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My kitten Skitters seems a little confused as to what he is. He likes to roll over and have his belly rubbed like a dog. He digs in the dirt like one. He also growls and stands guard like one if someone comes to the door. He thinks he is a monkey. He is usually on someones roof in the neighborhood. He thinks he is human. He tries to open the front door and likes to be held like a baby. But last night, he outdid himself. He must have thought he was a bird. He was on the roof and I heard him running the length of the house. Next thing I know, I see through the back door a cat fly by! He jumped off and had caught a bird mid-flight!

Just makes me glad we don't have any bodies of water nearby!

Anyone else have any species confused pet stories?

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My cat often sits upright on her hind legs and looks around, just like a prairie dog.

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Originally posted by Mr. Furious:
My cat often sits upright on her hind legs and looks around, just like a prairie dog.

You mean like this?

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The other day my mom was using their toaster. She opened the cupboard to put it away, and Shadow climbed in-and wouldn't get out! He also went for a ride on their Lazy Susan recently.

There's a reason why we call him numb-nuts too, but we won't go into that [Smile]

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My cat Max will hold phone conversations. When he hears a familiar voice on the phone he'll come up to me, put his mouth near the receiver and meow and respond to the person on the other end. He loves having the phone ring, because he thinks one of "his" friends are calling!

Sometimes..... I do think they are calling for him, because if for some reason Max is too busy to take the call, they'll usually ask where he is.

I do feel ridiculous sometimes, sitting there with the phone held up for a CAT to talk. But then he gives me kisses, so it's all better!

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Neko must think she's a dog too. She fetches her mice if you throw them. She'll bring her mice to you to throw if you look like you're not doing anything else (which happens quite often).

She thinks she's a baby and likes to be held as such too. I haven't seen her sit on her hind legs like a prarie dog lately, but that doesn't mean she hasn't. She likes to box - that is if you hold your hands palms facing her, she'll bat at them as if she's punching you.

Oh, and she thinks she's a rabbit, using her hind legs to kick at your arm if you're rubbing her belly and it's 'playtime'.

ETA: I noticed in Skitter's photo that he likes to stick his tounge out too. [Big Grin]

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Nah, you're cat isn't confused ... he's a cat trying to confuse you!

Neither one of my cats sit up like a prairie dog. That is so adorable.

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I haven't seen any of mine do the prairie dog thing...yet. chillas that is too cute!

mrs. hi-c Skitters has climbed into both a warm oven I was letting cool and the rotissarie oven. I wish I had gotten pictures. mournful , I thought only my sister's cat did that! The phone rings and she wants to talk.

wild obtuse otaku He sticks his tounge out a lot but my oldest, Alpine has him beat. Every time you turn around, she has her tounge hanging out. (I think she does it on purpose to mock us)

As for confusing me, to late, Hubby did that years ago! [Wink]

This is the same cat that thinks he is a bonzai kitty

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My cat does sometimes.
And sometimes he thinks he's a dog. When you call him, he'll answer.
And sometimes he thinks he's a rat or a parrot, because he climbs on my shoulders.
Cats, such silly creatures...

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My cat Galaxy barks, pants with his tongue hanging out, and drools.

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Nico plays fetch with his mice too. We throw the mouse and he runs and fetches it. When I'm on the phone, he thinks I am talking to him. If I'm on the phone for more than 5-10 minutes, he will start responding to me.

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Hazel's MSD* was present from kittenhood. Beaver, squirrel, seal, lemur, footstool, horse, choo-choo train, dog, cod... "She walks like, looks like" and all that jazz.

We just sit back and enjoy the show. [Wink]

*Multiple Species Disorder

ETA: Hazel is another fetcher. When she was a kitten it was mostly her bouncy balls and used tissues (don't ask). The behaviour waned as she grew older. Nowadays when she enters the livingroom and drops a ball of yarn at my feet I don't have the heart not to play with her, even if I'm busy. Manipulative little thing!

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Ah yes, FKS*. I'd enter the yard, pass the shed, and the hairball flies over my head and runs to the door. Looking up and seeing an airborn cat is quite a sight.

His other trick is "mountain goat" (the hairball's scared everything from running water to the paper, but he has no problem walking on the roof).

Ah, owning a cat...like bubonic plague, but without the sweet, sweet release of death.


