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How many Mudcats have cats!?

keberoxu 14 May 18 - 02:08 PM
Jon Freeman 13 May 18 - 07:33 PM
Senoufou 04 May 18 - 04:05 AM
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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 May 18 - 02:08 PM

Sounds like you are his humans
whether or not he is your cat . . .


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 13 May 18 - 07:33 PM

Gave our Furball a bit of deworming granules the other day and he took that. Will see if it eases his appetite.

Also, had him for 2 hrs today - he didn't fancy going out in the the rain.

Still, a bit of a puzzle. Affectionate when he turns up yes, not looking like he has a home and being cared for yes but ready to settle here, no - although he will roll over on a carpet and settle down for short periods/


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

Hahaha Jennie, you're right. George Formby's songs were very rude, but extremely funny. 'With my little stick of Blackpool rock' and 'When I'm Cleaning Windows' for example. Full of double entendres.

In those days, we weren't so 'politically correct' or mealy-mouthed! :)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: JennieG
Date: 04 May 18 - 04:00 AM

It's actually quite an old song, written in 1931. Many of those old songs were full of double entendres; if you didn't know the 'other' meaning it drifted quite happily over your head, but if you were in the know you probably sniggered.

Some of those old blues songs from the 1920s and 30s are actually quite filthy, when you look at them!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 04 May 18 - 02:53 AM

I thought of Mr Trump too Elmore!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Elmore
Date: 03 May 18 - 07:04 PM

OMG. Apparently I've led a long but sheltered life. Plus, that song, as does nearly everything these days ,reminds me of our so-called President. Thanks Jenny.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: JennieG
Date: 03 May 18 - 01:33 AM

I can't resist posting this.....
There are cats, and there are cats.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 01 May 18 - 02:34 PM

Speaking of mysterious no one knows how portions of feline DNA has made it into the human genome or when it did so.

And whats up with the great Sphinx. Was it just a modified giant hardang? (a cat shape naturally made by sand born wind on rocks)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 01 May 18 - 02:17 PM

The Creator of Humans and Cats Alike
moves in mysterious ways.

It is as if the little cat with the big bushy tail
came along just in time
for you to say goodbye to your dear old friend
and make way for someone
to fill the cat-sized vacancy in your heart.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 01 May 18 - 09:09 AM

And thanks Charmion. I’d think those of us who are not youngsters and keep pets have all been through it several times over. It’s never easy but life moves on.

I don’t know if we will get another cat now. We’d take the new stray on board if he does change his mind and decide that’s where he wants to be but with parents in their 80s and my own situation a bit variable, we’d not go looking for a kitten.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 01 May 18 - 08:44 AM

So sorry for your loss, Jon. It's so hard to let go of a much-loved cat.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 01 May 18 - 08:37 AM

Thanks Sen will do.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 01 May 18 - 07:09 AM

Jon, that's so very sad. I'm truly sorry; I know only too well the distress when one loses a much-loved cat.
Please convey to Pip my sincere condolences. Poor little Mewan, but she was well-looked after I'm sure, and had a lovely life.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 01 May 18 - 05:49 AM

Mewan picked up further from when I last posted but she took another turn for the worse on Monday we have had her put to sleep this morning. Pip is terribly upset at the moment. Not saying the rest of us aren’t sad but there was a very close bond between Pip and Mewan.

The two strays were around together for a while but I think the new stray pushed PussPuss away. Whatever, it’s been a while seen I’ve seen PussPuss.

New stray stayed in the house for 2-3 hours one day but the next day he seemed very wary and only stayed long enough to eat his meal. He’s not called round in about a week. I spotted a cat as I was looking at the cttv round the back this morning. It was too far in the distance for certainty but I think it was him so maybe he’s still around. Anyway (as with Pusspuss too) I hope he’s ok wherever he is and up to.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 18 Apr 18 - 02:10 PM

Interesting Charmion.


I’d been a bit concerned about new stray (I’m calling him Furball but Pip will probably give him a different name) for a few days starting yesterday as we have relatives visiting. I needn’t have worried. Furball turned up this evening when 2 of them were out in the garden. He wouldn’t walk past them to come to the porch for food and they had to move away but he was fine after that. Once settled, he’s anybody’s for a bit of chicken…


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Apr 18 - 11:36 AM

Jon Freeman, if your stray tom is still quite young, the broadening of the chops that identifies a tom cat is still a ways off, as we say in Ontario. Our Watson was neutered very young -- between four and five months, if I recall correctly -- and he was indistinguishable from his sister Isobel until they were both more than two years old. Now that they are almost five years old, Watson is half again Isobel's size and weight, and sports the typical broad face of a full-blown tom. God alone knows what he would have looked like had he not experienced that special trip to the vet!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 11:50 AM

My guess is that he is already neutered, and he doesn't really have the "tom cat" head. If he does decide to stay with us, he will get taken to the vets and be neutered if needed. I believe the vets also have a grooming service so he'd probably get de matted there too.

