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How many Mudcats have cats!?

keberoxu 30 Nov 18 - 11:12 AM
DMcG 27 Nov 18 - 04:16 PM
Senoufou 27 Nov 18 - 03:47 AM
DMcG 27 Nov 18 - 02:06 AM
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Donuel 26 Nov 18 - 12:31 PM
Jon Freeman 26 Nov 18 - 07:37 AM
Jon Freeman 26 Nov 18 - 07:37 AM
Raggytash 26 Nov 18 - 07:32 AM
Senoufou 26 Nov 18 - 07:17 AM
Jon Freeman 26 Nov 18 - 06:01 AM
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Senoufou 25 Nov 18 - 05:48 AM
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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Nov 18 - 11:12 AM

I can't recall it from memory now,
but what the previous post called to mind is
the T. S. Eliot practical-cat poem about a cat thinking about the thought of a thought of a name.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: DMcG
Date: 27 Nov 18 - 04:16 PM

Do some husbands actually take their new wife's surname? 

I know one: he had a severe stammer and you may know that, because your name is often the first thing you say to strangers, a lot of stammerers find their own name hard to say. So he took her name to jettison that history.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 27 Nov 18 - 03:47 AM

Ah what a dear little cat DMcG!

Do some husbands actually take their new wife's surname? I know one or two young married couples where they have each kept their own name, and their children have double-barrelled surnames.
I didn't take my husband's name - people would only respond with a puzzled look and "Can you spell that please?"

I do wish I could be more creative with cats' names. I'm hopeless at coming up with anything interesting, and the poor things have been lumbered with Snowy, Blackie, Smokey etc. I don't suppose they mind though.
Donuel, I've never had a cat tree, it sounds like a good idea, especially for kittens and young cats. All our Siamese cats have gaily used the curtains, the furniture, and of course trees in the garden for climbing and gymnastics.
Sadly nowadays, our two don't even want to go outside at all. They can barely struggle up onto the sofa they're so old and decrepit.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: DMcG
Date: 27 Nov 18 - 02:06 AM

Ada Lovelace, as she appeared in the UK periodical "The Lady".

Pete was not entirely pleased to be listed with my daughter's surname, rather than his own. Maybe he got a little insight into what changing a surname on marriage can feel like! :)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: DMcG
Date: 26 Nov 18 - 01:14 PM

Cross referencing to the 'Scientists on GBP50 note thread: my daughter's cat is called Ada Lovelace.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Nov 18 - 12:31 PM

We got cat tree last week and are delighted to see the cats use it, sometimes all at once.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Nov 18 - 07:37 AM

That's great, Raggy!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Nov 18 - 07:37 AM

He's got an open door here if he ever wanted it Sen... But yep as said before, he is a true feral and (not that I think we've had dealings with another like that) is quite different to say a Furball or BDYA's findling that show some ability or desire to at least communicate in some way (other than hisses) with us.

(No problems re the fire.)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 26 Nov 18 - 07:32 AM

I'm pleased to report that Mickey has settled down a great deal.

He was always a "special needs" cat. Very, very nervous, hated being picked up, refused to sit next to you and was generally not a person puss.

In the past week and a bit he has averaged 5-6 pouches of food a day plus cat biscuits plus treats plus bits of chicken and smoked salmon.

He "talked" incessantly for 5 days but has quietened down a bit now. He still makes his presence felt in the early hours of the morning though, ensuring we are awake when he comes in.

At present he is curled up next to the radiator with a full tum as both my wife and I fed him when we got up.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 26 Nov 18 - 07:17 AM

He does sound quite feral Jon. But it's very kind of you to keep offering food, especially as the weather is now cold and wet.

