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Oh. My. God. She fetches!!

post #1 of 28
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As some of you no doubt know, I adopted Mackerel less than a month ago. This has lead to a few very surprising discoveries.. one of which I've just made.

She fetches!

Oh my God!

My dogs didn't even fetch.

Just now, I was sitting on the couch, typing on my laptop, and she came running right up to couch, leapt up onto it, and dropped her toy mouse about half a metre away from me. I know she likes to chase it, (my partner and I kick it around the apartment whenever we see it on the floor...) so I picked it up and threw it away.

She immediately went running after it, and came bounding back with it in her mouth, only to throw it down at my side again.

Repeat half a dozen times, and it's definitely a game of fetch.

This is me right now:
post #2 of 28
hehe teaching bad habits already hehee.
sometimes my arm gives out before eazy gets tired of playing fetch. lol

hehe even i have to admit its cute when they bring it back and drop it in front of you , then look up at like ,, well what are you waiting on throw it already
post #3 of 28
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How could I resist??? She was having so much fun.

She has really thick fur on her paws around her pads, and when she runs on our polished wooden floorboards she makes this squeak-squeak-squeak sound that's just hilarious. XD

I can't wait for my partner to get home from work so I can show him. :-D
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by Jalindal View Post
As some of you no doubt know, I adopted Mackerel less than a month ago. This has lead to a few very surprising discoveries.. one of which I've just made.

She fetches!

Oh my God!

My dogs didn't even fetch.

Just now, I was sitting on the couch, typing on my laptop, and she came running right up to couch, leapt up onto it, and dropped her toy mouse about half a metre away from me. I know she likes to chase it, (my partner and I kick it around the apartment whenever we see it on the floor...) so I picked it up and threw it away.

She immediately went running after it, and came bounding back with it in her mouth, only to throw it down at my side again.

Repeat half a dozen times, and it's definitely a game of fetch.

This is me right now:
My Dusty does that.... I have a lot of fun with her.... except when she wants to play fetch at 3:30 in the morning
post #5 of 28
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lol - I know I'm probably training her to do something that I'll regret later, but it's so much fun! 3:30 AM, though? That's rough.

She slept in my room last night for the first time and woke me up at 6:30 by jumping onto my chest and purring in my face. Adorable. But not when I want to be woken on the one day I don't have work or uni. XD
post #6 of 28
Tinker started doing this a month or so ago. It's a regular thing now. And it's so cute when she does it. She drops it in front of me, and I throw it. But she HAS to see my hands go. If she tries to look down the hall and wait she won't notice it. lol.

Also, the little grunts she makes while running are just about the sweetest thing ever. She sometimes doesn't realize my arms aren't 20 feet long so I have to get up to get it. but most times she drops it right next to me.

I love playing fetch with her, but my arm/attention span gives out long before she does.

Anyway, back to your cat. It's great isn't it? I bet it surprised you
post #7 of 28
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Fastnoc- that's adorable. I just have this mental image now of a cat grunting as she runs down the hall. How sweeeet. D'awww.

Mackerel's curled up asleep next to me now, sleeping the sleep of the absolutely exhausted, so clearly my attention span and stamina beats hers... but we were playing with her mouse-on-a-string earlier, so I guess she's tuckered out from that as well.
post #8 of 28
If you can teach your cat what 'fetch' means, youll be able to enjoy that game forever hopefully. it is so great to not have to get up everytime!

Kitty used to fetch, now she prefers to be difficult. but we know she knows how because she used to fetch! thats a cat for you.
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by Jalindal View Post
As some of you no doubt know, I adopted Mackerel less than a month ago. This has lead to a few very surprising discoveries.. one of which I've just made.

She fetches!

Oh my God!

My dogs didn't even fetch.

Just now, I was sitting on the couch, typing on my laptop, and she came running right up to couch, leapt up onto it, and dropped her toy mouse about half a metre away from me. I know she likes to chase it, (my partner and I kick it around the apartment whenever we see it on the floor...) so I picked it up and threw it away.

She immediately went running after it, and came bounding back with it in her mouth, only to throw it down at my side again.

Repeat half a dozen times, and it's definitely a game of fetch.

This is me right now:
you sound like me the first time Mai Sai taught me how to play (I swear it was his idea). I was so amazed I had t record it, though its not the best res (http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y15...t=MOV02557.flv).
Do you by any chance know what breed she is? or breeds for that matter. I've been wondering if maybe its a breed thing? If anyone else's cat does this, the same question to you...
post #10 of 28
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Haha. Mai Shai looks exactly like Mackerel did when she was fetching- completely manic. Very excited. How adorable. :-P

We got Mackerel from the Cat Haven here- so officially she's a DMH, but apparently she looks like she has some Maine Coon in her background.

What do you think?


post #11 of 28
Oh, they are veeerrrry smart babies! Yes, cats can fetch. hee, hee! They love to chase!

