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PostPosted: 10 Feb 2015, 14:29 
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I am very proud of the fact that my little cats have made me an honorary cat. I have just been in the garden with them, playing chase games, which I do quite often, though more in summer than in winter. They invite me to join in (morning is Manic Rushabout Time for them anyway, added human is just extra excitement) by running up to me, hitting me with their tails then running away when I try to say hello, so I have to go and hide behind bushes and flowerpots, alternately jumping out at them or being jumped out at.

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Yes indeed. One of our first two used sometimes to invite me to go a-mousing with him on fine moonlit nights, but I had to tell him that my skills were simply not up to it...


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When my boss's daughter had her grandchild just recently, when they took the baby home from hospital they let the cats smell the baby, in order for the cats to realise and get used to the change of a baby being there.


It's recommended to do that after a death as well, so the animals can be aware of/get used to the change.


When my cat Rowan died age 19 it was at midnight - she lay on the sofa on a blanket until the morning and her brother Raven spent the night curled up around her. He died age 21 just over a year ago but I think he understood that his sister had died 18 months earlier.

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Our previous cat was abandoned by beastly owners who moved house and left her behind.

A few years later we were moving house and as the removal truck reversed up the drive, the cat started running around the house like a crazy thing, then as the rear doors on the truck were opened, she vaulted into the back, ran to the very back and sat down, then looked quite satisfied as if she was thinking, they won't forget me this time.


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Our dogs hate it when we're packing and are so keen to jump in the car that they get very bouncy for very old dogs. Gus hates ferries, mind you - not sure if it's something about the motion or what.


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The Egregious Little Pip is in a very good mood today, as I have made her a wrapping paper tent to hide in when in my bedroom. She has spent most of the last half an hour wandering into and out of it, and jumping out on unsuspecting passers by.

It is very funny to listen to a piece of paper with a lump in the middle purring very loudly indeed.

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The Egregious Little Pip is in a very good mood today, as I have made her a wrapping paper tent to hide in when in my bedroom.


Want one !

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It is very funny to listen to a piece of paper with a lump in the middle purring very loudly indeed.


Paddy likes spelunking under the duvet. Ha ! I'm not here ! No one can see me....


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Shenanigans is frustrated today that my eyes are not as sharp as his. He's sitting on the kitchen windowsill going "ka ka ka ka ka" at birds that he can see and I can't, and looking back at me, and when I can't see the bird he does a very exasperated "meow". But he does forgive me and let me rub his ears in the end.


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PostPosted: 11 Feb 2015, 18:12 
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Shenanigans is frustrated today


What a wonderful name for a cat!


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PostPosted: 12 Feb 2015, 16:00 
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I'm not sure my two are all that aware of what's going on, although when I was packing up to move out of my last house they got very narky with each other. I had to keep one of them in my room overnight so she didn't get beaten up by her sister, and she would usually know when it was time to go to sleep, and settle herself down next to me. She was also very considerate and would just jump off the bed very gently at 6am, rather than kneading my face to wake me up!

Now that we live in a more rural setting they're outdoor cats, and they always come to greet me when I arrive home. One of them (the bed-sharer) likes to go for a little walk with me along the footpath, and every now and again she'll look up to check that I'm still walking with her. It's very sweet, but I'm sure my neighbours have me down as "that crazy woman who walks her cats in the evening"!

ETA: does anyone else's cat have a local accent? When I lived in the city, my two were very Corkonian, really singsong. They're more neutral now that we live 10km into the countryside :)

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PostPosted: 12 Feb 2015, 16:06 
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ETA: does anyone else's cat have a local accent? When I lived in the city, my two were very Corkonian, really singsong. They're more neutral now that we live 10km into the countryside :)


Wow - I'd never thought of that. Wild birds do, definitely, and dogs don't lern to bark until they hear another dog bark, but no idea about accents.

*sits back and waits for details* :wink:


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I shudder to think where Sammy learnt his miaowing - he specialises in hideous shrieking. I wonder if they might have lived near a Bengal or something like that but Simba has a very sweet little miaow.


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Maud and Shenanigans (brother and sister) both meow in the same way ("squeeeeeee!") but the latecomer, Polly, has a very defined "meow". It's either a regional accent or a family thing!


