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This guy

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I met this guy at a village fete over the weekend. I was allowed to hold him and Uncle B got some closeups of his handsome face, but I thought you’d like to see the whole beast.

He wasn’t huge, but he was densely muscled and heavy to hold. He noms half a chicken a day.

I asked if he was a Bengal and the owner said no, his grandaddy was a serval. That would make him an F2 Savannah, but I’m not sure the owner knew exactly what he was talking about.

He’s a kinda sorta rescue cat, since his first owner couldn’t handle him after a new baby arrived. You do see orientals of various kinds turn up in the cat rescues here after owners find them too much. Orgs are careful who they adopt them out to.

These guys never leave this boy alone (the wife works from home). The cylinder around his neck is a GPS/phone card because he sometimes escapes (and they didn’t say it, but I suspect he’s worth a lot of munnies).

Beautiful, beautiful beast…but I’m not sure cat-like enough that I want one.

Comments


Comment from Niña
Time: July 25, 2017, 9:34 pm

My cats are quite cat enough for me as it is, thanks. He’s a beauty, though. Is he neutered?

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 25, 2017, 9:42 pm

Yes. He was originally going to be kept by the breeder for a stud, but they didn’t say why that didn’t happen.

 


Comment from LesterIII
Time: July 25, 2017, 9:57 pm

I was fortunate to spend a day with a large Savannah of unnerving intelligence. As he sat on the couch-back next to my right shoulder, he reached behind and gingerly tapped my left shoulder with extended claws and then made an attempt (albeit comically slow) at the plate I had on my right leg, being full of sardines. He did this repeatedly, and made a strange, stuttering, high-pitched cross between a clicking and whistling when it didn’t work. He did this many times as I sat there, jumping down to a point directly at my feet in between every other attempt, his flight-path taking him directly over the sardines. His 21 lb thud startled anyone not paying attention, or at least made a commotion with everyone in the room. He would then race around behind the couch, hop up to my right shoulder and try the shoulder-claw-tap again. Occasionally he would make his leap and spring off of my shin.

Staring into his eyes while he sat there being frustrated was fascinating and unsettling at the same time. He was a beautiful monster.

 


Comment from Niña
Time: July 25, 2017, 10:47 pm

I wonder if the neutering calmed him down a bit, as it were. Enquiring minds.

 


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 26, 2017, 12:31 am

I can’t believe he yields to the harness and leash.

 


Comment from Some Vegetable i
Time: July 26, 2017, 4:21 am

I suspect that, like most cats, he is perfectly content on the leash as long as he is perfectly content.

Having said that, I tried putting a harness on our last kitten at about 9 weeks old on the theory that she would grow up being used to wearing one. THAT theory lasted approximately seven minutes.

I love that Savannah!

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 26, 2017, 12:32 pm

Orientals don’t seem to mind being on the leash. Also, some of them like water. They are actually somewhat doglike, which is why I’m not so sure about owning one.

 


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 26, 2017, 2:19 pm

Heh. The internet is in full meltdown over the transgender military ban.

 


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: July 26, 2017, 2:43 pm

Comment from Some Vegetable i
Time: July 26, 2017, 4:21 am
I suspect that, like most cats, he is perfectly content on the leash as long as he is perfectly content.

Having said that, I tried putting a harness on our last kitten at about 9 weeks old on the theory that she would grow up being used to wearing one. THAT theory lasted approximately seven minutes.
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Medium-haired black cat Marie-Antoinette loved going for walks on her harness and leash. She was easygoing (if demanding for food and attention) and adaptable, so I thought she’d go for it. First time out, she wasn’t sure about the protocol, but liked rolling on the grass. Second time, she spent most of the walk sniffing and probing under bushes.

The third time I brought out the harness, she ran to the door crying, as if saying, “Let’s go! Let’s go!”

Must have been the funniest thing in the world to see Miss Linda and me being led by our black cat with her tail in the air, as if she were exercising us instead of the other way around.

Clever little Siberian Tatiana would probably have gone for it too, but she had flea allergies, and taking her out in Fleaville would not have been a good idea. The current two thugs? Forget it.

 


Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: July 26, 2017, 7:22 pm

Ric Fan, you mean of course that portion of the internet devoted to hamstringing the US military and degrading combat effectiveness.

But I do see that Chelsea Manning has weighed in. Good, make the traitor your poster child for chicks with dicks in the service.

 


Comment from OldFert
Time: July 26, 2017, 9:26 pm

“Transgenders” in the service would wind up being pretty much dead weight. Pre-op counseling and chemistry modifications, operative phase, post-op chemistry modifications and maintenance, and more counseling.
The individual would never have time to be deployed and so would just take up a slot an able-bodied soldier could fill, or spend all enlistment in a “warrior transition” unit (what we used to call medical holding detachments, except much larger and bureaucratic).
Probably would wind up getting out on a psych discharge, possibly medically retired, so we’d be paying a pension and healthcare for ever and ever amen.

 


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: July 26, 2017, 10:21 pm

What’s all this about a transgender military band?
The U.S. won’t allow kilts I suppose!

Eh? Oh.
Seriously.
Well exactly, even approximately, how many transgender are there? Let alone of age for service.
And of those how many WANT to serve?
And what blasted difference would it make given everyone is wearing the same style and pattern BDUs.

Good Lord what a tempest in a tea spoon for failing to cater to someone who’s whole identity as a person is tied up in thinking they’re not the sex they are.

 


Comment from David Gillies
Time: July 27, 2017, 4:25 am

Florid mental illness is not generally considered conducive to good order in the ranks. I’m fed up indulging people who have about as firm a grasp on reality as someone who swears he’s Napoleon Bonaparte. At least Napoleon was a competent soldier. The real wickedness here is coming from the hard Left, of course, which is using these deluded unfortunates to push its agenda. I really hope they push too hard and suffer an utterly sanguinary backlash.

 

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