|Good luck to both of you. Todayâ€™s topic should be fun and interesting and one you should know well. But will you be able to use the secret words? Here we goâ€¦
Ok, here we go, second to last attempt of these finals. Lets see how many SECRET
(youâ€™re not going to get me on that one again
) terms I can bring into play todayâ€¦ I will be sitting on the edge of my seat tomorrow waiting for the word results, it probably will be one of the first things I do on my laptop after I steal some time away from my preschooler, head on over to The Cat Lounge check on the results. Part of me hopes to GOODNESS that BelongsToEvie beats me, just so we can have a showdown, but the other side of me cant wait until this is over
I loved playing in this, and have had a lot of fun, but these last few days have been emotionally draining. ;-) These games are enough to drive a woman mad. I havenâ€™t been on TCS much lately but to play this super bowl as Iâ€™ve been bitten by the crochet bug and am making my mother a blanket for Christmas. Not much time to surf when my fingers are too busy crocheting instead of typing. I have been learning to make a quilted afghan and it is utterly turning out beyond my expectations. Last year I gave her a typical quilt, this year afghan quilt. Maybe I need to move to a different medium. When I first started back to crocheting this year I thought I was going to die my hands and fingers hurt so bad. Isnt that funny? You donâ€™t realize how â€œphysicalâ€ it is or the muscles you use sometimes. Doesnâ€™t help that I have carpal tunnel and I havenâ€™t picked up my needles since last year. So suddenly returning to it and tackling such a big project has been physically challenging for my poor hands, but it only took me seconds to get back into the swing of things. Also, Iâ€™ve been trying to finish a book of mine I found when we were moving. I got it a couple years ago and almost forgot I had it. You know it will turn up in the â€œGuess What Iâ€™m Reading Threadâ€ sometime soon. Iâ€™ve had it set in my backpack where I keep my yarn to remind myself to give my fingers a break every now and again. Finding the alone time to read it is another story. Life waits for no one. The kids always try to talk to me when Iâ€™m reading (or typing on the net) and they can never understand why I cant hear their conversations with me. Iâ€™m far from deaf, but after 5 kids, I can start to tune them out at my whim! As my grandfather used to say in his oh so talkative moments â€“ â€œIâ€™m not deaf, Iâ€™m ignoring you!â€
|1. Why do you think your cats are better than cats that other people have (come on, you know you do)?
Ok, honestly, I guess this silly question goes both ways. I have at times thought my cats or at least one of my cats is â€œbetterâ€ than another personâ€™s cat. My husbandâ€™s best friend for one. His cat is just plain ornery as well as ugly.
Essentially all felines are cute in their own right, even so this one is probably repulsive in part by its behavior. Shame on me â€“ coming from an animal loverâ€¦ in spite of that, really, this cat is nasty plus it attacks my kids for no reason. Which is strange because he has three kids as well, so itâ€™s not like itâ€™s not used to little people. Anyway, this cat will hide in the shadows and stalk them then will pounce on the kids when they walk by. I mean full-force attack. It will grab their leg and hiss and bite the heck out of it, really sinking her teeth in and slowly flicking her tail madly about.
Aside from that, I am biased to my Roly boy. I do trust that he is the most beautiful cat moreover hardly anyone can compare to him! I guess I am partial to him. Even over my other cats. It helped that he has a wonderful laid back cuddly personality. Twix is also a gorgeous cat (we all know I continued to favor long-haired cats period) in her own peculiar style. I love her coloring. I really am partial toward classic red/orange cats, as a consequence Twix is a black and red tortie. Mufasa, our RB baby is the top cat of them all. He was a stunning grey/blue medium hair boy. I loved his fur and his polydactyl feet, this was the first cat I had to have a thumb on his paws! All that said, I have definitely seen someone elseâ€™s cat that I just adore. Any long haired white catâ€¦. :melts-heart: There is a member on here that has a longer-haired flame pointâ€¦
Any long-furred Van felineâ€¦. Be still my beating heart.