But take things as they come and bit at a time...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 11:22 AM

Congratulations, Jon, on being chosen by the bushy-tailed tomcat.
Are you going to take him to get neutered?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 09:34 AM

Ah, Sen. Quite expensive at £80 but since my last post, I've found this one

I don't think it would answer my per cat question (eg. for our current situation with Mewan) but it looks as if it would cater for the in/out during daytime only type things.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 09:27 AM

Oh if only that were possible Jon! Cat flaps one could programme! We don't much like SmokeyPokey going out for too long as he's sixteen and quite frail, although seems perky enough. One fight with that Horror over the road would be the end we reckon. But it seems a shame both our cats can't come and go as they wish. We daren't go out shopping ourselves unless our two are safely indoors and the cat flap locked shut.
It has to be said, much as we all love our cats, at times they're a Blooming Nuisance!!

By the way, I broke my heart yesterday. I was sitting on the famous bench out the front when I saw the Horror's housemate Marmite running home with a poor fluttering female blackbird in his mouth. I rushed over to our neighbour, who has the nest in her woodshed and has fed the blackbirds all winter. She was in tears. The Thing had torn down the nest; there were three smashed eggs on the ground. And no doubt the female bird would be tortured until it died. We comforted each other and had a cup of tea together. What can one do? My husband was furious and sad when I told him.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 09:12 AM

Oh well, have just ordered new locks for a cat flap. Some were lost years ago, possibly Snotcat trying to barge through, and either swept or hoovered up… I’ve taken one remaining stop off one and put in on another so that the situation is that porch/outside now opens both ways and kitchen/porch only opens from the porch but I don’t want to have to keep swapping from one flap to another if we want to make other changes.

At least the current set up will allow stray in and out (although he would be trapped if he got in the kitchen) and (while it prevents her getting in the porch), stops Mewan getting outside – something we don’t want at the moment, at least not “unsupervised”.

I thought around £5 a bit expensive for 4 bits of plastic but still cheaper than a new cat flap. Thoughts of a new cat flaps got me wondering though… I know there are fancy things on the market these days, even ones that work on microchips but do any of them allow rule based programming per cat and per time of day, eg. one cat is allowed in and out access between 8am and 8pm?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 07:32 AM

(we leave things for a while)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 07:31 AM

And... We don't leave things for a while but places we check for a cat are the sheds and (at one time, things have changed now we have an unvented hw cylinder) the airing cupboard. Also (although checked quickly on a hot day if it's been out and we notice the cat has gone) the car - Mewan has managed to get in there unseen while others have got out.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 07:22 AM

Thanks Sen. I don't think Mewan's longer term prospects are good but we keep her while she is generally happy and it does seem that it was an infection, now on the mend, that had dragged her down so far. As far as I understand it, with the particular lumps she has: They don't spread to other organs so no secondary cancer but get big and can cause cats' problems in other ways. Pip is also trying some homeopathic medicines but I don't hold a lot of hope out there.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 07:14 AM

I'm glad Jon that Mewan picked up. And I hope the longer-term antibiotics get to grips with whatever is making her poorly.

What a shame about that lovely fluffy cat. How can people decide they 'don't want it'? He (not 'she') sounds very sweet and will very quickly get used to you both I'm sure.

Ours get themselves into daft situations like that. Murphy had slunk unseen into our conservatory while I was putting some washing on a rack (It's nice and hot in there for drying) I shut the door and locked it. A while later, we heard piercing shrieks, which I recognised as Murphy's. We searched high and low, until I saw his worried little brown face peering out of the conservatory. He'd had a blissful few hours basking in the heat, but wanted OUT!!! IMMEDIATELY!!!!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 07:01 AM

And Pip has learned something about the new stray who is now officially a HE! She'd mentioned this creature to the vets before but this time, she took a picture of the cat to show and the vet said she knew the cat!

