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Technology is amazing. It helps us in our everyday lives with so many things. But for our cats... it is a tiny bit confusing. Sitting and staring at the same strange light square every single day for hours instead of giving them attention? No wonder they love sitting on our laptops as much as they do. Well, that, and our laptops are warm and basically act as butt-heaters for them.

This week's animation of Earnie encapsulates the eternal struggle between cats and technology. And confused as he may be, this time, Earnie is winning.  

Animation by @sleepyskele, check out his portfolio and his Fiverr.

Check out last week's animation where Earnie meets a puppy right here!

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Tumblr Thread: Cats Confused By Bird Videos

If you've never tried to make your cat play with bird/fish videos on your laptop, now is the time. They might not care, or maybe they'll just care for a little while, but for the time that they do care, it'll be the funniest thing you've seen your cat do in a while. No, silly kitty, you can't catch the bird on the screen, but it's sure as heck funny to watch how confused you are. 

And goodness, you better hope that they don't accidentally pause the video as they're watching, because the confusion is only going to intensify. Actually, never mind that, pause the video for them and laugh some more. And laugh at this tumblr thread that gives us the best of cats birdwatching on computers while you're at it. 

tumblr thread about cats being confused by watching bird videos thumbnail includes two pictures of a black cat watching a laptop screen including one where the cat is super surprised 'Rectangle - muckkles Follow i pulled up this video on youtube that was like 8 hours of birds for cats to watch and i sat my cat in front of it and i didnt think shed be interested cuz she never watches tv or anything but she is Hypnotized Cat - she accidentally paused the video 101-1-'
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Cats And Their Keyboard Adoration (Comic)

Not only do cats dominate the internet, but they also dominate laptops -- literally. Did you know that cats love laying on your keyboard because they love you? It's true! You might think it has something to do with heat and usually, that's true. If your cat is constantly perching itself up on top of your internet modem, your laptop charger, they are seeking the heat from it. However, the reason a cat will sit on your keyboard the moment you're using it is that they want a reaction from you!

Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and author of Naughty No More! Changing Unwanted Behaviors Through Positive Reinforcement, explains, "Many cats sit on spots such as keyboards and laptops because they are near their favorite person and can be at the center of their attention. Usually, people reinforce the behavior by petting the cat and/or talking with him. Cats quickly learn that when they sit on the keyboard they get what they want—attention."

In collaboration with popular Israeli artist, Ilana Zeffren, we get an inside glimpse of what these attention-seeking cats are thinking when it comes to stopping us from using the computer. 

And if you want more cat enjoyment, be sure to check out last week's installment of cats binging their favorite show

cats discuss what happened to the keyboard - thumbnail of two cats talking "Okay, I'm off. Where to? The keyboard. The computer is finally back from the lab"
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Warm Cats On Laptops Taking Online Classes Too

A lot of us are still working and studying from, and we have a feeling that though our cats may have gotten used to us being home so often, they have developed true resentment toward these strange light squares that we keep staring into all day long. 

I mean, it's true, cats' strange obsession with laptops goes back eons, but now, they have a real reason to hate them and a more obvious explanation for their obsession to us. These warm laptops have been taking up all of our time, and we haven't paying nearly enough attention to our cats. And we believe they have all collectively come to a decision that, you know what? They'll be taking our online classes with us. Right on top of our laptops.

pictures of cats sitting on and near laptops thumbnail includes two pictures including a laptop surrounded by cats and kittens and another of a kitten standing on a laptop and playing with it
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Meowmoirs: November 13, 2020 The Light Squares

Studying his new environment, Earnie begins noticing that, even though they pay a lot of attention to him, they don't always pay attention to him when he wants them to. Why? Light squares - i.e. the TV, the computer and the phones. He both hates and loves them. 

Meowmoirs: laptops are heaters, and phones are haters. 

Read about Earnie's love/hate relationship with the strange squares of light that the humans spend hours staring at. He's been trying to figure out their uses and only managed to figure out some. 

Read last week's entry that's all about 'the chamber of water' (the bathroom) here!

You can hop back to the first entry about the day of adoption right here as well. 

the sixth entry of meowmoirs diary of a cat about the cat's reaction to tvs laptops and phones thumbnail includes a picture of a cat laying its head on a laptop the name of the entry and a quote from it 'Cat - Meowmoirs: The Light Squares November 13, 2020 The more effective way of using it would be to indeed sit CANHAS CHEEZ BURGER on it... It keeps my behind wonderfully toasty.'
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What Is It About Laptops That Makes Them So Irresistible to Cats?

Is it just the warmth of the keyboard or could it be the joy of keeping a human from getting any kind of work done? You decide.

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