Reading reflections in the Bookinglass

An expat with a love of fiction

Cunning Cat

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I was in the middle of reading a description of a suicide scene in The Last Life, when my mum walks into my room with the cat in her arms asking whether I had let him out. Now this may sound normal (ish)…except we live on the first floor of an apartment building (an old one from 1920s) and the great front door is always closed. Our cat has learned how to pull the handle and let himself out the front door. I am not even very surprised, he is very clever and has already taken to drinking out of the bathroom tap instead of the bowl beside his food. The only thing to do is to swap the lever handle on the front door with the round handle on the tap and our cat will be able to stay indoors and drink water whenever he likes.

This reminds me of a TED talk I watched about the intelligence of crows. It is fascinating stuff, if you have a spare 20 minutes I recommend it. Anyone else have a crazy and cunning animal story?

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Written by bookinglass

June 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

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  1. I wish our dogs knew how to open the doors!


    July 16, 2011 at 3:09 am

  2. That’s too funny! One of my cats is able to open some doors, luckily not the ones leading outdoors! I really like TED talks, so I’ll have to check out that one.

    Erin McNaughton

    September 6, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    • We changed the handle to point downwards, and he is still jumping at it with a swiping motion to the right as he has seen how we open it now. Let me know if there are any unmissable TED talks you know 🙂


      September 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

  3. Our cat McG broke into our spare room, into a shut cupboard and into a guests closed suite case and ate the dog biscuits that our guest had purchased for his dog (Our guest was visiting from Canada and for some reason thinks the dog biscuits from our local market are better than anything they sell in Canada*). The only evidence was a pile of crumbs and some ginger fur left at the scene of the crime.

    * In the animal v man intelligence stakes – man has just gone one down……


    September 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    • That must have been some mega tasty dog biscuits! Hilarious!


      September 15, 2011 at 11:56 am

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