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Meow, meow, meow, meow…

[Editor: I’m using an old picture of Vinnie because the batteries died as I was attempting to take a new one. Vinnie talks to me, which is very unusual for the ferals, The toms will howl at each other, but few of them actually vocalize at all. When I’m feeding them in the afternoon, Vinnie wanders around making normal cat meows. Oh, he still considers me the ax murderer, but meowing is odd behavior for the “pride”.

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1 ellroon { 01.01.10 at 2:37 am }

Aww… Maybe he’s telling you so you know he knows you are an axe murderer…
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2 Bryan { 01.01.10 at 5:53 pm }

Actually, it may be a habit he picked up listening to the inside cats from beneath the house, as Dot and Sox both vocalize at dinner time, and I feed the outdoor cats shortly afterwards.

3 Jack K., the Grumpy Forester { 01.01.10 at 11:15 pm }

…y’know, I wonder about that “axe murderer” thing sometimes. We have a female tabby with which I have been more or less friends with for 15 years, but even today she will flee in wild-eyed panic if I walk too quickly into the bedroom when she is sleeping on the bed…

Cats are weird…

4 Bryan { 01.01.10 at 11:42 pm }

The flight thing is very prevalent, and I have no idea what triggers it, because even the “tax cats” will do it occasionally, and they were literally born in my presence, and live with me their entire lives. Their mother, unfortunately, isn’t panicked by anything I do, so they don’t get it from her.

As you say, they are weird.

5 hipparchia { 01.02.10 at 1:46 am }

cats are weird.

if someone comes to the door, all of mine run for cover, except for curmudgeon cat: he alternates between refusing to move for anybody and positioning for attack. if i make a sudden move, or if something makes an unexplained noise, about half the cats will run away and the others will run toward me or the noise. the funny thing is that they aren’t divided by ‘feralness’.

same for talkativeness: two of my 3 wildest wild child cats talk to me a lot: one meows, the other grumbles. of my tamest ones, 2 of them almost never meow [and they’re also among the handful who have a nearly silent purr].
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6 Kryten42 { 01.02.10 at 7:19 am }

Personally, I hold that humans are the weirdest, especially because we put up with weird cat’s! 😛

I was (yet again) attempting to organise the chaos that are my hard drives (the problem, I have discovered, is that data HATES a vacuum! When I got my 2nd 1TB HDD, it of course HAD to be filled! It’s like people who go from a small shed for storing tools to a 3 car garage! The car’s eventually end up in the drive or the street. 😆

Anyway, I came across this old bit of cat humor (or… it it actually science? You be the judge!)

If you tied buttered toast to the back of a cat and dropped it from a height, what would happen?

This is a question that has long plagued philosophers and physicists alike, after long consideration I offer the following for your enlightenment.

Antigravity, The Feline Butterology Theory.

This question was posed to the Usenet Oracle:
If you drop a buttered piece of bread, it will fall on the floor butter-side down. If a cat is dropped from a window or other high and towering place, it will land on its feet.

But what if you attach a buttered piece of bread butter-side up to a cat’s back, and toss them both out the window? Will the cat land on its feet? Or will the butter splat on the ground?

And in response, thus spoke the Oracle:
Even if you are too lazy to do the experiment yourself you should be able to deduce the obvious result. The laws of butterology demand that the butter must hit the ground, and the equally strict laws of feline aerodynamics demand that the cat cannot smash its furry back. If the combined construct were to land, nature would have no way to resolve this paradox. Therefore it simply does not fall.

That’s right, you clever mortal (well, as clever as a mortal can get), you have discovered the secret of antigravity! A buttered cat will, when released, quickly move to a height where the forces of cat-twisting and butter repulsion are in equilibrium. This equilibrium point can be modified by scraping off some of the butter, providing lift, or removing some of the cat’s limbs, allowing descent.

Most of the civilized species of the Universe already use this principle to drive their ships while within a planetary system. The loud humming heard by most sighters of UFOs is, in fact, the purring of several hundred tabbies.

The one obvious danger is, of course, that if the cats manage to eat the bread off their backs they will instantly plummet. Of course the cats will land on their feet, but this usually doesn’t do them much good, since right after they make their graceful landing several tons of red-hot starship and pissed-off aliens crash on top of them.

Flaws In the Flying Cat Theory: A Response

A logical analysis of the BFAD (Buttered Feline Antigravity Drive) propulsion theory clearly demonstrates the impossibility of such a system.

Let us begin with a simple analysis.
1. Buttered bread must fall butter side down.
2. A cat always lands on its feet.

While both theorems are indisputable, the oracle offers no proof of the construct. The oracle implies that anyone who would test this construct would immediately find the secret of BFAD.

This is clearly nonsense.

Let us assume a normal Einsteinian universe (although a Euclidean universe would serve our purposes just as well, the Einsteinian is cheaper and drinks are readily available).

To test BFAD, one must procure:
* Bread
* Butter (margarine, for some reason, will not work)
* A cat
* A strapping device

Let us assume that all of these are readily available. Attach the strapping device to the cat.

No cat.

What has happened? We have run up against an a-priori universal law. By a-priori, we mean that it takes priority over either the Buttered Bread Principle or the Law of Feline Landings. What happens is that the instant a strapping device and a cat occupy the same four dimensional space, the cat disappears. Now, this can easily be tested, and has been repeatedly. There are two schools of thought about this phenomenon.

The first holds that a cat and a strapping device are constituted out of different fundamental building blocks. According to this theory, a cat is constituted primarily of superquarks, (called meows by current theorists). These superquarks demonstrate qualities that are both atomic (constituted as they are of groupings of normal quark particles) and feline (because these quarks exhibit characteristic of “charmed” or “lucky” particles). Again, according to this theory, strapping materials are fashioned out of non-charmed particles. Bringing the two together causes one or the other to cancel out. One aspect of this theory that has not been sufficiently explained to date is the fact that it is always the cat, not the strapping device, that disappears.

The second school of thought, and it is one that appears to be gaining ground in academic circles today, holds that cats are, in fact, super-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who exist in our four dimensional universe only because there is plenty of good food and a lot of creatures stupid enough to provide the food, along with plenty of attention. Whenever a strapping device appears, the cat simply opens a door to a different series of dimensions, and goes on an extended tour.

According to this theory, purring is a cat’s way of maintaining a constant balance cycling across multiple dimensions. This school holds that antigravity is impossible, but that theoretically, a REALLY good grip on a cat, while reaching for a strapping device, could result in our ability to cross dimensions with ease (barring scratches, that is). Pessimists argue that if there was anything really interesting in those other dimensions, cats wouldn’t spend so much time here, so why ask for a good scratching?

7 Steve Bates { 01.02.10 at 12:19 pm }

That’s clever, Kryten, but I prefer Thers’s post about the Large Hardon [sic] Collider. Please note my comment at the end.

8 Bryan { 01.02.10 at 8:00 pm }

Sure, Steve, pick on the lepton. If you’re small, you get no respect.

Vacuum cleaners are generally effective at inducing the dimensional shift in most cats, although there are always a few maniacs, like Ringo, who would rather fight that shift.

Property is nearly voiceless, I can feel when she purrs, but there is no sound, and her maximum meow can’t be heard at more than a foot.

9 oldwhitelady { 01.03.10 at 10:50 pm }

Awww, Vinnie is such a pretty kitty. I wonder why some cats meow a lot, and others don’t. Some of mine are talkers, the others not so much.
.-= last blog ..Friday Cat Blogging – New Year 2010. =-.

10 Bryan { 01.04.10 at 12:53 am }

If you figure it out, OWL, let me know, because I don’t have a clue.