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Round 1 â€“ Game 3Topic: Cat Snips1. Describe your catsâ€™ sleeping quarters. Do they have their own bed(s)?
My cats sleep wherever they want, and they donâ€™t really have their own sleeping places. Sometimes they will sleep with us on the bed, and sometimes out in the living room. Right now, we have Namine sleeping in the second bedroom, because she likes to wake us up in the middle of the night. When my fiancÃ© comes to bed, he feeds them and then moves Namine into the second bedroom so she can finish her dinner in there, and then hopefully go to sleep. I think when Namineâ€™s in there, sheâ€™ll sleep on the second bed, on the blanket that used to be my dogâ€™s. I swear, that cat has my dogâ€™s soul in her, itâ€™s so cute. Kairi will usually sleep in our bedroom, on our bed with us. She is usually curled up at the bottom of the bed right near our feet. I wake up in the middle of the night, and have to move my feet without disturbing her, or else sheâ€™ll jump off the bed. It gets kind of weird to have to somehow move my feet and put them somewhere on the bed without disturbing her. If she doesnâ€™t sleep on our bed with us, sheâ€™ll sleep out in the living room on the couch or the chair. Also, when Namine isnâ€™t in the second bedroom, Kairi will also sleep on the computer chair. For some reason, she really loves that chair. They also like to sleep on their cat tree, but when I get up in the morning, I rarely see them on it. I think they like to take their cat naps on that.2. What comes to mind when you hear the term â€œferalâ€ cat? Do you have any experience with feral cats?
When I think of the word â€œferalâ€ cat, I think of a cat that is roaming the city, and fending for themselves. They are the type of cat that is wild, that doesnâ€™t like to have any human contact. They have to scrounge around the city and find food and hunt for mice, because they donâ€™t have anyone to care for them like a domesticated house cat does. I have not had any experiences with feral cats. I have seen a few cats in the parking lot of where I work, but I canâ€™t say that they are feral for sure, because there are a lot of house and apartments nearby so it may be that the cat is just an outdoor cat. I would like to have experience with feral cats, because I would love to start TNR (trap, neuter, return) to help all the feral cats out there. There are too many cats and kittens on the street, and I would eventually like to help some of those cats out.3. When I was in the pet store the other day, I noticed some â€œdog whistlesâ€ which got me to thinking about catsâ€™ hearing. Have you always imagined that dogs could hear higher frequencies than cats?
To be honest, Iâ€™ve never really thought about dogâ€™s and catâ€™s hearing compared to ours. I knew that dogs could hear really high pitched sounds, but I donâ€™t know what kind of frequency cats can hear. I would imagine they can hear really high sounds as well, because they are always hearing things that I donâ€™t hear. I always get freaked out, because if Iâ€™m by myself in the apartment, and all of a sudden one of the cats ears perk up, Iâ€™m afraid of what they are hearing. I donâ€™t know if thereâ€™s someone else in the apartment or what, but they can hear a lot quieter noises than we can. I guess I have thought dogs could hear higher frequencies than cats. I never really thought about what cats can hear, but I knew what dogs could hear.4.When you see pictures of other peoplesâ€™ cats on TCS, do you say to yourself â€œI could take a better picture than thatâ€?
I very rarely say that. The people on this site are such great photographers, that Iâ€™m always saying that I wish I could take pictures of my cats like that. I really would like a better camera for one. I would love a digital SLR camera for Christmas, and thatâ€™s what I told my fiancÃ© I want, but itâ€™s just too much money. I think if I had a better camera, I could probably take better pictures of my cats. Some of the ones on this site are absolutely gorgeous photographs. The ones that really bring out the cats eyes, or the cats spots, are truly beautiful. Whenever I see that my cats are doing something cute, I always try and grab the camera, but am too late. They usually move by the time I get the camera turned on and ready to take the picture. Iâ€™ve got a couple cute pictures on my phone, because that was the closest thing to me that I could take a picture with. I have one of Namine under the blanket, and one of Kairi running through the clothes that were hanging on the drying rack to dry. She looks like a little kitten there, itâ€™s such a cute picture of her.5. DW does not like for Alley to sleep near her face because she says the purr keeps her awake. What about your catsâ€™ purrs, how do they affect you, if at all?
