More Wackaloon Fucking Cat Foibles


As long as we’re engaging the evolutionary fucking psychology of feline fuck-ups, can someone please explain to me why cats are obsessed with knocking little objects off of big objects? I demand explanations that relate back to their lives in the early days of domestication in ancient Egypt (or whenandwhereverthefuck).

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  1. says

    “Is this a mouse? What if I paw at it? Does it move?

    “No? Hm. Ok. What about this other thing? Is this a mouse? What if I paw at it?”

    But the ethological explanation is obvious: Cats knock little objects off of larger objects to show off to the dog. Egyptians worshipped the kitties because any creature with such intuitive grasp of the powerplay was clearly destined for greatness. We don’t tell stories about Cleopatra because she was obedient, do we?

  2. cgsmks says

    Makes ‘em laugh?

    They like watching the humans pick up the little objects and replace them on the big objects, over and over and over, and are amazed the humans never get bored of the game while the cats do?

  3. says

    My cat Pablo likes to play this game while also playing the “I’m Not Looking At You” game. He knocks something off the counter while conspicuously glancing in the opposite direction, while also complicitly ignoring that he knows he’s pissing me off.

  4. says

    This behaviour is adaptive in the cats’ tree-climbing ancestors where it is used for cracking birds’ eggs by knocking them out of nests.

    How’s that?

    Cat evo-psych is great fun. Next: why the instinctive fear of vacuum-cleaners?

  5. says

    It’s simple. We are not fully domesticated yet. You have to give cats credit for perseverance. In only 4000 years they’ve attained most of their original objectives. They are treated with reverence and kept in the luxury/comfort to which they wanted to become accustomed. They are loved and pampered.

    The whole knocking little things off big things is part of their ongoing human training program. It is a subtle reminder that even though you provide them with toys and distractions, EVERYTHING belongs to them; to do with what they wish.

    They are most disappointed that our work on cat longevity has not broken through the nine-lives barrier.

  6. says

    I’ve changed my mind and now think this behaviour dates back to our shared evolutionary past when early humans started to build stone huts.

    Cats, by knocking over any pile of stones they possibly could, would demolish weak attempts at building work and thereby ensure that the finished hut was robust enough to protect both cat and owner from the elements.

  7. says

    The cat is attempting to landscape its territory by levelling small hills and filling in potholes as best it can. This not only gives a mouse fewer places to hide, but minimises the risk that the cat will fall over something in pursuit of it.

  8. Interrobang says

    Cats are another species that has scientists. Every time a cat knocks a small object off a large object he or she is attempting to study gravity and antigravity. Since the objects nearly always return to the tops of the large object, you could say that cat scientists have, in fact, successfully invented antigravity…

  9. says

    that’s pretty fucking deep! i’d take a dog over a cat any day.

    “MissPrism, you are seriously good at this shit! You should become an evolutionary fucking psychologist!”

    funny stuff!

  10. says

    MissPrism is right.

    Cats are terraformers.

    They also regard humans as good objects for manipulation; if they can’t adjust the environment themselves, they will adjust us.

    Come on, Minorty Militant… are you admitting cats are smarter than you are?

  11. says

    I am having a hard time understanding why you have more cat botherers around here than you ever get commenting on politics. cats are more important than what the excremental bushrovian clown clerks are doing to our citizenry? cats?

    This. is. what. is. wrong. with. this. fucking. country!

  12. littlem says

    Mon cher bikemonkey,

    I gather your psychic investment in the acuity of escape valves and coping mechanisms is shockingly low.

    No wonder why it seems the top of your head is frequently a scant nanometer from blowing off.

    Some yoga with your nervous breakdown, perhaps?

  13. littlem says

    They also regard humans as good objects for manipulation; if they can’t adjust the environment themselves, they will adjust us.

    Hee hee. Lower our shields and surrender our fish. Our culture will adapt to service them. We will be assimilated.

  14. says

    @littlem: “Some yoga with your nervous breakdown, perhaps?”
    Can I yoink that phrase now? It is awesome-tastic. I’m getting a mental of a twitchy, stressed out person grinding their teeth while clenching their fists in the Lotus position.
    *snicker*
    Also, yay for escapism/comedy as coping mechanisms, for sure. I’d be one of the chronically twitchy myself, otherwise.

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