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It snew in Scotland this morning. It was back to Spring by afternoon (as the photographer documents), but we are having a cold snap. It’s going to flirt with frost for the next few days, even down here. The gardeners are all worried because things have started to flower.

Janna asked for an update on Jack and his territorial dispute with the neighbor’s cat. It isn’t going well.

I heard him screaming this afternoon and ran next door to his aid, only to find him screaming into the neighbor’s livingroom window. Neighbor is taking care of her daughter’s cat, so Jack was screaming at an extremely elderly cat minding her own business in her own house. I apologized and withdrew.

Half an hour later, he’s next door screaming again. I shouted over the fence and the neighbor said that time it was indeed his nemesis, ginger-and-white. She chased off the intruder.

Half an hour later, he’s next door screaming again. I asked if it was the neighborhood bully again and she said, “no, Jack is standing in the middle of my garden screaming at nothing.”

Between these shrieking sessions he’s his good-natured old self, but he loses his shit when he feels threatened. I’ve warned everyone not to approach him when he’s screaming at air. Will try to find out who owns ginger-and-white. If he’s feral, I might try to relocate him, but I have a bad feeling he belongs to our newest neighbors.


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 24, 2017, 10:19 pm

Just because YOU cant see the cat version of Scut Farkus, doesnt mean that he isnt there threatening Jack.

Do you know who he belongs to? Is he feral or semi-feral?
How about trapping him and finding him a good home far far far away?

Comment from Janna
Time: April 24, 2017, 11:21 pm

Poor baby. Do they make little kitty valium?

Comment from Crabby Old Bat
Time: April 25, 2017, 12:29 am

Do they make little kitty valium?

Yes, they do. One of my kitties kept getting a rash. With no physical cause in sight, the vet guessed “stress” and put him on valium. Rash gone, kitteh blissed out.

Comment from AliceH
Time: April 25, 2017, 12:43 am

My little monster is acting all feral today for some reason. I walk very slowly and take the long way around her but she still freaks, gets puffed, and launches herself teeth and claws at my feet. I have no idea what is going on, and am torn between worrying about her maybe being sick or in pain from something and me maybe being exsanguinated. I hope she regains her senses soon. Glad to know about the kitty valium, but not sure how I’d get my hands on it (or get her in the carrier, for that matter..)

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 25, 2017, 1:08 am

You could probably ballpark the dosages.


Comment from AliceH
Time: April 25, 2017, 1:19 am

My goodness, I must be more worried than I realized. I spent far too long trying to make out words on pupster’ s link before figuring out it was a joke.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 25, 2017, 7:34 am

I had a cat who got prescribed kitty valium, too. Lucky for me, my vet had just been on a cat psychology course.

Comment from Janna
Time: April 25, 2017, 8:31 am

I’d call that vet, describe his freakout and ask “wtf”
Pupster…where was that stuff when I had young children?!?

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: April 25, 2017, 2:03 pm

I had to get an outdoor cat enclosure for my male cat that kept getting in fights. He loves it. It has shelves for him to climb and get off the ground. I put a flower pot in there so he can lick the plants. But I only put him out there for a short while depending on the weather.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 25, 2017, 2:39 pm

Comment from Janna
Time: April 25, 2017, 8:31 am
I’d call that vet, describe his freakout and ask “wtf”
Pupster…where was that stuff when I had young children?!?

Many years ago I read a short SF story called “A Way With Kids.” A company in a near-future US has developed a new drug which can legally administered to children. It doesn’t put them to sleep; it puts them into suspended animation (either for a specified time, or until an antidote is administered, I don’t remember). As the years go along, however, people begin to notice that the children who’ve often been put on this stuff all have, say, a biological age of 14 — but look physically, and act mentally, more like 10. . . .

The name of the drug? “Babysit,” of course.

Comment from Janna
Time: April 25, 2017, 2:48 pm

YIKES!!!He’d be a surly teenager for HOW many years?!?!!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 25, 2017, 3:52 pm

Damned interloping Norman cat no doubt.

It’s gotten so a good saxon cat can’t even wander his own yard without fearing for his fur.

Would it be wrong of me to suggest “someone” black bag the fuzzy furrin beast and send him to an undisclosed location far away?

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