Caturday felid trifecta: Cockatoo flummoxes cats by meowing, cats riding roombas, cat loaves

Here’s a nice video of a cockatoo imitating cat meows, and it has the cats completely flummoxed:

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Another video. I’m surprised that cats will even ride on Roombas, but I suppose they do have their lazy side:

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From Inverse Science we finally get an answer to the recurring question, “Why do cats look like loaves of bread, sometimes?” (Cats making loaves, with paws tucked underneath, are sometimes called “tuggin'”, as they’re said to resembled tugboats). The answer is not surprising:

Anecdotally speaking, you’re most likely to spot a cat loaf in his or her favorite spot, be it on your lap, clothes, furniture, or any inconvenient area in your house that your cat has decided to conquer. But experts say it’s probably not just a coincidence that your cat curls up in these kinds of places.

“Generally speaking, a cat who is lying with their paws tucked underneath them is considered relaxed,” cat researcher Mikel Delgado, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, tells Inverse. “They aren’t preparing to defend themselves or run away.”

Sitting like a loaf may also have “some heat preserving benefits,” Delgado adds. Cats’ thermoneutral zone — the temperature range in which they’re not expending any energy to cool off or get warm — is between 85 and 100 degrees, so tucking themselves in might help retain heat.

Here are a few photos taken from the Facebook page TUGGIN’!!!!!, which is in fact dedicated to photos of cats making loaves. One can find anything on the Internet:

Three of the cat loaves in question. (Left to right: Char, Angelica Pickles, Triscuit. Images Courtesy of Janelle Shane, Emma Schuler Davis, Nicole Weinberg)

Here are a few more from the web; be sure to see the Ranker site, “28 Cat loafs that look just like bread“:

“Baby’s first loaf”

Photo: SandyPantzzz/via Reddit

“The 2-for-1 loaf special”:

Photo: Kiloueka/via Reddit

“A beautifully executed inverse loaf”:

Photo: hahanawmsayin/via Reddit

“Ikea’s new ‘some assembly required’ loaf”:

Photo: RezicG/via Reddit

h/t: Snowy Owl

16 Comments

  1. Craw
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Update on WLU. Retaliation and demands for money and censorship.

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/39518/

  2. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    One can find anything on the Internet:

    Is that a threat or a promise?
    Still waiting to see a picture of a cat actually making a loaf. Mixing flour into dough ; kneading the dough ; letting it rise (in a warm place, both for dough and cat) ; I think they’ve got all the bases covered with the possible exception of getting the dough into the oven, but I’ve never seen them put the series of actions together.

  3. Christopher
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Makes sense. My (son’s) cat assumes the loaf shape (I won’t use the other term, it’s too hipster millennial for me) on my chest when I lay down in bed to read in the evening. Granted, this is only after several minutes of him (all 19 lbs) standing on my stomach and chest, claws out, kneading me painfully, as if he is a home nipple-piercing kit.

    • Posted December 2, 2017 at 10:10 am | Permalink

      19 pounds? Is he a Maine Coon? Or just a big kitty?

      • Christopher
        Posted December 2, 2017 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

        No, just a big ginger moggie, or to paraphrase Howlin’ Wolf, he’s built for comfort, he ain’t built for speed…

  4. tubby
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    There is a catloaf next to my chair right now. He’s got all his toebeans tucked away so I can’t poke them.

    • claudia baker
      Posted December 2, 2017 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      I have one too, right beside me. Poking his toebeans is one of my favourite things to do, but he is pretty careful about keeping them away from me.

  5. David Harper
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Catloaf: also known as “pawtucket”, as in “the cat was all neat and pawtucket”.

    • SnowyOwl
      Posted December 2, 2017 at 10:49 am | Permalink

      Pawtucket cats also have a fondness for coffee milk.

  6. Larry Smith
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Kliban termed these cat postures “meatloafs,” and we still do as well!

  7. Posted December 2, 2017 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    This years Ignoble prize included the award for physics was on research that asked if a cat could be both a solid and a liquid. Just like dough!

  8. qp83
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    My siberian husky does that loaf thingy too. So guess it’s not just a cat thing.

  9. Mobius
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Cats on Roombas??? Heretics!!! Those are, after all, VACUUM CLEANERS!

    • lkr
      Posted December 2, 2017 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      big cat/small cat dichotomy. Roombas purr, so felinine. VCs roar, so leonine
      and threatening.

      Additionally roombas are elevated, warm [battery discharge] and allow cat to discipline dogs without expending energy.

  10. nicky
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    That Cockatoo is clearly dominating those cats, and purposefully so: “no nice ‘chicken meal’ here”. I hope I will not be banned for ‘cursing’, but I think cockatoos are more intelligent than cats. I knew some cockatoos, they talk, and they are kind of aware of what they are saying. I’m sure they would do very well on these ‘craw tests’ too.
    This is the first time I hear about or see a ‘Roombas’. I feel very much part of an under-developing country now. But those cats take them in stride, kudos!

  11. nicky
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Between 85 and 100 degrees? I do not buy that for a second. they would be dead, close to boiling! I’d rather think between 30 and 38 degrees. 🙂


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