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I'm not sure about my two - they are both supposed to be part-Siamese but only the Egregious Pip shows it. She is a real talker, with a habit of inane chatter expressed in loud yowls. The gigantic furry Monster has, by contrast, the highest pitched little whine I've ever heard from a Tom, and he uses it far more sparingly than his litter mate (we think they're cousins - they aren't brother and sister anyway).

Pippin also has the loudest purr I've ever heard (even louder than poor old Shelly, my late, lamented and very old puss of former years). Monty is quite a loud purrer too, but nothing on Pips.

Pippin is a hilarious cat, and sometimes I swear she understands every word I'm saying. Yesterday she was in the dining room looking out of the window, when I said, "do you want to come upstairs with me, Pip, and play in your tent?" (See above for paper tent ref.) Straight away she trotted over to me, ran up the stairs at my side (stopping to check I was coming with her), preceded me to my door and dived straight under her paper tent! And it's not unusual for her to do what you ask her to do. She is currently in a state of adoration regarding me, and follows me around and obeys my commands. She races to the front door when I come in and howls at me until I've got my boots off and can give her a hug. She sits at my feet under the desk, or on my knee, or behind my chair tucked into a corner. Hence the fact that she is frequently referred to as "Dogcat" :D

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Of course animals know what is going on.

The GMC starlings have arrived home and are very busy planning their programme of activities for the coming summer, judging by the noise they make when roosting in their favourite tree.

And, I checked the horse-chestnut trees this morning. the sticky-buds are growing well and one or two are starting to open.

Sure signs of spring.

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In the days when I lived with 2 Siamese cats, it always used to amuse me when I heard strange noises/crashes coming from upstairs. If I called out "What are you up to?" I'd get an immediate response, which I'm quite sure translated as "Nothing". (I'm equally sure both cats were then poised to leap onto the nearest bed and pretend they'd been in a deep and innocent sleep if I showed any sign of going upstairs to investigate further.)


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Maud and Shenanigans (brother and sister) both meow in the same way ("squeeeeeee!") but the latecomer, Polly, has a very defined "meow".


Our cat "chirrups" much like a car alarm, that's her universal sound for hello, thanks for dinner, where is dinner?, etc. She purrs too of course.


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Last night when I was trying to study for a difficult exam, I thought the cat was being aware of my stress levels and showing her sympathy, since she kept trying to jump onto the table and lie down on my arm and curl up against me.

It was only later that I realized that I was sitting next to the heater, and she was curling up on my arm right above it - in the warmest spot in the house...

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In the days when I lived with 2 Siamese cats, it always used to amuse me when I heard strange noises/crashes coming from upstairs. If I called out "What are you up to?" I'd get an immediate response, which I'm quite sure translated as "Nothing". (I'm equally sure both cats were then poised to leap onto the nearest bed and pretend they'd been in a deep and innocent sleep if I showed any sign of going upstairs to investigate further.)



Maud does that too any time I say "Maud, get down" - she does a very impudent sound, like "What?! I'm not doing anything!"


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I was in the room that is still a study at the moment, doing a bit more sorting out (we don't have any spare rooms so it needs to be transformed into a nursery). Lia came for a cuddle, which was fine. Half an hour later, I was sitting at the desk changing my music when she did her usual trick of chirrupping as she leapt onto my shoulder. I let her stay for a few minutes but I really wanted to get on, so I asked her to get down.

She jumped straight back up. I asked her to get down.

She jumped straight back up. I asked her to get down.

She jumped straight back up. I asked her to get down.

She jumped straight back up... to the other shoulder. She was a bit shocked when I asked her to get down. "But I did it differently!"

She jumped straight back up, onto the top of my head. I grabbed her, put her on the floor, and turned back to the computer.

Two minutes later, I swung my chair round and accidently made eye contact with her. She jumped up, and I asked her to get down.

I then became intensely interested in my computer screen and didn't move anything except my mouse hand and my eyes for about ten minutes. When I cautiously turned round, she had gone to sleep on the futon.

I love my cats and I'm glad they are cuddly cats, but I don't exist only to hold them when they decide it's time!

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PostPosted: 17 Feb 2015, 01:08 
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I've spent the last couple of evenings reading a book about cat senses, behaviour, mental state etc.

It did not mention that it was best to read it whilst under two cats, but that is how I have been reading it.

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