Humans can be so confusing sometimes! And while I have spent most of my life deciphering their behavior to help you kitties have better feline-human relationships, there are just some things that will probably always remain a mystery, such as:
- Why do humans get so excited over catnip mice and bug toys like Nekoflies and happily use them to play with us, but if a real, tasty mouse or bug comes along they freak out?
- Most humans understand that we cats thrive on routine, so why do they change our feeding times by an hour twice a year? Why can’t they keep us on schedule, no matter what they want to do with their own routine for this so-called Daylight Savings Time?
- Humans are always so eager to find new ways for kitties to go on diets — portion control, automated feeders, treat puzzles, more play/ exercise, etc. — but why can’t they seem to successfully do the same thing for themselves?
- Why must humans go through a lot of paperwork and legal mumbo-jumbo every time they get a new house? Why can’t they just pee to mark where the boundaries are? It would be so much easier for them.
- And why all the talking? It’s such a complicated form of communication. Don’t they understand that body language speaks way louder than words?
- Oh, and the perfume and smelly soap thing — it’s a terrible way to disguise one’s scent. I don’t know who they are trying to hide from anyway. And isn’t it better to just smell like yourself, so other humans know who they are dealing with?
How about you kitties — are there things your humans do that puzzle you?
We SO totally agree with Madi and Mom. 😉
Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz says
We’ve often asked ourselves the very same questions!
Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal says
Me is wondering the same as you !
Humans are a furry strange species
Now theese are some very interesting points and comments too! I agree with CK about the gray hair/fur thing…puzzling…I do like to hear humans talk though…you never know when some of that info can come in handy…
Mark's Mews says
We feel almos weerd sayin this, like we’re betrayin the community or somethin, but our Bein doesnt do anny of those things.
We can eat annythin we catch, we eat according to the light outside and then just before he goes to bed, we get weighed once a week so we stay about the same weight (but he thinks a healthy “plump” is just fine), he helps us mark our yard by peeing on rabbit holes unner the fence, uses his weerd arm/hand movements when we are looking at him an hisses PSSTTTSSS only when we arent lookin, an he even makes his own unsmelly after-scrapin-the-hair-off-his-face-stuff to use (he doesnt like unnatural scents either).
While WE sure appreciate all that, is there mebbe something wrong with him from a Bein point of view or are we just really lucky?
Oh hai Sparkle, very good point you made there 😛 😛 My mamma has built this cool site for us cats to connect and share our stories – would really love you to be part of our community! Check it out http://www.showmeCats.com and let me know what you think of it 😛 😛
Mr. Jay Catsby – a tiny classic red Maine Coon
Feline Yogi says
I personally don’t understand the human obsession with accumulating money. It’s just a bunch of numbers! Meow and Namaste! ~Pippy the Feline Yogini
Spitty the Kitty says
When the Human washes my beddies I have to roll all over and over and over them to make them smell right again. It’s such a tedious task every single time. If she wants to wash HER bedding, fine. leave mine alone!
Cathy Keisha says
Pawsome list! I always thought TW should bathe with Tuna Melt rather than Ginger Float but she doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Some of the things that I wonder about is why they feel the need to spend time shaving their fur when they could be playing with me. Why does TW DYE her gray hair while admiring mine??
Angel Tom & Family says
They say we cats are an enigma, but humans are even more of a mystery. Great post and one we agree with wholeheartedly, Sparkle.
Sparkle, thank you and your mom for your sweet words of comfort when we lost Tom. We miss him and find sending along our thanks for thoughtfulness such as yours really hard..so it’s been slow going. It’s good to be back to visiting furriends again, though. 🙂
Julie, Tinker and Anastasia
Sparkle, I agree about the peeing to mark a new house, and it is so obvious to us cats. Humans would save themselves a lot of time stress and money if they did the same.
MOL! You sure point out how weird humans are! We don’t understand why they don’t like us to wake them up but then think it’s perfectly okay for them to wake us up. Odd.
To Meow or not to Meow! That’s our question!
Yep, those are so true Sparkle! I often wonder why one peep has to announce to the other when someone uses the litter box.
Emma and Buster says
Mama agrees with you specially the peeing part to mark the house yours 🙂
You made great points here Sparkle. You do know hoomins.
