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Friday Cat Blogging

Does he have to be here?

[Editor: A rare event lately: Sox and Dot laying next to each other to catch a few rays, and watch the world go by.]

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15 comments

1 Steve Bates { 09.09.11 at 12:23 am }

It’s always good when they condescend to treat each other civilly once in a while. Esther didn’t even chase Lily away from her food bowl this evening; in turn, Lily respectfully waited until Esther had had a few bites and was sufficiently satisfied/distracted to allow Lily to eat without hassling her.

On the YDS tonight, be sure to click the pic to enlarge (and one more click if you’re using Firefox) to see Lily’s incredible markings. I think she must have bathed herself just before I snapped.

2 jams o donnell { 09.09.11 at 5:32 am }

Ah I see that both have the same thing in mind. Time to set differences aside and enjoy the rays!

3 ellroon { 09.09.11 at 12:42 pm }

Dot obviously thinks Sox has cooties…

4 Bryan { 09.09.11 at 5:41 pm }

They are littermates, and have a lifetime of small grudges that have come to the fore, not the least of which is that Sox has stopped deferring to his sister, which annoys her to no end.

The reality is that the weather lately has allowed the air conditioner to be turned off during the day, and the house to air out after all of the rain from Lee. That door faces East and gets the morning sun, which is much kinder to both man and cat.

You will note that there is no space allotted to the younger and much larger members of the household. Excise made an early move and withdrew after the hissing broke out.

5 hipparchia { 09.09.11 at 10:30 pm }

hi, steve!

wordpress hates me and won’t let me comment at your blog, but fyi, the robert reich speech is now archived under ‘recent videos’ at that ustream link. also, i [heart] tabby fur – lily is gorgeous!

6 cookiejill { 09.09.11 at 10:41 pm }

ahhhh…yes. the litermate grudges. 😉

7 Bryan { 09.10.11 at 12:42 am }

Rather like sibling rivalry, but with natural claws…

8 Badtux { 09.10.11 at 1:38 am }

That’s odd, because I had littermates (who looked a lot like TMF and Mencken now that I think about it) who were completely into each other. But they were both fixed males (fixed at an early age). They would even share a cat carrier when I needed to take them to the vet, though getting both of them *into* one cat carrier was somewhat… troublesome :). With Mencken and TMF, who aren’t related by anything other than the fact they both escaped the Humane Society gas chamber due to finding a penguin, Mencken pretty much just tolerates TMF at best (actually he just ran TMF off the futon beside me, there is a couple of clumps of black fur decorating the carpet now 🙂 ), and I wouldn’t dare try putting them both into the same cat carrier — the howling, hissing, screeching, and yowling would make the fur flying out of every orifice of the thing almost seem incidental :).

– Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin

9 Bryan { 09.10.11 at 11:58 pm }

“Tutored” toms will get along, but female cats are heads of household, and they tolerate toms, but don’t seem to ‘bond’ the way they do with females after the hierarchy is sorted out. If you let a tom go too long before seeing the vet, they tend to want to wander and instinctively dislike other toms.

If you catch them early, neutered toms are the mellowest cat you can have. Usually worthless for rodent control. but easy to live with.

10 Badtux { 09.11.11 at 12:56 pm }

Well, one of those “tutored” toms was a ferocious mouser and proud presenter-of-random-wildlife, so clearly “tutoring” doesn’t make *all* toms worthless for rodent control. I think I told you the story about the time he proudly presented the live still-wriggling *snake* to my mother, and the general hilarity that happened *after* that which resulted in me washing the laundry for the next month… for some reason she didn’t appreciate the “gift”. 🙂 🙂 🙂

11 Bryan { 09.11.11 at 10:42 pm }

There are always exceptions, but they will never match a feral female, especially around weaning time, for dead rodents.

12 hipparchia { 09.11.11 at 11:16 pm }

i don’t know at what age curmudgeon cat had been ‘tutored’, but he was quite mellow about all the mice living with us in the walls and kitchen cabinets. squirrels outdoors, otoh… also, he nearly defenestrated himself a number of times trying to take out the hummingbirds and he was hell on the neighborhood rottweilers.

13 oldwhitelady { 09.12.11 at 7:39 pm }

The shadows and kitties make such a pretty picture. I’m glad they got along long enough for you to snap the photo:)

14 Bryan { 09.13.11 at 12:00 am }

Well, squirrels are an affront to creation, and should be eliminated, along with gophers and moles. As for the hummingbirds, perhaps they are humming off-key?

The ferals generally ignore the doves, while rodents of every variety are dispatched without a thought.

15 Bryan { 09.13.11 at 12:15 am }

It was a truce for a few hours, but I’ll take what is offered.

Oh, I have to resubmit my comment on Rocky Girl. It appeared when I did it, but then is was missing the next time I dropped by. You should save the cat hair and start spinning it into yarn.