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Carole
03-22-2006, 05:29 AM
My little fur baby has this uncanny ability to know when to come running. It drives me crazy! There is no possible way to just sit down and open a bag of chips, a candy bar or popsicle without having her sitting at your feet panting. We call it the curse of the crinkly paper.

This dog can be asleep on my bed and if I make the slightest sound with a wrapper, she is in here in a second, posed and smiling. I have to be all sneaky-like by taking that candy bar, opening it and then leaving it on the counter. She'll come running and when she sees me without anything in my hand, she goes back to the bed. Then I can go back and eat it later. She also knows styrofoam containers that we take home from restaurants. She knows there are cuts of meat or rib bones in there and she knows they are for her.

What sounds or sights do you wish your pet didn't know?

DamaNegra
03-22-2006, 05:34 AM
Ha! My pet knows the same sound as yours! But she also knows the sound of someone walking in the kitchen, which makes her come running. And there's no fooling her by hiding the candy, she can smell it so she won't leave you alone. She also knows that if she begs and puts a lost-puppy face she will be given candy.

And she knows the sound of mom's footsteps, so she runs to meet mom and leaves me alone when I'm playing with her.

robeiae
03-22-2006, 05:37 AM
Mine knows Jessica Simpson.

Rob :)

TheIT
03-22-2006, 05:40 AM
Walking to the stairs. If I'm upstairs going downstairs, I've learned to stop as soon as I hear the pounding of cat feet behind me. Both of my cats insist on running down the stairs ahead of me, so it's safer to let them pass by. My cats weigh 12 and 14 pounds (all muscle) and sound like elephants running down the hallway.

I've also learned to slow down when walking into my bedroom. My 14 pound cat likes to be petted while he's standing on the bed. Only problem is, he launches himself onto the bed from about six feet away. Kind of like watching an orange furry ballistic missile fly by. So far he hasn't knocked me over, but he's come close.

Carole
03-22-2006, 06:09 AM
Both of my cats insist on running down the stairs ahead of me, so it's safer to let them pass by.
Oh that is SO funny!!!

Sinner does a couple of versions of that, too. She lays under my feet when I am on the computer. As soon as I move to get up, so does she. She and I start walking at the same time, but she takes 3-4 steps and stops, invariably tripping me (you can't teach an old ma new tricks, I guess). When I wake up in the morning, I dread getting out of bed because she does the same thing. As soon as my feet hit the floor, she jumps down. I walk, she walks and then stops dead. I can't tell you how many times I have fallen into the door frame because she stopped and I tripped.

clintl
03-22-2006, 06:35 AM
The foster cat I have right now knows how to open the kitchen cabinets and crawl inside where the clean pots and pans are.

Unique
03-22-2006, 07:07 AM
My cats know when it's 5:30 am. I wish they knew when it was 7:00.

What I don't understand is why two of them come running at the sound of the can opener. Those two have gotten their food from pull-top cans all their life. :Shrug: It makes no sense to me that the 'can opener noise' means something to them.

Serenity
03-22-2006, 07:12 AM
My cats have an uncanny way of knowing when I'm using the can opener. Usually, it's because they want tuna... but any can. I could be as quiet as possible and they could be in the back of the apartment, but they just *know*.


Then they come out and it's 'mroowwwww....' at the top of their lungs.

William Haskins
03-22-2006, 07:16 AM
my cat constantly lectures me on occam's razor.

brokenfingers
03-22-2006, 07:28 AM
What does your pet know that drives you crazy?

My dog knows where the bodies are buried, which really bugs me because whenever I grill out a steak, he gives me that look, that smug self-satisfied look that says: "Now, you're not gonna leave your buddy out are ya?" with all its implications of his dangerous knowledge.

Let's not even talk about my fish, who quotes lines from The Godfather to me...

ChaosTitan
03-22-2006, 07:46 AM
One of my kitties is obsessed with drinking running water from the bathroom tub, particularly in the morning right before my shower. Anywhere in the apartment, she comes running when I turn on the bathroom light (which automatically starts a ceiling fan/vent thingie).

Silly puss....

Puddle Jumper
03-22-2006, 07:55 AM
My little fur baby has this uncanny ability to know when to come running. It drives me crazy! There is no possible way to just sit down and open a bag of chips, a candy bar or popsicle without having her sitting at your feet panting. We call it the curse of the crinkly paper.

This dog can be asleep on my bed and if I make the slightest sound with a wrapper, she is in here in a second, posed and smiling. I have to be all sneaky-like by taking that candy bar, opening it and then leaving it on the counter. She'll come running and when she sees me without anything in my hand, she goes back to the bed. Then I can go back and eat it later. She also knows styrofoam containers that we take home from restaurants. She knows there are cuts of meat or rib bones in there and she knows they are for her.

