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    The Cat Thread

    The attached picture shows my wife as of ten minutes ago.

    With a cat that wandered into her store.

    A cat that is coming home with us.

    Which will make eight cats instead of seven.



    There is no icon to express my horror.
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    In my part of the world, you'd need to check for a chip before adopting a random cat. Is that a thing in the USA?
    A woman once adopted my brother-in-law's cat (the cat did an excellent impression of a love-starved stray to everyone it met). But as far as he knew, the cat just went out one day and didn't come back - until he got a call months later from a vet, to say that his cat had been brought in for something routine and the chip didn't match the "owner".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    The attached picture shows my wife as of ten minutes ago.
    I meant to say: You've only been married ten minutes and she's already adopted a cat? No wonder you're horrified.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    In my part of the world, you'd need to check for a chip before adopting a random cat. Is that a thing in the USA? ...
    People are encouraged to have their pets chipped but it's not a legal requirement. Rescue organizations and shelters usually include a chip in the adoption cost. (Spay/Neuter, rabies, microchip, maybe some other vaccinations.)

    If you find a stray it can be checked to see if it's been chipped but again it's not a legal requirement. I imagine most vets would look for a chip if you brought in a new pet and said it was a stray.
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    We have one cat that is chipped, but the owner is deceased. Should get around to transferring the chip to us (need his obituary, not hard to get), but the cat never goes outdoors if we can help it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I meant to say: You've only been married ten minutes and she's already adopted a cat? No wonder you're horrified.
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    You know, Gilbert and Sullivan, in The Pirates of Penzance had a song about this very thing you started here.

    Oh come on, you remember the lyrics:

    With cat-like thread,
    Upon our prey we steal;
    In silence dread,
    Our cautious way we feel.
    No sound at all,
    We never speak a word,
    A fly’s foot-fall
    Would be distinctly heard




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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    [sounds of profuse weeping]
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    I had to be away for about a week and a half (getting Younger Son moved and all), and was informed that a friend of his brother was about
    to take the last kitten of a litter to the shelter. My wife asked "let me see the kitten". She fed it and showed it the litter box, which together are legally binding. Behold Shadow, now the smallest and sleekest of 3 black cats in our household. The interactions are complex.
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    Further evidence that "survival of the fittest" is not always mind or muscle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ngc3314 View Post
    She fed it and showed it the litter box, which together are legally binding.
    I've said for years, to people who are "just feeding" a stray, if you feed them, they are yours.

    Shadow is very cute.

    Roger E. Moore, your new cat is very pretty too, but I at least couldn't cope with eight. Two are plenty for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    I've said for years, to people who are "just feeding" a stray, if you feed them, they are yours.
    The cat may have other ideas. Someone told a story in New Scientist, years ago, about how his cat had been gaining weight despite receiving the same amount of food per day. So he put a collar on the cat, with a message on a tag that read, "If you are feeding this cat, please phone [this number]." In the next two days he got three phone calls. They're treacherous little sods, cats. And I say that as a cat-liker.

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    Coping with eight... Just to keep up with seven cats, we got ten litterboxes, eight water bowls, eight food bowls, six scratching posts, and a Christmas/Chanukah tree tired to a hook in the ceiling so it cannot be knocked over. We buy two 35-lb. containers of cat litter every 3 weeks.

    And then there's the food.

    Sheba seafood double-containers (2.6 oz.) - 72 every 3 weeks

    Royal Canin Urinary SO/Diet mix, 17.6 lb. sack - 1 every 3 weeks

    Many dozens of Delectables Squeeze-ups in chicken or fish, because Chewy shipped 20 times the amount we ordered, then gave us all of them for nothing.


    How much more will we need??????? To be continued.


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    Mostly a dog lover we've had a few cats over the years including out own pet now. We got him because the previous owner had to move out of her parents place and into an apartment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Adorable, of course.
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    I predict this to be the thread that will live forever. Or at least have nine lives. Let's see, must be a cat pic or three somewhere on the desktop....
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    ETA: Hmm, that last attachment that I don't seem to be able to delete is someone else's kitty on our deck.
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    Wow. At one point I had three adult indoor/outdoor cats and that was plenty to take care of. At this point I have one, and that's still enough.