(By the way, when I was moaning about wood burners on another thread, I wasn't implying that YOU burn rubbish and pollute the air, I was having a whinge about all our neighbours round here, who don't use proper wood or dry it out correctly. We actually loved our open log fire in our last house, and all five cats would stretch out on the rug in front of the grate. We only burned well-seasoned and dried-out logs (stacked under our carport) Our chimney only smoked a tiny bit when we lit the fire with kindling.)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Nov 18 - 06:01 AM

Had a repeat performance of PussPuss on the bunker last night. This time with Pip spotting him. Same old "scaredy cat" mode when spotted, followed by the "you can't see me" approach to get to the food when put down. I guess he must think he's going to be in trouble for going there.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 25 Nov 18 - 12:55 PM

Bee, I owe you an apology. I've just been looking up Himlalayan cats, and they're Persian crossed with Siamese, so they don't have the 'pug' faces of pure longhair Persian ones.
They also have the blue eyes of Siamese cats.
Sadly they are not recognised as a breed by the GCCF for showing.

I'd get any male cat neutered, because unfortunately not only do they roam and fight, but their wee stinks.

Sam the Skull ('Spirit') has been a naughty boy again. We got home from shopping and all the neighbours came over to tell us there'd been one hell of a fracas in our front garden. The savage wee beast had had an awful ding-dong with someone's black cat (ours were safe indoors) and the girl next door had seen him off with a broom.

He's apparently 16 years old. But still full of aggression towards other moggies!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 25 Nov 18 - 11:25 AM

This image is a fair likeness of "my" mystery cat. He has the "doll" face (head the shape of most cats), not the "Peke" face with squashed in features. He has white "socks" on a couple of feet which I imagine is a disqualifying trait for breeding stock.

If he stays around here, he's definitely getting neutered, purebred or not. I've already given vets enough money to patch up cats who've been in fights.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 25 Nov 18 - 05:48 AM

That's a good point Jon. An entire pedigree cat is valuable for stud purposes.
The breeders of Siamese kittens I encountered always had a 'stud suite' and kept their tom indoors. Entire males tend to roam quite a large territory looking for nookie, and also they pick fights and get torn ears and so on.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Nov 18 - 04:58 AM

(Sorry Sen. I missed you had already mentioned the microchip...)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Nov 18 - 04:45 AM

If he really is someone's pedigree cat, perhaps for breeding, I'd not see his owners (if any) being too chuffed about castration! (mind you, they should be more careful).

Another thing you can do (and we did with Furball) is to scan (or have someone scan) the cat for a microchip.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 25 Nov 18 - 04:28 AM

Goodness me Bee, a pedigree cat of that breed (we call them 'Persian' here) is very valuable. Someone must have paid a lot of money for him. Here it costs about £700 at least for a Persian kitten, and that would just be what's known as 'pet quality' (not sufficiently perfect for Cat Shows).
I wonder if he's been micro-chipped?

I can't imagine how anyone could be so blooming cruel as to abandon an unwanted cat far from home, it's a wicked thing to do isn't it?

It's so tricky knowing what to do with food-begging cats. Are they someone's pet? Are they lost and starving? Are they just trying it on?
I reckon your idea of attaching a note to a collar is favourite. If there's no response, off come his nuts!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 24 Nov 18 - 09:26 PM

I'm not sure if I have a cat or not. A lovely seal-point Himalayan tom has been hanging around the house on a part-time basis, mostly at night. I started leaving food out for him and, after overcoming his initial shyness, he's become quite affectionate and loves to be petted and played with. He has definitely been someone's pet, not a feral. He may have been abandoned. (We live on a country road where a lot of thoughtless fools drop off unwanted pets.) But he may belong to a neighbor and just doesn't like to stay home. I suppose I should buy him a collar and attach a note with my phone number on it. If I don't hear back, I can assume he's abandoned and then go through the formal adoption process. (A trip to the vet for shots and neutering.) If he does belong to a neighbor, I guess he gets to keep his balls. I'm not neutering someone else's cat


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 24 Nov 18 - 01:10 PM

Aw Jon, poor little thing. There was a bit of a frost a few nights ago here in Norfolk wasn't there? Puss-Puss is probably longing for a bit of warmth (just like Solo) but is too feral to dare to approach you.
It's so distressing.

