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Old 03-15-2003, 12:08 AM
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Cat Lovers: What Do Cats Remember?

I was just thinking about my cats (surprise, surprise) and wondering how much they can remember. The reason I'm thinking about this is that my cat Harley seems to be afraid of short, dark-haired men. If my landlord or my father (both around 5'7", stocky and dark) come into my house, he hides and refuses to come out at all, even to eat, until the man leaves. When my dad visited, Harley was under the bed and inside a suitcase for 2 days and I couldn't get him out for beans. My ex was well over 6 feet, and Harley was fine with him. Do you think Harley is remembering abuse at the hands of a short, dark-haired man? Note: I've had Harley for 5 years and he's never been abused in that time.

However: I used to live in the building next door to a friend of mine. Achmed (my Siamese) and I would visit him often, and Achmed loved him. Then we moved, and Achmed didn't see my friend for 3 years. My friend visited recently, and Achmed acted like he had no idea who my friend was. Achmed can be pretty snooty and aloof to people he doesn't know but is extremely affectionate if he knows and likes you. However, this same Achmed, when he hears a doorbell on TV, goes to the door of the house, even though we haven't lived in a house with a doorbell for 4 years.

Do cats remember specific people? Places? Why would Achmed remember a doorbell but not a person? Do they remember other cats if they used to live with them but separated? Do they remember kitties that died, do you think (how you would prove that I have no idea, just wondering aloud) ? Anecdotal evidence is welcome.
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Old 03-15-2003, 12:12 AM
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My beast remembers my parents' house where he stayed for some time five years ago. He knows my nieces and nephews although he sees them about once a year. He recalls animals he has gotten to know well, but not ones he has met in passing.
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Old 03-15-2003, 01:06 AM
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What my cat remembers:

The sound of the Pounce can being shaken.

Where the food dish is.

Where the litterbox is (sometimes).

Other than that....
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Old 03-15-2003, 01:17 AM
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I visit my parents once every 6 weeks or so. They live in a dead end street. I haven't lived in their house for over 11 years. I have a car that I've owned since 1999, and when I back into my parent's street, the cat wakes up because it recognises the sound.

Mind you, there's plenty of cars driving down the street, but it only wakes up at the sound of my father's car (logical, he's there all the time, as he lives there ), my sister's car (who visits multiple times a week), and mine.

So, even though she has had little exposure to the sound of my car, it still wakes up and runs to the window when she hears it. She's 17 years old by the way.

I'd say cats have pretty good memories.
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Old 03-15-2003, 01:42 AM
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My cat failed to recognise her own kitten, three months after he moved out.

Both my cats seem to fail to recognise each other when they've been around a strange cat (like the former kitten) and are upset.

Both cats seem to remember the sound of the bells that used to be on their collars 12 months ago.
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Old 03-15-2003, 09:44 AM
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Several years ago, I adopted a kitten from my downstairs neighbor. About a month after, we brought the kitten down to see her mom again, and Mom didn't recognize kitten and hissed. But maybe it's not a lack of recognition-- maybe they really don't want their kittens returning to their territory after they leave.

OTOH, Harley came home with me for a week over Thanksgiving, and everyone recognized him when he returned. He seemed glad to be home too.
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Old 03-15-2003, 10:05 AM
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An old boyfriend of mine had a cat who was somewhat stand-offish. We (the guy and I) were together about three years and I never felt like I got much past "acceptance" with her (the cat).

