Author Topic: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill  (Read 69412 times)

hellymedic

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #525 on: January 12, 2021, 04:50:33 pm »
Big. Tom has learnt to Miaow. Big Tom only started visiting us as an adult, when he was very gentlemanly to the litter we'd found and were looking after. He never miaowed at the time though the kittens did.
I don't think I've heard him miaow in the three years we've had him but Blackie does, when she wants/food/Dreamies/attention.
Seems an old cat (vets estimated he was 5 when neutered 3 years ago) has learned new tricks...

Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #526 on: January 12, 2021, 08:20:42 pm »
Re Big Tom
As he has recently started miaowing - just check he isn't going deaf!
Our previous cat had never been completely silent, but over quite a short period the miaowing got more frequent, and louder.  I realised she could not monitor the volume, like my husband, and worked out she was going deaf, also like my husband.
Vet confimed no other underlying illness, just old age. She adapted OK - when we wanted her in at dusk instead of shouting we put the outdoor lights on and she usually pottered in. Lived to 24......

hellymedic

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #527 on: January 12, 2021, 09:48:35 pm »
Thanks! I don't think he is deaf and has been quite vocal when seeing of other toms.

He seemed to be demanding food and didn't miaow after being fed. He has previously clawed my bum when demanding food.

I'll watch his response to sound.

He spends most of his time indoors in the cold weather.

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #528 on: January 13, 2021, 01:03:30 am »
Also watch your response to sound...

Meowing is a instinctive juvenile cat behaviour to demand attention from their mother; adult cats rarely use it for communication amongst themselves other than when being sexual or territorial.  Responding to mowling noises is an instinctive human reaction to distress of their offspring, and humans are hardwired to learn language.  Put the two together and the cat learns that meowing is an effective strategy for persuading humans to provide food, scritches, door opening services etc, and the human learns the arbitrary[1] meanings of a handful of differently-modulated meows.

I don't know much about deaf cats[2], but cats of deaf humans learn that meowing is largely pointless, and develop alternative communication strategies based on head-nudging, Getting In The Way, pawing, repeatedly jumping against the window, etc, etc.


[1] IIRC the SCIENCE shows that the vocalisations are specific to the individual cat, but their own humans can consistently determine their meaning.
[2] Other than that it's surprisingly hard to perform a distraction hearing test on a cat, because they frequently can't be arsed.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #529 on: January 13, 2021, 12:29:04 pm »
Agree. Our 5 ish yr old mogs defo miaow a lot more now than they did when they were younger. They're just wrapping us round their little finger...
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #530 on: January 13, 2021, 03:53:45 pm »
They just need time to work out what their equivalent of the Summoning Of The Staff Bell is.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #532 on: January 13, 2021, 07:36:11 pm »
Bison ranger would be a very cool job title, and it's great to have this reintroduction.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #533 on: January 13, 2021, 09:26:40 pm »
They just need time to work out what their equivalent of the Summoning Of The Staff Bell is.

I think this is what he's twigged!

I posted upthread I didn't think he was deaf.

If he hears anything like movement/opening cat food sachets he's up like a shot, sometimes from another room. Suggest's hearing's fine to me!

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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #534 on: January 20, 2021, 08:11:39 pm »
Cycling to work today in the dark a very light-coloured and large owl flew across the road a few metres in front of me.

Klaus says they don’t have snowy owls in this bit of Germany but it seemed very light colour for a barn owl. I think it was probably a tawny owl, having looked at a website of Eulen in Deutschland.

Side note, the German for Eagle Owl is ‘Uhu’, pronounced oo-hoo.
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Re: A random thread for the wildlife stuff - you know the drill
« Reply #535 on: January 21, 2021, 09:08:28 am »
Barn owls look almost white in headlights.

Side note, the German for Eagle Owl is ‘Uhu’, pronounced oo-hoo.
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« Reply #536 on: January 21, 2021, 09:14:26 am »
From https://www.uhu.com/en/more/about-uhu:

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UHU COMPANY HISTORY
In 1905, pharmacist August Fischer acquired the small Ludwig Hoerth chemicals plant (founded 1884) in Bühl. At the time he did not yet know that he would soon make a discovery that would result in his company becoming one of the most famous adhesive manufacturers in the world.
In 1932 came the crucial innovation, when August Fischer developed the world's first ready-to-use, transparent artificial resin adhesive. It reliably bonded all materials known at the time, even the first plastics such as Bakelit®. As was common in the paper, office supplies and stationery industry, he chose the name of a bird for his new product: "UHU The All Purpose Adhesive".