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banquo's_bumble_puppy
2004-Sep-14, 01:42 PM
The other day (Sunday) I was sitting at the bus stop after having visited with my mother at the nursing home. Anyways, this always depresses me for reasons that I have mentioned before...anyways I'm sitting there and suddenly I feel SOMETHING walking between my armpit. I look down and there's this big ole fluffy orange cat!! Imagine my surprise...I burst out laughing...anyways someone was trying to cheer me up...thanks cat...it worked :D

Swift
2004-Sep-14, 02:08 PM
Wow, great story. =D> I don't know if you want to deal with a pet, but they are very comforting. Maybe you have a neighbor you can cat-sit for.

(Leaning over fence. "Hi neighbor, mind if I borrow a cup of cat-love")
:wink:

Paul Beardsley
2004-Sep-14, 02:53 PM
In 1986, on the day my first dog died, a friend of mine took me out to the pub to help get over it.

The pub we went to had a resident West Highland White terrier (similar breed to my late Cairn) called Tasha. This Tasha was a very reserved dog, and generally didn't mix with the customers. But on this particular occasion, she came over and sat at my feet for the entire evening, as if she had sensed my loss and was doing what she could to help me bear it.

Remembering this brings tears to my eyes eighteen years on.

Argos
2004-Sep-14, 03:21 PM
I understand what you feel. Dogs and cats always lift my spirit. I can´t say how many times they´ve bailed me out.

I got four dogs and one cat.

Normandy6644
2004-Sep-14, 03:28 PM
Back home in Florida my mom has a dog and 3 cats. It's amazing how they develop personality over time, and they really can become friends. Plus they're all so cute! :lol:

Candy
2004-Sep-14, 08:51 PM
It's amazing how much people and animals rely on each other for comfort. My cat, Fifi, just had a string of bad luck with illnesses since we met. This last time she had a double whammy with a bladder infection. Immediately followed by a tooth infection which lead to an extraction. She is 5 lbs of love, so I didn't hesitate a moment to have a vet make her better.

She in return gives me the unconditional love I need living alone. We have a routine when I come home from work. She immediately greets me, drops to the ground, and gets her belly rubbed. Then it's dinner time. After dinner, it's time to play with her toys. Once I get settled in for the evening, she jumps on my lap. I wouldn't change the routine ever.

Avatar28
2004-Sep-14, 09:02 PM
A few years ago, we had a cat. Just a plain black american shorthair with white feet. Actually had a bit of a psycho streak in him. Probably to do with kittenhood trauma. Specifically, my grandparents great dane/german shepherd mix had attacked it and we found it cornered and cowering under cover too small for the dog to get in to. We took him to the vet, fixed him up, and took him on home (the owner gave him to us). I got along with him better than most, though. Anyways, I was lying on my bed EXTREMELY depressed. Don't remember why now. Anyways, he hopped up there, walked over too me and sat down next to my head. Then he gingerly reached out a paw and gently brushed/patted my cheek as if to comfort me. Then he curled up next to me. DID cheer me up though. It was probably the sweetest thing I ever saw him do.

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-14, 11:56 PM
More than once when I've been ill (or recovering from surgery) my cats have jumped up on the bed and nestled in with me. They check me out, pat me on the cheek, and find little places to nestle and help heal. Someone once said that sleeping with cats is one of the great joys of life. I'd have to concur.

=D> =D>

Gullible Jones
2004-Sep-15, 01:29 AM
I once had a cat, but he was a rather mean thing... Liked to scratch visitorys and stuff, and got into fights with other cats a few times. And yeah, he was neutered.

paulie jay
2004-Sep-15, 05:35 AM
I have two cats, and aside from shredding my furniture and covering everthing with orange and grey hair, they are great company :D

http://server6.uploadit.org/files/pauliejay-kittykat.jpg


(click for sickeningly cute photo)

dvb
2004-Sep-15, 06:41 AM
I have two cats, and aside from shredding my furniture and covering everthing with orange and grey hair, they are great company :D

http://server6.uploadit.org/files/pauliejay-kittykat.jpg


(click for sickeningly cute photo)

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

I've always been a cat person. :D

Waarthog
2004-Sep-15, 11:29 AM
:(
I miss my kitty cat.

I am on a work contract far from home till December.

Candy
2004-Sep-15, 12:22 PM
I once turned down a job (start-up for our then new Mileage Plus office), because my company said it wouldn't pay for my cat to stay with me at the hotel.

Swift
2004-Sep-15, 12:30 PM
I have two cats, and aside from shredding my furniture and covering everthing with orange and grey hair, they are great company :D

http://server6.uploadit.org/files/pauliejay-kittykat.jpg


(click for sickeningly cute photo)
There is a quote I really love, "There is nothing as calm as a sleeping cat"

Candy
2004-Sep-15, 12:36 PM
http://server6.uploadit.org/files/pauliejay-kittykat.jpg
That's just pure love paulie jay! =D> If I can get my web site fixed, I will post a photo of my hunk of love. [edit to add, I think sleeping beauty looks like you.]

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-15, 01:42 PM
since we're showing off our resident furballs, here are two of ours -- Pixel (lower right) and Miranda (upper left):

http://www.lochness.com/mandc/cats/mirpix2.jpg

and our 1-year-old baby boy, Laz, back when he was only a couple of months old. He's now a year old and about 11 pounds heavier.

http://www.thespacewriter.com/Lazasleep1.jpg

(excuse the copyright notice -- I had entered it in a competition and it was the only one I had available quickly)

Candy
2004-Sep-15, 01:49 PM
OMG, Laz is adorable. My Fifi often sleeps on my laptop, when I forget to close the lid. Once, I came into the room, and she was sleeping through a constant key pounding (ding, ding, ding). I have sense learned how to make the laptop sleep before Fifi does. :o

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-15, 01:50 PM
At 11.5 pounds now he's a behemoth who's adorable! I'll try to post a pic of him later. Got some in the camera but haven't downloaded them yet.

Swift
2004-Sep-15, 01:50 PM
since we're showing off our resident furballs, here are two of ours -- Pixel (lower right) and Miranda (upper left):
Pixel, what a great name for a cat. :D
I had some friends years ago that had two cats named Lights and Siren (he was a paramedic, she was a doctor). Another friend (a programmer) had a cat named DOS.

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-15, 02:30 PM
We used to have a cat named Larry (he came as part of a set named Larry, Curly, Moe) and his mother Calicat. Cali died in 1997, Larry died in 1999. We had them for 15 and 17 years respectively. Cats pay forward whatever you give them, and it always angers me to see them mistreated. We've rescued a couple of other cats, fixed them up and found good homes for them.

wackywizjr
2004-Sep-15, 04:19 PM
My cat is named after my wife, Dinghbat, She is now seventeen years old and has no claws :D , no teeth :roll: , and only moves when you move her :-? . The cat that is, not my wife :P .

dvb
2004-Sep-15, 09:48 PM
Here's some pictures of my mom's cat Oscar. He's an 11 year old devon rex pure bread, and he's starting to put on some weight now that he's older.

http://my.tbaytel.net/the_trapper/oscar%20(0).JPG

http://my.tbaytel.net/the_trapper/oscar%20(1).JPG

http://my.tbaytel.net/the_trapper/oscar%20(2).JPG

http://my.tbaytel.net/the_trapper/oscar%20(3).JPG

http://my.tbaytel.net/the_trapper/oscar%20(4).JPG

Edited to add: He's the most harmless and friendly cat you'll ever meet, and he's never shy in front of people.

siriusastronomer
2004-Sep-15, 10:17 PM
We got my cat when i was in 1st grade (came home from church one sunday, opened the door and she bolted inside...very strange) now i'm a freshman in college and she was full-grown when we got her (and very fat too...still is) She's had a couple run ins with some other cats and a rather large dog. She did some damage to the dog's face (would have been worse if she had her front claws) but she's been blind in one eye since and the other eye is going (mostly gone) too. She still gets around fairly well though (no furtinture rearrangements, that'd be mean).
In her old age she's become significantly more personable. She used to go to my dad to be scratched behind the ear for a moment then go off and sleep, now she's always around us, especially at night. She used to sleep at the foot of my bed, but now she's usually up by my head. i sleep with my back to her (not wanting to inhale cathair all night...not quite so tasty as one would imagine) and she puts her paws on the back of my head or neck. Sometimes if i move to turn off the lamp or something (away from her) she'll start patting my pillow like she's looking for me. It's so cute!! My old, fat, blind cat is the most adorable cat i've ever seen :-D That's always comforting after a hard day when i know that at least SHE'S looking for me!!

siriusastronomer
2004-Sep-15, 10:19 PM
P.S. Great pics dvb!!! He's adorable!!!!

lyford
2004-Sep-15, 11:53 PM
and our 1-year-old baby boy, Laz, back when he was only a couple of months old. He's now a year old and about 11 pounds heavier.
http://www.thespacewriter.com/Lazasleep1.jpg

Spacewriter - perhaps you need this:
PawSense is a software utility that helps protect your computer from cats. It quickly detects and blocks cat typing, and also helps train your cat to stay off the computer keyboard. (http://www.bitboost.com/pawsense/)
Our cats enjoy electronics as well - I think they like the warmth of the studio racks:
http://homepage.mac.com/lyford/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2004-06-17%2021.49.47%20-0700/Image-C654CC7EC0E211D8.jpg
bad kitty! (CAT scan)
http://homepage.mac.com/lyford/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2004-06-17%2021.49.47%20-0700/Image-C6371CB2C0E211D8.jpg
and here is proof that they are mighty hunters!
http://homepage.mac.com/lyford/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2004-06-17%2021.49.47%20-0700/Image-C64CD0C8C0E211D8.jpg

Tuckerfan
2004-Sep-16, 01:00 AM
My cat Gabby
http://home.comcast.net/~tuckerfan/gabby1.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~tuckerfan/gabby2.jpg
I get home from the grocery store two weeks ago and as I'm unloading the car I hear a cat meowing. I meow back, and the cat makes a warbling "meow" as she comes running over to me. We continue to talk as I finish unloading the car and head towards the front door. She follows me up the steps and as soon as I open the door, runs in and heads for the kitchen (smart kitty, eh?). Setting my groceries down, I pet her, and noticing that while she appears to be full grown, she's little more than bones and fur, so I crack open a can of tuna, set it on the floor, and she proceeds to devour it rapidly. She's been here ever since.

