Do you leave tv on for your cat when you leave the house?

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  1. Robert_eb

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    I was wondering if anyone leaves your tv on for their cats? A friend of mine does it and I laughed at first and then began to wonder if this has any affect on cats (or dogs).
     
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    No, but I leave my clock radio on (until it stops a few hours later once the alarm cycle times out).
     
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    I can't see how that would do anything.

    Personally, my cats (I have 3) tend to ignore the TV. One of them will occasionally watch it, but she only REALLY pays attention when I put in the "Video Catnip" tape. (Footage of birds and rodents...funny to watch the cat watching this!)

    My cats love lounging in the windows while we're gone... can't see them watching TV when looking outside is far more entertaining. [​IMG]
     
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    my girlfriend sometimes leave a light and/or the radio on. i can't imagine the pets care one way or the other.

    i suspect it is more for her peace of mind than anything else.
     
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    My cats aren't interested in human forms of entertainment. What I've done is place squirrel feeding trays and suet baskets for birds outside their favorite windowsills. The steady stream of birds and critters outside their windows keeps them VERY entertained. It keeps them alert and happy.

    Andy
     
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    I used to leave my radio on for my dog when he was still a puppy. Back then, he just wanted to be near a human (doesn't matter if they communicate with him or not). It was just to comfort the dog into believing he was not alone in the house.

    Now, he could care less if the radio is on or if there's a dog pictured on the tv.
     
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    my puppy seems to be entertained by tv and my computer, she'll sit in my lap when I surf and watch the monitor, when a new window opens she'll look at it, so I think she can see it which surprises me, I didn't think they were supposed to be able to, guess not.
    she stays in her plastic box during the day, she'd destroy my house otherwise
     
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    The scary part is when you leave it on Meow TV, but when you come home it's on C-SPAN. [​IMG]
     
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    Strangely enough my wife and I always listen to classical music in the den. It tends to be on at an audible, but low volume, 24hrs a day and my cat seems to like it. She tends to cuddle up in the room, evidently she(the cat) probably doesn't mind the music, or atleast the ambience it lends to the room.


    Take Care,
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    I do not leave that TV on for my cat. I don't even leave any lights on for him either, and he is just fine when I get back. He probably just sleeps a lot when I am gone.

     
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    My Scottie Asta will sit on my lap and watch TV. I always wondered if he was watching until we were watching Lady and the Tramp. When the Rat went in the Babys room his ears pearked up and he started growling. What really threw me was when he barked at Tom (as in Tom & Jerry)
    His brother doesnt watch TV but the 1st time they say a cat on TV; one waited in front of the TV and the other circled around back in case it tried to escape. We leave animal planet on for them at times.... if it is a wolf special they will watch and growl for hours
     
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    Daytime TV rots your brain, so why would I want to do that to my cats? [​IMG]

    Seriously, our two cats rarely even notice the television, so I doubt they would care if we left it on for them. My wife will occasionally leave a light on for them, which I never understand (I usually turn it off if I catch it) -- they can see a lot better in the dark than we can.
     
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    One of my two cats is very interested in whats moving around on the TV or computer... he'll swat at the screen. The other cat could care less.

    They both love to try and climb in my inkjet printer to catch the print head whenever I print something. I have to make sure they're locked out of the room before I hit the print key.

    The things we do for our pets... sheesh.
     
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    Every once in awhile I'll throw in the tape of birds and other animals running around having fun to see if the cats take an interest in it or not. It's probably their short attention span but it only gets watched for maybe a minute or two before they wander off. I like to refer to it as their tape of "Kitty Porn" that keeps them from annoying me.

    My biggest fear is they will see something they like on tv and drag their claws against the screen and do some damage.
     
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