Sunday, July 14, 2013

Settling in



i do like my new house, don't get me wrong.



i like my wall,



i like my garden,



and no complaints about my sky.

but nothing's perfect. this place has pests. i handled the mice, heh-heh-heh. but as for the giant, not so easy. IT shows up whenever my food bowl is about to magically fill itself. same thing with my water bowl. i hiss, and IT retreats, but that happens twice a day, every day. IT seems incapable of putting two and two together.



i understand that training is a process, but IT is stupid and slow and now working on my left nerve.



my friend snowball down the street says i should either move or call the county. But i've grown awfully attached to my magical food bowl, so for now we'll take a wait-and-see approach.

27 comments:

  1. Ah, you are patient, you are a cat. You will overcome. Don't kid us, you have even figured out the giant. He is loud, and surely he is big, but he doesn't have an evil heart. You always knew that. You are smarter than he is, alas for him. Soon you will be eating his special treats, and he will whine. You will overcome.

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  2. That's one happy boy. He's found Nirvana on your rock wall, with self-filling bowls of food, and he's not going to risk getting trapped by no giant.

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  3. All in good time. Slow and steady wins the race. Patience is a virtue. I have plenty more of these gems at the ready. {I can't relate to any of them, by the way.}

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  4. Those giants just don't get it.. Their job is to feed and water a small soul that enters.. A soul that needs a place of respite... tho by the looks of it, it may be a long one... Any complaints w/the food?
    Don't worry, the giant is a slow learner, kind but slow.. :-)

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  5. Hmm. I was thinking of Albert as The Giant. Forgot about the blond. Guess I assumed she, already well trained, was considered a Useful Domestic Retainer.

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  6. Looks you are very comfortable in your new home: "my new house, my wall, my garden, my sky..." Lol!
    Yes, the garden is really gorgeous!
    I think that the "giant" will be your friend soon.
    Little fellow, which is your name?

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  7. I think it works both ways Doris, as she doesn't seem to like either one of us.

    The good news is, all her wounds look clean and they're healing. Which makes me think she might, technically speaking, live down the street...

    Totally different mindset than what we're used to, right Sonia?

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  8. Seems to me that cats choose their homes, and technicalities don't matter much.

    Our former neighbors believed that they "owned" their cat. Their cat had a different opinion, especially when the grandson moved in with his pit pull.

    That cobblestone wall is so cool . . .

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  9. If "it" chooses to stay, will you run a naming contest? I can't get past Jack. Most cats will be Rippers if they can meet the right couch. I'm sure others have better ideas. Note: I am betting on He. Have you gotten a good walking-away-with-tail-up view?

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  10. She may never be a lap-cat but will probably get quite comfortable around you.

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  11. Dogs generally have pack leaders. Cats have staff. You might as well get used to the hierarchy.

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  12. Now there's a cat who knows which side his bread is buttered on - metaphorically speaking. Sadly, while the pests do respond to persistent training, they do need regular reminders, as well. Hang in there. It's worth it.

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  13. Yeah, I thought The Giant might not be an instant BFF. Still and all, the camera is being tolerated, and Cat might grow to tolerate Giant, too. You might just as well name him Boss and have it over with, because that's how cats think.

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  14. I'm still hoping this is a temporary situation, because s/he looks pretty darned healthy for a feral. Maybe it just hangs out here to drink wine coolers and eat my junk food.

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  15. I'm pretty sure it's a "he" - the broad head is a giveaway. He may be intact (which would explain the fight scars) or he was neutered after reaching adulthood. Male cats neutered early, like my Teddy, have smaller, more girly skulls. Maybe he lives nearby and is really pleased that he's king of your territory as well. Look out for black and white kittens. And keep taking those lovely photos.

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  16. Cats are wise if not always intelligent creatures.

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  17. S/He looks quite relaxed, as if he's staying at a resort. The servant maintains the food buffet. And after a bite to eat, it's time to lounge in the cushy grass, or sunbathe on the warm rock wall.

    Glad that the wounds are healing well.

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  18. What Terri said. The only English cats deign to speak is the phrase, "Everything here is mine."

    Cats will eat where there's food. My college roommate had a cat named Ted who adopted a second family. When she found him at their place, they said, "Well, if you would feed him he wouldn't stray." Ted was getting fat.

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  19. Even if there is more than one giant, this cutie will settle in and be running the place in no time at all.

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  20. Just as long as the Giant doesn't have any beanstalks in that beautiful garden...I think all will be well in the long run!!! As for kitties and their propensity for extending their familial ties beyond their family home...TheChief knew of a cat that a neighbor put a collar on and two other families called him and asked him what the heck he was doing with their cat!!!

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  21. You're hanging out with Snowball? Watch your step kid, he's baaaaad news, everyone in the hood knows that.

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  22. I think you know how I feel about this. Hissssssss.

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  23. Bellis, you could be right. I'm trying to sneak a peek underneath.

    K & Ms M, in the morning, s/he stares straight at my door, demanding I fix the magical food bowl as it seems to be on the blink.

    P, s/he ain't starving.

    Pat, perhaps the cat is running things in many places. The chieftess collar idea is a good one.

    Paula, I think these animals find both of us listed in Yelp, with a five-star rating.

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  24. The world has been harsh to the little furry one (the cuts on the head) so trust will come slowly. I wish you the best of luck winning this wanderer's trust and love, Roland

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  25. Guest or resident s/he has your number. When I was growing up we had a cat who adopted the couple next door ~ they fed him hamburger whereas at our place there was just cat food on the menu. Who's to say dual residency isn't a good idea?

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  26. He's so pretty, I've been thinking he's a she. Whatever the gender, that cat's not dumb. She/he knows a good thing, despite IT hanging around.

    I saw this quote on Twitter today:

    "Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this."
    - Anonymous

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