Spirit (Sam the Skull) was on 'The Bench' at 6am this morning and nearly threw himself through the window glass to get to me when I opened the curtains of the sitting room. He has quite a feeble little miaow, but he tries to do it louder.

When I opened the front door he shot in like a torpedo. But I put the dish of spare grub on the front step. I'm a bit wary of encouraging him too much to come into the house. He has a home after all, and I don't want to get on the wrong side of his owners, they're very nice people.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 24 Nov 18 - 12:13 PM

A couple of odd experiences with PussPuss over the past week.

He took a half hearted swipe at Pip. He’d been a bit bolder with her and Pip managed to hold a bit of chicken near his face. It’s not clear whether his move was a defensive (“no closer”), a nervous attempt to knock the meat out of her hand or a sort of “get a move on and go away, you silly old fool, so I can eat in peace”.

He was on the wood bunker outside my window last night. It had been an odd day where we’d had an oak tree lopped which did change his usual feeding area (but he was back waiting closer to there this evening) so maybe that affected him but he was still unusually close to the house. He went into very nervous mode though when I (who had not seen him until he moved after I opened the porch door) went outside and he did one sort of “run away” to be called back, kept away from me when I put the food out and did a round about “belly crawl” and “out of sight” route of getting to it after I returned to the house.

I don’t know… once in a while lately, I can feel he would like the house type environment but after a bit over 4 years of “knowing him” on and off and him being a wild adult at that point, it remains difficult to imagine he’d ever really start to trust or want to make friends.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 18 Nov 18 - 09:20 AM

If she was anything like me Jack she probably spent hours and hours walking everywhere looking in every nook and cranny.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 18 Nov 18 - 09:06 AM

Different kind of lost cat story. My neighbour Fiona across the road was a cat fanatic who had Somalis (purebred, expensive, manic little things with huge fluffy tails). She got one as a kitten intending to breed her, but once she came into heat Foxy wasn't going to wait for a human to provide her with an approved mate and broke out of the house in search of nookie. She was gone for a few days before Fiona found her, a mile away.

Which raises more questions about the owner's mental capacities than it does about the cat's. What kind of woman can identify accurately enough with the mindset of a cat in heat to locate her in the undergrowth beside a disused railway line at the other end of the village nowhere near any road?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 18 Nov 18 - 05:50 AM

One does sometimes read stories of animals finding their way home over even longer distances. I don't know how it works but one suggestion I've read is some sensitivity to the earth's magnetic fields.

Whatever, glad your catty friend is back, Raggy.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 18 Nov 18 - 05:32 AM

So sorry about your cat that died Raggytash. But how wonderful that your 'escapee' managed to get back across three miles of unfamiliar territory!

I reckon cats have a good instinctive sense of direction (like migrating birds) They can sniff the air and recognise the smell of their home area. (Just a theory!)

Sam the Skull is still around keberoxu. My husband is just as soft as me. He's always on the lookout for the thing around our garden and rushes into the kitchen to prepare a dish and a bowl of milk.

In fact, Spirit has just this minute left the premises. He's been in our hall on the doormat scoffing a sachet of best Purina Gourmet food and a small saucer of milk. Our cats ignore him now, and he's stopped being aggressive towards them. He has a lovely little 'chirrup' as a greeting. Husband calls him 'Le Mendiant' (beggar)

We keep our bedroom window only slightly open at night now, to prevent an unauthorised visit during the small hours!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 18 Nov 18 - 05:07 AM

6 months ago one of our beloved cats died suddenly. I was too upset to even mention it on here. Two months after that we put our other cat (the son of the first) into a cattery when we went on holiday.

The little bugger escaped by pulling an air vent off the wall and knocking the outside cover off. That was 4 months ago.

We searched the streets night after night to no avail.

Earlier this week my son said he thought he had seen Mickey in the garden and when we came home in the early hours of Thursday morning my lovely big boy had found his own way home.

To say we are delighted is a gross understatement, we were ecstatic. He has not shut up for the past 4 days telling us his story and we had been feeding him all his favourites, including smoked salmon !

