May 27, 2009

At the Kitty Cat Café...

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... take the time to notice the white blossoms that have fallen in the yard.

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... and anything else at all...

50 comments:

Jason (the commenter) said...

There's a cat that walks along my back porch at night. It never lets me come near, it just sits a little ways off and stares at me.

I know it would eat me if it could.

Meade said...

Kitty Cat - alpa.

Meade said...

bignoniodes.

Jason (the commenter) said...

Thanks Meade, that was driving me crazy.

I saw some bougainvillea blossoms floating in a canal the other day and wondered if garden designers ever thought of planting trees just so their blossoms could fall somewhere and look beautiful.

bearbee said...

Eye of The Tiger Cafe

Dust Bunny Queen said...

We have a new volunteer cat that sits about 25 feet away from us under the rose bushes and stares.

I made the mistake of feeding him/her/it, despite my husband's well founded protests. Now every evening about 5pm...johnny on the spot for the 1/2 cup of dried food.

My other cat, the indoor princess, pretty much ignores it other than to go over and claim a proprietary bite of food every now and again. "MY DECK...MY Humans.....MY FOOD but....oh go ahead and eat anyway"

I think he/she/it really wants to make friends with us. It gave us the present of a dead snake the other day.

MadisonMan said...

I want tuna
I want liver
I want chicken
Please deliver

That's what the cat is thinking.

Meow.

veni vidi vici said...

Happy cat.

Sam said...

I love your photos and I love the catalpa. You've reminded me to go see if the ones in my neighbourhood are in bloom yet.

rhhardin said...

Dog with clouds.

Dog on morning patrol, walking right down the property line. If a cat has been on the property anywhere overnight, it will have crossed the boundary, with the right continuity conditions, so a one-dimensional search is sufficient. (Ampere's law.)

EDH said...

Seriously, does that cat have a growth on its butt?

Michael Hasenstab said...

Is Meade's abode in Cincinnati now considered Ann's alt house?

When Ann is there is it accurate to say: Ann Althouse is at Ann's alt house?

And then do we Althousians then become alt house Althousians?

And yes, it's after 5:00 PM so I have had the first beer of happy hour.

Hmm... When Meade is at Ann's abode in Madison, is it correct to say: Meade is at his alt house at Ann Althouse's?

Michael Hasenstab said...

That lase sentence ^^^ could have been: Meade is at his alt house at Ann Althouse's house?

Stay tuned for future episodes of This Alt House.

Big Mike said...

There's a cat that looks just like that which climbs up on our deck, looks in our windows and meows at us. We want to discourage it without injuring it, because we have numeerous bird feeding stations and we like looking at the variety of birds that come by.

The cat probably figures that we're already feeding it.

It would be welcome to stay if it would restrict itself to pigeons. And scare the squirrels away from the cardinal feeder.

Michael Hasenstab said...

I think Althousketeers sounds happier that Althousians, which sounds vaguely Wagner-esque.

I also think taking one's new iPhone into a bar during happy hour could ultimately be a not-so-good idea.

Ralph said...

There was a catalpa at my parents' old house. It looked nice, but the large leaves and seed pods were a bother in the fall. Not as messy as pecan trees, however. My driveway is solid tassel.

Lem said...

I wander who is greener cats or dogs?

Lem said...

I say by virtue of size alone cats must be greener.

BJM said...

Did anyone else see writing/characters/script in the flower markings when the photo first loaded?

rhhardin said...

Concealed cat, from 2008.

Palladian said...

Hi Kitty!...

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Lem said...

Yes it's a cat.. but is it a latina cat ;)

Lem said...

Obama chose a dog over a cat as first pet... that's enough for me to vote against him again.

Lem said...

Whatever.. the game started .. it's been scintillating.

Revenant said...

My backyard has a large wooden deck. It is also surrounded by other yards that have dogs in them. As a result, my yard is a haven for squirrels and bunnies. As a result, I get a lot of cats cruising through looking for entertainment and/or dinner.

Occasionally I'll be out back in a deck chair when this happens. The cats always look at me like "what the hell do you think YOU'RE doing here?".

Freeman Hunt said...

The cat next door kills moles.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
This cat is my friend.
I give him leftovers from restaurants.

RLB_IV said...

Cat's are greener. Cats "cathole" into which they pinch a loaf and complete the task by burying their scat, not unlike PCT hikers. Cats do not require water to bathe saving precious resources. They emit low levels of methane gas, eat grass and projectile vomit essential nutrients back into the soil, kill pesky insects and rodents saving the need for toxic chemicals. Now if I could get that little gray bastard to kill the gophers! This not to say that cats are not assholes.

