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How many Mudcats have cats!?

12 Aug 00 - 08:40 PM (#276535)
Subject: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

This is a bit of a silly thread but I was just wondering how many Mudcats have felines! Let me start you off with 22 little horrors at rthe last count!


12 Aug 00 - 08:44 PM (#276538)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

I wasn't joking!!!


12 Aug 00 - 08:44 PM (#276539)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Lepus Rex

I've got two cats of my own, three if you count the one my ex-girlfriend has. (Joint-custody type thing...) Lemmy, Eddie, and Gollum.

---Lepus Rex


12 Aug 00 - 08:52 PM (#276547)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mbo

I have one, a calico named Boo! She's the cutest kitty cat in the world, NOT Nermal! She was a stray that started pestering me and my Dad when we were roofing a shed we built back in '96, after Hurricane Fran trashed our aluminum one. Now 4 years later she's living the good life, eats more times a day than she should, weighs 17 pounds, and looooooves to be hugged! (yeah right!)

--Matt


12 Aug 00 - 08:53 PM (#276548)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

Thanks Lepus. I wasn't sure if anyone would answer! Ours are Weatherwax (Waxy), Grebo, Needsa, Noway, Samantha, Koshka, Nadia, Gromit, Scrap, Cattoo, Boycat, Paws and 10 kittens who haven't got names cos they need their own humans!


12 Aug 00 - 08:54 PM (#276549)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

Mbo, your mouser sounds soooo cute!


12 Aug 00 - 09:00 PM (#276556)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mbo

Hee hee! If you go to my digital collage on my art page, art page, here you can see Boo sitting on the shelf on the left hand side.

--Matt


12 Aug 00 - 09:05 PM (#276563)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: McGrath of Harlow

Here's Joshua, youngest in the family.


12 Aug 00 - 09:08 PM (#276567)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Uh, Mbo, is that Brother Cadfael on the floor in your collage??


12 Aug 00 - 09:13 PM (#276573)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Margaret V

Mbo, your Boo looks and sounds like my Madeline, a calico who has extra toes, is nasty to all intruders (read: friends), likes to eat photographs and certain paperbacks (I often call her BADeline), and must eat four small snacks a day or else she'll just puke if you try to give it to her all at once (entirely non-self-regulating). She must weigh about 14 pounds. . . Margaret


12 Aug 00 - 09:14 PM (#276574)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mbo

Yep, Dubblell! Cadfael on the floor, me on the chair with the guitar, Jeff Lynne (of ELO) in the middle, J.R.R. Tolkien by the fire, Boo on the shelf, and Dougie MacLean in the mirror.


12 Aug 00 - 09:19 PM (#276577)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: death by whisky

2. Dont ask me about breeds,they're cats ,live outside and earn their keep.


12 Aug 00 - 09:51 PM (#276587)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: rangeroger

One, Shredder, by name and temperment.

Just after I had moved into my house in Oct.'95, I was working in the garage on a cold and rainy day. Two little girls came up with a soaked bedraggled ball of fur and asked if it was my kitten. I said no it isn't and they said it was on my front porch.So he ended up staying and bonding with me through the winter.

Got his name from flaying the skin off my hands while "playing" and from what he would do to the newspapers as I finished reading them.
Now weighs about 14 pounds and hates it when I put him in jail twice a year while I go off to my music festival.

rr


12 Aug 00 - 09:58 PM (#276588)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Joe Offer

Well, Joe Offer has no cats. However, at any given time, I can find at least five semi-feral cats in my yard or on my roof. I live in a duplex, and the guy next door feeds all the cats in the neighborhood. I like cats just fine, but having so many around makes me a little nervous. Besides, some of them don't look too healthy, and they're constantly killing birds and snakes and lizards and other little things. Sometimes I think I need a coyote to balance things out a bit.
-Joe Offer-


12 Aug 00 - 10:18 PM (#276594)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: celticblues5

One grey & white shorthair, Guess (you can imagine who named her - name-brand-crazed children). Her father, a grey & white longhair, Tiger, just died a few months ago - at about 15 years & a pound-plus for each year. One temporary cat-in-residence: mush-faced, long-grey-haired Suzanne, who might weigh 3 pounds, fully clothed.


12 Aug 00 - 11:03 PM (#276608)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

Thanks to everyone who's answered so far. Keep it up!!


12 Aug 00 - 11:04 PM (#276610)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: campfire

Two cats live in this house.

One is a large black one named "Bones" - because most of his were broken when he was hit by a car (before I got him!) Some kind-hearted person found him on the road and got him to an even kinder-hearted veterinarian, who treated him for months, knowing nobody was ever going to pay the bills. When he was almost better (after 2 months in more-or-less a body cast) I somehow ended up with him.

The other is an even larger (close to twenty pounds!) orange tabby that happened along to the same vet clinic while Bones was still in their care. He was also hit by a car, but not hurt badly. The clinic named him "Pumpkin", but I refused to live with a cat named Pumpkin, so we settled on "Jack" - as in "O-Lantern".

They've been ruling the house for the last six years. Being orange and black, they're all I need for Halloween decorations. And they make the dogs behave while I'm gone - even the 120 pound Lab/Dane.

Someone once said cats own the houses; the people just make the mortgage payments.

campfire


12 Aug 00 - 11:09 PM (#276612)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: balladeer

Two middle-aged dears, brother and sister, devoted to each other and very loving toward the rest of our family. They were raised by a lady in a wheelchair who died five years ago, at which point I was persuaded to abandon my 'no pets' philosophy. I regret only mildly that everything I own and breathe is now filled with fur. They get quite annoyed if I stay on my feet too long, as they are used to having a lap available at all times.


12 Aug 00 - 11:11 PM (#276614)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

Yeah, that's the problem with cats. You don't own them, they own you :-)) !


12 Aug 00 - 11:13 PM (#276616)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: campfire

I guess I don't see that as a problem. :-) It would be nice if they'd do the dishes once in a while, though.

campfire


12 Aug 00 - 11:19 PM (#276617)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

Yeah,right,campfire! Chance'd be a fine thing! I could do with getteing 'em to clean their own cat boxes!!!


12 Aug 00 - 11:24 PM (#276619)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: campfire

You know, they sell a "self-cleaning cat box". Costs about $100 and it rotates a few minutes after the cat leaves, leaving the clumps in a basket. You still have to empty the basket, tho. Not worth my hundred bucks.

campfire


12 Aug 00 - 11:28 PM (#276622)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

Isn't that the same as £50?


12 Aug 00 - 11:32 PM (#276625)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: campfire

I honestly don't know the exchange rate.


12 Aug 00 - 11:33 PM (#276629)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

Oh, sorry!


12 Aug 00 - 11:38 PM (#276633)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: DougR

I had two: Sam, age 18 and Sheba, 19. They, like me, were getting older, and both contracted something, I know not what, so I had, within a three months time interval, have them put to sleep. I loved them dearly, but I decided that I will not have another pet. Too hard when you lose them. I lost a wife, and two wonderful companions within a twelve month period. Too much.

DougR


12 Aug 00 - 11:41 PM (#276636)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

I'm sorry about that Doug.


12 Aug 00 - 11:41 PM (#276637)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: campfire

I'm so sorry, DougR. I've had many cats (and dogs) through the years, and each time, saying "goodbye" is certainly no easier.

campfire


12 Aug 00 - 11:43 PM (#276639)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139


12 Aug 00 - 11:46 PM (#276642)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

I don't know why that last thing came in! ie the blank message from me!


12 Aug 00 - 11:54 PM (#276647)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: MAG (inactive)

Current residents: Mama Cat, Pussy Willow Gremlin, and Junior (because she looks like her mother, or did until she got enormous. Now I just call her Animal.)


12 Aug 00 - 11:55 PM (#276649)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bernard

The house I'm allowed to live in belongs to a 14 month old tortoishell called Moggins. She lets me live here in exchange for food - quite a civilized arrangement.

She's never lived anywhere else - her mother was one of my daughter's cats, but they all moved out last November.

My baby deserted me! And she's only 23! Still, I'm going to be a grandad in March...


13 Aug 00 - 12:01 AM (#276653)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Sorcha

Good bye never gets easier, no matter how many legs they have or don't have. I will not stop having friends or pets just because they die. We currently have 4--Amos Moses (M'Bro)all black, well he used to be, grey now and just a little sloooow. Gretchen the Spook Cat from Hell with xtra toes, a tuxedo and an ATTITUDE! Yentl, because she is such a yentl, and Millie, the paranoid schizo that lives upstairs in her own bedroom. Yentl is a mackeral tabby, and Millie is a Holstien Cat.


13 Aug 00 - 12:02 AM (#276654)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mbo

Ha ha! We always say that, Fiyuhcat! "Who's turn is it to clean the cat box?" and the response is "It's Boo's turn!"


13 Aug 00 - 12:10 AM (#276662)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: ol'troll

We have two.Smokey,a football-shaped grey is partial to my Wife.(He will have nothing to do with me except at mealtime). Orry, a yellow Manx, is mine;at least mine is the lap he can most often be found on and I am the one he bites (yes, BITES) the least.He doesn't like to be messed with. I'm the only one who dares try to pet him if he hasn't indicated-via head butts-that he wants attention. Both are quite vocal and will not use the cat door if there is a human around to open the regular one.

They both sleep on the foot of the bed. Wife and I sort of scrunch together in the middle.

troll


13 Aug 00 - 12:19 AM (#276666)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: campfire

ol'troll, you're lucky they sleep at the foot! Bones insists on being between my ankles - no matter what position I'm in. And Jack sprawls in the middle (top-to-bottom-wise) of the other side of the bed.

Of course the foot of the other side is taken up by the elderly Bassett hound that started living with us a year ago. Fortunately, the Lab/Dane prefers to sleep in the living room, but if he's feeling lonely, he's in there, too. He's about the same size as my ex-husband, but I think he takes up more room.

Anybody wonder why I'm on the computer instead of in bed? ;-) THERE'S NO ROOM!!!!

campfire


13 Aug 00 - 12:30 AM (#276680)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Sorcha

OOOOOhhhh, OOOOh LOL!! kat sent me this cartoon last week:
dark bedroom with 2 two leggeds and (1? only 1?) cat on the bed, caption said---"It's 3AM, you may pet me now". I told her didn't remind me of anybody I know, there were not enough critters on the bed........What are we, Saps, or what? My bed usually contains 2 corgis, 2 or 3 cats, 1 husband sometimes, and, if there is room, me........

kat/katlaughing has at least 4, Wincing Devil has Sphinxes, LOTS of us are owned by cats. Thank Gods it is not catFISH---I draw the line at fish in my bed.


13 Aug 00 - 02:08 AM (#276705)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: katlaughing

bIt more than that, Sorcha, let's see there's...in order of age, Heyokah-my Siamese male loves only ME; Kelpie - solid tube of black shot through with brilliant gold who will bite if you look at her wrong..she's like a small tank...solid; The Beige Brothers: Charlee and Kazell, who are, well...beige and identical except the rings on their tails start out opposite in colours; Ms. Lovee, a snowshoe Siamese, whose picture may be seen by clicking here; and, then there is baby Trystan, who is sitting on my lap telling me to stop typing and go to bed. He is on my head in my photo on the Mudcat Resources page, but he is a LOT bigger now! More later, as I really AM being sent to bed!**BG**

kat


13 Aug 00 - 03:07 AM (#276727)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Chanteyranger

We're not allowed to keep cats in our building but some tenants have crabs (hyuck, hyuck).


13 Aug 00 - 04:40 AM (#276740)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Auxiris

our household is owned by two felines, Astor who is a 5 year old red tabby and Bauxita la gata y Velcro, who is just over a year old and ginger and white.

cheers,

Aux


13 Aug 00 - 04:43 AM (#276741)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Amergin

I got five cats (at least I remember five, may have lost count)....and that's not including the four dogs and three birds...

Amergin


13 Aug 00 - 05:14 AM (#276747)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: bill\sables

When my dog died the children bought my wife, Lorna, two kittens they are about 3 months old now and get into everything they shouldn't. They are called Phoebie and Jasper butI just call them The Kittens From HELL


13 Aug 00 - 06:30 AM (#276752)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Quincy

I've one big fat white and black cat called Jessie.....he lies on his back in the garden and talks to the birds!
The scary thing is...they talk back to him! They're probably telling him off but he's too busy rolling over and over.

He's lovely, although waking up with his nose in my ear isn't the most pleasant of feelings!
Wouldn't be without him though.

best wishes, Yvonne


13 Aug 00 - 08:57 AM (#276785)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Liz the Squeak

I had two until last month, when one, the originator of the Cat Farts thread, went to the litter tray in the sky with FiV. SO doesn't know it yet, but I'm getting another one for my birthday next month......

Still have my Shadow, 40,000 fleas and at least 3 'visitors'. The little area we live in has about 10 cats that frequent the roof of the shed next door, and two that have ruined my roses by sleeping on them....

LTS


13 Aug 00 - 09:17 AM (#276796)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Naemanson

My white cat came to me through the good offices of my SO who found her, a bedraggled, fleabitten and very sick kitten, under her car in the church parking lot. She took her to the vets and then brought her home. The SO named her Unity but since then the cat has accumulated a series of names including Ratbrat, White Cat, Destructo the White Tornado, and SSSSSS! (That's a hiss) I don't think she's ever heard the name Unity except at the vet's. Her most common name is White Cat.

When my SO decided last February that it was time to go off with someone else she left the White Cat behind. The Ratbrat was my buddy through some pretty tough months. Now that I'm back in that same boat I am depending on her again. And she's coming through with flying colors.

She is full of energy and runs through the house when I get home, racing from room to room. She loves to play with string and toys but only tolerates being petted by me. She will not sit with or on anyone but she stays in the room with you because she doesn't like to be left alone.


13 Aug 00 - 09:32 AM (#276800)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bud Savoie

For the first time in nearly 30 years, we don't have a cat in the house. However, we have three cats and two kittens in the barn keeping the vermin at bay. I lost three cats to cars last year. You can't keep barn cats penned up or they won't be able to do their job. I just wish people would drive more sensibly.


13 Aug 00 - 10:20 AM (#276819)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

I agree, Bud. When I came back from warwick Festival, I discovered that one of our black & white moggies, Tash, had been squidged. I cried quite a bit, even to the extent of playing Stephen Gately's version of Bright Eyes, even though that was about bunnies!


13 Aug 00 - 01:19 PM (#276927)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Morticia

I am owned by two at the moment......Puddy, and her son Pie......Puddy is tortoishell and getting up there in cat years....eccentric and crotchety ( I swear she'd wear purple if she could) and Pie is a huge ginger thug who requires an inordinate amount of both food and attention at all times of the day and night.
We are thinking very seriously about acquiring a kitten as we aren't too sure we'll have Puddy much longer and don't want Pie to be lonely.......so if anyone in the Hampshire/Surrey area knows of any kittens, please let me know.


