My mom has a story about my late father, from when she was pregnant, about being a little afraid of a wild possum out in the yard-- normally she wouldn't have been, but, you know, being pregnant she was just warier of everything, and a possum out and about in the daytime isn't exactly normal behavior for them.
My dad went outside, sat down in a chair, and the possum didn't run off into the trees at having a human there. So he recited the whole of Mark Twain's 'Jim Baker's Bluejay Yarn' and the possum settled down near-ish to him while he spoke, and scuttled off when the story was over.
It's the sort of story I'd have considered unbelievable if it was told to me by/about anyone else, but animals always really liked my dad, including the wild ones, or those whose owners/rescuers said didn't like/trust humans, or men in particular. He used to scare my grandmother by getting up close to things that should have been dangerous. Fish in aquariums would follow him as he walked past from one end to the other, it was... weird to see, but really neat.
He used to have a cat that was allowed to come and get leftovers off the table, if all the humans had finished eating, but you had to clear the silverware and leave just the plates, because if he hopped up on the table and the fork was on the plate, he would try to use it and just be frustrated.
Of the two cats we've got now, one of them likes watching TV. He has preferences-- he likes credit sequences and menus, anything where words move along the screen. And he likes when it's mostly blue (as out of all the colors, it's the one that he has the best sense of). He likes certain types of action scenes all right, and seems to prefer animation to most live action-- the exception being when 'Too Cute: Kittens' is on Animal Planet. 'Too Cute: Kittens' is his favorite show. If 'Too Cute: Puppies' comes on, he will often turn his back on it in disappointment when he figures out that it's going to be dogs and not babies. He doesn't really care about other animal shows much, even if kittens are present. He also seems to use the TV to time when it's going to be his dinnertime.