What sounds or sights do you wish your pet didn't know?
Lucky, I have trouble keeping my pup off me when I get something to eat, she likes jumping on me. I'm not sure how to break her of this habit.

DamaNegra
03-22-2006, 07:56 AM
they just *know*.

I *know* every time dad opens a bottle of wine :D The moment the cork is out of the bottle, I 'magically' appear there to get my share :D He calls me 'genie' because I appear every time he opens a bottle.

maestrowork
03-22-2006, 08:00 AM
4:30 a.m. The darn thing would always climb up, push her head on my face and demand to be patted. 4 frigging 30 in the morning.

WerenCole
03-22-2006, 08:49 AM
My dog reads my thoughts. . . we communicate through hand gestures and and clicking noises. . .

book_maven
03-22-2006, 09:04 AM
My three cats respond to my words, "Treats, anyone?" They know that word quite well. But what really brings them running is the sound of an eggshell cracking. They love their (farmers' market raw) egg yolks, and their shiny coats prove that.

katiemac
03-22-2006, 09:30 AM
My dog used to steal food off the counter when it got left out by accident. One day we came home to a bunch of peach pits, all completely picked clean, lying on the floor, not to mention the bunch of grapes -- only the stems were left. He must've picked them all off one by one.

September skies
03-22-2006, 10:29 AM
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/e2cat.gif My cat can open a door by jumping up and with both paws, simultaneously turning the knob. Seriously! Of course, our home is 100-plus years old and these are old fashion glass knobs with a texture feel to them. And the doors don't latch all that great. But still, its amazing how she can do that. It usually takes her three or four tries but she'll get it.

My dog can sniff anything out when we play hide and seek. We'll have her play with a ball (or stuffed animal or old shoe, etc.) and then hide it. Then we have such fun as she runs around looking for it. And she always finds it - and start howling. (even when we hide it inside a box or under a bed)
:snoopy:
Same dog, howls when my daughters play their musical instruments - especially the high notes. I say it hurts her ears, they say she's singing along.

aadams73
03-22-2006, 02:02 PM
Lucky, I have trouble keeping my pup off me when I get something to eat, she likes jumping on me. I'm not sure how to break her of this habit.

Turn around and walk away. Completely ignore her until you're finished. Keep walking away if she keeps jumping up.

When you are ready, call her to you and reward her.

They get the hint really fast and soon you'll have a dog who rests beside you while you eat in peace.

Forbidden Snowflake
03-22-2006, 03:25 PM
My cat sits on the keyboard when I'm typing, is in front of the screen when I'm looking at stuffs and sits on my book when I'm reading.

Carole
03-22-2006, 03:39 PM
I guess I should be thankful that Sinner doesn't jump on me. It's annoying, the way she stares though. It always makes me feel like she is thinking, "Momma...where's mine? I mean...you have food...dada has food...but you didn't give me any....don't you LOVE me, momma? *whimper*"

She really is a naughty girl. I learned fast not to leave my plate with her in the room. Once I got up to go to the fridge to grab a Pepsi and when I came back she had inhaled a whole slice of pizza - and was licking the plate. Last week I had a Tupperware container half full of Oreos sitting on the ottoman when I went to work. Either I didn't have it sealed or she is a very talented dog. I came home to an empty container. I've heard from so many people that chocolate is poisonous to dogs. If it's poisonous to dogs, mine apparently has some kind of immunity. She has stolen so much chocolate!!!

rich
03-22-2006, 03:52 PM
http://www.petfinder.com/journalindex.cgi?path=/public/animalbehavior/dogs/1.2.41.txt

madderblue
03-22-2006, 04:22 PM
I've also got a cat that opens doors. When we got our puppy she was less than thrilled. The puppy isn't allowed outside of the living room. One day I was in the shower and the cat was on her cat stand, dog being his usually hyper-pup self. I had shut all the doors and checked them before I got in the tub. When I got out I heard someone tearing the heck out of the upstairs. The cat had opened the door, let the noisy dog out and then climbed back on her perch...as if nothing happened.

maestrowork
03-22-2006, 07:11 PM
Mine know how to open doors. And that's not the real problem. But they know to open doors and come in and sit on the bed at the most... well... personal moments. Just sitting there, like buddhas, with questioning eyes: "Hey, you two, watcha doing?"

Ugh, buddy, what do you think we're doing?

