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Evolution ... Or Just My Strange Cat?

One of the kittens did something odd this morning. She's trying to act like a person, by going number 1 in the toilet.

Only if we leave the seats up. If we leave them down, she eyes the sinks in the bathroom. (Needless to say, while I was home sick from work yesterday I mustered enough strength to clean the bathrooms. It was good for the sinuses.)

Don't know if this is normal behavior or not, but the seats will remain up for the time being. I keep thinking of Robert DeNiro in Meet The Parents and his training their cat to use the toilet. Wonder if it's catching and the other kitten will start to act human as well?

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stevenagy
May. 16th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
What makes it funny/freaky* is we've never trained her to do it. She's just mimicking us.


* --You're sitting in the family room, knowing no one's in the bathroom because the lights are off, and suddenly hearing the distinctive "tinkle tinkle tinkle" of water dripping. You look to make sure you're not hearing things and there isn't a leak in the bathroom requiring immediately plumbing, and find the cat staring back at you with their mortified "don't watch me go to the bathroom" expression.

"Bears Discover Fire" on a scatalogical level: "Cats Discover Indoor Plumbing"
juliabk
May. 16th, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
I've had cats learn to open doors by studying how we did it. I had one who knew *exactly* how the can opener worked, but lacked the necessary appendages... which didn't keep her from trying. ;-) One would sit on the bathroom sink and pat the cold water faucet knob until I turned it on so she could drink from the tap. Again, she know *how* to do it, just wasn't *able* to do it.

I keep tellin' people, it's a damn good thing cats *don't* have opposable thumbs, or we'd all be out on the street.

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