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Cats, they're taking over. Part 4


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I've been watching street cats for a long time. They generally live well up to -20. And up to -30 is fine. The main thing is to feed them regularly and give them milk. It's about cats living outside the city. Cats are not healthy in the city. Apparently garbage cans and rats infect them. I wonder how cats adapt to temperature. In summer, in the heat, they are thin and short-haired. In winter, they double in size, and the wool becomes very thick.

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The success of the 'domestic' cat is it's ability to find a niche almost anywhere, and adapt. It surprised me a bit to find that in countries where  snakes are widespread, cats have a success rate in killing them not much worse than that of specialist snake predators like Mongooses

With regard to their coats, even in the UK we notice Wilf has a thicker winter coat, although of course, he doesn't really like to have much to do with the cold weather. This is also to do with him being a little Prince with a huge element of sociopathic entitlement. 

 

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On 12/15/2023 at 8:33 AM, Mr T said:

The success of the 'domestic' cat is it's ability to find a niche almost anywhere, and adapt. It surprised me a bit to find that in countries where  snakes are widespread, cats have a success rate in killing them not much worse than that of specialist snake predators like Mongooses

With regard to their coats, even in the UK we notice Wilf has a thicker winter coat, although of course, he doesn't really like to have much to do with the cold weather. This is also to do with him being a little Prince with a huge element of sociopathic entitlement. 

 

The Great Grey Beastie has something akin to a double layered coat. I reckon its the Maine Coon in him, but there is a very thick, dense under layer, and then a longer "normal" coat on the top. Putting Flea Treatment on is a royal pain as his coat is so thick, you can't find bare skin.

As for hunting, I reckon he's past it now at 17 or so. Where we used to live he had a partnership with the mog from next door. He sat on the shed roof. She patrolled the fence and when a pigeon came close, she scared it into the air and Franko did a fair impression of the Red Devils off the shed roof, taking out said pigeon. They were fairly successful I reckon as there were always clouds of pigeon feathers and a bit of manky left over all over my lawn.

Regards

Pete

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Wilf is not the world's greatest hunter, but then again he doesn't need to be as he has 'owners' (slaves) to met his needs.Nor is he  a particularly large cat and a rubbish jumper. However, he has still managed to catch the odd pigeon and drag it inside, to the detriment of the rug at the bottom of the stairs. 

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My bloke was murder on the local wildlife. Not long after I moved him up here from Sydney I found no less than SIX rabbit carcasses in the hallway one afternoon - apart from the bloodstains on the carpet not a great problem, since rabbits are a major pest species in Australia, but it took me a week to get the fleas off him! He could be relied on to bring in at least one bunny a month.

 

He was worse on the avifauna, despite suffering from arthritis, failing kidneys and dementia towards the end. The birds (particularly the small ones like fairy wrens) didn't really return to around the house until well after his demise.

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On 15/12/2023 at 08:33, Mr T said:

It surprised me a bit to find that in countries where  snakes are widespread, cats have a success rate in killing them not much worse than that of specialist snake predators like Mongooses

 

Long ago in Cyprus on an aerial farm, the signallers and riggers became annoyed by the droppings of the hundreds of feral cats and so they were all culled. It didn't take long for the men to be bothered by the snakes. The cats were reintroduced.

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I really like cats. I don't think I could eat a whole one, though.

 

The difference between a cat and a dog is how they think.

The dog thinks "You pet me. You give me food. You put a roof over my head. You must be God!"

The cat thinks "You pet me. You give me food. You put a roof over my head. I must be God!"

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A German shepherd, a Labrador and a cat after passing away arrive in front of God sitting on his throne. God asks the German shepherd:

"What do you believe in?" And the German shepherd replies: "I believe in protecting my masters family." "Very good", said God. "You can sit on my right." He then asks the Labrador "And what do you believe in?". The Labrador replies: " I believe in obeying my master at all times." "Very good", replied God. "You may sit on my left." And then God turns to the cat and asks: "and what do you believe in?". The cat replies

 

"I believe you're sitting in my chair"

 

Nick

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On 12/24/2023 at 8:54 AM, Dmitriy1967 said:

Our cats are enjoying the Christmas tree.

 

 

I remember, back when I was a boy and dinosaurs roamed the earth, that one year we were concerned that my sister's new cat would do something not nice to the Christmas tree.

We needn't have worried.

Our living room had a woolen carpet in it, and the cat came walking over to inspect the tree, all the while building up a nice charge of static electricity. It got up close to the tree, and the tree's self defense mechanism kicked in. The tinsel nearest the cat, attracted by that nice static electricity charge, leapt out, and with a nice "CRACK" zapped that cat right on the nose! That cat leapt about 27 feet into the air, turned 42 different directions all at the same time, hit the ground, and took off running away from that tree! It never went near that tree again! 🤣

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JJ's New Year resolution is to take safety on the stairs more seriously. Therefore he will now only sleep on them in our grand-daughters car booster seat.....

 

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Keith

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This followed me home from the animal shelter week before last.

Miss Ella Artemis Long, 12 weeks old and full of mischief

 

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Any stories of me completely smitten with the little beast is a complete lie.

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