|Click Below to See Snoopy,
the HDTV-Watching Cat!
My Cat Is Watching
And she isn't alone. Many High-Definition
TV owners report that their pets are having trouble distinguishing
the realistic picture from reality itself.
The other night, I was thinking of watching
a movie on HBO, but my female housemate wouldn't let me. She
was absorbed in a PBS documentary about birds, which was broadcast
in High-Definition TV.
My female housemate is named Snoopy.
She's a six-year-old black domestic cat.
Yes, my cat watches
In fact, she will watch for 20 minutes at
a time, particularly if the show features birds, fish or animals. If
she sees a bird flying on a high-def channel, she will crouch down
in the attacker stance as if the winged creature was right in front
high-def picture is so clear and life-like that Snoopy apparently
thinks it's real.
Snoopy, the HDTV-watching
The Eagle Soars
I first noticed this phenomenon in 2001
when I brought home my first high-def set. Surfing the dial, I
stumbled upon a HDTV channel that was showing a documentary on the
American Bald Eagle. Snoopy was taking a cat nap in a chair to the
left of the TV, but suddenly looked up and saw an eagle soaring
across the screen. She immediately walked over and began watching --
and she hasn't stopped yet.
Over the last four and a half
years, Snoopy has also shown remarkable interest in baseball games
broadcast in high-def. (See video below.) But, oddly, she totally ignores other
sports, such as football and basketball. (Just like a woman,
Click below to see Snoopy watching baseball in high-def:
I have told several people in the
industry about my HDTV-watching feline and I have been greeted with
skeptical looks at best. I was beginning to think that either Snoopy
(or I) was crazy until I recently researched the topic on the
Internet. There are actually several message boards filled with
comments from high-def owners saying their pets are watching HDTV --
and having the same trouble distinguishing the realistic picture
attacked the TV when (the high-def network) HDNet was playing a
show about lions," said one high-def owner at
"Our cat generally ignores the TV. But one
night there was a show with wolves. She went over to the screen and
tried to touch one," said another.
Snoopy watches Winged Migration on HDNet Movies.
I asked members of the AVS Forum,
another popular message board for high-def owners, if they had ever
seen their pets watch HD. The response was immediate.
our two cats watches HD all the time," said Greg. "It's funny. I can
put it on Animal Planet (a non-HD station) and he's not that
interested. I put it on Discovery HD with animals and I have to keep
him from attacking the screen."
"Frequently I catch my
Goldendoodle, Harry, staring intently into the screen," says another
poster. "Both my dogs react to other animals (on HD channels),
especially if there is audio as well. But Harry watches all sorts of
"My Siamese cat will watch intently when Blue
Realm ( a documentary series on Discovery HD Theater) comes on,"
said one HD owner. "She sits right under the screen and watches.
Then she will stand on her hind legs and softly paw at the fish on
I can relate. Check out the picture of Snoopy
Snoopy tries to
catch a fish in a PBS documentary in high-def.
there have been reports for years of pets watching TV, regardless of
the picture's clarity. In 2003, the Oxygen cable channel launched
Meow TV, a non-HD show dedicated to the interests of cats. Sponsored
by Meow Mix, the 30-minute program featured videos of birds,
squirrels and other cat attractions.
However, Meow TV was
cancelled after just a paw full of episodes.
Perhaps if they
brought it back as a HDTV program, it would have more
I know Snoopy would
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