I wanted to start a positive thread today. I was not sure where to post this so feel free to move it mods if it is in the wrong location.
My question is are domestic Animals evolving with technology as we do?
Before gun powder I wonder how animals would have reacted to a gun shot. My Husky will bolt whenever I let off fireworks perhaps this is genetic
memory perhaps it just hurts her ears.
Recently I have been amazed as both my Cat and my dog will watch the Zoo. Is this because the TV size is larger? The picture clearer? Previous pets of
which I have had many over the years never showed any interest in what was going on - on TV or on my computer. The most they ever got was a passing
Every evening a show called the Zoo comes on and they will sit watching it my dog with her tongue out paws facing the screen cocking her head
interested at the monkeys and my Cat perplexed at the faster animals trying to jump onto the screen and meowing at them.
I was able to record some of this behavior with my kitten as added below.
My question to those domestic pet owners out there is have you noticed an increase of interest towards the goings on of your TV or computer screens
compared to say several years ago with your pets?
My cat opens doors. I have to put a chair in it...very ghetto.
Also, shes learned that if no lights are on, and shes up on the counter getting into something....i cant see in the dark, so its better to not move,
than to book it.
Whatever they are doing, they are smart little critters.
I know that dolphins are trained by the Navy for certain tasks and that animals can be trained however this behavior was never encouraged or rewarded
it is just something that they do almost a natural behavior for them. (These are domestic animals so they have at least several thousand years of
genetic history learning from human behavior.)
I've tried to get my Wife's Cat's interested. The only thing that works is a simple screen, with a single object moving around it. Like the cursor
on a blank screen which they seem to pay attention too. More complexity on the screen and they show no interest at all.
Shoot a video of your monitor with a large cursor moving around it and loop it, your Cat's will like that. I think it's because their vision is
based on movement. As I recall the trade off for great night vision is they cannot see fine details or differentiate color very well, but they key on
Dog's I know have a kind of brown and white vision, but I've seen them often watching TV and seeming interested.
I'd think you would need to look at each Domestic Animal separately according to vision.
Not sure if they are evolving or not, but put on some David Attenborough Bird series Here,
or any bird vid, and see what your cat does! It is hilarious watching mine softly touch the screen, then go behind for a peek, then back around
front. She watched the full 2 hours with eyes glued to the screen, and when the bird chirps, she gets all exited!
I have left it running while I am out sometimes for her entertainment.
edit on 25-7-2011 by speculativeoptimist because: (no reason given)
You and your cat see the world differently. True, your eyes are built around the same design, but each of you has specializations that make your
vision best for your needs. You evolved as a fruit-eating diurnal animal; your cat evolved as a meat-eating nocturnal animal. You evolved to have good
detail and color vision; your cat evolved to have good vision in the dark. Compare your eye to your cat’s eye, and you’ll understand how each of
you attains the best vision for your needs....
...The end result is that cats have poor detail vision compared to humans. And because cones are also responsible for color vision, cats have
comparatively poor color vision. But they’re not colorblind. Instead, they have the same type of color vision as many people who are called
colorblind: a type of red-green colorblindness termed deuteranopia. They can see blue versus other color fine, but tend to confuse colors on the red
through brown through green continuum.
I'd love to see the look on it's face when you do turn on the lights.
All I can picture is a cat with a box of cereal spilt open and bits of cereal all round it's mouth looking back at you like a deer in the head
Good mental imagery.
edit on 18-8-2011 by Chukkles because: (no reason given)
I just wanted to share a new favourite movie clip our male cat loves to watch. I havn't been able to find it on youtube, but if anyone eles has a cat
show them the end credits of jurassic park 2 with the pterodactyls flying off
and watch their response lol. I wish i had a video camera to show you how much he loves it.
I love watching the news with my cat, specifically the weather. When the weatherman steps off screen to zoom into the map, my cat tries to "find"
him by looking on the side of the TV...it's the funniest thing...
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