It's a proven fact that animals are beneficial to people with health problems and since I've been suffering from anxiety and depression of late, I was planning going to a shelter and getting a cat when Gabby showed up. She's quite the strange little cat, she doesn't care for cat toys, cat nip or laser pointers. She does however, seem to enjoy licking the end of my nose.

And if you haven't seen it, you should check out The Infinite Cat Project. (http://www.infinitecat.com/)

Gullible Jones
2004-Sep-16, 01:04 AM
Hmm... The site mentions that this all started on an Apple help forum.

Wow, it seems I really do learn a new thing every day. I had no idea that Apple help forums existed... :lol:

paulie jay
2004-Sep-16, 03:12 AM
I love all the pics!



If I can get my web site fixed, I will post a photo of my hunk of love. [edit to add, I think sleeping beauty looks like you.]

Like me...? :o

Swift
2004-Sep-16, 02:37 PM
Our cats enjoy electronics as well - I think they like the warmth of the studio racks:
That's funny, I thought it was the "mouse". :D
We had a cat (Doris) when I was a kid who liked to sleep on top of the TV (for the warmth). Only problem was she occasionally rolled over in her sleep (and dropped to the floor). #-o (but she was a d'oh kind of cat). :D

Swift
2004-Sep-16, 02:48 PM
It's a proven fact that animals are beneficial to people with health problems and since I've been suffering from anxiety and depression of late, I was planning going to a shelter and getting a cat when Gabby showed up.
Absolutely! I've read similar things in numerous place (for example here (http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depression_tips.htm) tip # 5). I've read that people require a certain amount of physical touch every day and that if you can't get it from another person (because you are single, for example) that you can get it from a pet. There is also the aspect of unconditional love, which pets are probably better at than humans.

wackywizjr
2004-Sep-16, 05:29 PM
And if you haven't seen it, you should check out The Infinite Cat Project. (http://www.infinitecat.com/)

I see cats :o , lots and lots of cats :o , and they are all looking at other cats 8-[ .

dvb
2004-Sep-16, 07:45 PM
And if you haven't seen it, you should check out The Infinite Cat Project. (http://www.infinitecat.com/)

I see cats :o , lots and lots of cats :o , and they are all looking at other cats 8-[ .

That is a really cute site. :D

I should email that link to my mom. She'd love it!

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-17, 01:31 PM
Somewhere I read that petting a cat helps your blood pressure go down (or perhaps it was to help you defuse stress... forget which. Maybe we should have a permanent cat gallery here for BABB-ers to come and visit whenever we're feeling stressed and need a fur fix...

;)

Here's another one I did for a Photoshop contest:

http://www.thespacewriter.com/JovianCat.jpg

dvb
2004-Sep-17, 04:54 PM
Somewhere I read that petting a cat helps your blood pressure go down (or perhaps it was to help you defuse stress... forget which. Maybe we should have a permanent cat gallery here for BABB-ers to come and visit whenever we're feeling stressed and need a fur fix...

;)

Here's another one I did for a Photoshop contest:

Cute kitty. Spooky eyes though. :o

dvb
2004-Sep-17, 05:06 PM
At 11.5 pounds now he's a behemoth who's adorable!

IIRC, last time I weighed my mom's cat on the scale, he weighed 14lbs. She's tried to put him on diets, but it doesn't seem to help. He got fixed after all, and I hear that their metabolism slows down when they get fixed. I'm sure his age contributes to his weight gain too.

lyford
2004-Sep-17, 08:24 PM
great pix, everyone! =D> Keep them coming!
dvb : cool coat on oscar - never seen that before!
Tuckerfan : Gabby has a great expression - cats adopt you.
paulie jay : awwwww
Spacewriter : nice! her eyes look like little sideways Jupiters
banquo's_bumble_puppy thanks for starting a great thread

I am up to cat 125 or so on infinite cat.... (http://www.infinitecat.com/) gotta pace myself... we may submit a photo there ourselves. All part of the BABB expanding internet sphere of influence!

(In the interest of disclosure, I also enjoy dogs as pets.)

Lycus
2004-Sep-17, 08:30 PM
Well, as long as we're posting pictures of our cats, here's the little demon that lives with me:

http://users.adelphia.net/~doloresrounds/images/bebe.jpg

Candy
2004-Sep-17, 09:52 PM
BABB, meet Fifi!

http://home.att.net/~candy.stair/Fifi2.JPG

http://home.att.net/~candy.stair/Fifi4.JPG

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-17, 10:17 PM
great pix, everyone! =D> Keep them coming!
dvb : cool coat on oscar - never seen that before!
Tuckerfan : Gabby has a great expression - cats adopt you.
paulie jay : awwwww
Spacewriter : nice! her eyes look like little sideways Jupiters



That's because they ARE little Jupiters. I'm handy with PhotoShop...

;)

lyford
2004-Sep-17, 10:25 PM
paulie jay : awwwww
Spacewriter : nice! her eyes look like little sideways Jupiters

That's because they ARE little Jupiters. I'm handy with PhotoShop...
;)
I knew it! Just hard to tell for sure with the smaller pic size... Nice job - just don't let Hoagland find out. I have a feeling he could use someone good at Photoshop.... :P

Candy
2004-Sep-18, 08:25 AM
http://www.xmission.com/~dcc/catwalk.gif

Look what I found while searching through some old threads. :D

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-18, 02:41 PM
Yay!!

Mars needs cats!!!

;)

Gmann
2004-Sep-18, 03:02 PM
Because of allergies, I can't do cats, but I have a cockapoo that has a similar effect. I think she can sense when I have had a bad day at work. If the day was good, she is excited to see me for a minute, then goes back to her routine. If the day was exceptionally bad, she follows me into the living room, gets on the couch, and "needs" a neck rub. I have found that this seems to help me more than it does her (note: she has gotten more than her share of neck rubs in the past 2 weeks).

My sister had a kitten that I was not allergic to, this kitten would climb the chair I was in, sit on my shoulder, go to sleep, and start purring. All troubles seemed insignificant after that point.

Pets seem to sense when we are feeling down. I don't know if it is telepathy, or if we simply smell different when we are having a hard time. whatever the case, I'm glad they are here. :D

StarStuff
2004-Sep-18, 03:34 PM
Pets seem to sense when we are feeling down. I don't know if it is telepathy, or if we simply smell different when we are having a hard time. whatever the case, I'm glad they are here. :D

I agree totally! My take on it is that they do a really good job of reading our moods and feelings because they are such astute observers. They have learned to read our body language, facial expressions, and can even tell our moods just by our tone of voice (even when it's something subtle, like a slightly strained voice or just that little bit of angst... ).

There are times when my dogs will react in a way that seems surprising to me, and then I realize that the way I said something likely cued them, and they thought that I might have been upset, just from my voice. And even the thought that something *might* be bothering me is enough - they'll do absolutely anything to try to make me feel better, running up to me with their tails wagging, sitting right in front of me, sticking to my side as if glued there, everywhere I go, looking in my eyes, trying to climb into my lap (and these are pretty big fellas).... They manage to make me feel better, every time. :)

BTW, I love all the pictures of the BABB cats!

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-18, 11:56 PM
It's that unconditional love thing -- even cats have it, but of course they're too cool to show it ALL the time.

Laz is sitting here next to me as I type. He's bathing and purring.

Yummmmmm....

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-18, 11:59 PM
Lyford, noticed you said studio. We used to have a recording studio; my SO is a recording artist and now we have a private studio.

;)

Candy
2004-Sep-19, 09:03 PM
Simply priceless. I have to post it on the AstroFest thread, as well.
http://home.att.net/~candy.stair/AstroFifi.jpg

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-19, 11:07 PM
Yeah, Phil has that effect on cats. You should have seen him with Laz last spring during a state visit to our studios. ;)

Candy
2004-Sep-19, 11:21 PM
Yeah, Phil has that effect on cats. You should have seen him with Laz last spring during a state visit to our studios. ;) Humans, too! :oops:

I just ordered your book from Amazon.com. It's selling with 'The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality" Brian Greene. Did you know that? I bought both. :D I also got the BA's book for a co-worker's son who is convinced of the 'Moon Hoax'.

