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How many Mudcats have cats!?

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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Jul 18 - 10:00 AM

Eliza, you're darned lucky to be alive in this age of logic and science. Think of the impression your troupe of Siamese familiars would have made on your neighbours in -- say -- the year 1500. You, and the cats, would have been, um, toast.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 10 Jul 18 - 09:55 AM

For a cat to follow you outside and not run away or pursue his own diversions says a lot about his affection for you.

Well I suspect his own lack of confidence is over-ruling his desire to pursue his own diversions at the moment, Sen but I'd also think there is a fair element of trust there.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 10 Jul 18 - 09:42 AM

Well it sounds to me as if he's very much at home there Jon, and I reckon he'll grow and grow in confidence now. For a cat to follow you outside and not run away or pursue his own diversions says a lot about his affection for you.
I'm so pleased - after all, you've done all you can for Furball, and deserve his love.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 10 Jul 18 - 08:57 AM

Lovely story, Sen and I wish I could have seen them all in a row, but poor hissing Sid that one timeÖ

Furball spends most of his indoor daytime in my parentís living room Ė the opposite end of the bungalow to me Ė which is a much better place for him to be and rarely (yes he has explored everywhere now) ventures into my room Ė only really to get my attention for something. Pip is usually his best friend in the morning as she usually does the food at her breakfast time. But, yes, there are times when he does seem very attached to me and he certainly likes our outings at the moment. Thatís similar to how things worked out with Snotcat who in some ways was very much ďmy catĒ.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 10 Jul 18 - 08:37 AM

Ah Jon that's so lovely! He's obviously very, very attached to you!

When I had five (!) cats, all Siamese, I used to walk daily down to my neighbour's house for a coffee and a natter. The houses in that village were quite far apart, and I went along a little path to get there. Behind me, one behind the other, always in the same order, were all five of my cats.

Pauline used to watch out for us at her sitting room window, and laugh like anything. Part of the attraction, it has to be said, was the pile of bits of chicken and ham she always had ready for them.

It was Pauline who rang me one day to say all of them had cornered Hissing Sid, the large grass snake, and were poking him as he lay coiled up on her patio. We managed to remove the cats out of harm's way and gently get Sid into the field on the end of a broomstick. (A grass snake can give a nasty bite, although they're not venomous. Besides, poor Sid...! He was hissing like anything, probably terrified!)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 10 Jul 18 - 08:20 AM

Furball has been a bit unsure of himself since the op. He also has a bit of a cut/lump on his back (probably where a tick was) that we are keeping an eye on. He is still asking to go out at night but I donít know if he would take the opportunity if offered and I donít really want to find out. Heís not making too much of a fuss over being kept in.

Outside in the daytime, he doesnít want to move that far from me and a routine walk is developing. We go to the bench in the field where I have a fag and he has a few Dreamies. We then have a wander round eg. the veg plot before we go further up the track in the field. Coming back is fun as he has started to wait for me to get out of sight round a corner and he then does a 40yd dash to overtake me. He may then do shorter waits and runs until we get in (when of course, he expects another small reward).

I donít know how long this one will last but guess that he might want to explore more as he gains confidence but for now, I think it suits both of us for our own reasons.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 07 Jul 18 - 07:54 AM

The elder statescat Yaz does not cause any trouble but Linus the teenager has caused a door to be replaced, a 1/2 sized cello pushed off a top shelf, instrument repair clamps to fall on guitars, china cabinet structural damage and now has absconded with my hearing aid left atop the shower door rail. Its not his fault for being exceedingly strong, agile and clever.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Jul 18 - 09:28 AM

For a small animal (compared to, say, a rhinoceros), our old tom Bill had a terrific snore. Just like a human, he would start to burble when he rolled on his back, which usually happened in the middle of the night when he was in the process of shoving me off my pillow.

Good thing he was cute.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 05 Jul 18 - 01:02 PM

Hahaha Jon! If he starts barking you'll know it was correct!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 05 Jul 18 - 12:57 PM

I don't remember us ever having a real snorer. Mewan was (I assume) a bit of a dreamer so you sometimes could get odd twitches and movements when she was having a good sleep.

