Japanese cat likes to ‘adjust the time’ on a wall clock

Chama is obsessed with playing with the minute hand of a wall clock which means the clock tells inaccurate time!

We are not told, but I’d describe this handsome boy cat, Chama, as a non-typical ginger, tabby Exotic Shorthair. He does not quite meet the breed standard in the West but perhaps he does for Japanese bred Exotic Shorthairs. I say this with respect as the CFA breed standard insists the face is flat: “When viewed in profile, the prominence of the eyes are apparent and the forehead, nose, and chin appear to be in vertical alignment“. Chama face is more normal! It is not flat enough as he has a short muzzle. This is a good thing by the way as the extreme flat-face is damaging to health and affects breathing among other things.

It doesn’t really matter because his antics at being obsessed with changing the time on a wall clock has made him a bit of a social celebrity.

Cat likes to adjust time on clock but it is not deliberate!
Cat likes to adjust time on clock but it is not deliberate! Screenshot from video.
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Of course, he is not actually changing the time deliberately! He is playing with an object that moves – the minute hand. It is a game and it happens to be a clock on the wall.

His female, human guardian is Kameike. She has a Twitter page and she has kindly tweeted his playing in a video:

Note: This is a video from another website. Sometimes they are deleted at source which stops them working on this site. If that has happened, I apologise but I have no control over it.

Typical of most domestic cats he’s a bit mischievous in playing with stuff that is available. He is a fan of bottle caps, for instance. Kameike recently discovered why the clocks in her home are always incorrect. It appears that he does the same thing with other clocks. They must have hands that are uncovered.

Chama. Photo: his human guardian: Kameike.

The clock in the video is over a desk which he used to reach it. She has lowered the desk to stop him. Shame. I think that she should let him go on doing it. He has a great cat toy with which to entertain himself. Why stop him having fun? Just put another clock next to this one and leave well alone.

She said:

“I wonder if she’s trying to set the time to breakfast. This cat is really smart. If you move the clock forward 15 minutes, anyone would notice it easily. But if you change it by just five minutes, your villainous act will go unnoticed. It’s like a time travelling cat!”

It is the first time I have seen a domestic cat use a wall clock as a toy but it does not surprise me in the slightest.

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