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Old 12-03-2010, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I noticed my cats seem to track things a lot that just aren't there. Just now, my girl Lilith was sitting on my computer desk. It's clear as day in this room. She looks up at the ceiling and her head is tracking something back and forth, and occasionally in an arc. I see NOTHING there, no bugs, no light reflections etc. She tracked it for quite a while. Both my cats do this.

I've heard of other people's cats doing this too. Anyone know what it might be? How do cats see differently than us?
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My cats do this a lot too. I just assume they hallucinate leprechauns or something.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mow does that too and it freaks me out. He'll suddenly sit up and stare at a spot intently.
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Sir does this, only she'll look up at the ceiling and proceed to "paw" at some invisible string or something of that nature.
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Ooh, ooh, ***raising hand*** I know! To make dumb humans look at the ceiling! (Decades of living with scheming cats has taught me this.)
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ooh, ooh, ***raising hand*** I know! To make dumb humans look at the ceiling! (Decades of living with scheming cats has taught me this.)
LoL - is that what it is? I've been wondering - it freaks me out when my two do this - and they sometimes do it at the same time - which really makes me wonder what they are seeing.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Sometimes Nebbie will suddenly stare at the wall next to the door.
I sort of wonder if they can hear subtle movements in the building's structure shifting. Yanno, when the wind blows and the buildings shift enough for us humans to hear...I'm sure there are tiny ones we don't hear.
Nebbie will look at the ceiling, when my dad is very active upstairs - but at least I know what she's trying to see!

Paizly's too lazy to care. The only time anything disturbs her, is if the doorbell rings. If she's in bed with me, she'll scramble under the covers... or if she's on her own in the room, scramble for some "safe" place like her paper grocery bag or a nook by the fish tank. Oh, and she growls...sounds like she wants a fight, while at the same time running for her life. Hilarious!
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I don't doubt they can hear stuff we can't. I live in an apartment complex by the main entrance. I doubt Mow runs to the door every time he hears a car but he's *always* meowing before I get my key in the lock. He must know my car....

He *loves* company. Someone knocks on the door he's cautious in the hallway until they get inside and then he's all over them UNLESS it's my ex husband. I don't know if it's the way he knocks on the door or the way he walks but if Mow suddenly goes scrambling under the bed and someone knocks on the door I can guarantee it's my ex. (where was a pet with this great judgement when I MET the guy)

I'm a total believer in their stronger 'senses'.
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Cheetah does this too. But it is because we pretended that we threw a ball in the air and he just stared, looking for the imaginary ball.
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At some point during the week, each one of my girls seems to think there's something in the main air conditioning vent. They stand up and paw at the grating, eyes all wide and meowing. It's not usually running or anything, they just seem to think there's something for them in there. It's pretty funny.
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