After we broke up, maybe a month or six weeks went by before I went over there for the ritual return of each other's stuff -- and Mindy (the cat) came running out and gave me a big hello.
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Old 03-15-2003, 10:08 AM
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Another anecdotal story about cat memory: the aforemention kitten, Ruby, died suddenly in my apartment when I wasn't home, right in front of the door. Harley, who was her father, sat on that spot and cried on and off for days. It was very sad.
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Old 03-15-2003, 10:19 AM
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Cats remember a lot of things.
Buttercup, for instance, knows that sometimes when she and I are in the master bathroom together and the door is closed, I AM going to hold her down and use a warm, wet washcloth to clean the doodie off her behind.She has semi-longish hair so stuff gets stuck there all the time, hence constant cleanings. So every time I go into the bathroom, no matter what the reason, she gets extremely upset if she's with me and the door is closed.
Rumpleteazer,after we put Precious(another cat we had)to sleep, went around looking for Precious for weeks. She saw her go out in the Bad Box(tm) and then the Bad Box(tm) came back but without Precious in it. Rumpleteazer sniffed the box and looked at us,curious. Then she proceeded to run around the house,sniffing and calling for her. It took about 3 mos before she finally quit.But she will NOT go near the Bad Box(tm) unless CG or I pick her up and put her in it for a trip to the Very Bad Man with the Needles(tm),her vet.
Buttercup also knows that if she splashes water out of her dish to play with, I will scold her and put more water in the dish so she can splash it out and play with it.
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Old 03-15-2003, 10:24 AM
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Chloezilla Monster Kitty was about 2 weeks old when she was found. The vet (and sites I found on the internet) told me I needed to rub her little butt to help her poop until she was able to poop on her own.

That's been 3 years ago. You don't come near her with a wash cloth in your hand or pick her up and start to carry her anywhere now - she's gone in a flash. I think I traumatized her when she was a baby.

Likewise, Maggie used to get a bath about once a year (she has long hair and it gets matted in the spring - for the past 3 years I've been taking her to the groomers in the spring and having her shaved instead - its almost that time again).

Soooo, she hasn't had a bath in the sink for about 4 years. If you pick her up while you're standing in the kitchen, she immediately thinks its bathtime and starts to freak out - this pitiful sad 'no don't bathe me!' mew, while staring at the sink. Its the only time she cries like that - if you pick her up in the kitchen or start walking toward the kitchen while you're holding her.
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Old 03-15-2003, 11:40 AM
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My two are very skittish around strangers.

When Bob came to visit for the first time, it took about 3 days for them to realize he wasn't going to torture and murder them. And that he does that cool petting thing.

I was happily surprised when Bob came to visit the second time (about 6 months later) and the cats recognized him immediately and were very affectionate.
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Old 03-15-2003, 01:02 PM
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My take is that Achmed remembered your friend very well, but in cat-like fashion decided to take offense at the fact your friend hadn't paid any attention to him (Achmed) in some time, an infraction that required haughty aloofness on the part of Achmed.
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Old 03-15-2003, 01:20 PM
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According to a documentary I saw a few years ago, cats have no short term memory and limited long term memory. As a result, they wind up checking things several times a day because they don't remember them and they forget stuff that stops being part of their routine. Routine is the key, though; they like stuff done in a certain way, at a certain time, with certain people present, because that's how they remember it being done the last 500 times. And the only way they remember a single event or person is if it was traumatic enough to make them think about it for long enough to register in their long term memory.

Now my anecdotes: A few years ago I had a friend from out of town staying with me and he observed that my cat heard and identified the sound of my car approaching and ran to the door to wait for me every day, although my apartment at the time was on the 4th floor. Today, both my cat and featherlou's cat can identify our car's and know to come greet us when we return home.

Both our cats sleep pretty much all day, but wake up around 3 pm to do their stretching and wandering around before mommy comes home (around 3:30) and they get agitated when she comes home late.

The cats know exactly when breakfast and supper are and race to their respective dishes when either my wife or I go anywhere near the kitchen.

A couple years ago, featherlou gave one of her cats away, a very affectionate boy named Lou, who was a total momma's boy and doted on her constantly. She got the chance to visit him a couple months later and, aside from a cursory sniff and rub, he didn't acknowledge her as his favourite anymore.

Max, my cat, stayed with my parents for a while when she was a kitten and developed a friendship with my parents' cat. A couple months after I took her back home full-time again, I brought Max over for a vist and the two cats were immediately at war, as if they had never met and my parents' cat was defending her turf form some evil invader.

