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April 6, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

GOOD FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....Here they are, Mr. and Mrs. Magnificence, posing with all the dignity they can muster. This was at the tail end of some good clean laser pointer chasing fun this morning. Quick tip: use one of those laser levels for this game. Not only does it produce a bigger piece of red light for them to chase around, but you don't have to keep your thumb on the button the entire time. Just turn it on and wave the thing around. Works great.

Have a nice weekend, everyone, and a happy Easter.

Kevin Drum 2:38 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (34)

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Those are great. Domino still has that excited cat look on her face with her eye's all dilated. She looks like she's ready to jump back up any second to chase that laser pointer again.

Posted by: Nied on April 6, 2007 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

We used to have a cat that would chase the reflection of the sun off my watch. She would make a kind of "krr-rr-rr" noise at the same time.

Posted by: POed Lib on April 6, 2007 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

When did they get married? I want to see the wedding pix.

Posted by: Joshua Norton on April 6, 2007 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

Dude! Your furniture! Please!

Posted by: craigie on April 6, 2007 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

The Drums have obviously decorated their house with their cat's decorating taste in mind.

Posted by: Optical Weenie on April 6, 2007 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

Happy Easter to you too, Kevin. And Buddy and Charliesend holiday happiness to Domino and Inkblot, too.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on April 6, 2007 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK


I hope there really is nothing wrong with Inkblot. That looks like an empty box on the floor, and he's not laying in it! That is mandatory for cats.

Doesn't matter what size the box is for my cats. They can fit in anything.

Posted by: bigcat on April 6, 2007 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin -- A few weeks ago, on your recommendation, I got one of those Petsmart fuzzy cat beds for our 10 yr old female (MoMo) -- my wife laughed out loud at me when I brought it home, but she (the cat, not the wife) adores it -- spends nearly every sleeping/reposing minute tucked inside it, and occasionally gives it a good wallop just to move it around the room. Good call!

Posted by: David on April 6, 2007 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

Bigcat: The box is actually a scratching pad. Spread a little catnip over it and watch 'em go!

David: We call ours "the pod." Domino absolutely adores hers. Inkblot, on the other hand, loved his for about a week and hasn't touched it since. Different strokes etc.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on April 6, 2007 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

@Kevin: By the way, since I don't think I've said it in the last few weeks, thank you for bringing back catblogging. It's a great change of pace for Fridays. :)

@bigcat: I don't think that's a box. I think it's one of those "disposable scratching posts" - they're basically a cardboard box filled with end-on cardboard, so that your housecats can shred through the fiber (rather than the sofa) with their mighty claws.

Posted by: Baxil on April 6, 2007 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, Happy Easter to you and yours, too. And thanks for bringing back catblogging, as Baxil said. I was wondering if you'd had any problems with the recent recalls of cat foods. When I read that it was in a prescription diet food for cats, I couldn't help but think about you and Inkblot. Any of your commenters had problems? I know I've been thrown into a tither because I have 4 cats and 2 dogs. I can't imagine what would happen if I lost them all at once. This is really horrible, because there still seems to be more coming out about it by the day.

Posted by: Ann in AZ on April 6, 2007 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

I can tell by the look in the eyes, their pet human is going to pay for his actions. Mocking the mighty hunters? The nerve.

Posted by: Mike on April 6, 2007 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

Are they registered anywhere?

Posted by: Michael7843853 G-O in 08! on April 6, 2007 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

Happy birthday

Merry Christmas

Bountiful Thanksgiving

Happy Easter? The adjective does not sound correct. How about a Reborn Easter or a He is Risen Easter or a Fertile Easter?

I wish everyone a fertile Easter.

Posted by: Brojo on April 6, 2007 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

Oh God no...Don't wish me a fertile easter. I am so done with reproduction.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on April 6, 2007 at 6:30 PM | PERMALINK


Nice ta see them over here again. And thanks for the laser level tip.

Posted by: fourlegsgood on April 6, 2007 at 6:43 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin & Baxil--Thanks for the heads-up about the scratching box. It would seem odd to me, though, to not have clawed up furniture somewhere in the house. My indoor/outdoor cat has literally halved the size of the deck posts with his massive feet and claws.

BlueGirl: I agree Fertile Easter sucks. How 'bout "Let's Stop Killing the World Easter"?

Posted by: bigcat on April 6, 2007 at 6:49 PM | PERMALINK

The scratching box works pretty well. It's supposed to be something that lasts for a while and then gets replaced, but ours is going on ten years. Seems pretty indestructable.

I also have a magic chair. Seriously. Inkblot jumps onto my desk chair and just absolutely goes to town on it. It ought to be in shreds by now, but there's not a mark on it. It's really amazing. I don't know what the fabric is that it's covered with, but it must be made of Kevlar or something.

As for Domino, it turns out she's declawed. The folks at the cat shelter didn't even know, and I didn't realize it until we were halfway through the paperwork. I didn't realize vets even did declawing anymore, but I guess some of them do.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on April 6, 2007 at 7:05 PM | PERMALINK

You do not want to be part of the quiver full movement?

Have a stop killing the world Easter is a mouthful, but I like it.

Posted by: Brojo on April 6, 2007 at 7:09 PM | PERMALINK

My cats have figured out that the red dot comes from the laser pointer in my hand. So now when I wave the laser pointer around, do they chase the red dot? Sometimes. But mostly they just watch my hand as it waves the laser pointer. Takes the fun out of the game.

