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Hard News: Blog About Cat

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  • Grace Dalley,

    Delightful story, Russell! :-)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2008 • 138 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    It is always worth blogging about cats.

    (Ours regularly chases other neighbourhood cats off the property - when she's allowed out - but has yet to sustain any injuries, probably because she is big and they mostly seem to be small. And fast.)

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • Grace Dalley,

    Vets often have the idea that keeping an injured cat inside is a) possible and b) less stressful for the cat. My experience is that cats like to be free, and my cat gets super-stressed and panickey if shut in.

    And Dejected Tail is a well-known post-traumatic psychosomatic injury ;-)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2008 • 138 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    I love cats - but I live in a bird area (yes, I've investigated Main Coons but it seems like even they are not wholly trustworthy around birds...)

    So, when next in blogging extremis, more Colin stories would be appreciated-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Subsequently, my darling and I stepped out to Kraftbomb, where I bought a glove puppet from Becky Stott of Freak Frienz.

    That is just weird. I had lunch today with Becky's mum, Liz, and we were talking about her going to Kraftbomb instead of having lunch with us.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    I love cats - but I live in a bird area (yes, I've investigated Main Coons but it seems like even they are not wholly trustworthy around birds...)

    You couldn't have an indoors cat? Litterboxes are a bit of a drag, but it's otherwise possible.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • Leigh Kennaway,

    Oh, when I first moved in to the Point my two toms were hassled by a Ghost Cat of similar breed and nature. He followed us when we moved up the street - both for the food he could sneak, and to continue asserting his dominance. Unfortunately his testosterone-fuelled life left him with scars and infections that meant the local vet had to put him down rather than neuter him. His spirit lives on in the fig tree I planted on his grave - which appropriately enough fruits prolifically.

    Western Bays • Since Feb 2007 • 79 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Go Colin

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    hah!! welcome to the dark side.

    we've also acquired a cat. we named him quicksilver, because he darts, and talks a hell of a lot.

    but... we've discovered that he animal is monumentally stupid.

    so stupid we've renamed him thicksilver. it's working well.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    We had Ghost Cat floating around here when we first moved into Immoral Terrace, who haunted us nonstop for a couple of days (flatmates who had enjoyed a herbal cigarette or two found it quite strange to be woken up to a licking) but Ghost Cat has gone now, hopefully to a better place. Which is apparently Pt Chev. That's a long way away.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 727 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    thicksilver

    Heh.

    We've had a very, very expensive vet bill this year. The cat owes us, but I'm getting a little bored with her repaying us with headless rats, and / or ratless heads.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1323 posts Report Reply

  • Grace Dalley,

    Joanna, according to the photo caption his collar says he's not the missing cat, which causes an interesting paradox if he disappears. Perhaps his collar remains, like the Cheshire Cat's smile?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2008 • 138 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    You wanna talk vet bills? we have one cat who is diabetic, one with impaired kidney function and a third who we are currently investigating for arthritis!

    Hermes, the one with the dodgy kidneys, survived being hit by a train about six years ago.

    Our vet is going to have a very nice retirement on us.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Pet's are cool Russell. Cool Colin. :)

    we've also acquired a cat. we named him quicksilver, because he darts, and talks a hell of a lot.

    but... we've discovered that he animal is monumentally stupid.

    Some sort of Siamese then, no?

    @ Lucy,
    My man's sister has an indoor Siamese and I thought it was the cruelist thing to do to it.Chloe (this cat) got out one day,(we just happened to be visiting), she leapt the tall fence out back into the neighbours backyard and had a ticky tour and was found napping next door. First time the cat had shut up since it moved in, once she was redeemed.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6269 posts Report Reply

  • Zippy Gonzales,

    Seems there's cat drama everywhere. Mate of mine's big all-white cat lost half its tail to a slamming door. Huge vet bill and the cat got a new new nickname Penis Tail, due to the pre-amputation shaving.

