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Do Your Cats "Meercat?"

post #1 of 20
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So, Penelope hasn't done it in ages, but this morning, my little darling is meercatting yet again! She'll stand on her hind legs, looking around, listening. Just like the meercats. She did this constantly as a kitten, but I haven't seen her do it in months. Maverick has never done it.

Any idea why cats sometimes stand in this sentry position? Are they just trying to listen better at the surroundings?
post #2 of 20
I've seen Sophie do it but not that often. It's cute though
post #3 of 20
Mine did it all the time growing up, but now that he's two, he hardly ever seems to do it.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by Nellers View Post
So, Penelope hasn't done it in ages, but this morning, my little darling is meercatting yet again! She'll stand on her hind legs, looking around, listening. Just like the meercats. She did this constantly as a kitten, but I haven't seen her do it in months. Maverick has never done it.

Any idea why cats sometimes stand in this sentry position? Are they just trying to listen better at the surroundings?
Here is the modified meerkat position that Persi adapted for his own needs.

post #5 of 20
My two, but especially Chay will do something like it, especially when he wants to jump up somewhere! I've never known cats who check things out before they jump, but my two do!

Chay also has something I call his "squirrel" pose where he sort of stands with his two back feet all the way down instead of on his toes to check something out. Too cute!
post #6 of 20
We call it prairie dogging, but yeah, they do that, and vulturing too.
Vulturing is when they sit someplace higher than whatever they are focused on and then hang their heads low and stare.
post #7 of 20
I call it gophering and Antigone does it on occasion, mostly to check out what Calypso (my rat) is doing
post #8 of 20
oh my thats sounds so funny - we need some photos of that
post #9 of 20
mine do it in the kitchen when i'm preparing their wet food...it's hilarious...3 cats on their hind legs... Isis doesn't do that.
post #10 of 20
Yes Kitty does that sometimes, not often though. Yoshi doesn't do it, I think he is too fat.
post #11 of 20
She does it occasionally...and it usually lasts for quite a while!

btw - Meerkats is her favorite show right now! She's transfixed when it's on.
post #12 of 20
You wanted pics!



Well there it is

Silly Portia doing her best Meercat impression
post #13 of 20
Lol!!

Portia + silly Meercat position = cuuutie
post #14 of 20
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Lol!!

Portia + silly Meercat position = cuuutie
Thank you! I think she's very cute, but I'm very biased
post #15 of 20
Excellent demonstration Portia My cats normally do it at the windows too.
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
Aww! Portia should be on Meerkat manor!!

Thank you Portia for this demonstration!!
post #17 of 20
Little Ben does this a lot. I even tried to take pictures today. Unfortunately he couldn't hold the pose.
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by Persi View Post
Here is the modified meerkat position that Persi adapted for his own needs.

lol. that's funny.
post #19 of 20
My girls don't do it that often, unless something exciting (or scary!) is happening just out of their view, they'll sit up to try to see better. Only Willow does it, though.



Willow only did it in this pic (the only shot I have of it, lol) to be able to sniff the bush better.
post #20 of 20
Oh those pics are gorgeous - doesn't Portia look beautiful sitting up like that?!?!

Ben does this when I am preparing their food - but not for very long as his belly drags him down!!!!
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