Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Among the questions and topics Desmond Morris treats in his classic book, "Catwatching", I don't recall finding these:
- Why do cats push objects out of their reach (but not out of their sight) --under the kitchen stove, e.g.--and then try to seize them? No, not by accident, repeatedly!
- Why does my cat sniff his food, then turn away and stroke at the floor with his forepaw?
- Is it normal that my adolescent cat mistook me for a tree and climbed my leg and back to my shoulder?
- My tomcat, who has experience with mice, gets very excited when I play doctored mouse chants (from the PLoS Biology article, " Ultrasonic Songs of Male Mice" by Timothy E. Holy and Zhongsheng Guo) on my computer. Doesn't he realize they are at the wrong pitch or speed?
I've tried both Audio S1. Slowed (16×) Playback of the 2-s Section Expanded in the Lower Panel of Figure 1, and Audio S4. Pitch-Shifted (16×) Playback of a Longer Segment of Song.