How To “Shut Off” a Cat According to Science

If your cat is anything like mine, for one hour of the day (every day) and for NO apparent reason, it will take supreme pleasure in tearing up your couches, running from one end of the apartment to the other and generally acting like a drug-crazed hippie at a trance party. The other 23 hours of the day it’ll spend sleeping and being anti-social. So, it’s when your cat sinks into its daily delirium that you can make use of the following nifty trick called “clipnosis” – the official way to hit your cats “off” button, according to science!

Video Source: “Cat Clipnosis | Outrageous Acts of Science” Uploaded by Science Channel to YouTube channel

Author: Thea Beckman

Domain Eukarya, kingdom Animalia (Metazoa), phylum Chordata, class Mammalia, order Primates, family Hominidae, genus Homo, species Homo sapiens, subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens... essentially. I have a Master's Degree in Atmospheric science, which doesn't entitle me to be generous with my opinion, but my sense of self importance does! I love writing, I love science, I love reading, but I'm not nuts about long walks on the beach. Short to medium walks are preferable. This is my blog and I have something important to say:

6 thoughts on “How To “Shut Off” a Cat According to Science”

  1. Or, on the other hand we could just let cats be cats. 🙂

    Humans! Sometimes all they can focus on is controlling things, (so THEY don’t have to move out of their comfort zone) or destroying them, or both.

    (I used upper case letters ‘cos I can’t use italics 🙂 )

    1. Agreed… but sometimes my cat goes so damn crazy, she puts herself in danger. It’s also useful at the vet, because she gets extremely upset and almost took out the vet’s eye.

  2. Oh boy I loved this! Reducing your cat to a catatonic state using a clip! So cool. Have you seen the cucumber trick on youtube? Place a cucumber behind your cat whilst they are eating/distracted and wait until they spot the cucumber – it’s hilarious! Oh… now I sound a little crazy and like I’m cruel to animals – really I’m not and I do love my cat! Great blog, I follow Matthew Wright and saw his interview with you and just had to check it out – good luck with the book – I shall be ordering a copy.

    1. Haha! I’m a firm believer in humbling your cats, or else they start thinking they rule the place. Oh and I heard that the reason they freak out over a cucumber is because it resembles a snake, which taps into some primordial sense of fear. Thanks so much for coming over from Matthew’s blog! It’s my first ever interview as an author – as an anything, really. So this is all VERY exciting!

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