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What smart thing(s) has your cat learned to do?

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Mmmcoffee · 06/01/2012 13:25

The other morning one of our cats wanted us to get up early, and sat on DH's chest, purring loudly and kneading. DH ignored her. A few minutes later, his radio alarm went off, and he reached over and hit 'snooze'. She wandered onto the bedside table, sniffed around, then came back on his chest. Five minutes later, the alarm went off again and he hit 'snooze' again. She watched him, walked over and sat ON the alarm clock, and padded around with her feet until the radio kicked in. Then she jumped down and went and sat by the door, looking at us expectantly (and looking very pleased with herself). Grin

The next morning we were woked very very early by his radio... and a very smug looking cat.

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oreocrumbs · 06/01/2012 13:33

Hee hee thats great Grin

My cat is not so clever, but he takes the post out of the letter box for us, and we have a friend, who is a bit annoying and comes round to visit at all hours unannounced - anyway, very early sunday morning he knocks on the door, I peer out of the window and DP and I decide to stay asleep and ignore, so the cat who always behaved like a dog does his usual visit to the door and when he realised we were staying in bed he stood at the top of the stairs growling untill friend left!!

We didn't have any dogs then so that was just his own take on how to handle the situation! We have 4 dogs now and he doesn't do that anymore after all whay have a dog and bark yourself. He knows he is in charge and doesn't need to shout about it Grin

Oh he van also pick up the box of cat treats (the little plastic whiskers one) and carry it upstairs to the living room for me to open it Hmm. He used to flick if off the bench so the lid popped off and eat them from the floor but now with the dogs he does this! Its so cute!

Mmmcoffee · 06/01/2012 14:14

Grin he has the dogs well trained then!

Mine figured out how to open the Whiskas treats by knocking them on the floor, too. I had to buy a little plastic tub with a snap lid that can't come off.

One cat lets us know he wants to come in by hooking his claws over the halfway-up bit on the door, doing a pull-up, and peering through the glass. He looks like Kilroy. The other screeeeeeeetches his claws down the glass

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fruitshootsandheaves · 06/01/2012 14:18

Mine does a high five. She will also lay down if you tell her to, but only if she is on my desk.

They will all meow if you say hello to them, but they are quite vocal cats anyway.

My current cat's sister who we owned until she was killed on the road at 7 months would wee down the plughole which was quite convenient!

Fluffycloudland77 · 06/01/2012 14:32

Mine can open the drawers under the bed, he only saw me do it once and picked it up. Sometimes I go to change the bed and find muddy paws prints all over the bedding.

He is currently trying to open doors, his mother could do it but he never picked it up but at 2.5years he is practising.

He pulls the fitting on the cat flap to make a noise to flush out next doors dogs.

Cant think of anything else.

Mmmcoffee · 06/01/2012 14:39

I would hate mine to learn to open doors, we'd have to keep the front door locked all the time!

I am still trying to figure out how they get muddy footprints in the bath. The bathroom floor is white, and it is spotless. The bathtub is full of muddy footprints in the morning - DH showers around 5am and it's obviously after he's finished and the bathtub is still wet, but how do they get in there and make all that mess without covering the floor in muddy footprints too? And where does the mud come from? Confused

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Fluffycloudland77 · 06/01/2012 15:41

Yes, I'm not looking forward to him mastering that one, nothing will be safe.

Fluffycloudland77 · 06/01/2012 15:43

Oh thought of another one, if we are watching tv or dh is on the ps3 and the cat feels he is not being paid enough attention he jumps onto the top of the tv and sits on the buttons to switch it off.

And sits there until you put him on the floor again with that "what?" look on his face. Like he doesnt know we want him off the tv.

fruitshootsandheaves · 06/01/2012 15:43

My last dog could open our back door. I think he found out by accident when he jumped up and pushed the handle down. It was a real PITA!

My friends cat uses the door knocker to ask to be let in!

oreocrumbs · 06/01/2012 18:58

My cat also knocks on the door to be let in, and if we don't respond that very second treats us to a nice claw scratch on glass!

I get the muddy footprints too, and either the cat has managed to hitch a ride on a dog wouldn't put it past him or they have dust trapped in the fur in the paws and when they get to the wet surface it mixes to become mud?

Mine also likes to sit on the paper when your reading it.

And when you go to the loo he sits on your knee Blush. Thought he lost that habit when DD was born (because she was constantly attatched to a boob) but now when she is not there he is right back to it!

Fluffycloudland77 · 06/01/2012 19:43

Before I had him neutered he was a little terror.

One night he was particularly ( sp) naughty and dh picked him up and held him up at his eye level (so over 6' off the ground) and said "your being very naughty fluffycat and we can't have this when your a big boy because you will hurt mommy and then you will have to go live with someone else" (over my dead body) "now, go and sit in your basket for an hour to calm down and then we can try again" puts cat down on floor.

Cat pauses, sniffs rug, makes it look his idea, then gets into basket and lies down. He then stared at dh for an hour.

Dh says to cat "ok you can come out now fluffy cat".

Cat gets out of basket and sits on my lap for tummy fuss.

I never would have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.

SnowWitchery · 06/01/2012 19:51

Nothing. Sad They're complete gimballs, the pair of them. Sad

Although she will reach up and pat me on the arm a couple of times if she wants to attract my attention.

nursenic · 06/01/2012 19:54

My cat has trained me to feed him at 3 a.m if he pleases then to wait until he has finished so as to let him out as we cannot fit a flap in our door.

He has trained us to sleep in a cramped corner of the bed so he can really stretch out and get a good sleep and to lie really really still so as to not disturb him at all.

He has trained me to consider his needs above all of humanity...

mycatsaysach · 06/01/2012 19:59

i have trained some of mine to sit and stay

siamese cat growls at people at door and tries to open kitchen door if shut in (launches himself at handle we think - we don't know for sure) also steals food pouches from carrier bags and then carries them to his plate to eat (he is a pedigree after all)

all of mine also do the paw prod excuse me thing to get your attention

bodiddly · 06/01/2012 19:59

Two of mine think they are dogs ... they will bring you a toy mouse or ball and ask you to throw it for them. They then scamper off to retrive it and bring it back for you to re-throw. One of them has also sussed how to open doors .. which is a total nightmare!

nursenic · 06/01/2012 20:01

My cat is also mesmerised by shiny surfaces/objects and sits by the open utensil cupboard for ages staring at the frypans and skillets.

DontCallMeBaby · 06/01/2012 20:04

One of mine is currently demonstrating his amazing ability to claim the comfiest chair in the room while banishing anyone human to something inferior (he is currently on the padded office chair while I have a wooden dining chair). He does this through the medium of settling into it and being SO CUTE I can't turf him off, damn him.

He says 'hello', quite distinctly. His brother is a dingbat and does nothing distinctive, but is even cuter.

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