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How many Mudcats have cats!?

Charmion's brother Andrew 14 Jun 21 - 08:39 AM
keberoxu 13 Jun 21 - 10:44 PM
Charmion 13 Jun 21 - 10:52 AM
keberoxu 12 Jun 21 - 04:36 PM
Donuel 10 Jun 21 - 09:19 AM
Charmion 10 Jun 21 - 09:13 AM
Jon Freeman 10 Jun 21 - 06:23 AM
Donuel 10 Jun 21 - 06:05 AM
Steve Shaw 09 Jun 21 - 06:29 PM
Donuel 09 Jun 21 - 06:16 PM
WalkaboutsVerse 09 Jun 21 - 05:06 PM
WalkaboutsVerse 09 Jun 21 - 04:59 PM
Steve Shaw 09 Jun 21 - 04:54 PM
Donuel 09 Jun 21 - 04:40 PM
Steve Shaw 09 Jun 21 - 11:42 AM
Donuel 09 Jun 21 - 11:08 AM
Vincent Jones 09 Jun 21 - 10:21 AM
Donuel 08 Jun 21 - 05:31 PM
WalkaboutsVerse 08 Jun 21 - 04:33 PM
Raggytash 08 Jun 21 - 03:50 PM
WalkaboutsVerse 08 Jun 21 - 02:37 PM
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keberoxu 07 Jun 21 - 08:00 PM
Charmion 07 Jun 21 - 07:08 PM
Jos 07 Jun 21 - 09:09 AM
Charmion 07 Jun 21 - 08:33 AM
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Charmion 14 Sep 20 - 10:42 AM
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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 14 Jun 21 - 08:39 AM

For any of you not up on the art history of the Great War, Old Bill was a character that appeared in the cartoons of Bruce Bairnsfather. A fitting name for a dear, embattled tomcat.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 13 Jun 21 - 10:44 PM

Eliza/Senoufou,
what is the latest on Archie,
the foundling kitten rescued by
the veterinarian next door?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 13 Jun 21 - 10:52 AM

Yes, keb, Bill was the original "free" cat.

He arrived on our doorstep on the fourth day of April 2000 after surviving the entire winter on the street, and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 16 April 2013. He was a very fine cat indeed, worth every penny.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Jun 21 - 04:36 PM

Charmion, this isn't the first time I have known you to mention Bill. Isn't this the cat
whom the two of you referred to, ironically, as "free"?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 10 Jun 21 - 09:19 AM

"mob handed job" :^/


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Jun 21 - 09:13 AM

When we had a working tomcat who beat the bounds of his territory and defended it from all comers, I knew he was losing his mojo on the day he came home covered in mud and reeking of somebody else’s piss. The contents of his bladder is part of the fighting cat’s armament, and poor old Bill had taken a broadside. The mud came from the flower bed in which the battle was fought, and the piss, of course.

Washing Bill was a mob-handed job, but that time he endured our ministrations in the kitchen sink almost meekly until the worst of the mess was out of his fur. Then he erupted like Vesuvius and shot out of the kitchen, making straight for the sofa where he left a large wet spot that took hours to dry.

Typical.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 10 Jun 21 - 06:23 AM

I've seen plenty of muddy dogs but muddy cats?

I've seen cats that I guess have got into fights come home muddy and bedraggled a couple of times.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 10 Jun 21 - 06:05 AM

No its not. Its a deep seated pervasive personality problem.

Regarding cats; https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/deadly-fungi-are-the-newest-emerging-microbe-threat-all-over-the-world/
there is a feline specific fungal infection in Brazil that is horrendous. Regarding people, a word to the wise.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 09 Jun 21 - 06:29 PM

You purport to deal with scientific topics yet you are regularly called out for blatant inaccuracies. Not good enough. Check your facts before you post is my advice. It's a credibility thang. Focus on that.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Jun 21 - 06:16 PM

Whatever you say but they are so related that people here are advised if they have a crustacean allergy they should not eat ciccadas.
loosen up you're too tents.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 09 Jun 21 - 05:06 PM

Our family had a cat which didn't hunt as well with a bell on its collar.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 09 Jun 21 - 04:59 PM

On the tele, I've seen catfish successfully hunt pigeons, not quick enough onto the wing - but they were not mudcats...it was somewhere in Europe, I think.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 09 Jun 21 - 04:54 PM

Cicadas are insects and insects are not crustaceans, not by a long chalk. As ever, 'tis you who doesn't "get it." The default with regard to any assertion you make is to distrust it utterly.

