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How many Mudcats have cats!?

Jon Freeman 01 Apr 18 - 11:57 AM
Senoufou 01 Apr 18 - 11:23 AM
Jon Freeman 01 Apr 18 - 09:06 AM
Senoufou 31 Mar 18 - 03:00 AM
keberoxu 30 Mar 18 - 06:31 PM
Senoufou 28 Mar 18 - 03:38 AM
Jon Freeman 27 Mar 18 - 12:14 PM
Senoufou 27 Mar 18 - 12:08 PM
Jon Freeman 27 Mar 18 - 11:59 AM
Charmion 27 Mar 18 - 11:48 AM
Jon Freeman 27 Mar 18 - 10:48 AM
Charmion 26 Mar 18 - 10:41 AM
Jon Freeman 26 Mar 18 - 10:18 AM
Raggytash 26 Mar 18 - 04:12 AM
GUEST,Senoufou 25 Mar 18 - 04:01 AM
Jon Freeman 24 Mar 18 - 09:14 PM
keberoxu 24 Mar 18 - 11:05 AM
Senoufou 24 Mar 18 - 02:50 AM
Jon Freeman 23 Mar 18 - 09:21 PM
keberoxu 23 Mar 18 - 06:37 PM
Senoufou 22 Mar 18 - 10:19 AM
Charmion 22 Mar 18 - 09:25 AM
keberoxu 20 Mar 18 - 01:39 PM
Jon Freeman 20 Mar 18 - 07:21 AM
Senoufou 20 Mar 18 - 06:40 AM
Jon Freeman 20 Mar 18 - 05:44 AM
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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 01 Apr 18 - 11:57 AM

I know the Norfolk water, S. Limescale builds up quickly… I much preferred the sweet Welsh water that came from the N Wales lakes to taste but I think both areas use a lot of chlorine these days and hard water is supposed to be better for you… Pip won’t drink the straight tap water here and hates it even in a cup of tea. One of those under the sink filters and a little tap at the kitchen sink has been the best answer we’ve had for that It’s slow to fill a jug or kettle from but it removes whatever she finds offensive to the taste.

No accounting for cats' taste though...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 01 Apr 18 - 11:23 AM

You sound very handy Jon. Great that you've adapted your bathroom for your needs.
Our little spoiled horrors always have a lovely stainless steel bowl of fresh water, washed out and re-filled several times a day. But they much prefer the tap (and our water is very hard and chlorinated) In summer, they'll lap water from a manky puddle in the garden after it's rained.
I actually miss the old levered taps, (so easy to open and close) but we've long since accepted that we're under the control of our Siamese masters...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 01 Apr 18 - 09:06 AM

"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,

OT but this prompted me to change a pair of taps you turn round and round for extended lever ones for the washbasin in the bathroom. It’s sometimes (varies, some just use hand gel) used by a nurse who dresses a wound on my back and can be used by various other visitors, eg. support for dad as well as ourselves.

I’ve also fitted a thermostatic mixing valve for the hot tap (they advise hot water storage at 60C these days and that’s enough to scald) to eliminate the possibility of nasty shocks and a new waste (click clack rather than old plug) this weekend as well as redoing one length of silicone sealant. This together with the (long standing) Deb soap dispenser and a recent fitting of a blue roll dispenser, I think just about completes my efforts for this corner of the bathroom. Maybe it’s a bit unusual for domestic premises, I don't know but I think this better reflects our own needs.

As for cats, I don’t think I’ve known one try to use any sink but we always have bowls of water available. The other thing I’ve known them go for and I think one needs to be careful with is water for houseplants. Sometimes, they have seemed to prefer water that’s a bit “off” to fresh water/


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 31 Mar 18 - 03:00 AM

If you want a really good laugh, go onto Youtube and type in 'Mrs Brown calls Rory back'. It's only a short clip, but I've watched it dozens of times and it always creases me up!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Mar 18 - 06:31 PM

Steve Shaw, naughty you,
we're over hear worried about you and the
stray cat that has been visiting you.
Has the cat continued to come?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 28 Mar 18 - 03:38 AM

