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May 26, 2006
Getting Attention

When you're a cat, and you absolutely must pry your human bean away from the computer, there are a number of useful strategies that might be brought into play.

1) Make "I'm getting ready to hurl on the carpet" noises. Your 'bean will come running with something with which to intercept the impending mess. Follow-through with actual barf or hairball is not required, but the resulting activity can be a great deal of fun to watch... if you're a cat.

2) Sit, as usual, next to the person's leg and, as usual, lightly use your front paw to poke the leg with just the tips of your claws out. Except this time, not so lightly. Draw blood, if possible. He will initially react negatively, but he will know that you want attention, and will soon forgive you.

3) Hop from ottoman to knee to desktop and interpose yourself between 'bean and screen.

4) If the human can still operate the computer with you in the way, park yourself on the mouse.

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This is the most effective way to get a positive reaction. It helps if you put a dopey expression on your face and purr like a nitromethane-fueled chainsaw, as well.

It's Friday, and that means it's time for the Friday Ark.

Sunday, we've got the Carnival of the Cats, this week at Niobium. [Update, 28May06 - the Carnival has arrived.]

Next Sunday, the Carnival will be hosted here, by Yours Truly. Except (because I work Sundays) it will be a rare weekday edition of the CotC, on Monday the 5th.

Posted by Russ at 04:55 PM, May 26, 2006 in Animals

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Awww, cute attention slut kitty!

Posted by: Ith at May 26, 2006 06:24 PM

Ha! She is that, definitely.

It's all a none-too subtle ploy to extract kitty treats from me. She succeeds somewhat too often for her own good... but she's nearly irresistable.

Posted by: Russ at May 26, 2006 06:41 PM

Yes - lovely pic - both my cats try all those ploys! One of the best is lying on the mouse - when I have forgotten its connected to the laptop. I'm trying to navigate with the touchpad and the cursor mysteriously moves (under cat control)!

Posted by: Judith at May 27, 2006 06:46 AM

I have this problem all the time, my cat will walk on the keyboard and mess up whatever I'm working on. I need Pawsense to warn me "Cat-like typing detected!" and protect my computer.

Very cute cat!

Posted by: Mr. Toast at May 29, 2006 11:19 AM