Furball (actually now registered as Furbalo [not furbellow]) is wide awake atm and asking for food which I'm giving in small doses.

Thinking of registration, when I signed on and created an account, etc. on the PetTrac (microchip) system. I found he'd been registered a canine - I'm not sure his description then - canine short haired British domestic tabby even exists. Simple change to feline though.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 05 Jul 18 - 12:43 PM

Ah, that's not too bad really. He's a very lucky little cat.
Our two are fast asleep beside me on the sofa. Murphy is a terrible snorer!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 05 Jul 18 - 12:39 PM

Thanks Sen. I believe the bill for everything including some "recovery food" came in the right side of £200. Pip is happy with that.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 05 Jul 18 - 12:32 PM

Phew Jon, thank goodness it's all done! I bet that wasn't cheap (it never is at the vet's) but well done for getting him neutered, examined and tested etc.
Hope you have many years of lovely times with him! (or 'it'!)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 05 Jul 18 - 12:03 PM

Oh well this has all been confusing. From being a long haired cat with ďluxury tailĒ to a short haired tabby with a normal tail. From taking (not that he meant ours was, but    Raggy saying it looked like one of his) being a female to being a debated proper tom to now being an it, as well as thinking (possibly because of first knowing him with the matted fur) as being a few years older than he is.


He needs to be kept in a day or two from the op but letís hope now that all that needs to be done is done* and there are happy times ahead for him.

*castration
flea/tick treatment
tail de-mat
blood tests (all OK)
microchipping


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 12:58 PM

Iím pretty sure one test would be for Feline HIV. As far as I remember with Snotcat (done when he   fell ill with a stomach thing that he responded to an injection for and then relapsed, and it turned out he had this), the blood tests were quite expensive.

Furball will be free until Wednesday evening. I donít think he will like this but he will have to be kept in from then until the trip to the vets (unfortunately, Sheringham Ė I wish they operated in their Cromer branch which is under 10 minutes from here). With his movements over the last week or so, that should be ok.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 12:19 PM

Oh well done Jon! Thank goodness he's not been alienated by the experience.

One of ours (SmokeyPokey) is very calm and doesn't mind too much going in the cat carrier, (although he howls all the time in the car) But the other one (Murphy) is a nervous wreck at the best of times and would completely freak out if we had to take him for any reason.

Are the blood tests for Feline HIV? The thing is, vets are dreadfully expensive aren't they?
How are you going to ensure Furball is around to be put in the cat carrier again for his op?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 11:44 AM

Well, congratulations on being adopted by a new young pussycat.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jul 18 - 10:13 AM

We took Furball to the vets this afternoon and so far, so good.

He didn't enjoy the experience but has settled down on return, taken a stroke and some chicken from me and is in no hurry to leave the house.

I thought he was older than this but the vet says he look a very healthy cat of about 2 years old.

He is going in this Thursday for castration (yes he does need it...), tail de-matting (what he did with the rest of himself was remarkable but this part is still matted) and possible (still to be agreed at home) blood tests and microchipping.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Jun 18 - 03:39 PM

I found that post, Jon.
It's back in the month of April,
no wonder you had a hard time finding it.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 23 Jun 18 - 03:10 PM

And odd, seem to have replied to a post by kerberoxu in my second part of that last post that seems I dreamed up as I can't find it now...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 23 Jun 18 - 02:53 PM

Thanks both. Probably the mcavity (TS Elliot mystery cat) out of all the ones we've had as it's been so hard to work out if he wants to stay and what he wants.

I'm pretty sure that if needed he will get the chop. It's the vet to him or him to the vet bit next and, while I would like this to happen soon, I'm not the ultimate decision maker on this one.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 23 Jun 18 - 02:06 PM

I second Raggytash - not boring at all!

Great to hear that Furball is getting into a happy routine Jon, he sounds an interesting little character.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 23 Jun 18 - 01:48 PM

Not at all boring Jon, I'M pretty sure that many of us are fascinated by your obvious love and care for this, soon to be, very pampered Pussycat !!!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 23 Jun 18 - 01:21 PM

I think we are finally at one stage with Furball. He still does his night bit but seems pretty (resigned?) much to accept that we do offer him a good base and food. He still wants his outside time at night but comes in earlier and has settled (no rattling cat flap in the am or meows) that the late night/early morning in is "in" to some ways without a day of absence.

