Monthly Archives: December 2013

Fetching Test

Our excellent study subject, Socks, likes to fetch his favorite toy multiple times. It looks like a stuffed felt  fortune cookie. Today, while taking a break from deleting emails, I wondered if he could surpass his record number of 36 fetches. So I threw and he fetched. Threw, fetched, threw, fetched. . .  At 34 rounds, a pain in my shoulder immobilized my arm and I told the boy as he dropped his fortune cookie at my feet — No more.  Ah, the guilt I felt in not being able to let him break his own record.

The experiment will have to wait for another day or two or three.

Scrumptious new food

Today I tested a new, expensive canned food on the five study subjects. I was convinced all five would devour it within the half-hour. The first five ingredients were protein meats and broth. It had no grains or meat by-products. Velvet was hovering over the can as I pulled the tab. She sniffed and walked away. I sniffed and was carried away by the savory aroma of baked chicken.  It smelled as good as anything I would serve my husband. Oh well, I thought, the other four study subjects will like it. Hours later it I returned to the feeding area and saw the delicacy had not been touched. The study subjects stood milling at my feet awaiting something more palatable.

Conclusion:  Price and high-grade ingredients do not guarantee a fine meal.

Paperwad on a noggin

We wanted to see how long a post note paperwad would remain on the average kitty cat’s head while napping. We placed paperwads on five of the study subjects at the Institute during their post-breakfast nap.

Result:  The average duration was only 3 seconds

Conclusion:  This proves that most kitty cats do not like post note paperwads on their heads.

Testing the sniffer

Socks is one of the five study subject at the Institute For Kitty Cat Research. He is the first to come running when a can of salmon is opened, so we assume he has a good sniffer.  We wondered how good his sniffer really was, so we set up this experiment.

Socks was taking his mid-afternoon nap. We set a ruler in front of his nose without waking him. We put a nugget of his favorite treat at the 12-inch mark and gradually nudged it up until he woke up with a twitch of his nose. Six inches compared to four inches conducted with two of his siblings.

Results:  Socks has a better sense of smell compared to some other cats.  We are wiser kitty cat servants with this knowledge.

SocksAtInstitute_Linda Miles


Isn’t Socks a magnificent kitty cat?! Just look at the intelligence in his visage.