13 Aug 00 - 01:23 PM (#276930)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

If anyone in the Doncaster, South Yorkshire wants mini mousers, we have FIVE looking for homes in the next week or so and another five which will be hoo-ming hunting in about 6 weeks


13 Aug 00 - 03:39 PM (#277005)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Diva

I have a lovely grey and white cat called Molly. I had to go to Dublin to get her as she was living with Nynia who,having named her Major found she was really Majorette when she produced a litter. Oh well. She's been here a week now and is settling in just fine. As I type she is shredding paper that was placed beneath the litter tray. Well a girl's got to have a hobby.


13 Aug 00 - 03:43 PM (#277008)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Seamus Kennedy

Cat, the other white meat! All the best. Seamus


13 Aug 00 - 03:58 PM (#277014)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: SINSULL

Homey Darlin', rescued from the garden as a tiny kitten, weighs in a 27#. He is a huge cat but a lamb. People who see him for the first time are terrified and usually ask "Does he bite?" He has huge eyes which either frighten or annoy people - he stares and an abnormally long tail. He suffers from depression and at times has to be hand fed. The vet asks "How do you put up with him?" He's my baby.

Ed the Runt. Small but feisty and fat. He is a tuxedo cat who looks like the day after a raucous wedding. His tuxedo is askew. He refuses to use the catbox and occasionally pees on guests if he doesn't like them.

Lizzie, atiny white kitten with two egg shaped black spots who was rescued from La Guardia airport on a rainy night when she ran under a cab. The driver wasn't sure what he had seen, pulled her out from under the car, and brought her to me at work. She is "dumber than a doorknob", has been rescued by the super several times when she accidentally closes the window behind her and gets stuck between the screen and the window.She was completely silent for two months until one day I heard her screaming and came on the run expecting the worse. She was sitting under a dresser, facing the corner of the room and crying. No reason. She amuses herself that way.

I am down from six. Old age and cancer took three over the past two years. My vet knows to call me with adult cats. Thay live out their last years in luxury, spoiled and cherished. I should be so lucky.


13 Aug 00 - 06:06 PM (#277055)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Susanne (skw)

Sounds like the Mudcat is a veritable cat paradise! I share my flat with Fluff (or Fussel, in German) - black, with a white belly and some white tips - paws, nose, tail - and a huge ego. He came to me as a 7-week-old kitten because someone else was allergic to cats. Luckily, he can go on the prowl without much danger of him turning into 'Nobody's Moggy'. I only hope he never goes too near the motorway ... (which is a good way off). I'm trying to get him to pose for a photo of both of us for the Mudcat collection.
Up till 3 1/2 years ago I had Puss, a huge tabby who developed diabetes when he was eight. Between us, we kept him alive for five and a half years. He was a great fighter (and I don't mean other cats!), and very independent - not the cuddly sort at all. He'll always be 'my' cat.
Lovely non-musical thread. Thanks for starting it, Firecat!- Susanne


13 Aug 00 - 07:09 PM (#277077)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Hotspur, the First Cat of the family, is 7 years old, a white and tawny tabby. He prowls around the yard but never leaves it. He deposits the occasional mole in the driveway, just for us.
Ophelia the Permanent Kitten, a diminutive black long-haired sweetie came 2 years ago to replace George the Invisible Cat who disappeared at a time a fisher-cat (not a cat- more like a giant weasel) had been seen in our woods. My kids don't want to risk the same fate with Ophie, so she's an indoors cat- but she sits in the window and wishes, sometimes.


13 Aug 00 - 07:21 PM (#277081)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Sorcha

Sinsull, sounds like your Honey could have some Maine CoonCat blood in him, and perhaps your Lizzie and my Millie are soul sisters----she does weird things like that. And Seamus, I actually did eat some cat meat once--puma/cougar/panther, what ever you call it. Wasn't bad.


13 Aug 00 - 07:33 PM (#277083)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Helen

We have 2 feline overseers here. One is mine, well, I am her foster-human, and the other is my hubby's. After nearly a year of married life our 2 cats are finally able to be in the same room together and sometimes on the same couch as long as there is a lap under each of them.

Mine is a blimpy ginger short-hair female, about 12 years old and his is a tabby shorthair female, very tiny for her 14 years.

I decided years ago that any boyfriend/partner I had would have to be a cat person or it just wasn't going to work out. Hubby is totally devoted to his cats, past and present, so I've done good.

Helen


13 Aug 00 - 08:19 PM (#277104)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: bet

I have one fierce, bird catching cat. She's very snuggly at night but in the day watch out birds. I've scolled, squirted water and kept her inside and she still brings me one now and again. Yesterday she managed to catch up with a humming bird. I HATE THAT! but love her. bet


13 Aug 00 - 08:43 PM (#277124)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: jeffp

Bibi, a ~2-year-old gray tabby, very loving on her own terms, but also a classic b*tch, also on her own terms.

Rua, Bibi's brother, orange tabby, slightly chubby. He seems to think he's a dog. He answers to door to see who's there and loves his belly rubs.

Also 2 kittens, as yet unnamed, belonging to my daughter.

It's a fun house.


13 Aug 00 - 08:44 PM (#277127)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Malcolm Douglas

Just the one cat, now, Emer, who's 8, and has only one fang, which she still manages to assassinate small creatures with.  Oscar the Cat (a year younger) finally picked a fight he couldn't win -with a car- and died a few weeks ago on the street where he was born.  He was well-known round here as friendly but dangerous (the vet certainly never took any chances!), and is much missed.  He hated violins, but nobody's perfect.

Malcolm


14 Aug 00 - 08:07 AM (#277330)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

It's alright Susanne. Glad you like it, and I honestly didn't realise so many Mudcats had cats!


14 Aug 00 - 08:16 AM (#277331)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: jeffp

I forgot to mention the spirit of Bob, who died suddenly from a congenital heart ailment in the spring, but seems to live on in Rua and Bibi. They've both taken on aspects of his personality.

jeffp


14 Aug 00 - 08:21 AM (#277336)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

Yeah, i can relate to that to that jeffp. Since Tash was deaded by a car, Scrap and cattoo have been acting like him, and Boycat decided to "help" by jumping up on the side. To date, he's smashed three plates, a Pyrex bowl and a cup!


14 Aug 00 - 09:05 AM (#277354)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Llanfair

Polly, the tabby, who lives up the garden with the chickens,mostly. Bramble, the pet-shop cat, black, sickly, demanding, with very dubious mental health. Both are 11 years old, and the parents of Towser, a fat tortoiseshell(sp?)who just eats and sleeps. They all have alarm clocks set at 8am and 3pm when food is demanded. Bramble has just demanded food at 12 noon, so I suspect Jim has been slipping him the odd snack whilst I was away.
The dogs chase any cat that moves too fast, so they all walk REALLY slowly in the house.
Bron.


14 Aug 00 - 09:11 AM (#277357)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

Thanks Llanfair! Our cats have more or less established that THEY are the boss aa far as the dog next door is concerned!


14 Aug 00 - 09:46 AM (#277363)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST

Everyone in my family has at least one feline sharing their abode. Sometimes it feels as if cats own you, but they really just allow you to share a place...as long as you pay the rent or the mortgate. Unlike dogs, they are not out to please anyone but themselves, and living with you is something they choose to do, or not.

I have one feline roommate at the moment. Grania is a combo Egyptian Mau and Domestic Shorthair. She is 3 1/2 years old and fairly large. Besides her own food and treats, she loves certain types of fruit...nectarines, pears, apples...and bananas are her favorite. She's very loving to me, but is extremely shy of other humans and animals. Grania seems to have definite interior decoration tastes. Usually in the middle of the night, she begins to jump up, trying to grab posters and pictures off the wall. Believe me, the sound of her claws scraping down the walls at 3:00 AM is NOT a pleasant way to be roused from sleep. Guess she could tell you about some pretty peculiar traits of mine too...

I live in the country, and across the road are several of what look like 6-month old kittens. They are all adorable, but for the most part, they won't come near you. One of the nearby neighbors feeds them. I'd love to take in one or two, but I doubt that Grania would approve.


14 Aug 00 - 09:51 AM (#277366)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,Shanti

OOPS!!! That last "GUEST" entry was mine...forgot to put my name in the "from" box.


14 Aug 00 - 09:56 AM (#277369)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Kim C

I have one kitty, Thumper, who is now 10 years old, and poor thing, nobody loves him, and he never gets anything to eat. NOT! The only way to describe him is, he's taupe. Not brown, not gray, but taupe. Like most kitties he likes to eat and sleep. He graciously tolerates our two medium-to-large dogs and sometimes actually plays with them.

We used to have Buddy, who was a stray that never left. He was a mighty hunter and used to bring us all sorts of surprises. (Thumper, I must say, is a housecat and has always been.) He had been somebody's pet, because he was neutered, and knew how to find all the soft comfy places in the house. Buddy lived with us for about 7 years. Unbeknownst to us, he had a heart condition, which led to a kitty heart attack/stroke, and we had to put him down two years ago. He was a great kitty and we still miss him.


14 Aug 00 - 10:01 AM (#277373)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,Nynia at work.

I've a lovely long haired grey called Tara who like all cats knows that she rules the world. We also have two stray females with us just now Magic & Bramble (Sad-Eyes). Magic is very timid but is just starting to enjoy being patted and tickles. Diva, glad to hear that Major / Molly is settling in, give her a treat from me.


14 Aug 00 - 10:04 AM (#277377)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ella who is Sooze

I have two.

ONe mackeral tabby and white - he's a fat bagpuss type.

Got stuck in next doors cat flap this weekend. We had to squirt his botty with water to get him to move.

He is on a diet but other people feed him too in the street.

Then there is a whipper snapper of a skinny malink. Black and white, death zone cat.

Who has turned our garden into death valley. The Wren may well turn out to be his nemisis and the bell goes on his collar.

He is the naughty one of the two. A real big cheese and local charmer in the neighbourhood.

Though at the moment much of his time is spent tormenting next doors girly cats, and the cows in the fields. As well as any passing dog, that happens to stray into his domain.

He may only be a thin scrawny thing, but coo he's a divil

Oh what can I do about him.

Ella


14 Aug 00 - 10:07 AM (#277379)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Margaret V

Sorry to hear about Oscar, Malcolm. Perhaps he was related to Madeline, who at first tries serious yowling to get me to stop fiddling and then typically hides herself in the closet for the duration. She seems to like the harp, though. Margaret


14 Aug 00 - 10:24 AM (#277389)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GeorgeH

Me, two . .

(always wanted an excuse to post that legitimately . .)

G. (suffering post-Sidmouth withdrawal symptoms . . )


14 Aug 00 - 10:26 AM (#277392)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

Ella, that happened to Needsa on Friday night! I had to give him a good shove! He's now avoiding the cat flap!


14 Aug 00 - 10:37 AM (#277403)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Wincing Devil

As every catowner knows, nobody owns a cat. ;-)

We provide logistic support for 3 Sphynxes, Splotch, Fuzzee, and, as of last week, their momma, Minnie. Sphynx is a virtually hairless breed of cat. I have been a cat person all my life. up to about 10 years ago, we had coated (furry) cats. Our son's allergist said if we didn't get rid of the cats, he'd charge us with child abuse.

We found homes for all 5 of our guys, but my wife had to put up with my whining for over 9 years about not having a cat. One day she looked up "hypoallergenic cat" and came across Sphynxes (spelled with a "y"). The rest is history. We adopted Splotch and Fuzzee in 5/99 and their mother when she was retired from breeding.

Click on the link in my sigblock to see my babies!

Wincing Devil
There is no such thing as an ugly cat. (http://www.ILoveMySphynx.com)


14 Aug 00 - 11:01 AM (#277411)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ella who is Sooze

pudding - one of his many aka's is now going round very embaressed at his ever widening girth.

I am going to post notes through the doors of every house in our street.

A pic of blotchy tom (another aka) with do not feed this cat under it.

Seriously...

Ella


14 Aug 00 - 11:44 AM (#277419)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: SINSULL

Malcolm,
My Fred like your Oscar was such a terror that two vets requested I not return with him. After major surgery requiring two days on an IV at the vets office, he was returned to me within two hours. The staff was terrified of him and the other patients were disturbed. They used to tranquilize him in his carrier just to get him onto the vets table. I could manage him but it seemed to be a matter of honor for the vet to deal with it. Also, I have been told, I could sue for damages if the cat hurt me while in the examining room.
I finally found a vet with a sense of humor and we cared for Fred into old age. He broke hundreds of dollars worth of antique pottery, deliberately kicked an assortment of crystal including a lamp to the floor, left lifelong scars on my arm, but broke my heart when he decided it was time to go. Why am I always attracted to bad boys?


14 Aug 00 - 11:56 AM (#277427)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Metchosin

Mao-Mao adopted us about a year ago.

Unfortunately for her, she has had to go from the exhalted role of a declawed indoor-cat, to that of a lowly barn-cat, due to family allergies and a terrier with first dibs on the house, who would gladly tear her to pieces at the first opportunity.

She still protests her diminished status loudly and often, which in turn, sends the terrier into a frenzy.


14 Aug 00 - 12:50 PM (#277459)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

We once got adopted by a cat which turned out to belong to a person at the end of our road. we also have to put up with a stray ginger tom who seems to find it funny to provide our queens with someone to care for (ie mini mousers!) and the majority of our 11 ginger mousers are descended from him!


14 Aug 00 - 04:38 PM (#277637)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Peg

ooh, how nice to hear about all these kitties!

On The Witches' Voice website (www.witchvox.com) we have a section known as "The Cats of Witchcraft" with many photos of people and their kitties...cat owners are incorrigible it seems when it comes to praising/damning their little darlings/devils...

I have five adults: Ziggy (grey and white tabby who survived being run over and a month of being unable to move his back legs!), Trivia (grey with small peach and white patches, part Siamese, part Russian Blue), her daughter Zeus (all grey; a friend named her unaware of the gender), Zeus' son Stoney (all grey), and Zeus' daughter Blackberry (all grey, whom the vet thought was male for some reason)... and at the moment there are six kittens from two litters: four all grey, two grey with peach and white patches...

if anyone lives near Boston and wants one or knows anyone who does...let me know. Otherwise I usually don't have much trouble finding homes or taking them to a very humane pet shop nearby that helps place them... peg


14 Aug 00 - 06:28 PM (#277718)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Liz the Squeak

My little Ceramen (not celtic, latin. For earwax. Don't ask) used to hang in the cat flap, head in, arse out, waiting for some other cat to come and lick his bum.... He also had a foot fetish and would eat your toes. Shadow is a cat of very little brain, she cannot remember how the catflap works in this house, even though it is identical to the one in the previous house, that she used perfectly happily for 4 years!