I think you're quite right Jon. I've been enjoying the TV documentary series 'Bondi Rescue', which follows the activities of the lifeguards on Bondi beach.
Apart from grabbing drowning folk in the deadly 'rips' or currents, they seem to spend quite some time dealing with bluey stings (venomous jellyfish), yanking highly poisonous sea snakes out of the water (enough venom in one bite to kill dozens of people) even removing a deadly spider from a holiday maker's rucksack.
Add to that sounding the shark siren and resuscitating collapsed people who have dangerous heatstroke and dehydration, one is left puzzled as to why anyone in their right mind would even set foot on blooming Bondi beach! There seems to be a continuous procession of 'ambos' on blue lights making their way there.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 27 Mar 18 - 12:14 PM

I'm open to correction, but as far as I understand it, S. Australia has the most venomous creatures anywhere. New Zealand by contrast has nothing, and no native land mammals either, so I believe.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 27 Mar 18 - 12:08 PM

Good news about Mewan Jon. I'm pleased for you.

My word, those carpet pythons can grow to 9ft in length! (certain species). (Like Charmion I looked it up.) Luckily they're not venomous, but I imagine a nasty bite could become infected. Haven't the Antipodes got an enormous selection of venomous/dangerous stuff? Snakes, spiders, Portuguese Men-O'-War, great white sharks etc.

Have to say though, they are rather beautiful, but NOT in bedrooms!
It's funny but a silly UK house spider has me screaming for help, but snakes in W Africa, even very venomous ones, have never freaked me out.
Obviously I've been wary of them for safety, but I have no snake phobia.

I wonder how SmokeyPokey and Murphy would react to a carpet python? They really enjoyed prodding and tormenting poor Hissing Sid, the very long grass snake, in the garden of our last house.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 27 Mar 18 - 11:59 AM

I think it's quite mild compared to some things they can get. Brother's instant fear when it bit him was that it was an Eastern Brown Snake.

But, yep I'd side with the cat and would be quite paranoid about shutting up the house where he is...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 27 Mar 18 - 11:48 AM

Having looked up "carpet python" on Wikipedia, I agree with your brother's cat. I'd stay out of that bedroom for life.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 27 Mar 18 - 10:48 AM

Thanks Charmion.

Some good news re Mewan today. The vet is not over concerned about the wound and as things stand, we are still at the stage where we keep the cat while she is generally contented.

---
A brother has a bit of a "scaredy cat" at the moment. They both (and it bit my brother) encountered a 2m long carpet python visiting the bedroom. Apparently, the cat isn't prepared to trust the bedroom and has been sniffing around every where else in the house for the last day or two.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 26 Mar 18 - 10:41 AM

That's sad, Jon Freeman. We went through something similar with a cat name of Lucy, who died of mammary cancer at the age of 16; by the time her body finally decided enough was enough, I could feel lumps all over her torso. They're tough little creatures, cats.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 26 Mar 18 - 10:18 AM

Interesting Raggy.

--
We are worried about Mewan, our remaining indoor cat who has what I think comes down to site injection sarcoma. In the end, we drew the line with 4 operations and unless one was to consider taking the cat miles for radiation and chemotherapy, that was the end of the line at least with conventional medicine.

The lumps have grown quite big but she has been doing very well, as said before, still enjoying her treats, her times out in the garden, etc. and generally being an older but happy cat. She must have had a right old go at the site last night though as she has ripped through the fur and into the wound. We've an appointment with the vet tomorrow to see where we go from here.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 26 Mar 18 - 04:12 AM

That cat Jon looks just like my female cat Mouse, complete with "luxury" tail.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,Senoufou
Date: 25 Mar 18 - 04:01 AM

Our two are funny when cuddled up in their cat bed for the night. Their tails are like whippy bits of wire, but they each drape theirs across the head of the other, winding it round their mate's ears and down his face. If SmokeyPokey is on my lap, he somehow pokes his tail up my nose! Can't think why, unless it's a Siamese mark of affection. Makes me sneeze!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 24 Mar 18 - 09:14 PM

S, I'll tell the cat that people have been commenting here and that we feel that such a "luxury tail" would be better purposed as a scarf.

Of course the cat will simply ignore such a remark...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 24 Mar 18 - 11:05 AM

That tail is big enough to be a second cat.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 24 Mar 18 - 02:50 AM

Hasn't he/she got a beautiful, luxurious tail Jon?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 23 Mar 18 - 09:21 PM

I'll only keep this up for a couple of days but here is new stray waddling through. It walks back a different way so I can't get its face coming back.

