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Sallyann1234
31st Aug 2010, 12:02
A cat owner mentioned to me that when their cats turn round in their bedding in preparation to sleep, they generally do so in an anti-clockwise direction. I made a point of observing someone else's cats and they do the same.

Could it be due to the brain responding to the earth's magnetic field? (I know that some birds' navigation is assisted by a magnetic sensor)

Do they do the same in the southern hemisphere?

Or is my sample of animals not large enough to be statistically significant?

27mm
31st Aug 2010, 12:33
You could be onto something here - our 3 Pekes always circle anti-clockwise when looking for a spot to wee - we've tried telling them to go the other way round, but they just won't listen.....

tony draper
31st Aug 2010, 12:38
SWH tends to give lampposts a left and right,
anyway one was told tiz a folk memory in dog kind of the days their ancestors slept out on the African Savanah, they turn round to flatten the grass that is no longer there.
There was a species of proto humans that did the same but they became extint because they kept falling out of the sleeping tree.
:uhoh:

rgbrock1
31st Aug 2010, 12:59
Magnetic effect on animals? Animal magnetism?

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQEV2WxE61dKWTyJr2l7MOBe4_UIWVeqUWMUxXTCDG R4XWkylk&t=1&usg=__5CsR8JA6hmkqfOz1DEXJHHuzRCk=

Fire and brimstone
31st Aug 2010, 13:11
Well done on a very interesting thread topic.

I raise two points:-

1) I am magnetically attracted to the Airedale Terrier

2) The Airedale Terrier, itself possesses no magnetic property.

Is this magic?

:confused:

Whirlygig
31st Aug 2010, 13:16
1) I am magnetically attracted to the Airedale TerrierI shudder to think where your (and the dogs') poles might be ... which ends attract and which repel?
:}

I can confirm that my cats also circle in an anti-clockwise manner.

Cheers

Whirls

Fire and brimstone
31st Aug 2010, 13:30
What does your cat do at the equator?

:confused:

Sallyann1234
31st Aug 2010, 13:41
Thanks 27mm and Whirly. So dogs do it too...

This might make the basis on a doctoral thesis. There have been less useful ones.

The SSK
31st Aug 2010, 13:41
The Seldom Seen Kat circles mostly in a clockwise direction, but that might have something to do with her being deficient in the forward starboard undercarriage department.

Load Toad
31st Aug 2010, 14:04
In Hong Kong our dog turns clockwise - after scratchin' whatever it decides is his bed to ribbons. He then gives you his 'Yeah so phuqin' what fatso?' face.

Nemrytter
31st Aug 2010, 14:11
Could it be due to the brain responding to the earth's magnetic field?

Doubt it.

Do they do the same in the southern hemisphere?

Probably.

Or is my sample of animals not large enough to be statistically significant?

No.



It is probably something to do with the handedness (or pawedness, I guess) of the cats. It's been proven that right-handed people usually turn right and left-handed people turn left.
I suspect cats would be the same, and perhaps they are, in general, left-pawed. Hence the counterclockwise turn.


However, this article* shows that there's a significant disparity between cat sexes:
Is your cat left or right pawed? - life - 24 July 2009 - New Scientist (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17510-is-your-cat-left-or-right-pawed.html)



*It is in new scientist though, which probably makes it about as accurate as telling the future from tea leaves.

green granite
31st Aug 2010, 14:29
Most pilots, given a choice, will do a left hand 360 rather than a right hand one, and circuits are predominately left handed as well.

hellsbrink
31st Aug 2010, 14:32
I suspect cats would be the same, and perhaps they are, in general, left-pawed. Hence the counterclockwise turn.

I would say not, based on the amount of kitties I have been around I have seen more that I would class as right-pawed as they "lead" with the right when attacking something and not the left, meaning they are not "southhands" but conventional "righties".

Must be true, my two have have no issues eating from the right-handed food bowl I bought

tony draper
31st Aug 2010, 14:46
Here's a wee moggie turning itself in.:rolleyes:
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a194/Deaddogbay/Cute-Funny-Cat-1.jpg

Lon More
31st Aug 2010, 14:51
F & B wroteI am magnetically attracted to the Airedale Terrier Is that not a criminal offence?

rgbrock1
31st Aug 2010, 15:08
Could magnetic effects on animals explain this behavior?

Introducing..... Vampire Kittie. I vant to suck your blood. Baaaaah.

http://shanghaiist.com/attachments/shang_ada/cat.JPG

Nemrytter
31st Aug 2010, 15:13
Most pilots, given a choice, will do a left hand 360 rather than a right hand one, and circuits are predominately left handed as well.

Did you think that the latter might be responsible for the former? ;)

rgbrock1
31st Aug 2010, 15:23
Having posted the last picture of Vampire Kittie, coupled with the current thread about magnetic effects on animals I thought I'd present proof, yes proof ladies and gentlemen (and children of all ages of course) that said magnetic effects on animals has a more profound effect on the behavior of small feline animals commonly referred to as cats.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a little pictorial of proof that Cats are most effected by magnetism:

First, we have the healing cat. This cat, effected by moon rays, has taken upon itself to heal other cats by the laying on of hands. This is The Healer Cat:

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070729225730/uncyclopedia/images/0/0d/Healer_cat.jpg

The next cat has decided that the food provided by its owner is not quite up to standards and has decided to beat the owner. This is The Boxing Cat:

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070730010436/uncyclopedia/images/8/88/Boxingcat.jpg

This next cat has taken exception with the placement of eating utensils, by its owner, on the table. This is The Objectifying Cat:

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070729232158/uncyclopedia/images/e/e0/Cat_objects.jpg

The next cat is confused. It seems to think that it's outside riding its bicycle. Oddly, there is no bicycle to be seen. This is The Moonbat Cat:

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070730050548/uncyclopedia/images/3/3b/Catbike.jpg

The next kittie, is a smart kittie. It performs house calls as well. This is The Techie Cat: (Or, TechnoCrAT)

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070730193322/uncyclopedia/images/3/3c/Catcomputer.jpg

And finally we have a couple of destructive cats. These two cats are able to obliterate anything, and everything in sight. Be very wary of these cats. They WILL kill you. There are: The Killer Kats

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070315194015/uncyclopedia/images/4/46/LaserCats.jpg

So there you have it ladies and gents (and children of all ages of course) Proof positive that the feline species of mammal are most effect by magnetism.

G'day,
Moonbat Cat

Charlie Foxtrot India
31st Aug 2010, 15:33
The Techie one reminds me of a scene from 2001 A Space Odyssey
"What are you doing, tiddles?"

rgbrock1
31st Aug 2010, 15:42
One cat I plum forgot about, and A Very Important Cat at that, is

The Hostage-Taker Cat:

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070730194439/uncyclopedia/images/1/1f/Send_the_monies.jpg

unstable load
31st Aug 2010, 18:42
Upon reflection, my trio of Persians seem to run out of steam and gently subside before becoming prone on their backs, mostly, in a patch of photons.
None of this energetic turning stuff for them.:=

hellsbrink
31st Aug 2010, 19:11
rgb

You forgot about Perceptive Cat


http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s287/hellsbrink/resemblance.jpg