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mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 36,127 mod
I had to laugh, but how besotted are you with your pet?

The label for a woman who has a house full of cats is cat lady, but I'm sure it applies to other pets too.


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  • VokVok Posts: 1,026 ✭✭✭
    I've got a not very owner-friendly cat, a blue Scottish fold breed named Barcelona. For the reason she's very standoffish and even trying to stroke her is just asking for trouble, I'm not particularly besotted with her. She treats us like we're her maids. Cats are so selfish.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    edited April 2018
    That's cats for you @Vok. But I suppose I like them for this. I would hate to be drooled over.

    You might find this amusing: AN ADORABLE cat turns into a sadistic psychopath the second she leaves the house, it has been revealed.

    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/environment/cat-goes-outside-to-commit-atrocities-20180411147075


  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 8,709 mod
    I love cats. My cat is beautiful, and I do hope that I will be able to get some more cats, as I find that they are excellent companions.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    edited April 2018
    I don't have a cat, but when I did, I only possessed a little dog basket with a cushion for her to sleep in. Now I possess two photos, one of the Siamese cat I used to have and another of a Siamese cat sitting on a window sill gazing at her owner, which I took in Havana years ago.

    Do you have any of the cat accessories showing in the picture @GemmaRowlands?

    Apparently if you tape a frame on the floor, the cat will get into it. I have never tried this, but I'm willing to bet it's true. Have you tried this @Vok?


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  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 8,709 mod
    mheredge said:

    I don't have a cat, but when I did, I only possessed a little dog basket with a cushion for her to sleep in. Now I possess two photos, one of the Siamese cat I used to have and another of a Siamese cat sitting on a window sill gazing at her owner, which I took in Havana years ago.

    Do you have any of the cat accessories showing in the picture @GemmaRowlands?

    Apparently if you tape a frame on the floor, the cat will get into it. I have never tried this, but I'm willing to bet it's true. Have you tried this @Vok?


    I have a scratching post, a bed, lots of toys, and a cardboard box that she loves sleeping in. I really want to try the tape trick - I will let you know how that goes!
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    I'm intrigued to hear how it goes as I am pretty sure that the cat might sit inside the taped area. I know mine used to love sitting in the middle of the newspaper if I was stupid enough to lay it down flat anywhere @GemmaRowlands.
  • VokVok Posts: 1,026 ✭✭✭
    No, I haven't tried it @mheredge . I'm sure my cat would love it. It's almost like a box which cats love to get inside. I'm impressed by cats ability to fit into tight spaces.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    Cats seem to adore boxes @Vok, but only on their terms. My cat used to struggle when I ever tried putting her into a box to then take her somewhere. In the end I gave up and just put a collar and lead on her for extra security, but took her in the car free to move around.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 904 OTT
    jackelliot.over-blog.com/2018/04/killer-whales-in-kilcreggan.html

    An unusual pet would have been a killer whale

    we saw some from the ferry yesterday

    this is most unusual for the Clyde

    but they did seem so playful.

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  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 8,709 mod
    Vok said:

    No, I haven't tried it @mheredge . I'm sure my cat would love it. It's almost like a box which cats love to get inside. I'm impressed by cats ability to fit into tight spaces.

    My cat squeezes herself into boxes that are really too small for her, and she has got stuck a few times. It has been quite funny to watch her - but we always help her get out of course!
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    Have you tried the tape with your cats @GemmaRowlands and @Vok? I'm intrigued to know if your kitties have wanted to sit in the middle of the taped off area.
  • VokVok Posts: 1,026 ✭✭✭
    No, I haven't yet @mheredge . My cat stays with my relatives for the time being.
  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 18,168 mod
    I think a dog is more obedient than a cat because our dog was taught to lie on his pillow and he did. We taught him the command: "Go to your place" and then he always went to his pillow.
    Now our dog is died but within 5 weeks there is a little puppy here, so just a little rest for a while and then we have a lot of work to do!
    I remember the first few months with the other dog, who ate plants and socks and also chewed on the leather chairlegs.
    But I am waiting full of love of him.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 8,709 mod
    mheredge said:

    Have you tried the tape with your cats @GemmaRowlands and @Vok? I'm intrigued to know if your kitties have wanted to sit in the middle of the taped off area.

    I haven't yet, I need to get some tape, but I will. I am almost certain that she will sit in it, though, because she loves sitting in things!
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    Cats are not very obedient @Paulette. They usually do things on their terms.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 8,709 mod
    mheredge said:

    Cats are not very obedient @Paulette. They usually do things on their terms.

    Ours doesn't come to us when we shout her name, but when she hears us opening packets of her food she comes right away. She knows exactly what she wants.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    My cat used to hear my footsteps on the path and always come to greet me at the front door. She used to also hint at wanting to be fed at weekends in the morning if I didn't get up early enough.
  • VokVok Posts: 1,026 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge my cat's used to being fed later than usual at the weekend and every time waiting patiently when finally get up. I'm very grateful for that.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    You are very lucky @Vok. My cat used to walk all over me, meowing until I got up if I was not up bright and early, like during the week.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 8,709 mod
    mheredge said:

    My cat used to hear my footsteps on the path and always come to greet me at the front door. She used to also hint at wanting to be fed at weekends in the morning if I didn't get up early enough.

    My cat will sometimes sit in the window when she hears the car pull up on the drive, but usually I just get ignored until she is hungry!
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 904 OTT
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    We still have wildcats in Scotland

    jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/02/a-scottish-wild-cat.html
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  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    They look so cute - almost like domestic cats @jackelliot.


  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 904 OTT
    @mheredge

    yes they have a problem of the wild cats mating with the domesticated cats
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  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 18,168 mod
    What do you think of this world famous tomcat, the beautiful cat of the Flemish student from Meerbeek, Belgium,the cat who has 127,000 followers on Instagram.

  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 8,709 mod
    Paulette said:

    What do you think of this world famous tomcat, the beautiful cat of the Flemish student from Meerbeek, Belgium,the cat who has 127,000 followers on Instagram.

    Oh wow, I really like the markings on that cat, it is beautiful. I'm not surprised it is so popular.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    He looks like he has a lot of character @Paulette.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod

  • PaulettePaulette Posts: 18,168 mod
    That is the really life of a cat I think. But this will be for me a bit borring, and I think you can't imagine such a life @mheredge!
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,127 mod
    I read somewhere that cats typically sleep up to 18 hours a day. So I suppose in the remaining six hours it can't be so hard to fill in the time - eating, catching mice, checking territory....@Paulette.
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