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If you only study ONE cat training video

By ‘cat training’ I mean the training of humans to serve their feline overlords.

This one’s a gem.

Not only covers the classic meow/growl combination, but also the much more demanding combination of tail movement and slight body wiggle with those.

Combining all four SHOULD tell the human to immediately ‘cease and desist’ ANY actions that might not meet with the boss’s approval.

Ignore them, and you get what you deserve.

Seriously.

(Sadly, she was never seen again, this video was the last thing found on Maxwell’s human’s phone.)

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September 15, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Pub-crawling cat emigrates from Campbeltown, and continues in Helelnsburgh

I wouldn’t normally mention anything from a source that aggressively ties to block me from viewing it because I’m using an adblocker (or tries to force me to disable or even uninstall it), so while I’ll return the favour by not identifying the source of the tale, I will tell about the cat (which I should point out only eat there, doesn’t drink).

The cat was being cared for by a lady in Campbeltown, who sadly died, so the cat lost its home.

A couple who had been friends with the lady tool the cat in, and brought it to their home in Helensburgh, thinking/hoping it would settle in with the incumbents.

However, the cat had been used to wandering around Campbeltown, and visiting the pubs.

It wasn’t long before it decided it wasn’t going to change its habits, and it left its new home.

However, far from being lost, it was spotted on a pub’s security camera, they opened the door, the cat came in – and made itself at home!

Long story short – a deal was done, and the move from the couple’s home to the pub became official.

Sorry for the generic tuxedo cat pic (obviously I can’t go with the original) – but Brook is tuxedo lady.

Tuxedo Cat

Tuxedo Cat

September 15, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

Lil Bub has a problem

LiL BuB

LiL BuB

I wasn’t sure if this item would embed as I sometimes get a surprise when I find WordPress refuses all my efforts to add some fairly common and popular sources, while others slot in without any complaints.

This one looks OK.

We don’t see much of the Internet cats these days, at least I don’t, in the places where they used to feature often online, although it looks as if they’re still wandering around helping others.

I first read about one of the real originals, Lil Bub, having a problem a few days ago, then found the story was true, and had been announced/detailed on her Tumblr (something I never normally go near).

Fingers crossed that this is as much of a non-event as they suggest, and she’s not at risk.

So, we all know Bub’s a little girl, just go with the thought.

King Of The Internet

King Of The Internet

September 11, 2018 Posted by | Appeal | , , , | Leave a comment

Lil Bub’s 7th birthday feast

Although it’s on the disgusting Facecrook, it looks as if the video can be embedded in WordPress (pity they’ve never gotten around to allowing most of the video sources I use).

I don’t seem to come across Bub and her feline star friends very often these days, so this was a nice surprise.

August 16, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Lucky cat, one of those that survived crawling into an engine bay

It’s nice to be able to mention the odd bits of good news, and the story of a cat that got itself stuck in an engine bay, and was there for NINE days has to fall into that category.

So often, a bit of curiosity has terminal results, and the story is not one we really want to hear, other than as a reminder to be careful out there.

During the nine days Jacob was trapped in the car, he was also treated to a round trip of around 80 miles, between Kilmarnock and Girvan.

Apart from the effects of missing food and water (apparently losing 1 kg), but might have caught some rain, the only issue seems to have been  a bump on the nose. Also considered lucky our heatwave was over by the time this happened.

Having seen the bad side of such an event happen all to close to me, I’m particularly pleased to read of happy conclusions to such potential catastrophes (sorry).

Cat trapped in car grill for nine days travelled 80 miles

Jacob Trapped Cat - Pic Credit SWNS

Jacob Trapped Cat – Pic Credit SWNS

August 5, 2018 Posted by | Transport | | Leave a comment

Double cat story this week

And one is good, and one is bad.

Bad news first.

A cat has been found abandoned on a doorstep covered in sick and faeces.

She was dumped in a cat carrier on Clark Street in Airdrie on July 16 in a “very poor condition”.

The tabby cat is now being cared for by the Scottish SPCA in Lanarkshire until she can be rehomed.

Inspector Jack Marshall said: “The cat was in a very poor condition, covered in sick and faeces with long claws.

“We’re hopeful that someone will recognise her as we’d like to find out how she came to be in this state.

Abandoned Car Pic Via Scottish SPCA

Abandoned Car Pic Via Scottish SPCA

It’s easy to pre-judge without details, and it might be as well to worry about who this cat came from, and their circumstances.

Abandoned cat found in carrier covered in sick and faeces

Then there was the good news.

A budgie which was missing for six weeks has been reunited with its owner – after a pet cat caught it.

Penny Campbell had almost given up hope of ever seeing Rosie Bloom again after escaping in the Stonehaven area.