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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Mr. Furious:
My cat often sits upright on her hind legs and looks around, just like a prairie dog.

You mean like this?
Kind of. Except that she brings her forepaws up higher (almost to shoulder level), and she kind of cranes her neck up to get a better look at something.

I'll have to see if I have any pictures.

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Yeah, mine usually does bring his paws up higher, too. Just hard to get them to stay that way long enough for me to grab the camera, focus, take a shot, etc. Come to that, my little cat does that as well. I think she learned it from the big cat.

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I think I've got the opposite...a dog that thinks he's a cat. Oscar has an amazing sense of balance for a dog and likes to perch on the back of couches, the arms of chairs, and so forth. Except it's a bit of a distraction when it's a 35 pound standard schnauzer and not a cat.

Oscar also uses his paws a lot. He's actually pretty good with them; he uses them to catch thrown toys, pull toys from under furniture, signal his water dish is empty, and so on. If he had thumbs, we'd be screwed. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Mr. Furious:
My cat often sits upright on her hind legs and looks around, just like a prairie dog.

Or a meerkat? One of my cats does that. Sadly, I've never managed to get a picture of it.
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These guys are really species confused. Cute, but confused.
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I should have realized when Skitters was young that he suffered from MSD but I'm not sure what he thinks he is here and here .

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I have a cat who thinks he's Humpty-Dumpty-- does that count? He likes to sleep on my computer monitor, and inevitably rolls off. (I think he sleeps to soundly.) He also does that on the bathroom window-sill, the TV, and the other day he rolled of the back of the recliner beside my computer chair three times. (I think I finally got him to quit sleeping on the monitor-- I just kept plopping him on the floor until he got the message.)

Most of my cats like to "play parrot" and perch on my shoulder. Can be quite painful.

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My girlfriends cat is, quite simply, an idiot. I don't think she thinks she's a different animal, but she certainly doesn't know she's a cat. She'll only eat cat biscuits and wont eat cat foot or meat. She'll stand out in the rain looking confused, but making no attempt to keep herself dry. She'll also quite happily jump into a bath full of water. She wont drink out of her water bowl, even when she's thirsty. She instead relies on rain collecting on bin bags, the toilet, drinking straight out the tap like a hamster or knocking over glasses of water (usually onto electricity sockets.)

She also growls instead of meows and wont chase mice (but will chase flies, or try and catch birds by banging her head against the window). I turned the tap on a bit for her when she was trying to drink from it, and after a bit of batting at the water she decided that the best way of drinking was to stick her head right under it, grab a bit of water and then slurp it down while the tap kept running down her head and back.

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Our youngest cat, CJ, well, he's a trip.

His latest trick? He either lays on the floor in the living room in front of the frog tank, or if he thinks he can do it and not get caught, he will lay ON TOP OF the frog tank. We think it's just because these little green critters are making VERY LOUD noises...and it fascinates him. He's never tried to get IN the tank, but he likes to be able to see the frogs.

When he was teensy, we'd play with him, and he'd be chomping away, smacking at us with his paws, and all of a sudden, he'd fall right asleep, just like someone had pulled his batteries! And when he was a baby, we used to be able to put him right to sleep by scooping him up and rubbing his belly.

He still likes to have his belly rubbed, incidentally....

He loves chasing flies, and he sits on our screened-in porch, watching the birds outside, and will do this little chirrup-y meow (sounds like "Prrrrip! Prrrrip!"), and try to climb the screen to get outside to catch birds.

We don't care that he's neutered, he doesn't have enough common sense to be allowed outside!

He is good buddies with our dog. Onyx decided that CJ was HER baby, and even got in between the big cat, Beat, and CJ, when Beat was establishing who was the alpha tomcat, and just glared at Beat. Never growled, never barked, just GLARED. However, CJ seems to think that he should share EVERYTHING with the dog, including canned food. CJ will walk up under the dog's belly, and put his head under her chin, and do his little "Prrip?", as if he's asking, "Hey! What's in our bowl today?" The dog will growl at him, but she's never, ever snapped at him.

We have a kitty tower in the family room, and he will climb the kitty tower, and if he's sitting on the third platform up, he'll swat at your shoulders as you walk by, and if he's on the top platform, he'll swat at your head.

He's just insane. Really, he is.

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