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February 1, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....On the left, we have your basic cat-in-a-shopping-bag picture. But cats in bags are always cute, and when it's Inkblot it's extra cute. Meanwhile, Domino spent Tuesday afternoon basking in the sunshine with her favorite garden rabbit and her favorite tree. What more could a cat ask for? (Aside from a shopping bag and endless bowls of free cat food, that is.)

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Obviously Inkblot has the primary all bagged up!

INKBLOT FOR PRESIDENT '08

Domino-minion is especially cute this week.

Posted by: optical weenie on February 1, 2008 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

Bet they're glad to have you back!

Inkblot/Domino 08!

Posted by: scruncher on February 1, 2008 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

Great pics, Kevin. My cats wish it were sunny and warm outside so they could lay in the sun, too!

Posted by: bigcat on February 1, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

Alright...that is it. Inkblot has the right idea. I myself am going home, climbing into a paper bag, and am just gonna let this dumb ole world pass me by.....

Now, where can I find a size XXX paper bag....

Posted by: Zit on February 1, 2008 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

Always happy to see Inkblot & Domino, although today it makes me a little sad, too...my kitty is in the cat hospital. Hopefully she'll be home soon and happily ensonced in her own shopping bag, like Inkblot!

Posted by: Glenn on February 1, 2008 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

People!!! What is WRONG with you? They're cats. Vicious little killing machines. The Terminator with fur on. Let's get a grip here!

Posted by: jim on February 1, 2008 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Glenn,
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Posted by: Zit on February 1, 2008 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot's run for President could be in trouble. I can't remember where but I know that somewhere on the web I've seen pictures of Inkblot driving down the freeway in a Land Rover with Kevin in a cage strapped to the top. If those pictures surfaced again, it could be trouble.

Posted by: thersites on February 1, 2008 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

THERSITES!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOD.

wait, wait, as long as Kevin didn't pooooop his pants I think we can explain this away by saying "but he likes to drive on top of the car"

Posted by: optical weenie on February 1, 2008 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

My Simba used to like crawling into plastic bags until one day when he got stuck inside one... he was running around all over the house with his head in the bag (even up and down stairs, believe it or not), and my mom (his caretaker - long story) was afraid he was going to suffocate. I wish I could have witnessed it. Just goes to show that paper is better, I guess.

Posted by: CatLover on February 1, 2008 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Jim; Anyone who cannot extend love to an animal other than oneself is sorely lacking. I would gladly sic my pitbull on you except she is such a pussycat herself she would probably offer you tea and a cookie !.

Posted by: jupiter giant on February 1, 2008 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

Best of luck with your kitty, Glenn. Godspeed.

Posted by: junebug on February 1, 2008 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

optical, I ain't goin' there. No pun intended.

Posted by: thersites on February 1, 2008 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

Jim- this is our Cat Blogging Zen time, let us have it.

Thersites - Best laugh I've had all day - thanks!

As for the kitties, I'm so envious of Domino in the sunshine - it's all ice here today! My kitties are buried in their blankets at home...

Posted by: greynct00 on February 1, 2008 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

She could ask that you bring her fresh mice on a silver platter.

Posted by: fourlegsgood on February 1, 2008 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

There is no such thing as free cat food!

Posted by: Milton Friedman on February 1, 2008 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,
What's with the dull gray garden bunny. Doesn't Domino deserve something a little classier, more colorful?

Posted by: optical weenie on February 1, 2008 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Note for Kevin

Images seem kinda small to be moping over.

You probably know you could quickly have them click to expand into a full-screen Acrobat image.

Any good photo-edit software will save shots as a PDF. Best done before you reduce image size to your minimum.

Upload both files.

I think you have your comment html disabled here? So as an example, your code for the above shot would be:


Posted by: Fast Pete on February 1, 2008 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

My 4.59 on code.

Oh! The code didnt even show!

Okay, lets try with square brackets:

[a href="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/blogphotos/Blog_Domino_2008_02_01.pdf" target="_"][img src="http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/blogphotos/Blog_Domino_2008_02_01.pdf.jpg" width="400" /][/a]

Posted by: Fast Pete on February 1, 2008 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

I think I may have told this story before -- but learned the hard way to be careful about brown paper bags with handles.

Upon exiting the bag one sunny day our cat got the handle around his neck. He soon noticed a startling krinkly bag sound behind him and started a gallop. He had no clue what it could be. The krinkly bag sound got louder and he ran faster and pretty soon he was running at full speed in circles about the house, turning corners using the walls like a race car uses a tilted track. Our other cat woke up on the bed with a krinkly cat-headed bag monster bearing down on her. This was apparently scarier yet and in no time at all she was running around the house in front of cat-headed bag monster, barely keeping ahead. And then of course there were two people running around the house trying to get the bag off of the first cat. We eventually got hold of the bag and closelined the cat to break the handle. We lost a couple of mirrors, a vase, a wall hanging and for at least a year both cats ran for cover when we brought the groceries in.

Anyway, I approve of your bag in that it lacks handles.

Posted by: B on February 1, 2008 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

B,
Great story. I found myself laughing and then thinking "what if this ends in tragedy?"

Glenn -- our Shadow sends her best to your little "Terminator with fur." Indeed.

Posted by: thersites on February 1, 2008 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Catopia.

Posted by: lampwick on February 1, 2008 at 6:38 PM | PERMALINK

I'll never understand the attraction of cats.

Owning two Boxer dogs, gives me the greatest
pleasure due to their whacky affectionate personality.

What do cats bring to the proverbial table, so to speak?

