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Finally online: “Life With Herman H. Rott” is the wry and brilliantly funny story of a troubled relationship between a slobby wolf and a cleanly cat. Made at our Open Workshop by Chintis Lundgren and well worth watching!

Why Do Cats Do That? (Vol.1)

Happy #Caturday Tumblr! For the next several Saturdays, we’ll be trying to help you understand what’s up with your house cat.

They’re cute, they’re lovable, and judging by the 26 billion views of over 2 million YouTube videos of them pouncing, bouncing, climbing, cramming, stalking, clawing, chattering and purring; one thing is certain: Cats are very entertaining.  These somewhat strange feline behaviors, both amusing and baffling, leave many of us asking:  Why do cats do that?

Enabled by their unique muscular structure and keen balancing abilities, cats climbed to high vantage points to survey their territory and spot prey in the wild. 

Your house cat doesn’t need these particular skills to find and hunt down dinner in her food bowl today. But instinctually, viewing the living room from the top of the bookcase, is exactly what she has evolved to do.

Curious about cats? Check in with us every Saturday for some more #catfacts! 

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why do cats act so weird? - Tony Buffington

Animation by Chintis Lundgren

Why Do Cats Do That? (Vol.6)

Happy #Caturday Tumblr! For the next several Saturdays, we’ll be trying to help you understand what’s up with your house cat.

Throughout time, cats were simultaneously solitary predators of smaller animals and prey for larger carnivores. As both predator and prey, survival of their species depended on crucial instinctual behaviors which we still observe in wild and domestic cats today.

While the feline actions of your house cat Grizmo might seem perplexing, in the wild, these same behaviors, naturally bred into cats for millions of years, would make Grizmo a super cat.

They developed through time as both solitary predators that hunted and killed to eat, and stealthy prey that hid and escaped to survive. So cats today retain many of the same instincts that allowed them to thrive in the wild for millions of years. 

This explains some of their seemingly strange behaviors. To them, our homes are their jungles. But if this is the case, in our own cat’s eyes, who are we? Big, dumb, hairless cats competing with them for resources? Terribly stupid predators they’re able to outsmart everyday? Or maybe they think we’re the prey…

Curious about cats? Check out our previous #caturday posts for some more #catfacts!

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why do cats act so weird? - Tony Buffington

Animation by Chintis Lundgren

Why Do Cats Do That? (Vol.4)

Happy #Caturday Tumblr! For the next several Saturdays, we’ll be trying to help you understand what’s up with your house cat.

In the wild, cats needed sharp claws for climbing, hunting and self-defense.  

Sharpening their claws on nearby surfaces kept them conditioned and ready, helped stretch their back and leg muscles, and relieved some stress too.  

So, it’s not that your house cat hates your couch, chair, ottoman, pillows, curtains and everything thing else you put in her environment. She’s ripping these things to shreds and keeping her claws in tip top shape because this is exactly what her ancestors did in order to survive.

Curious about cats? Check in with us every Saturday for some more #catfacts!

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why do cats act so weird? - Tony Buffington

Animation by Chintis Lundgren

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We love this music video for a song called I Love Your Face by Kali Briis. Directed by Chintis Lundgren it has cute written all over it. We spotted it at the recent Pictoplasma in Berlin and had to share its greatness.

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“Mysterious Swamp” by Chintis Lundgren

Why Do Cats Do That? (Vol.2)

Happy #Caturday Tumblr! For the next several Saturdays, we’ll be trying to help you understand what’s up with your house cat.

As wild predators, cats are opportunistic and hunt whenever prey is available.   Since most cat prey are small, cats in the wild needed to eat many times each day, and use a stalk, pounce, kill, eat strategy to stay fed.

This is why Grizmo prefers to chase and pounce on little toys and eat small meals over the course of the day and night. 

Curious about cats? Check in with us every Saturday for some more #catfacts!

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why do cats act so weird? - Tony Buffington

Animation by Chintis Lundgren