Of course I like short hairs as well. We had a foster, Snickers, that had the silkiest smooth short fur. It was SO silky, it felt like rabbitâ€™s fur. Then there is my little Whitey boy that our latest foster had. He is a longer-haired seal point. I am in love with him furthermore will be hard pressed to give him up for adoption. He is without doubt so cuddly additionally his blue eyes call to me!
Nonetheless, looks arenâ€™t everything. As an example of the book I am reading now, the owner has a one-eyed cat. She adopted a stray that wandered on her land completely mangy and with an infected puss-filled eye. Following a rescue trip to the vet, getting washed up, followed by plenty of time and love the cat was eventually healed, minus the loss of his one eye, entirely the same, it didnâ€™t matter to the owner, to her he was the most beautiful individual.
It reminded me of a dog we had when my husband and I were first married. He was a little pug that was given to us by some friends. They couldnâ€™t find any other taker, so we were the lucky recipients. He was one of our greatest wind falls and our very first dog as a couple. [Who know our family would only multiply from there?] He also had a bad blind eye. Some instant before we got to adopt him he was hit by a car, consequently went blind in his one eye, regardless of his cloudy, blue, bulging eye, he was the most adorable canine to us. He did the cutest things, like scaring himself when he <farted>. Undeniably he fit right in among our growing family at the time, he was no guard dog, but you couldnâ€™t tell him that! Anyone who entered out house got the most vicious greeting
I think he thought he could chew your leg off by licking it to pieces! Kidding aside, he really did welcome people, but he sure let us know they were there! It was a sad day when he crossed over the bridge. So there ya goâ€¦ One manâ€™s trash is otherâ€™s treasure!
|2. What time do your cats get up (or get you up) in the morning?
I donâ€™t know about in the morning, but they are likely to keep me awake at night. Just last night in particular, Squeaker, my medium-haired black poly girl with her many toes, was laying between my legs. Iâ€™m telling the truth, I wanted to roll over but was afraid to disturb her. Ha! Hubby told me Iâ€™m insane and have issues!
They have never really woke me up in the morning. We get up pretty early anyway, and they are free-fed, as a result they donâ€™t really have to wake us up to eat their food, be that as it may I have been woken up in the wee hours of the mornings before with them rubbing or purring in my face or kneading my chest or back, especially my poly-girl with her real thumbs! I guess she wakes me up that way more than I remembered. But really, they are pretty good. Maybe there is an exception on the weekends because we tend to sleep in later, but still, they remain pretty quiet and take our cue until someone gets up. A lot of the time they are snuggled in on our bed, despite my hubbyâ€™s best efforts, he insists they sleep in other places and kicks them out repeatedly, they insist otherwiseâ€¦ Therefore we
are the ones waking them
I donâ€™t know if they maintain a particular agenda where they get up â€“ if they do Iâ€™ve never really noticed. Iâ€™m aware they sleep a lot. Usually they stir when they hear us get up and they will come around for their morning rubs or fresh water in their dishes. One of them in particular follows me around ready for her lovins, like it was meant to be a game or something.
|3. Do your cats ever help with housework, or at least try (or get in the way)?
Well of course the like to help me do the cleaning, they like to â€œhelpâ€ me sweep the floor. I donâ€™t understand what it is, but the minute I pull out the broom they go into attack mode. Mustâ€¦ killâ€¦. theâ€¦ bigâ€¦ strawâ€¦ contraptionâ€¦ That can be annoying sometimes. Technically theyâ€™re not really helping, but you knowâ€¦ I get a nice pile made next they scatter it back around.
When I pull out the vacuum though, thatâ€™s another story.
they run for the hills when that beast comes on! Itâ€™s every cat for itself. It reminds me, when our foster kittens get to be a certain age, I will bring them down from upstairs and put their box/nest in the living room with us for socialization and because I love watching them
When I vacuum the mom cat will always run for cover, but on the contrary has a tendency to linger close and keep an eye on her kittens laying so vulnerable in front of the noisy monster. They help me dust by walking across the mantle or across the top of the TV to show me that it is needing dustedâ€¦ Now if only I could get them to help me cook!