The story goes something like the cat had belonged to someone not very far from us who decided they didn’t want it. Someone else decided to take the cat on but it appears that the cat started wandering. The vet’s view is that if we do manage to persuade it to settle and stay, it’s ours if we want it.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 06:50 AM

We had a funny one this morning. When Pip got up, she thought she heard a cat meowing in the porch. There were also a few tools and bits and pieces on the floor. Anyway, not seeing a cat, she attributed the cat sound to a gull and we figured that the stack of bits could have collapsed at any time.

We didn’t think any more of it until Pip had to go out at 11AM. New stray was sitting and meowing on one the bits of shelving in the porch. Cat had pushed her way through a cat flap, knocking the things that were blocking it over and, as the cat flap was set to only allow entry, had got herself trapped. Having had a late breakfast and having done some exploration around a couple of other rooms in the house, she seems none the worse for the experience. I thought she might even settle down in my room but I started to get worried when I heard her scratching under my bed. She’s gone back outside now.

--
We had the vet in for Mewan late last week, believing the time had come to have her put to sleep. She had really gone down and wasn’t responding to much but she picked up a on the day the vet was due. After some discussion and trying to establish why, the vet decided to give her an antibiotic injection. Mewan has picked up further from there and the vet has suggested a longer course of antibotics (which Pip is out to fetch above).


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Apr 18 - 07:10 PM

No problems at all re Pip and my relationship, Swn.

Racking my brain, there was a cat we took in back when we were in Kent in the 70s but my mate "Snotcat" or Worthy as he was called by Pip was the adult stray I really remember. He was huge and long haired but mostly used to manage the fur himself.

When he first settled with us, he would cower at a had coming towards him but he mostly got over that, poor old thing really but he could (if we were not careful) dominate our other neutered tom...

Only had him about 4 years. He had cat aids, almost certainly from a now gone feral community before he settled here. But, yes as with your cat, you believe you've given them some quality of life over the period you had them.

Couldn't see that working with PussPuss though. He's the born and bred wild feral type that few are ever able to make friends with.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 12 Apr 18 - 01:59 PM

Oh I'm so sorry Jon, I didn't realise.

The cat I rescued ('Solo') was very nervous and sometimes spat or lashed out. But I understood - he'd had an awful life being shooed away and so on. He was always sorry, and one could see he felt ashamed.
I only had him for two years before he died of a liver complaint, but at least he had happy times with us and was much loved.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Apr 18 - 12:58 PM

Ah Sen, Pip is my mother, not my wife. She enjoys folk music and we are both thinking of getting to a local do tonight.

Cat turned up after my last post. She was quite nervy at first today (possibly because Pip was sweeping some leaves up near the porch) and I got treated to a savage hiss when I tried to offer her a treat. She settled down though and she raised her front feet off the ground to accept a stroke before guiding me to the door when it was time to go.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 12 Apr 18 - 10:40 AM

Aw Jon, it looks as if she's starting to trust you and your wife.
I'm wondering if she's been neutered, because if not she'll begin 'calling' once Spring gets underway, and male cats from miles around will congregate, fighting and causing mayhem.
She must have been really hungry to have got through three pouches and the bit of chicken! How kind you are to help her, I'm sure she's extremely grateful.
Raggytash, maybe your Nemesis has just been neutered, hence the shaved leg to get the anaesthesia in? But if so, he'd be moving a bit stiffly. He obviously belongs to someone, as does our White Horror.

I have to confess I caved in the other day. I went out the front with a plate of chicken scraps, intending to offer it to SmokeyPokey while I sat on the bench, but he wandered off. Meanwhile, 'Spirit' (the Horror) was watching and came up bold as brass. I'm an idiot, but it's not his fault he's bonkers is it? I gave him the whole plate and he wolfed it down like a good 'un. Smokey came back and was absolutely disgusted with me. My husband laughed, but said I was far too soft (or 'sorft' as my Norfolk neighbour put it)
No doubt The Beast will be haunting our garden even more now. Whatever possessed me?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Apr 18 - 09:32 AM

After a couple of days absence, the new stray turned up last night. She was by the sliding doors as I was drawing the curtains. I went to the porch and called her before getting a dish and a pouch of cat food. She was next to me by the time I turned round. I gave her the food and closed the porch door.

She gobbled the food, and welcomed a bit of a fuss. I even persuaded her into the kitchen to accept a bit of chicken although she wary of that room. She didn’t want to go back outside for a while but asked for more food. I think it was about 45 minutes and 3½ pouches before she decided it was time to move on.