Posted by: DaSilva on February 1, 2008 at 7:49 PM | PERMALINK

B, that was hilarious....
DaSilva, cats are like dogs except you don't have to walk 'em. Also they won't devour things they shouldn't eat (although that doesn't mean they don't get into other kinds of trouble, as B describes above). But they're every bit as affectionate, once they settle in...

Posted by: Diana on February 1, 2008 at 8:35 PM | PERMALINK

DaSilva: Have owned dogs. Have owned cats. Travel too much now to even own a plant. But feel qualified to say that if "wacky... personality", especially the unique kind, is what you are looking for, then dogs don't hold a candle to cats. Among cats I have owned Terminator- but also an incompetent little beast who just wanted to cuddle and couldn't mouse to save his life (and whose wackiness was absurdly affectionate). I've owned the reincarnation of Maria Theresa and the reincarnation of Richard Nixon. So I'd say *all* cats are wacky and filled with personalities that are so varied that some are affectionate.

Posted by: west of detroit on February 1, 2008 at 8:36 PM | PERMALINK

The other day, I found my cat Maxwell sitting in front of the kitchen cabinets, staring. He had targeted a mouse. Soon he began chasing the mouse, but had no interest in catching it (I kid you not -- the cat is almost a vegetarian. He doesn't eat meat, other than canned cat food.) He'd corner the mouse, then the mouse would get away. Anyway, the poor mouse was tangled up in a game he didn't want to be in. Finally, I thought to open the front door a bit. The next time Max cornered the mouse, I pushed my dust pan toward him and urged him toward the door. The mouse scurried outside, and I watched him run quickly down the front steps. It was like a scene from Stuart Little. Max was furious with me for running off his playmate.

Posted by: pol on February 1, 2008 at 11:09 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, I'm a daily reader of your blog, but I must say that I totally look forward to Catblogging Friday, it's a wonderful diversion to the madness in the world. Like greynct00 says, it's a Zen moment. What could be better that hanging out in a sack, resting under a tree w/a favorite bunny buddy, being fed good kibble, and having your photo taken every week for the masses to enjoy. Please give them both a rub behind the ears from me. They are both delightful. Keep up the good blogging.

Posted by: Laura on February 1, 2008 at 11:19 PM | PERMALINK

The Nazis called themselves socialists, and I call liberals socialists. Therefore, you're all Nazis!! Ha! Try to battle with that reasoning!

I know you're all rethinking shit now, ha!!

Posted by: Jonah Goldberg on February 1, 2008 at 11:23 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, since Groundhog Day is tomorrow, you might add some other pictures to celebrate. Maybe a photo of Inkblot or Domino with a garden Groundhog?

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on February 1, 2008 at 11:29 PM | PERMALINK

Still so cold in Oklahoma, my cat refuses to go out!! So she just gets fatter and fatter. She's going to be so disapointed in the spring when those birds are soooo much faster than her!!!

Posted by: Robin on February 1, 2008 at 11:32 PM | PERMALINK

ah, jonah, are you high, I think you've misdialed, try Bill O, Limbaugh or Coulter....

Posted by: Laura on February 1, 2008 at 11:53 PM | PERMALINK

"Homage to Cat-atonia," by Kevin Drum

Posted by: lampwick on February 2, 2008 at 1:06 AM | PERMALINK

Remember, When you are bagging your cat, place heavy items in the bottom of the bag first, then place the cat last. Your cat will love you for it.

Posted by: James on February 2, 2008 at 1:31 AM | PERMALINK

has inkblot lost some weight or is the bag slimming? :)

Posted by: logicat on February 2, 2008 at 5:52 AM | PERMALINK

Love those felines. Inkblot is adorable.

Incidentally, would Domino have tried to make that "rabbit" dinner had it been a living, breathing thing? Can cats and rabbits co-exist? (Don't think I've ever seen a picture of them together.) I hope some pet expert can answer this question.

Posted by: Vincent on February 2, 2008 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

I have a cat that has killed at least a few dozen hares (they're a bit smaller than your typical rabbit though). I've never heard of a cat killing a rabbit. I think they may be too big. I'd expect a domesticated rabbit and domesticated cat to get along-- just a guess.

Posted by: Swan on February 2, 2008 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

Every June when the clover gets thick in my yard I start getting quite a few rabbits (small brownish-red) and cats do stalk them, kill them AND eat them. The cats also go after the squirrels in the yard, but I've only seen them nail a baby squirrel not an adult.

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on February 2, 2008 at 6:48 PM | PERMALINK
People!!! What is WRONG with you? They're cats. Vicious little killing machines. The Terminator with fur on. Let's get a grip here!
Right. Twice recently I have found a pile of mockingbird feathers near one of my cat's favorite resting places. Posted by: little ole jim on February 2, 2008 at 8:25 PM | PERMALINK
People!!! What is WRONG with you? They're cats. Vicious little killing machines. The Terminator with fur on. Let's get a grip here!
Yeah? So. As part of the natural world, so are we all.

But to the best of my knowledge, kitties don't invade each other's territories under false pretenses, set up puppet kitty governments, establish kitty empires and giant permanent kitty embassies and bases in those territories, and generally use the entire world as their personal litter box (okay, maybe the last one they do, but still. . .).

My two cats, being strictly inside cats, never viciously attack anything more animate than a toilet paper roll, a catnip mouse, or the occasional spider.

Personally, I envy the little critters. They don't know who George W Bush is and I can't imagine them caring.

Lucky them.

Speaking of previous discussions of Domino and Inkblot's avoirdupois, I recommend Hill's R/D cat food. Expensive as all get out but it seems to work -- it's stabilized both our cats at about 12 pounds, which the vet thinks is a good weight for them. There are probably other similar brands.

Posted by: Steve on February 3, 2008 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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