Don’t Make Me Beg

Several months ago, Kitty started something new. We looked up from whatever we were doing, and there she was: lying on her back on the floor with her front paws curled beneath her chin. And she was staring at us with the most sorrowful look she could muster.

After we “aww” ed and petted her, she stopped her begging act and continued about her business. Since then she does the “begging act” at least once a day.

There are certain criteria involved in the begging act. She:

  • only does it when she’s on the floor.
  • only when we are busy and not paying attention to her.
  • and only when I don’t have a camera to catch her in the act.

It’s taken me months to get this shot because when I bring out the camera, she stops it immediately and looks normal. And even in this shot here she’s not layering it on as thick as she usually does. Part of the act is to turn her head upside down with her chin towards the ceiling and her little paws right up under her chin.

We’re not sure where she learned how to do this. We didn’t show her how. She didn’t see any other cats doing it. It’s a mystery.

But now she knows it works and she’ll get attention out of the deal so she keeps doing it.

It’s just another Kitty thing, and all part of her charm.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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26 Responses

  1. Doe in Mi says:

    What a sweetie she is. It is so great when you realize when and what they are trying to tell you. My “Sam” has been telling me, with his eyes and head which door he wants me to let him out. Took me a while to catch on but, when I did it was great to know he was trying to commuicate. They are way smarter then we give them credit for. Since the door thing I have become aware of other things he’s trying to show me. Sounds silly but, its true.

  2. Alica says:

    There’s just something about Kitty (and others) that you just gotta love! Glad she finally allowed you to get a good shot of her begging. Apparently she’s recovered from her “illness” a while back?

  3. Kathy says:

    That Kitty! I hope she doesn’t teach that to my Jenny. Jenny will tap us on the arm with her paw when she wants attention. If that doesn’t work, it’s a tap on the head. If she doesn’t get attention then, it’s an all out hit with her claws out. Yes, we pet her and love on her. She could really injure us if she didn’t get her own way. LOL. Cats are funny creatures and so smart! The picture of Kitty is just adorable. So funny that she knows when you have a camera and stops.

  4. Kathy says:

    Oops. Also forgot to say that we have the same kitchen floor. Too funny!

  5. Louise S says:

    An area newspaper runs an online photo contest every week, then picks 12 winners. I was checking this week’s pictures and look what I found!

  6. Louise S says:

    I wonder if it’s a long-lost cousin of Kitty’s and the curled up paws are a family trait, lol. 😉

  7. Carol says:

    I can relate Suzanne, my cat does the same thing, we call it posing! Cookie drapes herself on the stairs, couch, doorways, mantel. Well, just about anywhere we walk and she can’t be ignored.If we step over her, she jumps up and tries again. She folds her little paws under her chin and looks pitiful, and shows her fluffy soft tummy. What a character, I’m glad to know Kitty is doing the same, I thought Cookie was devious, now I see she’s just being a cat! Love your Kitty, she’s adorable!

    • Suzanne says:

      Ok, well, it must be a cat thing, although I had never seen another cat do it until Kitty, so maybe they don’t all do it. They certainly know how to turn on the charm don’t they?

  8. Cameo says:

    I think Kitty should have a middle name & it should be Madonna.
    That cute cat has sure learned how to strike a pose.

    Happy Friday

  9. Dianna says:

    What a sweetie. When Sundae does something similar, we call it “being beautiful”! thanks for sharing Kitty’s latest trick!

  10. Rebecca says:


  11. Laura says:

    Missing your post, but hope all is well and your just taking a nice break.

  12. Louise S says:

    Yes, I completely agree with Laura. Hope all is well, and we hear from you soon.

  13. Dianna says:

    Me, too! Hope everything’s okay! We miss you!

  14. Carol says:

    Make that four girls missing you, please God, I hope all is well.

  15. Vivian says:

    Kitty looks like she is smiling. Make that 5 girls. Hope to hear from you soon!

  16. Doe in Mi says:


  17. Chester's Mom says:

    That’s seven of us missing you and praying all is well with you all.

  18. Pat says:

    Now it is eight…we miss you and hope all is well.

  19. Cameo says:

    Make that nine… just hope your having a good time

  20. YvonneM says:

    Make that ten! Hope all is well.

  21. Lana says:

    Make it ten…..hope everything is ok.

  22. Jann-Marie says:

    And now it’s eleven….missing you and hoping all is well.

  23. Suzanne says:

    You are all so sweet, and I do apologize for my silence. I’ve been taking a break from the blog, but am back now, and will have a new post soon.

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