My mom has a cat that likes to lend a hand (otherwise get in the way) doing dishes. Every time she hears the stream run, she comes running to the sink! She swats at it along with drinks from the fresh stream! She seems to enjoy playing with the water. My mom puts her hands in it forming a type of cup and sheâ€™ll quickly lap it up.
|4. If you could magically change the color of one of your cats to any color or combination you wanted, would you do it?
Hmmmmâ€¦. I already possess a black cat with a tiny bit of white, and I have an orange catâ€¦ and I have a tortoiseshell cat (not enough white to be a calico). Followed by the color-point which I carry a soft spot for. Accordingly I have my variety of colors already. I would like another dilute cat. But there could by no means be another Mufasa. The chocolate/brown mask and cream colors of the seal point are attractive. Ahâ€¦ but weâ€™re talking ANY color. If I could magically change them to ANY desired color or patternâ€¦ I know my daughter would wish for a pink cat â€“ she absolutely loves that color, any shade, any hue, doesnâ€™t matter to her â€“ sheâ€™s obsessed. Funny you mention this thoughâ€¦ when I was younger, my parents had a friend that they bowled with; she had a white poodle and the little ole lady was so eccentric she would dye her dog to match her hair all the time. If the lady was in the mood for lavender, the dog was lavender. If she was in the mood for blue â€“ bam! Blue it was. Which is fine (I guess) when they were together, but I imagine it was a site when they were by themselves. I donâ€™t hate to think how Iâ€™d react if I seen a green haired elderly lady shopping in the grocery store. Quite shocked I imagine. I envision myself picking my mouth up off the floor
Whatâ€™s more, what is the impact when you see a green furred dog walking through the park! Why say what is normal? In her situation, I wonder how she would determine what color she was in the mood for? What she based her choices onâ€¦
As for a combination of colors â€“ how about something like yellow with purple spots?! Or tri-colored calicos that are red, white and blue?
|5. Do you let your cats get away with things that they are not supposed to do?
Ahh, good question, depending on my mood of the day. Am I being lazy? Or do I feel grouchy? The majority of the time I do not allow the cats up on the counter or on the kitchen table, but occasionally when I see them sneaking around on the counters or table I will turn the other cheek. Iâ€™ve seen them jumping up there to finish off the boysâ€™ cereal (read: lactose-infused milk) in the morning, and instead of placing it on the floor where they subsequently must contend with the dogs, Iâ€™ve let them be. However; as a rule, I will shoe them away instantly when I see it because I donâ€™t want them to get in the habit of it, or to try it while somebody is still eating!
What you let your cats do and what they do in reality are two separate details! We all know they are known for being stubborn creatures. I see paw prints in places they donâ€™t belong all the time. Like scratching by the side of the furniture and walls, or climbing up your curtains or on your cupboards. That reminds meâ€¦ For long time something was getting in our garbage and such. Finally I got DH to build some walls to contain it. We learned rather quickly that it wasnâ€™t the dogs doing it. Whatever it was, was getting in from the top. I supposed it was a skunk or raccoon, but wouldnâ€™t you know, it was the neighborâ€™s cats. Forget about it â€“ letâ€™s not even go there shall weâ€¦
I also donâ€™t like to let the cats sleep in the laundry baskets because they leave their fur all over my clean clothes. But the rules donâ€™t stop them, they especially love to lay in the warm towels and sheets when they come out of the dryer. Which of course starts pushing DHâ€™s button! They love to butt heads, just stirring up trouble. Of course they couldnâ€™t choose to lay in the dirty washâ€¦
|6. What is the most expensive thing your cats have ever broken (or shredded)?