LTS


14 Aug 00 - 07:37 PM (#277781)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Helen

I think you 'Cats all need a healthy dose of Paul Gallico's book called The Silent Miaow. I don't know if it is still in print, but you can probably find it in a library somewhere. We are all victims of feline-cajolery and Paul Gallico has seen through their wiles.

It's very funny and very true. I have had a copy of it for about 10 years but I first read it about 10 years before that. It's a must-read for people who think they are in charge of cats, or people who think it is a mutual benefit society. The whole scenario has been designed by the cat right from the start - not unlike the revelation of the lab rats in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Helen


14 Aug 00 - 07:43 PM (#277786)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: P05139

Helen, I've read Silent Miaow and I couldn't stop laughing!!


14 Aug 00 - 07:50 PM (#277791)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mbo

I read it too! So hilarious & true it was spooky!


14 Aug 00 - 08:07 PM (#277796)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,Mark

Hat your cat.


14 Aug 00 - 08:19 PM (#277801)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Sorcha

Oh, this one is such fun!! Questions and comments:
Are ALL tuxedo cats from Hell? Is it a Brother/Sisterhood thing?
Why are we all such masochists concerning cats?
Do all our houses smell like litter boxes? Perhaps I am not quite so embarrassed about mine, now.
Our Yentl will sit on a table and STARE for hours at this awful Victorian style landscape fake oil that I have in the entry way......it's an awful painting, and a worse copy, but she seems to love it. She will also occasionally get in the bath with me. Swim acoss to the other side, swim back, jump out and dry herself off. Who knows?

PLEASE SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PETS!! (unless of course, you are an ETHICAL, responsible breeder.....)Far too many animals have to be killed (especially CATS!!)for any of us to feel smug about our pets. NEUTER!!

sorry, rant off.


14 Aug 00 - 08:48 PM (#277821)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Fadac

We live with a Calico. She thinks she owns the boat that we live on. However, when we start the motor to go out. The cat becomes very unhappy. Last time I thought she was going to hypervenalate.

She is a real sea going cat...as long as we are tied to the doc.

-fadac


14 Aug 00 - 09:36 PM (#277854)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bearheart

A great thread!

6 cats share my house:

New Moon (usually called Moon, or sometimes New Balloon) a 19 year old shorthaired tortoiseshell still going strong. She's the matriarch.

Cougar, white longhair, Amazon kitty. She's 10. Orphaned at 3 weeks, adopted at 5 weeks, she's beautiful despite her sad beginning.

Romeo, black and white longhair, named because he's such a lover. Unfortunately he also likes to hunt frogs in the creek just for the sport of it. 10 years old. A cat shelter cat I acquired while volunteering there.

Freya, shorthaired black. the panther of the bunch, silent, skiddish and enigmatic. About 8.

Rainbow (cause she's stripey), tabby on white, around 7 or 8. likes to think of herself as the baby of the family. Another cat shelter cat that I fostered because she was hurt as a kitten and couldn't give back when she was well.

Rumble (because of his purr and because he likes to tussle) orange tabby longhair. At 5 years he's the real baby. and still acts like it.

They share the house with 3 dogs-- Furry Hurricane (usually called Furry) and Monkey, brother and sister, mixed breed (Lasa Alpso and Pekapoo) 14 years old, Furry's various shades of brown to black, Monkey's black. Sam--short for Samantha-- a Rott mix who looks all Rott but is about 3/4 the size. About 4. Most of them sleep on the bed and spend half the night jockying for positions on the pillow (except for the dogs, who prefer the foot of the bed).


15 Aug 00 - 12:13 AM (#277943)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: CamiSu

Three right now. Darius Maiow and Angie (Acute Angina)age about 10, are brothers whose mother was squished on the road when they were 2 weeks old, (did you know that kittens that young need BATHS every day at least?) and Andy who walked in about 1 1/2 years ago. People think barns are great places to abandon cats, but barns on highways are NOT. Dari and Angie stay in and don't really know what they are missing. Andy WON'T stay in but since he got rolled by a car 2 weeks ago I make SURE he's in at night at least. All cats are grey in the dark, especially grey ones.

Wincing Devil, what's it like to pet naked kitties?

And Metchosin, a declawed cat has no defenses against things that go BUMP in the night.... Is there someone who will take her inside?

I had a tiny tortie shell long hair that was the terror of every dog she met. Usually she drew blood. I once saw her run into a back "yard" (teensy, but it held two Irish setters) under the fence and go out over the top and ind the intervening half second turn those dogs from attackers to cowering whimperers.

I have no idea how many we've had in the 26 years we've been together. Suffice it to say that our daughter, who is allergic would howl the loudest if we got rid of them.

CamiSu


15 Aug 00 - 12:23 AM (#277948)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mbo

Darius Miaow? CamiSu! I though I was the only one who knew that joke! Le Chat Sur Le Toi!


15 Aug 00 - 01:14 AM (#277966)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Wincing Devil

What's it Like to pet Naked Kitties? Heavenly!

I'd like to correct a misconception that has cropt up. The Silent Miaow was not written by Paul Gallico, but rather Paul Gallico's cat.

Wincing Devil
Cats seem to know on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.


15 Aug 00 - 01:52 AM (#277979)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,RevIrish

I have a 17 year old feline female named Persistence, "Sis" for short. She is a mixed breed-black & white with long hair looking like Sylvester the cat. Her sister looked the same but had short hair & passed away at age 9.


15 Aug 00 - 07:28 AM (#278074)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,cleod

I have four cats that live on the balcony and 10 downstairs that are either strays that find their way here during storms (it rains cats here, not cats and dogs) and decided to settle in and raise a family or part of the great cat dynasty - over 5 cat generations so far, started by one single cat that was given to us by my dad's friend.

the cats downstairs are Maximillian (3rd gen. - black/white male - i actually watched him being born! ^_^ i guess that's why he's my favorite), Ricky (3rd gen. - ginger/white male - Max's 2nd cousin and very affectionate), ShadowCat (black female, stray, won't come near you unless you have food), Neeson and Arki(4th gen. - ginger/white females, they don;t like people), Zoey (tri-colored female, stray and also an affectionate kitty), Zoey's unnamed sibling, and 3 unnamed kittens (2 ginger/white, 1 black/white). There used to be others, but Splotch (Max's bro, black/white) left when Max came back after being gone for 3 years) and Heather (Max's sis and mom of the two ginger/white kittens) died when she was running decoy for her kittens - our dogs, Cookie and Brandy (dalmatian and boxer) got her instead of them.

the ones on the balcony are Kildare (tri-colored female that i picked up as a month old kitten at the local flea market), her two kittens by Splotch (Laoghaire - girl, Kinley - guy, both tri-colored) and Graeme (i got him from a local breeder, he's a Shorthair/Siamese but looks like his dad {the shorthair} so he's a grey and black spotted tabby). I just got all the balcony cats back from the vet - they had to be dewormed, and it cost me an arm and a leg!!! Still, the two days without them was very lonely...


15 Aug 00 - 07:44 AM (#278086)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Lady McMoo

Two. A female half-Chartreuse, jet black with a white paintbrush end to her tail, called Cleopatra and an all-white Persian 12 week old male kitten called The Chalkster given to us by a friend a couple of weeks ago.

Peace

mcmoo


15 Aug 00 - 12:02 PM (#278195)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Biskit

We have five at home,melissa,Arnita,Missy,(all three sisters different litters),Gizmo(Blue tip Syameese(sp)),&Blazer,(also known as spike/Henrietta/killerkitty/psychokitty/turtlekitty/etc. Blazer is a tortise shell.We also have an apricot poddle named cowboy(Poquito Cabbelero)that the cats have accepted as one of their own.MEOW!..I mean *PEACE*-Biskit-


15 Aug 00 - 01:59 PM (#278267)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jim Krause

Yeah, I got one too. Name's Fluffy. Now I wouldn't have given her that name, but it came with. I knew we were gonna get a cat when at a dinner party Our Hostess asked Missus "Do you guys want a cat?" Missus replies "Oh, maybe." Translation: "Sure thing." I don't have a picture of her, but for years, we thought she might be a Norwegian Forest Cat, but she's too small. Then we thought she might be a Main Coon; again too small. Turns out she's actually what is called a Domestic Longhair. Durndest thing I ever did see. She's got two coats; the long hair on the outside, and a sort of fine, wooly one underneath next to her skin. She has to be fed about a half teaspoon of plain yogurt at 9:00 PM sharp, and must be brushed at 10:15 PM and woe betide me if I'm late with the brushing. Her favorite thing? Going outside, eating grass, coming inside and barfing all over the livingroom carpet. Nice cat though. Even if she refuses to be picked up and cuddled. Won't sit on your lap, either, unless she thinks of it before you do. And then only IF you're wearing her favorite bluejeans.


15 Aug 00 - 03:48 PM (#278340)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Liz the Squeak

The long hairs are called guard hairs, and they are the ones that stop your arse skin being burned.... leastways, that's what the vet said about my lamented loony cat....

LTS


15 Aug 00 - 07:15 PM (#278432)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Helen

Wincing Devil,

You are right. The Silent Miaow was written by Gallico's cat. Then there is Gallico's book called Jenny, about a boy who turns into a cat and gets looked after by a female cat called Jenny. Very insightful. And then of course there is Archie & Mehitabel, written by Archie the cockroach but Mehitabel is a cat, isn't she? (Long time since I saw either of these books)

Helen


16 Aug 00 - 09:45 AM (#278782)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: jeffp

And don't forget the "Cat Who ..." series of mysteries by Lillian Jackson Braun, where the "detective" is a Siamese named Koko. Hysterical books by someone who is obviously a great observer of feline behavior.


16 Aug 00 - 12:27 PM (#278887)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mbo

Yep, my mother & sister have read every single one of those books. Their great! We're still waiting to get the latest one though, "The Cat Who Robbed a Bank."


16 Aug 00 - 04:59 PM (#279080)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jim Krause

Talking about books, I really liked Desmond Morris' book The Tiger On Your Couch. Yep, he's the same Desmond Morris that wrote The Naked Ape sooo many years ago.


17 Feb 01 - 06:39 PM (#400445)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Firecat

We've only got 12 now. Name list is Weatherwax (8 years), Grebo (5), Needsa (4), Samantha (31/2), Koshka (3), Nadia (3, same litter as Koshka), Scrap (2), Cattoo (1 1/2), Boycat (1), Paws (1, same litter as Boycat), Apache (6 months) and last but not least Butterball/Lonely (4 months)


17 Feb 01 - 07:03 PM (#400464)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Susanne (skw)

If you like cat detectives, don't forget Sneaky Pie Brown, who (together with her human SO Rita Mae Brown) writes the Mrs Murphy mystery series. I think they're even better than the L. J. Braun series, though I like them both.


17 Feb 01 - 07:53 PM (#400493)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Nemesis

Anyone who caught the BS Eclipse thread will have read my thread, heartbroken after Esme our slinky little black kitten was run over during it. Her sister Felicity (aka Scratch (by name and nature) (1 year old on the 22 March) was pining for lack of company so we now have a 7 month old black long-haired rescue kitten who despite her original bedraggled appearance is turning into a gorgeous quasi-Persian (tip: Dene's natural cat food turns all felines into sleak,silky thangs). Also, she has been nicknamed Mudkitten as she sits with her nose glued to the screen when I am surfing. Actually, it has taken 45 minutes to type this thread as she wants to tell us all something - when I decode what she's typing I'll let you all know!!

PS: Felicity was the name of choice of my 10 year old son - I explained that it mean "celebration, congratulations" and he reckoned having a kitten was cause for celebration. Small black fluffy thing is Buffy (TVS) altho' my name for her is Bebe as she is turning into a sexy girl - a bit like Pepe le Pew(sic?)'s feline love interest


17 Feb 01 - 07:55 PM (#400494)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Hawker

We have 3 - Tipsy, Shadow and Marmaduke...... all moggies of no fixed lineage - and an honorary cat called Hawker - who is really a Staffordshire Bull Terrier...... He lies on his side and Tipsy & Shadow suckle him and massage his tummy with their paws as if he were their Mum.....Yes I did say HE! - Must video and send to "You've been framed!" He also purrs of a fashion when he is with the cats and when they were kittens he used to clean their eyes and bums like mother cat (we rescued them when VERY young and he took on the role without prompting)

Lucy


17 Feb 01 - 08:56 PM (#400524)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Katcina

Only three cats at the moment. Sunshine a pure black Persian; and her two sons. Leo, a long haired siamese, and Mario a long haired Sylvester; Sunshine was a bit loose before I fixed that after the two boys were born. Along with them are two dogs and a mourning dove.


18 Feb 01 - 09:09 AM (#400767)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: RichM

I have four Catz: all strays, arrived at various times, kind of like the story of the Hobbits, who came to the fire one at a time as a story was told---so as not to overwhelm the host!

Olive,14 was first,as a 4 month old stray from the Humane society. Took her home, and she promptly developed pneumonia; the humane society offered to exchange her, but I knew they might put her down. I kept her and nursed her back to health.
Like Sorcha's Millie, Olive is a paranoid schizo who lives in the basement and only comes upstairs for meals.

The second arrival was Ninja: all black except for a white necktie. He arrived as a 6 month old (now 12 years old). He had been hanging around Rasputin's café-the local folk music venue-being fed by softhearted Helen, the proprietor.
He is a true gentlemen, kind and even tempered. Awesome spiritual being! He teaches me how to be patient and loving.
Frisky: aka "the furry basketball" is the vocal one. Also 12 years old.Exuberant, dominant, and very mouthy. Hates harmonicas, clanking cutlery,loves to join in with Sue's penny whistle solos.

Last but pushing hard for dominance in the house pecking order, is a tortoiseshell: Daisy (also called Marguerite, french translation).
Daisy is 3 years old, and the most active. Also very vocal, and acts as household guard. She's the first to investigate strange noises. Daisy is a trickster, always annoying the other cats, and getting into shortlived hit and run squabbles.
Olive is the bedwarmer, will stay cuddled for hours--if I go and retrieve her from the basement.The others are lapvisitors, particularly when I am at the computer.

I've a fenced back yard, with a self designed angled netting to keep them from getting out, and other cats from getting in. They have the run of the yard except in winter when they refuse to go out for more than 75 seconds at a time.
All are good companions for this stay at home (retired)dad/husband.


18 Feb 01 - 02:43 PM (#400942)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Geoff the Duck

Looking at our garden, we have plenty of MUD!
Quack
GtD


18 Feb 01 - 06:38 PM (#401069)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,Phil Cooper

I currently have one cat, Worf, who comports himself with honor. He's a rescued feral kitten, tamed up very well and pushing four years old now. I inherited Henrietta when she was ten years old. After three household changes in a year, I thought she was entitled to live out her days in the same place. She wanted everything "just so." She lived to be over 18. My first car was Hendrix, a long haired black cat. A gentleman of black cats. My significant other has five cats, my singing partner has two. They're all great critters.


