The Secret Language of Cats- Pawing mirrors and Dog Water. Response Request.


Another Day of Trying to Talk to the Humans. I wanted water, not food!!

“”Hey, how cute! What’s the kitty doing there, pawing the mirror?, I asked my husband. “Oh, that’s just Spicy. She’s been doing that forever. I don’t know why. Just being a funny cat, I guess”.

That’s what I thought. For years I believed it was just a strange mirror fetish. Today, though, I have a new theory. If I am right, we humans are even more clueless than I thought.  Imagine trying to communicate with humans, who are usually always on auto-pilot headed to the shower, the coffee pot, the laundry room, back to the television, etc., and you are a cat. You can’t do much more than meow. Your paw signals have failed to impress the people- they think you are having a seizure. Your meows get your food bowl filled, and if you do a little dance around the litter box and meow simultaneously, the humans might understand that it’s high time that mess got emptied. More than likely though, the humans will simply say , “What?! The box is right there! Use it, dumb cat, geesh.”

You see the difficulty in communicating with people , then, being a cat.

Today was another mirror pawing morning. Spice, the 28 lb. calico, is at it again. She paws the closet doors, which are completely mirrored, and this wakes me up because the doors are hanging and she’s making them rattle. So much for sleeping in. When I look at her, or her sister Sugar, they both dash off in the direction of the laundry room to let me know they are hungry, because that’s where the food is stored. So I understand, and comply. Spice-girl is not seeming interested in the food, though. She wanders about for some time, and then finally comes out to the living room where the dog water is. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but cats really hate drinking out of the disgustingly slobbery, dog-stinky water bowl. They will avoid it at all costs. But I guess I’d neglected to fill the cat water bowl, so Spice was desperate enough to drink from it.

This may be the most ridiculous theory ever, or cats are really quite smart- smarter than I thought. Could the mirror pawing – or glass pawing have anything to do with both water and glass having reflective properties and – not being able to speak – this is her way of telling me she wants water?

What do you think? Crazy? Or, just maybe on to something here?

6 thoughts on “The Secret Language of Cats- Pawing mirrors and Dog Water. Response Request.

  1. I have a cat that does the pawing, but I don’t think it is a message because he does it when I’m not around watching.

    A cat is certainly smart enough to try and give you a message. I have one that will stand up and move his paws alongside a doorknob to ask me to open it.

  2. How do you KNOW he does it when you’re not there watching? Just kidding. I figure it’s a long shot, but who knows? Stranger things have happened. cats are quite clever with doors and latches .

    • I’ll come in from another part of the house out of hearing and hear it, then see it. Once I woke up at night and heard him. And when I found him, he didn’t lead me to anything.

  3. My cat does this on my reflective fridge and dishwasher. She was just now doing this, so I filled a bowl of water and gave it to her. She hasn’t started pawing on the fridge again yet.

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