Are Cats Really Tweeting?Published June 17, 2010
Lorrie, my dear internet buddy and cyber-sister, often shares newsworthy items about her cats via email. Recently she sent me a distraught and panicky message suggesting I immediately change my password. What on earth could have prompted this alarming missive? The hair on the back of my neck was bristling. It appeared when Lorrie arrived home unexpectedly the other day, she found one of her cats surfing the internet, purrusing fancy items on eBay. He was right in the middle of purrchasing an expensive cat tree that tickled his fancy. I can just imagine her shock and horror. Fortunately, however, her discovery ended the mystery concerning the many recent unexplained charges on her credit-card, along with the abundance of packages arriving at her door. In defense of her kitty, at least his exquisite taste was borne out by the delivery deluge of Rolex watches, fancy automatic litter boxes and gourmet cat food. Since she is as honest as the length of her kitty's tail, sadly Lorrie was forced to dispute the charges and return the merchandise at once. Here was the proof that Lorrie's cats had been making unapproved purrchases and, in fact clearly demonstrated that cats can and do surf cyber space, hunting for treasure when their humans are away. Thus, I must caution all you folks owned by cats; This is something to take seriously and to carefully monitor. After extensive research, I am gleaning that not only are our highly intelligent and curious cats letting their "paws do the walking" to spend our money, but when their human's backs are turned, they are also surfing the Internet for some social networking. While it may be hard to believe, I recently discovered that there are now kitties who are adept at "Twittering". My chin dropped to the floor in amazement, since the only interest our two cats have ever shown about "twittering" are watching birds in trees and on the lawn in our backyard. Birds "twitter"and "tweet," but cats? I am afraid that many felines are diligently "tweeting"! I must be in denial about our cats' interest in the Internet because just yesterday I noticed that when I neglected to shut my office door (which sadly is off limits while I am working), I found our Lilac Point Oriental Shorthair, Hush Puppy, busily typing away on my laptop, sitting on my computer chair, checking out this "tweeting" he has been hearing so much about. Looking over his shoulder to view the screen to which he obviously glued, I was amazed to catch him posting a comment on the official Cat Twittering blog. He subsequently informed me he is thinking of starting his own "Twitter" page. I quickly suggested that he check out Petside's Twitter page for starters. So if your cats are like-minded and yearn for their 15 minutes of Internet glory, help them out by directing them to this Cat Fame Checklist for the web-savvy. Do you suspect your cats spend time "surfing" while you're away? Leave a comment and let us know. Photo via.