My cat learned a new trick for Christmas!

Russell - my cat - Russell's new Christmas trick. Such a proud puss, using my son's shoulders for a perch.
@speakeasy (4215)
United States
December 25, 2007 1:13pm CST
My cat has a habit of exploring and testing his abilities. He loves to try new things. This morning, my son was watching TV and the cat climbed up on his shoulders and sat there looking around surveying his domain. This is something he has never done before with any of us. It was definately a shock to my son. The cat will lay on top of us if we are laying down and will climb up on our lap if we are sitting; but, this is a new one and he looks so proud of his achievement. (See the picture)
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Hahaha, that picture is priceless! LOL I had a cat that would lay on my husband's shoulders whenever we took him for a drive (yep, he loved the car!) LOL I remember a couple in their car that saw my cat on my husband's shoulders while we were at a stoplight. They looked our way and started busting up laughing! I wish I had a picture of it, or at least of any of the times my cat rode on my husband's shoulders. I think about it now and how silly it must have looked, a grown man driving around in a car with a cat laying around his neck! LOL I'm glad my cat isn't the only one to do this, though he never did actually sit like a bird perched like your cat sis with your son! LOL
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
26 Dec 07
oops! I meant did, not sis! Sorry for the misprint!
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
26 Dec 07
That is the problem with cats - we rarely have a camera handy when they do something new or cute. Of course, getting them to repeat it once we get our hands on a camera - forget it. They just look at us like we are stupid or something. I used to have a cat that would lay on my shoulders when I went places as a child; but, most cats will not do this.
• United States
30 Dec 07
What a Darling! My Eddie will climb up (or down) off the back of the couch onto my shoulders. Especially if I'm eating something. A paw will tenatively come round and grab my hand, and I can just hear him: "I would like that french fry". He has claws, but doesn't use them. He's 7 years old, but when we first got him, we had to put him in the basement at night because he had a tendency (in the middle of the night) to 'launch' himself off dressers in the bedroom unto the unsuspecting sleepers on the bed.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
30 Dec 07
Your Eddie sounds like a sweetheart. We have 2 cats; 1 with claws and 1 without. At night, if we let them in the bedroom; the one with claws will sleep on the pillow next to your head. This one without claws is restless and will climb on and over you and he just takes "cat naps";he won't sleep through the night. But, neither cat will "pounce" on a sleeping person (sleeping cat - yes; sleeping person - no).
• India
26 Dec 07
Wow, that was interesting.. these Pets are really a good company to have, they can amaze you and keep your cheerful.. a great company I think!! Beware humans, if you dont start behaving properly, animals are gonna set in. :)
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Pets are great company. Different people like different types of pets; but, whether it is a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, or even a potbellied pig pets help keep us going. even when times get tough. You can be really sad and a pet will help cheer you up.
• China
26 Dec 07
hehehe!it looks like cafe.Aslo,it is vevy lovely.Howerve i have the sence of fear to the cat.when i was 10 years old,i used to be cared by the cat.FROM than on,i began to fear to the cat.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
26 Dec 07
We all have our fears - mine is spiders. My fear also started when I was a child. A spider was crawling on the wall near my bed and when I went to get my mother - it disappeared. We tore my bed apart and looked all over; but could not find it. I was terrified that it was "hiding" just waiting for the lights to go out and bite me. Ever since then, I have been afraid of them. I have been working on my fear and I can now kill one myself if it is small. I still scream if I see a tarantula though.
@xtinelee (3379)
• Singapore
26 Dec 07
Congrats! My 4 months old Hahns Macaw just started to say 'Hello'! :) My Hahns Macaw always climb up on my shoulders and preen itself there.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Thank you. Does your Hahns Macaw have a name? Has he learned any other tricks?
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
26 Dec 07
My Columbus cat discovered that he could gain access to the basement, a place where I absolutely forbid him to go, by pushing himself against the door in order to open it. Then he runs down the stairs to the basement. I don't want ANY of my cats to run down there because it is too easy for them to sneak outside once the back house door is open. So I try to catch Columbus in the act and say "No' to him firmly. He usually backs off after that.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Columbus - named after an explorer - how appropriate. They usually do back off when they are "caught in the act"; but, curiosity leads them back to try again and again.
@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
25 Dec 07
hi there speakeasy well there is one thing when my kitten couple of weeks ago he had to climb on my legs cause i had food and did it hurt never was on my shoulder i never seen that before only climbing on my leg it did hurt when he climbed my leg and my kitten climbed up the tree the other day he got down by himself thanks for this discussion and merry christmas and happy new year for 2008
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Cats do love to climb; but, we need to teach tham not "climb" us. If they jump up without using claws; that is one thing; but, our skin is not as tough as tree bark. I hope you also had a merry christmas and a great new year.
@stcath (24)
25 Dec 07
it's funny ,my cat does this sometimes but he always makes hurt when he doing this :(
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
26 Dec 07
Well, this cat was rescued from an animal shelter and he had already been declawed; plus my son is wearing a jacket. I do not know if I would want to try this with a cat that had all of his claws.
• United States
25 Dec 07
What a cute picture your cat seem quite proud sitting on your son. One of my chihuahuas does the same thing and pokes my head with his paw so that I'll pay him some attention.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
25 Dec 07
That sounds cute. You'll have to post some photos of him doing that.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
25 Dec 07
I used to have a kitty that did that all the time. My friends used to laugh and ask if it thought it was a pirates parrot, or if it was a reincarnated pirates parrot hahaha. I'll bet your son loves this! Makes for good memories and photos for sure!
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
25 Dec 07
Actualy, I think it was more of a surprise to him than anything else - all of a sudden he had a 12 pound cat on his shoulders. My son and husband were watching TV and I was in the kitchen baking a Christmas pie and they called for me to "bring your camera quick". I emailed the picture to his grandparents and then decided to share it with all of my friends here on myLot.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
25 Dec 07
Oh what a clever cat you have. I've never seen a cat climb on shoulders and look around. We do have a cat but she likes to sit on my lap when she's ready. She sleeps right up against my chest at night. Our cat is very friendly and personable and a better watchdog than our dog! I've seen some that are mean and hide. Merry Christmas, carolbee
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
25 Dec 07
I used to have one that I could put on my shoulders around my neck and he would just lay there and ride around; but, none of my other cats have ever done anything similar - if you put them up there they just jump down. This one did it all by himself - maybe it is his Christmas gift to us.