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What If Pets Could Text?

pet texts daniBy Linda Cole

Most people never leave home without their phone these days. Having the ability to communicate at any time by calling or texting is convenient. Pets don’t have opposable thumbs, which makes it difficult to type…but what if your pet could send a text to let you know what’s going on when you aren’t at home? Here are some of the exchanges that might occur:

Dog: The cat’s being mean 2 me
Human: What do you mean?
Dog: Exactly
Human: No. How is the cat being mean?
Dog: Hissed at me and said KMFB
Cat: Yes, I told the dog to kiss my furry behind
Human: Why?
Cat: I was asleep in his bed when he yanked it out from under me
Human: Well, it is his bed
Cat: He wasn’t using it
Human: Go sleep in your own bed
Cat: Pfffft! That dinky thing? HAW
Human: What’s HAW?
Cat: Look it up on my text abbreviations for tech-savvy felines
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Cat Chat: Text Abbreviations for Tech-Savvy Felines

By Julia Williams

The advent of computers and cell phones spawned a new way of communicating for many people. Words and phrases became abbreviated to save time while typing in chat rooms, online forums, mobile text messages and on Facebook. Chat abbreviations have become so commonplace that most of us know what LOL, BRB, TMI, ETA, IDK, OMG and BFF mean. However, I saw a text abbreviation recently that stumped me, so I did what I always do nowadays when I need information – I googled it. Paydirt! I not only found the one that had baffled me, but a comprehensive A to Z list that blew me away. Who knew there were thousands of text abbreviations just waiting to make our lives easier by shaving two seconds off our typing time? Wut?

Naturally, that got me to thinking about texting abbreviations cats would use in their everyday communications with other cats (and perhaps even a stray human or two). Never mind the lack of opposable thumbs. Plenty of cat crazy people are willing to buy into the fantasy that felines are capable of typing. Why wouldn’t cats want to save precious time by using text abbreviations? After all, that leaves more time for what is really important to kittehs – such as, eatin’ a big bowl of FELIDAE cat food, then settling down for a long nap as only a cat can do.

As responsible pet owners, we should be keeping tabs on Tabby while she’s online and especially when she’s texting that Tomcat hotty who has a reputation for wooing every ladycat within hissing distance. To make it easy for you, I spied on my own wily felines and compiled a list of all the texting lingo that tech-savvy cats use.

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