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In honor of Charlotte’s return, we went to an open house at a cat sanctuary on Sunday. Okay, yes…we would have done anyway. But it seemed particularly appropriate just at present.

Not quite as posh as the Celia Hammond one, but I’m not sure the cats could tell the difference.

Amazing how many black and black-and-white cats were pining for adoption. It’s true in the States, it’s true here. People are weird.

We had an awesome time, bought lots of good things cheap and had a long drive across an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. (No, really, that’s a thing — it was an officially designated AONB).

This guy bites. The guy in the picture. I knew that, but I didn’t tell anybody. I just sat on a bench nearby and watched the fun.

One of those cats who strings you along happily for a while and then goes full psycho for a nanosecond. He didn’t seem to hurt anybody, so I could spectate with a clear conscience.

Who could have guessed a cat that looks like Hitler would be evil?


Comment from OldFert
Time: July 17, 2017, 9:02 pm

Didja see any ROUSes along the AONB?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 17, 2017, 9:32 pm

Speaking of Hitler – were there any that looked like Trump? I’ve been assured he’s the 2nd coming of Hitler.

I assume such a cat’s special skill would be to tweet at you.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: July 17, 2017, 9:40 pm

“… full psycho for a nanosecond …”
Yes, well, that’s how it begins… just a little nip here, a closed-mouth tug there and pretty soon you have a fully enraged, out of control F. catus. Letting the little imp get away with it now is just asking for trouble later!
Spare the rod and spoil the mouser!

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 17, 2017, 9:45 pm

Sure, you and Uncle B had a good time. But how do you think Charlotte and Jack felt when you came home reeking of other cats? Cheaters!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 17, 2017, 10:38 pm

Oh, Ric Fan. Lemme tell you something. The lady in the line in front of me spotted a catnip toy and said, “oh my god, I have one of those! It was my cat’s favorite toy ever!” So I bought one.

I’ve given the cats catnip toys before, but I’ve never seen them bliss out quite like this. Charlotte was rolling around on it biting air.

I think they forgave us, the junkies.

Comment from Monty James
Time: July 17, 2017, 11:45 pm

Turns out Hitler Kitties are a thing:

Cats That Look Like Hitler

Relating to catnip:

Do Big Cats Like Catnip?

Also, did anyone have Martin Landau in the Dead Pool? George Romero too, but if he’s spotted walking around I’m not sure it counts.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 17, 2017, 11:47 pm

I’m glad that Charlotte is feeling better.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 18, 2017, 12:29 am

Pretty much any little soft fuzzy toy can be a catnip toy. We keep a small-ish plastic snap-lid container with fresh catnip in it. We pop in a half dozen or so little fabric mice (the ones with leather ears and tails are especially exciting). Let them sit in there a while, at least overnight, and then toss one to the now very excited cat (she knows the Bowl Sound). Slinky lies on her side staring intently at the mouse for maybe half a minute, then grabs it with both front paws, rolls on her back, and tosses it in the air with all four. Before it comes down, she rights herself, runs a few feet away, and then pounces on it when it hits the floor.

When she wears herself out, we put the mouse back in the container. They’re good for many, many play frenzies.

Great fun for all of us!

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 18, 2017, 12:51 am

Drugs are never the answer, stoaty!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 18, 2017, 1:03 am

Depends on the question, Ric Fan! (-:

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: July 18, 2017, 1:31 pm

My two feline thugs are kitty potheads. Every so often I open up the little crinkly bag, which brings them trotting, and sprinkle some catnip on their scratching posts. Sudden energy!

I can’t understand why black-and-whites, the true tuxedo cats, would be unpopular. They’re usually very handsome. All-black cats, well, people still have that superstitious nonsense hanging in what passes for their brains. My huge black longhair, Wolf, I’m sure would have a hard time getting adopted — but I’d snap him up again in a second. He and the other longhair black, the late Marie-Antoinette, have both been easygoing, adaptable, and smart.

White-and-black cats, now — My experience has been that they like to nip, either for dominance or to show what they think is affection. My other furry monster, Chekov, is like that.

Red tabbies, with or without white: quirky
Siberian cats (the breed): prickly or sickly

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 18, 2017, 5:21 pm

Hm, I’d call it differently, Wolfus:

Ginger tabbies: super affectionate with people, inclined to fat
Gray tabbies: swaggering go-to-hell cats
Black cats: shy, hyper, skinny, a bit nippy
Black and whites: not sure. A bit aloof, maybe?

There may be a short hair/long hair thing going on, too.

Comment from Janna
Time: July 18, 2017, 7:57 pm

My first Siamese was psycho. The long-hair Siamese I have now is so laid-back he’s almost liquid. And enough shed hair to make another cat almost daily.

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