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Posted by Adam on November 21, 2001, at 9:48:49

In reply to sTOOPID pET tRICKS, posted by Phil on November 17, 2001, at 10:23:47

My cat is a little neurotic. I don't know why, since I think I did a decent job raising him, but it's clear once you get to know him.

For one thing, he both hates and adores certain plastic bags. Especially those crinkly, stiff plastic bags you get at the supermarket. I'll come home with the groceries, and he's nowhere to be found. It's the noise, you see. The crinkly-crackly sound of the bags being rummaged through or crushed fills him with sheer terror. You've never seen a cat run so fast. I must confess, for fun, I sometimes wait until he's well in the room, and then I'll grab one of those bags and crush it violently in my hands. He's gone, he's vapor, he doesn't stop until he is as far away as possible from the source of the offensive noise. I know it's kind of mean, but it's just so funny, and he seems to recover quickly enough.

Well, there's a flip side to the bag thing, as I mentioned. I think he has some kind of unnatural love for those shopping bags, when they are silent and inert. Leave one sitting on the floor, and he will immediately stroll up and start licking it. And licking it. I'll be damned if I can figure out what it is that he gets out of licking these bags, sometimes for upwards of an hour. I guess there must be something about their smell, or a coating maybe, that he can't resist. He will even tolerate the tiny, crinkly noises he makes when he laps away at some Star Market bag with almost obscene determination. I grab the very same bag and crush it, and he's a supersonic bolt flying out of the room. Leave it be and it's a magnetic cat lick. I'm still mystified.

> My friend has a Border Collie less than 2 years old. This dog will watch Animal Planet for 3 hours straight. She has her favorite shows and is intently interested and interactive. If a bird is photographed at close range, Little Girl will be trying to jump thru the screen. I have never seen a dog do this. Has anyone else?
> My cats only trick is trying to trip me on the way down the stairs.
> Anyone have some good stories?
> Thanks,
> Phil




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