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Cats in Charge


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#46 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 08:41 AM

Dogs depend on humans for much more than cats do. I can't imagine anyone ever writing a book called "The Cat Who Loved too Much."


One of my neighbors' cats was stalking me for quite a while, culminating in him planting himself on the garage door overhang which looked directly into my bathroom. It was quite unnerving to wake up and find Crazy Stalker Cat watching me brush my teeth in the morning. :huh:

Thankfully, he gave up his most stalkery behavior after a few months.

Elvis has lost a step in the last year, so he's had to give up entertaining himself by beating up the other neighborhood animals. I did catch him taking a swipe at Crazy Stalker Cat last week, though, so no doubt that Elvis still wants him to know who's the boss in this corner of the neighborhood.


My faucet-drinking ex-street cat is also very territorial. He claimed squatter's rights himself but doesn't want anyone else taking advantage, apparently.


Well...talk about being territorial. Tschen-Fu's favorite spot is the whole length of the curtain that covers my entire bed, hanging from a stick in the ceiling. He takes enormous pleasure at jumping like a maniac in the morning trying to get to the top. Finally he succeeded and placed himself up there...just for a few seconds before the whole thing-(barre and everything)-detached completely and fall on top of my head...himself hanging and screaming too...
Oh...was I upset... :angry2:

#47 diane

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 01:24 AM

I thought you might like this one, as it also shows a cat who is at least trying to be in charge of when her person wakes up:



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ps: mods, please remove if it is not permitted to post links such as this. :)

#48 leonid17

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Posted 03 July 2010 - 02:07 AM

I thought you might like this one, as it also shows a cat who is at least trying to be in charge of when her person wakes up:



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ps: mods, please remove if it is not permitted to post links such as this. :)


As a sometimes light sleeper, I thank God my Katya only chooses two positions to sleep on my bed. One at my feet which she has attacked on occasion when I have moved and secondly between my body and my arm.

I shall not let her see this video as it may stimulate her to seek as much attention during the night as the cat portrayed appears to seek.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 09:28 PM


My tomcat (well, ex-tomcat, but he refuses to accept the change in his, uh, condition, continuing to get into fights and chase girls) also sleeps at my feet on occasion, but he won't cuddle and often won't sleep on the bed. But he's always nearby. The other night he did what I'll call a Tschen-Fu and clambered atop the bookcase, spreading out comfortably across the top of the books and knocking several over in the process. In the morning he descended gracefully from case to desk to floor, knocking over more books and sundry items in the process and waking me up two hours early. Balanchine always praised the grace and jumping ability of our feline friends, but he never met Toby. Well, he is a book lover, after a fashion.

Thanks for the clip, diane. We're allowing lots of latitude on this thread. :)



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Posted 28 July 2010 - 05:02 AM

My "reformed" tomcat also would've made Balanchine reconsider his beliefs about cats. What a clumsy boy. He misses the bathroom countertop when he jumps up to supervise my teeth-brushing, he ran into our glass sliding door, which unfortunately was closed at the time, he rolls off the stairs while doing stair watch duty. But, he is a sweet boy who sleeps next to my head all night. This also means he takes his bath right in my EAR! Ugg! :smilie_mondieu:

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!

We also have a girl who looks part Maine Coon. This is the only one we had as a kitten, so she considers herself the baby and expects all the rewards and accolades that come with that position.

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 08:15 AM

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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Posted 29 July 2010 - 05:24 AM

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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Posted 29 July 2010 - 01:27 PM

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.

#54 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 29 July 2010 - 01:30 PM

:rofl:

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 05:25 AM

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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Posted 04 August 2010 - 11:46 AM

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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Posted 30 August 2010 - 06:00 PM

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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Posted 30 August 2010 - 08:42 PM

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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Posted 01 September 2010 - 12:58 PM

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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Posted 02 September 2010 - 04:45 AM

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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