18 Feb 01 - 10:59 PM (#401203)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Burke

When I moved into my house 10.5 years ago, a friend set me up with this homeless guy who was hanging around the neighborhood. Gray & white longhair. When he hit 15.5 pounds the vet put him on a diet.

Barnabas is the only cat I've ever owned or been owned by. He's a great lap cat when I'm in his chair. Otherwise he's just in the chair without me. He keeps me company at night & never gets me up earlier than I want to.


19 Feb 01 - 08:15 AM (#401361)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,mike putt@work

I'm sure you all know, but I'll remind you anyway. A mudcat is actually a fish, so how many have one of these, I do.


19 Feb 01 - 01:22 PM (#401543)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,Sailor Dan at work

I didnt read the entire thread due to being at work, But i think the thread is incorrectly named, i think it should be "HOw many Cats own Mudcatters" The only cat I ever had was named Puppy, (He was that Big) and I soon learned that He owned me. Sure do miss him

Sailor Dan


19 Feb 01 - 02:21 PM (#401606)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: bet

Oh yes! i have A CAT. bet


19 Feb 01 - 04:04 PM (#401659)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Hawker

How many mudcatters have had kittens!

Miaow!

ROFL

Lucy


19 Feb 01 - 11:17 PM (#401948)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Biskit

Mrs. Biskit and I belong to 5 cats,#1 Missy, also known as, Bongo, Rotunda, and Her Girthfulness,2. Sweet Melissa the prettiest cat I've EVER seen.3.Arnita,AKA Ratnita,my personal favorite.4.Blazer a tourtise shell, she looks like one of those Egyptian statues.&5.Last but not least Gizmo our only male and a blue seal siamese. a big handsome boy!...Molly is Siberian Husky and Lilly is our Chesapeake Bay Retriever!!! I wouldn't have felt right leaving them out, they're family too! -Biskit-


20 Feb 01 - 04:09 AM (#402036)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: English Jon

Corrrrr. I fink the kwestion should be more along the lines ov:

'ow many cats 'ave mudcatterz.

Corrr. I'm off for sum caffoo.

English Jon's Cat


20 Feb 01 - 04:51 AM (#402047)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ella who is Sooze

Monty Moo bought me a vole this morning, which is fine, but it was still alive and running round the house, followed by.... one growling cat, and one annoyed human, trying to get the both of them out of the house...

Couldn't rescue Vole.... Monty managed to catch it again, and wouldn't let me have it...

Monty Moo and Vole are NOT in the house today!

Yeuch!


20 Feb 01 - 05:06 AM (#402052)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ella who is Sooze

grrrrrroooooowwwwallll purrrrrrar

meeeerooooooooowwworooooooo Engwwish Jwons cat

I have a pwortion of juicy vole? you want some.... human shouted at me this morning, she just doesn't appweciate good fud.

Mweroorrrrrrrooooooooooooooo

Monty rooooo

purrrrr


20 Feb 01 - 07:29 AM (#402076)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: black walnut

One is enough when she's like ours....
Watching birds for hours and hours,
Elderberry Ninepatch is her name,
Avoiding cuddles is her game.

~'nut


20 Feb 01 - 09:56 AM (#402136)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: English Jon

Damn Huminz. Dont 'preciate nufink if you arsk me. Corrr. Woz it a big vole? Some o' them buggers aren't arf tricky to katch. corrr. Still, a cat's gotta 'ave a 'obby. mrp? corrrrrrr.

English Jon's Cat


20 Feb 01 - 10:08 AM (#402144)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ella who is Sooze

mewrooooowl... noooo swas a shhmallll un, but jooooocy. And human shaid not allowweeeed in house..

meeewrooooowl!

lots of micers near meeeee rowlll mrrrp

lol


07 Jul 01 - 03:03 AM (#500432)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

My cat died last year, but I will get a new one in september.


07 Jul 01 - 03:57 PM (#500721)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: ermintrudeclaire

we have 4 cats - Happy (Birthday)Two-Tone (because of his miaow) Pepper and Jaffa (because he is large, orange and seedless) We also have Wigdet the blind diabetic dog, Taboo, Shoni and Freebie the horses, Nosey, Teg and Woody the snakes, Chip and Lively the rats, Tofee and Tattie the guinea pigs, Eddie the rabbit, Shock the mouse, Custard the hamster and Noodles and Dash the degus.


07 Jul 01 - 05:25 PM (#500769)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)

Dogs have family and owners... Cats have staff... Yours, Aye. Dave


07 Jul 01 - 06:02 PM (#500780)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: momnopp

One pound kitty, Peanut. She's a Torbie (tortise/tabby) from the humane society (that's what makes her a "pound" kitty).

It took Dylan (my 11 year-old) about 2 years to convince me to get a new kitty after the first one he knew died in about 1998. Graypaw had been with us since before Dylan was born. We needed time to mourn and I needed to be free of the responsibility of animal care in addition to full-time solo kid care for a change.

Now I have a toe warmer/chewer and window decoration named Peanut.


07 Jul 01 - 07:20 PM (#500812)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Tone d' F

One cat Norton, lap tart and snorer extrodinaire


08 Jul 01 - 12:17 AM (#500931)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jimmy C

WE used to have 2 cats, plus a dog and a rabbit. Both cats lived to about 13 years old. Princess and Patches). We got another (Gizmo) but when my daughter married she took Gizmo with her. I can't say I miss the cats, I tolerated them for the sake of the children. I don't hate cats, I just am not a real cat lover. I now feel that we are again bosses in our home. If I lived in the country I would definitely have a couple of cats, dogs and rabbits around.


08 Jul 01 - 10:53 AM (#501103)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Celtic Soul

Gots 2 so far, but I think my kid wants another, so it may mean even more litter boxes (ew) in the not too distant future.


08 Jul 01 - 02:12 PM (#501212)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: fat B****rd

We had the late great Benson until recently and I have to say that when he went to Pussy Heaven I've missed people less. Now we have fat little asthmatic Deacon ('cos he's Blue) who sleeps a lot and does pigeon impressions.


09 Jul 01 - 07:19 AM (#501752)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jim Cheydi

I had a cat onthe. Bloody fur played havoc with my digethtion.

Jim Cheydi's pet viper.


09 Jul 01 - 07:47 AM (#501774)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GeorgeH

I thought the question should be "how many cats own mudcatters" . . .

G. (whose delightful moggie woke him up at 4.50am today . .)


09 Jul 01 - 07:53 AM (#501778)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: The Cat's Whiskers

I wish...

TCW


09 Jul 01 - 08:00 AM (#501789)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ella who is Sooze

I think Monty Moo has taken to giving next door gifts of mice, frogs, and shrews... They told me about a sudden influx of small creatures, mostly dead, though some alive deposited around their house... OOOPS

Fitted Monty with a bell.... but he's still catching things... I think he must have developed a technique to stop the bell tingling.

George... 3am is a regular time in our house... though I have developed the ability to sleep through all prevailing, yeowls, scratchings, running across your stomach whilst you are asleep, (the larger cats fave) jumping onto your stomach from higher level. Scratching your head, hitting your face with their paws. Being part of the mad half hour circuit, and many more plans the pair of them do to try and wake us up...

banshee wailing though is the funniest.

E


09 Jul 01 - 08:54 AM (#501841)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: SharonA

Up until almost exactly two years ago, I had two cats: Chester and Arthur (collectively named after the President!)

Chester came to me third-hand. He originally belonged to a songwriter acquaintance of mine. When he was about 5 years old, she said she'd developed an allergy to him and had to get rid of him, and the boyfriend I had at the time took him. Two years later, after Chester had nearly destroyed the man's trailer and was working on the rest of the trailer park (gardens, boat covers and seats, etc.), the man said he was taking Chester to the SPCA, and I said I'd take him instead... via the vet's office, for declawing.

So Chester became an indoors-only cat. After a year of this, he became quite mopey, so I went to a pet shop and got him his own kitten, and chose a name to go along with Chester's. Chester became a mom-cat but never let Artie forget who was the alpha-male, and Artie mimicked Chester's every move as he grew up.

Chester was an orange tabby semi-longhair (no white patches), about 13 pounds at his heaviest. I think he might have had some Maine Coon in him. He never hesitated to make his wishes known — LOUDLY — and would yell at me if I didn't make a lap for him quickly enough! He had the loudest purr I've ever heard in a cat. He lived to be 19, though in his waning years he suffered from gradual kidney failure and, in its last stages, I finally had to have him put to sleep. I still cry over that, and miss him horribly.

Arthur ("Artie"), happily, is still with me at 13. He's another semi-longhair and I call his color "black" though there are brown, grey, red and purple highlights and, as he ages, some growing white spots. He's the runt of somebody's litter, and I'm hard-pressed to keep his weight above 7 pounds; he'd rather be petted, hugged and carried than eat. Artie's quite the athlete, still as playful as a teenage cat, and excels at the high jump. (Yes, English Jon's Cat, this IS "Artie in the windowsill"!)

SharonA


09 Jul 01 - 02:04 PM (#502141)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jingle

Let me introduce Buddy and Kipper who let me live in their house and feed them in return for purring, dribbling and nudging my feet with their heads when I am trying to walk. Buddy is big and strong like a black panther and Kipper is very small with a tale like a squirrel. He also has comical back legs.


09 Jul 01 - 06:55 PM (#502448)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Tattie Bogle

Friends across the road got a black-and white one they called Oscar: we got a tabby (more like Scottish wildcat behaviour-wise): we called her Emmie (work it out - Oscar/Emmie??????) They're both totally daft. Tattie B


09 Jul 01 - 07:38 PM (#502496)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: vectis

I have a 20 year old called Penta (she's our fifth cat that's why) who is fat, snores, does nothing but eat, sleep and...
She enjoys lacerating us when we try to groom her but Hey! You've got to enjoy life where you can when you're a geriatric moggy.


03 Apr 05 - 03:56 PM (#1451040)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ebbie

Received via email:
                         On the Pill

1. Pick cat up and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.

2. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process.

3. Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away.

4. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for count of ten.

5. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call spouse from garden.

6. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from foil wrap. Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from the hearth and set to one side to repair later.

8. Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw.

9. Check label to make sure pill not harmful to humans, drink 1 beer to take taste away. Apply Band-Aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.

10. Retrieve cat from neighbour's shed. Get another pill. Open another beer. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon. Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put cupboard door back on hinges. Drink beer. Fetch bottle of scotch. Pour shot, drink. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus jab. Apply whisky compress to cheek to disinfect. Toss back another shot. Throw T-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12. Ring fire brigade to retrieve the cat from tree across the road. Apologise to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat. Take last pill from foil wrap.

13. Tie the cat's front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed. Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of fillet steak. Be rough about it. Hold head vertically and pour 2 pints of water down throat to wash pill down.

14. Consume remainder of scotch. Get spouse to drive you to casualty, sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnant from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.

15. Arrange for RSPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and ring local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.


03 Apr 05 - 04:12 PM (#1451068)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Brían

Hmmm. I think we need a field guide to properly distinguish ours.

Brían


03 Apr 05 - 04:56 PM (#1451107)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: LilyFestre

There are 6 cats who live together in a house that they are nice enough to share with us, the 9 dogs and 25 chickens!

Festre is the oldest...gray tiger kitty who really is KING OF THE HOUSE! He is moody, bitchy, vocal and does NOT like Goose the cat.

Daphne is Festre's wife. She is also a gray tiger kitty with white eyeliner surrounding her eyes. She is THE softest cat and has the most wonderful purr. She also has an Elvis sneer lip.

Normie is the youngest male cat. He is a yellow tiger kitty, son of Daphne and a white stray cat (Festre was NOT impressed with this...he snubbed Daphne for nearly a year!). Normie loves to snuggle with me, and ALWAYS has to be the nearest critter to my chin. If one of the other cats is sitting with me, Normie will walk over them (if not pushing them out of the way) to snuggle the closest to Mama's face. Normie also has the uncanny ability to wait until I am out of the shower and brushing my teeth before knocking on the bathroom door and demanding LOUDLY that the door be OPENED IMMEDIATELY if he has to wait for more than 10 seconds.

Goose is also a gray tiger kitty, son of Daphne and brother to Normie. Goose is GORGEOUS but none of the other cats like him. He is a bully....especially to our youngest and newest kitten. Festre enjoys sneaking up on Goose and screaming loudly at him while they chase each other up the stairs. Goose is a Mama's boy and will sit with me for hours and purr and purr and purr....it is his only saving grace.

Ellie is Mama's girl all over the place. She is a black cat who dislikes all manner of men. There was a time when I used to commute to college, stay at an apartment during the week and then come home on the weekends to my husband. Ellie travelled with me every week, sitting on my left shoulder as I drove. Given the chance to sneak into our bedroom, she will wake me up with lick of the eyeballs or a nibble on my nose. She once bit the part of my nose nearest my eyes....I do not know how I did not kill her...YOUCH!

Then, finally, there is Millie. Veronica found her on the back deck last summer. She was SO tiny and smelled to high heavens of skunk. There was NO way we could turn her away. She is a tiny gray tiger kitten with HUGE eyes and she frequently looks stoned. She is her Papa's girl....big old Grizzly Adams type falls asleep in his chair each night with his arm wrapped around Little Miss Millie...priceless!

I love my kitties and every single one of their little purrrrrsonalities!!!!!!

Michelle


03 Apr 05 - 07:38 PM (#1451209)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: jacqui.c

Ebbie - I've just sat here laughing uncontrollably reading 'On the Pill'. Having, in the past, a cat who needed regular medicating this was just so true!

We don't have any cats although SINSULL is always offering to part with Alice the Slut who she says would be great company for our crazy yellow lab, Seamus. Knowing Alice's prediliction for peeing in unwanted places we have politely (and not so politely) refused the offer.


03 Apr 05 - 08:42 PM (#1451258)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Big Al Whittle

have cats in the carnal sense.....?

I'm sure its an empty and meaningless experience.


03 Apr 05 - 09:47 PM (#1451312)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Peace

Jaysus . . . .


03 Apr 05 - 09:52 PM (#1451316)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ebbie

I've had to do it too, Jacqui. It is my contention that if a vet prescribes pills to a cat, s/he should make daily house calls.


03 Apr 05 - 10:04 PM (#1451327)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Stephen L. Rich

What's a cat?


03 Apr 05 - 10:08 PM (#1451329)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bobert

Two indoor, two ferral....

Getting ready to move and gonna inherit 4 ferral to go along with the two indoor and the two ferral that we're gonna try to trap to take with us...

What's that make? I think about 8....

Bobert


04 Apr 05 - 12:18 AM (#1451386)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ebbie

Yoo hoo, Bobert! When are you moving? Do let us in on the process, OK?


