The Thoughtful Animal

Insights into the mind of a cat

Apparently when something interests you, the best way to figure it out is to smack it really hard, and repeatedly. If you’re a cat, at least.

h/t @ferrisjabr


  1. #1 CRM-114
    August 15, 2010

    I think hitting hard has to do with the perceived size of the thing. In contrast, a first encounter with a ping pong ball would be a light tap. A cat will tap a little puppy, but slug a big dog.

  2. #2 Laura
    August 16, 2010

    I’m tempted to buy a treadmill just to see how my cats will react.

    Your YouTube link doesn’t seem to work any more, but I think this is the same video:

  3. #3 Bob O'H
    August 16, 2010

    Damn, it’s been removed “due to terms of use violation”. Bum.

  4. #4 Jason G. Goldman
    August 16, 2010

    Thanks to Laura (@2), the evil cats are back messing with the treadmill.

  5. #5 stripey_cat
    August 16, 2010

    I saw a range of different touches – the poke and back off (which didn’t look like a hard strike to begin with) is the first, which makes sense if they’re expecting things to try to counterattack. I particularly liked the black-and-white cat trying to hold the belt back.

  6. #6 dmk
    August 20, 2010

    When in doubt, groom!

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