Sarita
03-22-2006, 07:21 PM
My evil Siamese could open all the doors at the old house. They haven't figured out the new house ... *yet* They also love the sound of the can opener, even though they've only ever eaten dried food. They open cabinets to find their treats or various other food stuffs they may want. They can get into ANYTHING. We lock them in the basement while we're not home, otherwise we'd come home to empty kitchen cabinets and lots of triscuits, cereal, and cookies on the floor.

Oh, and what's up with them digging out any houseplant and eating the roots off of them? They're not content to make it look bad by chewing on the leaves. They have to kill the suckers by eating off the roots! Evil kitties! Evil kitties!

Jaycinth
03-22-2006, 07:30 PM
Senor El Gato..AKA Clyde James...AKA C.J. Knows the coffee maker. Knows that I won't do a blasted thiing until I have my first sip of coffee, so he won;t even try. But as soon as that thing is making it's last 'glub glub' CJ is in my face..."Coffee ready! Coffee Ready and while you are at it...feed me...feed me...!"
He knows the big setter across the street is scared of him. He knows the blue jay ain't but he's got a plan this year. . .
He also knows that when the TV is on and he's outside, to climb up the side of the house and stare at the kitchen window. Someone in the kitchen will let him in.

He also knows that Mr. Miller across the street will share bacon at 10:00 am, that Mrs Cooper down the corner will share tuna at 1:00 pm and that if he is very cool and friendly at 3:00 he can scam a piece of bananna or a spoon of yogurt from my daughter.

He knows how to turn down the thermostat. (Why???I don't KNOW!!!!)
He can pull open a door that is't quite closed but although he can reach and act like he's turning the doorknobs, either the brass is too smooth or he's just a silly klutz.

He knows how to wrap himself around my shoulders like a fur wrap and take a nap while I'm writing. For some perverse reason, he prefers to do this on warmer days...like mid July.

He knows where my daughter keeps her scrunchies, and moves them to his hiding place frequently.

He knows a cat fa*t is the fastest way to get my daughter to let him out the front door.

He doesn't know I'm writing this.

threedogpeople
03-22-2006, 10:16 PM
One of mine, Wisdon, knows how to read minds....all I have to do is think about getting the butter out of the fridge and she's in the kitchen sitting in front of the sink. I don't know how she does it, it doesn't make any sense to me but there she is.

Shadow_Ferret
03-22-2006, 10:30 PM
My cat annoys the heck out of me. It hasn't yet realized I can't see in the dark so I'm always tripping on it. It has nearly sent me down the stairs a few times. But the thing that really annoys me is it knocks things off the kitchen counters, deliberately. It knows I will come and try to kill it. It's some sort of game with it. As it disappears around a corner, I can hear it laughing at me.

My dog is also constantly underfoot, but he's a fifty pound dalmatian and easy to spot (haha!) in the dark. His problem is, he thinks he's a lap dog and takes up the whole couch. He also has decided that his spot on the bed is between my legs (on top of the covers!). At first it was annoying, but I've grown used to it.

TheIT
03-22-2006, 10:41 PM
My cats get cat food out of pop top cans, but they come running at the sound of the can opener because they know tuna comes from the can opener. It's the only thing I use the can opener for, and they know they get the tuna juice.

My 14 pound cat loves milk from the cereal bowl. I've taken to eating cereal out of coffee cups so I can protect my breakfast from him. I sit on the couch to eat, and he'll circle around across my lap, over the arms, and behind me, all the while purring his head off. It gets really annoying when he tries rubbing his head against the spoon just as I'm taking a bite. I feel like a crumb scolding him since all he's trying to do is be friendly (and steal my food when I'm not looking, of course).

ketch
03-22-2006, 10:44 PM
My Maggie knows when the little plastic drawer in the refrigerator opens (not the fridge, just the drawer). It's where the cheese is. She thinks it's for her because when she required medicine, we had to wrap it in it to trick her into swallowing the pill.

When she was a puppy, she knew how to eat a hole through the middle of a wall.

She also knows how to bury a Kong in a couch...she pushes it between the cushions, then takes a blanket or throw and continuously pushes it into the crack with her nose until it's all smooshed in there good.

When she was a puppy and into chewing everything she came across, my evil cat Ouija (a.k.a. "Wee Wee" the midget tortie cat) knew how to help her out by knocking things off the kitchen counter for her to eat or chew on.

rekirts
03-22-2006, 10:45 PM
Since one of my dogs started taking medication which has the side effect of making her hungry, she has learned to open the kitchen cupboards and to get the lid off the bathroom garbage. The other dog knows when it's time to get up in the morning and time to go to bed at night, and insists on everyone doing so whether we want to or not.