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How many Mudcats have cats!?

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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Feb 19 - 03:46 PM

Our cat basket spends the winter atop a forced-air heat vent on the sitting room floor. It is occupied pretty well all day by one cat or the other, often by both. At night, of course, they sleep with us.

The demise of the cathode ray tube deprived many a house cat of a rightful perch. I never owned a television large enough to accommodate a full-grown cat, but my first colour computer monitor was a behemoth that provided both snooze space and an observation post where the cat could supervise me at my work. That was a great arrangement that pleased both of us.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 12:52 PM

Abraham Lincoln's favorite animal was the cat.

food for thought


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 11:34 AM

Going back 40 years you probably had a cat on top of the TV getting warm.
But with the death of the cathode ray tube, cats can't warm up on a modern thin TV. After all small animals lose heat more quickly than large ones.

So I give you the 'Cat Throne' that looks like a padded serving tray with a safe heat source for our modern day cats in winter and has a clean designed décor.

We used to say "she was warming her liver" when asleep atop an old TV.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 10:13 AM

My cats have always had names typically given to humans. They sometimes acquire a nickname -- Gabriel became Grabber because of his behaviour with respect to ankles on stairs, for example -- but I like them to have the same dignity of identity that I expect for myself. Isobel, currently in residence, came to us with the name of Cupcake, which we changed because we thought she would grow out of it fairly quickly. She did.

I'm glad Sam the Skull is fitter and less stressed. Every cat should have a knee to snooze on.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 12 Feb 19 - 08:35 AM

I had a cat named Garlic...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 11 Feb 19 - 11:53 AM

Those are very impressive names Special12K. They make my feeble efforts over the years at naming cats (Smokeypokey, Minty, Murphy, Sam, AndyPandy etc) sound pathetic.
I actually sat on The Bench out the front this afternoon. The sun was warm (hooray!) and there was no wind. Sam the Skull amazingly sat on my knee and dozed off, after having hoovered up a snack.
He's quite heavy now and looks in very good shape.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Special12K
Date: 11 Feb 19 - 11:44 AM

Me and my wife have one cat named Bombay Sapphire. We used to have another cat that was named Jäger.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 10 Feb 19 - 11:33 AM

Yes, Murphy is fourteen Jon, which is quite elderly for a Siamese. His late brother Minty had medical problems too. Their genetics were probably flawed - sometimes pedigree cats haven't enough 'out-breeding' and it weakens the strain. Their breeder was very reputable though.

I remember buying them as kittens, two tiny litter mates at £300 each (!)
I nearly bought their brother Kinky as well, but that would have been not far off £1000 - and Kinky had a kink in his tail.

I think SmokeyPokey realises something's wrong with his pal. He snuggles up to him in their bed and licks the top of his head quite tenderly.
Our churchwarden came round to see us a few days ago, and SmokeyPokey instantly climbed on his lap and wrapped a friendly paw round his leg. Luckily, the chap adores cats (he has one of his own) and was enchanted. Phew!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 10 Feb 19 - 10:36 AM

Pleased to read the "intruder" is still doing well.

Perhaps fading memory (I mean I can't remember when you first mentioned it) on my part seems to suggest that Murphy has had a pretty good innings since you decided TLC was all that was left. Maybe that's a consolation but still, the decision is going to be hard when you reach that time.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Feb 19 - 09:16 AM

Oh, Eliza, yes it breaks the heart. That’s the last thing they do for us.

Watson climbs into my arms like that. He takes a position on a counter or piece of furniture and leans meaningfully, meowing loudly, until I come close and stoop toward him. Then he puts his hands on my shoulders and waits for me to scoop up his hind end.

When he was younger and thinner, he would fling himself straight up in the air in the general direction of my chest, expecting me to catch him. This practice took quite a toll on my wardrobe.