Donna B. said...

Any cat that brings a dead snake as a present is a friend of mine.

I'd love to have a cat that was truly an indoor cat, but all the ones I've had were not content being indoors all the time. And they let me know this. Loudly, sometimes destructively.

In my experience, you shouldn't get too attached to an outdoor cat because someday they just won't show up and you'll never know what happened to them.

We have a dog that can't stand to be indoors more than 15 minutes or so, but we also have a quite large fenced area where he's happy. I can't imagine building a fence a cat couldn't defeat.

Our other dog is perfectly content being indoors and sprawling across the kitchen floor for a nice nap. For a while, then he starts to miss his buddy and wants to go outside.

This is probably a good thing because when he sprawls, he pretty much takes up the entire kitchen floor. He's about 120 lbs at one year old, but as gentle as a newborn lamb... unless you're a rabbit, possum, or squirrel invading his turf.

Windbag said...

My son's cat was a killing machine, but he had a gentler side. Our neighbor's cat was a shut-in, and my son's cat came by daily to sit and visit with him...just sat outside the sliding glass door and gazed at him. When our cat died, the neighbors asked about him, because they missed the visits. I miss that cat, and I don't even like cats.

The squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, birds, moles, rats, and the other neighbors' dogs do not miss him.

rhhardin said...

Did I mention an advantage of lawn cutting with a scythe? You don't have to do everything the same height; drainage ditch cut long to mark off a no-go area for dog.

Pogo said...

My cat has learned that I hit the snooze button and associates it with me getting up and feeding her.

She has taken to going to the bedside table and hitting the wooden top and *quickly* turning back to see if I woke up.

If it learns to make coffee, I'll be in heaven.

veni vidi vici said...

Hey rhhardin, where's that concealed cat photo taken? Looks midwestern, and very nicely rural/exurban. what town/state is that?

rhhardin said...

@vvv Central Ohio, in farm country.

veni vidi vici said...

We have 2 wonderful indoor cats. They are of the gourmet Abyssinian variety. My wife and I each had one for about a year or so before we met; strange world. Since everyone's sharing cat photos, there are some particularly excellent ones of ours here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/album.php?aid=76821&id=655334397

KLDAVIS said...

Caturday comes on a Wednesday this week, I guess. One of ours doesn't look all that different from the one in the photo.

JAL said...

DonnaB @ 8:19 In my experience, you shouldn't get too attached to an outdoor cat because someday they just won't show up and you'll never know what happened to them.
Get and indoor-outdoor one.

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JAL said...

I am still hating the way blogger doesn't do breaks.

Who re-wrote this program?

11:29 PM

Donna B. said...

@JAL - the last cat we "lost" was an indoor-outdoor cat. When he wanted out, he wanted out BAD. If we tried to keep him in, he became destructive.

One thing comes to mind... we've always had male cats. Maybe we should get a female for an indoor cat?

peter hoh said...

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Rosen's statement that conservatives are misreading his piece about Sotomayor:

I thought about that when I read Rosen today. The fact is that he was sloppy, and his sloppiness empowered people whom he probably doesn't care much for. But had he not rushed the piece in the first place, had he taken more time, it never would have come to that. The first rule, always, always, is to do your fucking job.

Jordan said...

Kittehs!

And economy!

Ralph said...

We had a friendly black & white ex-tom at my office for 10 years. One of the truck drivers fed him when an orphan kitten, so he had to sniff every truck that came on the yard and greet every customer, so we had to let him out fifty times a day. The boss gave him insulin shots twice a day for two years. Drinking out of puddles ruined his pancreas.

Chip Ahoy said...

Ann Althouse's self-entertaining floaty cat, captain of the high seas.

Freeman Hunt said...

You guys have some cute pets.

VVV: I want an Abyssinian. How are they with your kids?

bearbee said...

I wander who is greener cats or dogs?.

Who cares. Just employ the industrious and beneficial dung beetle to work for shit.

JAL said...
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JAL said...

DonnaB --
Would definitely help to get a male fixed. Female too. The latter lay around and get fat (as do spayed female dogs heading into middle age).

I'd like a cat. Husband is not a cat person and we feed the birds. But we also have two neighbor cats who patrol our backyard, so what's the dif?

We have thousands (well, not really) -- A LOT -- of moles. And cats do well with de-moling.

I tell him cats are less work than dogs.

amba said...

Very proud to have instantly recognized the catalpa flower. Midwesterner.

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