However, a cat living about a mile away brought the budgie into its house and the owners managed to catch it and take it to a local vet.

Missing budgie reunited with owner after being found by pet cat

I guess ‘Bear the cat’ wasn’t feeling too serious about the hunt…

Prof Dame Sue Black – the owner of seven-month-old Bear the cat – said: “We are used to him bringing in mice and birds.

“We were sitting in the dining room and heard an almighty squawking – it was a budgie, we thought where did he get a budgie from? He was ever so proud.

“He went to go and catch it again – it was like a farce as we tried to catch the poor thing.

“It’s testament to its determination to survive.”

Prof Dame Black added: “We put the budgie in the cat’s box and took it to the vet.

“It’s a happy ending – I am delighted.”

Both main players are currently hanging their heads in shame – the budgie for being taken to the vet in a cat box, and the cat for having its box used to take a bird to the vet.

Fine! I’ll just site in here then.!

Cat In Bird Cage

July 26, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Found cat – Bridgeton or Glasgow Green

Spotted this slightly different poster for a ‘Lost’ cat yesterday, hope it is a genuine one.

Not the usual ‘Lost Cat’ poster, but a ‘Found Cat’ this time.

Unfortunately, like many ‘lost cat’ posters, this one has no date, so there’s no way to tell if it’s new, recent, or old – other than by making a guess based on its condition under out lovely Scottish weather. But with the recent dry spell, it could still be weeks old.

Still, it can’t be that old, as this guessing came of age is often harder of the page is properly plastic laminated.

Some are put in plastic sleeves, but as these are really just unsealed plastic bags, they make things worse since they fill with rain water, which can’t then evaporate, and destroy the paper/print even faster as it never dries once it gets wet.

Assuming this is legit, hope the little tuxedo cat gets home.

Found Cat - Bridgeton or Glasgow Green

Found Cat – Bridgeton or Glasgow Green

July 21, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Stop lookin’ at mah damn butt hoomin!

Regulars will know my problem with most cats around here, most of them don’t hang around until you get near them, or stay still long enough for anything more than a pic of their butt as they wander off.

This guy looked tough enough to fend for himself, and stopped (or slowed down) long enough to turn a little and throw a warning glance behind as I was about to take my usual ‘catbutt’ pic.

Semi Catbutt

Semi Catbutt

I haven’t been around the streets much (at all) during the recent warm spell, so don’t know if the cats came out.

I saw another couple before this one, but they managed to teleport during the few seconds needed to get to the camera.

Quantum entanglement has NOTHING on what the cats around here can do!

Clearly, they have all been tutored by Schrödinger’s cat.

Schroedinger Dead And Alive

Schrödinger Dead And Alive

July 20, 2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

In Russia, havoc is imminent in 3, 2, 1…

Had to include this Russian pic I found.

The dangers associated with shining laser pointers at aircraft pale into insignificance when compared to the consequences of abusing the ‘Red Dot’ with your cat, or cats.

Imminent havoc

Imminent havoc

July 8, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , | Leave a comment

Calton cat caught (me)

If anyone has been watching me wandering around Calton (near The Barras area), they might have thought they’d found some nut. trying to follow a cat.

There’s a nice looking tortie (tortoiseshell or calico) cat I often come across down there, but while it doesn’t actually run away, it never stays still, or, to be more accurate, doesn’t stay still long enough to strike a photographic pose. It just vanishes through fences or gaps in walls, or manages to keep out of sight by wandering through the spaces between the wheelie bins.

It likes to sit on a window-ledge, probably staring at its humans to make them open it – so it can turn around and walk away!

But, more usual is for it to spot me, and start walking.

However, one night it was too busy staring in the window – and I finally got my pic!

Calton Cat

Calton Cat

But, being a cat, it knew I was there, and I ended up being caught too.

Caught

Caught

Let’s have a little fun with this one 🙂

Got You

Got You

June 16, 2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

£30 k – The cost of an unexpected stray cat

I have to give this one a mention.

It’s a bit of a shocker for someone in the UK to see how costs rack up in the US when any pet is taken to the vet, and how they can mount astronomically if any sort of specialist or extended treatment is required to save their lives after any sort of bad accident, or discovery of a serious condition.

Have a look here to get an idea, where some of the cases come with details: LoveMeow

But this one is different.

A football club received a fine of £29,841 for insufficient organisation (plus the throwing of objects and blocked stairways) – lay had to be stopped by the referee until the feline invader vacated the pitch.

Besiktas fined £30k for stray cat hold up in Champions League

My hero (if you know my opinion of football).

We definitely need more cats like this to make this stuff interesting.

Feline Football Invader Picture Credit: BULENT KILICAFP Getty Images

Feline Football Invader Picture Credit: BULENT KILICAFP Getty Images

June 10, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

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