We had friends in for dinner last night, and Watson entertained the company by ankling everyone during the cheese course. (He likes cheese.) Fortunately, the guests did not arrive until after we had flung him off the table for the last time. Isobel made a fleeting appearance — most unusual for her. I think she lets her brother take all the risks, showing up later when the tumult and shouting are over to nab the best spot on the sofa.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 10 Feb 19 - 03:29 AM

Sam The Skull is still faithfully hanging around every morning waiting for a snack.
I lifted him up recently, and he weighs a lot more than he used to. Being a British cat (an orange-eyed white) he naturally grows thicker fur during the winter months, and I wanted to ascertain whether he was also heavier - he is!

I sadly have to report that Murphy is deteriorating rapidly now, and I think we'll have to have him put to sleep quite soon.
It's heartbreaking - every evening before I usher the two of them into the kitchen and snuggle them into their beds on the counter top, he climbs into my arms and stretches out across my chest with one paw on my face. He's so thin and light, and every time I feel we're saying 'goodbye' to each other.
It breaks one's heart doesn't it? :(


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 09 Feb 19 - 05:29 PM

I still miss the cats.
The cats, knowing them, don't miss ME,
but I still miss the cats.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 29 Jan 19 - 02:05 PM

Cat free zone here X. I can still shed a tear over Furball, Pip/mum still misses Mewan (and collectively there are a fair few before but not as much in memory) and as things stand PussPuss could be counted as "missing presumed dead" but you never know with him...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Jan 19 - 01:58 PM

It's cold. We need more news
about our furry friends.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Jan 19 - 11:01 AM

Sixteen pounds of kittenish tomcat is a big deal. I can imagine the thumps and banging when he pursues the phantom mouse right into the baseboards, as happens here when our overaged kittens get going. I've never seen a dog climb the curtains or stop his claws on the back of the sofa, though.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 09 Jan 19 - 09:15 AM

This one washed up under our house this spring. Now he's close to 1 stone and still kittenish. Ok, so, he's a dog, to quote Bill Murray.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 09 Jan 19 - 08:05 AM

We had a big fluffy Ragdoll (called Phoebe) for a short while. She didn't go floppy, and was quite lively and affectionate. The problem was that she had no idea about where to pee. She would just sit up straight anywhere (like on our bed), adopt that faraway stare, and pee on the spot. We called her Peebee while she was with us.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 09 Jan 19 - 07:57 AM

If anyone managed to pick me up, they'd get a hernia!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Jan 19 - 07:31 AM

Not personally, Mrrzy, but I know what they are.

I find it a little odd that breeders would perpetuate a dangerous trait like the Ragdoll’s limpness on being picked up. Not everyone is kind to cats, and they need the ability to squirm loose and light out for the territories. As do we all ...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 11:43 AM

Anybody know a Ragdoll?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Stanron
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 03:53 AM

Don't worry. This beast is feline.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 03:51 AM

Hahahaaa! My last post was number 666!!! Mwahahaaaaaagh! :)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Jan 19 - 03:49 AM

When I draw the sitting room curtains at 6am, there sits Spirit on the bench. I put my hand on the window and he puts one paw up against the pane where my hand is. It's like a cat version of a 'high five'!

I let him come inside (just in the hall) and he has his snack on the mat. The other two are plastered up against the radiator behind the TV in their new bed (very soft and comfy - they love it!) so there's no trouble. They're shut in the kitchen all night and can't wait to get to the sitting room.
Murphy is up and down health-wise. He seems to have put on a tiny bit of weight, and he's eating, drinking and using the litter tray as normal. We've decided to wait before having him put to sleep, he's not in any pain and cuddles on my lap in the evenings (much to SmokeyPokey's disgust) We're monitoring the situation.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Jan 19 - 08:46 PM

Well, Donuel and Thompson,
when I read further on St. Nicholas, what I read is
that he placed the gold in the ladies' BOOTS by the door,
and not indoors in their stockings --
but am I mistaken?


