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  Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Cat Radar

Cat's ears are like radar. Whenever they hear an interesting sound, the ears swivel in that direction for maximum sensitivity. Having a cat around is like a portable alarm system. Any time there's an odd sound, I just glance at a cat to see if they thought it odd, and where it emanated from. The exception is when they dislike the sound, and then the ears will often go back.

So the other day I was making odd sounds to annoy Ringo, seeing how well I could control his ears. (What? You don't get bored?) I made a fist and moved the thumb up and down to make it talk (like a hand puppet), and I supplied a voice to go with it. The interesting thing is, the cat didn't look at me, or even aim his ears at me, which is where the sound was coming from. Instead, he aimed his face and his ears at the hand, as if the hand itself was talking.

Even cats fall for ventriloquism.

Paul Winchell would have been pleased.

Blog Tag: Chatter


At 7/06/2005 5:37 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Maybe Ringo was focused on your hand because he thought that there might be food in it or a new toy. Ringo, I'm sure, would be offended if he knew that you were questioning his intelligence.

If you like having a portable alarm system around, try a dog. They have great hearing too, and they will let you know if there is anything to be concerned about, such as a squirrel across the street. Several times a night I'm woken up by my portable alarm systems. On second thought, stick to cats. :)

At 7/06/2005 5:51 PM, Blogger dkgoodman said...

Good idea. I'm not fond of alarm systems that drool on you. :)

At 7/06/2005 9:55 PM, Blogger Shari said...

We have a cat (currently laying across my shoulder as I sit on the couch trying to type) that we call Miss Supervisor because any little noise she hears HAS to be checked out, immediately. Our other two cats don't really care.

Hey Dave, it sounds like Grover is rubbing off on you. :-) (the hand puppet thing)

At 7/07/2005 12:23 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Cute audio, but I would like to state for the record that my dogs do not drool. They just have very moist mouths. :)


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