View Full Version : Cats perching

04-04-2001, 12:06 PM
Here's a question I'd like to pose to you all...

What is the narrowest thing or the strangest thing you've ever seen your cat perch on?

My cat Saima can perch on one of the arms of a wood director's chair in my home. The arm can't be more than two inches wide! And her weight doesn't tip the chair over! My jaw dropped when I first saw her perch there. I have to admit that she didn't stay there very long, but while she was there, she looked like she felt perfectly comfortable! Amazing animal feat... http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/biggrin.gif


4 feline house
04-04-2001, 12:28 PM
I didn't actually see it, but many years ago my mom took our siamese Samantha to be spayed. While at the vets she freaked out, shot out of my mom's arms, tore through the clinic, and ended up perched on the top of the door frame - you know, that 1/4 inch wide strip of molding! That's all that was holding her up!

04-04-2001, 01:32 PM
WHOA! http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/eek.gif


04-04-2001, 08:33 PM
Doors must be fashionable. This wasn't the actual door frame - my "nearly adopted abandonded cat" Pani has lept from standstill up onto the top of an open door. He just sat there and watched the goings-on while the door wobbled a little - but he kept his balance somehow. I was fascinated, it's easy to forget just how agile our pets can be if the need or really want to be! http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/smile.gif

...oh, and he is a 8Kg! (thats 17lb for the metricapped http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/wink.gif )

4 feline house
04-04-2001, 09:56 PM
Yes, Spencer, I know exactly what you mean! Left legs stretched out to reach the crossbar, right legs all crouched down to walk along the spikey boards! Why do they do that, silly things!

04-04-2001, 10:23 PM
I think I have shared this story before on another forum. This not necessarily the narrowest thing my cat has perched on, but it sure was different.

Innocently I gave my very first cat a bath.
I had no idea he would hate it. He was so good but in a flash he was "perched" on top of my head. Not a scratch on me - but I was shaking taking him off my head dripping wet.
Later I howled with laughter at myself. What a sight for sore eyes.

Ben E Gas
04-05-2001, 10:01 AM
Why I have a shopping cart in my apartment, that's a whole other story. But I do. Zezu loves it. You know, the metal wire ones. He stands on the edges of that thing with such balance. His little toes stay wrapped around the wire and he walks around. He always sleeps in the bin that opens up. I put a soft blanket in there for him. Anytime I don't know where he is, I can bet he'll be in the bin of the cart.

One time we found him in the upper shelves of our closet. He pulled himself up on our clothes, walked along the hangers and clothes and jumped up. took us awhile to find him too. He was probably up there laughing at us.

04-05-2001, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by Troy:

...oh, and he is a 8Kg! (thats 17lb for the metricapped http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/wink.gif )

Metricapped? That's too funny, Troy!
I am embarrassed to admit that I am metricapped, even though I went to high school in Brazil.(I guess by then it was too late for me to get the Metric system through my thick skull!)
I'll be sure to use that expression from now on! http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/biggrin.gif

Ben E Gas
04-05-2001, 12:45 PM
"aaaaaaaah,"(wave hand down as saying)

metric system, what a big joke.

I like inches and feet myself. I'll never change over to it.

04-05-2001, 08:52 PM
Ben E Gas,

The big joke is a method of measurement that doesn't use a common base! Perhaps the US should get out of the dark ages and try and catch up! http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/smile.gif

(dont' take me too seriously)

4 feline house
04-05-2001, 11:11 PM
Yes, Troy, people mistakenly believe that the system is as complicated as the conversion - which actually is not complicated, either, just not easy to remember off the top of your head.

What's really funny is most people don't even realize our money is "metric", yet no one finds that to be complicated! http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/biggrin.gif

[This message has been edited by 4 feline house (edited April 06, 2001).]

04-06-2001, 12:08 AM
4 Feline House,

I can certainly sympathise with the generation that has to go through with the change but it is to the benefit of future generations.

It's just a matter of what we are all used to... (unless you're a programmer in which case metrics make things a lot easier)

Ben E Gas
04-06-2001, 07:27 AM
I don't have any use for it. I think it's the other countries that are in the dark ages anyway. The metric system doesn't all of a sudden bring you up to speed. Anyhows, the US will never give in to that 'bright' idea. Not in our lifetimes anyway.