The Roomba, OTOH, is wonderful. Chases them around the room, even when I'm nowhere near the room.

Posted by: RT on April 6, 2007 at 7:17 PM | PERMALINK

My cats have figured out...

Cats are sapient.

Sixteen years or so ago we had our cat declawed. I hope to be forgiven for that. I had no idea how horrible it was.

Posted by: Brojo on April 6, 2007 at 7:20 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks for doing Friday Cat blogging, Kevin. Makes my day..

Posted by: Brian on April 6, 2007 at 7:20 PM | PERMALINK

You do not want to be part of the quiver full movement?

Have a stop killing the world Easter is a mouthful, but I like it.

Posted by: Brojo on April 6, 2007 at 7:09 PM | PERMALINK

Actually my bro, I want to be a part of the quiver full movement. As in, I want to be saving my arrows, and the people of the world.

As for forgiveness? You have mine. De-clawing is most vile, but until several years ago, common wisdom said: "Do it, you'll save your furniture!"

I can always buy new furniture, assuming I can find a job when mine ends, (after 18 years) soon. I can't un-amputate my cat's "fingers".

Just promise you won't do it again and have a wonderful Stop Killing the World Easter!

Posted by: bigcat on April 6, 2007 at 8:04 PM | PERMALINK

My quiver has three fully grown arrows - if you can count that youngest one as fully grown - she sorta topped out at five-foot-none...

I like the idea of a Stop Killing the World Easter tho.

And Brojo, you have my forgiveness on the past declawing, for what it's worth.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on April 6, 2007 at 8:32 PM | PERMALINK

I'm also thrilled about the return of Friday catblogging; I stumbled across the photos of your brother's cat and dog(???? that's a dog????) a few weeks ago and was quite charmed. Plus it's good to see he's in contact again :)

I really should get photos of my two up... The Large Grey Fluffy (Spook) and The Small Grey Sleek (Naku).

Posted by: quietann on April 6, 2007 at 9:16 PM | PERMALINK

Obviously the chasing game was more than satisfactory; It was great fun.

Round 2 begins when?

Now to hunt Easter Eggs.

Merry Easter. (Hmmmmm. Needs work.)

Posted by: James on April 6, 2007 at 9:18 PM | PERMALINK

Awwww. So cute! Next tech upgrade you should get a camera and start putting these guys on YouTube.

My cat is a declawed (by prior owner), neurotic, intelligent specimen. She's figured out that a mirror is an optical illusion, not a window with another cat on the other side; she knows that doorknobs have something to do with opening and closing doors, she just can't reach them; and that the speakers on my computer can produce animal sounds but there isn't a real animal in there.

We've had a running battle over me trying to sleep to a reasonable time in the morning, her trying to wake me up at the crack of dawn so I'll feed her. Any small object within reach, she'll knock to the floor; if I leave a piece of paper out, she treads on it noisily (once she made some very neat fan folds in this way). This year she figured out how to swipe the keyboard or the press mouse buttons with her paws. And most recently she's learned to sit so her swishing tail swipes the keyboard.

Posted by: Librul on April 6, 2007 at 10:01 PM | PERMALINK

Librul--All fine tricks. But, I'll bet there are more people than just I who will attest that their cats know which articles they're reading in the newspaper and will sit on only those.

Don't even talk about leaving your crossword puzzle pens on the table, either.

Posted by: bigcat on April 7, 2007 at 2:52 AM | PERMALINK

Stop Killing the World Easter

If only it weren't already too late.

Los Angeles Times | April 6, 2007 06:51 PM
A new global warming report issued today by the United Nations paints a near-apocalyptic vision of the Earth's future if temperatures continue to rise unabated: more than a billion people in desperate need of water, extreme food shortages in Africa and elsewhere, a blighted landscape ravaged by fires and floods, and millions of species sentenced to extinction.

'"A cycle of energy and food is drawing to a close -- the cycle of low international prices for basic cereal grains and the predominance of hydrocarbons is coming to its close. In this cycle the key actors were the agribusiness corporations and the oil corporations. It depends on us that the next cycle of food and energy will not see just a change in control from the oil transnationals to the biofuel transnationals, but that it needs to be a cycle in which energy and food are dominated by small and medium producers in local communities." - Victor Quintana, Universidad Autonoma de Juarez, Chihuahua

'When it comes to historical collapses, five groups of interacting factors have been especially important: the damage that people have inflicted on their environment; climate change; enemies; changes in friendly trading partners; and the society's political, economic and social responses to these shifts.' - Jared Diamond, The Ends of the World as We Know Them

Posted by: MsNThrope on April 7, 2007 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

I'm so old I can remember when the L.A.S.E.R. was first invented - and I know what the acronym stands for. I remember all the excitement about coherent light, and the sci-fi possibilities it opened up. It could cut through steel plate! It could go to the Moon with minimal spreading!

Now, it's just a cat toy. Sic transit...

Your cats look beautiful, by the way. Very elegant.

Posted by: Zandru on April 7, 2007 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

Two words: Friday cat-vlogging.... C'mon, you know you want it.

Posted by: michael farris on April 7, 2007 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

Pure bliss! What a surprise to see these gorgeous little things in the middle of your blog!
It's just torture to look at them and not be able to pet, pet, pet them! Lucky you, lucky cats!

Posted by: Amanda on April 7, 2007 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Joyous & Redemptive Easter.

(from a letter to Alexander Cockburn)

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