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-19, 11:39 PM
Yeah, Phil has that effect on cats. You should have seen him with Laz last spring during a state visit to our studios. ;) Humans, too! :oops:

I just ordered your book from Amazon.com. It's selling with 'The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality" Brian Greene. Did you know that? I bought both. :D I also got the BA's book for a co-worker's son who is convinced of the 'Moon Hoax'.

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

I thank you. My co-author thanks you. My publisher thanks you... I'd like to thank the academy... etc... ;)

=D> =D> =D> =D> =D>

lyford
2004-Sep-20, 02:48 AM
Lyford, noticed you said studio. We used to have a recording studio; my SO is a recording artist and now we have a private studio.
;)
Yes, I have a project studio at home where I produce voice over work and music for educational resources, i.e. language tapes and songs for the wee ones. Our cats enjoy chewing on the MIDI and FireWire cables, as well as use the acoustic panels as scratch posts. (http://www.tinker-tunes.com/studio.html) But they are so cute, how can you stay mad at them?????
My wife has an art studio at home as well, before the dot-bomb crash we both worked at home as independent contractors. It was great, until all the companies we worked for started being bought out by each other or folded. All part of the new economy! #-o
Having instant access to a studio is great, but I also find that I spend more time than I'd prefer doing maintenance and tinkering on the engineering side as opposed to the making music side. Don't get me started on my music tech rant..... it ain't pretty. Suffice it to say that I doubt Lizst had to reformat his Sonata in B minor to accomodate a "Piano 2.3" upgrade.

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-20, 03:33 PM
Cats and studios go together! Ours are so mellow they sleep through anything... and when they want to be helpful, they simply lie down on the turntable or the top of a computer and supervise!

Here are some more cat pix:

http://www.thespacewriter.com/laz_tower.jpg
Laz in his cat tower

http://www.thespacewriter.com/laz_spice.jpg
Laz in his roost above the spice cabinet.

;)

dvb
2004-Sep-20, 04:29 PM
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!

Cute cats everyone! :D

I love em all!

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-20, 11:55 PM
yes, they are... I'd post hundreds of pics if I could get away with it...

;)

paulie jay
2004-Sep-21, 12:56 AM
Here's a pic of my other cat, Peachy

http://server5.uploadit.org/files/pauliejay-peachy.jpg

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-21, 04:00 PM
Is that a little peachy stripe up her nose?

How beautiful!

Gullible Jones
2004-Sep-21, 09:04 PM
Ehh, well I don't have a cat anymore, but a few words in a search engine got me this... ;)

http://doug.hunley.homeip.net/images/misc/dust_puppy.jpg

Candy
2004-Sep-21, 09:09 PM
Ehh, well I don't have a cat anymore, but a few words in a search engine got me this... ;)

http://doug.hunley.homeip.net/images/misc/dust_puppy.jpg You should use that image for FWIS! =D>

Gullible Jones
2004-Sep-21, 09:15 PM
Maybe, though I was thinking of putting the Gentoo Penguin back up once I finished compiling my new kernel...

(Unfortunately, that might not be for another few hours. I have to use Win98 to do my homework since I can't get my printer to work under Damn Small Linux... :evil: Also, the kernel takes a hellishly long time to compile - I wonder if a faster processor would make a difference.)

tlbs101
2004-Sep-21, 11:22 PM
I suppose I ought to mention my 6 cats.

Tabitha, a blue-point Ragdoll
Sybil, a White DSH, who is aptly named for her multiple personalities.
Little Dude, a black/white domestic medium hair
Lucy Lu, his sister, a black/white calico DSH,
Sassy, a 99.9% black DSH, born without a tail.
Michael, her brother, a silver tabby DSH.

Here is a picture (http://tpounds.homestead.com) of Sybil and I.

Candy
2004-Sep-21, 11:30 PM
I suppose I ought to mention my 6 cats.

Tabitha, a blue-point Ragdoll
Sybil, a White DSH, who is aptly named for her multiple personalities.
Little Dude, a black/white domestic medium hair
Lucy Lu, his sister, a black/white calico DSH,
Sassy, a 99.9% black DSH, born without a tail.
Michael, her brother, a silver tabby DSH.

Here is a picture (http://tpounds.homestead.com) of Sybil and I. Gorgeous! My grandparents had a white cat while I was growing up. His name was Monster. He died before they raised me. He was just like your Sybil. :D

Sever
2004-Sep-22, 01:06 AM
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/10780738/

My kitty(being freakishly cute).

paulie jay
2004-Sep-22, 01:21 AM
Is that a little peachy stripe up her nose?

How beautiful!

It sure is - hence the name!

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-22, 02:12 AM
Our little office manager, hard at work.

http://www.thespacewriter.com/pixel.jpg

Candy
2004-Sep-22, 02:22 AM
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/10780738/

My kitty(being freakishly cute). I just love cats. I could stare at them all day. :D

dvb
2004-Sep-22, 03:46 AM
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/10780738/

My kitty(being freakishly cute). I just love cats. I could stare at them all day. :D

ditto

Sever, that is one cute kitty! :)

Sever
2004-Sep-22, 03:56 AM
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/10780738/

My kitty(being freakishly cute). I just love cats. I could stare at them all day. :D

ditto

Sever, that is one cute kitty! :)

Why, thank you. He was a feral kitten when we took him in; the tips of his ears had frozen off. But now he's really friendly(friendlist cat I've ever known). He's really hard to get a picture of though, He does not like to look at the camera...

ktesibios
2004-Sep-22, 05:56 AM
Normally I'm very reluctant to anthropomorphize cat behavior, but the late Blob, the first furball who adopted me (22 years ago) did something that still makes me wonder.

Blob usually stayed off my bed. It was a waterbed and he was obviously very leery of the squooshy, rocking footing. He would walk all around the wooden rim, occasionally putting out a paw to feel the mattress and decide "uh-uh- ain't walking on that".

But more than once, when I happened to be sick and was lying in bed curled into a ball of misery and striving for unconsciousness, Blob came right up onto the bed, snuggled up to me and started purring like mad while kneading my aching back. It was if he wanted to make me feel better.

Bless me if I know why he behaved like that, but it was comforting.

BTW, I now belong to three cats: Moose (12 years old), Softie and Peabody (2-year-old littermates). No pics available, unfortunately.

Candy
2004-Sep-22, 12:26 PM
ktesibios, losing a pet is never easy.

I had my Inky, pure black 12 pounds of love, put to sleep several years ago. I now know Inky suffered from depression. #-o He hated the new Fifi. I didn't know at the time what was wrong with him, nor did the vet. Inky suddenly lost half of his body weight and wouldn't come out from under my bed. I cried for a year after taking him to the Humane Society.

One day, while watching a commercial on TV about the Humane Society, who did I see walking around? Inky! He was still alive. The Humane Society apparently spared his life, and adopted him as their Mascot. I still miss Inky, but I know he is having the time of his life.

It was just another unusual experience in my life.

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-22, 03:07 PM
AS anyone who lives with cats is aware, we are not really their owners but more like staff and combination playthings and charges. They observe us and know more about us than we do of ourselves. When we hurt they are there to take care of us in their own little catly ways. When THEY hurt they purr and we pet them, which makes them purr even more. If they think we need feeding they'll come up with an assortment of mice, bugs, or even bird parts, all as their contribution to the household's food budget. They can't speak our language, but they always make sure we know exactly what they want. In some subtle way, they always know what we want, even if they don't always give it to us.

Living with cats is to accept that you've taken up with obsessive-compulsive aliens. You will always have more hair around the house than you expect, but on the flip side, you'll have more love given your way than you could possibly imagine.

They have so little time on this Earth compared to us, and when they want to play or snuggle or nap with us, the best thing we can do is accept it as a precious gift from a rare and powerful species.

Swift
2004-Sep-22, 05:18 PM
Wow Spacewriter, maybe your second name could be Catwriter.

tlbs101
2004-Sep-22, 11:02 PM
One cat I had lived to be almost 16. He contracted diabetes late in his 14th year. We gave him insulin shots for several months but could never get the doseage or insulin type correct, so we gave up on him.

He was the most intelligent cat I have ever seen. He had a true vocabulary of about 15 words, independant of the half-dozen sound most cats can make. I had a notion to make a "translator", but never had the time. At least I have recordings of his voice.

When he was diabetic he was, of course, always thirsty and constantly begging for water. His word for water astonished even me. He enunciated a true "FFF" sound preceding it with an "AU", as in quaff. It did indeed sound quite a bit like the word quaff, when he wanted to drink.

This makes me wonder if some language templates aren't genetically encoded in all higher forms of life, as quaff is a very ancient word.

ktesibios
2004-Sep-22, 11:22 PM
AS anyone who lives with cats is aware, we are not really their owners but more like staff and combination playthings and charges.


You've certainly got the "staff" part right.

I accumulate small change- there's always a pile of it on my dresser and other places. It's become common that when I go to fill up the cats' food dishes I find a nickel, dime or quarter at the bottom of an empty dish.

Perhaps they're trying to tip the waiter.

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-23, 12:44 AM
Our Laz is addicted to tin foil balls. Which leads to some interesting exchanges when he wants to play.

"Come on Laz! bring me your little tin foil balls!"

"Let's play with your balls, baby!"

He, of course, does NOT laugh at this...

