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Is your Cat at Risk of Becoming A TV Addict? Our Kitten is! — 7 Comments

  1. Since I’m not a TV watcher, my cat wasn’t exposed to it until I was staying in a friend’s guest room while I was looking for a room to rent. There was a TV in the room, so I turned it on, and did some channel surfing. Somehow I got on to a child’s program with animated figures. Mitzy was mesmerized, so I began to tune in to this channel for her. She was confined and unable to go for her usual walks outside, and there was nothing to see out the windows but buildings. It was winter, so there weren’t even birds in the trees. I was happy that she enjoyed these programs. I tried the videos for cats, but she didn’t show as much interest.

    Now, 6 months later, we have a room of our own, so I’ve tried to interest her in the same channel and similar ones, but she shows no interest.

    We also have a nice fenced yard, and I take her out with her halter and leash once or twice a day, depending on weather, since it’s fall and colder now.

    She prefers to go out, to watching anything on TV or my computer. I keep trying various ones, and also music to calm her when she can’t go out. Even though she has a large window with lots of birds and people activity, sometimes it’s just not enough.

    The strange thing is that when she was confined, and couldn’t go out, she never cried to go out the entire time. I knew that once I took her out in our new place, she’d cry to go out, and she does! Wish I could find a program she liked.

  2. Our beloved Samuda LOVED car chase scenes. Nature programs of any kind are favorites of us all; insects, birds and fish are particularly riveting content, but cats command attention as well, and we’re also huge fans of “MY CAT FROM HELL”, though in our opinions, the CATS are from a decidedly different place. It’s their often clueless dim-bulb people who could be described as “from Hell”.

    • I gotta totally agree with you jmuhj! Jackson really is doing “therapy” with the owners and the cats reap the benefits.

  3. Thanks for posting this, Jo! I downloaded it and will show it to Samirah when she wakes up. I’m come back and post her reaction. The Queen is taking her nap now and does not wish to be disturbed.

    She does show interest in tv shows like Agents of SHIELD. I guess she likes the sounds and noise of the special effects. That doesn’t explain why I’ve also observed her watching “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” though.

  4. The only cat I ever had who watched TV was Minx, if you remember her. She watched basketball games and chased the ball on the TV screen.

    I’ve tried those cat games on the tablet and none of the 5 in our clowder *see* it.

  5. I showed this video to Sir Hubble Pinkerton yesterday and his attention span was off the charts! He watched several of the videos that were uploaded in this group- but he particularly reacted to the ones with squirrels and birds. His ears were pricked forward and he even reached out a paw now and again to try and “catch” the little critters. But what was truly amazing was he also started staring up at the ceiling as if he was trying to discover any of these animals in the room! He watched non-stop for 15 minutes before he decided there would be no “pay off”. LOL

    See if your kitties respond to the video! I bet many of them will!

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