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Smart cat knows how to answer the phone—and then hang up on you

It has talent, but nobody said anything about manners.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Sep 8, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 12:43 am CDT

Forget cats that learn how to play fetch. This cat knows how to answer the phone.

If Salem the cat always picks up the phone like this, we’re guessing its unusual skill gets old real fast. You can just imagine the excuses. “Hey, sorry it seemed like I completely ignored you when you said hi. Actually, it was my cat. Yes, my cat answered the phone. Seriously!”

We love the way Salem remains catlike to the last. Sure, he can pick up a ringing phone—but then he carelessly leaves it hanging afterwards, frustrating everyone involved.

Photo via Christopher Bowns/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Sep 8, 2015, 8:43 am CDT