I'd probably try the cat basket and vet now but I think Pip is more inclined to get a "home visit". I'll press Pip one way or other but as said before, that will eventually be her own set up.

Funny old cat, probably more different than any before with his independent ways and keeping us guessing but in some senses I think we are there this time.

(and I'll not bore you all with much more...)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 Jun 18 - 12:54 PM

Five hundred posts!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Jun 18 - 10:25 AM

cat quilt kilts ?

viewer discretion advised


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Jun 18 - 09:10 AM

Cats who spend most of their time outside typically whiff more than indoor cats, if only because they spend more of their waking hours hunting and avoiding being hunted. Those who live in grimy environments may avoid grooming for their own good.

My Dad served in the Royal Navy during the war. His first ship, a small, rather nasty old destroyer called HMS Wrestler, carried a cat known as Bombhead (pronounced Bomm'ead) who spent much of his time hunting rats in the engineering spaces and thus ended up caked with toxic filth. As Bombhead was too wise to wash himself, the Coxswain assigned his care to the men whose part of ship was the quarterdeck, i.e., the signallers and radarmen, including my Dad. Bombhead was bathed (in a bucket, with Lifebuoy soap) each Friday and inspected, along with the rest of the ship and her company, by the Captain each Saturday morning.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Jun 18 - 01:19 PM

I'm still not convinced he is an unneutered Tom, Sen but haven't gone looking... But yes,he has the night time ways.

Smell. I'm a long time (wish I wasn't but) smoker with a lousy sense of smell, although I think that sense was poor even in childhood.

Some smells I pick up, including "Willie Weasel'" - one time pet that found us -ferret smell (and that was a she), would smell if a dog fox had been round but there are lots of smells I probably miss (including Pip and a scented flower sometimes).

So I'd not go that much by my not smelling Furball if there is a scent, although neither Pip or Peter have commented.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 12 Jun 18 - 01:07 PM

I meant to ask you Jon, does Furball have a 'tom-cat smell'? I've owned only male cats all my life, and had them neutered at around six months old. By this time, many of them had a very distinctive and pungent pong.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Jun 18 - 01:00 PM

Wow, Sen! Perhaps part is down to my own tastes which very much enjoy a curry and spicy things but couldn't take a lot of heat (and don't get the vindaloo merchants...) but I've never imagined a cat liking something hot and wouldn't try it on a cat.

Off hand,maybe the closest I get to is Mewan who did like a nibble of brown bread and Marmite. Even that was funny, the way she'd wash her face after but she liked it.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 12 Jun 18 - 12:49 PM

I was absolutely astonished to find SmokeyPokey licking the dish my husband had left on the kitchen counter top. It had contained his dinner, a ghastly red-hot Spicy Horror made with Scotch bonnet chillies. One tiny piece on the tongue would send one choking and coughing for some iced water, yet there was the cat having a lovely lick of the sauce left in the dish! He must have an asbestos mouth (like my husband!).


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 12 Jun 18 - 10:45 AM

And another updateÖ

There has been one more day+ of absence (possibly caused by Peter/dad with the TV Ė heís one of those hearing aid users who doesnít always wear them and even if worn may be full up or down Ė cat fledÖ) but things have been pretty stable otherwise.

His latest way is to spend most of the day inside, entering as before, and apart from a couple of short trips out is settled until his demands for his night time activity. Something I wish would change Ė prefer cats in between dusk and getting up.

The vetís side of things would ultimately be Pipís decision (after all, she would be the one paying the vetís bills) but I think that in this long saga of keeping us guessing, etc., we are probably near a time where we feel we can transport him to/fro without fear of loosing himÖ

Ö Thatís if he stays anyway. Heís still odd in that he will only use the floor and (outside the one short poke around my room) hasnít explored the rest of the house- he just likes kitchen, corridor and living room Ė effectively the 2 ways in/out. But as said before, he remains friendly and likes being in the proximity of people as well as liking the odd fuss.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 02 Jun 18 - 04:47 PM

I bet you were worried, the little horror!
As he's been feral for quite a while, I expect his old habits and territorial defending etc haven't entirely left him and occasionally he has a roam. Once he's been neutered he may be more inclined to stay at home.
We got a free sachet of catfood from Tesco through the post, and tried it on our two. They loved it, so we looked for it on the shelves when we were in Tesco's this morning. Of course, it's quite expensive. We only bought four sachets, and we'll see how it goes. Tesco's are naughty, they know how to hook people in!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 02 Jun 18 - 09:20 AM

Thanks Sen.

