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sjb
778749.  Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:59 am Reply with quote

It's terrible what people can and will do to animals. Commercials like this make me misty-eyed.

I'm a cat lover and can't have them where I live. It's so frustrating. The next place I live I will have a cat (or two). :)

Looks like you have a real darling. :D

 
Stefan Linnemann
817923.  Fri May 20, 2011 8:35 pm Reply with quote

Cats are definitely good pets, they are very sensitive, and do come when you need them, just not whenever you're bored and think it would be nice to have them to relieve your boredom.

I've had lonely tears licked away by my cat back in my teens, when we were still all six at home, with three cats, but one of those was mine: at five or six I had once tried to stamp out a fire which had plastic in it, shards flew up and stuck briefly to my legs, and while my mother was walking me to the doctor (two houses up), she told me I could have one of the new kittens for my upcoming birthday.

Best gift ever!!!!!

Now I was of course an ideal sleeping place, reading all the time, hardly moving while the books lasted. However, she and I always had a special relationship, unlike her brother, she only used me for a sleeping place. Their mom was not thrilled about the kids not leaving house, so she was usually in my dads study.

But I remember with clarity one night, everyone else had gone to bed, I was feeling alone and cast adrift in an unforgiving universe, a few lonely tears starting to roll, and she came to me, jumped onto my lap, and started licking my face.

Polletje, I will never forget you.



Stefan,

 
sjb
817932.  Fri May 20, 2011 9:58 pm Reply with quote

I know this isn't really adding much to the thread, but

yes, yes, and yes.

My favoritest kitty seemed to always know when I needed her comfort. She was so intuitive, and a great cuddler. What a blessing she was to me in some very dark times. We got her about 5 months before my father died.

It was said many times that she didn't act very cat-like. She liked to meet new people. (But didn't care for meeting other animals, it seemed.) She liked to follow us around the house and yard at a respectable distance. Once, my stepfather even took her in his truck to the lumberyard, after she insisted on getting in the truck with him, and she stuck her head out of the window on the way. Like a dog. :)

She loved to have people watch her eat. What was that about?

Oh, and when I puckered my lips and made kissing noises she always licked her "lips," like she was kissing back at me. Hah!





I sure miss her!

 
britishsm
916538.  Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:01 pm Reply with quote

Whilst browsing the NY Times Archives I found this item from 1876 about cats being used to deliver post in Belgium! - Postal Cats
An early April Fools ?

B.

 
CB27
916542.  Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:19 pm Reply with quote

Trying to find more info on this and every story so far links back to that page, but the weird thing is how many of them say 1879, when the year is clearly 1876.

Need to look further...

 
CB27
916543.  Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:22 pm Reply with quote

The 1879 date looks like it originates from here:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Mail-Carrier-Cats-Li%C3%A8ge-Facteurs/dp/0595462545

 
britishsm
916557.  Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:40 pm Reply with quote

I'm just wondering if it all spun out from someone over hearing "Carte Postale" as "Chat Postale" ...

There is a museum of zoology in Liege who might be able to furnish further info - sadly my French is sub-schoolboy :/

B.

 
pmailkeey
967141.  Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:45 pm Reply with quote

Did you know that when a cat sits dow it doesn't sit on its bum ?
[img]http://twitter.com/pmailkeey/status/295622075736023040/photo/1[/img]

If your cat is facing away from the bath on the edge of the bath and its tail flops into the warm water it'll leave it there. When the cat moves it finds it has a heavy tail and will lick it dry - how to water a cat.

 
bemahan
1002676.  Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:28 am Reply with quote

Can cats plan ahead? I always thought most animals eat and drink either when they are hungry or thirsty, or just because it's 'there'.

My cat, who rarely meows, will 'ask' us for food if we are around when her bowl is empty but once we've put food in it she will go off without eating it. Today she followed me into the kitchen and sat by her water bowl and meowed. That's never usually empty so I didn't take much notice but she persevered and I realised it was empty. I filled it up and she walked away without drinking any.

 
pmailkeey
1002689.  Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:33 am Reply with quote

Yes.

I suspect it applies to most animals - those that bury nuts for later, dogs and bone burying etc. My cat has exhibited similar - fussing for food, getting the bowl topped up and walking off - usually night-time before I go to bed. Another thing she'll do is attempt to cover a half empty bowl - as if to save it for later. This behaviour can be stopped by placing an upturned bowl on top of the food bowl. If only I could find bowls with slide-opening bowls that the cat can shut and open to suit. As for putting the upturned bowl over her food, I taught her to push it off to get at the food. I didn't have to repeat the lesson for our new cat - it's either been more aggressive or has seen the other one remove the 'lid'. Now I know which cat has been at the food depending on which side the lid's been pushed off!

 
bemahan
1002701.  Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:53 pm Reply with quote

I felt this was a step further than food burying. I'm not sure why but probably to do with having to interact with another species to 'ask' for the food.

 
MiLizard
1154539.  Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:21 pm Reply with quote

For sure, cats are mysterious creatures.......
I remember how my cat demanded some food but only because his plate was empty..... After me filing it - he just smelled it - to be sure it was really some food, and ran away with some thankfull meows....At least I want to think they were thankfull ;-)

 
AlmondFacialBar
1154554.  Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:55 am Reply with quote

Dream on... ;-) What she was actually saying was WTF do you think you're serving me.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
MiLizard
1154582.  Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:43 am Reply with quote

AlmondFacialBar wrote:
Dream on... ;-) What she was actually saying was WTF do you think you're serving me.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar



Ha-ha.....who knows...maybe you're right)))

 
Stefan Linnemann
1154596.  Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:00 am Reply with quote

No, cats do know and, occasionally display, thankfullness. They just loathe making a whole production out of anything. They're no *hiss* offspring of bitches!

 

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