Katnip Lounge says
Um, Sparkle? Daddy sometimes pees in our back yard!
Famous SpokesGoat Pricilla says
I don’t think we are supposed to understand them Sparkle – just try to keep them in line.
Random Felines says
people are just weird…..
Baby Tali says
HAHAHA..I would loves to see my Humommy peeing in the corners..HAHAHA 😆
Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101) says
Oh Sparkle so many mysteries and so many clueless humans. All is grousing is why you’re on our detention list but if behave we’ll remove you 😉
LOL they sure remain mystery.
Especially the one with diet – why humans can’t do the same thing is a big mystery to me!
Don’t worry Sparkle Humans can’t understand them selves most of the time,xx Rachel
We’re fortunate in that mom doesn’t get the stinky soap and perfume thing either. She thinks it should all be banned from the planet. Regular bathing is all any human or kitty needs!
The rest I’ll never figure out. Humans are just too weird.
Nerissa's Life says
Yeah… ol’ peepers has bottles of stink, too. MOUSES!
Kitties Blue says
Our humans have lived in the same house for 29 years so we don’t know anything about how they acquired it, but we think pee marking should be the rule for all things involving property or possessions. And we have to cut them a little slack with the body language. The poor things don’t have tails and their ears are stationary. They are very ill-equipped to communicate anything. Sparkle, you continue to amaze us with how astute and thoughtful you are. We’re too busy napping to have any deep thoughts. Glad we can depend on you. Have a catabulous week. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
Sue Brandes says
Love those Sparkle.
Glogirly & Katie says
Glogirly needs to start eating her meals out of a puzzle toy.
; ) Katie
Caren Gittleman says
OMC this was my all time fave ” Why canâ€™t they just pee to mark where the boundaries are?” MOL MOL MOL!!! Don’t give my Mom any ideas! I have a list so long of things that my humans do that baffle me that it would take PAGES to cover! You did great Sparkle, I wonder those same things! Love, Cody
Sparkle, you are just so smart with those questions. I wonder all that myself (especially that house paperwork stuff) but have never put it into words! And about that house stuff? A few weeks ago my mom looked at a perfect little house but she passed on it, claiming that cats had gotten in and peed all over the place! She said it had been vacant for some time–I say it belonged to cats and should not have been “on the market”!
Amelia Hughes says
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Very good points Sparkle. I really like the paperwork for the new house/moving idea. Just pee and hand over the keys!
prancer pie says
These are truly things to ponder, Sparkle. Humans are just so confusing! 😕
Sparkle right now I do not understand why my Momma is so sad. She talks to me like I am not there, but I am right by her side and she can’t see me no matter how hard I meow at her. I wish I could make her see that I am young and healthy and zipping around like I use to.
Abby sweetie, she will learn to see and feel you with time. Right now she’s been taken over by the sads and they don’t let her see you yet. When the sads start to lessen, then she’ll see and feel you. And she’ll know how happy you are now that you’re young and healthy again. *softpaw and healing purrs*
The Island Cats says
Sparkle, we gave up trying to figure out the humans. As long as they give us foods and pet us, we just let them go with their weird idosyncrasies.
Toby & Leia says
Oh, so many mysteries. Hoomins are impossible to figure out. We just have to luff them as they are. And shed on them a lot, too.
The Poupounette Gang says
We’re not thinking of moving anytime soon (NEVER, says #1…) but the “pee instead of papers” option sounds very logical to us!
Hannah and Lucy says
Why do humans waste time getting dressed when they could just grow fur.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
The Paw Relations says
Therein lies the mysteries of the universe, Sparkle.
Katie Bella says
I’ll tell you what! Succint thoughts here! Points to ponder!
Madi and Mom says
MOL MOL MOL MOL WE LOVE THIS ONE!!
Why must humans go through a lot of paperwork and legal mumbo-jumbo every time they get a new house? Why canâ€™t they just pee to mark where the boundaries are? It would be so much easier for them.
HUGS MADI AND MOM YOUR BFFF
The Kitties of Purring Pines says
Excellent questions! We’ve almost broken our mom on the time change garbage.
Tillie and Georgia says
Good points Sparkle.
We often wonder at the hug and kissy thing they do to us but not to all critters.
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie