Gin’s Playground

October 5, 2007

Reseaching on being an Animal

Filed under: Neko, Role Play — Tags: , , , , , , — ginsengkyong @ 12:42 am

Midian Kitty with a sword in blood red water

So as my Catwalker trainer suggested, I am going to concentrate on role playing more on my cat side than on my human side. So yesterday I went to the library and got a few books. Strange enough the one I am going to quote from today I randomly opened it up in the library and read some interesting things about cats. When I brought it home I could not find anything in the book about cats, it had a lot of info about fish and birds.

Today I was able to find the spot in the book about cats, but before I go into that, here is some interesting info about dogs. The author was saying when a dog feels fear and is undecided and torn between either fight or flight, his facial expression will be one of aggression showing his teeth and he will more apt to make loud noise.  On the other hand if he has no fear, his face will be calmer and he will just attack. 

So before I move onto the cat info, the book I am getting this information from is On Aggression, by Konrad Lorenz (1966)

The chapter I have been reading is on Instinct. “…a passionate hunter cannot be cured by abundant feeding.”(p 88) 

“…one tends to assume that the cat performs the movement pattern of prey catching ‘for the sake of eating only.’ That this is not so can be demonstrated experimentally. Leyhausen gave to cats which were keen hunters one mouse after the other and observed the order in which the part actions of preying and eating disappeared. First the cat stopped eating but killed a few more mice, leaving them untouched. Next the killing bite disappeared, but the cat continued to stalk and to catch the mice. Later still, when the movement pattern of catching was exhausted, the cat still did not stop stalking the mice an indeed, in so doing, it always chose those farthest away in the opposite corner of the room, and ignored those that ran over its forepaws.” (p 92)

I believe it goes on to talk about the need for such an action or the desire to fulfill these instincts. It gives and example about a human baby when given a bottle of milk that takes no effort to drink, and the baby gets full fast, she will then look for other things to suck on to fulfill her need and instinct to feed to its fullness.



  1. I don’t think you should necessarily focus *more* on the feline part of you, but it should definitely influence how you roleplay. A great example of this is how I behaved in Midian last night. There was a wolf on main street, and from far away I thought it was a dog. I emoted that my ears perked up and my eyes widened. As I got closer, I realized it was actually a wolf, and jumped up to the safety of the lower catwalk that crosses Main street. I then watched the wolf to size him up, as two predators are often known to do. This is purely instinctual behavior. After a few minutes, Sekai came over to me on the catwalks and started scratching me behind the ears as she talked to me. I tilted my head, closed one eye and purred as I let her pet me. Then she moved on to my underneath my chin, where I closed both eyes, let out a cute mew, and emoted a shiver running down my spine.

    We may have many human qualities, but never forget that we are large humanoid cats, and our behavior should reflect that. Otherwise we’re just people who wear ears and a tail and meow at each other 😉

    Comment by octoberhush — October 5, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

  2. hi ginseng, as a fluent speaker of cat in RL I have one suggestion. If you want to have a realy believable cat persona you will need a suitably expressive tail… something I’ve yet to find in SL. If you ever do find one let me know please – personally I cant do neko without it. 🙂

    Comment by quadrapop — October 9, 2007 @ 4:59 am

  3. Tober.. thanks, glad you are my trainer.

    Qyadrapop.. Hmm.. sounds like you are looking for a scripted tail. If you were to use one in Midian, it might just produce lag, it would be a lot more fun to just RP the tail actions. Hmm what kind of tail movements does a cat have to express themselves.. like wag when nervous and goes up when happy?

    Comment by ginsengkyong — October 13, 2007 @ 6:05 am

  4. The tail I use is pretty expressive, but it’s automatically scripted. However, it looks very natural. The other way to go is to simply emote what your tail is doing. I do stuff like this all the time in my roleplay…I’ll say things like “The hair stands up on the back of Tober’s neck” or “Tober’s tail thrusts up in surprise”, etc.

    It’s important to think about how you can describe what you’re doing, quickly, but with enough detail for people to “get the picture”. This, in my opinion, is what makes a good roleplayer. Anyone can write a whole paragraph detailing exactly what they’re doing, but I find it slows down roleplay. Say what you need to say, describe it with a touch of emote, and you’re done.

    Gin, we can practice more of this one-on-one if you want.

    Comment by octoberhush — October 13, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

  5. ah, wasn’t aware of the no scripting thing in your rp sim, but october has it right- regardless of how you do it, to be most catlike you will need to observe cats closely to understand how they use their tails to add nuance and stress to their body language. Some of it isn’teasily put into words (bit like surfing – if you need it explained, you will never understand).

    Good luck and be welcome at my place in SL anytime.

    Comment by quadrapop — October 14, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

  6. Oh we can use scripted objects in Midian, as long as they’re not too heavily-scripted. The server’s pretty overloaded as it is.

    But anyway, back to the tail. There’s a number of things I’ve seen cats do with their tails: shake the tip of it like a rattlesnake, swish it back and forth slowly, swish it quickly, fluff up the fur on it, hang it between their legs, raise it up in the air, wrap it aorund themselves, etc. What do all of those actions mean? Hmm. Well, that would be telling. And I’d be a bad teacher if I told you everything 😉

    Comment by octoberhush — October 15, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

  7. hehe.. cool.

    Hmm yep Tober I like your idea of just emoting in order for the other to “get the picture”. I do find when people use paragraphs it takes me a while to read it in order to fully understand it so I can reply to it.

    I would like to practice with you the simple things of making the character more believable.

    Comment by ginsengkyong — October 15, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

  8. Sure thing, that’s why I’m a trainer =)

    Comment by octoberhush — October 15, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

  9. Although I’m merely a a human who wears ears and a tail and meow at each other, this was an interesting convo to read! =)

    Comment by Vint Falken — October 17, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

  10. Is this gonna Kill You? No i Dont Think so !

    Comment by black_mamba — October 18, 2007 @ 3:22 am

  11. Aww, Vint…I don’t act out everything when I’m not roleplaying…it’s too much work! It’s just purrs, meows, and the occasional “Hooo!” 😉

    Comment by octoberhush — October 18, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

  12. I’d say most of it is purely instinct. Of course you can learn it by observing actual cats… but it would be hard to achieve if a cat doesn’t live inside of you, hehehe – and holly kitten, I was reading those lines of that book you bought and no doubt recognised myself *rawwwwr*.

    Comment by Sand Posthorn — October 22, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

  13. /me watches unseen from the corner, enthralled. Wait, did I just think that out loud?

    Comment by Alex — January 10, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

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