kittehkats:

If It Fits, I Sits - Cat Behavior

This is a cat behavior that confounds a lot of people.  What the hell is it about sitting in boxes that cats find impossible to resist?

Well, I have an idea.  It’s just a guess, but I hope you see the logic in it.  It may sound a little bit crazy, but stick with it. 

Most cats are ambush hunters, from tigers to tabby cats.  Carnivores who might not be able to run faster than their prey, so they hide in wait, utilize camouflage and cover until their prey is close enough to give them the advantage.  This also conserves energy that helps avoid expending more than the meal would provide.

Of course, their quarry also adapt and evolve, improving their skills at detecting predators, or else they wouldn’t be here today.  Ever try to catch a mouse?  This constant battle between sharpening your skills or becoming extinct pushes these skills in both hunter and hunted until they become razor sharp, automatic and immediate. 

So, what happens when these long perfected skills are no longer needed?  When centuries have gone into molding your cunning until you can be near invisible on the hunt - the perfect killing machine - but you now get your meals from a can?

Serendipity.

The very same thing that took us humans from grunting and pointing all the way to operas about barbers who cut their customers throats and bake them into pies.

Language in humans developed for our survival, and it worked phenomenally well.  Waving our arms around, spitting, and howling slowly, over millennia, developed into the most complex and successful method of communication ever known, far more advanced than any other animal.  To the point that today it has far exceeded our need for it in the survival of the species.  But since it’s there, we use it… in literature, music, even operas about butchering barbers, as silly as that seems, using our perfectly developed survival skills on delightful wastes of time.

Serendipity.

I think the same is true for cats and their boxes, or anything else that fits.  They have these deeply ingrained skills just sitting around doing nothing.  Skills that used to be used for hiding, crouching, taking cover behind shrubs or in trees, finding safe dens… for being invisible, and even though the skills are no longer needed, they’re still there, nagging away at the kitty… take cover, hide, crouch, get somewhere they can’t see you.  Hey, what about that box?

knowhomo:

LGBT History You Should Know
(and probably never heard of)
JEANNE BONNET
According to historian Allan Berube, “Jeanne Bonnet grew up in San Francisco as a tomboy and in the 1870’s, in her early twenties, was arrested dozens of times for wearing male attire. She visited local brothels as a male customer, and eventually organized French prostitutes in San Francisco into an all-woman gang whose members swore off prostitution, had nothing to do with men and supported themselves by shoplifting. She traveled with a special friend, Blanche Buneau, whom the newspapers described as ‘strangely and powerfully attached’ to Jeanne. Her success at separating prostitutes from their pimps led to her murder in 1876.”
(Text from:
Witt, Lynn, Sherry Thomas, and Eric Marcus. Out in All Directions: the Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America. New York: Warner, 1995.  p175)

knowhomo:

LGBT History You Should Know

(and probably never heard of)

JEANNE BONNET

According to historian Allan Berube, “Jeanne Bonnet grew up in San Francisco as a tomboy and in the 1870’s, in her early twenties, was arrested dozens of times for wearing male attire. She visited local brothels as a male customer, and eventually organized French prostitutes in San Francisco into an all-woman gang whose members swore off prostitution, had nothing to do with men and supported themselves by shoplifting. She traveled with a special friend, Blanche Buneau, whom the newspapers described as ‘strangely and powerfully attached’ to Jeanne. Her success at separating prostitutes from their pimps led to her murder in 1876.”

(Text from:

Witt, Lynn, Sherry Thomas, and Eric Marcus. Out in All Directions: the Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America. New York: Warner, 1995.  p175)

baroqueart:

Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Onorio Marinari
Date: 1680

baroqueart:

Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Onorio Marinari

Date: 1680

baroqueart:

Salome with the Head of the Baptist by Onorio Marinari
Date: 1680

baroqueart:

Salome with the Head of the Baptist by Onorio Marinari

Date: 1680