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Pam
02-15-2001, 09:14 PM
I have mentioned in a couple of posts that my cat, Trevor, loves yogurt and when I eat it he follows me around demanding a small taste. Just now I walked through the living room and took note of him sound asleep in the recliner. I then went quietly into the kitchen and got out a yogurt and spoon and went into another room, even farther away from the living room to eat in peace, or so I thought. Within a few seconds of opening the lid (which I did very quietly) he was in my lap! How did he know??? Can a cat smell yogurt? http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/biggrin.gif This has happened to me before and it's absolutely uncanny! I guess if German Shepherds can sniff out bombs and drugs, maybe my cat can really sniff out yogurt! I wonder if there might be a place for him in fighting crime! No yogurt theft would occur while he is on duty! http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/biggrin.gif

Fuzzy317
02-15-2001, 10:11 PM
Another of the cat's heightened awareness is their hearing.
The house we are renting is not well heated, so we got an electric mattress pad a few months back. We actually thought we were getting a blanket (picked up wrong item off the shelf), but a mattress pad seems to work out better with cats "kneading" the covers.
No matter where Jackson and Rosie are in the house, when we turn it on to start warming, and those two hear it click on and make a mad dash to the bed.

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Troy
02-15-2001, 11:28 PM
Apparently a cat's smell is good enough to do a molecular breakdown of chemicals up to 30 feet away and from this can decide if a food is toxic or not.

...of course substances that have chemicals that do not release an odor can confuse kitty (like Antifreeze which is masked by a "sweet" smell that attracts them) http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/eek.gif

...and of course the kitty itself may decide not to listen to its taste-buds http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/rolleyes.gif

...and again, if kitty's human owners are enjoying something then it MUST be offerred to kitty, at which point they'll turn their noses up at it with that "what are you trying to offer me that muck for!?" expression http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/confused.gif

Bless them all.

PS. Yogurt is very good for cats.

Martin
02-16-2001, 04:08 AM
Pam, I must have the most well behaved cats in the world! Perhaps it's because when they were kittens, I was a vegetarian, or it could be because I like hot, spicy food but they show only a passing interest in what I'm eating.

Troy, I'm pleased to hear that youghurt is good for them 'cos they love it http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/smile.gif! - even strawberry flavour http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/biggrin.gif! ...please don't tell me strawberries are bad for them http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/frown.gif

Pam
02-16-2001, 07:06 AM
What interesting facts about a cat's hearing and sense of smell!! It is humbling to know that when we speak to them and get no response that we are simply being ignored! http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/biggrin.gif http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/biggrin.gif I have also seen both of them twitch their little noses up in the air when, to my nose at least, there is no odor present. I think their vision is probably right up there with their other excellent senses. Mine seem to be able to spot a tiny bug on a wall from across the room. Before I can actually see the bug myself I see the tail whipping and the fixed stare on their little faces. Aren't cats just terrific!!!

Martin
02-16-2001, 10:26 AM
Yes, their vision, particularly in low light conditions, and their hearing and sense of smell are superb, due to them being predators of course! Also, when they have some live prey in their mouth, they contort their face so that their whiskers wrap around the prey. They can then monitor it's struggles to escape! Yuk http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/frown.gif