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Since I am reduced to lameposting on this antedeluvial computer for now, do please have this cellphone snapshot of cat. This is the little stray we picked up (or, rather, trapped in a squirrel trap) this Summer.

He’s about seven months old now. In the house, he is a snuggle-monster. In the garden, he remembers he’s feral. He gets over it at mealtime.

He’s still intact. I’m dragging my feet on having him neutered until he fills out a little more. Testosterone is jet fuel.

Let’s call him Booboo, since we actually named him for the place where we live. It’s shocking how much he resembles our other black and white, both in looks and temperament.

She hates him, naturally.


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: November 20, 2018, 9:01 pm

You named him Badger House?

Comment from J. S. Bridges
Time: November 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

If I am reckomembering rightly, the way I recall it, Charlotte (I think that’s right…) does not, in general, “play well with Others”, at least Other Felines and at least during the initial term of acquaintance. yes? So – it’s still “early-days”, perhaps –

How, then, are Booboo(!) and Mad Jack getting on?…

Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: November 20, 2018, 10:48 pm

Is it OK to say how happy I am that your computer waited to go belly-up until Inktober was over?
And, Booboo sounds like he’ll be fun as he gets older …

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 20, 2018, 11:17 pm

Black and white? You could call him Cop Car.

Or Justice and Mrs. Clarence Thomas.

Or 1955 Sylvania Television Set.

The possibilities are endless! (Well, no, they’re not, thank goodness.)

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: November 20, 2018, 11:51 pm

I saw the most disgusting youtube video yesterday. A guy was holding down his screaming cat, draining an abcess the size of my fist. He kept commenting that the crap coming out of it was foul smelling. He had accidently ruptured it while shaving the area so he could “treat” it with “oregano oil” WTF?!! If you pet has an abcess, you take it to the vet. There were a lot of commenters commending him relating similar stories and also talking about applying topical oils to feline abcesses. Insane.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: November 21, 2018, 5:17 am

I thought getting a cat in England meant filling out paper work, meeting officials from the govt agency controlling cat adoptions, and complying with the EU Regs. Plus taxes and fees and licences….

Now I learn there are ferels running free begging to be adopted. That’s much better than I thought.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 21, 2018, 9:04 pm

Yeah, Charlotte is a total cat-hater. She was meant to be an only cat and has never forgiven me for the first kitten I took in (seriously; it broke her heart and she never treated me the same again). Booboo is nicer to her than the previous kittens were, though. He’s a sweet-tempered little soul.

That’s sweet of you to say, Can’t Hark, but actually…the Inktober posts would be totally easy to do with my current braindead setup. Doing any kind of effort-post, however, is hard.

I’m tip-toing around Ric Fan’s cat abscess comments. Been there, did NOT do that.

Finally…yes, Tom. The official pet adoption agencies here are stupidly strict. I don’t think we’d pass if we had to go that route (too close to a major road, if nothing else). But cats still do what cats do. We got Jack from an online ad (because I was specifically looking for a ginger).

And assholes still dump pregnant cats in the country (foxes get the result, usually). And farmers still don’t spay their barn cats. Booboo could have come from either one of those.

Comment from iamfelix
Time: November 22, 2018, 12:27 am


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