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How many Mudcats have cats!?

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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Aug 19 - 03:39 PM

Here's the latest from Senoufou/Eliza
(the Mad Swans update goes on a different Mudcat BS thread).

Once a year, Senoufou's beloved husband
joins his blood relatives in West Africa for an extended visit;
he is there now. His widowed mother alone is a strong draw for him.
Sad to report, he is miserable!
(not the company, but the lousy weather and primitive lifestyle)
Husband and Wife commiserate long-distance over the telephone.

The last remaining Siamese tomcat, Smokey,
desperately misses his "Daddie" and
is given to inconsolable howling.

All is well for white 'Spirit' aka 'Sam the Skull,'
but one of his housemates ... is another matter.
Last week, a smaller cat who lives at that neighboring house
got run over by a car,
and Senoufou grieved along with the other humans.

She didn't say, however, what the weather is like there.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Jun 19 - 12:41 PM

What's doing with all of you and your pussycats?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 May 19 - 10:50 AM

Latest report from Senoufou / Eliza:

On sunny afternoons, she is to be found sitting on The Bench.
For company she has SmokeyPokey and Spirit aka Sam-the-Skull.

Spirit / Sam is the one in her lap, she says.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 23 May 19 - 06:35 AM

Natasha would fill my empty shoes with spare change overnight


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 21 May 19 - 09:42 PM

Yep, thatís our Watson. He used to launch himself straight up in the air like a small, black, furry jump jet, but his centre of gravity is a bit low for such larks these days.

Jos, I imagine your cat would purr pointedly when you talked on the phone? Thatís a well-known hinting technique. Itís part of the distraction repertoire that also includes sprawling on the computer keyboard and sitting in front of the telly screen.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jos
Date: 21 May 19 - 02:34 PM

I used to have a version of Watson who would drape himself around my neck like the 1930s-style fox stoles I remember old ladies wearing in church when I was a child. He was quite heavy. He would arrive around my neck when I was working, and very pointedly if I answered the telephone, as if he was jealous because I was talking to the machine instead of giving all my attention to him.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 May 19 - 02:26 PM

Charmion,
Watson is the one who leaps at you and ruins your clothes?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 21 May 19 - 09:17 AM

Poor thing. She was no grumpier than any other cat, until she developed an untreatable urinary tract infection.

Her proper name was Tardar Sauce (sic) and she was born with a form of dwarfism that affected her face. Her humans seem to have treated her lovingly, and I doubt she was aware of (or cared about) their exploitation of her unusual appearance in captioned photographs.

As I type this post, I am hindered by the entirely normal Watson, who is climbing up my left arm in order to perch on my shoulders. This behaviour was unbearably cute when he was a four-month-old kitten, but now that he is nearly six years old and a tomcat of substantial size, it's perilously close to just unbearable.

Unlike Tardar Sauce, Watson always looks satisfied with life and is, therefore, unlikely to become an entertaining meme from which we can make our fortune. Pity, as his last dental bill put quite a crease in our bank balance.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 May 19 - 06:31 PM

The Grumpy Cat has died (aged seven years, I have read).


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 May 19 - 01:41 PM

keep the pussycats from dropping off the page Ö


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 16 May 19 - 03:19 PM

In a cascade globe, I have 2 otos/dwarf sucking catfish!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 16 May 19 - 03:08 PM

Just as with humans, treatments for feline constipation depend on the cause of the condition and the condition of the cat. Again like humans, those most vulnerable are the elderly and those who have trouble eating, and they also have to be treated carefully for fear of causing worse trouble.

Because cats are "pure" carnivores, their digestive tract is very short, as it is not designed to process vegetable fibre. Also, cats have a strong vomit instinct (as I'm sure you've noticed), so when they eat something inappropriate, they usually cough it up promptly. So constipation is a sign that several aspects of the patient's digestive system are not up to par, and therefore worthy of a vet's attention.

Sorry it's so expensive.

Let me tell you about Cecil, a delightful little black tomcat cat who developed pancreatic disease and stomach ulcers, thus lightening my wallet of a couple of thousand bucks before popping his clogs and breaking my heart. The diagnosis was made on necropsy. And then there was Alexander the Great, a large biscuit-coloured individual who died of kidney failure caused by crystaluria after several hideously expensive treatments that did absolutely no good at all.

Cats. One way or another, we pay for the privilege of their company.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 14 May 19 - 05:59 AM

What cures cat constipation ??? Vet bills are soaring over $400


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 May 19 - 05:55 PM

"When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
[his / her] mind is engaged in the rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of [his / her] name:
[his / her] ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name."
-- T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats


killercat (I'm a girl)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 May 19 - 03:03 PM

Senoufou's Smokey, although still vocal with distress about
losing his fellow cat-mates in the house,
has completed a course of veterinary antibiotics,
Senoufou reports,
and is physically much more stable for having done so.
Which is reassuring after the recent loss of Murphy.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 May 19 - 05:04 PM

Nineteen years old is one venerable pussy-cat.
Senoufou / Eliza only has got Smokey left,
not in the best health,
and if I remember right,
even he is not nineteen years old.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jos
Date: 05 May 19 - 06:28 AM

>^. .^<

I don't usually do 'smileys', but this is a special one for Eliza.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 03 May 19 - 11:22 PM

We have a tuxedo Manx named Evie. She is 19 years old, sweet and affectionate. With age, she has switched from being and outdoor/indoor cat to indoors almost exclusively. She has a lot of "executive time" sleeping and resting during the day, and has become more nocturnal, roaming the house at night. We will miss her greatly when her time runs out, but she is in good health.
-Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 01 May 19 - 04:05 PM

Sorry to read that, k . I know Sen has known this point has been approaching for a fair while but itís still difficult and Iíd imagine the loss of Murphy leaves a bit hole. Glad Spirit is doing well though.