By the way, I now have a cat. She's a rescue tortie called Polly and is a gentle and characterful beast. Beautiful too.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Jun 21 - 04:40 PM

hahahahaha you don't get it. Ciccadas are related.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 09 Jun 21 - 11:42 AM

Crustaceans don't have wings.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Jun 21 - 11:08 AM

I've seen plenty of muddy dogs but muddy cats?
Nope,
ceptin mebbe a tiger.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Vincent Jones
Date: 09 Jun 21 - 10:21 AM

Don't have a cat, but there's plenty of mud at my allotment.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Jun 21 - 05:31 PM

b that as it may...its June and all the cats around here are well fed with crustaceans on the wing.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 08 Jun 21 - 04:33 PM

What do cats on Mudcat have to do with the price of fish, Raggytash?

I've got eyes - that's a catfish playing the Italian fiddle/violin (perhaps straight out of a mudbath) NOT a cat!

Next thing you'll tell me is that it was all going swimmingly, I suppose.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Raggytash
Date: 08 Jun 21 - 03:50 PM

Well Walkabout, given that the thread is about Cats what the **** do your last two posts have in common with the thread?

Just asking like ...................


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 08 Jun 21 - 02:37 PM

Either way, otos, although very skilful swimmers and feeders, don't play the fiddle.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 08 Jun 21 - 01:48 PM

After not having an aquarium for decades, as well as Amano shrimp and a few tropical snails, I have Otocinclus - dwarf sucking catfish.

On the positive side, they seem to have a good life in my tank but, on the negative side, they have to be imported all the way from the Americas, during which many may suffer or die..?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Jun 21 - 08:00 PM

Well, Charmion, there you go --
Watson wants some more of that expensive new food.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Jun 21 - 07:08 PM

I’m sure he did not smell right, Jos, but Isobel has other senses fer goshsakes! He still looks like himself, and sounds like himself … especially when he’s informing me that I have not put nearly enough dinner in his dish …


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jos
Date: 07 Jun 21 - 09:09 AM

Maybe Isobel didn't recognise Watson when he came back from the cat hospital, as he won't have smelled like his old self at first.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Jun 21 - 08:33 AM

Watson and Isobel have reconciled after several days of estrangement caused by Watson's overnight stay at the cat hospital. It was nice to have my lap so thoroughly occupied (kinda like France circa 1941) instead of the swearing and clashing of claws on ceramic tile that indicate feline hostility.

I assume that this return to bliss will last only until Watson has to return to the vet to find out whether the new prescription diet ($$$) is solving his crystalluria problem.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Jun 21 - 09:16 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Jan 21 - 04:14 AM

one


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Joe_F
Date: 12 Jan 21 - 10:35 PM

I have a yellow plaster cat permanently climbing the corner of the bookcase on my desk. I inherited it from my father, who brought it home from France in the 1920s. He treated himself to a year there after he won a prize for a book he had written. In France, it was (perhaps still is) traditional for farmers to decorate their roofs with plaster animals.

I see that we can't call the 1920s the '20s any more.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Jan 21 - 07:00 PM

Lucy and Lionus were annoyed when cooped up in one room while a new water heater was installed. I was annoyed when the old one leaked a bit.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Jan 21 - 05:41 PM

We need to hear from
Mudcatters owned by happy healthy pet cats
on how their four-legged friends
are helping keep them safe and sane during the pandemic.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Naemanson
Date: 18 Sep 20 - 06:12 AM

Two in the house and two in the sad little cemetery under the mango tree.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mooh
Date: 15 Sep 20 - 10:04 AM

Charmion, thanks.