Don’t know when she will turn up again and I’m probably out with Pip this evening so wouldn’t see her if she did turn up at the same time today but she seems even more of a cat that could be persuaded to settle down somewhere in time.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 09 Apr 18 - 09:17 AM

Yesterday I saw my cats nemesis slinking under the gate next door. It looks like he has had a trip to the vet, one leg was shaved. I know I should not be but part of me was rather smug that the little b*****d had got his comeuppance.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 09 Apr 18 - 09:13 AM

What a beautiful cat Jon! And her expression - trying to be aloof, but underneath one can see her yearning to be loved. Like that song 'Memories' from the musical 'Cats'.

Long-haired cats do indeed need a lot of brushing, or their fur gets tangled in knots, which are best cut off with scissors if a cat has been feral and got her fur in a bit of a mess.

I used to show my British Shorthair cat Gussie, and all the owners at the GCCF shows would sit and natter while the judging was going on. Those with longhairs had an impressive array of tools for preparing their cats' coats. (The longhairs were officially called Persian.)

Luckily my Gussie only needed a quick brush and smooth-over. He was jet black with deep orange eyes, and he won several Firsts, finishing with Premier medal (highest award for a neuter)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 09 Apr 18 - 03:35 AM

Mouse is not that fond of being brushed although I do so. Another long haired cat I had (an absolutely beautiful Grey and white cat, who died last year aged 17) loved being brushed, I could brush her for ages ............ before being bitten !


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 09 Apr 18 - 03:22 AM

The fur on this one is quite matted Raggy. It could be she's let herself go a bit in her life as as a stray but I'm wondering do you have to brush your very similar cat a lot?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 08 Apr 18 - 03:01 PM

Hi Jon, She looks very much like my Mouse, a long haired Tabby, very beautiful cat indeed.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 08 Apr 18 - 02:43 PM

The new stray's visits are unpredictable but it has been persuaded into the porch. A picture here.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Apr 18 - 01:35 PM

Our kitchen is small, and our fridge is tiny. There's no room in it for a defrosting chicken or joint of meat, so the oven is the best (and most secure) place.

I don't know how our cats have the brass neck to pinch food. They live like kings. In addition to their sachets of proprietary cat food and Iams biscuits, they get delicious slices of the best chicken breast while we submissively eat the legs. They get roast pork, best beef, lean mince, in fact every kind of meat imaginable.

While we're eating our meagre rations, we get gently poked and prodded by a strategically aimed Siamese paw. And the ear-splitting chorus of "Gimme!" every two seconds.

When my husband visits his family in Africa, he tries to tell them about the choice food our cats are given and they all refuse to believe a word of it.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Apr 18 - 10:00 AM

Somehow, we never even thought of the oven for defrosting the turkey.... but we were 'only' gonna be away for a short while.....and we used the 2nd shelf of the cupboard. I'm sure that if it had been overnight, both cats would have had their fill of turkey.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Stanron
Date: 08 Apr 18 - 07:21 AM

If I want to defrost some meat I take it out of the freezer and put it in the fridge for 24 hours. Is that wrong?

Mind you I don't have cats. Did anyone else see that episode of QI where Alan Davies described how his cat learned how to open the fridge, stole a defrosting chicken and had it halfway to the cat flap before being discovered?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Apr 18 - 03:57 AM

Very glad Raggytash that the electronic catflap is working so well. Cats get freaked out when uninvited 'guests' come into their territory. Ours would wee on everything in sight to mark their ownership of the place when the Cat From Hell used to get in.

I bet those Siamese would have munched through the entire turkey if it hadn't been frozen Bill. Our certainly would!
We put de-frosting meat actually inside the unheated oven overnight to protect it. But once or twice we've forgotten it. Stinky 'off' meat chucked in the bin, grim faces and a rummage in the freezer for something else to defrost.

Had a lovely hour yesterday sitting on The Bench with SmokeyPokey. The sun was shining, it was 16 degrees and so many people came to sit and chat I was rather hoarse when I finally came indoors. My husband said hopefully, "Does that mean you can't talk anymore?" Cheeky thing!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 08 Apr 18 - 02:45 AM

Keberoxu, my cats seem to be much happier now they don't have to share the house and food with interlopers. I have not witnessed the main culprit trying to gain entrance, I presume he's given himself a headache trying to get through the flap!



