Guarding the house!

@ElicBxn (60968)
United States
January 5, 2010 7:11am CST
I was over at my client's place. She has a nice cat named Minnie who knows that she has to protect her home. So, yesterday, we both spotted a yellow tom jumping off her porch on to the wall around it. She came dashing over to the window and informed him that this was her place in a low, menacing yowl! He might've talked back, except he saw me and split. Well, Minnie had her tail in a twist now and was looking for enemies and found one! Yep, there was a strange cat in the curio! She walked up to it, but the cat didn't do anything threatening so she looked at it, and it looked at her. She finally laid down so the cat wouldn't come out of the curio and into her home, but it wasn't acting threatening, so she gave up at last. When is the last time your cat stalked itself in the mirror? Because that's what Minnie saw, was herself!
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
5 Jan 10
There are no cat's eye level mirrors in my place...the Only time my cat would have seen himself in the mirror was when he was in my arms or over my shoulder going past a face height wall mirror..It never seemed to put him out at all,he'd have just looked over at this "Other" cat,and look away,unconcerned..
@ElicBxn (60968)
• United States
5 Jan 10
oh, Minnie's walked past that cat hundreds of times, and paid it no mind, its just she was already upset because of the stranger out the window!
@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
5 Jan 10
You know, these are things I've never seen her do! Growl at strange cats (maybe hiss, but then only when they come in), guarding, & looking at the cat in the mirror! I wonder if she's just feeling better, or could it be the extra cold Winter we're having that's perked her up, & "reset" her to "normal" cat behavior dial a couple of notches? I mean, she's even playing with her catnip mice these days! I hope it gets her poundage lowered; her tummy's not so wee any more! Maggiepie MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY 2010!!!
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@cerebellum (3870)
• United States
6 Jan 10
That is so funny! I can just picture your cat being protective of her home from the stranger in the mirror. She probably thought she was doing a good job of protecting you when the other cat didn't do anything threatening. She might have thought she scared it off.
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@ElicBxn (60968)
• United States
6 Jan 10
well, she was a stray before my client took her in, so she KNOWS how good she's got it! And she's going to defend it - but she finally went to sleep in front of it and seemed to have forgotten about the strange cat when she woke up and wandered away. It was pretty funny!
• United States
7 Jan 10
I can imagine it would have been funny. Cats are usually smarter than some animals, but in this case maybe not. Of course she was smart enough to know to protect her good home.
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@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
15 Feb 10
hey there i heard of another story it was a person i know and one of the cats was so protive of the house and it was a person went to close and the cat jumped on him i never knew cats would do that sort of thing.
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@ElicBxn (60968)
• United States
15 Feb 10
I was looking for the new cat yesterday, got down on my knees and some cat jumped on my back! - so helpful!
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
7 Jan 10
Our bedroom door used to have a tall full-length mirror on it. My cat Precious used to get on his hinde legs and dig his claws in the wooden frame and glare at the "cat" on the other side. He never did figure out it was him. But, according to a book I read. Cats would often become confused by reflective serfices. They think what they see is another animal stairing back at them, because the glass doesn't have a sent, nor can one be established. So they have no way to reconize what they see.
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@ElicBxn (60968)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I've had a few cats that, after they determine the cat in the mirror can't get to them, they just look in the mirror like a room they'd like to get into - Sab used to look at me in the mirror until I pet her in person.
@bellis716 (4805)
• United States
6 Jan 10
Our 5 year old cat will sometimes respond to cats on the TV, but he never responds to his mirror image.
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@ElicBxn (60968)
• United States
6 Jan 10
generally its a kitten thing to do, so seeing Minnie, who is at LEAST 5 react to her image was pretty amusing!
@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
5 Jan 10
Lol that is funny Gissi actually saw himself for the first time a week ago in the Mirror in the Lift It was so funny because he was all excited walking up and down and I think he got confused that the Dog was doing the same as him, he started to bark at it lol I could not stop laughing at him
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@ElicBxn (60968)
• United States
5 Jan 10
When we took Zoe down for the Judge Alex show, she had never been in an elevator before and she didn't like the floor moving. There was no mirror, but she collapsed and lay on the floor as it went up or down. Zoe's opinion - floors should NOT move!
@dawnald (84153)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Jan 10
It's been a long time, but when my cat Pounce was a kitten she did that. I have a photo somewhere of her freaking out when she saw her own image. Priceless!
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@ElicBxn (60968)
• United States
6 Jan 10
I wish we had a pix of when we introduced Sab to the mirror, she figured it out pretty quick!
• United States
5 Jan 10
Too cute! We don't have any mirrors at cat level so I have yet to see what they think of their own reflection.
@ElicBxn (60968)
• United States
5 Jan 10
I also don't have any mirrors at floor level and the only cats that look at the mirrors are already so numb from all the cats we already have that they don't even react much to totally NEW cats, must less a looking glass one!
@Torunn (3937)
• Norway
5 Jan 10
LOL! That must have been a really funny sight :-) We used to look at ourselves in the mirror holding our cats, I don't think any of them tried to attack themselves though. The last tom cat my mother had was way to stupid to realize it was a cat I suppose, but his sister would have attacked had she seen herself as threat. She once chased a scnauzer (not miniature, normal sized one) out of the garden, and always attacked the stuffed toy tiger when we put in front of her. She never attacked the other stuffed animals.
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@ElicBxn (60968)
• United States
6 Jan 10
the roomie's dog, Zoe, disembowels stuffed animals so we can't let even the cats have any - and I'm always picking mine up when they knock them off
• United States
5 Jan 10
it's funny-in the past month since having a higher balance of female cats for the first time (4 of 6) i have noticed the girls are WAY more territorial it seems. my poor boys are out numbered LOL my newest cat the stray is doing the mirror dance. i don't think her last owners had a mirror,she acts like she never saw herself before.she was bouncing and threating like kittens do when they first look in one.
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@ElicBxn (60968)
• United States
5 Jan 10
I love it when kittens do that, its so funny, but it is even funnier when a cat who's never noticed something before suddenly notices it!
@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
5 Jan 10
That minnie has got it going on. How cute. U know i don't have cat but i loved your story.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
5 Jan 10
My cat Munia knows by now that she is looking at herself...because she is not acting strange. She is only looking at the mirror with disappointment, maybe to check her weight.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
5 Jan 10
to funny!
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@BarBaraPrz (22557)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Jan 10
Too funny. Harmony knows the kitty in the mirror is her own pretty self.
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