Cats have paws, and they don't really manipulate things in complex ways most of the time, so it's not that natural for them to poke at a bit of paper you've stuck to their foreheads before you put them in front of the mirror. And they think more in terms of motion than shape, so that they may not notice that their body has a different mark on it, but may easily notice movement in the mirror. I think that cats can pass the mirror test, or at least show that they are able to use a mirror. Some of the people I have talked to online--both here and elsewhere--have told me about their cats' ability to use mirrors to locate their human friends--around corners, or by looking into the mirror at a human behind them.
I've also noticed that while my cats react with hostility to a cat on the other side of a window, they react with indifference to a "cat" that is on the other side of the window because I have placed a mirror there for them to look into. This suggests that the cat knows that a mirror image is a different thing from a real object seen through glass; if cats did not recognize themselves, they would hiss or try to greet the other cat, as they do to any other cat that appears in that window.
It would be interesting if we tested our own cats, and saw how they reacted to mirrors. Please don't do these to cats that would be skittish and frightened or aggressive; that's mean, and the cat wouldn't be able to properly think about the situation anyhow. Also, be careful not to break any mirrors. It may not actually be bad luck, but it's annoying to clean up. Kitty Mirror Test The classic mirror test Put a bit of sticky paper on your cat's forehead--just barely stick it on there, so the cat can't actually feel you put it there.
Best thing to use is the sticky part of a post-it note, because you can just brush it off again--it won't actually have to be pulled off your cat's fur, like masking tape would have to be. Once you've done that, wait a bit to make sure your cat didn't just feel you put the bit of paper there, and put your cat in front of the mirror. Does the cat reach a paw up to remove the bit of sticky paper, or examine his image more closely than usual? If so, he may be aware that the mirror image is his.
It is unlikely that a cat will pass this test, but you never know until you try. Maybe we have some kitty geniuses out there. Stay there for a while until your cat starts to look back into the mirror or window. A good spot for this is when you are looking into a mirror, maybe doing your hair, and the cat is on the counter between you and your mirror. Bring your hand up to above your cat's head, as though you are going to pet his head. Watch his ears--if he flicks them back to you, he has heard you move.
If he moves his head up to meet your hand in the usual headbutt fashion, and he has not flicked his ears back to hear you move, then he is using your reflection and his reflection to meet your hand for petting. Self-Recognition Find a window where your cat usually gazes outside. Think about how she reacts to her reflection in the mirror, and then think about how she reacts to another cat outside that window.
Now place a mirror between the window and the outside, so that the cat will be looking at her own image when she looks "out". Does she react to her image as she does to a mirror, or does she react to it the way she would to a strange cat--either friendly curiosity or hostility? If she is indifferent, she is probably able to identify a mirror image by sight and recognize it as an unremarkable reflection.
Object Location Wait for the cat to be in a playful mood. Prop a mirror up so that it shows a view around the corner. Place the cat's favorite toy, or dangle a wand or rod style toy, so that it can only be seen by its mirror image. Published December 15th by Dell first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cat in the Mirror , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. May 06, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: read-in-childhood. I read this book as a kid and remembered enjoying it so much that I sought it out again 25 years later. It is certainly an interesting read and a good tale for kids who are struggling to find their place in the world. The main subjects of the story--cats and the wonders of life in ancient Egypt--have always enthralled me. Rereading this book as an adult, those two subjects provided the main draw for me to read through to the end as well as the story's manageable length.
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Over many years of read I read this book as a kid and remembered enjoying it so much that I sought it out again 25 years later. Over many years of reading, my perspective has changed on what constitutes good story telling. The language and images conjured by the author didn't capture me as they once had. The characters all seemed flatter and duller.
While some children's books maintain their relevance and appeal through adulthood, I don't consider this one of them. Therefore, I recommend Cat in the Mirror to children, especially those who are challenged with fitting into social groups and those mystified by ancient Egyptian culture.
However, it can be passed over by adults who have matured beyond the ability to relate to the angst of the protagonist. This one was better left in nostalgia for me.