    One unusual thing: For the last 20+ years, my pets have all come from my yard. Two feral females decided my yard was the right place to have kittens. One of them pried open a screen vent to the crawlspace, and we only noticed when we saw kittens running around near the front door. With the second, I was working behind my bedroom and had a cat come up fairly close and hiss at me. When I investigated, I found she had her kittens hidden in a bit of yard clutter. She seemed to be trying to warn me away, but ironically she just alerted me to the presence of her kittens. In both cases, I managed to capture the kittens, but not the mother. (Also captured a skunk - that wasn't fun.)

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    We had the "friendly trapper" come try to catch the raccoon under our house. He used cat food as bait. Guess what he caught. One of them several times.

    Our maximum of cats has been four, but I'll use the excuse that my parents had died and their cats hadn't. Previously we had three, which I felt was pushing it, but we took in two Himalayans that came as a set when we already had one. We currently have two, which seems to be the correct number. For us.
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    We used to have a Cat Lady at the end of our street. Our bird-feeders had to be defended by a ring of motion-activated ultrasound cat deterents.
    One morning I found a cat collar (with a bell) lying on our lawn. The tag directed me to the Cat Lady's house. I pushed through her overgrown garden, ignored the "No Cold Callers" sign in her window, and knocked on the door. After an age, the door creaked open by an inch, revealing a shock of grey hair and one feverishly bright eye. I proffered the collar, and told the story. The door creaked open another two inches, and she reached a skeletal hand through the gap to take the collar from me.
    "I'm sorry," she whispered. "He's very naughty. I'll have a word with him." And the door creaked closed again.

    This cat had unbuckled his collar. So I was pretty sure the "Cat Lady" had actually been killed and skinned some time ago, and was now animated by an acrobatic tower of cats, like the spacesuit full of Moties in The Mote In God's Eye. It's the only logical conclusion.

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    Cleopatra Jet, our very likely eighth cat. Less than 6 mo old, skinny, eats like a horse and drank water bowl dry, major purr machine.
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    Cleopatra Jet having her first good chow-down. Ate almost a cup of dry food. Amazing tail.
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    My family has never had multiple cats at one time. Too much trouble. Dogs, now, we have 3 dogs today, all well behaved. But my sister has developed a severe allergy to cats, so no more cats for us.

    But even if we could, having more than one cat means giving up the illusion that humans are the dominant species in your dwelling.
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    It would be unfair to leave out Maki's sister, Ginger.
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    Cleopatra turned out to be a boy. I don't know to sex cats, geez! Nobody else did, either. They don't come with a manufacturer's tag or anything.

    So now it's Perseus ("Purr-seus") Jet.

    Cute little rodent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    This cat had unbuckled his collar. So I was pretty sure the "Cat Lady" had actually been killed and skinned some time ago, and was now animated by an acrobatic tower of cats, like the spacesuit full of Moties in The Mote In God's Eye. It's the only logical conclusion.
    I've long thought that the idea of genetically engineering cats with functional thumbs could be the basis for a great horror story. They wouldn't need to talk or be exceptionally intelligent, but they could easily act like little gremlins, messing up everything.

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    Love the cat pix here, beautiful little rugfaces
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Cleopatra turned out to be a boy. I don't know to sex cats, geez! Nobody else did, either. They don't come with a manufacturer's tag or anything.
    My wife's first cat was named Oliver, because the people at the Humane Society told her it was a boy. When she took it to the vet for the first time, the vet informed her the cat was actually a girl. So the name became Olive.

    Now, I know nothing about sexing cats, either, but mistakenly identifying a boy as a girl seems to me to make more sense than the other way around.
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    When I was a kid we thought our cat was female until we took him to the vet. We didn't need to change the mode of address, however, because he was always just "cat".

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    We have a largish (15-16 lb.) silver and white Maine Coon named Sophie Cleese, who was mistakenly sexed as male when we rescued her and was first named Sophocles. She is our biggest cat. Tore me to shreds once when she did not want to be picked up and taken to the vet. Good thing I wore a black t-shirt to hide the blood.

    As you can imagine, I am very nice to her now and she likes me and head butts me. We are buds. When I build models, she holds my plans down (unfortunately covering them, but that's life).

    But I will never forget what she can do if she's mad.
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