I was still living at home when my parents got their current cat. One morning when I came out for breakfast, she was on the kitchen counter, a definite no-no. So I grabbed my water gun, walked up to her, and shot her in the flank. She got this horrified look on her face and bolted out of the room. I the next couple years, I only saw her up there on one other occasion and when she realized she was busted, she ran like hell and hid. So she remembered the punishment for that transgression, even years later.
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Old 03-15-2003, 01:45 PM
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Routine is the key, though
DPJ--if routine is key, then I guess our two pusses have gotten used to CG and I not having consistent schedules. Since both of us work in retail, our schedule varies from week to week and there IS no real routine except for they get fed every day around 8 am and then around 10 or 11 pm before we go to bed.
I wonder how this affects our cats and if they are certifiably loony because of it.
Or if they were just certifiably loony before and we didn't know it till after we adopted 'em.

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Old 03-15-2003, 02:23 PM
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We have several young cats that, when younger, I teased with the laser pointer. It is on a keychain. While I can now go several weeks without dragging it out and letting them chase the light dot, if I move the pointer on my desk and the keychain rattles, they all come running through the house and start searching the floor for the dot.
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Old 03-15-2003, 02:53 PM
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When Hanna was a kitten, I bought her these toys with bells, she would fetch them. She would also wreck them, so for safety's sake I took them away from her when they got ratty. I kept the bells, and now she will still come running from no matter where she is in the house when she hears that bell ringing.

And my cats definitely remember the cat carrier means vet visit. Most of the time my cats only go to the vet once a year, but even after a year they run and hide when I bring the cat carrier out.
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Old 03-15-2003, 03:03 PM
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i have a cat that was diagnosed with kidney failure 2 & 1/2 years ago. i have given her replacement fluids almost every day since then. i am pretty sure she remembers that she was at deaths door and i can tell by her mannerisms that knows the fluids are keeping her alive. she ACTS like she appreciates life, no more stuck up witch act!
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Old 03-15-2003, 03:06 PM
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My parents' cat loves to jump in the car when my father is unloading the weekly groceries on Friday morning. Sometimes she even honks, because she'll stand up resting her paws on the steering wheel.

HOWEVER. The only times the cat ever gets to ride in that car is when she has to go to the vet. Therefore, even if she's just happily sniffing her way around inside the open car, closing the doors means your upholstery WILL be fucked up within 10 seconds. I tried it once, it was like a tornado broke loose inside the car. Poor kitty, I immediately let her out - but she sure associates "closed car" with "vet visit", even though it's been years since she's been to one.
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Old 03-15-2003, 03:07 PM
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Ack, make that Saturday morning. Well, my dad's retired now, so it could be Friday as well, I suppose.
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Old 03-15-2003, 03:48 PM
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Oh, my cat remembers my [a href="http://www.airzooka.net/"]Airzooka[/a]. He looks at it as though it were called into our apartment from Satan himself.

To all you cat owners, the Airzooka is better than a water bottle. I have only used it one time on the cat, now he takes one look at me taking aim and he runs for the hills.

Now, the part I feel bad about. Tango wasn't exactly doing anything wrong the first time I Airzooka'd him. Merely sitting there looking at me, wondering what exactly I was pointing at him. Oh man, he wouldn't come near me for DAYS!

So, all this crap about routine being vital to a cats memory--crap. He doesn't even get up to try to fish out the goldfish from their tank anymore for fear of AIRZOOKA!
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Old 03-15-2003, 03:52 PM
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can't remember what i had for lunch yesterday, so i'll say it depends on the cat..
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Old 03-15-2003, 03:52 PM
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stupid coding! <grumble>

Make that Airzooka
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Old 03-15-2003, 04:31 PM
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I don't know how much is conditioning and how much is 'remembering' but my two cats know the water bottle, Mr. Mister, is a Bad Thing.