Not seen PussPuss since the last time I posted here.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Mar 18 - 06:37 PM

Senoufou suspected that a stray cat has
"chosen" the Steve Shaw household.

How IS that stray cat treating Steve Shaw And Household, anyhow?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 22 Mar 18 - 10:19 AM

Bless him, and what a lovely name! I've always bought Siamese kittens two at a time, and my goodness they could climb up anything. Mainly the full-length curtains, so they could sit on the pelmet at the top. But also me, any handy tree in the garden and the washing hanging temptingly from the washing line. Siamese claws don't retract, so they were always ready for action at any moment. Like you Charmion, they left their mark on most of my clothes.

SmokeyPokey has been out briefly today, as it's actually 9 Degrees Celsius!!! He's had a jolly good wee on all the plants, tubs, posts, walls and so on. Now he's back indoors snoozing. Murphy peered out briefly but decided The Monsters would get him, so didn't venture forth. He really is a wimp.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 22 Mar 18 - 09:25 AM

Watson, our tomcat, likes to jump onto my shoulder and ride around for a while. When he wants to perform this stunt, he follows me around meowing loudly until I am correctly positioned beside the kitchen counter, the dining table, the stairs or a chest of drawers. Then he reaches up to grab my shoulder with his front paws, steps onto my forearm with his hind paws, and settles himself in the curve of my elbow with one arm around the back of my neck. His objective is to purr loudly while rubbing his face on the side of my head, periodically shoving his snout into my ear.

When Watson was younger and slimmer, he would launch from the floor like a rocket-propelled grenade, grab the front of my shirt with his front claws, and then haul himself up to shoulder level with the aid of his scrabbling hind claws. This manoeuvre, known as "climbing the north face of Mount Charmion", has left an indelible mark on my wardrobe.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 Mar 18 - 01:39 PM

Steve Shaw,
by all means, go on rejoicing in Liam Og O'Flynn,
and let us know what has developed,
sometime,
with the elusive stray cat.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 20 Mar 18 - 07:21 AM

Yes, S. Cats all have their, hmm, “catty traits” but there is plenty of scope for “individualism” too. You do get to find what they really like, eg. Mewan is quite fond of having her tummy tickled – Oedipuss was too but in a different way, it was a trap with him – the grab with front claws and kick with back feet stunt. And they can develop these routines and expect you to play your part.

Of words/noises, a few Mewan understands are “No”(mostly taken notice of), “Come on” (asking her to move/a signal that she will be moved) and “eek eek” (food – a sort of imitation of a noise she makes). I don’t do it often but it can be quite funny when she is resting. The rest of her can stay still but you can try her name or these things and watch the different responses by her tail twitching.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 20 Mar 18 - 06:40 AM

There's no such thing as 'a bit hot' for us Jon - any kind of hot is just fine. We keep our sitting room at 27C all day and evening. It only goes off when we get under our 15 tog goose down duvet. I suppose our Siamese cats enjoy living here, as it's always sweltering. When our neighbour comes round for a cuppa, she gets redder and redder in the face (they have no central heating at all, just a wood burner)

Aren't cats funny with their rituals? Our SmokeyPokey loves to have his bottom gently smacked, it helps his stiff joints. Every morning at 6am I'm stood there in my dressing gown smacking his rear end for ages while gasping for a cup of tea.
Murphy has a secret hideaway behind the TV (I've put a little bed there right up against a radiator) and he shoots out of the kitchen when I get up and makes for his hideyhole.
At bedtime, I only have to clap my hands a couple of times and they trot obediently off to the kitchen to bed.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 20 Mar 18 - 05:44 AM

Not specially warm here, S. I (as the setter of this Honeywell Evohome thing, not the purchaser of oil) try to keep most of the house at 18C while people are up and about although Pip can override any room. The exception is the living room which with Peter sat in a chair for long periods is set at 20C, a temperature the radiator in that room won’t make when the outside temperature drops close to zero.