Jul 26, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: childhoodfavorites , historical-fiction , middle-grade , fantasy. I was briefly obsessed with this book. A young girl, constantly fighting with her mother, hits her head and is transported back to ancient Egypt. The book gives fascinating insights into the life of a child of privilege 3, years ago, and I could not get enough of it!
I believe it's out of print now, but if you can find a copy, hang on to it, especially if you are interested in Egypt. View all 3 comments. I read this many, many, many years ago, probably when I still fitted its intended audience in the children's section of the library. I had completely forgotten about it until I saw it mentioned on a blog and thought it would be nice to read again. I checked my local library, expecting it to be long gone from the catalogue, but it turned out that they had a copy in the stacks.
It's from a different library to the one where I lived as a child, so it isn't the same book , but it's definitely the same I read this many, many, many years ago, probably when I still fitted its intended audience in the children's section of the library.
It's from a different library to the one where I lived as a child, so it isn't the same book , but it's definitely the same edition as the one I remember reading with this rather lovely, stylised cover. I did enjoy the story on a reread; and the issues I had with it were adult issues - why wasn't what happened to Erin and Irun actually explained; what happened to Irun's family at the end. As an adult I look forward from the words on the page to the consequences, that's part of my "job description" as a responsible adult.
But a child doesn't need to do that and the story remains enjoyable and satisfying. I certainly have no memory of thinking it needed more to it. And the last line, remains a joy. Thank you library, for keeping an old and probably fairly unknown book especially here in New Zealand in the stacks for this reader to revisit some 30 or 35 years later.
Oct 04, Ann aka Iftcan rated it it was amazing Shelves: adventure , cat-theme , fantasy , historical , young-adult , time-travel. A nice story for the 10 to 14 or so year old. Erin is a present day well, , when the book was written girl with a mother who is at best neglectful, and a father who is more concerned with keeping his wife happy and his business going than with his daughter.
Fortunately she DOES have a caring housekeeper, who seems to be the only person who loves her. She's also a loner at school--ALL the schools she's attended, and with her father's job, she's moved a lot. Then, one day a new boy comes to A nice story for the 10 to 14 or so year old. Then, one day a new boy comes to school. A boy from Egypt named Seti. And that's when the adventure begins. Very good adventure and a story that appeals to the outsider in all of us.
Jan 28, Blue rated it liked it. I had this book as a child, but couldn't get into it, even though I loved cats and Egypt.
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My main problem with it is that it could have been done so much better, and there simply isn't enough of the present-day or the past to make it feel like it's a whole that follows through. Still, an I had this book as a child, but couldn't get into it, even though I loved cats and Egypt. Still, an interesting idea, and enough there to make it worth a read. I so wanted to enjoy this book more, the premise intrigued me. It likely will appeal to a tween and would be a good read for learning a bit about ancient Egyptian life.
However, I felt the beginning spent to long in the "poor me, my life sucks" aspect for the main character. Once the setting shifts from modern to ancient you still get a "poor me, my life sucks" character. However, the ancient Egyptian details of life carry the story along as you learn how they lived a little. Oct 20, Skip rated it it was ok Shelves: historical. Erin lives in modern NYC, attends a wealth private school, and is studying ancient Egypt when she accidentally hits her head in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is transported back in time, becoming Irun.
Too childish for me, but I liked the cat, Ta-She. This is one of my all-time favorites from my younger years. My budding fascination with ancient Egypt turned into a full blown love affair after reading this book about two girls separated by 3, years. Apr 23, Kami rated it did not like it. The idea of the book was interesting. The main character was a ninny who was impossible to like because of how much she whined. That pretty much ruined the book for me. I wish I'd read this book in middle school. Jun 06, Marie rated it really liked it.
I read this when I was in 7th grade or so and it stuck with me. Great story and well done from what I remember. Jun 27, Tricia rated it it was amazing. One of my favorites as a kid. Sep 02, Kate rated it liked it Shelves: and-before , age-middlegrade.