Also, as a shameless hijack, here are some pics of my two kitties, Ferguson and Echo. (Don't forget to click the 'kitty porn' link to see them licking each other.)
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Old 03-15-2003, 07:45 PM
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We have several young cats that, when younger, I teased with the laser pointer. It is on a keychain. While I can now go several weeks without dragging it out and letting them chase the light dot, if I move the pointer on my desk and the keychain rattles, they all come running through the house and start searching the floor for the dot.
That's hilarious. At this exact instant, my cat Dick is staring sadly at the computer wall where I often shine the laser pointer for him to chase. He loves the red dot!
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Old 03-15-2003, 07:55 PM
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IDBB: In my experience, if the food shows up at a regular time, they can handle most of the rest of the routine on their own. If they've figured out that the Facilities Managers (aka Humans) don't follow a regular schedule, they'll just develop their routines around daily sleep times and prowling their turf. One thing I have observed from the several cats I've grown up around is that they're highly adaptable.

And mostly loony. But each in their own special way.

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Old 03-15-2003, 08:06 PM
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Cats rememer everything, and they hold a mean grudge.
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Old 03-16-2003, 02:04 AM
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My kitties remembered after the first time that fire radio going off during the night meant covers and kitties thrown hastily back and Daddy's rapid departure. They always scrambled fast after that.

Max learned that when my travel bag came out of the closet, I was leaving on business for a few days, and he didn't like that. Once when I was starting to pack, I caught him peeing on my bag.

He also learned that he couldn't hold his booze at all. A few slurps of red wine and he just fell over and lay there, purring and purring. Kinda like me when I get wasted.
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Old 03-16-2003, 02:33 AM
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Panda remembers exactly what cabinet the Temptations cat treats are kept in. She will try to claw it open. She will meow pathetically in front of it. When the cat treats are all gone, we'll shake the bag in front of her and say "all gone". She doesn't remember this, though, and will gaze longingly at the cabinet, wondering why the humans are holding out on her. She will also jump into the refrigerater. She remembers food is kept in there. My son once opened the fridge to get a snack, left the door open for a bit, and while his back was turned she hopped in and slithered behind the leftover Thanksgiving turkey carcass. He closed the door. If Panda could talk, she'd probably be able to tell you for sure that the light goes out when you shut the door. A few minutes later, we are all trying to find the source of her plaintive wailing. "It's coming from the fridge, Ma!!" Open the door...out pops Panda, shivering. A horrible experience. Does she remember that it's cold and dark and scary in the fridge? Nope...she remembers that there's often leftover ribs or chicken in there. I guess that's something. What does my other cat, Pippen, remember? That he detests Panda and that crunchy kitty treats got nothing on a nice, fresh bag of weed. (Catnip, that is.) I think cats remember exactly what they want to remember. No more, no less.
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Old 03-16-2003, 10:53 AM
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I caught him peeing on my bag
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We had a cat named Precious that did that on a nice,semi-expensive piece of luggage.She became upset that we decided to change from her normal litter to a differernt,cheaper (although similar quality)litter and she peed on our suitcase. It was un-useable after that.

ladydisco--Precious and Rumpleteazer used to lick each other all the time.I don't know if it was more a social grooming thing or if they were just lesbo-kitties(though I'm not sure how THAT could be since they were(are) both fixed).

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Old 03-16-2003, 11:21 AM
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That's so strange what you mentioned about a doorbell. My home has NEVER had a doorbell, but when my dog hears one on TV she runs to the front door. She's 2 1/2 now and I got her at 8 weeks. There is NO way she's remembering something from puppyhood! She can't remember basic commands.....although she does have selective hearing

I've just never understood the doorbell thing, not ever having one. She also will come running and and cry like Lassie, then I have to say "What's the matter girl, did Timmy fall down the mine shaft again?" Then I'm to follow her to the balcony, which I do. This means the deer are running through the backyard. They always are, she hasn't lied to me yet!
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Old 03-16-2003, 11:49 AM
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My "Mommy's Boy" of a cat, Charlie, always knows when it's about time for me to come home from work, even with my frequent schedule changes, and begins pacing in front of the door until I come in. Hasn't been seen all day long, until it's close to time for my arrival - then, there he is.

My "midget" kitty (Boots is 3 years old but never got bigger than a 9 month old kitten) apparently remembers her horrific trek through the desert to our house and refuses to go outside. Ever.

