I have the pleasure of living with 3 cats. Considering that I currently live in a 2 bedroom apartment, it seems a little crowed between me, my girlfriend and the 3 cats. Plus throw in a 75 gallon fish tank and 10 gallon fish tank and that adds up to a lot of living creatures (including humans) in one 2 bedroom apartment.
I find the cats to be very interesting a lot of times in their interaction with computers.
Fascination with the laptop computer
The youngest one, Dotty, is completely fascinated by the glossy surface covering on my main laptop computer. She likes to either just sit on top of it or paw at the glossy surface material and act amazed. This can get quite comical, I think she can see her reflection in it or something.
Dotty also had a bad habit for a while of sitting behind my laptop screen and reaching her paws around the side to attack my hands while I would be trying to type. While cute, it was annoying, but it was too entertaining to get me angry. She seems to have dropped that habit lately, though she would only do this if I was laying in bed with the computer on my lap. I haven’t done that for a while and I can only assume that she’d do that again if the situation arose.
Fascination with the iTunes visualizer
Kitty is the second youngest. Yes I actually have a cat named Kitty, she already had that name when we got her and we didn’t change it. She always had a fascination with the speakers that I have set up to the left and right of my main desktop computer monitor. When I’m listening to music like Aphex Twin or Squarepusher that has lots of interesting electronic sounds and left-right panning she likes to sit next to me on the desk and watch back and forth between the speakers, trying to figure out what is going on.
Then one day after I got into iTunes, I kicked on the visualizer while I was cleaning my 75 gallon aquarium (which is in the office/studio with my computers). Kitty sat and watched the visualizer for about 30 minutes, without taking her eyes off the screen, until I turned it off after done cleaning my aquarium. She is quite patient and that was a pretty funny thing to watch, her being mezmerized by the screen.
Glasses of water
I haven’t mentioned Brick yet, the oldest of the three cats. He doesn’t really do much with the computers and I don’t think he really cares about them.
But… he has a fascination with glasses of water. All three cats do actually. This isn’t that bad of a thing, and you may be asking yourself… what does this have to do with computers?
Well, cats that are fascinated with glasses of water tend to tip them over every now and then. They’ll either paw at glasses to intentionally try to tip them water, or they will try to stick their heads in the glasses to drink the water. This leads to spilled glasses of water every now and again.
About 2 weeks ago I forgot a large, full glass of water on the computer desk and sure enough, it was tipped over the next morning. I had to dry up water underneath a laptop computer, under the mouse pad, and under the keyboard of my main desktop computer. I couldn’t be mad though… my fault completely for leaving the water there, I know better.
Another potentially bad situation includes the fact that I like to put glasses of water on my night stand. I get thirsty for water a lot and like to keep it nearby. I also like to lean my laptop up against the side of the night stand at times. This is a horrible idea, obviously, but what can I say… I’m a risk taker. I haven’t had water spilled on my laptop computer in a situation like this yet, but I’m sure it will happen some day.
As I am typing this…
Dotty is actually drinking out of my water glass right now.
Cripes. These cats are too consistent. Now I need new glass of water and I just got on a roll with typing.