Ė
We are still ďcatlessĒ here (and there has been no further sighting of PussPuss). Mum sometimes talks about getting on older rescue cat but Iím not sure that will ever happen.

The closest to a pet we have at the moment is a cheeky and sometimes noisy (European) robin who Iím sure would have something to say about cats. It will often approach the porch door when it opened and sometimes try to sneak inside. More commonly it perches close by, expecting to be given some morsel and is quite fond of a tiny scrap of cheddar cheese.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 May 19 - 12:48 PM

Permission has been granted me, through a PM from
Senoufou / Eliza, to pass on the news.

Murphy has been put out of his misery. He was just too poorly, so they said their goodbyes to him.
Everybody is grieving the loss of Murphy,
especially the last of the three Siamese cats, Smokey,
who is being extremely vocal about his distress.

In the meanwhile, every morning at 6 am,
"Spirit" aka "Sam, the Skull" waits outside at The Bench
at Senoufou / Eliza's home. His skinny days are long over and he looks quite plump.

Senoufou does not use the word "vulnerable" to describe
her feelings, that word is my interpretation.
"not in a good place" is how she put it.
You may rest assured that she lurks at the Mudcat
but still doesn't feel like posting.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 Apr 19 - 06:16 PM

come out, pussycats, come out Ö


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Apr 19 - 10:05 AM

What's the story with the Manx tail?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 Apr 19 - 01:46 PM

here, kitty kitty kitty . . .


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Apr 19 - 10:14 AM

It's spring in Stratford (Ontario, that is), and the squirrels and birds are brisking about the life. Our two house-bound cats spend hours at the windows, taking in the show and making comments that probably amount to "Possibly tasty" or "Looks too much like work".

When the door is open, however, one cat never approaches it (despite her avian threats), and the other may stick his nose out but rarely tries to do more.

I think they prefer fantasizing about the havoc they might wreak, and manipulating their human staff.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 03 Apr 19 - 12:23 AM

We have a 19 year old Tuxedo Manx, Evie. She is sweet and affectionate, and as typical of her breed, bonds with her owners, and, as dogs will, she comes over when you call her name.
-Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 02 Apr 19 - 12:24 PM

I miss hearing about your cats.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 Mar 19 - 06:41 PM

parody from the Prairie Home Companion:

To all the cats I've known before
Who wanted to come in my door
And then they turned about
And wanted to go out
So they could come back in some more ...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Mar 19 - 06:01 AM

our cat is named Brexit

He meows to go out but when we open the door he just sits there undecided.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Mar 19 - 04:54 PM

A moment of meditation and prayer
for those Mudcatters
who had to say goodbye to a beloved cat in the last year or so.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Mar 19 - 03:18 PM

Indeed, Stanron, I have no doubt
that cats get to places
that most of us humans
don't even think of as places . . .


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Stanron
Date: 16 Mar 19 - 06:30 AM

Just noticed, for UK cat lovers mainly, Horizon at 9 pm BBC2 tonight. 50 cats were fitted with small cameras on their collars and their movements were traced and analysed. Shock and horror in feline suburbia.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Mar 19 - 07:06 PM

Thinking of Senoufou's Murphy.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Mar 19 - 12:13 PM

Come back, Senoufou, come back . . .


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 09 Mar 19 - 06:12 PM

keep those cats and kittens coming


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Mar 19 - 07:51 PM

Now, Senoufou/Eliza,
I suspect it is difficult for you to resist lurking
on thread about cats and about
those of us who have a, shall we say, weakness for cats.

It's your call entirely,
but when your Murphy needs you to do that very last thing for him,
you know where to find us --
and we want to know when it happens,
so that we can send you all the long-distance affectionate intentions
that we wish for you.

Of course, if you post to us BEFORE Murphy declines any further,
that's more than all right with us!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Mar 19 - 12:59 PM

The fatal attractions of cats to motor vehicles are among the many reasons why our cats live indoors, never going out.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Mar 19 - 09:32 AM

Well, I don't recall that episode,
but I have had real life experiences with
cats in the engine fan belt of an auto.
And then there are wheel housings.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 06 Mar 19 - 09:18 AM

There was a House episode about a cat that stayed warm...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Mar 19 - 06:58 PM

I hope you can hear Killer the cat meow

in this video on her Instagram account.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Mar 19 - 04:35 PM

Edna the cat, who made the national news broadcasts when
she was evicted from the San Francisco fire station and
its paramedics/EMTs who rescued her,
was particularly partial -- even when she was a feral kitten and
hid from humans --
to Station 49's ambulances. After they had come back from being driven all night,
Edna would march over to them, climb on top of them,
and absorb the heat from the ambulance engines.

Station 49 complied with the eviction notice from the boss,
by the way,
as one of the paramedics took Edna home,
where Edna is warm, well fed, and loved.

It's the EMTs and staff members at Station 49 who are miserable.

I ought to make a blue clicky link to the article with
footage from New York Fire Department's Station 57.
Theirs is also a female cat, and she is called Killer
because she is a proud hunter of mice and rats.

And her Meow, on video, made me crack up laughing.


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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 dťcor.

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 Jšger.


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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. Thatís 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 ó 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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