I haven't been around Mudcat much, not on purpose, just sort of drifted away as the guitar threads and Canadian content seemed to diminish, and some of the general humour lost. I do peak in for a read sometimes.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Sep 20 - 08:12 AM

In this mud cat box
I'm posting this
to cover all my leavings


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 14 Sep 20 - 10:42 AM

Hey, Mooh -- great to see your name on the board again.

We had a tomcat like your George. His name was Bill, and he was both a biter and a pisser -- preferring doors and baseboards to bags, and responsible for the destruction of rather too many books on bottom shelves. But definitely just full of je ne sais quoi.

Bill was the source of a family joke, the one about the "free cat". He came into our lives at the back door, at which he pounded when he finally decided to get off the street, and cost us thousands over the 13 years he lived with us, not only in vet bills (nearly $1,000 in his first two weeks) but also to repair the havoc he so casually wrought.

Peace to you, too!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mooh
Date: 14 Sep 20 - 10:32 AM

Not anymore. George left us last month. No more biting my feet as I slept, no more pissing in random bags/kits/purses left open, no more pissing in random shoes, no more pissing on the bathroom floor beside a clean litter box, no more chasing the 90lb dog from his bed, no more biting the dogs in their sleep, no more friends arriving and making sure George wasn't present before they'd enter, no more vet visits where they had to call in extra staff to handle him. All that said, he did have his own je ne sais quoi, a style of his own, both endearing and maddening.

No condolences required, he was that one most challenging rescue. The exception that tests the rule.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Sep 20 - 07:27 AM

Ancient Egypt invented the ultimate final cat flap into the afterlife. More than any other animal, cats were mummified.
hundreds of thousands of them.
There are millions of human mummies. Grumbracher used to grind up mummies for a pigment called mummy white in oil paint for artists.
We used to have a tube.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 14 Sep 20 - 04:41 AM

I had to change our two cat flaps for Worthy/Snotcat. He was a bit too big to manage the standard cat ones we had before. I think the only “foreigner” we had through ours was Furball who decided he could let himself in and out before he decided he would settle here but that was fine.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 14 Sep 20 - 03:50 AM

If any cat has a choice of two cat-flaps, a large one and a small one, it will invariably pick the larger one.
But how funny that a scientist should design such a thing to let a cat out! Rather sweet of him.
The problem with cat-flaps is that they let other cats IN, and we sometimes had 'visitors', much to the indignation of our resident cats.
Our neighbours have a high-tech system - each of their three cats has a collar with some sort of electronic 'key' on it, which allows the flap to open. I believe this can be achieved using the micro-chip which vets put under the skin of various pets.
That tame red deer in our village ('BamBam') has been microchipped!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Sep 20 - 02:54 PM

Newtonian Cat Doors
Did Newton bridge the worlds of the indoor cat and outdoor cat?

When he wasn't envisioning space cannons and figuring out what holds the universe together, Isaac Newton applied his considerable intellect to other problems -- such as ways to keep the cat from scratching on the door.

Newton never married and cultivated few friendships, but he did make room in his life for cats and dogs. Sources vary on exactly how this relationship played out. Some contemporary historians label him an animal lover, while other accounts tell doubtful tales regarding a pet dog named Diamond. Some historians even doubt he owned pets at all
The story goes that at the University of Cambridge Newton's experiments were interrupted constantly by his cats scratching at his office door, so he summoned the Cambridge carpenter and had him saw two holes in his door: a large hole for the mother cat and a small one for her kittens. Of course, since the kittens simply followed their mother through the larger hole, the smaller hole remained unused.

"Whether this account be true or false, indisputably true is that there are in the door to this day two plugged holes of proper dimensions for the respective egresses of cat and kitten," wrote a Newton contemporary some years after the scientist's death [source: Wright].