We had this black cat in rescue who did the cutest thing. My BF was playing with him with the feather toy on a stick. The cat, Kaalu, grabbed it and ran off with it. He laid on the ground playing with it for a while, but got bored. So he picked up the feathery part in his mouth,dragged it over to my BF and dropped it in front of him! He said down and looked at Doug as if to say, ok -- you make it jump around for a while!
post #12 of 28
Its cute eh? Trout has fetched since she was little. I still can't believe she does it! She would do it all day if I didn't have a job and stayed here all the time
post #13 of 28
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Haha, yeah, they're gorgeous.
post #14 of 28
Awww. she looks so smart! Look at her gorgeous eyes!!
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by Jalindal View Post
Haha. Mai Shai looks exactly like Mackerel did when she was fetching- completely manic. Very excited. How adorable. :-P

We got Mackerel from the Cat Haven here- so officially she's a DMH, but apparently she looks like she has some Maine Coon in her background.

What do you think?


she sure looks like she has a bit of Maine Coon in her, she is very beautiful. Thanks for the answer. I'm pretty sure Mai Sai doesn't have any Maine Coon in him though, so maybe its not a breed thing. I would love to find out what brings this out. Alot of people I told simply wouldn't believe me when I told them he fetches (hence the video)
post #16 of 28
The one dog we had--a Norwegian Elkhound--didn't like to fetch. He'd look at us and you could almost hear him say, "Well, if you wanted it, why did you throw it away?" He'd do it a few times, but he'd let you know that he had enough. Unlike (say) a Lab would would gladly do it all day.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by Jalindal View Post
As some of you no doubt know, I adopted Mackerel less than a month ago. This has lead to a few very surprising discoveries.. one of which I've just made.

She fetches!

Oh my God!

My dogs didn't even fetch.

Just now, I was sitting on the couch, typing on my laptop, and she came running right up to couch, leapt up onto it, and dropped her toy mouse about half a metre away from me. I know she likes to chase it, (my partner and I kick it around the apartment whenever we see it on the floor...) so I picked it up and threw it away.

She immediately went running after it, and came bounding back with it in her mouth, only to throw it down at my side again.

Repeat half a dozen times, and it's definitely a game of fetch.

This is me right now:
That is so cool, you have a very special cat.
post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of your kind words, everyone. Mack's head is getting way too big for her body. :P (I always tell her when people say nice things about her.)

She hasn't fetched since she did it the first time. D: My partner got home and didn't believe me because she... wasn't in the mood, I guess. I wish I'd been smart enough to tape it. :P
post #19 of 28
I've had a lot better luck with a wadded up sheet of paper. For some reason, the cats like to chase it and bring it back. Very easy to pick up, I think, is one of the reasons.
post #20 of 28
My Geronimo just loves to play fetch! I couldn't believe it the first time he did it - I thought it was just a fluke. So I threw the ball to see if he'd do it again, and he did. He's been doing it ever since - although not quite as much as he used to, b/c he's gotten fat & lazy since being neutered. He'll only play fetch with "his" special ball, though. Nothing else will suffice..
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by Jalindal View Post

She hasn't fetched since she did it the first time. D: My partner got home and didn't believe me because she... wasn't in the mood, I guess. I wish I'd been smart enough to tape it. :P

They never do it when you're trying to "prove" it. They love to make us look stupid..
post #22 of 28
This is my Geronimo, bringing his ball back so I can throw it for him again:




I sure wish I would have had my digital camera back then, so I could have taken videos of him playing fetch.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by fastnoc View Post
She sometimes doesn't realize my arms aren't 20 feet long so I have to get up to get it. but most times she drops it right next to me.
Pixel fetches like that. drops it 3-5 feet from me & looks up expectantly...

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Originally Posted by othie View Post
you sound like me the first time Mai Sai taught me how to play (I swear it was his idea). I was so amazed I had t record it, though its not the best res (http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y15...t=MOV02557.flv).
Do you by any chance know what breed she is? or breeds for that matter. I've been wondering if maybe its a breed thing? If anyone else's cat does this, the same question to you...
btw, othie - there's a sig on the completed signatures thread for you - it's gorgeous, too!
post #24 of 28
2 out of my 3 fetch, Manny and Bru. Manny does it the most with the little plastic things from the milk jug. Bru does it with little mice. Manny fetches at least 20 times every day between me, hubby and son. He loves to play fetch.
post #25 of 28
2 out of my 3 fetch, Manny and Bru. Manny does it the most with the little plastic things from the milk jug. Bru does it with little mice. Manny fetches at least 20 times every day between me, hubby and son. He loves to play fetch.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
Pixel fetches like that. drops it 3-5 feet from me & looks up expectantly...

btw, othie - there's a sig on the completed signatures thread for you - it's gorgeous, too!
thanks for letting me know
post #27 of 28
Daphne fetches, too. She started it when she was about 3 months old, I think. I just got her on video for a few seconds - tough to do because I had to hold the camera and throw

She could play for hours! I give out long before she does. Until she started, I had never known a cat who does.

When we moved into this apartment, she wouldn't play fetch for a couple of months. I was worried that she would never do it again. Guess she got comfy enough!

She prefers wadded up notebook paper I use the paper from my old school spiral notebooks. Gotta recycle
post #28 of 28
That is awesome. I love it when Sport does something so very..well..un-cat like. It is so cool. I hope that you and your little one have many happy hours playing fetch. Sport doesn't fetch, but he will go get one of his toys and bring it to me if I ask him to. I know what you mean by the look on your face. It is similar to mine, the first time I looked at Sport and jokingly said to him "I'm too tired, Sport, go get me your bird". Then we tried it with the mouse, the ball, and Ollie the stuffed purple octopus.

Peace, Love and Tie Dye ,
Rob & Sport
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