04 Apr 05 - 09:31 AM (#1451635)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: mandoleer

Used to have cats - up to 21 at times, but the 21st was always a temporary guest awaiting placement. Quite a few were Scottish Folds, which are absolutely delightful but hard to breed as you mustn't breed Fold to Fold for genetic reasons. Have managed to get freedom now and more birds and a red squirrel in the garden. Oh, yes, and have a look at this page (in these days of weapons of mass destruction.....) http://members.aol.com/moggycat/Mark-I-CAT.html


04 Apr 05 - 09:49 AM (#1451645)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,Bill the Collie

I had a cast

- when I broke my bastarding ankle last year.


04 Apr 05 - 12:34 PM (#1451790)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Scooby Doo

I have two cats,i inherited one from my son who is at University and the other was a stray several years ago.
I also feed a ferral cat called tomcat,but i try not to let him take over my life.
Scooby


04 Apr 05 - 12:40 PM (#1451800)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,indignant feline

The very idea!

The correct question is how many Cats have pet Mudcats?


04 Apr 05 - 02:46 PM (#1451907)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,Frug

Brucie................now thats what I call a pussy !!!


04 Apr 05 - 02:49 PM (#1451914)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Peace

Tell me about it.


04 Apr 05 - 05:38 PM (#1452032)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: PoppaGator

We're not big-time cat lovers at my house, but we got hornswoggled into becoming cat owners a few eyars back.

Our daughter brought a female kitten home from college and left her with us when she moved out of our house and into a no-pets apartment.

As often happens in nature, Minnie (short for "Minou," a French word for kittycat and a common cat name here in south Louisiana) became pregnant in the midst of a whole lot of wailing and screaming outside our window. She bore a very small litter of two kittens, both of which easily found homes.

The second time that happened, she once again produced a mere two offspring ~ but this time, we only managed to give one of them away. So now we have Minnie the Mom and Leroy the Boy.

Because we're not terminally stupid, and capable of learning an obvious lesson sooner or later, we managed to get both cats neutered before any further reproduction could occur. An unfortunate side effect: Minnie the momma cat, once a paragon of sweetness and mellow behavior, suddenly became really ornery, hissing and attacking at the slightest provacation (or at no apparent provication at all). Her son, fortunately, remains extremely friendly and, for a cat, cooperative. So, we have one pet feline that we like, plus one other cat that we seem to be obligated to feed.

Young Leroy, by the way, exhibits a particular personal attachment to me. I believe it's because he was born in my dirty laundry.


04 Apr 05 - 05:50 PM (#1452039)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Burke

I wrote about Barnabas in this thread. He has since departed to the mouse filled meadows in the sky.

I am now owned by brothers Felix & Oscar. They are completely black. The only way to tell them apart is that Felix's tail is long & skinny (kind of normal) while Oscar's is shorter & a bit fat.


04 Apr 05 - 06:57 PM (#1452110)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bat Goddess

Current cat population is sort of four. Mortimer, my big orange and white lug (not fat, but big) is our oldest. He'll be 11 in a couple days and spent his early days in a household full of people allergic to cats. He's also diabetic and requires special food and feeding and needs to be "insulated" twice a day. Sabine was 3 when she joined us shortly after 9-11. She's the product of a broken home, but I was thrilled to have a black cat again. She's almost all black with just a wee white star on her chest. She's also the best huntress of the bunch -- we call her Sheena Queen of the Jungle. We were rudely awakened the other morning about a half hour before the alarm was due to go off by her crunching on a (by now quite dead) flying squirrel smack in the middle of the bed. I didn't really think that was an improvement on stepping on the really nasty bits when I get out of bed.

Then there's Creamsicle and Banjo, the two ferals. I'm not sure if I count them. They're almost 5 years old and still won't let "The Giants" (Curmudgeon and I) pet them or catch them. They'll be inside cats until I can catch them and get them to the vet to be spayed, but our house is one big cat cave and the catching hasn't been good. I did actually have Creamsicle eat a treat from my fingers the other day, but she still runs whenever we walk into the room. No brains. I think they're descended from a long line of cousins. I KNOW they're many many generations feral.

Linn


04 Apr 05 - 07:49 PM (#1452152)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: PoppaGator

"Feral" and "inside" at the same time? Yikes!


05 Apr 05 - 08:00 AM (#1452487)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bat Goddess

They were born under a house a few towns away -- from a loooooooooong line of ferals. Resident of house snagged the kittens an brought them inside and snagged mama and got her some veterinary care including, I think, spaying. Heather kept a male and female kitten and I ended up with two females. What we've discovered is that they have each other and have no need (so they think) for the other cats (although both, especially Banjo, are fond of Mortimer) or for "The Giants". After all, all we do is feed them, entice them with treats, give them shelter and a warm place to sleep, a reasonably clean litter box, etcet etcet. Banjo can sometimes be "caught" if she's sleeping on the bed. She hates being petted and glares at me. Once she caught herself purring, but immediately forgot about it. A couple years ago I snuck up on Creamsicle and actually got to rub her behind the ears and under the chin for a few minutes -- before she realized what was happening and bolted. She's got the biggest purr of them all. And she's the one who sits at the foot of the bed, staring wide-eyed while I pet Mort or Sabine, looking as if she's thinking, "I'd really like you to do that to me provded you can do it without touching me."

Sometimes they act as if they have fur fer brains.

Sigh.

My vet suggested a Hav-a-Heart trap, but all that would catch is Mortimer. Food is not a lour for them. And they won't eat at all if anybody else is in the room (even ignoring them).

Linn


05 Apr 05 - 12:16 PM (#1452698)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: SINSULL

4
Lizzie
Alice
Ed
Fred

My adventures with the kitties are in the annals of Mudcat.

My favorite pilling story involved Susie, now gone. She was a bitch to pill and I asked the vet for liquid medicine. He decided I needed a lesson in pilling. Before it was over he held Susie wrapped in a towel while his terrified assistant tried to get a pill in her mouth without getting bitten and a third helper sprayed a plant mister in her face to startle her into swallowing. Susie stood up very indignantly and spit the soggy pill on the table. I got liquid medicine.


05 Apr 05 - 03:47 PM (#1452922)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Cats

Four - two at school, Mumsie, who was National Cat of the Year in 1999 for services to Autistic children, daughter Joshua who lives under the RE rooms and who we had to take part of a wall down for, hence the name. Two at home, Bathsheba Everdeen and Isolde of the White Paws.


05 Apr 05 - 08:14 PM (#1453147)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: John Hardly

funny story Sinsull!

Susie very well might have reincarnated into my Maggie -- sweet to us, hell on vets.

we've got:

Moose -- Russian blue (as we assign breeding to our mongrel cats) gentleman. Loves everyone and everyone loves him. Digs flying feathers at the end of a fishing line. Moose came to us in a -2 degree blizzardy night when our Mal, Blitz, found him under our porch with his brother..

Crush -- dark orange tabby (as we assign breeding to our mongrel cats). If you were to take a measuring tape to Crush you would find that he is exactly as long as he is tall as he is wide. Loves everyone except the truck that comes to unload the dumpster at the business next door. Digs flying feathers at the end of a fishing line.

Maggie -- tortoise shell -- originally to be named "Fender", but as I play with a Fender extra heavy, and it was clear that she was never going to achieve even half the weight of the men (at 15 and 16 lbs), neither would she ever be an "extra heavy". "Maggie" she is.

Ditto -- the other tortoise shell cat (hence "ditto"). Ditto quickly became "Ditty", then, after she started using places other than the litter box to relieve herself, she quickly became "the Diddiot". She is now the shop cat and getting along fine in isolation. Seems that in these cat's game of survivor, one gets booted onto the island.


06 Apr 05 - 07:54 PM (#1453989)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,petr

we have a bengal.
his name is Reavy.


06 Apr 05 - 11:44 PM (#1454097)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Stephen L. Rich

Actually, i have three cats; Nosey, Stranger, and Emily. They are all mixed breed. Hence my previous question.

Stephen Lee


07 Apr 05 - 01:19 AM (#1454134)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: open mike

shortly before my old kittie, Lucy, was ready to leave this world,
a grey kittie which looked like a younger version of her showed up
(to take her place?) Moki (short for Smokey) received her training in the ways of the (cat) world and soon was ready to take over the house
when Lucy could no longer manage the task. A year ago Moki had three
kitties...Cinder (or Lucinda) who has stayed, and her little lion-like
siblings, Leo and Elsa who found new homes. they now rarely venture onto the ground floor, as the newest member of the family, Abbie the dog pesters them if they come within reach. If they would jsut stand their ground the dog would soon leave them alone, as she co-exists with other cats, but since these cats run, the dog goes into chase mode and never
the twain shall meet. i devised a doorway upstairs so the kitties can came and go thru the window and they are roof cats now. the cat door
on the ground floor gets harrassed too much by the dog to be used by them now.


07 Apr 05 - 03:14 AM (#1454170)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: el_punkoid_nouveau

ShadyLady is officially owned by the World's greatest hedonist - Catkin. The world is there purely for his pleasure, so he has extended his ownership to the rest of us!

And to see his victory roll when he manages to escape upstairs...

He has to share us with Juanita (the name is my fault - she only has one eye!).


07 Apr 05 - 10:10 AM (#1454377)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: mack/misophist

Four cats allow me to share their house. The same number that Mark Twain lived with. Ours have shorter names, though.


08 Apr 05 - 06:09 AM (#1455178)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: JennyO

For the last 6 years, I have been owned by Onyx, a lovely black female with brown highlights which show up in the sun. She is mainly an outside cat. She is rather timid around other cats - I have even seen her being bossed around by a visiting moggy. I think it is mainly because she is very laid back and not aggressive.

However, today I have taken delivery of another kitty, my son's black cat, Bella, who is apparently somewhat more assertive. They have moved to a flat where they aren't allowed any pets, so I've inherited her for now. We've only been back here an hour or so, and Bella has already made herself at home by rubbing up against the various pieces of furniture, and is now curled up on the cushion I rest my feet on when I am at my computer.

The two cats haven't met yet, because Onyx is away paying her respects to the neighbourhood, but it will be interesting to see what happens when they do. I think I'll let them meet with a screen door between them for a start, but I'll have to be careful to make sure that Onyx doesn't feel left out. Bella is also mainly an outside cat, so once she is used to being in a new place and I let her outside, they will have to get used to being around each other a lot. Bella is more of a pure black, and slimmer, so there will be no mixing them up - not really a matched set of bookends at all.

So now I am owned by two cats!


08 Apr 05 - 05:41 PM (#1455635)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion

The ideal number of cats in the household is one per lap. When the number of cats exceeds the number of laps, politics happens.

For the last 15 years, whenever a vacancy has occurred in our feline establishment, a suitable cat has arrived at the door and moved in. I'm told some people actually *purchase* cats; I can't imagine why.


09 Apr 05 - 12:24 AM (#1455930)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: LadyJean

Mr. Fitz, the senior member of the feline firm, is an orange and white tabby gentleman, acquired after a friend's cat had kittens, and I said I'd only take one if they had an orange tom with white feet.
Fitz has definate ideas about his rights and priveledges as senior cat, and insists on his right to be snuggled at specified times, fed canned food at certain intervals, and have primary use of the chair in the good bird watching window.
Musetta is a tiny tortie with a large bad attitude. Hollowfox's kids dubbed her the hiss machine.
Grace O'Malley is a grey tabby with tufty ears, who shows every sign of becoming a huge cat. I acquired her two weeks before I moved. She is rather impressively playful. She likes to wake me up in the small hours, trilling her "wanna play?" chirp. The older cats do NOT wish to play.
Gracie was abandoned when she was perhaps a day old and bottle fed. She actually likes to be picked up and turned upside down. Of course she likes to shred your hands when you do it. But it's all good clean fun.
I've been sleeping with a cat in my bed since I was 7, and I am not really comfortable sleeping without one.


09 Apr 05 - 12:33 AM (#1455938)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker

all cats are bastards..


and would probably vote tory..



selfish furry f***ers !!!


09 Apr 05 - 03:15 AM (#1455980)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Kaleea

Ebbie, My kitty was 20 & a half when she went to kitty heaven a year back. Her longhair coat was quite matted, but she hated grooming so much that I didn't force it on her too much as it made her so mad. I gave her kitty vitamins she licked out of the tube every day all her life. I think that's one reason she lived so long. Her name, believe it or don't was "Sis" which was short for "Persistence." Yes, really.


09 Apr 05 - 07:45 AM (#1456087)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: freda underhill

naah, cats are too aloof to bother having an opinion about anything human. i have three -

my old cat Baxter (17), scrawny, cranky, and three legged, has been known to hiss when feeling grumpy, but very loveable. my ex and i have joint custody.

deli – my son brought her home about a year ago, she is sweet, affectionate, and gentle.

and socksy - feral, lives in our back yard, has attached himself to us.


09 Apr 05 - 10:39 PM (#1456731)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: ranger1

For someone who isn't a cat person, I somehow ended up with two, neither one of them planned. I acquired cat #1 almost six years ago when someone abandoned her in the park where I was working at that time. She's white with grey spots and the SO named her Caitlin (after telling me vehemently that we were NOT keeping her). She was a skinny, starving creature in a campground full of dumb, slow-moving rodents. I should have known then that she was mentally defective. She's now almost twice the weight she was when I brought her home. Her nicknames include Dumb Bunny, Piglet, Sausage, Retard Kitty, The Evil One, Katie Cat and Glutton.

Go-Go, our other cat, was acquired almost exactly one year after Caitlin became a member of our household. I inherited her after my adopted grandmother died. The local shelter wouldn't take her because of her age (she was 15 at the time), but she was still healthy and pretty spry for an old fart. She, too, was white with grey spots. She managed to survive another four and a half years, despite Caitlin's best assassination attempts, but we had to have her euthanised just before Christmas, due to a giant tumor in her abdomen. I'm rather guiltily enjoying being a single cat household, but the SO misses her terribly. The dog is wishing we were a no-cat household...


02 Oct 09 - 04:28 PM (#2736870)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: wysiwyg

I don't HAVE. I am HAD BY.

~S~


02 Oct 09 - 04:59 PM (#2736897)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: sing4peace

I have always lived with cats. Currently, I am servant to two Siamese cats: Luna and Milo. Luna is a "pica" kitty. She eats lots of things that aren't food - anything wool, fringe, shoelaces, rubber bands, ribbons, etc.) She's also allergic to the world so requires constant vigilance and a daily dose of Prednisol. Milo is a very happy uncomplicated kitty.

---
Joyce


02 Oct 09 - 05:04 PM (#2736902)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Rapparee

Couple in the freezer....


02 Oct 09 - 06:14 PM (#2736954)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: ranger1

Do they taste just like chicken, Rap?


