Cat memory

We got our cat used; I think she was a couple of years old.  We’ve had her for about 8 years.  The whole time she’s been with us we have fed her solid (crunchy) food, lately an organic brand that has gotten her weight down.

Last week, due to a medical issue, we had to start feeding her canned food.

I opened the first tin. It made that metallic “snick-scrliffff!” noise.  And she teleported right next to me, and she started meowing.

What a memory.

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11 Responses to Cat memory

  1. Dan says:

    See, that is the kind of memory we need for computers. We just need to interface Cats to these things. Infinite storage and infinite survival of data during the survival of the medium. Backups would almost instantly become obsolete.

  2. Joao says:

    Cats might not be a good idea for storage. They sometimes are too temperamental and capricious. I don’t want to keep stroking is back so I can retrieve my data or wait while they do their walks.

  3. pegr says:

    What does one pay for a used cat? Is there a blue book value or something?

  4. landon says:

    Our used cat ran us $120 or so. She wasn’t a kitten, but we weren’t really looking for one. The shelter (a private one, not a Humane Society or county-run facility) did a good job of screening and making sure she was spayed and didn’t have fleas and so on.

    As far as I remember, the shelter did not make any warranty regarding data capacity or retention.

  5. joel garry says:

    We got a matched set of used cats. They injected rfids for identification. Later we found out they had already had rfids injected – there are two incompatible types! If cats escape and wind up in a shelter, it is entirely possible the shelter only has one kind of format reader. Fortunately these cats came from a known source, a little old lady who only reformatted their tails on Sundays.

    One cat seems unable to remember that if he puts his head under a stream from a water faucet to get a drink, he will get wet. The other likes to lick plastic bags, and drinks water from a bowl raccoon-style, dipping his paw and licking it. He also never learned not to stop with his tail in a closing door. Using these cats for backup would certainly generate phantom reads.

  6. Adamantyr says:

    It’s a good idea to switch a cat’s diet to canned soft foods when they get to a certain age. My old cat (15+ years) was looking a little thin, so my parents switched him to canned. Now he’s sleek and healthy again, and meowing up a storm for more food all the time.

  7. Dan says:

    You know, I’m still not sure. My cat has memory like you wouldn’t believe, as long as he’s not stoned out of his mind on catnip. Although the temperamental bit is a valid one, I mean, it is the reason we stopped using Bubble Memory.

  8. wheels says:

    My used cat is about 13 years old now, and had to have five teeth pulled last year. She still won’t eat anything in the way of cat food but kibble. No meat or fish, either. However, let her hear the freezer door open, and she’s right in line for ice cream, whether there’s any in the house or not.

  9. Sarcasmorator says:

    We’ve never fed any of our animals wet food, we got them as kittens/pups, and they STILL do this when we open a can of anything. I think it’s in the DNA at this point.

  10. gwenhwyfaer says:

    My cats (one was used, one I’ve had from new) know what “the washing up is being done” means and raise alerts accordingly – even though one of them will confine his attentions to meticulously licking off all the gravy, and then turn his nose up at it and go back to the kibble. (He also just had a load of teeth pulled. He’s been extremely miserable about not being able to eat kibble for ages, because it hurt his mouth – but Royal Canin Vet Weaning 34, of teeny tiny kibbles, has solved this problem, just in case anyone else has a cat with the “wet food” bit permanently masked out.)

    Funnily enough, the new one was free, but the used one cost me £25 to obtain…

  11. Florp says:

    Note that apart from the sound, very soon after you crack the can, the cat can smell the food – cats aren’t as amazing as dogs when it comes to sense of smell, they’re only ~14x better than us (well, according to wikipedia). We spend most of our time politely ignoring faint odors though rather than following them to pounce on them. I bet you can smell the can as soon as you crack it too though!

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