things about cats

anonymous asked:

once you get this you have to say five things you like about yourself, publicly, and then send it to ten of your favourite followers!

Honestly I’m lowkey super narcissistic soooo this is perfect for me 😩👅💦 

1.) I have super thick ass litty ass hair

2.) I like my open-minded-ness. Like, as long as you explain your side of the argument to me in an intelligent way, I’ll have no problem taking your claim into consideration.

3.) I’m able to be charming when I need to be (it comes in handy)

4.) I have brown eyes which are the best eyes :)

5.) I’m good at arguing (thx @ lawyer parents)

here’s another picture of my cat cause I just came home from a 4 day road trip n I missed herrrr

Why? Does he look more like a “Totalitarian Regime” to you?

That thing about how cats think humans are big kittens is a myth, y’know.

It’s basically born of false assumptions; folks were trying to explain how a naturally solitary animal could form such complex social bonds with humans, and the explanation they settled on is “it’s a displaced parent/child bond”.

The trouble is, cats aren’t naturally solitary. We just assumed they were based on observations of European wildcats - but housecats aren’t descended from European wildcats. They’re descended from African wildcats, which are known to hunt in bonded pairs and family groupings, and that social tendency is even stronger in their domesticated relatives. The natural social unit of the housecat is a colony: a loose affiliation of cats centred around a shared territory held by alliance of dominant females, who raise all of the colony’s kittens communally.

It’s often remarked that dogs understand that humans are different, while cats just think humans are big, clumsy cats, and that’s totally true - but they regard us as adult colonymates, not as kittens, and all of their social behaviour toward us makes a lot more sense through that lens.

They like to cuddle because communal grooming is how cats bond with colonymates - it establishes a shared scent-identity for the colony and helps clean spots that they can’t easily reach on their own.

They bring us dead animals because cats transport surplus kills back to the colony’s shared territory for consumption by pregnant, nursing, or sick colonymates who can’t easily hunt on their own. Indeed, that’s why they kill so much more than they individually need - it’s not for fun, but to generate enough surplus kills to sustain the colony’s non-hunting members.

They’re okay with us messing with their kittens because communal parenting is the norm in a colony setting, and us being colonymates in their minds automatically makes us co-parents.

It’s even why many cats are so much more tolerant toward very small children, as long as those children are related to one of their regular humans: they can tell the difference between human adults and human “kittens”, and your kittens are their kittens.

Basically, you’re going to have a much easier time getting a handle on why your cat does why your cat does if you remember that the natural mode of social organisation for cats is not as isolated solitary hunters, but as a big communal catpile - and for that purpose, you count as a cat.

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[immediately follows up a full-on illustration with a messy comic]

at least by spewing soda all over alim’s phone, marin no longer has to steal it in order to erase the incriminating evidence

everyone following my blog: when are you going to stop drawing that one guy from YOI, or start drawing any of the other characters as well

me: ???? ?? ?

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I was feeling terrible because I forgot to commemorate my cat’s eighth adoption anniversary, but I just learned that tumblr will make gifs from videos! So here are some pics of my imperious kitty while he’s trying to go to sleep despite my interferences.

Never forget that Hollyleaf is a black, slender, long-legged she-cat with green eyes who, canonically, is the spitting image of her father, Crowfeather, and was almost named for him.

Yuri warms up to Victor a little faster than Yurio, but that’s just a cat thing. It takes cats about 2 to 4 weeks to grow used to a new environment. Victor just happens to have the softest blankets to sleep on.

Victor is ecstatic when Yuri starts to warm up to him! He wakes up with Yuri snoozing away at the foot of the bed and just internally screams while reaching for his phone for photos.

Victor’s definitely the type of owner who, if Yuri were to curl up on his lap, would think “I can’t move for the rest of my life” and probably be happy with that decision.

Yurio warms up to Yuri with a stubborn “fine asshole I’ll just ignore you” attitude. But then it becomes apparent that the new cat is soft, and actually really nice. Also Victor likes him, and bengals are nothing if not super loyal to their families.

I saw Seussical the Musical with @miaoumint last month and so many things about the Cat in the Hat character reminded me of the Once-ler, from the coattails to the body language. Soooo naturally I felt inspired to draw him in the Cat’s outfit. :P

nekoma ANBU