Caturday felid trifecta: Three-legged ginger tom relieves student stress at Cambridge; kin selection in cats; cat flummoxed by optical illusion

by Grania & Jerry

Somewhere in Cambridge, UK; in the Marshall Library of Economics there is a three-legged cat named Jasper. He sometimes goes to work with his owner Mr Frost, where he is reportedly very well-behaved and spends his time browsing and snoozing. More recently he hosted an event Tea With Jasper during examtime which was a great success. Students reported his calming effect and now more such events are planned.

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Next we have this adorable duo on important cat business. (Click on the white arrow)

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And finally the “rotating snakes” illusion which is a peripheral drift illusion where the motion is perceived in a dark-to-light direction. It even works on confused cats.

h/t: Michael, Barry

7 Comments

  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    If I were those cats, I’d rip up the paper; that would show the optical illusion for deceiving me!

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Jasper is the man, and the Cat.

  3. Craw
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Cats are clearly designed to be fooled by optical illusions. That God, he thinks of everything!

  4. tubby
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Orson is sitting on me so I showed him the coiling snakes illusion. He did not care.

  5. rickflick
    Posted April 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Cat’s in libraries sounds like such a natural thing. Except, I suppose, if they are too noisy.

  6. Posted April 16, 2017 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    That illusion is great. I cannot turn it off for myself, no matter how hard I try!

  7. Posted April 16, 2017 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    We can describe to each other what we see, but you have to admit that there’s no way of knowing what the cat sees.


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