Twitch, the Alpha Male, quite obviously remembers my son's ex-friend who abused the poor cat, until I rescued him, because everytime that dickweed shows up at the house, Twitch goes straight for his eyes with fangs & claws a-flashin'.

Sissy can't remember where her food dish is, where the litter box is, and frequently enters a room with this quizzical look on her face - "now, what did I come in here for?". She's apparently suffering from CRS.
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Old 03-16-2003, 12:18 PM
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My older cat, Dot, knows when I grab a paper towel and a shiny metal thing, it's time to clip her nails. She totally freaks, and the chase is on. She also remembers the closet door means vacuum, and she's under the bed.

The other one, Bit, knows what the evil travel box is, and refuses to get near it when it sits out. Other than that, she pretty much has a brain full of fuzz.
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Old 03-16-2003, 12:19 PM
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Something I've noticed from the above anecdotes - a lot of the things people have said cats remember are sounds. Perhaps cats have a better auditory memory than a visual?
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Old 03-16-2003, 01:00 PM
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Another memory from childhood. Growing up, we had a very anti-social white cat who wanted nothing to do with the humans, unless there was food or chasing a marble involved (she'd fetch a marble almost endlessly). My little sister, being a... well, let's say "precocious" three-year-old bothered the poor kitty constantly. One day, while we were watching TV, the cat casually hopped up on the couch, strolled across the back to my sister, and leapt on her head, claws and fangs bared, to punish her for all the unwanted attention.

My sister was much less interested in being around the cat after that.
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Old 03-16-2003, 01:22 PM
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Oh, heck, my former roommate's cat used to pounce on my head all the time (I had long hair at the time). I'd just be sitting around, reading or something, and five pounds of warm cat body and claws would wind up on my head.
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Old 03-16-2003, 01:47 PM
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My parents have a cat, who as a kitten, had her paw smashed under a door i was opening (no permanent damage, thankfully). at the time, i hadn't known whether I'd broken her paw, or what... just that she ran 'screaming' from the room, and hid under a bed. I chased after her, finally managed to pull her out from under the bed and examine her paw, to at least be sure I didn't need to get her to the vet hospital, and let her go. since then, however, she absolutely hates me. When I walk into a room she's in, she hisses and leaves, or at the very least, growls.

She's starting to mellow with age though... now she only growls a little, and stays put. She's let me pet her a few times when she has been in someone else's lap, but she's not happy with it, she usually meows complainingly and growls a little, then, too. Nothing has broken her fear of me; not my feeding her frequently, sneaking her bits of tuna, or anything else.

She doesn't care for many people in any case, so I don't take it *too* personally
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Old 03-16-2003, 02:36 PM
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My cat has the IQ of a celery stalk. She tries to fit in shoeboxes, yet she is fat so the sides split open. She also frequently drools and falls off of things. She used to love this certain toy, sort of a cat fishing pole with a catnip toy on the end. Except one day I brought it out and she bolted like I had pointed a gun at her. No one has ever hurt her with it, yet today a few years later she hides under things whenever someone gets out an umbrella, because it is kept in the umbrella stand. She also remembers:

Where the food dish is
Where the litterbox is
Windows are nice
Human feet are good to chew on
The young male is evil
Food good
Dogs bad
Food very good

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Old 03-16-2003, 05:41 PM
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The location of their food bowl

The sound of the can opener

Every single little wisecrack, slight or teasing they have ever received
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Old 03-16-2003, 06:27 PM
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When I moved back home after living out of state for 7 years, I wondered our old Moggie cat would still remember me, since I used to be her favorite human. She did, and, after a few days, I was. She died a few years ago, but our nextdoor neighbor's cat still looks for her sometimes, even though she was just a kitten when Moggie died. Oh well, I suppose that makes two of us who miss her.