---
Old bugger keeps us guessing btw. I shut him in on Thu night after he turned up about midnight and it was a bit nasty outside (rain then but there has been a lot of fog/mist here lately).

He seemed fine in the morning, had breakfast and had a lie down before going off. I still thought "that's done it" when he didn't show up later in the day.

I didn't seem again until this lunch time when I found him lying on the kitchen floor - and then, when he saw me, he angled for something from the fridge - like nothing had happened and like we'd not been concerned. He's sprawled out by the sliding doors in the living room at the moment.

We do get the more consistent spells but I can wonder whether he has also found another helper/place to go.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 31 May 18 - 08:56 AM

One of our cats, Murphy, prefers me. The other, SmokeyPokey, likes us both, but actually adores my husband. Our little tiny Minty (who had to be put to sleep over a year ago) was completely in love with 'Daddy'.
We still get very sad when we think of him. I've seen my husband secretly shed a tear, so I do understand Pip's sadness Jon.

Excellent that your microchip-detector didn't find anything. He's all yours! (and very lucky he is too!)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 31 May 18 - 08:44 AM

I think cats are loyal to their bellies first (eg. I could shift Mewan sleeping on Pipís lap with a bit of chicken) but Iím not sure that it follows that the softest touch need become the catís best friend.

Pip is probably easier than me but we can both be softies. One difference there though is that I tend to wind up being the mean one, eg. picking up a settled cat and putting it in a basket for the vets or moving one to another room, etc. Again, I donít think that has made any real difference.

Ė

Iíve just scanned Furball for a microchip. Nothing was detected and I think that does end any remaining niggles we had about the possibility of someone missing him.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 30 May 18 - 06:00 PM

Himself always says that our cats like me best -- Watson clambers onto my shoulder, but not his -- and I'm always struck by how much that bothers me. Himself is the soft touch, the one who opens the patio door so they can enjoy birdwatching and or flings them a bit of steak or chicken; I never do. You'd think the little so-and-sos would be grateful. It's just not fair.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 30 May 18 - 10:32 AM

Yes, heís a lovely cat and one who, if/when things get more settled would make a good pet here. Pip tells me heís my cat. (As indicated beforeÖ) I donít know yet but, if he does stay, I suspect it would end up that way in terms of a main association (Mewan by contrast was very much Pipís cat although she was good friends with the 3 of us here).

Still, Iíve ordered a scanner today -at around £50, it seems worth it in case we get any other passers by too. Not sure at the moment Iíd want to know heís on a missing list but still feel I ought to check and can do it this way without a vetís trip.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 30 May 18 - 09:22 AM

What lovely markings Jon! Especially his head - beautiful!
It does indeed look as if the fur nearer his rear end is dead stuff, and will be shed in due course.
His tail is so thick and bushy, he's a really bonny cat isn't he?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 30 May 18 - 08:57 AM

Here's a recent picture. He no longer looks the long haired cat. I don't know whether he grows a thick winter coat or whether much of his long hair was old fur? I think his head looks more "tom cat" now he's lost a lot of fluff.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 28 May 18 - 01:04 PM

Thanks Sen.

I still donít have your optimism about our long term future ask he can leave us guessing but weíll keep trying. I donít think we are being specially kind and patient and some efforts are perhaps motivated by liking him around, although I think Pip in particular has always been a would be helper of waifs and straysÖ

I guess a few mixed feelings from her side at the moment, coming off the back of Mewanís departure but she likes him.

Heís certainly getting well fed and I think (canít remember if I mentioned it before), the worming powder I gave him a week or so back may have had some effect on the nutrients heís getting inside himself.