;)

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-23, 02:47 PM
And two more pix of the ladies in our house

Lady Pixel
http://www.thespacewriter.com/pixel_tall.jpg


and Lady Miranda (named after the Uranian moon)

http://www.thespacewriter.com/randa.jpg

Bob B.
2004-Sep-23, 03:10 PM
I use to have two cats but sadly I had to have one put to sleep a couple years ago. My remaining cat, Amanda, turned 20 years old last June. She's still quite healthy, but at that age things can change rather quickly. I get despressed everytime I think about losing her. I don't have a digital image of Amanda at the moment but here's one of my now departed Jessie.

[deleted image from server]

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-23, 05:10 PM
It is indeed difficult and painful to make that final decision for a cat. We had to do that for our old Larry a few years back. He'd been with us from the day he was born and he had a long, full life (almost 17 years). He was even featured in one of our planetarium shows, and even today people ask us about him.

Because all of us who choose to live with cats make decisions about their life and health, it stands to reason that our final responsibility to them is when to humanely send them back to the cosmos. Larry's was the toughest thing we've had to do, but we know we did the right thing.

ToSeek
2004-Sep-23, 06:05 PM
We've had three cats but have only had to make the big decision on one. That was really tough. His kidneys were failing, but he still seemed mostly healthy on the outside. But you don't want to wait till they're really suffering.

Tuckerfan
2004-Sep-23, 09:25 PM
Funniest dang cat video I've ever seen! Poor kitty. http://media.ebaumsworld.com/index.php?e=catcrash.mpg

dvb
2004-Sep-24, 01:04 AM
Funniest dang cat video I've ever seen! Poor kitty. http://media.ebaumsworld.com/index.php?e=catcrash.mpg

Then you must not have seen this one yet.

http://my.tbaytel.net/the_trapper/cat.wmv

I'd consider this cruelty if it wasn't the cats own fault. ;)

poor poor kitty. :)

lyford
2004-Sep-24, 04:20 AM
Here is Keiko, ZenCat. Her sister Nikko was featured a few posts back sleeping on the scanner in the studio.

http://homepage.mac.com/lyford/ramm/zencat.jpg

Of course, I come home today and the zen pacifist you see above saw fit to disembowel and scatter a bird in the dining room and music studio. Feathers everywhere! Oh the carnage!

She has caught birds before, as seen in earlier posts, but this was the first one "delivered."

At least there was no offal in the keyboards! Yuk....

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-24, 03:41 PM
Lyford,

They always look the most Zen-like when they're contemplating the hunt. She's a beauty!

One time our first cat (Calicat) caught a bird and left it at the front door of our studio just minutes before we were to have a meeting with an executive from a local aerospace company that wanted to do some work with us. We didn't know the "feast" was there, and when the doorbell rang, we opened up to find the exec standing there staring bemusedly at the offering. We were mortified, but he explained that HIS cat had done the same thing during a dinner party at his home.

Thankfully other cat people know and understand!

;)

lyford
2004-Sep-24, 04:43 PM
Then you must not have seen this one yet.
http://my.tbaytel.net/the_trapper/cat.wmv
I'd consider this cruelty if it wasn't the cats own fault. ;)
poor poor kitty. :)
dvb As much as I have witnessed many a kitty wipeout (especially since we replaced our carpet with wood floors and they skid and slip on it like an ice rink), I must call no way! (http://www.snopes.com/photos/commercials/nokia.asp)

While the external creators who have created the material have assured us that trick photography was used and no animal was harmed, this does not detract from the distasteful nature of the content. In any event, we deeply regret the discomfort and concern that the circulation of this material may have caused.
Spacewriter Thanks! Keep posting your pics, as well. Have to pace ourselves....

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-24, 05:57 PM
You really don't want to encourage me, Lyford. I have TONS of cat pix.

....


Oh, all right. Here are two more:

Laz at 8 weeks:

http://www.thespacewriter.com/kitten2.jpg



Laz and Pixel napping together when he was about 12 weeks old. (Well, truth to tell, he had just woke up and was about to climb on top of Pixel and give her a bath.)

http://www.thespacewriter.com/laz_mid-October1.jpg

dvb
2004-Sep-24, 06:00 PM
Then you must not have seen this one yet.
http://my.tbaytel.net/the_trapper/cat.wmv
I'd consider this cruelty if it wasn't the cats own fault. ;)
poor poor kitty. :)
dvb As much as I have witnessed many a kitty wipeout (especially since we replaced our carpet with wood floors and they skid and slip on it like an ice rink), I must call no way! (http://www.snopes.com/photos/commercials/nokia.asp)

While the external creators who have created the material have assured us that trick photography was used and no animal was harmed, this does not detract from the distasteful nature of the content. In any event, we deeply regret the discomfort and concern that the circulation of this material may have caused.

lyford, good call! ;)

Spacewriter, those are some of the cutest pics I've ever seen! :D

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-24, 11:10 PM
Thank you. I always keep a camera handy because you never know when a cat is going to commit a cuteness.

;)

CGBs_angel
2004-Sep-25, 02:04 PM
hi, i'm new here and since i im not even close to knowing as much about stars and planets and astronomy as most of you here, i'll start out by posting a pic of my kitty cat wonton.

i found him about a year and a half ago outside a wonton noodle house, really really skinny, meowing his head off, and following random ppl up and down the street, quite obviously asking for help. tis a long story but to make it short, i picked him up and brought him home and fed him, with the intention of taking him to the animal shelter the next day. that night, i put down newspaper for him to go to the bathroom on, and fed him. after he ate, i was sitting on my bed crosslegged. he jumped up on the bed, came over to me, curled up in my lap, and went to sleep. and tho i told myself i was taking him to the pound, deep down i knew that was it-he was my kitty, end of story.

he's gained quite a bit of weight since then (maybe a bit too much :lol: ) but he's my baby and he's the snuggliest most loving cat i've ever had. i swear he :::knows::: i rescued him, and is grateful.

heres a few pics of my kitty. he was 13 lbs last time i weighed him 8)



http://www.heavenlyrain.net/forum/sillysimon.jpg

http://www.heavenlyrain.net/forum/trashcat1.jpg

http://www.heavenlyrain.net/forum/trashcat2.jpg

http://www.heavenlyrain.net/forum/woncatnip1.jpg

http://www.heavenlyrain.net/forum/wontonregal.jpg

http://www.heavenlyrain.net/forum/wontonsink6.jpg


sorry so many but i couldnt pick just two or three...those are just the tip of the iceberg, too.... he's just too cute sometimes NOT to take a pic of... :)

Candy
2004-Sep-25, 02:11 PM
CGBs_angel! I see Wonton is potty trained. What a sweetie pie. :D

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-25, 03:54 PM
Great is the karma for those who rescue cats!

Wonton is gorgeous!

I want to know why cats try to squeeze into little places? Laz does this too:

Laz trying to get into my camera bag the other night.

http://www.thespacewriter.com/laz_bag.jpg

Laz checking out the latest shipment from Amazon:

http://www.thespacewriter.com/laz_box.jpg

Finally, Laz with Astronomy-themed eyes:

http://www.thespacewriter.com/laz_eyes.jpg

lyford
2004-Sep-25, 05:51 PM
Welcome to BABB, CGBs_Angel! Don't worry about "not knowing a lot" about astronomy, this board and the Bad Astronomy website are a great place to learn....

I do like all the pictures posted here, but in an attempt to balance all the cute widdle kitties, here are some pix of MANLY CATS:

One you may meet in my neighborhood, the California Mountain Lion:
http://waynesword.palomar.edu/images/cougar.jpg
And one you probably won't, Panthera leo:
http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/agarman/bco/images/lion.jpg
And in honor of Napoleon Dynamite, a real Liger:
http://pcp07740079pcs.nrockv01.md.comcast.net/album/misc/liger-stand.jpg
That's one big kitty!

Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to work with my power tools, har har har! (Then I will be able to post some more cute pictures without a threat to my masculinity. :lol:)

lyford
2004-Sep-25, 05:58 PM
Thank you. I always keep a camera handy because you never know when a cat is going to commit a cuteness.
;)
I believe this is why they invented digital cameras. :wink:

dvb
2004-Sep-25, 06:43 PM
You have a mighty fine cute little kitty there CGBs_angel.

Welcome to the board, and enjoy your stay. We're all here learning, so don't worry about not knowing much. If you have any questions that you'd like answered, don't hesitate to to post them. :D

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-25, 07:01 PM
Thank you. I always keep a camera handy because you never know when a cat is going to commit a cuteness.
;)
I believe this is why they invented digital cameras. :wink:

Absolutely true!

I have a vested interest in keeping this thread alive -- I have to go to SoCal next week for a meeting and I want to be able to log in and see my babies...;)

;)

=D>

Swift
2004-Sep-26, 03:50 AM
Can't get Ofoto to insert images, so I'll try links.

Yep, cats do like little places to climb into, even better if it's high! 13 pounds of Samantha in a little basket.
Samantha (http://www.ofoto.com/PhotoView.jsp?&collid=101205102105&photoid=5526596 76105)

My favorite ladies, one of who is doing what she does best. :D
sleep (http://www.ofoto.com/PhotoView.jsp?&collid=101205102105&photoid=1138396 76105)

Lycus
2004-Sep-26, 03:56 AM
What happened, Swift, is that you put in the URL of the page that the picture is on rather than the URL of the image itself.