03 Oct 09 - 12:22 AM (#2737103)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,seth in Olympia

I have a fine cat who sleeps on my bed, hangs out if I'm sick or depressed, never yowls, but talks in one and two syllable squeaks. She likes to sit on my chest when I'm in bed, but never sticks her butt in my face. She hates the whole idea of reading, though, and often will slap a book out my hands if I'm reading in bed and she wants attention.
I always have one cat at a time, she is #5.
seth


03 Oct 09 - 12:33 AM (#2737105)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: katlaughing

For the first time in my adult life I am down to two, Trystan & Kipling.


03 Oct 09 - 04:38 AM (#2737148)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Phot

We have four, Loki, Apollo (Brother of LtS cat Raven), Pixel and Persephone (daughter of Pixel), all of whome are currently curled up on the bed around Fiona, hence I'm on the computer!

Wassail!! Chris


03 Oct 09 - 10:29 AM (#2737262)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: VirginiaTam

Living in 1st floor flat we can't have a cat. Pout, sniffle.

I have been loved by the following:

Smokey - F grey/brown tabby. I was not permitted to touch because I had skin allergies. I did anyway.
Patches - F medium hair black and white patches all over. Yellow eyes. She had kittens with us.   
Moonshadow -M white short hair one green eye one blue eye. He always wanted to be outside, but would hang on the back door peering into the kitchen and mewing and then run off if we tried to let him in.
Poochi - M very fat, lazy and lovable Siamese. He could speak English almost. Ret mreee ourrt. usually at about 4 am.
Crosseyed Mary - (my older brother's) black kitten came to stay for a bit.
Squeaky - F long hair maine coon like with huge green eyes. Her favorite sleeping place was wrapped around my throat, like a scarf.

Always wanted a Spook - short hair grey manx with orange eyes sex not important.
As soon as we can get a house with garden, we will adopt 2 needy cats. Hopefully young enough to train to travel and caravan with us.


03 Oct 09 - 10:41 AM (#2737273)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Alice

I'm allergic to cats now, but from childhood until late '80's I had:

Loco Gato, a big yellow tiger striped genius of a tom cat

Sammy Davis Jr., a Siamese with crooked tail

Kathleen, a very smart and classy tabby point Siamese

Fritz (the cat) who died very young

Oso Negro, a black bear of a cat

Pooh Bear, my last one, who was a fluffy long haired tabby point Siamese whose mother strayed into my house, discovered a corner of my kitchen, and promptly had a litter of kittens. She and the others were adopted out and I kept Pooh Bear. Pooh Bear was adept at playing paper-wad racket ball. He could jump and twist high in the air to bat the paper-wads I tossed, with perfect aim, even though Oso had nicked Pooh Bear's eye when he was a kitten and he had a scar in one eye.


03 Oct 09 - 01:40 PM (#2737391)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Anne Lister

We have just one, Persia, who has been with us for 15 months now. Was a rescue cat, picked up living rough at the age of 6 months with a litter of kits (which didn't make it). She is a total star - we now think part Burmese - who is intelligent, funny (yes, she knows she is) and wonderfully affectionate. She spends part of the night on our bed, generally lying on top of me as I lie on my side, but she's got us into a routine whereby at the end of every day we have to have a "cat" time. She leads us into the sitting room where we either lie down next to her and admire her, or she has us trained in various games. We've just reverted to the Curtain Game, which she invented last year. The curtains are at the french windows and are therefore floor to ceiling. She hides behind them. We use those little foil crinkle balls and place them in folds of the curtains. She will pounce on them, generally propelling herself along the floor on her stomach or back in order to whop the balls back at us. One day I'll remember to take my phone down and video the whole thing, which is every bit as funny as some of the stuff on YouTube.


03 Oct 09 - 03:43 PM (#2737482)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Tig

Very sadly we are now down to 7.

Grebo - Firecat's very special cat - died last Monday at the age of 13 and a half.

We still have Paws, Scrappy, Samantha, Attitude, Trouble, Ginger Biscuit and Shadow. Unfortunately some of them are getting old too.


03 Oct 09 - 03:51 PM (#2737487)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ed T

U mean like this 'un?
http://funnyanimals.org/funny/animals/images/Funny%2BAnimals_All_Big%2BBoys/I%2BOnce%2BCaught%2Ba%2BCat%2BThis%2BBig.jpg


03 Oct 09 - 04:32 PM (#2737514)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Cats

Cat update. My two at school have gone to pussy heaven, I still have Isolde of the White Paws and Bathsheba Everdean and this week inherited the two farm cats from next door who did not want to go to their new house so now live here, Rosie a little black cat and Olly a white with grey ears.


03 Oct 09 - 05:10 PM (#2737550)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Smokey.

I've got one - he lets me live in his house, but I suspect only because I can operate doors, clean things and use a tin-opener. We get on fine, as long as I behave myself.

Where's 'pussy heaven', exactly?
Just a casual enquiry on behalf of a friend..


03 Oct 09 - 07:24 PM (#2737637)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Stringsinger

We love our nine cats. Each with his/her own personality.

Frank


04 Oct 09 - 03:40 PM (#2738163)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Cats

Pussy heaven is wherever your pussy wants to be when they have left this earth. For Deuteronomy and Nehemeziah, it's here with me. Sometimes people who visit here see a black flash out of the corner of their eye, look again and there is nothing there.


05 Oct 09 - 04:13 AM (#2738608)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bryn Pugh

Erica and I have two cats whom you'd think were litter sisters, but they're not.

Smutts is tortie (US = calico) and white and is so named for the big black blaze on her face.

Maisie is white and tortie, and is so named because she is Maisie.

They wre both rescue kittens. Our old cat died two weeks before her 20th birthday. We cried our guts out for a fortnight and then went up the Animal Rescue.


05 Oct 09 - 08:08 AM (#2738735)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Catherine Jayne

We are owned and loved by Merlyn. She's a black and white tuxedo cat. She's nearly 9 and definitely prefers to be the only cat in the house. She's a real lap cat now and 'mothers' the kids!


05 Oct 09 - 08:48 AM (#2738763)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mooh

Beatrice was a feral kitten living in a ditch in rural Ontario, probably due for an early death, when she was rescued by someone and given to the OSPCA. She lived there for a while and became a favourite of the staff. Then my kids saw her, then my wife, and before I could say no, I was at the OSPCA filling out adoption papers. She's a champion mouser, sometimes even bringing them to me. She's otherwise quiet and serene, affectionate and passive, and she gets along with Rosie The Wonder Dog and Cosmo The Other Dog. Twice a day, usually morning and evening, she gets her exercise by racing back and forth through the house, but anytime she can be found playing with her toy mice. She doesn't go outside as we live on a busy street close to a highway.

The previous cat, Boots, is dearly missed by the girls in the family, and grudgingly by me. He was a screamer at night and most often had to spend the night outdoors. Strangely, the neighbours loved him.

Peace, Mooh.


05 Oct 09 - 01:33 PM (#2738968)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Becca72

I share my living space with 3 lovely felines.
Madmardigan is 12 years old, white with tan patches and is the love of my life.
Mikey and Sheldon are brothers 3 1/2 years old, mostly black (each has a white patch on his pelvis and Mikey has a small white patch on his chest) and are the most intelligent cats I have ever met.

I have been getting that "feeling" lately about wanting another one but am denying myself and trying to remember that three's enough.


05 Oct 09 - 01:42 PM (#2738976)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: SharonA

I posted to this thread back on 09 July 2001, and I'm still a kitty-caregiver although I'm caring for different kitties now. Artie's health slowly declined after that 2001 post; he was diagnosed with cancer. I had wanted to adopt another cat but had put it off because of Artie's health and his radiation therapy. When his symptoms seemed to "level off" and even improve during the summer of '03, I asked my vet if he thought the stress of having another cat in the apartment would worsen his health, and I got the doc's OK to go ahead and get that second cat. I adopted 4-month-old Madison (a female) from a shelter, and kept the name they gave her, in early September.

There's no way to know whether Artie's health dive-bombed because of that adoption, or whether it was just a crisis waiting to happen, but about 5 weeks later, I had to have him put to sleep. Crisis followed crisis: my retina began to detach as I was having him buried at the local pet cemetery. Next thing I knew, I was going to Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia PA to get my retina re-attached.

Madison Mae -- as in "Madison may do what I tell her to do or Madison may not" -- is a brown torbie (tortoiseshell tabby). She was a problem child to begin with, having been raised on display in a shelter cage at PetSmart and continually exposed to gawking people and barking dogs. My preoccupation with Artie, my trip to the hospital and my recuperation (at the time I should have been bonding with Maddie and training her) didn't help any. I suspect that Maddie may have come from a litter of feral cats, and she is still something of a wild woman, distrustful of everyone else and sometimes not too sure about trusting me. She grows a little more pet-like every year, but often she chooses to hide under a blanket or inside a kitchen cabinet rather than hang out with me. The good news is that she prefers her scratching post to my furniture!

Hoping to find a cat that would be more affectionate and outgoing (and hoping to get Maddie to play/exercise and be less sedentary), I adopted a kitten from a different shelter this past June. The shelter named him Rex, and he's now Rupert Rex (as in "Rupert wrecks my home!" *grin* -- he raids wastebaskets, climbs the furniture, hides his toys behind chair cushions, pulls threads in my shower curtain, etc., etc.). He's a marmalade-orange tabby with more spots and dashes than stripes (and no white markings), and he's a joy to have around. Maddie doesn't agree -- she'd rather be an only cat -- but he chases her as much as she chases him so at least she's getting the exercise I'd hoped she would.

Little Roo came complete with ear mites and tapeworm; my struggles with his parasites and his digestion are recorded on my thread titled BS: Kitten healthy? Not? Advice, please -- and Joe Offer, bless his heart, offered a place on his website for my kitty-pictures (linked from the "Kitten healthy?" thread) since I don't have a site of my own yet. Thanks again, Joe!!


05 Oct 09 - 03:27 PM (#2739047)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: mouldy

I acquired my first cat since childhood (neutered tom called Tigger) just over a year ago, when he needed rehoming, as his owner was dying. He was said to be 10 years old, and used to dogs (I have a dog that is not aggressive to cats). The dog has learned not to be scared of him!

I had him at the vets for his annual booster last week, and she said that if he had just come in from the streets, she would assess him as only being about 5! He's a bog standard tabby and white moggy, but very quiet most of the time, and at the moment is curled up on my lap.
In the 13 months or so I have had him, he has never scratched me, and only nipped me once - when I was teasing him. He's very gentle. He puts up with me cutting his claws when they get too bad, and I even managed to post a worm tablet down his throttle the other day, despite his frantic back-peddling!

My dog is suffering from heart failure, at the reasonable age of 13 and a half. She could still be here for a while yet, as she is coping quite well at the moment, but how long is a mystery - the vet said it could be a week or a year. I shall miss her, but she won't be replaced. However, I can see myself letting another cat own me some day!

Andrea


05 Oct 09 - 03:54 PM (#2739062)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,Edthefolkie

No doubt somebody else since 2001 has pointed out that we don't have cats, cats have us?

Four Birmans have had us over the past 30 years - Jasmine and Toby (both Seals) - Jade (Blue) and now Willow, also a Blue Birman.

I can recommend this breed as they are very placid and friendly - the only downside is the CAT HAIRS EVERYWHERE (not to mention furballs behind the sofa from time to time.....)


05 Oct 09 - 04:15 PM (#2739095)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: mouldy

I'm also having to go over to the next village and serve my daughter's 2 - Jasper and Badger, a ginger tabby and a black and white with a curly tail - while she's on holiday this week.

Andrea


06 Oct 09 - 04:46 AM (#2739402)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bryn Pugh

Hi Edthefolkie - couldn't agree more. The way I heard it was, dogs have owners, cats have staff.


24 Dec 16 - 12:24 PM (#3828464)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: jojofolkagogo

I dont - who needs cats? They certainly dont need us !


24 Dec 16 - 07:27 PM (#3828555)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion

We like cats for several reason, not least that we don't like rats and mice in the house. I don't know how effective the current incumbents would be as mousers because the word is evidently out among the neighbourhood rodents that our house is a no-go zone.


24 Dec 16 - 08:40 PM (#3828563)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman

Cats as ratters or even micers is not something I've really known. Sure they may bring you the odd present doing no harm in the field in but I don't see (at least well fed pet cats) them as being that effective pest controllers.

In the home their first love is often cupboard love and their own comfort usually comes first

I like them though and think many of us humans want a relationship with some other type of creature. While not for all, cats can fulfil that sort of role.

In current situation, we have the challenge - an older feral tom who on a good day I can get within a foot of (with loads of hisses) but I can't/would not try to touch and he is unlikely to move further from that stance and our getting old a bit indoor pair (actually both originally at different times feral kittens but young when they took to us).


24 Dec 16 - 08:53 PM (#3828568)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Joe_F

http://come-to-think.livejournal.com/39862.html


24 Dec 16 - 11:22 PM (#3828578)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Sandra in Sydney

beautiful cat, Joe!

My cats are similar. I last was owned by a cat in the late 70s, when I lived in a ground-floor apartment with a yard. Next papartment had no yard, so I gave her to the pensioner couple next door. She decided their son was her person & when he came home from work, it was his lap she sat in!

Ever since I've had cat ornaments & toys in my collections. Plus lots of photos I've taken of cats I've come across in my life.

sanda


25 Dec 16 - 03:53 AM (#3828589)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

I've had cats all my long life, usually four or five at a time. I used to show them at the General Cat Fancy shows, and in those days I had British Black Shorthairs. (dense jet-black fur and deep orange eyes) I won several Firsts and even a Premier medal (highest honour for neutered cats) with my lovely Ashmere Augustus (Gussie for short)
Then I started to have Siamese, and there was no going back. They're little monkeys but extremely affectionate and intelligent. Along the way, several poor little strays have found their way to my door, and being a soft twit I've taken them in.
Our cats now are two brothers (Minty and Murphy, one seal point and one blue point) and SmokeyPokey (blue point)
I've never had a cat that only wanted food and a nice fire. They've all been loving and wanting to be near me at all times. When my husband was in Africa last year, his 'favourite', Minty, pined for him dreadfully and spent the entire five weeks gazing out of the window hoping he'd see him coming home. When he finally arrived, the reunion brought tears to my eyes.
The only drawback with cats is their short life-span compared to ours. It's so hard to say goodbye, and the grief is terrible when you lose a cat. It never gets any easier.


25 Dec 16 - 05:02 AM (#3828592)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman

We are sort of wondering about that with one at the moment, Senoufu. I don't remember what it's called but its some sort of tumour - apparently it doesn't spread to other organs but it gets bigger - from what I read she may have a couple of years maybe longer maybe shorter.

We got her to our local vets when we first noticed the small lump developing on her shoulder. They tried to remove it but it came back first time and she's now had surgery twice in the space of a couple of months. We've had her rather unsettled, dressed in a (now off) red jacket. We are optimistic that the second op has been more successful but also believe we can not inflict another stressful round of vet trips (that you can't even explain to them) on her. It's sort of fingers crossed and I think we leave it, if it returns again, until the lump is troubling her now.

