Five O'Clock Somewhere

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Psychic Cat

We have always known that Tres is something of a "special" cat. He's especially good at empathy; he can catch on to a person's feelings long before that person even knows the feelings exist. If I get up to go to the bathroom, or to go to the kitchen for a snack, Tres knows where I am going and leads me there. I always figured that he had some sort of sense for subconscious signals, so he could detect a full bladder or a hunger signal, and anticipate what I was going to do.

But yesterday evening, he went totally beyond that. He pressed the keys on the computer keyboard to shut the system down. There was no way he could have picked up subconscious vibes to tell him that pressing those three keys in that order would do something that would get him attention from his humans. But those three keys, in that order, were what he pressed.

I have always taken pride in not believing in "unscientific" phenomena. I have fun with horoscopes and such, but more as an entertaining look at coincidences than as anything that really has an effect on people's lives. Still, I wonder, why DID Tres hit those three keys, instead of any others?


Anonymous louis 3790 said...

I think Tres was trying to avoid the jerks...or he was surfing porn when you walked in and had to shut down quickly...

Thu Sep 15, 01:00:00 AM MDT  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

Louis, you may have something there. Actually, I was on the computer and Tres came in, so he wasn't trying to cover up his own activities. But he could well have been acting to protect me from the jerks. He's that kind of cat.

Thu Sep 15, 02:41:00 AM MDT  
Anonymous Jill said...

During my final year of college my cat would consistantly hit the delete button on my laptop...perhaps she was just living up to her name 'rogue' because that is the most roguish thing you could do to a student trying to complete her history papers! Cats truly are amazing aren't they?!?

Fri Sep 16, 11:35:00 AM MDT  

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