Check it out:

Edit: Nevermind. It was up for a little while, then they blocked it. Oh well.

Swift
2004-Sep-26, 04:24 AM
What happened, Swift, is that you put in the URL of the page that the picture is on rather than the URL of the image itself.

Check it out:

Edit: Nevermind. It was up for a little while, then they blocked it. Oh well.
So I figured, but I didn't know how to get the URL for the picture itself and I don't have any other places to dump them. Like you said, oh well.

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-26, 10:38 PM
Beautiful!!

CGBs_angel
2004-Sep-26, 10:40 PM
:D wonton likes sleeping on my scanner too

http://www.heavenlyrain.net/wontonpicscan4.jpg

http://www.heavenlyrain.net/wontonpicscan7.jpg

thanks for the welcome everyone :)

Irishman
2004-Sep-26, 11:05 PM
Be grateful if the worst you find is a whole, dead bird on your porch.

My sister's cat was fond of bringing presents. She once managed to bring inside and deliver on the den floor a dead bat. Yep, she was fond of killing those off. A regular exterminator.

Of course birds were typically delivered neat and whole, and if she ate them they totally disappeared - unlike my kitty who tended to leave a scattering of feathers around to make sure you knew it was there.

And then there was the live baby squirrel my sister's cat had cornered and was playing with when we found it. My sister tried to rescue the squirrel, but it bit her - ungrateful.

But the worst is finding half a dead squirrel. Not a whole dead squirrel, but half. Like the body is neatly severed in the middle, and the second half is lying untouched on the porch. The front half is missing.

Hey CGBs_angel, why'd you go and throw away a perfectly good cat like that? ;)

Seriously, my cat would do that, too. When he was a kitten he liked to curl up in Kleenex boxes. At some point that became impossible.

CGBs_angel
2004-Sep-27, 01:02 AM
Hey CGBs_angel, why'd you go and throw away a perfectly good cat like that? ;)

.

:D honestly he got in there on his own-thats why i ran and grabbed the camera (the digicam thats built into my cellphone to be exact) and snapped the pics..he just looked at me the whole time like what-this isnt wierd! he was sitting on top of the trash, like it was the most comfy place in the house to sit.

hes the most charismatic cat i've ever had. when i travel and leave him in a boarding place for a few days (a good one-i check them out) and when i come pick him up, the last time, one of the staff members said "wonton, right? he's a cool cat" he's all OVER me, purring his little heart out-he hates being away from his people.

he also cries in his sleep if you disturb him if you cough or sneeze while he's sleeping, he'll chatter/mewl in his sleep as if you're bothering him. talking doesnt seem to be a prob-but dont cough around him when he's asleep-he'll complain.

ktesibios
2004-Sep-27, 02:04 AM
All of the cats I've lived with over the last two decades have been rescues- either strayed or abandoned cats. My experience is that they do seem to get very attached to their humans.

They've also seemed to have a permanent neurosis about food. Even after 12 years with me, Moose just can't seem to believe that she can count on the dish being full tomorrow. When I fix their dishes, she's always right there, ready to gobble until she can't hold any more- and Softie and Peabody had better wait their turn, unless they want a good bop on the head. Blob and Feedback were the same way.

She also has a lot of trouble drawing a distinction between her dinner and my dinner. :wink:

Morrolan
2004-Sep-27, 03:58 AM
just gotta love cats... i've had three in the past and just recently adopted two kittens. a Siamese street cat cross called Jaspurr and a fullblood Bengal (a new pedigree of a cross between an American Tabby and an Asian Leopard Cat) called Greebo. Greebo especially is huge! beautifully spotted like a leopard at 9 months he's already close to 6 kgs. allegedly males can grow up to 10 kgs. due to the wild cat blood they also have a growl rather than a meow and they can appear quitre intimidating, but are actually big softies. the little blue eyed Jaspurr is much more the hell cat.

i would love to show pics, but i've nowhere to host them and can't figure out how to upload them direct...

Swift
2004-Sep-27, 01:30 PM
Irishman, don't get me started on the dead animal stories. :D
Samantha is purely an indoor cat, but she still manages to make kills. I discovered this when she was still a kitten when I found a mouse hindquarter on the floor (that was all that was left).

The best was waking up one morning to the sound of my wife screaming at the top of her lungs "THERE'S A MOUSE IN THE BED" (better than coffee :wink: ). Sam had brought us breakfast and it was still alive. Somehow we managed to get out of the bed while the cat chased the mouse around on it. Eventually she chased it behind some furniture and camped out to wait it out. I was told I was not leaving until the mouse was captured (had to move the dresser and somehow grabbed it).

Another time got a call at work about a snake in the basement! It must have followed the mice in. When I got home I found a dead, half-chewed ribbon snake, only about 1 cm across and maybe 15 cm long. Guess it wasn't as tasty.

Considering she is a big, sleepy cat, I'm amazed that she still manages to catch mice. I think she just waits them out until they do something dumb and then pounces. Amazing little killing machines aren't they. 8)

scotsman
2004-Sep-27, 02:27 PM
There's nothing like the sound of a Vole being eaten at 4 in the morning to make you consider becoming a vegitarian!

WE have 2 cats now , one is the last survivor of a litter of 4 we aquired as part of the fittings of the house my wife and I bought back in 1991. They were litter mates, and were great companions , not such great hunters, (they could come and go to the garden at will), but great friends to us

One by one tho' they passed away, old age catching up with them , ( :( ). We were down to one cat , when last summer our new cat Poppett wandered in , liked the look of the place and stayed. We checked the neibours, and no one owned up to losing him, so he became ours by default

Anyway he's a hunter of the first order, mostly voles, and to him they're strictly food to be consumed, and not shared , the relish on his face as he chomps his way throuigh another small creature has to be seen to be believed! :o

We also have a neibours cat who stages smash and grab raids most evenings to finish off out catsfood,Pooh cat he's called, and a more inappropriate name would be hard to imagine . He's 20+lbs of hyperactive intact tom thumping on out back door demanding his nightly feed because he's too stupid to work out how a cat flap works!

Our original 4 did indulge in huning from time to time in th early days , before we fed them properly, remind me to tell you asbout the joys of removing a live Oyster Catcher from the living room, Ditto a VERY dead pigeon, and one very angry (and alive)Magpie from the kitchen

Ah cats such a blessing! :lol:

Spacewriter
2004-Sep-30, 03:47 PM
Here in SoCal, missing my furries!!!

;

c

Candy
2004-Sep-30, 04:32 PM
Here in SoCal, missing my furries!!! I'll give mine an extra kiss for you. Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty! BRB :wink:

Swift
2004-Sep-30, 05:08 PM
Here in SoCal, missing my furries!!!
You must be staying in some cheap hotel that doesn't have kitty service or leave one on your pillow at bedtime. It really is worth the extra cost.
:wink:

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-01, 03:51 PM
yes, this hotel leavesa lot to be desired! I shall suggest cat services in the room.

;)

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-01, 04:58 PM
Here in SoCal, missing my furries!!! I'll give mine an extra kiss for you. Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty! BRB :wink:

that's sweet. I'm flying through O'Hare tomorrow (sat), I'll think of you as we're taxiing to mike and sitting in the penalty box.. <grin>

c

Candy
2004-Oct-01, 05:04 PM
I'm flying through O'Hare tomorrow (sat), I'll think of you as we're taxiing to mike and sitting in the penalty box.. <grin>

c Now, remember to plan on a long layover one of these days. I got your book yesterday (along with the BA's). 8)

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-03, 03:08 AM
I'm flying through O'Hare tomorrow (sat), I'll think of you as we're taxiing to mike and sitting in the penalty box.. <grin>

c Now, remember to plan on a long layover one of these days. I got your book yesterday (along with the BA's). 8)

I thought about trying to meet up today, but our layover at ORD was cut short because we came up missing a pilot in San Diego, and by the time we took off that left us less than 30 minutes at ORD.

Next time, I swear!!

;)

Crazieman
2004-Oct-03, 03:18 AM
Two of four kitties

This is Marker. He is 17 years old
http://www.crazieman.com/images/marker.jpg

This is Sunspot. He is manic. Favorite activity is to chew idly on your hand
http://www.crazieman.com/images/sunspot2.jpg

The missing ones are Ebony(f) and Fluff.

dvb
2004-Oct-03, 04:30 AM
Cute cats Crazieman! :)

Marker looks pretty good for his age. Has he been fixed? After my moms cat got fixed, he started pudging out right away.

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-04, 12:13 AM
Wow. Sunspot looks so majestic! Manic, you say?

;)

MartianMarvin
2004-Oct-04, 03:12 AM
Ok. Here's my favorite cat tale:
About a year before I met her, my wife got a little palm-sized furball from the Humane Society and named him Aries. She had him nuetered at a very young age, and by the time I met him, he was a good 15 lbs. or better. Not only had he grown into his name physically, he had a personality to match. Yet, we became friends, and when my wife moved into a pet-free apartment, he came to live with me and my roommate. He immediately hid and would not let anyone near him. After a few days, he calmed down, took over my easy chair, and continued to put on weight. He topped after another 10 lbs.