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Old 03-17-2003, 01:02 PM
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When I was a freshman in high school, I adopted a kitten named Daisy. Daisy was an ornery cuss but she loved me. Then I went away to college, and when I came back, she hated my guts with a passion, so much so that she attacked me on sight. I don't know if that means she forgot me, or that she was mad at me for leaving her.

ladydiscore: kitties licking each other-- Excellent hijack. I have 5 cats and they ALL lick each other's faces. It's so cute. What usually happens is one will kind of sidle up to the other with his head down and lay down in front of the other. Then the licker will go to town all over his face, inside the ears, on the neck, etc. Dolphie usually licks Achmed and Maceo (and me-- she's the only one who will lick me, usually on the nose or forehead. Yuck--catfood breath and rough tongue!), and Harley and Shadow lick each other. I have often referred to them as a gay couple, since they seem to be in love with each other in spite of both being neutered males. Can cats be gay? Or is it rather what's known as "homosocial" behavior rather than homosexual?

I wonder if Harley and Shadow would remember each other if they were separated for a year or so. Or Dolphie and Achmed, who have never been apart for more than an hour in 6 years?

Does anyone else ever catch their neutered male cats mounting each other? This happens from time to time around here.

This is a slight hijack, related to the pissing incident of danceswithcats': I once had this cat Streaker (I didn't name him) who used urine as a method of communication. He hated my boyfriend at the time (turns out he was right) and would piss on stuff like his baseball glove, his guitar, the door to his side of closet. Very specific stuff. Once he even peed on the floor next to the bed, so that when The Ex put his feet on the ground to get out of bed, he stepped right in it. IMO this shows a high degree of intelligence and planning.

Streaker was also known to stand on top of a piece of furniture so he could pee on the ceiling, and to turn on the TV so it would warm and he could sit on it. He loved to look at himself in the mirror and would strike various poses. Also, he loved guitar music and would even sit quietly next to his nemesis, The Ex, and listen, even singing along (a hideous, throaty yowling from the depths of kitty Hell).

I adopted Streaker from a lady who wanted to get rid of him, I realized later, b/c of this pissing problem. He was very depressed when she gave him to me and it took a while for us to bond. When we did, it was true love, so I kept him despite his urinary grandstanding. His former owner came to visit him about 6 months after I took him. Streaker was a gregarious bastard, but when she came in the room, he went under the bed and would not come out even for treats. Talk about the cold shoulder. That cat could hold a grudge like nobody's business.

I could talk about my cats endlessly (and this post is a good start, I realize).
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Old 03-17-2003, 01:39 PM
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My younger cat can't seem to remember that sitting on the edge of the tub while my son is having a bath is a Bad Idea.
The edge of the tub gets wet and slippery, and claws have no traction on wet porcelain. You'd think after falling in the tub two or three or ten times, he'd remember not to do that.


But like tomndebb's cat, both my cats remember the sound of the laser pointer key chain.
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Does anyone else ever catch their neutered male cats mounting each other? This happens from time to time around here.
Oh, yes. Our neutred male cats mount each other occasionally too - especially when they're looking outside through the patio doors. I think it's a show of dominence. They don't want to ruin their rep among the neighbourhood cats, so they're 'showing off'
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ladydisco: So the mounting isn't necessarily a sexual behavior? Here's the weird thing about dominance, though: when my cat Thomas was alive, he was King of the Mountain. A former street fighter and scrapper extraordinaire, at his largest, he weighed 28 pounds, a solid 12 pounds heavier than any of the other cats, and he wore it well. He ate first; when the other cats fought, he'd break it up with extreme prejudice; he slept on my head and prevented the other cats from waking me up (I know this b/c after he died, Dolphie went through a phase where SHE slept on my head but would wake me up at 5am for no reason).

Anyway, Thomas was the King, but rather often, Harley, Shadow, and Achmed would mount him (jump on his back and bite his neck). He had a very wussy meow for such a big, tough guy, and he'd mewl until they got off him. What does that indicate as a dominancy activity?

Sorry about the hijack, but what the heck, it's my OP, right?
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Old 03-17-2003, 02:48 PM
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Brechin, my parent's current cat remembers me even though I'm only home for about 1 week a year.

