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November 30, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....We have paper bags around all the time, but for some reason Domino decided that this week was paper bag week. I actually got a few good pictures of her while fiddling around with my camera's flash, but sadly for her I discarded them all in favor of this one, just because it's so comic book perfect. Not only does she have laser beam eyes, but she looks like she's ready to use them. It's a good thing Inkblot wasn't around.

Speaking of Inkblot, that's him on the left in a picture from last week. Right now it's raining, if you'll excuse the expression, cats and dogs, so there are no good photo ops at the moment. This picture, however, recalls happier, sunnier days.

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INKBLOT FOR PRESIDENT '08


whattaya expect from me?

Posted by: optical weenie on November 30, 2007 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

Domino really needs to learn how to use the paper bag. It's important to move all the way to the back of the bag, complete a full personal hygiene check, and then walk around in circles until proper sleeping position is achieved. For best results, this should occur in the middle of the kitchen floor.

Posted by: bigcat on November 30, 2007 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

Bigcat: Actually, she's got that routine down pat. This is why we confiscate the bag before we go to bed each night.....

Posted by: Kevin Drum on November 30, 2007 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

Hello, kitties.

Posted by: Brian on November 30, 2007 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, your picture reminds me that the French have a charming idiom, "laisser le chat sortir du sac," which translates exactly to our own English idiom. For that matter, the Germans say "Die Katze aus dem Sack lassen," so apparently there is something about the way we think about cats and bags.

Posted by: Joel Rubinstein on November 30, 2007 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin: This is why we confiscate the bag before we go to bed each night.....

Don't worry, if Inkblot and Domino are like our herd, they'll find some other way to disrupt your sleep.

Posted by: bigcat on November 30, 2007 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with bigcat.

lemme guess: somebody like to be fed at the crack of dawn? and the feeder has discovered that it's easier to feed the beast and then be allowed to go back to bed undisturbed than to ignore crack of dawn cat behavior?

mine has me where he wants me...

Posted by: Diana on November 30, 2007 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

wait, your solid black cat is called "domino" and your black-and-white cat is called "inkblot"? Shouldn't those be the other way around?

Posted by: el_nino on November 30, 2007 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Diana: mine has me where he wants me...

One of my cats is too large to clean her naughty bits. She has me trained to wipe her rear end with TP now.

Posted by: bigcat on November 30, 2007 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, who's the beautiful cat hidden in Inkblot's picture?

Posted by: phoebes on November 30, 2007 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

It looks like a beautiful orange and white cat right behind Inkblot in that picture.

Posted by: phoebes on November 30, 2007 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

Now we know phoebes is an Obama supporter.

She inhaled!

Posted by: optical weenie on November 30, 2007 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK
Right now it's raining, if you'll excuse the expression, cats and dogs

Good news, indeed, for Southern California -- assuming the hillsides stay put...

Posted by: idlemind on November 30, 2007 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

I'm warning you Mr.Drum, giving you fair notice that if I had a digital camera, and a blog, and had normal vision so I could see them, I would post pictures of my cats which would show just how ordinary, mundane and banal your felines are, if I had cats. But I'm gonna get some! So watch out!
Cat-blogging, forsooth!

Posted by: Mooser on November 30, 2007 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

Well, optical, I will admit that I inhaled quite a bit back in the late 60's and early 70's, but I haven't since then. Don't YOU see a beautiful orange and white cat behind Inkblot?

And, at this point, I'm for ANYBODY with a "D" after the name, but I do think Chris Dodd's the best.

Posted by: phoebes on November 30, 2007 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, optical's right, there is another cat back there. Is it whsipering in Inkblot's ear? When Inkblot participates in the debates, will there be a strange bulge on his back? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: thersites on November 30, 2007 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

Whoops, I meant phoebes is right.

Posted by: thersites on November 30, 2007 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

Whenver it's raining heavy back home, Annie the Cat's favorite spot to hang is in her basket next to the back bedroom window, where she can look outside and watch the water cascade off the roof.

It's only 25 degrees out here in west suburban Chicagoland (no snow, though), and the only animals I see outside are the squirrels. Everything is apparently in mourning for the late, great, sanctimonious, self-serving, pompous ass, Henry "youthful Indiscretions" Hyde.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii, & currently in Chicago on November 30, 2007 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

Important lessons learned the hard way:

Do not let the kitties play with paper bag with handles, eg. Whole Foods. One of my girls emerged from such a bag sticking her head through the hoop, then freaked out at the feeling of being trapped.

The cat and the bag made a 2 second sprint through the apartment. Some damage and many warp speed heart beats later (for both of us), Merry freed herself just as I got close enough to try to help.

For many days, she eyed paper bags with great suspicion.

Posted by: Keith G on November 30, 2007 at 6:56 PM | PERMALINK

Do not let the kitties play with paper bag with handles, eg. Whole Foods. One of my girls emerged from such a bag sticking her head through the hoop, then freaked out at the feeling of being trapped.

The cat and the bag made a 2 second sprint through the apartment. Some damage and many warp speed heart beats later (for both of us), Merry freed herself just as I got close enough to try to help.

I'm sorry, that's supposed to discourage us from giving such amusing bags to our cats?

Of course, we don't have too many nice things, so when that happened with Keaton (and a plastic bag, IIRC), all that happened was that a few books got knocked over. Much more traumatic for him than it was for us.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on November 30, 2007 at 7:22 PM | PERMALINK

This time of year bags aren't even necessary; once one of our kitties got some used Christmas wrapping paper with sticky tape still on it stuck to her tail and ran on a mad tear, with a few low-hanging ornaments as casualties.

Posted by: idlemind on November 30, 2007 at 7:35 PM | PERMALINK

I has a bag.

Posted by: charlie don't surf on November 30, 2007 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

I discovered the paper bag thing by accident. Brought a bag full of something or other to a friend's house. It was sitting peaceably by the sofa, when along comes a normally guest-shy cat. Ever after, the cat thought I was OK.

Posted by: Dave Martin on November 30, 2007 at 11:13 PM | PERMALINK

Somewhere James Brown is singing, "Domino's got a brand new bag..."

Posted by: Vincent on December 1, 2007 at 11:55 AM | PERMALINK

I'm in ur bag, shooting mah lazerz?

or

LAZER SHOPPING BAG CAT WILL DESTROY YOU

Posted by: mk on December 1, 2007 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

Speaking of cats, Blue Girl's lovely "Impeachment" has a new roomie, as yet unnamed. I suggested "conviction" but I think she's waiting for better suggestions.

Posted by: thersites on December 2, 2007 at 12:02 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin, Thanks for your cute comments on your cats. Your Domino looks quite a bit like my Manx, minus the lazer eyes. We can learn a lot from cats, at the very least enjoy their always playful loyal attitude. Are people really allergic or just not cat people? I say take a pill and have some fun! tee hee... Very good share, thanks for the chuckle!

Posted by: G. Kaplan on April 29, 2008 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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