If it gets below 20C, I light the woodburner and at the moment am doing that anyway in the period between after tea and bed time. That room can get a bit hot if I get a bit too carried away with the stove. We’ve had it up to 27C a couple of times this winter…

Mewan’s moves through (or sometimes is moved) to the living room in the evening. Her settling down spot is varying quite a bit but there is another ritual that comes after Peter has gone to bed and Pip has her (for want of a better term) “quiet hour” in there before also going to bed. Mewan has to have some time on Pip’s lap before (usually) deciding to settle down somewhere else. The cat then pretends to be asleep. By that I mean Mewan is soon alert if she hears a bit of kitchen paper rustle or Pip starting to get out of the chair. You see the final “goodnight” between them involves another treat...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 20 Mar 18 - 05:08 AM

That's so sweet Jon, getting carried on the shoulders out to the field!
The way cats interact with us humans, and their obvious affection for us, makes me even sadder for those with no home.

My sister in Perthshire and her daughter in Edinburgh each took in a cat from a charity shelter. Sister's one is called Mela and niece's one is Maxi. Both cats have become real characters, loving, rather wacky and happy. It just shows how they flourish when they trust their owners and are comfortably housed.

Ours adore a bit of sun coming in the window. They sit on the sofa back in the rays of sunlight and bask. Fortunately for them, we like to have the house really warm (it costs a fortune in heating oil, third delivery due this week!) so we all stew together happily.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 20 Mar 18 - 04:57 AM

In his last 3 years and in colder weather, Oedipuss would stand right by the woodburner and look at you in a way that said he expected it lit. When you did light it, he would stand sort of hunched facing it and appearing miserable until it put some heat out. He’d then flake out in front of it, moving back when he got too hot. From then on, if the stove was going well, he’d alternate between cooling off and lying down very close to it. He’d never opt for a mid position.

Mewan’s favourite indoor daytime spot at the moment is the windowsill in my parent’s bedroom. It can be good in 2 ways. The radiator is under the middle part so she can get some heat that way and it gets the sun (when we have any) until late afternoon. She will position herself left, right or middle depending on which part is the warmest.

She does like a bit of time outside in the afternoon if the weather’s fair though. The current ritual is that Pip unlatches the bedroom window, walks round the house, opens the window from the outside and the cat climbs on her shoulders. They then make their way to the bench in the field where the cat is given a treat. They sit together for a while then the cat makes her move. This can vary between her expecting to be carried back in to her wandering off and perhaps if its sunny, staying out for a couple of hours.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 20 Mar 18 - 04:14 AM

It's really kind of you Jon to keep an eye out for these two waifs.
I look at our two stretched out on the sofa toasty warm and smiley, or tucked up into their soft blankets in their bed in the warm kitchen at night, and I worry about strays out in the bitter cold.

I know our Siamese, being a tropical type, need more warmth than British breeds (they only have one layer of fur, and are elongated in shape to lose heat) But even my British cats in the past hugged the log fire (in our last house) or plastered themselves against the radiators in the wintertime.

The feral cat you describe will be quite savvy, as you say. Let's hope the pigsties provide a bit of shelter for him/her.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 19 Mar 18 - 08:12 PM

And on shelter. PussPuss seems to have more than one base but one place he goes is through a load of bramble and blackthorn towards a set of old pigsties. I don't know what is left of these but I'd imagine there would be a bit that could provide good shelter.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 19 Mar 18 - 07:52 PM

That's a good point S. We will take it slowly. We have asked around but not put any notices up. One difficulty with notices, etc. is I've no idea when it will turn up next. I'm just hoping it forms a routine here.

I think PussPuss is a very hardened feral who's never known the comforts of indoors. I'd feel less sure about the other one but maybe one thing in its favour is that it is a long haired cat with a very thick coat of fur.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 19 Mar 18 - 07:40 PM

I'd take it slowly Jon. If the cat gets more confident with you, putting it into a cat basket and toting it off to the vet to be scanned would be traumatic and make it very wary once more. It might even scarper completely.
It might be an idea to put a post in your local magazine or on a noticeboard in the local shop, with a description.

Have the pair of them been coping in the bitter weather? It breaks one's heart to think of homeless cats with no warm fire or shelter in this cruel weather.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 19 Mar 18 - 07:09 PM

We have 2 strays around at the moment.

PussPuss deserted us for a few months but it seems we are back in favour.

