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Cats in Charge

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Well...talk about being in charge. Tschen-Fu DRAGGED my little fish tank out of its niche...when I got home I found it knocked down on its side, empty and just the dried off head of my little fish remained on the floor. He ate it. :angry2:

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One of the unpleasant aspects of domestic cat owning is that they were bred to kill "pests" and so will do it solely "because it's there" as George Mallory would have said if he were a cat eyeing a particularly tempting bonne bouche.

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That reminds me of a story I once read.

One afternoon there was a married couple physically renewing their sacred vows. Afterwards the wife went downstairs to prepare something to eat while the husband laid naked in bed, blissfully sleeping, recovering of his Homeric efforts.

They had a cat. Curious and prone to hunting -like all of their ilk- he entered the bedroom and saw something twitching near the belly of the man. Naturally, he pounced.

Later, the wife recalled hearing a shout of pain from her husband, a loud, outraged meeow, and some extremely colorful use of English.

She also recalls the sight of her baseball bat wielding husband, naked like a athlete of Classical Greece, furiously pursuing with murderous intent the furry member of the family.

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We recently adopted a white deaf boy cat. He is the curious one who knocks over things and goes into places he's not supposed to. He also likes to leave a brown surprise in our downstairs sink every morning. Our vet thinks he wasn't properly tought by his mom how to use the litter box. So, guess who gets to be his cat mommy and teach him!

My neigbors also had a cat who was white and deaf, not uncommon apparently. I used to catsit when his owners were away. I would escort him outdoors for a little air, but he couldn't stay out long unattended not being able to hear anything. He was a doll and I used to talk to him a lot anyway.

Later, the wife recalled hearing a shout of pain from her husband, a loud, outraged meeow, and some extremely colorful use of English.

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Mme. Hermine mentioned on another thread that it’s Shelley’s birthday today, and while browsing for goodies about the poet I ran across this:

Verses On a Cat

Shelley also apparently once said:

When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.

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Today I picked a sweet girl from my condo parking lot. I've been feeding her for a month now, but I just couldn't see her there, with all this rain any longer...She's so quiet and sweet, and I'm trying to figure out what to do next. Tshen-Fu is not very happy about it. He feels like his privacy has been invaded... :dunno:

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When I introduced Toby to the household, my senior cat spat and stopped talking to me for a week. (That sounds like anthropomorphizing, but I mean it quite literally.) They get along much better now than in the beginning, but it was hard going there for awhile.

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I grew up in suburban New Jersey with a dog. When I was 11, my best friend's cat had a litter, and I adopted one of the kittens. From the moment 8-week-old Jungle entered our home, Pebbles, the Dalmatian, became the kitten's surrogate mom.

One day, when Jungle (by then a mature cat) was outdoors, a neighbor's dog came to our yard and started harassing her. Pebbles tried to intervene, to little effect. Jungle then stepped between the two dogs, arched her back and hissed ferociously. The visitor ran back towards his own yard in a flash. It was as though the cat were telling her mom, "I can take damn good care of myself!"

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It's been almost a year now since we brought Leo the stray deaf cat into the fold and it's still a struggle at times, although much better than it used to be.

The main problem is between Frisky, the only girl and Leo. Frisky was the only one of our three cats that I got when she was still a kitten. So she is my spoiled little princess (I need therapy! :smilie_mondieu: ). She looks down her bewhiskered nose at Leo as if he were some stinky bedraggled peasant who dared to invade her royal space.

Sebastion is my sweet big himbo cat. He's the alpha male and takes his duties as such very seriously. When Frisky and Leo are badgering each other he literally steps in to break it up.

I don't think Sebastion got much physical attention from humans much when he was growing up. He loves to be near me constantly and demands much petting and kisses, but only if no one else is watching. He'll look up and make sure he isn't being watched by any cat or human eyes as he gets his loving attention. It's really very sweet.

Good on you Cubanmiamiboy for bringing in the stray. If you decide to keep her I advise getting another litter box. Also, keep her isolated from the other cat for a few days. Perhaps in bedroom with the door closed. Let Tshen-Fu get used to her presence and smell slowly.

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Good on you Cubanmiamiboy for bringing in the stray. If you decide to keep her I advise getting another litter box. Also, keep her isolated from the other cat for a few days. Perhaps in bedroom with the door closed. Let Tshen-Fu get used to her presence and smell slowly.

Thanks, Perky, for the advice. As I'm writing, Tshen-Fu keeps trying to get Sylvia's-(temp name)-attention. He's the sweetest guy, all joy and humor, and all he wants to do is play, play play. Now, she seems pretty antisocial, and just seats all day long with a very serious long face, without paying ANY attention to him. When he tries to get closer-(rolling on the floor, moving his tail and doing all kinds of tricks for her to like him)-all she does is to look at him, hisses and does the same noises as the girl from "The Exorcist", to which he backs up pretty scared. Sylvia doesnt' like poor Tshen-Fu... :(

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Update on Tschen-Fu. Sylvia never got along with him, so she ended up joining my mom's household, where her other female seems to be getting in better terms with her. Now...my own household has currently increased, with the addition of a little guy that followed me all the way home the other night , even crossing heavy traffic streets..(how could I have resisted... :wub: ). Now Tschen-Fu has a companion...his name is Benno. :D

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CATcerto. ENTIRE PERFORMANCE. Mindaugas Piecaitis. Soloist is Nora The Piano Cat

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CATcerto. ENTIRE PERFORMANCE. Mindaugas Piecaitis. Soloist is Nora The Piano Cat

I got a huge chuckle out of this. It works amazingly well. I'm guessing that Nora responds to hand gestures. At one point you see a human hand in the corner of the screen opening and closing. Nora may be prompted by that.

She also seems to have a little performance anxieties with the other cats milling around on the floor.

I'm out of practice seeing a cat playing. My guy is currently 18. He's still very sweet and good natured (except with the dog) but he doesn't play anymore. He basically just eats and sleeps and purrs when he gets attention. But he hasn't done any playing in a while.

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A marvelous video. Thanks, innopac. The music is quite charming,and the cat's gesture of rubbing her check against the keys reminds me of something I actually think I saw a human pianist do at an avant-garde recital in NYC long ago.

Richard, I didn't know that this is something certain cats actually do. I'm sure you miss the music, but it sounds as though your cat is enjoying his retirement.

I am not a YouTube follower, so I was astonished to see that some of the cat videos have upwards of 18 million hits. There's a captivating one of two cats talking to one another. (It's on the same page as the video innopac linked to.) There are just the cats -- with no human interventions. Our own cat, a new adoptee, the sweet and sociable Anya, was fascinated. Alas, unlike Nora, Anya does not appear to be musical. The haunting CATcerto made no impression on her. Nor does the sound of our piano.

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CATcerto. ENTIRE PERFORMANCE. Mindaugas Piecaitis. Soloist is Nora The Piano Cat

He,he,he... :P

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