Friday, May 14, 2010

Repost Friday: Bed Pals

This repost is from 3rd April 2007.

Bed Pals

Scoop and Au in 

I was thinking about memes but since it's been years since I read Dawkins, and the old brain isn't what it used to be, I had trouble getting my mind around the idea. To my mind there is no doubt cats have culture, and that culture is transmitted. Scoop and Au are constantly teaching each other new things.

For example, Au has this enchanting habit of sitting with his tail on your foot and looking up with half closed eyes when he's asking for something (usually ham but sometimes just a game or a cuddle). Scoop has always just walked up and given us his demands with a loud MEEE-OW! But now Scoop also does the tail on the foot manoeuvre; and what's more, he's realised it works just as well for him as the shouting so he'll go on doing it.

Is this transmitting a meme? I can't decide! You tell me...

PS It's been pouring with rain here every afternoon, so Scoop and Au are indoor cats at the moment. And don't they make themselves comfortable!


Mekkan said...

Hi! It's an interesting observation. Maybe both of them are soooo smart to handle their human family members.
Since it's such an interesting question for me, I'll be asking a friend of mine who live two brother and sister cats.

The Chair Speaks said...

Cats are smart in manipulating their slaves.
Prefer rain to hot, dry weather but not the strong winds and thunder.

Anya said...

Ja ja
mijn bed is ook altijd zijn favoriet hihi...
Leuke grappige foto !!

Fijn Weekend
knuffels voor iedereen
Kareltje =^.^=

Dora said...

They really know how to enjoy themselves! ;)

Pam said...

Sassie learned how to manipulate us a long time ago. She has trained us to give her ham! :)

Katnip Lounge said...

Our cats pass on what the "Dinner Whistle" means, how to open doors, and primarily manipulate their Humans.

They are smart little creatures, indeed.

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Oh yes! We cats do have a culture! Jazzie is learning from me how to manipulate my mom into lots of things! Most importantly getting her to fill the food dish!