Anyway, please resume gossipping about your pet cats. I miss them.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Thompson
Date: 20 Dec 18 - 01:33 PM

Considering that most ladies in the time of St Nick owned only one pair of stockings, his placing gold in them is even more questionable.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Dec 18 - 01:13 PM

Fortunately cats are better at making sense of human talk than humans are at making sense of cats. But they manage to train us to get by eventually.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Dec 18 - 08:59 AM

I had a cat Natasha who had the same trick as the real Saint Nick.
She would leave gifts of coins in my shoes stuffed with socks.
The real St. Nick had a large inheritence he gave away with haste.
For ladies with no dowry he placed gold into their stockings.

Its been 1,500 years and I wonder why no one has asked what he was doing in ladies underwear drawers in the first place.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 16 Dec 18 - 11:53 AM

SmokeyPokey has a very wide range of sounds, and can almost talk!
When he's very cross and we're not taking enough notice, he bellows at the top of his voice (BBRRRRRR WAAAAAHHHHHH! BRRRRR WAAAAAAAAH!) It's ear-splitting and one is compelled to attend to him.

When it's a 'pitiful' request, he just opens his mouth and howls, but not quite so loudly as the cross one.

He sometimes pokes me with his paw (hence SmokeyPokey) and says, "Ah-oo wah? Ah-oo-wah?"

If Sam the Skull is in the vicinity
he does a sort of chattering sound, "rrrrudder rrruddder rrruddder!"

But we still love his very best trick. When you ask him what he'd like for Christmas, he always replies, "Laptop!"
(I actually reckons he thinks 'Christmas' is another word for 'chicken'!)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 16 Dec 18 - 10:45 AM

My British shorthair Muriel (because she was grey) spent the first half of her life as a flat cat, on tenement top floors. All that time she never purred or meowed, and the main noise she made was a very realistic quack when birds flew past outside. It was as if she hoped it would be a lure.

Within weeks of moving to a cottage with a garden, where she could go outside, she learned to purr. Kept up the quacking all her life though.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Dec 18 - 09:24 AM

Thanks, Eliza; that’s so kind. I turned the first corner yesterday, from dreadfully ill to convalescing, so the drugs are doing their job. Now, if only I could stop hacking so we could all get some sleep!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 16 Dec 18 - 09:24 AM

Lost track and not sure what I’m repeating here any more but...

Another thought with what may start off as a cat’s meow is that I think their voices develop as they age and are perhaps influenced by us trying to imitate their sound back to them. Of the more extreme examples I can think of, Mewan became a definite (and repeated) “Eek Eek”. Starboard (and Oedipus to a lesser extent) “Wee-Oww”.

Although not that old when he died, Worthy was probably the most effective at letting you know (intensity of meow combined with facial expressions) how urgent he considered his request/demand was. You’d know eg. I need the toilet NOW.

Very short time with Furball but he was unusual in that he used quite a variety of Prrrt/Chirrup sounds. I had the feeling they were all supposed to convey different meanings but I never got beyond that with him.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 15 Dec 18 - 05:40 PM

By the way Charmion, I see on another thread that you're not very well.
It must be horrid to have bronchitis and to be bored and feeling poorly.
I do hope you get better very soon.

'Oi hoop yer corf goos away roit kwik, and dew yew keep a-troshing mawther!"


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 15 Dec 18 - 05:35 PM

Oh my goodness Charmion, that was extremely brave of you! And what a little Madam, leading everyone such a dance! Typical Siamese behaviour.

I was on the phone to my sister up in Scotland this evening. She was proudly telling me that this morning she'd managed to put up her enormous 6ft real Christmas tree and decorated it. Then, in mid-conversation she suddenly bellowed, "Mela! No! No! Get down you naughty girl!"
Of course, her cat was halfway up the tree trying to dislodge a nice red bauble.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Dec 18 - 04:42 PM

I never met a Siamese who was not qualified to yowl for his (or her) country.

I once had a black moggy with obvious Siamese ancestry who climbed onto the roof of a three-storey house a block away from home, and failed to figure out how to get down by herself. Instead, she stood on the eavestrough cover and sounded off, achieving such volume that I heard her from my front porch -- as did the rest of the neighbourhood, of course.

