Ain’t Misbehavin’

“I don’t say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.”

~Orson Wells~


Gibbs and Ziva were recently introduced to Cat Television on YouTube via the bedroom TV.

I believe they had serious thoughts of misbehaving – jumping at the birds on the TV screen – so I kept a close watch on the tail twitching and hungry stares.

It lasted about ten minutes, their thoughts of primal capture, and then both seemed to lose interest…probably because the birds weren’t flying, three-dimensional objects they could sink their teeth and claws into.

No misbehaving here, but the looks were on point.


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35 responses to Ain’t Misbehavin’

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I didn’t know there was such a thing. They do look like they were ready to do some damage. I hope you fed them something interesting.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I didn’t know there was such a thing either until Natasha’s daughter clued me in. She recently adopted a cat and is more in tune with what’s on the internet. This is definitely not a substitution for the real birds chirping outside their window in the summer, but it gets their attention for a few minutes. And, of course, I always feed them good things.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I put it on again Monday night, Lois, and sat back and watched…and laughed at the stares. That must be how I look when there’s an ad for chocolate on TV. 😉

  2. Tee-hee! I love the photo! And the quote is fabulous, Mary J — I didn’t remember that one. I haven’t had regular TV since 2014. I used mostly Netflix and my Youtube feed. (Now I’ve discovered iMBD and love that too.) Crystal has been a TV fan almost that long. It started with a documentary called Racoon Nation — she LOVED the baby racoons. Her all time favorite (& I need to re-find them) was video where people put out food for deer. She is not a jumper, but she jumped up to the TV table, patted the screen, looked under the TV, and looked behind it. She really wanted those deer. 😀 Hugs on the wing!

    • Oh, and back in DC, we had chipmunks. Crystal would abandon the window with real chipmunks, to watch the ones on video. Cat loves her TV…

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Ha! That’s funny. Crystal obviously doesn’t want to get her paws dirty! 😉
        Purrs on the fur to you and your baby.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Lol, Crystal is a smart and determined kitty. Gibbs was also patting the TV, wondering how to get at those taunting birds. He might like the deer video but I wonder what he or Crystal would do if they came across a real deer.

      • Crystal… she’d definitely run and hide under the bed. Her standard move for *everything.* She’s all meow and no action.

  3. Alien Resort says:

    Great idea. And how funny too because as I write this we’re sitting in a cat lounge at the vet waiting for our cat and listening to soft soothing cat-friendly music.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I don’t know if there’s any music that would soothe my two at the vet. Hope your cat is okay…just a check-up?

      • Alien Resort says:

        He is a newly diagnosed diabetic. The biggest challenge was figuring out how to give the insulin injection in light of his fear of being approached. I got ideas from a lot of sources and the technique that finally worked was to give him the injection while he eats a treat, for which he does the approaching. The result of figuring this out means an extension of his life span. Now everything is smooth sailing.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Good to hear your kitty is doing better. A friend of mine had a diabetic cat that lived a long time with insulin injections. Here’s hoping the same is true for your baby. And Santa should bring you something extra for being such a good cat parent. 🙂

  4. John Holton says:

    Before YouTube and all that, we had a DVD like that. One of the clowder sat and watched for a couple of minutes, then wandered away. The rest couldn’t have cared less.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Out of my last three cats, not counting these two, only one would get interested in the TV. The others were more about sleep and food, sleep and food. They had their priorities.

  5. We installed a new TV, similar in size to your, with similar feet – hubby firmly secured the unit to the counter top, because: Cat TV.

    Our boys would have the unit on the floor in no time, otherwise. Sanctioned misbehaving.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ha! I like that…sanctioned misbehaving. Good plan to secure your TV to the counter top. So far, the TV has only been pawed at and Gibbs hasn’t come close to knocking it over. Maybe because I’m standing right there.
      Ziva, on the other hand, just stares. I don’t think she has enough ambition to knock over the TV.

  6. Laurie says:

    I am a firm believer that “we are making hay when we should be making whoopie”!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m not telling Gibbs of your beliefs. He’s the sort that would get carried away with the whoopie. 😉

  7. Herman says:

    What a great photograph! The cats seems to be very interested…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Herman! I guess this is the epitome of being engrossed in TV, at least for a while. Next up, I’m going to try a squirrel or chipmunk video. 🙂

  8. joey says:

    Haha! So cute! Good times! Our dog watches tv quite a lot, seriously, I think she’s into it. The cats though, there has to be something like CatTV on for them to notice. Usually it’s the boy cats who like it. Of course, on occasion, Cletus will try to find out why the tv human hands don’t pet him…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Gibbs wants to know why he can’t get his mouth around the birds. They are both stimulated for several minutes, then I believe they are thinking “what’s the point?” and go take a nap.

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