The other one may have been first seen about a month ago but has only just started eating here. Although it doesn’t look as if its been cared for in a while, I think this one has been a pet. Unlike PussPuss who only communicates with hisses, this one meows for food and has even let Pip stroke it briefly. I did touch it this evening but it backed off a bit and gave me a dirty look. We’ll have to see how it goes but if it does come more regularly, we might be able to take it in or maybe find a home for it. I suppose if we do reach the point where we can handle it, we ought to get it scanned in case there is a chip to identify an owner?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 19 Mar 18 - 06:15 PM

Oh dear, sorry about that Donuel!
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, and the cats were furious!
But I always turn the cold one one so they can have a nice fresh drink early in the morning. They take ages while I wait for my cup of tea. I bet it's deliberate...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Mar 18 - 06:03 PM

Sen ofou, you helped create a diabolical cat.
Lionus has just about mastered opening the water tap.
There are teeth marks on the handle and he's starting to use his feet.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 19 Mar 18 - 01:37 PM

Hopefully the electric cat flap will keep him out. My good lady is back there tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Mar 18 - 11:47 AM

We need updates on the cats.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Mar 18 - 06:53 PM

Is your son keeping an eye out for that stray tom, Raggytash?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 14 Mar 18 - 11:45 AM

My son is on duty, they're far too precious to be kept in anything but luxury. They expect the best!!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 14 Mar 18 - 04:40 AM

Yes Raggytash and Steve, how's things catwise?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 Mar 18 - 09:06 PM

Hope Raggytash's cats will be all right ... someone cat-sitting while you are in Ireland?

And what about the stray cat that keeps visiting Steve Shaw's house?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 11 Mar 18 - 12:22 PM

A black book is probably a reference to the notebook that the police used to carry to make notes Keberoxu. If your name went in one of those you were in trouble.

The cat that has adopted us in ireland turned up an hour after we put the key in the door. She is, at present,m sleeping off her dinner asleep on the sofa!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 11 Mar 18 - 10:51 AM

waiting for updates from
Raggytash and Steve Shaw.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 09 Mar 18 - 03:40 PM

The cats and I sat on The Bench again today and a new lady stopped to chat, with her very fat chocolate Labrador, another 'Harry'. It seems a very popular name for dogs round here. Harry was calm and sat like a blob at my feet while SmokeyPokey and Murphy wandered around the garden sniffing at this and that. They really enjoyed being outside again, but it was a bit chilly. The dog didn't bother them at all.

I think this lady is a bit lonely, so I'll ask her round for a cup of tea soon. I liked her very much, and Fat Harry too!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 09 Mar 18 - 03:00 PM

here, kitty, kitty, kitty . . .


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Mar 18 - 01:31 PM

Wonder how Steve Shaw is getting on with
the stray cat.
I think Senoufou is onto something:
cats choose their people.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 06 Mar 18 - 12:20 PM

That's the thing Charmion. One never knows what they might encounter outside during the night. This village is as silent as the grave, but there are numerous foxes around, and other cats who are NOT Siamese and have more muscle-power!
During the warmer months, ours go out during the daytime, but to be honest they don't travel far. Ruth-across-the-road gets SmokeyPokey coming for a visit now and then. But mostly we all sit on the famous Bench and watch the world go by.
I reckon we're all a bit 'past it' nowadays!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Mar 18 - 09:24 AM

Our old tomcat, Bill, was quite capable of clawing his way through a steel-clad door, but he preferred chemical warfare -- if not released quickly enough, he would piss on the door and the adjacent baseboard, and then move on to the bottom shelves of the nearest bookcases and anything else he could find that would be difficult to wash. We did not worry about Bill on the street as he had lived rough through an entire Ottawa winter, but, like all our indoor-outdoor cats, he learned to come in when I called him. I always ensured that all cats were in the house before going to work in the morning and before going to bed at night.

The current incumbents are the first cats we have ever had who were raised from kittenhood without ever going outdoors. I confess it's much less stressful for us; we never have to worry about one of ours getting a face full of claws, or committing an offence in a neighbour's garden, or disappearing under the wheels of a madly driven SUV.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 05 Mar 18 - 06:20 AM

Ah, I understand. Our five cats would have chewed the door down in the other house if we'd shut them in! But our remaining oldies are quite happy to snuggle down in their bed for the night.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 05 Mar 18 - 05:13 AM

Nice idea Eliza, but the male cat is more or less nocturnal. He spends much of the day asleep under the bed, venturing down once in the morning for food and once in the afternoon for "treats" and then in the evening comes down again for a while. He then go out later and is out for indeterminate periods, occasionally bringing things home to play with and create mayhem in the early hours.


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