Cat Matata demonstrating “Window ledge Russian Roulette”
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Cat Matata demonstrating “Window ledge Russian Roulette”

by Rudolph.A.Furtado
(Mumbai)

"Matata" at 11 months of age.

As a regular blogger on Pictures of Cats manny regular readers might be familiar with the antics of my Traditional Persian cats Matahari and her kitten Matata. Matata has the typical low centre of gravity body configuration of the typical Persian cat, short and stocky.

Unlike the average "Lap type docile Persian cat", Matata is hyperactive and absolute dog-like in behaviour. He loves teasing his human owners by demonstrating some death defying stunts, like walking on the 5th floor window ledges.

In this very candid video which I took at night having just stumbled into the kitchen to find Matata sitting on the kitchen ledge like a miniature tiger surveying the world from a height of 5 floors.

Its a split second video, since he was sitting in total darkness and as soon as I switched "ON" the lights he jumped back to the kitchen floor; absolutely bizarre behaviour.

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Mar 09, 2010 I felt dizzy!
by: Tracey

Cats are fearless at times!

We lived in a high rise flat many years ago and had a Ginger tom named Tim.

We were sat in our lounge one day and our hearts suddenly went into our mouths! Yes! There was our Tim walking around the edge of the rail on the balcony 11 stories up!

He didn't stop at that though! He perfected the art of swiping pigeons out of thin air while he was up there!

We had to put a stop to his shennanigans after that!


Mar 09, 2010 I felt dizzy!
by: Tracey

Cats are fearless at times!

We lived in a high rise flat many years ago and had a Ginger tom named Tim.

We were sat in our lounge one day and our hearts suddenly went into our mouths! Yes! There was our Tim walking around the edge of the rail on the balcony 11 stories up!

He didn't stop at that though! He perfected the art of swiping pigeons out of thin air while he was up there!

We had to put a stop to his shennanigans after that!


Mar 09, 2010 Matata
by: Ruth

Matata looked very sure footed.
Cats are incredible !
Once a neighbour's cat at our old home climbed the scaffolding on a nearby house and sat on the roof,we were all out watching, holding our breath as he balanced on a narrow ledge.We were about to call the fire brigade when he decided he had shown us enough of his skills and came back down.
PHEW.
I'm glad Matata came safely back in too.

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Mar 09, 2010 Matata the climber..
by: Dorothy

Rudolph, I always enjoy the video's of your gorgeous cats.

I keep saying I'd like to have a movement activated camera so I can see all the activity of my cat while I'm sleeping. They have a whole other life when they are not waking you up in the middle of the night. My cat Mr. Bigfoot wakes me up from a dead sleep at least 4 times a night. If I wake up on my own and notice he isn't there on the bed with me, I know he's up to something. Not five stories up though. YIKES!

dw


Mar 09, 2010 Oh No!
by: Merrily

Rudolph, Every time I see one of these videos I cringe, sometimes cats make mistakes, and fall. I would hate to hear that your cat fell to his death the same as a friends Norwegian Forest Cat who ony fell two stories.
Isn't there some way to put a screen or some other barrier so he can still look out, but not fall?


Mar 09, 2010 Cats don't care
by: Michael

Hi Rudolph, Matata looks fabulous in the photo and his tail is awesome.

I am scared looking at this video! But cats just don't see the danger and that makes me ask, why?

One factor is that they are hugely agile and natural climbers. A good number of wild cats are forest dwellers and two or three actually live in the trees: the Margay, clouded leopard are two that come to mind.

There is an inheritance of the ability to climb and climb high. And with that ability there has to be no fear of heights. One must follow the other.

And I think this is why Matata sees no danger. Despite being a gorgeous, fluffy, indoor purebred cat, at heart he is still a wild cat living on the ground and in the trees without fear of heights and secure in his abilities.

For us it looks suicidal. For him it look natural.

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