One thing puzzles me however. How on earth did he find his way home it's almost 3 miles to the Cattery and the other side of town and on the other side of a river. (There are bridges so he didn't swim!)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Nov 18 - 11:18 AM

What the latest about your attempts to deal with

"keep oot Sam the Skull"-Spirit?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Nov 18 - 12:35 AM

Never mind, Eliza/Senoufou,
it kept the cat thread from dropping out of sight anyway.

Perhaps a nice Mudelf will drop by...
and delete...
my post.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 07 Nov 18 - 08:51 AM

Aaaaaaagh! Why has this posted twice????


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 07 Nov 18 - 08:51 AM

Spirit could probably find somewhere more sheltered, but it seems he waits on 'sentry duty' on the bench as he knows I open the curtains at roughly the same time each day.
He's out all night, as once he leapt through our bedroom window in the early hours and scared the life out of us!

His owners are very nice people, but they walk their three dogs in the morning then go off to work. They have four cats in all, Spirit, Marmite and two new kittens.

I wonder, as he's a rescued cat, if he's got into the habit of scrounging round folks' doors for food, and still does it in spite of having a home.

To my mind (being judgemental here!) one shouldn't really have seven animals, including two kittens, and be out all day long while they fend for themselves in the house and garden. I worry that all the animals fight over the food and some don't get a look-in.

Perhaps I've been a bit daft giving him a snack, but I'm soft-hearted and can't turn away any animal (or human!) that seems in need.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 07 Nov 18 - 08:51 AM

Spirit could probably find somewhere more sheltered, but it seems he waits on 'sentry duty' on the bench as he knows I open the curtains at roughly the same time each day.
He's out all night, as once he leapt through our bedroom window in the early hours and scared the life out of us!

His owners are very nice people, but they walk their three dogs in the morning then go off to work. They have four cats in all, Spirit, Marmite and two new kittens.

I wonder, as he's a rescued cat, if he's got into the habit of scrounging round folks' doors for food, and still does it in spite of having a home.

To my mind (being judgemental here!) one shouldn't really have seven animals, including two kittens, and be out all day long while they fend for themselves in the house and garden. I worry that all the animals fight over the food and some don't get a look-in.

Perhaps I've been a bit daft giving him a snack, but I'm soft-hearted and can't turn away any animal (or human!) that seems in need.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Nov 18 - 08:33 AM

Eliza, do you suppose Spirit's people are the kind who think they're doing their cat a favour by putting him out at night?

I once had neighbours who treated their cat that way, and he would arrive at my house early in the morning and spend most of the day. He would go home at suppertime, presumably to check in for the evening, and the next day at dawn he would be on the step outside my kitchen door to repeat the routine. I was on the brink of taking him to the vet for shots, worming etc. when I learned that he actually belonged to the house three doors up.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 07 Nov 18 - 04:31 AM

Poor cat. Is there not a sheltered spot he could use?

Mind you, cats vary. Mewan would usually go under the oil tank and wait for a call if she found herself locked out in the rain. Oedipuss would be more likely to go under the car. Snotcat on the other hand would climb on the wood bunker and try to get my attention from my window, sometimes getting himself soaked through before I spotted him.

We did buy a shelter for PussPuss to wait in and placed it close to where he is fed but he’s never used it. He tends not to turn up on a day with prolonged periods of rain though. I guess he figures he can make up for the lack of food the next day?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 07 Nov 18 - 03:48 AM

It's now very chilly in the mornings, and today it was raining. Very dismal. But on The Bench waited poor old Spirit, and when I opened the curtains he flung himself at the window and tried to touch me through the glass.

Of course, I let him in (6am!). He was soaking wet. I fetched him a plate of grub and a small saucer of milk, which he loves. He gobbled it down in the hall.

Meanwhile SmokeyPokey was glaring at him from the study door. I feared a fight, but no. He approached the 'guest' confidently, sniffed him all over, then set off for his usual place on the sofa.

