What’s Going on in her Furry Head?

barry currin, stories of a world gone mad, beaverdamusa.comWho says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Well, maybe dogs are a lost cause, but our 15-year-old cat just learned a new trick.

MacGyver has discovered the video screen.

I’ve written about MacGyver before. After someone tossed her out as a 4-week-old kitten, I rescued her from the briars in the fence row beyond our back fence. We reluctantly decided to keep her — in no small part because she had the most beautiful blue eyes.

It wasn’t long, though, before her eyes turned brown and she turned into the devil’s spawn.

She dislikes everyone except me. And, everyone she hates seems to think that is wildly ironic. I don’t know why.

The other day, I was sitting in my chair typing away on my laptop, and she jumped up on the arm of the chair.

Usually when she does this, she looks at me condescendingly for a while then jumps down and demands to go outside. But this time, I noticed her eyes following the cursor on the screen.

I found that humorous, so I started making the little arrow do circles and figure eights on the screen. Her eyes locked in on it. She hunched down and her ears perked up.

She had always hissed at her reflection in the mirror or the refrigerator door, but this was brand new.

Then I googled “videos for cats to watch.”

I had no idea these existed. Some of them are 8 hours long.

Most of them involve birds and squirrels darting in front of the camera to eat from a pile of food. Others are animated mice or maybe fish moving in random patterns.

She loves to watch. She bobs her head with their motions. She looks up toward the ceiling when a bird flies away.

She has even looked behind the screen to see if they’re back there.

She paws at them. She sometimes tries to catch them with both front paws. 

This would be more funny if I had never attempted to block a field goal from the living room floor. 

The other day I pulled up one of the darting bird videos on my phone and laid it in the floor. She pawed at it until the screen went black.

If Kim is in the room, MacGyver will go back and forth between her and me — I’m convinced — just to see whose screen has the most interesting thing on it.

This is a particularly large development in our house since MacGyver has never sat with anyone but me.

She’s watching me type right now. It’s like she’s reading what I’m writing. (Obviously that’s not true, because she’s not laughing uproariously.)

She has even started sitting in the floor and watching TV.

I catch myself trying to find her something to watch that she hasn’t seen before. I don’t want her to get bored.

I’m starting to wonder what else she could learn to do. Maybe she could do something in the circus. How much do those drug-sniffing dogs at the airport make?

I am going to use MacGyver as inspiration.

Yesterday, she was licking herself and spending the entire day sitting on the heating vent.

Today, she’s trying to figure out how a bird can eat so much and still fly.

I’ll let you know if she figures it out.

About Barry Currin

Barry tries to be funny and poignant, and he's usually satisfied when he succeeds with one or the other. (Being both is awesome. And sometimes that happens.) Email him: currin01@gmail.com

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