Hmmâ€¦ this is a tough one. I canâ€™t really reflect on any. Not to say they never have, because I am sure they have at some pointâ€¦ I realize they have had an accident and dumped a vase, jug or pot getting my dining room table all wet on more than one occasion, but luckily they have never broken. A great deal of my items are replaceable, but I do have one glass vase that is one of my favorites; I wont even put on my table or desk because I donâ€™t want to risk them breaking it. It is irreplaceable to me, if a cat jumped up and broke it I would never forgive myself. I have small children, thus I donâ€™t have very many knick knacks out. I recall cats in the past when I was younger that broke my motherâ€™s ceramic figurines, she kept them all over the house, in the windows, on shelves, whenever one would break she was always having to fix them herself. She must not have really cared too much I guess because to this day she keeps them out fixing them if they break again. Can you fault the cat if you put those fragile things in their playground???
Ok, we had a foster cat that scratched up and shredded the carpet in my bedroom right beside the door. I suppose that was a pretty expensive piece of damage. We never replaced it though, it was merely a minor part in the corner and not extremely noticeable, so we simply live with it. That same naughty cat also destroyed newspaper if it was left out. What a mistake, there would be paper everywhere!
|7. Do you ever have staring contests with your cats; that is, locking eye contact, and if so, who usually wins?
Yes, I gaze in the catâ€™s eyes once or twice that turns into a staring contest of sorts a few times. I always lose, hardly ever win. Not that I do gazing contests that often, but cats are good at it. I always blink first. If the cat blinks first itâ€™s probably because I cheated
My dog on the other hand will look away when I make an effort to hold eye contact with him for too long. He is more submissive than the cats I presume. I wonder if itâ€™s as much of a dominance thing with cats as it is with dogs? Iâ€™ve even locked eyes with the kids in staring contests.
|8. Does your daily routine allow you to spend as much time as you would like with your cats?
Well, I have three resident cats (we recently adopted out the â€œhalf catâ€ I constantly talked in regards to beforeâ€¦ LOL He was our potential fourth, but we finally rehomed him through the shelter this weekend). I will miss him, but I have to look at it as making room for further fosters. Anyway, we had five fosters (a mom and her four kittens) but they are currently weaned and coming of age and starting to find their furever homes now, so we are down to the mother and one of her kittens, the seal point that I am falling for. Anyway, after Josh was diagnosed with his
cancer, I took a hiatus from my career and became a stay-at-home mom, the new routine has not only afforded me with extra moments with Josh and the rest of my children, but also for housework and the animals and my personal hobbies like crocheting and genealogy. Several of the cats are more open for cuddle time and playtime then others. Rolyâ€™s snuggle phase comes in spurts. There are days or weeks he will climb on my lap and demand his cuddles and to be petted night after night. Afterward he will go on a break of sorts where he wont come near me for a bit, up to a week or so.
Who knowsâ€¦ I imagine he has his on cycle or schedule of sorts. Whitey (the seal-point kitten) is the most playful and when the rest of the kittens were here I regularly found time to socialize them altogether and play with them. Not to mention that we are a large loving family, so between all of us they were getting plenty of attention. When we still had Annie, she had a preference to my hubby, he was her daddy, so she frequently seemed to go to him for her nuzzles. I guess it helps that we are a large family since thereâ€™s plenty of love to go around.
|9. Do you have any particular method of getting your cats to pose for that prize winning photograph?