We've had cats that don't remember really obvious thing like:

Don't roll over on the top shelf of the cat perch (6 feet off the ground) -- kitty goes splat.

Don't run across the living room, onto the sofa, then jump up on the half wall at top speed. The halfway behind the sofa has the stairs on the other side. --kitty goes splat

Don't jump on top of doors, kitty hit door with horizontal momentum and door closes on kitty -- kitty goes splat

See a trend here?
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CRorex: Yes, I see a trend-- that my cats are smarter than yours

Thomas, fat as he was, used to sit on the tops of doors with great success. He looks weird b/c his fat sides would hang down over the edges of the door, but he never lost his balance or caused the door to close on his love handles.

Of course my cats have varied widely in their IQs--Dolphie is dumb as a box of hammers, but Ruby was a Dorothy Parker who idolize Dolphie for some reason known only to her; Streaker was the Lenny Bruce of cats, Thomas was more like a late-career Muhammad Ali.
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CRorex: Yes, I see a trend-- that my cats are smarter than yours

Thomas, fat as he was, used to sit on the tops of doors with great success. He looked weird b/c his fat sides would hang down over the edges of the door, but he never lost his balance or caused the door to close on his love handles.

Of course my cats have varied widely in their IQs--Dolphie is dumb as a box of hammers, but Ruby was a Dorothy Parker who idolized Dolphie for some reason known only to her; Streaker was the Lenny Bruce of cats, Thomas was more like a late-career Muhammad Ali.
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Our older cat, Smudge, seems to be able to remember quite a few different things, with or without patterns.

The young 'un, Sandy, on the other hand ... We used to think that it was just because she was a kitten, but she's full-grown now. She evidently has one single brain cell, as it takes her about thirty seconds to forget everything that has ever happened in her entire life.

Cats who jump up on the dinner table at mealtime are locked up. Smudge learned this many, many years ago-even if she's very hungry, she'll do no more than sit on the floor and meow. Sandy is very easy to deal with-set the main dish on the table, wait a few seconds for her to notice, then catch her in mid-jump as she heads up to check out the wonderful smell. Every single night! And she doesn't like being locked up, either-but the next day, she evidently has completely forgotten yesterday's punishment. Positive and negative reinforcement training have no effect on a creature with one brain cell ... We tried water guns, locking her up for a few minutes and letting her out to see if she'll behave-nope. She'll stay away for a few minutes, then she'll completely forget why she's doing that and try to jump up on the table again. We finally gave up-we still give her the one chance, but after that, she's locked in the utility room until the meal is over. Which, as I said, ends up happening pretty much every night.
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I have 3 cats. One is the mother of the other two. I often find the mother and one of the sons licking each other, but I don't ever see the two sons licking each other. It could be a sign of motherly love, or something. On the other hand, the mom is very protective of her territory, as if she's well aware that she is the mother and her sons have to submit to her. When she's on a pillow or under a bed, she'll usually hiss and growl until the other cat goes away.
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A more specific example... we brought Jake home from the shelter a few weeks before Christmas, and he was absolutely tiny - so young his eyes were still blue. For Christmas that year, my grandmother sent us a plastic grand piano (about the size of a shoebox) that plays a Gershwin tune and has magnets under the lid that make two dancers spin and occasionally lurch around the lid as though it were a dance floor. This was, of course, a great cat toy and Jake played with it for a day or two before it was put away. The piano was invariably on a certain spot on the floor in the dining room.

One year later, we bring the piano back out of the Christmas storage box and set it up on the kitchen table. Jake is in the kitchen with us. We start the music up. Jake looks at the piano for a moment, watches the dancers spin, and then runs over to the dining room, to the spot on the floor where it had been an entire year earlier, and starts sniffing around.

I think there might be something to this auditory memory vs. visual memory thing.
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My cat knows that it hates the kitty carrier and it knows where the kitty carier is kept (on a high shelf). If I go any where near that shelf he runs and hides. He definitely has a memory that goes back at least 2 years (the longest I have gone without pulling the thing off the shelf).

He also quotes his favorite movies . . .

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