Anyway, two and half years later, we prepared to move again. In order to give him a little freedom, yet keep him close to home and out from underfoot, I put him in our bathroom (with the litter box and food) while my parents and I loaded up my stuff. Unfortunately, I forgot to mention this fact to my dad. Mom and I were outside when we heard someone swear loudly, followed by some noises, and the unmistakable sound of laughter. I ran in to find my dad running around, trying to get a hand on Aries, who was streaking about like, well, a bull in china shop, and my roommate doubled over with laughter. It was just like a live action cartoon. I never did ask, but I hope dad didn't have to go number two when he innocently opened that bathroom door! :o

I was able to coax the poor guy into a room that had already been loaded up, and we finished packing my stuff. Aries is six years old now, and still cantankerous, expecially with strangers, but, he tolerates us as long as we give him plenty of food, water, and a warm place to curl up.

Well, that's all for this cat tale. I'll be back with pictures, and more stories of Aries and his new buddy, Triton, a domestic short hair that likes beer! 8-[ (Don't worry, he has a limit of a couple of drops at a time [-X )

Edited to fix grammar

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-04, 08:14 PM
Blue cats!

http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/jpgs-bob/russian2.gif

http://www.pnc.com.au/~siblu/Ser1.14.7.JPG

http://www.pnc.com.au/~siblu/SibluSilverSvetlana.JPG

Swift
2004-Oct-04, 09:04 PM
Hey I googled "Russian Blue cat" and found at least one of those photos on this (http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/russian.html) website. It is about the breed called Russian Blue :D

When I was a kid we had a cat that was half Russian Blue and half ??. She looked like a Russian Blue, but with white paws and was called Boots. She was a mean thing and I was completely intimidated when I was a kid. I still like cats though, in spite of old, tough Boots.

ktesibios
2004-Oct-05, 06:03 AM
That reminds me of something:

A Webcomic about a pair of Russian Blues (http://twolumps.keenspace.com)

That middle pic in Spacewriter's post looks so much like my Softie that it's uncanny. She's not a pedigreed type though- in fact, both of her parents were black, but she and her brother came out that shade of gray. She has her father's white patch on the belly, and also seems to have inherited his ability to train humans to play "fetch". 8)

PeterFab
2004-Oct-05, 10:17 AM
That reminds me of something:


A Webcomic about a pair of Russian Blues (http://twolumps.keenspace.com)

The following link is to another webcomic, this also has a Russian Blue in it.

The link is to a comic that has paganism, witchcraft, nudity and sex in it! You have been officially warned!

It is however a very good comic!

Clan of the Cats (http://clanofthecats.com/)

Wally
2004-Oct-05, 12:12 PM
My kitty was born to a stray, who was adopted by a friend of my (ex) wife just before she gave birth (the cat, not the friend. . .). The kitten I chose had all the looks of a full blooded Russian Blue. As a kitten, his eyes matched his blue/gray fur color almost perfectly (they got a bit greener after he grew up), hense my giving him the name "mercury". He had tons of personality, although I think he was a few bricks short of a load, as he would occasionally decide the litter box was just a bit too out of the way, and would instead go behind the TV stand. Ended up moving him to the pole barn, much to his displeasure (and ours as well. . . ). It was heart wrenching every time you walked in the barn, as he'd come running up to you, begging for the attention he'd gotten so accustomed to being a house cat.

One day, I noticed he was breathing really hard. Took him to the vet, and she diagnosed him having congestive heart failure. Gave him some meds to dry up his lungs, and he was fine for a while. He finally threw a clot though, and ended up paralyzed (we were told this would probably happen). We put him down at the tender age of 3, and buried him under the apple tree outside the bedroom window. I still miss that stupid cat.

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-05, 02:57 PM
We got our first cat a couple of years after we got married. We were living in Denver in an old, old house with a recording studio on the second floor. On one of the coldest winters (82) someone abandoned this beautiful calico cat in our neighborhood. She showed up on our porch shivering, but wouldn't come in. One night it got to 20 below, and we finally got her to come in after luring her off the neighbor's roof with some food. She never left. A couple of months later, while we were down in White Sands, NM watching the space shuttle land, she gave birth to four kittens. One died in transit before we got home. The remaining three were named Larry, Curly, and Moe. Curly and Moe eventually went to other homes, but Larry stayed with us for nearly 17 years, supervising business, helping with recordings, and in general running the place. He even starred in his own planetarium show.

In 1998 he was diagnosed with a number of ailments, including liver failure. So, we had to put him down. But, before we did, we took him out in the yard for a last walk around -- reminiscent of his glory days when he'd prowl around and own the kingdom.

His death was very tough for us, because we'd raised him from a kitten. He had personality and love and stayed with us through thick and thin.

We still think of him, even today.

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-06, 06:02 PM
Okay everybody: time for a fur break!


http://kittens.sytes.org/kitten116.jpg

http://kittens.sytes.org/kitten118.jpg

banquo's_bumble_puppy
2004-Oct-06, 06:04 PM
wow, my most popular thread ever

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-07, 05:06 PM
Yes. there are more cat-lovers out there than I thought!

Hair lives!!!

:)

Swift
2004-Oct-07, 05:15 PM
Yes. there are more cat-lovers out there than I thought!

Hair lives!!!

:)
I'm surprised no one has started a dog thread in response.

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-07, 11:42 PM
They did. Now look what you started!

I'm going to have to post some more cat pictures to keep parity!

;)

Here are Laz and Pixel on Christmas day last year:

http://www.thespacewriter.com/laz-pixel-xmas1.jpg

and Laz wallowing in his cat bed after lunch on Christmas day:

http://www.thespacewriter.com/laz-xmas1.jpg

Andromeda321
2004-Oct-08, 12:00 AM
Figure you guys would like a picture of Mittens, who is my sister's cat but takes up residence on my bed (as proved in this picture). In case you can't tell, he's a BIG kitty, even if the image isn't...
http://www.collegefacebook.com/userpics/68098-7873-b.jpg

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-08, 12:40 AM
If you haven't had enough cats yet, here's one of my hands-down favorite sites -- the world's most photoshopped kitty.

http://simplyspiffing.com/~nohands/

Andromeda321
2004-Oct-08, 12:50 AM
By the way, I'm rather surprised no one's posted this video yet...
http://www.humorbomb.com/movies/funnycats.wmv

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-08, 02:19 AM
Ah yes, that's one of the classics. Tears rolling down my face in laughter every time I see that one.

and the funniest thing is, the cat NEVER admits that it made a mistake.

;)

Jim
2004-Oct-08, 03:33 PM
Seems appropriate to the topic...

http://www.comics.com/comics/chickweed/archive/images/chickweed2004114644008.jpg

lyford
2004-Oct-08, 05:20 PM
If you haven't had enough cats yet, here's one of my hands-down favorite sites -- the world's most photoshopped kitty.

http://simplyspiffing.com/~nohands/

appropriate for the board from that site:
http://www.fishbot.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/nohands/00drivingmarsrover.jpg

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-09, 03:14 AM
Yep. My husband posted this one on the site:

http://www.fishbot.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/nohands/nohandsonmars.jpg

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-09, 08:11 PM
Figure you guys would like a picture of Mittens, who is my sister's cat but takes up residence on my bed (as proved in this picture). In case you can't tell, he's a BIG kitty, even if the image isn't...
http://www.collegefacebook.com/userpics/68098-7873-b.jpg

The first cat I ever had was named Mitten. A grand tradition continues!

;)

MartianMarvin
2004-Oct-18, 02:39 AM
Sorry to have brought back an old thread, but I wanted to post a couple of pictures, and... tried to preview the post to see if the pictures would show up, and selected 'post' instead #-o

Obviously, the link didn't work, anyway...gah

lyford
2004-Oct-18, 03:26 AM
Sorry to have brought back an old thread, but I wanted to post a couple of pictures, and... tried to preview the post to see if the pictures would show up, and selected 'post' instead #-o

Obviously, the link didn't work, anyway...gah

please try again! wea ll want to see....

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-18, 02:55 PM
NEVER apologize for bringing up cats. As the weather grows colder here in the NoHemi, we need all the cats to snuggle up against that we can get!


"How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven." - Robert A. Heinlein

"As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human mind." - Cleveland Amory

"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." - Anonymous

"I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen, and see the cat smiling into her fur
as she delicately combs it with her rough pink tongue.
Cat, I would lend you this book to study but it appears you have already read it.
She looks up and gives me her full gaze.
Don't be ridiculous, she purrs, I wrote it.

- from "Miao" by Dilys Laing

Swift
2004-Oct-18, 03:47 PM
This is not a commercial plug, but for all us cat/pet lovers out there, the latest Signals catalog had these two sweat/t-shirts.

This (http://www.signals.com/signals/Tees-Sweats_1AF/Item_My-Pets-Are-Not-Children-Shirts-And-Framed-Print_HA2501G_ps_cti-1AF.html) t-shirt says "My Pets are not my children, at least that's what their piano teacher says".

This (http://www.signals.com/signals/Themes_300/Cats_3AD/Item_And-Thou-Shalt-Have-Domination-Shirts_HA3522G_ps_cti-3AD.html) t-shirt says "And thou shalt have dominion over the animals-except, of course, the cats".

:D

Majin Vegeta
2004-Oct-18, 05:08 PM
My brother-in-law Barry may is the devil but he spent 4000 $ on his Cat that he found beaten in a dumpster.