Like most/all who've had a few pets over years I've seen a few go through accidents and illnesses. It's never easy.


25 Dec 16 - 05:04 AM (#3828593)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman

"until the lump is troubling her now. "

I'm meant until the lump (if it returns) shows signs of distressing her.


25 Dec 16 - 05:08 AM (#3828595)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: The Sandman

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25 Dec 16 - 05:43 AM (#3828602)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: JHW

Used to have a faithful Ginger Tom but long gone now. Re Joe's account of cats v critters I sat my cat down one day and gave him a right verbal bollocking about chasing birds on the yard wall. He never did again, sat initially gnashing his teeth then got used to them coming and going from the honeysuckle on his wall and sat contented.

If you like Ginger Cats see Bob the Street Cat film. Scroll down for Trailer


25 Dec 16 - 06:06 AM (#3828605)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

Jon, that's so difficult isn't it? Minty gets bouts of triaditis, inflammation of three organs of the body. It can be painful and needs treatment. The last time was touch-and-go, and cost us nearly £800. He's getting old now, and like you we don't want to put him through being in the vet's for 3 days on a drip, crying for us and trying to grab us with his paw when we visited. Heartbreaking.
However at the moment he's quite perky and has regained his lost weight. But I think the last act of love is to send them on in peace and end the suffering. I must have wept lakes over the years over my lost little mates.
The three Siamese horrors are at this moment in the kitchen munching away on some lovely big lumps of cooked chicken breast. (Well, it is Christmas!)


25 Dec 16 - 06:54 AM (#3828613)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman

Yep. Agreed.

We've not had a Siamese (and I think all our cats have been findlings in one way or other - strays or "who want's a kitten") but my father's parents had one for a while.

I may have met him but can't really remember that at the moment (and this would have been in our first time round in N Wales - say my later primary/ up to early secondary years and granddad in Norwich) but I do remember they called him Rasputin.


25 Dec 16 - 07:14 AM (#3828620)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

Hahaha! Love the name Rasputin! There's an evil white cat who lives up the road. He keeps hanging round ours, bursting through the cat flap and hoovering up any food he finds on the floor. Ours are terrified of him. We called him 'Mad Mick'. He attacks any cats he comes across, and has cost many of our neighbours money at the vet's for stitching up wounds and torn ears. We now chase him with a water pistol whenever he shows his evil face.
I went to see his owners (lovely couple, new residents, and they feed him well) and laughingly asked if they knew he was a psycho-cat. They said his name is 'Spirit'. Bloody 'Evil Spirit' if you ask me. They have another cat, called 'Marmite'. (You either love it or hate it) We had a laugh, and there isn't a lot they can do really. I think it needs psychoanalysis or something!
We got a funny Christmas card through our door. "With love from 'Spirit'" Gaaaah! Hee hee!


25 Dec 16 - 07:23 AM (#3828622)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler

We have accquired two in recent weeks, one two year old abandoned by neighbours of a friend, and the other a young kitten.
The aim is to have them as a deterrent against the rabbits. They may be even catch some! The problem is that I expect some of our local birds to be in danger as I looked out the window first thing today to find the two year old 15 feet up a tree.

Robin


25 Dec 16 - 08:02 AM (#3828627)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman

Guess those sort of things can happen. Our "snotcat" (snotty superior attitude) was huge, I think now maybe largely Norwegian Forest and was't always kindly disposed to our other (neutered) tom. Lost him to cat aides - I believe it was a problem in that community before that particular community died out by people neutering the males - but I'd imagine that at one stage of his life (which I think runs having a prior owner before going feral) he was "the biggest kid on the block" round here.

Friendly neighbour seems to think his female is untouchable but I've got photos where "puss puss", the one I don't think will truly make friends with me chases her up a tree. He's not bad though he just has his food (maybe even a second helping) and then (partly due to something like a spoonerism on my part and partly due to him used to spraying a lot) "piss pusses" off. He seems more puzzled that aggressive if he sees me handle one of our in/out door cats.


25 Dec 16 - 08:10 AM (#3828629)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jack Campin

Cats as ratters or even micers is not something I've really known. Sure they may bring you the odd present doing no harm in the field in but I don't see (at least well fed pet cats) them as being that effective pest controllers.

A friend of mine had a mouse infestation in her flat. A cat of her own wouldn't be practical, she travels too much. But she'd heard that cat fluff was a mouse repellent. So I collected a bagful of surplus fluff from our long-haired lilac tortie Chloe. It worked - she hasn't had mice for a year.

The thing is, Chloe is nearly 19 years old, has almost no teeth, and has probably never caught anything in her life. Any prey would suffer nothing worse than a geriatric gumming. But her fluff seems to be absolutely terrifying.


25 Dec 16 - 08:08 PM (#3828718)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

The predator thing can be inconsistently presented when a cat is highly domesticated and human-friendly.

I have rarely encountered a kitten or cat that would not make a game of pouncing on something, ANYthing, that moved in an arresting visual fashion. That does not mean that said cat will know how to dispatch one of its fellow warm-blooded beasties. Cats stalk instinctively as well, I believe.

But hunting and dispatching prey requires skill as well as instinct. Skill has to be acquired through a learning process. A lot of times, for a cat, that means there is another cat present who is already a good mouser/ratter, and can demonstrate to the learning cat how the thing is carried through.

I grew up where there were barns; and where there were barns, there were barn cats. Feral often as not, or semi-feral. Their lives depended at least partly on their hunting, so they got on with it, and did not like humans wanting to get hands-on friendly with them.

After all, being a lap-cat is something else that has to be demonstrated, practiced, and learned...although it seems like it looks a lot easier than being Nimrod The Mighty Hunter.


25 Dec 16 - 09:40 PM (#3828739)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bee-dubya-ell

We have no cats at this time, though we've had plenty of them over the years, sometimes four or five at a time. We live on a rural road where people often dump unwanted pets, and we could usually depend on a new cat showing up on the doorstep every year or so. But since a puppy (who subsequently grew into a rather large dog) showed up on that same doorstep a few years back, the cats have stopped. We'll see one in the yard every now and then, but they're too leary of the dog to make hanging around a habit.


25 Dec 16 - 10:18 PM (#3828743)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Joe Offer

Hmmm. At the time this thread was started in 2000, I had five feral cats living in my yard, in an area of Sacramento that had lots of feral cats. There was rabies found in a feral cat in that area this month, so I imagine the feral cat population will be significantly reduced soon.
So, I got married in 2002 and moved into my wife's home in the foothills - with 3 dogs and 3 cats and an 11-year-old boy. And then the neighbor's cat moved in, bringing the total number of cats to four. We eventually got down to one dog and one cat, but then the other neighbor's two dogs moved in and the last cat died, so now we're a 3-dog, no-cat family, and the boy is 27 and still with us.
I like it that way.
-Joe-


26 Dec 16 - 06:43 PM (#3828868)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

"Mad Mick" .... sounds like your regional answer to Glasgow's Sam the Skull.


26 Dec 16 - 07:27 PM (#3828874)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: kendall

I lost my old dog, Charlie, in July. I've always had a dog or a cat. So, I went to the animal rescue and adopted a 3 year old neutered male. Orange and white. Feisty but loves attention, and sleeps with me.


27 Dec 16 - 04:43 AM (#3828930)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: John MacKenzie

Cats kill millions of song birds every year.


27 Dec 16 - 06:50 AM (#3828948)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jack Campin

I haven't yet seen an estimate of how many birds are killed by domestic cats that seemed to be based on honest and well-informed statistical methodology. Everybody seems to extrapolate from some sample without any attempt to show how representative it is.

We're in a village with a lot of green space and a few minutes walk from open fields, so there are a lot of birds available. Our three cats seem to kill a bit more than one bird each per year (and some near misses, like the pissed-off magpie we found sitting on the pillow which our Ollie had given up on trying to kill). They managed about double that when they were younger, and one year wiped out an entire nestful. Not good but not exactly an environmental disaster either.


27 Dec 16 - 06:59 AM (#3828949)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

Until a few years ago we lived in another village, in a house with a huge garden bordering on fields. No fences, just a ditch. Our cats over the years seemed to be more interested in shrews, field mice, rats, baby rabbits, the odd wood pigeon and once a pheasant. We often saw Hissing Sid, a huge grass snake, which our cats used to torment and poke, but never hurt. It was very rare indeed that they came in with a songbird of any sort. Now they're (like me) quite old, they don't hunt or catch anything.
Mind you they were usually stuffed with food. I had a colleague who went shooting, and he gave me rabbits and wood pigeons free, as long as I was prepared to skin/pluck and draw the things. (I was) The cats always shared this food with us. They crunched, gnawed and munched their way through all sorts of good stuff. I don't suppose they could summon up too much energy for chasing songbirds!


27 Dec 16 - 11:16 AM (#3828995)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Captain, your Sam sounds like a grand little companion.


02 Jan 17 - 09:21 AM (#3829977)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

We're very very sad today, as we've just had to have our little Minty put to sleep. His triaditis flared up again last week and he was in a bad way this morning. I felt it was cruel to go on, and we took him to the vet's. My husband has just buried him under the pear tree in the corner of our garden. We'll miss him so much, he was a real character. But he'd had a lovely life in the countryside, with his brother and other cats, plenty of love and fun, and good food etc.

Rest In Peace little Minty.


02 Jan 17 - 08:33 PM (#3830089)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Ah, Eliza, even when it is inevitable and merciful, it really smarts. Good on you both for doing what your cat needed when he needed it.


03 Jan 17 - 03:44 AM (#3830103)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

Thank you keberoxu. I've cried quite a bit, and sadly so has my husband. He and Minty had a real bond. So many times in the past I've had to take a cat to the vet for the final journey, and it never ever gets any easier. But somehow the older one gets, the harder it becomes. The pain of grief is so intense.
I'm sure it's no different for owners of dogs, or in fact any creature we've grown to love.


03 Jan 17 - 01:12 PM (#3830188)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

In fact, Eliza, I have spoken with one or two breeders of pedigreed pet animals, of dogs or of cats. The good kind, who are protective and devoted to the animals. And for them as well, when their elderly males and females, long retired from breeding, have to be put down, the grief is terribly intense. The good breeders get attached to their cats / dogs, just as the pet owners do.


03 Jan 17 - 01:40 PM (#3830198)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion

Oh, Eliza, I'm sorry poor Minty is gone.

One of my favourites of your posts is that one in which you described your husband dancing around the kitchen, waving a dish in the air and singing "Chicken! Chicken!" while the cats thronged his ankles and howled. It just won't be the same as a duet.

Is it my imagination, or are tomcats more vulnerable to disease than females? Most of my ladies have lived to advanced ages, but I've never had a tom who made it beyond 13 (at best guess). Kidney disease, crystaluria, pancreatic disease -- it's quite the list. But Perdita, a foundling kitten who lost her mother before she was weaned, lived to be 19 despite chronic thyroid problems, and Lucy, who came to me as a stunted stray, made it to the age of 16 -- and finally died of cancer.


03 Jan 17 - 02:11 PM (#3830210)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

Thank you so much Charmion and keberoxu for your kind and understanding words.
I've never had a female cat, but I have found Siamese to be less long-lived than British ones. My British Shorthair was 17 when he died, but most of my Siamese have been between 12 and 15 at the most. The various strays I've taken in (and who can refuse a hungry,lost cat at the door?) were of indeterminate ages.
My husband has often talked to ours in Malinke, and funnily enough they seem to understand. He rang his mum in Africa this morning to tell her Minty has died. She was astonished to discover he was talking about a cat, not a person. (Cats over there finish up in the pot!) She didn't quite know how to react, so began reciting Muslim prayers for the soul of the departed. I did smile when I heard him replying "Amen. Amen. Amen."
Still feeling sad, but still sure we did the right thing.


03 Jan 17 - 03:07 PM (#3830221)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Charmion, and Eliza, that is a post I should dearly like to read myself....the description of singing with the cats in the kitchen.


10 Jan 17 - 01:14 PM (#3831735)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

refresh


10 Jan 17 - 02:35 PM (#3831757)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

The two cats that are left, Murphy and Smokey, have been moping around looking sad. I'm sure they're missing Minty too. Winter doesn't help, as they miss the sunshine and warmth.

My sister up in Scotland is soon going to collect a rescued cat from a shelter. She had to have her old black cat put to sleep. He was 20 and had been a super chap. She's seen a female called Mela, which means 'black' in Polish. It's a British type, black all over (she showed me a photo) Mela is a bit timid and hasn't had a happy life, so hopefully she'll relax and enjoy living with my sis. Like me, she adores cats and has never been without one.


10 Jan 17 - 02:58 PM (#3831759)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Anne Lister

Since I posted in 2009 we have acquired a second cat. He is a quarter Bengal, an eighth Ragdoll, an eighth Snowshoe and the rest moggie (but we have seen photos of his Dad and he looks very Siamese). His name is Mylo. My husband tends to think that Persia (who you might recall is a rescue cat from the mean streets of Barry) is like Nessa (from Gavin and Stacey, for those of you who watched it) while Mylo is rather more Hugh Grant, with his pedigree upbringing. Mylo has just been talking to me in the kitchen (being a very chatty cat) and I think he's been requesting me to turn the wind down outside as it's putting him off going out there. Oh, if you want an image - Mylo is white and grey, while Persia is a dark tortie.
Can't imagine life now without cats, but I don't think we could cope with more than two, especially as these two get very possessive about us, laps and places to sleep!


11 Jan 17 - 07:21 AM (#3831883)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

They sound lovely Anne. I had five cats at once for quite a while. If one passed away, I usually got two kittens. (I found the kittens were company for each other and felt more reassured together. They also played kitten games without irritating the older cats.) Trouble is, the policy of 'lose one, get two' results in rather a lot of cats around the place. But then I had a huge garden surrounded by fields and the cats enjoyed our log fire in the winter. Our present house is much smaller.
Siamese cats are always very talkative. Ours have a wide vocabulary. They also have a very naughty tendency to have a quick wee on any object to mark territory. (I've always had neutered males) You can see them laughing when you chase them after they've done it. Dreadful.

Minty is still in out thoughts. It's over a week now since he was put to sleep, and the grief continues. I half expect to see him again when I go into the kitchen early in the morning. He used to rub his head against my dressing gown sleeve and try to stop me filling the kettle at the sink. We loved him so much...


11 Jan 17 - 08:25 AM (#3831890)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion

Isobel, a small black fur person, is squirming and purring in my lap as I type, for the study desk is her favourite place to infest. Watson, her brother, owns the kitchen sofa and anyone with the temerity to sit there, especially in the spot beside the reading lamp.