As well as the fur, we still, also aim to get the vet to give him a look over once we feel he would take the cat box and trip to/from Cromer but he seems pretty OK, and hoping to reach a more consistent point of trust and stability is the priority. I thinkÖ You just try your best...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 28 May 18 - 12:27 PM

Well Jon, things have certainly progressed with Furball haven't they?!
It's lovely that he lets you pick him up, and that he's getting into a routine where comes in at 6am and eats then has a sleep etc.
How kind and patient you and Pip are! Honestly, in a few weeks he'll be almost completely 'civilised'.
Fur coming out means that he's nourished and new fur is re-growing under the old, making the old stuff shed.
I felt quite choked up reading your latest bulletin. That is one very lucky cat!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 28 May 18 - 06:08 AM

And another change with Furball although this has been mixed with at least one absence of over a day. He has taken to letting himself in at about 6am, finishing any left overs and then sleeping until someone gets up to give him his proper breakfast. He will then sleep that off before making his moves for the day.

I wish he could be persuaded to use a chair and heís using the most awkward spots, one in the corridor and one in the living room that both ensure we have to step very carefully round him but that may come. As it is, I can lift him on to a chair (yes, he will take that from me now but will struggle if I hold him for more than a couple of seconds) but heís soon back on the floor.

Heís deposited some huge clumps of fur around and looks a lot better. Taking him in for a proper grooming and getting him used to brushing are still on the cards as/if/when we feel the times are right but I think itís good heís managing a lot himself.

Still early days with him and he remains a cat can leave us wondering where we really are with him. One spell, we can think that he really is going to become a settler here and another where you wonder if you will see him again so I guess whatever happens still has to be at his own pace.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 22 May 18 - 12:48 PM

Furball can be very affectionate at times and does give the impression of having once being well loved. But, as things stand, I think Charmion would be right that things are on his terms and that he is (and, OK all cats are to some degree) quite manipulative.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 22 May 18 - 12:01 PM

Ah, our next-door-neighbours' lovely cat Alfie is like that Jon. He's a long-haired ginger chap (cat, not neighbour!) and if I'm on my famous bench, he'll appear from nowhere, crash against my legs in greeting without even looking at me and saunter off to sit quite far away. It's as if he's saying, "Oh. Hi. But don't stroke me." He's even like that with his owners.

Ours are so touchy-feely, they wind themselves around us, rub their little faces against ours, jump on our laps and poke us on the nose with their little paws, making all kinds of chirpy cat talk. We're always covered in cat hairs from head to toe. My poor husband's cleaner's uniform is black, and he's forever wielding the sticky roller to try and make himself presentable for work!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 22 May 18 - 11:30 AM

I haven't got that far yet Charmion but do confess to going back to the house to get him something on more than one occasion.

Your assessment sounds right...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 22 May 18 - 11:22 AM

Furball is training you, Jon Freeman. I bet you already put a cat treat in your pocket before going out into the field round the back. Furball's objective is to extract maximum gain from his relationship with you, without ceding any more of his independence than is absolutely necessary.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 22 May 18 - 11:16 AM

Since Sunday when he was out there from about 11am to 6pm, Furball has taken to joining us when we are out in the field/garden round the back. He will meow to make his presence known and will accept a treat if you have one on you but he doesnít want fussing. Heís just picking spots say 10-20 yards away to relax in.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 21 May 18 - 11:24 AM

Ottawa's Lower Town, where we lived at the time, had plenty of outdoor nooks and crannies where small predators such as pussycats can hole up and keep warm. The typical Ontario back porch, for example, has a lattice skirting that is easily broken to gain access to the sheltered space under the floorboards.

Bill had a circuit of feeding stations -- households where he could count on the kindness of strangers -- and I often wondered why he picked us to move in with. A Russian family who lived in a row-house across the street would put out chopped chicken for him in a little dish at the entrance to their carport, and their Hungarian neighbours provided kibble and water in a sheltered spot on their deck. I saw Bill frequently over that winter, usually nipping across the street in the pre-dawn gloom to check out the latest offerings. He was a large cat, mostly white with big tabby patches, and he looked quite odd against the snow.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 May 18 - 01:12 PM

I still wonder what happened to Steve Shaw
and the cat that was out in the winter elements.


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