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Why has it taken our cat 16 years to notice the TV?

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NorbertDentressangle · 08/04/2011 19:20

Shes currently watching the Simpsons Grin.

Honestly, she sitting on the sofa next to me, head cocked to one side just glued to the screen. I wouldn't be surprised if she suddenly leaps towards it.

The only other time was a couple of weeks ago when The One Show had a feature on garden birds. She tried to look on top of, and behind, the TV for the birds when it had finished.

The previous 16 years shes ignored it.

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purpleknittingmum · 08/04/2011 19:26

I really laughed at the title!

Our cat has never bothered with the TV, but I know some like to follow things on it, balls in sports and playing wii games etc

Ours has taken about 3 years to realise he DOES like to drink the water from his dish, not just catching little dribbles from the bathroom tap!

SecretNutellaFix · 08/04/2011 19:29

Our Girlcat watches the wrestling with DH. I feel sorry for Boycat.

Boy seems to like stuff with big game featured in it.

NorbertDentressangle · 08/04/2011 19:29

Shes never bothered with football or anything like that on the screen before.

They are strange about water aren't they? I know of at least 3 cats whose owners have to leave glasses of water in random places around the house for them.

Cat is now watching the trailers for whats on later. Obviously planning her evenings viewing Grin

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NorbertDentressangle · 08/04/2011 19:39

She was quite happily watching Coronation Street and then DP came in and put Fifth Gear on.

She looked really pissed off (a look she does very well) and has left the room.

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SecretNutellaFix · 08/04/2011 19:41


I often wish I could get inside a cat's mind and know what they thought.

purpleknittingmum · 08/04/2011 19:46

I would love to be able to speak to our cat!!

NorbertDentressangle · 08/04/2011 19:50

Well the bonkers cat is now back and has now decided to watch after all.

I really don't get it....16 years......

Wait for my next thread entitled "Do you think my cat watches too much telly?" Wink

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Rebeccaruby · 08/04/2011 19:53

OP, have you recently got a new TV, or are you watching high definition channels? Some animals can't see poorer quality pictures, I believe.

SecretNutellaFix · 08/04/2011 19:55

Or might just have been less obvious about watching it? Perhaps they have decided to come out of the closet with their TV watching after finding watching from behind the sofa more bothersome?Smile

Fluffycloudland77 · 08/04/2011 21:15

Our cat watches tv, mainly wildlife or documentieres (sp). When I was little the cats we had didn't but it was a cathode ray tv.

NorbertDentressangle · 09/04/2011 08:41

Update -after Fitth Gear she happily watched quite a bit of Ice Road Truckers and then settled down for a sleep -watching TV is obviously very tiring.

SecretNutellaFix -that conjures up images of her waiting until we've gone to bed, finding the remote control and settling down to watch it secretly Grin

RebeccaRuby -no, not a new TV.

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CokeFan · 09/04/2011 08:48

My cat used to watch sheep dog trials on One Man and His Dog. He liked the bits with the dog chasing after the sheep but wasn't too bothered about the interviews with the farmers afterwards. Once, after the programme had finished, he went behind the back of the tv to find out where the sheep had gone.

I remember a few years ago when Whiskas made an advert that was supposed to appeal to cats - mine didn't bother about it but his (very dopey) brother showed a bit of interest.

NorbertDentressangle · 09/04/2011 09:16

Its really funny watching them look behind the telly isn't it?

I'd love to know what they're thinking at that moment

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arfanarf · 09/04/2011 19:12

My dozy cat had a look behind the telly, then had a moment of panic when he thought his head was stuck and fell off the cupboard backwards.
He also thinks that he can still sit on top even though we've got a flat screen TV now.

CokeFan · 09/04/2011 19:46

We got a fish tank....

Cat 1 - notices fish tank straight off, jumps up on table and spends 5 minutes pawing at the sides and lid, realises it's surrounded by glass and gives up.

Cat 2 - "notices" the fish tank every time he walks in the room - does a sort of exagerated double-take and proceeds to bang on the front of the tank, chasing the fish up and down until told off - repeat ad infinitum.

NorbertDentressangle · 09/04/2011 19:52

lol -is cat2 "not the sharpest knife in the drawer" to put it politely?!

Well, the cat wandered in about 5 mins ago and settled down on the sofa next to me to wash her arse to groom herself so I thought I'd switch the telly on as an experiment.

She instantly stopped washing and is now watching it with her head at the most awkward angle (Grand Designs in case you were wondering)

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Reveller · 09/04/2011 23:31

Mine loves flashing adverts on web pages and this flash spider too she goes absolutely nutso at it.

NorbertDentressangle · 11/04/2011 20:36

Well, the cat is obviously making up for lost time as every time she hears the TV being switched on she appears like a shot.

She was watching CBBC this morning with the DC who think it is hilarious. She's now on DPs lap watching the Gadget Show

Seriously though, I would love to know why she's only noticing it now

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FAB5 · 11/04/2011 20:40

Clearly your cat has delayed development. My cat is 16 and she has been watching tv for years Grin.

CokeFan · 12/04/2011 07:48

No, actually Cat 2 is the more intelligent I think (doesn't say much for Cat 1). He did things deliberately to get told off (very attention seeking). You could see him looking around the room for something naughty to do and weighing up what would get him the most attention, especially if it meant you had to get up and go over to him to stop him doing it because once you're on your feet, you might as well feed him Smile

FAB5 · 12/04/2011 13:47


NorbertDentressangle · 26/04/2011 19:35

The cat is really excited tonight as Crufts is on.

The agility footage is proving fascinating to her Grin

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