04-06-2001, 09:37 AM
I remember when I was in grade school they tried to introduce the metric system, but I guess they gave up. I guess if we're the only country that does not use it, we're probably the ones who need to catch up.
Case in point: most Americans do not appreciate soccer and the rest of the world is obsessed. What are we thinking?? http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/wink.gif

04-06-2001, 10:02 AM
Thelmalu99 - my guess would be that we are thinking - WE HAVE FOOTBALL - WHAT ELSE COULD YOU WANT!!!! (hear a few Tim Allen grunts).


04-06-2001, 10:04 AM
Gosh, did this get off the original question or what.


Ben E Gas
04-06-2001, 10:14 AM
Can't stand to watch soccer. I love American Football though. I did play 8 years of soccer as a kid. But I hated it. Then I played football and loved it.

04-06-2001, 12:28 PM
Speaking of metric systems and coversions, and yadda yadda...
I have to say that when I was in High School, and those great calculators came out that could do everything from graphing, metrics, conversion, formulas...etc. etc...sometimes it's hard for me to make a simple calculation in my head! LOL http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/biggrin.gif I've been spoiled! I'm just joking, but it sure does feel that way sometimes!

4 feline house
04-06-2001, 01:34 PM
Since I have always previously owned foreign cars, I have already converted my toolchest to metric. Any since I have to measure my food, and most nutrition charts are by grams, I already "weigh" in metric, too. 454 g = 1 lb is emblazoned on my brain.

Ben E Gas
04-06-2001, 01:49 PM

I thought the aliens got to that probe. just kidding. I hear what ya saying, it's good to learn both. You figure a high tech piece of equipment like a space probe could do the conversion.

I like the idea about the calculator.

Oh yeah, I forgot about the XFL. Now that's bad football. The NFL is great though. Also, high school is even better than the XFL.

04-08-2001, 04:43 PM

You guys call metric the "English system"? Thats funny because the English have only just introduced compulsory metric systems in 1996(ish). Distances are still in miles but it is now compulsory in supermarkets to display metric measures (99% still display imperial too). As for the litres per 100km - yes they seem to do this everywhere, don't know why, I prefer ??kms per litre.

Ben E Gas, Which is more logical and easier to learn?

A) 1 kilometre = 1000 metres = 100000 centimeters
1 tonne = 1000 kilograms = 1000000 grams

B) 1 mile = 1760 yards = 5280 feet = 63360 inches
1 ton = 2240 lbs = 35840 ounces

... http://PetoftheDay.com/talk/smile.gif

04-08-2001, 05:10 PM
When I was a kid, the US was going to convert to the metric system, and we "learned" it in second grade, third grade, fourth grade - the reason I put learned in quotes is that we learned it the first time, but every grade made a big deal about it - maybe the teachers needed help converting THEIR heads. The only part of the conversion that stuck was the soft-drink industry, which still sells things in 1-liter, 2-liter and even 3-liter bottles. I think the country changed presidents, which somehow axed the whole conversion process, but the bottle-making machinery had already been switched, and was too costly to consider replacing/retooling again!

Cats I know prefer windowsills, which in some old New England houses can be pretty darned narrow, but doortop perching always seems like it should be an Olympic feat - like balance beam for humans!

05-08-2001, 01:13 PM
My cat Mitten, once balanced himself on the
rim of a washtub, which was about one half
of an inch wide! The purpose? Puss wanted to
catch the tropical fish which were housed in
the washtub-converted-into-a-pond.

And with his fourth paw, this undersized little feline version of Satan actually caught a fish and scooped it into his mouth before he could be shoo-ed off! Amazing cat... :-)

06-06-2001, 09:19 PM
I can use metric and convert it. (If I use a cheat chart) But I just can't THINK in metric.

06-06-2001, 09:24 PM
Note to Spence, Benjamin Franklin helped the begining of American Standard spelling. Before then people spelled everything however they thought it should be spelled. I would like to know who decided to spell tongue like that though.

06-08-2001, 11:08 PM
my cat use to jump up on the bar stool then jump up on the counter then jump up on the refridgerator then jump up on top of the really high cabinets that are right below the ceiling & he would just lay up there & sleep. he isnt able to do it any more though. he can make it up the bar stool & onto the counter but he has just gotten too heavy to jump onto the refridgerator

06-09-2001, 01:24 PM
One time my dads cat hung by her front paws and climbed across a ledge to the buildings of his apartments and tried to swing her self in through the window