water, they need to drink out of my glass. and since i bought my glasses with the idea that they should be too narrow to admit cat heads, this means tipping them over to get the superior water. i got a little endtable that i keep in the middle of the floor with things like remotes on it that they have issues with. part of the problem with remotes being pushed off is that where i would otherwise leave them is a main thoroughfare on the kitty motor speedway route at night. so it's not so much pushing them off as them running through and knocking them off or slipping on them as they barrel through. the ice, i imagine, crackles as it melts, thus making it more attractive to a cat. in other words, "this thing is making a noise, maybe it's a bug i can play with if i can get it to move." anything that could possibly move might keep moving so they can play with it, so it's worth a shot to try and get anything they can to move. and anything on a table is fair game to go off the table [falling is moving, right?], even if most things just sit at the bottom [every time].
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2,545 11/2/13 3:46 A
push stuff off tables?
I just watched one of our cats push my ice tea glass to the edge of the table. If I hadn't grabbed it, it would have been on the floor. They do stuff like this all of the time. My mouse is on the floor every morning. Remotes too.
I know they do it on purpose. They like to watch it fall. Are they like 6 month old babies, thinking gravity is thrilling?
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