For a couple of years, we had a Siamese named Tokyo Rose, Rosie to her friends, who operated like a heat-seeking missile from Remembrance Day to Easter. She came to us as an emergency case, having been the undermost cat in a crowded house, and departed just as abruptly when it became apparent that she would succeed in preventing the settlement of Isobel and Watson, then four-month-old kittens. By the time the kittens came into our lives, Rosie had been the only cat in the house from April (when Old Bill died) to late November, and she was determined to keep it that way. She ambushed the kittens whenever they ventured onto the kitchen floor, especially whenever they emerged from the litter box. By February, the kittens were living on top of the refrigerator and Watson had learned to crap in the sink. Something had to give, and it was decided that the least bad solution was to find yet another new home for Rosie.

With great good luck, an old friend of my brother was found to be in need of a cat, and Rosie went to Prince Edward County where she is now the love of an old bachelor's life. He sent us a photo yesterday, of Rosie basking in a sunbeam on the sofa, so I gather that she has not changed a bit.


13 Jan 17 - 03:05 PM (#3832394)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

keep those cats and kittens coming


14 Jan 17 - 11:33 AM (#3832551)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Anne Lister

Back in the 1970s I shared a house with various friends, including Bonnie Shaljean, and it was decided we should have a cat as there was evidence of past rodent problems. So we had two calico sibling cats, Felicity and Dunstable. When they first arrived, we were convinced that Felicity was a female and Dunstable was a male, based on Felicity's neat posture and Dunstable's total lack of sense of dignity - we didn't know at the time that calico toms are very rare indeed. Eventually we realised that they were both female, by which time we had two litters of kittens, one of whom went back to my parents and became their much loved Cato.
Both cats tended to pee in the front hall, but were good company and provided some great moments of entertainment - Bonnie, if you're reading this, remember the dead squirrel? It had been left by the side of my bed one morning, and, half-asleep, I couldn't work out what to do with it so I went and put it in the kitchen bin. Bonnie came across it when throwing a tea bag away and to judge by the scream it was a bit of a shock (which I suppose it would have been).
In due course we all went our separate ways and I went to live in France, and both cats went to live with a couple of older women friends of mine up in Nottingham. Felicity didn't last long there as there was another cat already, so she took herself off (and we assume found somewhere else to live, as she was a resourceful cat). Dunstable, on the other hand, absolutely loved her new home and when I visited some time later she showed off just how rich and luxuriant her coat now was. I was left in no doubt that she preferred things as they were, and she had no wish to return to me, ever!


18 Jan 17 - 07:49 PM (#3833456)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

cats and kittens again


18 Jan 17 - 09:13 PM (#3833472)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Elmore

At the risk of being crass, we have a dog for whom {which?} we paid 36 dollars, and a cat for whom {which?} we paid 635 dollars. Love them both.


19 Jan 17 - 02:57 PM (#3833586)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Helen posted in " '00" about Archy and Mehitabel. Indeed, the latter was a cat, and some cat she was -- she fancied herself a reincarnation of Cleopatra.

"I have had my ups and downs
"But wotthehell, wotthehell..."


20 Jan 17 - 09:14 AM (#3833685)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion

Elmore? It's whom. Trust me.


20 Jan 17 - 03:09 PM (#3833751)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Eliza / Senoufou, you have said that your Smokey was the senior of your cats; how old is he now?   
And you brought home the two kittens to keep him company? Now one of his kittens is gone, and he's still around. Poor old thing.


20 Jan 17 - 03:56 PM (#3833760)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

Yes, SmokeyPokey is 15 years old now, which for a Siamese is quite aged. We're all missing poor little Minty terribly. His brother Murphy is moping around, and Smokey won't leave my side. My husband still has tears in his eyes when he comes home from work and there's no Minty to welcome him. Honestly, I've been through this so many times but it seems to get harder!
On a happier note, my sister up in Scotland has just adopted a rescue cat from the Cats' Protection League. A British black female called Mela. The website said she was 'timid and wary of people' but my good old sis got her home and the little madam inspected the premises and decided it would do. She's spent the last couple of days curled up on my sister's lap, and they love each other already. My sister is a widow and has just retired, so the company of Mela will be excellent.
I can't seem to shake off the sadness about Minty. He was so terribly ill at the end, and we did the right thing...I hate this time of year anyway, and I'm trying to keep cheerful. But...


21 Jan 17 - 03:05 PM (#3833934)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Jack Campin, I am still getting a laugh out of your post about terrifying geriatric cat fluff.


21 Jan 17 - 04:16 PM (#3833962)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Eliza, nice to hear that your sister is getting on well with her new "little madam."


22 Jan 17 - 11:30 AM (#3834094)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash

Last year my wife and I bought an apartment on the west coast of Ireland. There were 3 cats which lingered around the vicinity. We've been "adopted" by one of them, a beautiful, small and sleek black cat who is very affectionate.

Although I was reluctant to feed her, on the basis of what would she do when we are not here, she eventually won me over.

I made some enquiries and found several people locally feed her and her twin and that they use to live in the apartment we bought. It seems the previous tenants just abandoned them when they left.

How people can do that is beyond my imagination.


22 Jan 17 - 04:03 PM (#3834148)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

The thing with cats, though, is that some of them -- not all of them, I guess -- really orient themselves to places. I have always felt that cats think of people as part of their territory, and it is no secret that cats are territorial by nature.

I am thinking of the little book by the late May Sarton. She and her partner had a pet cat, who was the subject of the book. Forget the title. Of course the tomcat, duly neutered, took over their lives. Then for some reason they had to relocate; they found a suitable home for the cat with people they trusted.

The occasion arose for a reunion meeting. The reunion between the humans went nicely enough. It was different for the cat. You see, it worked out that Sarton and partner travelled to a nearby hotel, rather than stay in someone's home. And for some reason, the new owners of the cat brought the cat to the hotel room, rather than bring Sarton and partner to the cat on the cat's new territory.

So Sarton and partner's last memory of their tomcat was of a very unhappy, uneasy animal in a place he had never been before, and wanted to get out of right now, thank you, and he didn't care if he used to know these people!


23 Jan 17 - 03:51 PM (#3834353)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

On the other hand, there is the occasional breaking news report of the cat, as well as the dog, who trailed a relocated human owner across hundreds of miles, obviously more attached to person than place.


24 Jan 17 - 01:45 PM (#3834587)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Page 9, in the Preface to the 1983 edition, for May Sarton's account of the fiasco of a hotel visit.
Name of book: The Fur Person, W. W. Norton.


24 Jan 17 - 09:11 PM (#3834669)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: kendall

I hang suet blocks in the cherry tree for the birds, and I have a window box with sunflower seeds for the Chickadees. Sam is never allowed to go out, and shows no interest in going out, so, he settles for looking out the window while the birds eat. He has taken at least one mouse in the cellar, but that's about it. He is no Nimrod.


27 Jan 17 - 04:23 PM (#3835240)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Kendall, maybe your Sam is what May Sarton calls
a "Cat of Peace."


27 Jan 17 - 04:39 PM (#3835244)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel

For such small beings cats are as communicative as Dolphins if you look and listen.


27 Jan 17 - 07:37 PM (#3835264)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ed T

Our family black cat is huge, 21 pounds, but not overly overweight for his large frame, according to our animal doctor. He is 10 years old and we trained him to fetch small balls much like a dog. When he purrs, it sounds much like a power saw.


28 Jan 17 - 01:01 AM (#3835282)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: CeeGee

Our largest of 6 savannah cats is around 30 lb and a total whimp - most of the time. The smallest, at under 10 lb, needs glasses because it obviously thinks it's bigger than the 30 pounder! But she has discovered, on more than one occasion, that her head fits inside her bigger brother's gob!


28 Jan 17 - 07:57 AM (#3835302)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

I go away for awhile and someone revives all these old threads! 17 years ago I posted about Hotspur and Ophelia; they are long ago memories now (Hotspur is still and will ever be Best Cat Ever) and we are now owned by Marie Leveau the voodoo queen, and Ralph Waldo Catterson, who goes by the name of Waldo (but I believe his secret "real" name is Max. Don't ask me why). Both are black and very distinct and dignified. Except when they're ridiculous.


07 Feb 17 - 02:30 PM (#3837384)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Amergin, what is this about a cat that adopted you?


09 Feb 17 - 10:12 AM (#3837782)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

pardon my ignorance, CeeGee, but what is a savannah cat?


09 Feb 17 - 10:28 AM (#3837784)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Cool Beans

A cat adopted me in graduate school (I was in graduate school, not the cat) and I've had cats ever since. Now I also have a dog.


09 Feb 17 - 06:14 PM (#3837878)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: oldhippie

Currently have 4; at times we've had up to 10, including barn cats. Plus we have fostered a total of 70 cats and kittens for the local cat shelter. So, yeah, we have cats.


10 Feb 17 - 02:27 PM (#3838099)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

According to some, it is the cats who own the Mudcatters.


10 Feb 17 - 03:20 PM (#3838118)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash

No question about that Kerebouxu, there have been cats in the house I have lived in all my life, 61 years to date. Not for one second have I ever imagined I owned at cat.

The first cat who owned me was called Tiddles, she was wonderful and looked after me as a child.

She followed me to the shops to make sure I got home safely.

She was black, white and beautiful and very loving.

Thank you for reminding me of her.


05 Mar 17 - 03:52 PM (#3843037)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Right, so I looked up Savannah cats, finding out, in the process, about Bengal cats, Asian leopard cats.... I didn't know about any of that stuff. We live and learn. I had in fact heard of Servals, but not that they had been cross-bred.

CeeGee, what are you doing with six Savannah cats -- have you got your own private savannah?


06 Mar 17 - 02:04 PM (#3843231)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

How many Mudcatters with cats have had the experience where the cat decides to adopt you? One or two posts on this thread describe such.


06 Mar 17 - 02:25 PM (#3843245)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

Lots of cats have adopted me keberoxu over the years. I think a stray cat will see a house where other cats live and try to get a piece of the action so to speak. (One shouldn't really entice or encourage a random cat to have a snack or a kip unless it's obviously hungry and a true stray. It could be someone's much-loved pet on the scrounge.)

A little tabby I called Solo appeared one winter in the snow. His coat was shabby and he was very thin. He kept lifting his freezing feet up one after the other from the icy ground. I let him in (much to my four other cats' horror!) and he plastered himself against the radiator after having gobbled up a huge plate of casseroled rabbit. I got the flea treatment onto him while he slept, and hid a worm tablet in some more food. He stayed with me for two years before he became very ill with liver problems, and I had to have him put to sleep. He truly adored me and used to make himself into a fur collar by wrapping himself around my neck while I did my housework! My next-door neighbour didn't like the name I'd chosen, and maintained he was an 'Oscar'!


06 Mar 17 - 02:39 PM (#3843252)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash

Next week I will be back in Ireland, I expect, and hope, to see the cat that "adopted" me last time we were there.

I did ensure before we started feeding her that other people were looking after her. She is a little sweety, very affectionate, but normally only stays for an hour or so before she goes elsewhere for more fuss, food and attention.

I know I shouldn't get attached but she's Josie to me.


06 Mar 17 - 03:24 PM (#3843264)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

A "velcro" cat, Eliza! And a heat-seeking missile as well.


06 Mar 17 - 04:54 PM (#3843282)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Dave the Gnome

Our older cat, Lily, adopted us. She came and stayed in our shed and would not go away!

DtG


07 Mar 17 - 11:09 AM (#3843453)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

My opinion is that cats, being less social in nature than dogs (no pack behavior, solitary hunting), are all about territory; and they think of their humans as part of their territory, I suppose the part that keeps them fed. What is your opinion?


07 Mar 17 - 11:39 AM (#3843462)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

I'm not sure about British Shorthair cats, as I only had a couple, and never more than one at a time. But my Siamese over the years did in fact hunt and explore outside in a group, like a pack. And they always sleep together, cuddled up and wrapped around each other. They also 'talk' and have quite a wide vocabulary, once you learn the language. I think they see me as a sort of servant-being, tolerated with a certain fondness and manipulated shamelessly to fetch this and that.
When poor little Minty was ill, he was often sick in the kitchen, and the two others screeched for the Nurse (me) to come. They knew it was my job to clear it up and sort things out.
I always laugh when SmokeyPokey says "Laptop!" so clearly. He obviously wants to send an e mail to his girlfriend (or order more roast chicken from Tesco).


07 Mar 17 - 06:04 PM (#3843521)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Cats amongst the pigeons.


08 Mar 17 - 02:19 PM (#3843724)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Any more Mudcatters who have been the object of adoption by a passing cat?


09 Mar 17 - 01:36 PM (#3843963)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Bonnie Shaljean, you out there? Maybe you don't visit the BS section. That is quite the anecdote from Anne Lister on this thread.


09 Mar 17 - 03:40 PM (#3843985)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash

Four years ago I took a "farm" cat from a friend, she was a very beautiful long haired Tabby. She has never been inside a house when I took her home.

She is absolutely gorgeous, very, very affectionate and took to living in a house straight away.

I was a little remiss in not taking her to a vet to have her neutered and the consequence of that was she had three kittens.

One in particular was very unhappy at being handled and I couldn't trust someone else to care for him, so he became another member of our family.

He is extremely timid, even with my wife and I, but this morning he was sitting on my bedroom windowsill growling at the refuge wagon as it reversed down the lane.

I love him to bits and with me he can be, when he wants, very affectionate.


10 Mar 17 - 09:38 AM (#3844089)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Amergin? The insane cat that adopted you?


18 Mar 17 - 06:16 PM (#3845559)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

keep those cats and kittens coming


20 Apr 17 - 04:28 PM (#3851488)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu

Eliza/Senoufou,
how is your sister getting on with Mela?


20 Apr 17 - 05:13 PM (#3851497)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

Ah, keberoxu, she's settled in beautifully.

Apparently she's a great mouser, and my sis comes downstairs in the morning to find a head and a tail of a mouse on the kitchen floor several times a week. (Mela eats the middle) She's pleased, as she wanted to control the mouse population in the garden a bit.

Mela sleeps on the top of the duvet on my sister's bed, and occasionally licks the tip of her nose during the night, just to reassure her that her feline friend loves her. Her tongue's a bit rough, but my sis doesn't mind.
She's eating well, and her coat now shines. It's lovely for them both to have company and love isn't it?


20 Apr 17 - 09:14 PM (#3851522)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel

7 Mudcatters have cats the other 204 mudcat Cats have mudcatters.


21 Apr 17 - 04:02 AM (#3851551)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou

You're absolutely right Donuel.
Our cats see us as rather endearing 'staff'.


21 Apr 17 - 11:42 AM (#3851678)
Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel

I will be looking for a cat soon. I like Maine Coon cats that are about as big as a bobcat. Siamese are more conversational. Tortoise cat are pretty, black cats are sleek we will let the cat have the final say so.