Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Repost Get What You Want: Cat Style

I've been invited to the NTV7 Breakfast Show on Tuesday, 15th December at about 9AM to talk about Katz Tales: Living Under The Velvet Paw. If you're in Malaysia, please tune in. If you're not, you can catch it on the NTV7 web site on the Breakfast Show Page the next day. I'm soooooo excited!

As I'll be busy on Tuesday, I have convinced Au to speak once more. After his debut on Sharon's Bibliobibuli site with Au Reveals All, His Royal Catness will hold forth on How To Train Yoor Hooman.

This Friday repost from Thursday, June 15, 2006, is rather appropriate as it's Get What You Want: Cat Style. Enjoy and see you Tuesday!

Affiche pour le As any ailurophile will tell you, living with cats is a truly humbling experience. Cats are the epitome of sensible living. They never, ever overeat and make themselves ill - even at Christmas.

But that's not all. Cats who enjoy human company, find themselves a family they like, move in and live a life of luxury only enjoyed by multimillionaires. They command the most comfortable spots for snoozing, regular meals supplemented with delicious titbits, twice daily massages and recreation on demand.

This black cat by Theophile Alexandre Steinlen painted in 1896 is clearly making a demand for service!

One question is: how do they do it? Better still: how can we live life as comfortably as cats do? According to Joseph Wood Krutch, literary naturalist, the answer is simple, "Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want."

When cats want something they consider is due to them, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, cuddles or a fresh bowl of cool water, they will ask for it with the loud RAH-OW!!

Au demands his bowl of kitty crunchies to be filled up regardless of time of day, if he feels the level is too low. He's dragged me out of bed time and time again at 4AM without the slightest hesitation.

But when a cat is asking for a special favour, the approach is quite different: they turns begging into an artform. Purring vigorously a cat wanting a favour will caress your ankles and pose in the most appealing attitudes until you give in.

When Au decides he needs a treat, he specialises is a sweet look, a loud purr and the most affecting pose of starvation - even if he's just had a huge bowl of biscuits. I know it's a con but it works 99% of the time.

Cats really have it sussed; I'm going to try their methods for a week and see if it works for us non-cat people too. Fingers crossed!

PS the black cat is courtesy of Wiki Commons.

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Jennie said...

Too cute, Au!

Cats With Passion said...

We saw you at Garden Cats. Au is a smart kitty!

The Oceanside Animals said...

Cool! Is this going to be one of those videos where we can't see the web site if we don't live in the country, like all of Honey's television appearances? I'll have to try it and see!

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Au is super smart! Love him and Target already! You know, after reading about Au, Target and Scoop (RIP) for so many years, I sometimes feel like they are dear friends that I just haven't met!

Anya said...

Ik begrijp het ook niet Ellen
Je blijft altijd onderaan staan
ik begrijp er niets van.
Maar ik vergeet je toch niet hihi..
(Een enkele keer misschien wel haha... sorry :-)
Ik kan je niet helpen ik begrijp er ook niet veel van :(

Fijn weekend

(En sinterklaas was heel leuK :-)

Naddy said...


Anonymous said...

thanks fur stoppin' by our bloggie and leavin' mom a comment about da video thing.

We go da linky you left, and it took us here, to your bloggie, but we didn't find any video here. Mebee we iz lookin' in da wrong columns?
Anyway, we has followed your blog, nice to meet you.
Your furriends, Tigger, Munchkin, Jigsaw and Patches