Once again you’re lucky enough to get three cat-related items today. The first, from the Daily Mail, shows moggies sleeping in weird positions. There are a lot more; here are my favorites:
From LoveMeow, meet Keys, aka “goalkitty”:
Her human, Peter Mares from California, discovered her unique talent by accident.
Peter noticed one morning that she tossed her paws up in the air as some sort of a stretch. He quickly grabbed the camera and captured the moment. The next day, she did it again, so Peter immediately rewarded her with her favorite treat.
“She has come to recognize the camera, and does these ‘goal hands’ whenever she sees it,” Peter told Buzzfeed.
Every time she receives a treat, he says “I know what you want.”
Now those words have become the magic phrase that gets Keys excited. Whenever she hears them, she throws her paws up and gets ready for action. “Every time I pop out my camera and say the magic (phrase), she poses,” he told HuffingtonPost.
There are a few short videos of Keys at the site.
Finally, from the California news side Berkeleyside comes the story of Darwin the retriever cat, who simply goes out, fetches stuff he finds, and brings it home. (Of course he has a Facebook page.) His owner regards each one as an objet trouvé, saves them as art, and posts them on his page.
The objects are found and retrieved by a cat, Darwin.
His spokesperson, who is the epitome of all that is good and inspiring and to be admired about our dear old Berkeley, explains:
“A friend from West Oakland called me. He had found an orphaned kitten. I was going to just socialize him and adopt him out, but that … uh … didn’t happen. I knew from the get-go that he was odd. I called him Darwin because I was convinced he was going to naturally select himself out of the gene pool. If there was a dangerous object, he would find it. He would chew on tacks, broken glass, scissors, X-Acto blades, walk toward hot burners and open flames, that sort of thing.
He started out by bringing leaves. It took me a while to figure out how they were getting in the house. The early ones scared me. I was living alone at the time, and I found them under the kitchen table. I finally remembered to look for the fang marks. Phew.
I think the first non-leaf thing was the instructions for quinine bush tea. He still makes a big yowling announcement when he brings these gifts. If I’m out really late, I’m lucky to get anything. If I’m home early, he’ll sometimes make 5 or 6 trips. Most of it is just yucky garbage, though.”
Darwin is a retriever of things. He retrieves, always at night, from neighbors near North Berkeley BART. Mostly paper items, but occasional surprises. Here are a few more examples of his found object art:
Why does Darwin do this? They aren’t the corpses of mice or birds, after all, but leaves and papers! Does he have a preference for certain detritus above others?
h/t: Roger C., j.j.