I hied myself toward the unearthly racket and found the residents standing in the driveway, looking up and talking about calling the fire brigade. One of the neighbours offered a step-ladder, and we took it up to the top of the fire escape. As he held the ladder, I climbed onto the very top (hanging onto the bargeboards and in fear of my life) and wheedled and coaxed until the damnable cat came over to investigate. I grabbed her, but could not climb down safely while holding her. So I passed her to the kind man who owned the step-ladder, and as I began to edge back to terra firma the cat broke loose and took off.

When I got home (after a full slate of apologies), she was sitting on the porch rail as if nothing had happened.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 15 Dec 18 - 04:11 PM

My sister had a cat called Geordie who grew very old and started to howl in the middle of the night while standing in her bath. He wanted her to turn the cold tap on a little so that he could drink running water. She obliged of course.
I've had a few British shorthair cats over the years (both pedigree and moggy) and not one ever yowled, although they nearly all lived to a good age.
Siamese however...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 15 Dec 18 - 03:25 PM

I think kittens will meow to their mothers but after that, the meow only continues to have a use if the cat is to communicate with humans.

I think a cat that didn't experience interaction with humans at a reasonably early age is unlikely to develop this communication.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 15 Dec 18 - 11:11 AM

You're right Charmion. This yowling is always cat-to-human, never cat-to-cat. It must have evolved over the centuries so that domestic animals can communicate their wants and needs to us.

Our other cat, Murphy, is sadly deteriorating and is now quite weak. We put a lovely soft new cat bed right in front of the radiator, behind the TV table. Every morning he has only one desire - to get to that warm corner and get into that bed.

When I go into the kitchen at 6am, he manages quite a loud yowl, meaning, "Oh please let me out of here so I can sink into that soft warm bed!" The rest of the time he makes no noise at all.

Sam the Skull (Spirit) doesn't yowl (he's not a Siamese) but has a pathetic little 'mew'. I know I shouldn't but I usually pop a plate of something out on the front step for him.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 15 Dec 18 - 09:37 AM

At five years old, our cats are still relatively young, but both of them occasionally tune up with an apparently random yowl. It seems to happen most often when the yowler is separated from the rest of the household, and I have decided that these howls are demands for reassurance, or guidance to the nearest human.

Our cats don't meow at each other, only to us. They certainly communicate with each other, but not with the full-voiced MEE-IAOU that means "Do this thing for me right now", such as delivering the five o'clock treat, or the meeker mew that means "If you don't mind, I would like to exercise this privilege that you have extended to me in the past", such as drinking from the kitchen tap. Those vocalizations seem to be reserved for use with humans.

With each other, Watson and Isobel are largely silent, although they play together (sometimes quite violently) and spend hours snoozing together, often with Watson's arms wrapped around Isobel's neck. It has occurred to me that they might be conversing telepathically.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 15 Dec 18 - 04:05 AM

SmokeyPokey has started doing what most elderly cats do, which is random yowling.

He yowls when he first sees me in the morning. ("Where the hell have you been eh?")

He yowls when he reckons it's time for a snack, even though he's just been fed. ("I'm starving to death here you idiot. Fetch food at ONCE!")

He yowls when we get ready to go out. ("Now where the hell are you two off to? Come back at once, I shall die here alone if you leave me!")

He yowls when he wants to join us on the bed in the early morning. ("Let me in there THIS MINUTE! Don't hog that lovely cosy duvet all to yourselves you pigs!")

And embarrassingly, he yowls when he's just used the litter tray. ("Tah dah! I've just done a superbly stinky poo for you to deal with! And I may have missed the litter tray slightly. Heh heh!")