Now this question is an painless one. I answered this one before when it was asked in a KatKwiz or Katkwery I think. I had a photo shoot for the cats once when I wanted to upload each of their pictures on TCS for the cat page. My camera isnâ€™t as high quality as some of the members on here, so I donâ€™t know about prize winning (not that it matters), yet I really liked how they came out in spite of the poor lighting I was working with at the late hour. So I guess I won anyway. I covered my hallway bench with my favorite comforter and basically placed these cats on it. The aloof things just kind of sat there. They didnâ€™t bother to move â€“ which was easily perfect for me. I didnâ€™t need any string on a stick, da bird or catnip filled mice to attract their attention, although I considered it. I remember Roly just sat there and posed while Twix laid down. Squeaker was more of a challenge; she wasnâ€™t as photogenic or patient, I could not get her to pay attention or stay still to save my life. I tried changing my tactic to no avail, so I ended up using an old photo of her on the arm of the chair (and I cut and cropped the background out), which sort of makes her resemble an alien with her glowing eyes. Which reminds me I probably should try and change her photo soon. I donâ€™t really like the picture that is displaying right now but I was anxious to get one up there.
Probably the hardest part regarding taking any picture of a pet is getting the flash exactly right. Well and a little cooperation never hurts. Itâ€™s almost harder to get the light right than to catch their attention and keep them entertained. When I take pictures of the foster kittens to share with this site and of the shelters website, admittedly itâ€™s not easy. They are squirmy and never stay put and Iâ€™ve spent many hours trying to find something that works. Generally using the distraction technique with bells, toys and/or treats, using something to grab their attention, is helpful when trying to get their pic. The fact is you just got to have patience, and surely itâ€™s ideal to have someone lending a helping hand whenever you take a pet picture! It can take a lot of tries and experimenting with their favorite toy, doing anything to get them to cooperate. I remember once, I would wait for them to pose perfectly, then I would promptly snap the picture only for it to be out of focus from them moving so much or find that I got a nice shot of their butts!
|10. Consider this: You are wealthy. You are healthy. You live in a big mansion located on five acres of land. You do not have to hold a job. How many cats would you have that you could call your cats?
Am I dreaming? Am I a winner in the lottery? I donâ€™t have to work? I think Iâ€™m in heaven, somebody pinch me!
Because I am wealthy, I will assume that the five acres are fenced in with a cat fence, or else I would have it done
that way the cats can enjoy the place and play outside in the yard as well and there would be plenty of room for them to roam, play, hunt, smell and eat the [safe] plants nature intended for them. Also itâ€™s a given that with infinite money and resources the entire house of cats would be spayed and neutered. I could have one in every color of the rainbow! I donâ€™t know if I could put a specific number on how many I could or would have. Is it possible to have just one?? I have had upwards of 15 cats in my house at one moment, I remember there were so many that I had to make a list just to count. Of course nearly all of that number was kittens, nevertheless I am the first to tell you that the biggest consideration and factor is the scent of kitty litter boxes! Of that 15 cats, 5 of them were adults (my 3 and 2 foster moms), and we provide them with 3 kitty litter boxes, one on each floor, that would need tended to on a multi-daily basis. However in my mansion, the cats would either be allowed to go outside and do their business out there, which would help reduce that problem, and I imagine I would have some hired help that could help me keep the litter boxes clean. I believe the skyâ€™s the limit. I could have an unlimited total amount of cats. Although the key here is you certainly have consider the quantity and quality of time you have to spend with each cat. I mean what does it matter if you have a house on 50 or 1000 acres, if you donâ€™t have the time to play with them and pet them, you might as well be raising a colony of ferals. You have to be able to keep them social. Same principle applies if you solely have one catâ€¦ if you donâ€™t have the time to care for him and make him the center of your attention, is he really going to be happy? Itâ€™s probably foolish to have too many that I would call my own
. So with 24 hours in a day, and 7 people in my family (8 if you count my niece who lives with us part time)â€¦. How many cats could I comfortably have? Sevenâ€¦ one for every member. Or maybe 14, two per personâ€¦ 12 if I exclude hubby
I donâ€™t know. I guess it probably would essentially happen. Except if you get exceedingly many someone is bound to get lost in the shuffle. I sense I would settle with a careful manageable amount of resident cats, but I would be able to open my home to additional fosters. Perhaps I could actually run my own private sanctuary. I already live in a zoo! Yeah, thatâ€™s it. Share the love! No wonder hubby and the kids call me the crazy cat lady.