Cat Walks Across Computer Keyboard — And Wins Something Special

When I realized that she had clicked “submit,” I experienced a mild panic attack.

A very pleasant accident for Mochi’s owner, Jessica Schleider, was brought on by her cat’s inquisitive nature and obsession with dazzling computer and television screens.


Since the beginning, Mochi has relished getting in Schleider’s way and interfering with her work.


When Schleider and her boyfriend were still enrolled in graduate school, they adopted the cat after discovering it as a stray with two of her babies living inside a UPS truck.

According to Schleider, “She was intrigued with my laptop from the beginning.” “During this specific slumber, I believe she viewed a number of websites.”


Now that Schleider is a psychology assistant professor at Stony Brook University, where she concentrates on conducting research on mental health, a large portion of her work entails requesting money to enable her to carry out the necessary study.

And the last time Schleider decided to take a break, she was actually doing just that. She wanted to be sure she had crossed all the metaphorical “i’s” before submitting the application because the grant she was looking for was really significant and worth $100,000.

I decided to take our dog Penny for a walk outside while working from home before “taking the leap,” she added.

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It so occurred that Mochi made the decision to involve herself with Schleider’s work in a completely new way while Schleider was away.

Schleider noticed something had changed when she turned back to the screen and glanced at it.

She remarked, “I found that she had clicked’submit’ on the grant application.” I experienced a brief panic episode.


Schleider was left with little choice but to wait for the application’s outcome, though.

Mochi appeared to be largely unconcerned, and it turned out that the cat was right not to be afraid.


This week, I found out I won the grant, said Schleider. “Her preoccupation with screens finally paid off!”