Thanks for asking:-)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bill D
Date: 07 Apr 18 - 11:19 PM

Keberoxu...Urg,,, yes cats. Who put that r so near the t?

I also once had 2 Siamese...male & female. When some mischief was done, we had only to yell: "I'm gonna get a cat!" and the guilty one would run.
One Thanksgiving, we had bought a frozen turkey and needed a day to defrost.... so... put the turkey, still in plastic wrap, into the cupboard on a platter and closed the door. We had to go out that afternoon, and came home to check on 'progress'. Went in the kitchen and noticed the cupboard door very slightly (an inch or two) ajar. Hmmm... thought I had close that. Suddenly, a furry tail swished down in the opening and back up again! I yanked open the door and the male Siamese was crouched there, knawing on the half-frozen drumstick, having chewed right thru the plastic. I yelled and he ran.. or flew.. in a couple of bounds, out of the room, while the female just sat there, grooming her whiskers. "Who me? I didn't have anything to do with that."
(Yes.. we trimmed the drumstick and ate the turkey. He had barely broken in.)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Apr 18 - 04:41 PM

here, kitty, kitty, kitty . . .


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Apr 18 - 12:45 PM

Bill D: "makes some point about cars, I guess."
Did you mean, about cats?

Raggytash,
how are your English cats doing
with the new cat-flap security in place?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 04 Apr 18 - 04:06 AM

Hahaha loved that story Bill!
Cats are extraordinarily clever at getting what they want. Our little Minty used to scale up the kitchen shelves like a mountaineer, then reached down and tip the packet of special treat biscuits onto the floor. This enabled the lot of them to gorge themselves silly, then puke up their excesses, leaving delightful piles of sick for me to find in the morning.
They reminded me of teenage lads out bingeing on lager and coming home to spend the night being sick into a bucket!

SmokeyPokey could always find a way to push up the slider which locked the catflap. We eventually changed the system and he was stumped. He howled and yowled every night until he twigged we weren't giving in.
One needs nerves of steel to deal with Siamese cats!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Apr 18 - 12:03 PM

""Our cats learned to turn the taps on by pushing the handles across (the taps were like those that surgeons use, with a lever to push with their elbow) We had to pay a plumber to change the taps into old-fashioned ones that need screwing round,"

I used to work in a small bookstore with its own resident cat. It was quiet and simply spent most days wandering about or sleeping on some shelf. The owner, a very feisty little lady who thought of herself as equal to any man OR beast, came up to me with a look in her eyes that said she had a tale to tell.
   It seems that since she was the one who closed the store at night and often stayed late to do accounts, etc., she also had to deal with feeding the cat and cleaning cat box.... and putting 'kitty' in a safe place for the night, as he would often entertain himself by "rearranging the shelves" and other interesting nocturnal pursuits.
   Her solution, finally, was to lock him in the small bathroom (WC) for the night with a small bed, litter box, and water dish. Fine for a few days, but as she related to me, she began finding him in the morning, OUT of his prison and back to his old habits. This happened over & over and she couldn't figure out how he was getting out.
   Finally, as she explained, she decided to go in with him and wait...... so she took him in, shut the door firmly, sat on the closed toilet and waited. The cat sat there for awhile, looking at the door, then looked up at her as if bothered by her presence, then hopped up on her lap and went out on her left knee and reached (it was a very small room)for the door knob....except, there was no 'knob'. The inside knob had been removed, or broken... or something... and there was only the extended mechanism the knob was supposed to fit on. (I had never thought much about it... I and other humans would simply grasp the mechanism and twist.)
    So... the cat stretched out one paw, extended a claw or two, caught those claws in a slot in the knob mechanism and swung off of her knee and hung with its full weight from the slot... which turned the system just enough to turn the cylinder and pop the door open about an inch.... then he dropped to the floor and fiddled with the door till he could pull it open.
   The solution? Because the door swung inward, it was useless to block it from outside, so... a trip to the hardware store for a complete new knob set with an smooth inside knob with nothing for clever claws to grip.
If I remember correctly after all these years, it only took the cat a few days to learn how to get out, but 2-3 weeks for the owner to solve the problem.... which makes some point about cars, I guess..


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Apr 18 - 11:01 AM

Donuel, that video of videos has something for everybody on it.
Said another way, there is something to offend everyone.
Some of the little video clips did not amuse me.
Those that did, though ... tears of laughter.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Apr 18 - 06:56 AM

Internet cat videos are second only to porn


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