Spirit finished his breakfast and shuffled off down the road.
I can't let him stay in our house all day, his owners would be cross and our cats wouldn't be comfortable.

Murphy is still losing weight by the day, although he's eating regularly and not in any pain (I've checked him over thoroughly). I'm so sad, but as he isn't suffering I'll 'wait and see' for the time being. :(


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Nov 18 - 10:39 PM

here kitty kitty kitty (USA, obviously)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 02 Nov 18 - 11:13 AM

ah, the cats that got away ...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Oct 18 - 12:48 PM

In the country, the life of a lost or strayed cat is terribly hard. Not that it's any treat in the city, but at least the dangerous urban environment offers enough humans to raise the odds of at least one hospitable household per acre into the "possible" range.

When my family lived in a country village, stray cats would appear at the kitchen door and more often than not my parents would at least offer food. I remember one who moved in with us, a little grey female my mother named Susie, but she was so traumatized that she never settled down properly to being a housecat. She disappeared one day, and I never learned her fate. That was well over fifty years ago, and still a sad memory.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 28 Oct 18 - 12:29 PM

(yep, it was cold night. Another like that and I'll be starting lighting the living room wood burner after tea for the season)

You did well with Solo.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 28 Oct 18 - 12:24 PM

That's really sad Jon. It was very cold here in Norfolk last night wasn't it?
I remember when 'Solo' appeared in the snow in the huge garden of our last house. He too was gazing wistfully at the lighted windows, lifting up one paw after the other as his feet were slowly freezing.

He fled when I appeared bearing a plate of food for him. But crept up to eat it once I went indoors.
I actually cried, it was so pitiful.

Little by little he got used to seeing me. I took to taking a mat onto the patio and sitting there on the ground, with the dish of grub not too far from me. (I hate the cold and it nearly killed me, but still...)
He gradually ate his food warily with me beside him, but I didn't move or try to touch him, just gently spoke a few words each time.
This went on for days.

Then I moved the dish nearer to the back door. Eventually, he peered in and saw the other cats stretched out sleeping in the warmth, and poked his nose in for a split second.

Finally, he decided to risk it and came indoors. I left the door ajar (waste of heat, but there it is) and he plastered himself against a radiator and fell asleep.
The other cats were strangely accepting of him. I think they sensed his suffering.
He absolutely adored us after that, and would sit literally wrapped around my neck while I watched TV.
We had to work on his matted fur, fleas, worms and general ill health.
After two years though, his belly swelled alarmingly and the vet told me he had advanced liver disease and advised euthanasia.
I sobbed, but one has to do what's best.
At least he'd had two years of love and luxury.
My husband was terribly upset as well, but agreed we'd done the right thing.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 28 Oct 18 - 11:15 AM

I felt sorry for PussPuss last night. When I spotted him on the cold damp night, he was closer to the porch than usual and staring at the porch. I fed him in his usual outside place and when I checked back later he was back where he was before, staring at the porch. It was almost as if he wished he was inside. We tried calling him but that just resulted in him hiding under the car. Again, I don't think he'll ever understand a welcome.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: SamStone
Date: 24 Oct 18 - 08:15 PM

how 'bout a barn full...last count 18 give or take...three in the house ...all have been neutered or spayed and the barn is climate controlled for all the animals...pigs and goats and an old dog or two. To me animals are better than most humans and most certainly better than all politicians. we seem to elect some real snakes.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 23 Oct 18 - 08:58 AM

Watson has grown too large for his reliable kitten trick of flinging himself straight up in the air to land somewhere on ny upper torso, but that has not stopped him. At least once a day, he announces his intentions and spends a good few minutes working up his nerve while he edges me into position. On a good day, he finds a stop-over on the table or the stairs and steps onto my shoulder like a gentleman, but occasionally he goes for broke and leaps from the floor, in full confidence that I will catch him and boost him into position. I had better, if I don’t want my shirt ripped to shreds.

This performance never fails to get a laugh from Himself.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 23 Oct 18 - 06:00 AM

Pwahahahahaaaaaaaaaaagh Jack! I'm doubled up after reading that!
Hee hee, has Marblecake no sense of...er...smell??