My poor husband has taken to telling him "Eh boh dah!" which is F*** off! in Malinke. Luckily I don't think SmokeyPokey understands Malinke.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Stanron
Date: 15 Dec 18 - 03:32 AM

I love this thread. I don't have cats but I have had, in the past, the pleasure of their company. There is an honesty in cat's behaviour that I find indisputable. Please keep your stories coming.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Dec 18 - 06:42 PM

it's been almost a week
and nobody talking about their cats.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Dec 18 - 02:59 PM

Don't lose your pussy cats.
Missed you yesterday.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 08 Dec 18 - 06:49 PM

Yep, Sen, it seems a while since we've had a day where it hasn't rained at some point, etc. If it's any consolation, I was on the phone to a sister in law in N W Wales this morning. Apparently they have been having pretty much the same weather.

---
Donuel, I think cats and musical noises cropped up a couple of months ago. Briefly though Furball's reaction to my playing single note melody (Madame Bonaparte IIRC) on guitar was quite odd. Oedipuss was bothered by whistling sounds. I could get a little reaction from Mewan if I tried to mimic a "Mew-an" call on mandolin or higher guitar notes. I can't think of any others.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Dec 18 - 06:31 PM

I hope PussPuss is okay too Jon. It's been so windy, wet and chilly here in Norfolk hasn't it?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Dec 18 - 06:26 PM

What the cats made of my piano playing,
back in the day, did not get my attention.

As related elsewhere, however,
my singing -- if I made the mistake of singing while seated --
made the cat run over, jump on me, and shove one paw
into -- not against, into -- my mouth to shut me up.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Dec 18 - 05:01 PM

Since everyone's a critic,
What does your cat think of your musicianship?
The old cat like it but the young cats run away.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 08 Dec 18 - 10:32 AM

PussPuss has not been seen in a week. I didn’t expect to see him on the first day of absence as it tipped it down all day and he will skip the odd day like that but I would have expected to have seen him by now. I hope he’s OK – he probably is – he’s most likely just moved on again for his own reasons.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 05 Dec 18 - 01:31 PM

Cor Charmion, I bet he looks magnificent dressed like that!
Husband likes Buchanan tartan (very colourful) but I'm not a Buchanan so he can't have that.
I have a fantasy of arriving in Adjame for Eid (the people always wear their most beautiful African costumes for that) with both of us dressed in Highland outfits. But his kilt wouldn't be acceptable because men's legs must be covered. Ditto for me. Also, we'd be dripping with sweat (I always am anyway over there) and compared to their gorgeous materials which really zing, our tartans would be a bit dull to be honest.
Talking of cats' names (which we were originally) I do like the Macavity (the cat who was never there)
As I write, Spirit (Sam the Skull) is beside me in the sitting room wolfing down a plate of food and a small saucer of milk. He's soaking wet as he's been sitting on our doorstep for hours. Our two are completely ignoring him, so no growls or spits.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 05 Dec 18 - 10:18 AM

I think that would be cool beyond words, Eliza.

My Welsh husband dresses up in his Thomas of Wales kilt at the drop of an occasion, even at the height of summer. The tartan is a scarlet and green check that stops people in the street to point and take his picture. He wears it with a fancy beaver sporran and a Sherrifmuir jacket with dragons embroidered on the epaulets. He looks totally luscious. In contrast, when he is figged out so brilliantly, I normally wear black with a big rope of pearls. (They're freshwater but they look as good as the heirloom kind.)

The wearing of all this splendour always comes with a moment of reflection on the scorn and ridicule his rock-ribbed kin, especially of the older generation, would pour on his head if they could see him now. The Welsh have a bitter streak of tall-poppyism to them -- kinda sad, if you ask me.


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From: Senoufou
Date: 05 Dec 18 - 04:26 AM

Oh my word! That's extremely interesting! He's enchanted with the idea now.
There's a shop in Norwich which hires out wedding outfits for men, and one can buy them too. He bought a lovely suit there for his Citizenship ceremony. They do kilts in any tartan, and sporrans, sgian dhub, lacy jabots and so on.
My tartan, Clan Mackay, is a lovely dark green, blue and black. He'd look very nice in that.
Imagine him arriving in Abidjan off the plane and coming through the gate of his family compound in Adjame in full Highland regalia!!!
They'd faint with shock. (So would he, it's about 40 degrees there and he'd have heat stroke)


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