Cat versus lemon

The citrus must be smited! Repeatedly.

h/t: Su

23 Comments

  1. Bram Kaandorp
    Posted September 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I suspect there’s some sort of treat or other food under the saucer. Just look at it clawing at the bottom, and also sniffing the floor in the third minute roughly. As if the saucer leaves a scent behind when it pushes it.

    • bacopa
      Posted September 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      I think you are right about the treat. She wants something under the bowl and might even have played the flip the bowl for a treat game before. I think this is a test to see if her desire for the treat can make her overcome her disgust at the lemon. I am sure she knows how to tip the bowl, but she doesn’t want to touch the lemon.

  2. Posted September 14, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Oh lemon, every time I get close to you, you assalt me with your aroma. I can feel it emanating from here, above you. Still, I am intrigued.

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 6:28 am | Permalink

      And something tasty may be lurking in the shadow of the dish.

  3. still learning
    Posted September 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    What happens when he licks his lemon-tainted paw?

    • Doug
      Posted September 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      He becomes a sour puss.

      • still learning
        Posted September 14, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

        +1

  4. Posted September 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    🐾

  5. John
    Posted September 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Smitten! (Not smited, even in pussy-cat speak).

    • ah58
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 11:39 am | Permalink

      Or maybe smote?

      • John
        Posted September 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

        Don’t think so. Can’t think out the grammar’n’stuff, but e.g. “the lemon smote” – it hit something or someone (very odd, they’re usually quite passive), “the lemon was smitten”- something or someone hit it.

  6. Posted September 14, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    “Smited” must be smitten.

  7. rickflick
    Posted September 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    The delicate paw work. The parry and lunge. The Feint and attack.

    • SA Gould
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 8:09 am | Permalink

      +1

  8. Chris
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    Kitteh really doesn’t like the smell of that lemon.

  9. Posted September 15, 2014 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    Am I the only one that wants to know what that is on the floor against the wall?

    The cat was cute, but what the heck is that thing?

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 5:13 am | Permalink

      I thought it was some game for the cat as the cat looks at something moving through the “tubes”.

      • SA Gould
        Posted September 15, 2014 at 8:11 am | Permalink

        Yes, it is. They have many variations, some that can customized and combined, like a train track set. (And they’re real dust/dead bug magnets.)

      • Gayle Ferguson
        Posted September 16, 2014 at 6:12 am | Permalink

        Yes, Jerry Coyne The Cat has one of those toys.

  10. SkyEyes
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Actually, I believe the proper wording would be “the citrus must be *smitten*” Sorry. I’m a retired editor. Love your blog, Jerry.

    • SA Gould
      Posted September 15, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

      Blog? Lookin’ for a smite-down?

  11. Posted September 16, 2014 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on peakmemory and commented:
    This is why the Internet exists.

  12. Jeffery
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Once I was cutting up an onion and my young cat jumped up onto the counter, intensely interested in what I was doing: she kept getting in the way trying to check out the onion so I finally held a piece of it up to her nose, whereupon she immediately tore the back of my hand open with her dewclaw!


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