    My own one decided to go behind the fridge last week. When trying to extricate himself, impaled his paw on the condenser, ripping it off its hinges. Cat and fridge both recovering nicely.

    Nothing like a bit of cat drama to take your mind off things. The resident bogey cat here is called Mr Bigglesworth.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 186 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    you see, this is where cat people and i differ. i had a cat run over by a bike - giving it a broken leg. i carried that damn cat and its cast to and from the litter box for weeks...

    the second time it happened? the cat went to the big scratching post in the sky. who in the hell needs a three-legged cat, anyhow?

    and thicksilver... we're thinking of getting a cat-door. but won't pay to have it put in, because the munter likely won't be able to work it. so far he's proof that being part-siamese does not guarantee smarts.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2026 posts Report Reply

  • Grace Dalley,

    we're thinking of getting a cat-door. but won't pay to have it put in, because the munter likely won't be able to work it. so far he's proof that being part-siamese does not guarantee smarts.

    Speaking as a cat person, they can be taught! And boy, are they pleased with themselves once they get the hang of it. :-)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2008 • 138 posts Report Reply

  • Pete,

    Yes Russell you are correct - cats are a non-story, unless you want to be one of those journalists that hosts answers to readers' gardening questions.

    How about making no noise unless there's a rumble on?

    Since Apr 2008 • 89 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    rrraow

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    unless you want to be one of those journalists that hosts answers to readers' gardening questions.

    I have one: I can never work out if it's more important to expose tomatoes to the sun, or shield them from the wind. I just can't seem to strike a successful balance.

    How about making no noise unless there's a rumble on?

    How about letting the man blog about his cat, if that's what he feels like doing?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    How about letting the man blog about his cat, if that's what he feels like doing?

    Srsly. Indeed, if Russell wants to blog daily about the size and consistency of his cat's shit, that's his prerogative, Bobby Brown styles.

    Pet-owning note: Americans are really into indoor cats, and are likely to look askance at you if you have an indoor-outdoor cat. I have even heard people say that having a free-roaming cat is animal abuse, which I find quite strange.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3661 posts Report Reply

  • johnno,

    "Blog About Cat."

    Quietly predict a huge spike in page hits.

    Anyway, Bill (RIP) used to sit on the front steps of our Ngata Street flat with us on the few days when a milky sun would fool us into thinking Palmy weather wasn't so bad. I say sit with us, because any attempt to stroke, pat, scratch or generally touch would be met with calm and deadly force. He'd sit there, master of all he could see - the road, footpath, front lawn and derelict car.

    One day a foolish interloper decided to wander across the front lawn. Bill was pretending to be asleep. He must have detected a disturbance in the force. I know we sure did, because all conversation stopped. Bill stood up. We waited. Bill surprised us, because he waited until the strange cat had actually left the property and disappeared from view before deciding to wander after it and have a chat. Presumably he was concerned that we might be a little squeamish.

    Cool cat, Bill.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 108 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Pet-owning note: Americans are really into indoor cats, and are likely to look askance at you if you have an indoor-outdoor cat. I have even heard people say that having a free-roaming cat is animal abuse, which I find quite strange.

    Verily. Justine and I looked after my sister's cats for a couple of years back in Italy, in a very small apartment and with no option to let them out of the door ever. Frankly it was not only animal abuse but also abuse of us humans.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7386 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Lucy - I have a difficulty about keeping a cat totally indoors = I mean,it's an animal;intrinsically it has to have a relationship with an environment =not just inside a house...
    Also, for me, it'd have to be an animal that can cope with travelling, meeting new animals (people included) and being able to deal with the animals in other (human) home environments...
    MaineCoons could be capable of that...anyone on PAS own one?

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Leah GarciaPurves,

    Go Colin!

    Flatmate had a pregnant cat who had her belly ripped open in a fight. The vet said we had to put her down, but we said no. 2 years on, she's still eating birds etc.

    Sidenote: I had to have a wee chuckle when I saw the headline, "Hard News: Blog about Cat."

    Auckland • Since May 2010 • 2 posts Report Reply

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