Dumb Cat Spikes No Match for Smart Kitties

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File it under smart cats outwit dumb humans. Cats across Japan are proving that cat-deterrent spikes are no match for feline ingenuity and adaptability.

The photographic evidence is everywhere on Twitter, reports Meg Murphy of Rocket News. “Before I moved to Japan I had no idea cat-deterrent spikes (called neko-yoke no togetoge in Japanese) were a thing, but plastic spikes are commonly sold at 100-yen shops and can be seen around neighborhoods here, along the tops of fences, in front yard gardens, on top of air conditioning units – basically anywhere people don’t want outdoor cats loitering about.”

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They are thought to be effective for keeping indoor cats off of furnishings and barring them from out-of-bounds areas of the house. “Or, at least, they used to be effective,” Murphy wrote. “But it seems that cats here have become immune to the spikes, gradually building up a resistance to the prickliness, if these accounts on Twitter are any indication.”

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Murphy then shares a series of amusing photos posted on Twitter that show cats interacting with cat spikes. They squeeze between them and chew on them.

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In these Twitter photos, cats are seen lounging and perching on the spikes.  Once again, it seems it takes a lot of intelligent  cats to remind clueless humans that it’s always been their world.

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And they’re just sharing it with us.

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