The jury is still out on this story. Newton could have invented one of the world's most popular cat accessories -- or somebody at Cambridge just liked to drill random holes.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 12 Sep 20 - 01:41 PM

Poor Ebbie,it's heartbreaking to lose a pet, dog or cat. It hurts so much.
A lady came to our door this afternoon. She lives opposite Sam the Skull's owners. She told us that the poor little thing died at 2am this morning. The chap who is the owner's boyfriend found him dead beside his water bowl. He thought it could have been kidney problems, and has buried him in their garden.
I'm afraid I cried, imagining the little animal in the night suffering and no-one coming to help.
However, he was very old, and perhaps this is for the best. I don't think his owners were exactly perfect cat-lovers. Husband is very sad too. Ah well...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Sep 20 - 12:21 PM

The universe had better not forget about
Mudcat member Ebbie,
who has a dog-shaped hole in her heart that needs filling.

Sadly, Mudcat BS threads about the joys of being owned by a dog
tend to get flamed by dog-haters ...


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 12 Sep 20 - 11:13 AM

Rich-joy, if my experience is anything to go by, the Universe is working on the challenge of putting the right cat in your way.

It is entirely possible, however, that the Universe is more interested in finding a human who’s right for a certain cat than in connecting a certain human with the cat of his/her dreams.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: rich-joy
Date: 11 Sep 20 - 11:44 PM

Well, it's been 9 months today (the 12th Sept, Down Under), since my beloved tuxedo cat, Hector Lysander, returned to Source to be with My Beloved Paul (77 months today, since he departed :(
- and even though I haven't finished decluttering and cleaning the house by a long shot, I am really hanging out for my next feline companion.
I even went to meet one this morning (I want a chunky ginger Tabby tom!) but we weren't the right fit.

My Hector loved to be held with his arms draped around my neck (actually, anyone's neck would do - especially blokes' :) and I need a cat that likes cuddling!!!

Someday My Prince Will Come, perhaps ..... surely that's not only in Disney cartoons :) - but it keeps the thread musical on Mudcat, haha!

Cheers, R-J


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 11 Sep 20 - 12:49 PM

Hee hee keberoxu, he certainly did! I'm finding comfort in remembering our little moments in the sunshine outside on The Bench, and the hundreds of plates of best cat food I gave him, plus bowls of milk etc and diced chicken. The trouble with pet-ownership is their lives are naturally much shorter than ours and we have to brace ourselves for The End every time.
I've just spoken with our lovely neighbour's daughter the Vet nurse, and she still hasn't been able to find out what happened to Spirit eventually, but she too thinks he's no longer with us.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 11 Sep 20 - 11:55 AM

The saga of Spirit the white tomcat,
who seems to have felt crowded out of the household
that he shared with humans and numerous other cats,
has enlivened Mudcat threads no end in recent times.
It sounds like "Sam the Skull" 's story is near its end.

I too wonder at the disregard and indifference of the humans
who are responsible for their pet cat.
Thank goodness that the tomcat lives in a neighborhood
where there are compassionate neighbors when he is in need.

I never shall forget Senoufou/Eliza's account of the night
that the bedroom window, screen-free, was open,
and Spirit/Sam jumped up to the window from outside
and down into the bedroom
and scared the heck out of her.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Sep 20 - 10:20 AM

Har, har, Andrew.

Likewise, Eliza. Cats don't stay where they're not content, so I think you can be confident that Sam was happy with you on The Bench. And he is now and always has been his own cat, so he dispenses his presence where he pleases.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 10 Sep 20 - 08:36 AM

Haha Charmion, Watson sounds such a scream! Cats do like to sniff feet. Our Siamese would probably have done a passing wee on each player's leg, just to be friendly of course.
No sign of MickeyPickey/Sam today, and I just hope he's either passed away or has been taken to the vet. He couldn't have gone on in that state. Although he wasn't actually my cat, I do miss him already. And I hope his last few months over the summer were happy ones on The Bench at my side. (gulp. tears)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 10 Sep 20 - 08:32 AM

Perhaps a gut reaction on Watson's part?


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 10 Sep 20 - 07:25 AM

Poor Sam/Spirit. He should be in a warm nest at home, not out in the street.

In other news, we had a (socially distanced) tune session at our house the other day, and Watson appeared to check out the guitar player’s ankles. He did not approve of the fiddle, which I think is too loud for his taste, but took his time to assess each player. Then I suspect he repaired to the bedroom to report his findings to Isobel.


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