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Offline Est.1965

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The Cat Thread
« on: February 27, 2009, 07:30:10 PM »
Plenty of cats in here.  A lot of cat lovers, me included.  Time for a wee post with pics and stories about your moggie.
All cats in my life past and present get called "Wootz" or "Wooteez".  I did have one cat called "Smokey Wooteez Delphi Tooteez".  I don't know why.  Its a feline thing.  Cats are the masters of luxury and outdoor violence.
I love cats, I'm getting one next week as my last Wooteez died.
I might get this one:
Dear Hans Rott
In the 1980s there was a creative punk group called "Big Audio Dynamite".  I have decided to apply the term to you, my man.  And I still haven't properly finished your Screenplay yet.  Too bad.  Take care anyway old chum, I'm off to listen to Brahms!
Kind regards, John

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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2009, 12:09:46 AM »
My Siamese is almost as scary:

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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2009, 02:18:52 AM »
And here is the queen:

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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2009, 05:25:42 AM »


This cat really digs Le Sacre.

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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2009, 05:35:24 AM »
Terminally lazy.

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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2009, 05:58:09 AM »
I have never cared much for cats.  Not that I disliked them, but I just didn't understand why people would choose a cat when they could have a dog.  I had heard tales of cats that related to people like dogs, but hadn't experienced it.  To me they seemed utterly self-absorbed and self-seeking little princesses who were far more trouble than they're worth--like trophy wives or Paris Hilton.

However, we now have a cat who has owned my heart for nearly ten years.  Chloe started out as a tough little critter who didn't care much for people but would rather be out catching birds and mice, unlike her sister who liked nothing better than to curl up in a lap--anyone's lap.  Chloe turned up her nose at everyone's efforts to hold her or pet her and didn't seem to like people at all, except for me.  For some reason she took to me right away, maybe because I didn't like cats any more than she liked people, or maybe just because I was usually the one who fed her.

In many respects Chloe acts like a dog, greeting me at the door when I come home, following me around the house, curling up on the floor at my feet when I'm reading or on the PC, and she even comes when she's called (most of the time, that is).  She's still a fine hunter and likes to share her success.  Over the years she's brought me mice, frogs, crickets, and an assortment of small birds, including a live hummingbird once.  Thank God we were outside when she laid that at my feet.  Thinking it dead, I picked it up to dispose of it and was surprised to feel its little heart still beating.  The poor little bird must have been paralyzed with fear.  While I was looking it over for damage the bird suddenly shook itself, stood for a moment in my cupped hands, and then launched itself into flight and buzzed away, apparently none the worse for wear.

Too bad Chloe doesn't like water.  With a mouth that soft she would probably make a fine retriever.  I'd like to see her trying to carry a Canadian goose more than twice her size!
 
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2009, 06:44:03 AM »
When I was younger my gran had a cat called Foxy (being ginger of course). We shared many of the same interests: sleeping, walking on top of walls, eating meat. We were great pals! He would give me an eskimo kiss if I got up close. He was so sweet and friendly, always looked like he had a cheeky smile on his face and never sulked, not even when soggy!  :o

As much as I love dogs, I have more respect for the independence of cats. They know as well as we do that they could fine well survive entirely by themselves. But why would they bother when they can be fed, kept warm and still leave to carry out their own business as they please? To use a phrase that sounds like it should have been coined by a cat, 'why have a dog and bark yourself?'.  ;D

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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2009, 08:03:37 AM »
As much as I love dogs, I have more respect for the independence of cats. They know as well as we do that they could fine well survive entirely by themselves. But why would they bother when they can be fed, kept warm and still leave to carry out their own business as they please? To use a phrase that sounds like it should have been coined by a cat, 'why have a dog and bark yourself?'.  ;D

Purrfectly summed up.  A cats character becomes clear form it's independence and bird mauling antics in the garden.  They are so divinely intelligent that people used to worship them. 
Dear Hans Rott
In the 1980s there was a creative punk group called "Big Audio Dynamite".  I have decided to apply the term to you, my man.  And I still haven't properly finished your Screenplay yet.  Too bad.  Take care anyway old chum, I'm off to listen to Brahms!
Kind regards, John

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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2009, 11:55:58 AM »
My wife with Charlie:
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2009, 12:03:31 PM »
One of my favorite felines.


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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2009, 12:45:21 PM »


This is my 14 year old cat called Gourmet. He's quite a character and orientates his day around mine spending large parts of the day sleeping in my office.
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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2009, 01:51:40 PM »
My Siamese is almost as scary:

Gorgeous, my wife and I love Siamese cats, we plan to take one on as soon as we buy our own house together.

Simon  :)

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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2009, 03:13:26 PM »
I agree so much with what DavidRoss said above ;D

My 15 year old cat-Suki- has never gone outside because I live in a top floor apartment/flat but it is fairly large with big rooms and plenty of space to roam about. She reacts with me in exactly the same way as David's Chloe, greeting my return home, following me about, sleeping on my bed.

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« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2009, 03:22:49 PM »
Gorgeous, my wife and I love Siamese cats, we plan to take one on as soon as we buy our own house together.

Simon  :)

Hi Simon, welcome to the forum.  We're getting quite a collection of Hoffmanites over here now  :)

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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2009, 03:40:34 PM »
My Abyssinian out in her cat run:

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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2009, 03:56:49 PM »
My Abyssinian out in her cat run:

Hi Russell,

Indeed  ;D great pic of the Abby I really miss my Abby cat Cleo we had when I lived with my parents, she died a couple of years ago at 21  :'(

Look forward to plenty of good classical discussion here ;D

Simon  :)

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« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2009, 11:45:38 PM »
Here's our cat Gizmo.


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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2009, 12:27:41 AM »
Hi Russell,

Indeed  ;D great pic of the Abby I really miss my Abby cat Cleo we had when I lived with my parents, she died a couple of years ago at 21  :'(

Look forward to plenty of good classical discussion here ;D

Simon  :)

21 is a grand old age for any cat.  My Abby's still got 16 years left at that rate!

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Re: The Cat Thread
« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2009, 07:34:05 PM »
A cat thread!
I have five of them.

first picture
Top (from left): Delite, Obi-wan
Bottom: Frosty, Sammy and Rudy.

2nd picture.
and again Obi-wan and Sammy (4 years before)