I had a puppy:

Lizzy, she was born July 28th 2003 and went missing around Jan 6 2004 about a week after her sister.

http://www.imghst.com/uploads/bio-saiyan/lizzy.jpg

Kaptain K
2004-Oct-18, 10:34 PM
"How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven." - Robert A. Heinlein
Thanks, I had forgotten that one! =D>

lyford
2004-Oct-19, 05:08 AM
Well, this story has a happy ending, so I can tell it now. About 2 months ago, our cat Nikko (seen here when she was much younger) didn't come home one morning.
http://homepage.mac.com/lyford/.Pictures/Photo%20Album%20Pictures/2004-06-17%2021.49.47%20-0700/Image-C62AEEC1C0E211D8.jpg
We looked all over for her, and after 2 days were ready to print up lost kitty posters, when a door to door salesman noticed her under a bush in our front yard. She hadn't been there a few hours ago. As I went to get her, I could tell something was wrong with her front paws - they were both completely limp. She seemed paralyzed. We rushed her to the animal hospital and they did x-rays.

The vet was very pessimistic: Nikko must have been hit by a car and sustained many injuries. Internally, she had a collapsed lung, her heart had separated from her sternum, air was in the chest cavity and it looked like she had nerve damage to both her front legs. She had no feeling in either front paw, and the doctor said that the odds would be that she would never walk again. She hinted that we should put her to sleep that night.

We protested that she had somehow made it back to the house, since she obviously didn't get hit by a car in our rose garden. We wanted to take her to our own vet for a second opinion, and since the doctor said that she wasn't in any major pain (other than bruising), we decided to take her home to rest. We made a little kitty convalescent wing in our patio and settled in for the night.

Our vet actually called us the next day before we could call her - the hospital must have checked in with her. As I was on the phone with Dr. Jan, when I went to check on Nikko and she was gone! I looked all over for her and somehow she managed to crawl up one stair and into the bedroom and under the bed without her front paws.

The next day, with more x-rays, Dr. Jan seemed to think that the internal injuries were healing slowly, but the front paws were still not right. She gave us anti-inflammatory meds to help the nerve damage. She said there was a slim chance Nikko would walk again, but her being only 2 was in her favor.

Next day I am running some errands and come home and somehow she had jumped up onto our bed and was sleeping there. Each day she has improved little by little and now she is like she never had an accident - d causing all manner of mayhem, and jumping up where she really shouldn't be:
http://homepage.mac.com/lyford/ramm/nikkobetter.jpg
So never underestimate the power of nature to heal, and always get a second opinion!!!!!

Swift
2004-Oct-19, 12:54 PM
Go Nikko! =D> I'm glad that had a happy ending, though I suspect she is down to only 6 or 7 lives by now. :wink:

Gullible Jones
2004-Oct-19, 07:09 PM
Hmm... I have heard that one of the purposes of purring may be to speed bone regeneration, vibrations of the frequency generated do seem to have that effect... Maybe Nikko is a living example of this?

Swift
2004-Oct-19, 08:56 PM
Hmm... I have heard that one of the purposes of purring may be to speed bone regeneration, vibrations of the frequency generated do seem to have that effect... Maybe Nikko is a living example of this?
Wow, what an interesting idea. Never heard that one myself. I've always heard that it is a way a kitten communicates with it's mom.

I did some googling and found this (http://cats.about.com/cs/catmanagement101/a/why_cats_purr.htm) on about.com. It confirms the bone healing thing. They also mention the following about moms and kittens

A queen will purr while giving birth. It is unknown whether this is because of happy anticipation, or whether it is a relaxing "mantra." Kittens instinctively purr when nursing, and the momcat purrs right back at them.
Veterinarypartner.com (http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=1495&S=1&SourceID=18) also had a long article about it.

Our friend Dr. Margie Scherk, a board-certified specialist in feline health, likens a purr to the human smile. You smile when you're happy, to be sure, but you can also smile when you're nervous, or even when faced with a threat. In the latter two situations, it's kind of a "Hi, I'm a nice person, don't hurt me" sign. And the same is true with purring.

lyford
2004-Oct-19, 10:54 PM
wow! Awesome about the purring - I know they did it when they were sick as well as content... but that bone harmonic is pretty neat.

It was a long few days there, but once she seemed to get better she never got worse, if you know what I mean. That first night in the hospital we knew we didn't want to make a hasty decision, especially since it was obvious that she struggled so hard to make it back home. We felt we "owed it" to her to ride it out and give her the best chance we could. If she had been in pain or had internal bleeding it would have been harder to discern the most humane path.

Another weird detail is that her sister, Keiko, would hiss and growl at her the first few days. It's almost like she smelled bad mojo and was disowning her. It was probably good, since Nikko wasn't strong enough to handle any playtime. After a while they went back to mutual snuggling and wrestling. As seen here:
http://homepage.mac.com/lyford/ramm/doublecat.jpg

It just goes to show you how the body can take care of itself - Long live the placebo effect!

Nikko thanks everyone for the kind words. The mighty hunter is back!
http://homepage.mac.com/lyford/ramm/thatpawworks.jpg

Spacewriter
2004-Oct-20, 02:13 AM
Keiko is a lucky cat to have you!

Cool stuff about the purring. I always wonder why Laz goes into a trance and "kneads" on me from time to time.

Swift
2004-Oct-20, 01:47 PM
My understanding about the kneeding with the front paws is that this is something kittens do when they nurse, against the mother's belly, to help milk expression.

I find it interesting that a lot of the things humans find endearing about their pets (cats and dogs at least) are traits that are common for young animals. The most obvious one I think is play (though adult animals can play too).

lyford
2004-Oct-20, 02:57 PM
I find it interesting that a lot of the things humans find endearing about their pets (cats and dogs at least) are traits that are common for young animals. The most obvious one I think is play (though adult animals can play too).
Yes, from what I understand the act of domestication of pets basically keeps them in the juvenile state - dependent on food and protection of their "master." Of course, some cats are more domesticated than others.
That's why it's really cruel to "set them free." They have no skills to survive in the wild.

Candy
2005-Jan-06, 07:40 PM
http://home.att.net/~candy.stair/DSC00121.JPG
Sorry, the Sun passed to quickly to get my gal sunning. She is wedged up against a wall. So cute. :D

Spacewriter
2005-Jan-06, 10:08 PM
Ah. I can appreciate the chair coverings! We have them for all our chairs, too!

;)

Gullible Jones
2005-Jan-06, 10:51 PM
The photo's lack of depth makes Fifi look like a fur carpet or something. :-?

lyford
2005-Jan-06, 11:51 PM
Ah. I can appreciate the chair coverings! We have them for all our chairs, too!;)

I have found that a lint brush works wonders to clean up the dining room chairs.....

Cute one, Candy! We also are fond of the upside down sun worshipper pose at our house.

Be careful - You may unleash another cuteness photo war!

Candy
2005-Jan-07, 12:11 AM
The photo's lack of depth makes Fifi look like a fur carpet or something. :-?
She is! :lol:

See that spot beside her? It's not a spider. Just imagine, a weekly vacuuming of the condo. Dyson's rule! 8-[

Candy
2005-Jan-07, 12:31 AM
http://home.att.net/~candy.stair/DSC00124.JPG
How does one sleep with their head buried into the carpet?

Waarthog
2005-Apr-06, 12:58 PM
Much as I would rather not restore a more or less dead thread, given the subject this is a very targetted post.

PLEASE have your kitties checked and inoculated for Feline Viral Leukemia.

Monday, I had to have my cat put to sleep due to complications from this disease. There was no warning. One day, he was his normal happy self, the next day he was laying inert, not purring when pet, no tail twitching. The X-Ray showed fluid filling both lungs when tapped off, showed evidence of FVL.

Indoor cats are less at risk, mine was an outdoor cat. If you have an outdoor kitty, please get them checked. I was ignorant as to the nature of this disease and it has cost me the most cuddly loving cat I have ever known. I wish others to avoid this fate.

lyford
2005-Apr-06, 03:11 PM
I am sorry to hear of your loss - there is no good way to lose a pet, and the suddeness of it all must add to the distress.

It's true that outside cats are at risk for more things, but they seem so much happier running about and "on the hunt!"

Candy
2005-Apr-06, 03:18 PM
Waarthog, I'm sorry. :(

Nicolas
2005-Apr-06, 04:20 PM
Our outside cats have always been of the "dustbin" race. they were either healthy or dead. And they weren't easily dead. We once had an inside cat. I don't know how they're called in English, but it was a breed like a Perzian, but only another one - the ones that come in long white hair (what an explanation Nicolas... :oops: ) Anyway that one had health problems about once a year. So I don't know if inside cats are less at risk. Of course they won't get run over by a car, and they won't get into fights with animals they shouldn't be fighting, they won't stay with a neighbour with better food...

But concerning their sensitivity to diseases, my experience is that inside cats are more sensitive.

related: we once took all our outside cats (about 5) to a farmer about 8 km further as they were dying and that farmer could have the corpses send away with the uhm animal corpses service (what's it called, the one that comes to farmers to take dead animals with him). Anyway, these cats were all like in a coma. We took them away in closed boxes (which didn't let smell go through) in the boot of our car.