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 23 Oct 18 - 04:41 AM

Now it's getting colder Marblecake has found a new place to get warm.

Any time I sit on the loo she immediately curls up in my trousers between my feet.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 22 Oct 18 - 12:15 PM

I know just what you mean Sam. I could sit and watch cats all day long, especially kittens.

When we've had kittens in the house, they've been extremely entertaining, zooming up the curtains and sitting on the curtain rails, getting inside a cardboard box (I always had one or two of those for them to play in) and poking a paw out at a passing sibling. They even used to shin up our clothes to sit on our shoulders.

I was often frightened out of my life by a hidden cat suddenly flinging itself at me and grabbing my cardigan with its sharp little claws.

And we had five cats in our last house, it was like Monty Python's Flying Circus!

Our two are very sedate nowadays, but then, so are we!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: SamStone
Date: 22 Oct 18 - 11:21 AM

12 balls of fur inside and outside in the barn.to me to watch them doing what cats do is akin to watching a ballet.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 22 Oct 18 - 04:22 AM

Ah Jack, that's why we shut our two terrors in the kitchen/utility room at night. Otherwise they'd be plodding all over us in bed and trying to get under the duvet, sit on our heads etc. (Not for food, or because they adore us, but to make use of the warmth!)

My husband does the evening feeds - two bowls, one of best-quality Purina sachet meat in gravy, and one of 'real' chopped roast chicken, or tuna, or minced beef or flaked cod) and also a dish of Iams biscuits, so that if they get the munchies they can crunch on those if their other food is all gone.

I do the midday feeds (same Michelin menu) but I still get the Swiping Paw attacks while eating my lunch. If it's a tuna sandwich, a crafty cat will try to whisk it out of my grasp with a handy claw, while the other miscreant will try the pleading eyes and starving-to-death act.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 21 Oct 18 - 07:29 PM

Our Ollie (ginger, about 11, with an odd curly tail like a husky) has suddenly started demanding far more food than ever before. This typically means stomping all over us before dawn to inform us that a food bowl is running low; for the last couple of years his normal routine has been to disappear almost all day, hardly eat at all, and just come back to sleep. His mum Marblecake, who hardly goes out, hasn't changed her eating habits at all. So my guess is he'd found a soft touch neighbour who has just moved away.

We once had it the other way round. There was a big old grey and white tomcat who had founded a dynasty of grey and white offspring and was the undisputed Top Cat of the neighbourhood. But he got caught outside on the coldest night the village had seen for decades. He obviously knew about our catflap and jumped in to try and keep warm - only to walk into a stakeout by the team of six cats we had then (who operated with military discipline at times). He fled almost immediately. I'd have happily taken the poor old guy in for the night and shut him in the bathroom, but ours weren't having it.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 21 Oct 18 - 04:36 PM

Ah thanks Jon. His owners are really very nice people. The lady confided in me that she lost her first husband to suicide, which I found dreadfully sad.

It's just that they have so many animals and are out all day at work. I wonder if their three dogs guzzle all the available food and Spirit doesn't get a look-in. Goodness knows how their new kittens are surviving!

I do feel bad feeding their cat,I wouldn't like it if it was ours being surreptitiously fed by some crazy old woman across the road!

Glad that PussPuss is still regularly appearing. These cats don't half know where to come for some spoiling don't they? We must have 'MUG' written on our foreheads Jon!
I just can't resist any living creature that seems to need a bit of TLC.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 21 Oct 18 - 04:25 PM

PussPuss is back to being a regular here for now. He's been turning up at any time from 5pm to 11pm and I think he's only missed one day since this last round of visits started.

Sen. I guess I'd probably be a bit nervous about feeding someone else's cat but it certainly does sound as if he needs your support and that he's looking healthier for it does back that up. I think you are doing the right thing.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 21 Oct 18 - 04:09 PM

'resigned' not 'reigned'. Although they do 'reign' jointly over our household!


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