Such an amazing diversity of life on this planet. And the “Return to the Water” episode was particularly interesting to me. Seems like you can really see evolution in action on seals and sea lions on their back flippers/feet.
But the “Life in the Trees” episode was really neat. I am not a monkey fan, normally. I do think gibbons have very pretty faces.
Fossas, on the other hand are just way cool. Mongoose have interested me since I read Rikki Tikki Tavi as a kid. (Seeing it animated by Chuck Jones and narrated by Orson Welles probably didn’t hurt, either.) The idea of one that big is awesome.
And say what you like about Attenborough’s nutcake personal philosophies, he did seem genuinely fascinated and tickled by being so close to some pretty remarkable animals.
My aunt in California sent me this and I swear, I thought this was a spoof when I was first watching it.
Unfortunately, I think these are real people. The priceless line for me is about 4:34. No. A cat isn’t going to change the world. He’s a cat. He may be smart and clever and cute, but he’s still just a cat. Unless he’s going to be the face of a feed the world campaign or stop the Mideast conflicts by walking between the warring factions and rolling over to show his tummy for a rub, he’s not going to change the world. Perspective is the word you need here, lady.
I’m glad they got him to the point where he’s a tolerable and even good pet. I wouldn’t have ever called a behaviorist. I’d have done internet research, talked to a vet maybe… and then tried to modify the behavior on my own. I just think I’m next to incapable of being this clueless when it comes to animals that share my home. The fact that there is a show about a cat whisperer seems ridiculous.
I can almost see the dog one. Dogs take more readily to training than cats. Dogs are pack animals and they are wired to have a cooperative intelligence. It is it to their benefit to do what the pack needs. And the pack is whatever family they have at the moment. Cats are solitary animals. Their brains are wired to consider self only. They can learn tricks, sure. But it’s an exceptionally rare cat that will open that cabinet door just because you want them to and not because they want what’s inside.
Eh, in the end, I guess if you can afford it, do whatever helps you get a handle on life. If that involves hiring a cat behaviorist to change your behavior, more power to ya.
Disclaimer: I didn’t watch any further than City the Kitty.
I have been noticing the last few days that Caliban has a salt & pepper muzzle lately. He’s not even 5 so it isn’t old age.
You can’t see it as prominently in the picture as in real life – little shit wouldn’t hold still long enough to focus the camera.
Upon doing some quick internet research (you know – browsing forums of people who know just as little about the topic as I do), it seems that there is a common thread in human slaves who have had their Siamese overlords turn salt and pepper as well. After illnesses, especially ones they took medication to fix, their fur can go salt and pepper but will turn back dark eventually. The pointed Siamese can get what is called “fever fur.” Maybe all Siamese can, but there were more references to the pointed ones, specifically.
He did just get over a cold when he was sneezing all over everything all day long. No antibiotics, but he did take antihistamines for a week.
Caliban is always digging under blankets, snuggling up to the warmest body part he can find…So I thought maybe I’d try getting him a sweater to keep him warm.
He even looks retro-stylish.
Okay, maybe it makes him look a bit chubby.
But he doesn’t need to get all huffy about it.
He really didn’t like it much. He spent the first 5 minutes of having it on trying to back out of it.
Then, every time he’d come over to rub against my legs, he’d stop 2 inches shy, like he had lost his ability to judge distance. And of course, the evil sweater threw him completely off balance and made it impossible to walk without staggering and bracing himself against a wall.
I know cats’ fur is supposed to be pretty sensory. But I never heard of anything but whiskers messing with balance. I think he’s overreacting…