The sunday cat goes scientific.

I have seen many cats contort their bodies to get at interesting objects. I don’t think I’ve seen a cat do what’s done in this video. I had hypothsized it is out of their cognitive repertoire. The Sunday cat would greatly appreciate your letting us know what your experience has shown, if anything.

8 thoughts on “The sunday cat goes scientific.

  1. Having had our cat do that to try and move the shower door while I was holding it, i’d say it’s normal. They know what they want and they are smart enough and strong enough to do it.

  2. Efkat, could you sqy a bit more. I wasn’t thinking so much of just moving an object, but rather more specifically of moving it out of the way of something the cat is after.

    E.g, our Taragon, aka Tarry, has an elaborate morning routine that involves opening cubboard doors, but none of this seems very object directed.

  3. Cats are friggin smart – never underestimate their abilities, when they want something they’ll do whatever they can to get it! I’ve been surprised quite a few times and ended up in laughing fits due to my two’s behaviour!

  4. Oh yeah – some cats are real smart. Based on what I’ve seen my two do, I’m not surprised at this. Big guy probably discovered by accident that he could move things – and maybe that ottoman specifically – by grabbing, hooking in his claws, and pulling. And if he got a food treat for his trouble he’d figure out how to repeat the performance.

    I’ve seen my little guy toss a fairly big stuffed toy into the air with his front paws, jump up and catch it with his paws, then run on his hind legs while holding it. He’s figured out how to open just about anything that’s not fastened shut and has moved baskets and fairly light weight items (pushed with head, body, or paws/claws or pulled with paws/claws) to get at something thar’s out of reach. That pounce, hug, hook, pull motion is part of the hunting repertoire – in this case kitty has learned it can have other benefits!

  5. One of mine has, on occasion, opened a closet door while trying to get at a toy that has gone under the door. (More specifically, he grabs the bottom of the door with his paw and jiggles until the latch comes loose.) But I don’t know whether to interpret his behavior as trying to open the door, or as trying to get the toy directly and fortuitously opening the door.

  6. We have one of those armoire’s with a wooden catch at the top and cat toys are often kept in the bottom. We watched in some amazement as one of the cats got on top, flipped the catch, and then jumped off to pull the door open. So perhaps I should be less surprised at the video cat, though I still think our door expert would not move a cardboard box that was blocking a toy. Must try this out.

    The cat, I will say proudly, learned how to take the side off a bathtub. If you bang it enough, it gets loose. It took him nearly three years to remove it entirely. This is a cat with daily routines, who goes through the house checking things out.

    The other one sadly sits around very bored and expects to be entertained.

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