My catsâ€™ purrs really donâ€™t affect me at all. Kairi purrs quite loudly sometimes. Sheâ€™ll be so loud that I can hear her across the room, if itâ€™s quiet in the room. She usually purrs when my fiancÃ© is petting her (she is such a daddyâ€™s girl) and when sheâ€™s curling up with me or him. When she starts rubbing against your hand or your arm, you know that she wants you to pet her, and sheâ€™ll start purring once you do. Namine on the other hand, I canâ€™t really hear her purring. Sheâ€™s not that much of a loud purer; I think Iâ€™ve only heard her purr a handful of times. Even if she did purr loudly, it wouldnâ€™t bother me. I love hearing my cats purr because I know they are happy and loving and wanting to be around me.6. Do you have any superstitions at all when it comes to black cats?
I donâ€™t have any superstitions when it comes to black cats. In fact, I think black cats are truly gorgeous creatures. They are just as gorgeous as the pure white cats, or even specific breeds, in my opinion. I would love to have a black cat, not only because I think they are beautiful, but I know that a lot of black cats donâ€™t get adopted from shelters because of peopleâ€™s superstitions. I think that reason is ridiculous and that black cats are just as loving as any other cat, and that those superstitions shouldnâ€™t exist. I hate the myths and legends that black cats are bad luck, because I donâ€™t think any of that is true, and believe shouldnâ€™t believe them if they want to adopt a black cat.7. What about cats having souls, do you believe that you will ever see any of your cats across the bridge again?
Absolutely! I definitely think I will see my babies across the rainbow bridge. Not only my current cats when they pass over, but I also think I will see my dogs and other cat that has passed on before them. I actually think that Namine has my dogâ€™s soul in her. My dog passed on about 2 years ago, when we had to put her to sleep because of a medical condition. When we moved to New Hampshire and were going to adopt another cat, we went to the shelter to view the kitties they had. Namine instantly stood out to us as a overzealous, playful kitty. When we got her home, I soon found out she had a lot of the characteristics my dog had. She absolutely loves my dogs old blanket and she loves to play catch with me, but will drop the toy a few feet out of my reach, which is something my dog wouldâ€™ve done. It makes me feel better knowing that my dog is still with me, because she was my baby and I was devastated when we had to put her to sleep.
8. Have you ever been bitten by either yours or somebody elseâ€™s cat? If you were, what did you do about it?
I have been bitten, but it hasnâ€™t been a serious bite, but a playful bite. I like to play rough with my cats and when they start to really like the playing, they will usually clamp on to my hand. Itâ€™s never a bite that hurts and thatâ€™s too hard, but itâ€™s just a light bite. They will usually lick my hand as soon as they stop biting it.9. When it comes time for â€œscoopingâ€, what are your feelings? In other words, are you repulsed at the thought, or are you just fine with it, or what?
I guess I donâ€™t really mind the scooping ever since we changed from a regular litterbox to the Breeze litterbox. I usually scoop it every other day because of the amount of waste that really isnâ€™t in it anymore. The pee goes to the pad and the only thing is the poop. What I love about the litterbox is that it never really smells, unless one of the cats do a really stinky poop in it right before I go in the room. I do dislike cleaning the boxes out completely, because itâ€™s takes too long for me. I hate having to dislodge the little pellets that are stuck in the grates, and having to dry the boxes before putting brand new pellets back into it.10. Have you ever wondered about the domestication of cats? When you see your cats, can you imagine them as living in the wild and killing other animals to survive?
I have wondered about the domestication of cats and I do believe my cats could survive living on the streets. Before we got Namine from the shelter, she was a stray that was found on the streets. I know that she probably has what is needed to take care of herself and hunt for food, but I would not want to have to put her through that again. I donâ€™t know how long she was by herself for, but with these New Hampshire winters, I sure hope she wasnâ€™t wandering on the streets during the winter times. I donâ€™t know where she would keep warm. Kairi has also been outside, but thatâ€™s only when my fiancÃ© lived at home with his parents. His parents have an outdoor cat, so they would let Kairi out sometimes as well. I think she would catch small mice and such, so I know she would have the skills to hunt for food if she needed to. Even though I think my cats would have the skills to survive on the streets, they are definitely way too loving to be on the streets. If they couldnâ€™t have a lap to snuggle into, or a hand to pet them, who knows what they would do. Kairi loves to be pet and cuddled with, so I donâ€™t know if sheâ€™d be able to survive without that.