About two days later, all of them returned. Apparently they got healthy again, escaped/were set free, and found their way home. Amazing how they can find their way! Of course those 180m high cooling towers in otherwise deserted flat land are a nice target :).

I'm sorry to hear you lost you cat. We've lost some ourselves, and it's always a shame. They're such nice animals. Most of the time :).

Grey
2005-Apr-06, 07:14 PM
I just noticed this thread when it was bumped. Candy, does Fifi spend a lot of time outside? Because I'd swear she's the cat that decided to move in with us last year. :D

Cougar
2005-Apr-06, 07:42 PM
I don't know how they're called in English, but it was a breed like a Perzian, but only another one - the ones that come in long white hair...
Yep, sounds like a Persian. (http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/persian.html) There are actually seven color divisions of Persians: Solid (which would include white), Silver and Golden, Shaded and Smoke, Tabby, Particolor, Bicolor, and Himalayan.

I don't know if inside cats are less at risk. Of course they won't get run over by a car, and they won't get into fights with animals they shouldn't be fighting, they won't stay with a neighbour with better food... But concerning their sensitivity to diseases, my experience is that inside cats are more sensitive.
That may be your particular experience, but in general indoor cats are at MUCH less risk - of all the dangers you mention AS WELL AS the fact that the worst diseases are typically picked up from other (unknown) cats, which indoor cats will not be socializing with.

http://www.xmission.com/~dcc/catwalk.gif

Nicolas
2005-Apr-06, 07:58 PM
A Perzian indeed (from the pictures). She looked more like your animation than like the photo in the link.

Speaking about diseases only (so not about other environmental dangers to cats) I think that the fact that the Persian regularly had problems had more to do with that cat being a sensitive "pure breed" (or how do you call it), versus the hardened "dustbin breed" cats we usually had.

Waarthog
2005-Apr-06, 11:40 PM
Thanks for the condolences all. I do appreciate it.

Cougar
2005-Apr-07, 01:05 AM
Speaking about diseases only (so not about other environmental dangers to cats) I think that the fact that the Persian regularly had problems had more to do with that cat being a sensitive "pure breed" (or how do you call it), versus the hardened "dustbin breed" cats we usually had.
Well.... certain purebred cats have a higher probability of being derived from a more isolated gene pool, with the attendant health risks associated with inbreeding. BUT I think the pool for Persians is quite large, AND most breeders are very well aware of this potential problem and they take definite steps to broaden the gene pool in their breeding programs so as to favor good health and personality as well as the specified physical characteristics of their particular breed. A breeder I know had a cat flown from Australia to the states just to broaden the gene pool of her Oriental shorthair program. The following photo of a Lavender Spotted Tabby Oriental Shorthair kitten would be a result of that effort. (In this breed, those big "alien ears" are a desirable characteristic!)

http://www.xmission.com/~dcc/shootingstar.jpg

Candy
2005-Apr-07, 01:57 AM
I just noticed this thread when it was bumped. Candy, does Fifi spend a lot of time outside? Because I'd swear she's the cat that decided to move in with us last year. :D
I let her on the balcony (2nd floor) unsupervised, but that's about it. I constantly check on her through the blinds, but don't tell her. She has a very over-protective mother. If you're nice to me, I'll let you pet her sometime. :wink:

Nicolas
2005-Apr-07, 09:04 AM
-snip- AND most breeders are very well aware of this potential problem and they take definite steps to broaden the gene pool in their breeding programs so as to favor good health and personality as well as the specified physical characteristics of their particular breed.

Well she did look purrfect, and what she didn't have for health she made up with character. She had been mistreated by the original owner :evil: , and once she trusted us, we had her COMPLETE trust: you could drap her around you neck and cover her whole head in you hands without any problems :).

She was also extremely dumb. She used to sleep op top of our fishtank, because the lamps gave off nice warmth to the top cover. Once when we were cleaning the fishtank (so with the cover and lamps removed), she tried to sleep on top of it FOUR times. We had to pick her up every time just before she'd lay herself happily down into the water (she had no interest in taking the fish whatsoever, she really had no excuse but being dumb :)).

But I loved the cat!

Fram
2005-Apr-07, 09:48 AM
Thanks for all the pics and stories, I love cats as well so this was very nice to read.

We have one cat (named Mandu: we do like weak puns...), and apart from being lazy, lovely and a hunter (preferably fish from the neighbour's pond), he has an amazing way to climb up to the roof. He would sit on top of a pole (1.5 m high, 20 by 20 cm or so) and jump from their on to our roof (1 meter higher, 2 meter away), by running sideways up the adjacent wall! He just jumped, twisted his body a half turn, take two leaps on the wall, and end up on the roof. I still don't understand how he ever dared to try this.

Nicolas
2005-Apr-07, 09:53 AM
Those manoeuvres remind me of some tricks monkeys would do on the walls of their housing at the zoo: jumping from one platform to another one in such a fashion that they HAVE to use a vertical wall to make the jump.

But how can he jump twice on a vertical wall? was there a corner in between? otherwise I would have the gravitational field around your home checked :).

Fram
2005-Apr-07, 10:08 AM
Those manoeuvres remind me of some tricks monkeys would do on the walls of their housing at the zoo: jumping from one platform to another one in such a fashion that they HAVE to use a vertical wall to make the jump.

But how can he jump twice on a vertical wall? was there a corner in between? otherwise I would have the gravitational field around your home checked :).

Not really jumping on the wall, more like forward leaping. It went all very fast, so I suppose gravity hadn't noticed yet that there was a new potential victim.
You know, like Lucky Luke, who shoots faster than his shadow? 8-[
I suppose the cat leaped forward, not upwards, so that with a high speed and a little extra stretching of the legs, he could reach the wall a second time.

Nicolas
2005-Apr-07, 10:09 AM
OK now I get it. The small wall scratch - bigger wall sratch principle. In fact a very fast way of climbing. That said, is you cat insured? :D

Grey
2005-Apr-07, 04:43 PM
I let her on the balcony (2nd floor) unsupervised, but that's about it. I constantly check on her through the blinds, but don't tell her. She has a very over-protective mother. If you're nice to me, I'll let you pet her sometime. :wink:
I was just figuring she must be sneaking out, dashing across a couple state lines, and then sneaking in to our house, all to arrange to get dinner twice. Maybe it's some kind of cat quantum tunneling instead. Or I suppose it could just be that Morgan and Fifi are remarkably similar in appearance, but that's not nearly as amusing to imagine. :D

Candy
2005-Apr-07, 04:52 PM
I let her on the balcony (2nd floor) unsupervised, but that's about it. I constantly check on her through the blinds, but don't tell her. She has a very over-protective mother. If you're nice to me, I'll let you pet her sometime. :wink:
I was just figuring she must be sneaking out, dashing across a couple state lines, and then sneaking in to our house, all to arrange to get dinner twice. Maybe it's some kind of cat quantum tunneling instead. Or I suppose it could just be that Morgan and Fifi are remarkably similar in appearance, but that's not nearly as amusing to imagine. :D
Nah, she was a stray cat, among many that looked like her from downtown Indianapolis, that just happened to break into my house one day. Fifi physically broke into my screen door back in the 90's. It took me years to domesticate her. Trust me, she didn't want to be domesticated. She is now. :D

Grey
2005-Apr-07, 05:06 PM
Nah, she was a stray cat, among many that looked like her from downtown Indianapolis, that just happened to break into my house one day. Fifi physically broke into my screen door back in the 90's. It took me years to domesticate her. Trust me, she didn't want to be domesticated. She is now. :D
Morgan moved in without much of a struggle. She was actually the neighbor's cat, but it was the unpleasant neighbors who occasionally would get kittens because they're cute, but then don't bother to actually feed them or let them inside or pay much attention to them. So we noticed this astonishingly thin cat around our yard on occasion, and started leaving food out. Shortly thereafter, when I'd leave in the morning, she'd be waiting outside to remind me that I owed her breakfast. She still wasn't all that social, but when the weather got cold, she decided that moving in where it was warm was a good plan, and she's become pretty affectionate. The neighbors had said she was a really skittish cat and wouldn't let anyone near her. Funny, if you feed the cat, and pet the cat, and treat the cat nicely, the cat will like you.

Candy
2005-Apr-07, 06:18 PM
Nah, she was a stray cat, among many that looked like her from downtown Indianapolis, that just happened to break into my house one day. Fifi physically broke into my screen door back in the 90's. It took me years to domesticate her. Trust me, she didn't want to be domesticated. She is now. :D
Morgan moved in without much of a struggle. She was actually the neighbor's cat, but it was the unpleasant neighbors who occasionally would get kittens because they're cute, but then don't bother to actually feed them or let them inside or pay much attention to them. So we noticed this astonishingly thin cat around our yard on occasion, and started leaving food out. Shortly thereafter, when I'd leave in the morning, she'd be waiting outside to remind me that I owed her breakfast. She still wasn't all that social, but when the weather got cold, she decided that moving in where it was warm was a good plan, and she's become pretty affectionate. The neighbors had said she was a really skittish cat and wouldn't let anyone near her. Funny, if you feed the cat, and pet the cat, and treat the cat nicely, the cat will like you.
My condo is so Fifi friendly, that you would think by now - she would let me kiss her without struggling to get free. Nope. She likes my lap, though. :D