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waterbowlI have more photos from my Saturday trip to the Minnesota Zoo. I'm just not feeling very motivated to post them, though. Instead, I'm wondering what leads cats to do these two things...

T'Reese has never caught a mouse or bird that I know of, so I don't know if she'd leave it on my bed for me as a treat. She does, however, take her small toys and drop them into her water bowl for safe keeping. Why is that?

Whenever I've lost a hair tie, there's a 50/50 chance that it will at some point end up in the water bowl. Either I eventually find it on my own, or she finds it first and deposits it into her stash. Here's a photo with 3 of them in there already.

If they were living creatures, they'd just go rancid in the water and ruin her water supply. I'd think that evolution would have programmed her to avoid doing something like that. I have a hard time imagining what biological compulsion makes her do this with non-living items.

sleeping tiger with tongueOver the years, I've seen different cats stick out their tongue while they sleep. I don't know what causes that effect either. And, sure enough, even the big cats do it too. I got this photo through some very dirty glass at the zoo.

I'd think that a dried out tongue would be a bad thing. So why do they get into this configuration while they sleep but not while they're awake?

Strange kitty.

Date: 2009-03-17 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moofedct.livejournal.com
Maybe it feels good?

Date: 2009-03-17 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sctmpls.livejournal.com
Our cat Henrietta sleeps with her tongue sticking out just like that tiger.

Date: 2009-03-17 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maradydd.livejournal.com
HAH. My Odin does the exact same thing with hair ties. I don't understand it either.

Date: 2009-03-17 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bbearseviltwin.livejournal.com
well if placed in cold water, like a mountain stream it would keep it from going bad for a while, so it might be a hold over from when cats lived in the wild. plus it would hide the sent from scavangers
Edited Date: 2009-03-17 05:54 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-17 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foeclan.livejournal.com
Could be a temperature control thing with the tongue. Or maybe they're just trying to lure in LOLcat people who go 'awww...', and then get eaten by tigers. :)

Date: 2009-03-17 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dodecadragon.livejournal.com
Maybe they think the hair ties need washing?

Date: 2009-03-18 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bigsockgrrl.livejournal.com
I saw a cougar doing that at the WNC Wildlife Center, too. I can't tell you if The Princess does it; it's too undignified to mention.

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