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February 29, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CAT BLOGGING.... Once every four years, on leap year day, I figure our cats need the day off. So today we have some guest catblogging, courtesy of reader Greg S. of Orlando, Florida. I'll let Greg have the floor:

A Rare Quantum Event

Three cats in a chair, spontaneously, not posed. The little kitten Cashew was first, and fell asleep upright in the corner. Then Velvet, the 2-year-old black female. Then the big 11-year-old guy Patches — without disrupting either of the other two — amazing! When Patches gets in a chair, the other two usually run.

I imagine everyone has seen though this ruse already and realizes that what really happened is that I didn't take any pictures of Inkblot and Domino this week and was saved at the last moment by Greg. But let's all pretend this was a well-planned leap year day thing anyway, OK?

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Okay, Patches is huge! He's a huge as one my cats. But no longer will Kev's cat be considered the biggest!

Thanks for sharing ..

Posted by: Tangerine on February 29, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

The cat on the left is far too large and needs to go on a diet.

Posted by: Anon on February 29, 2008 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

You can't pose living cats.

Posted by: Mudge on February 29, 2008 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

Also, the upholstery: It's a bit Slumberland, don't you think?

Posted by: Anon on February 29, 2008 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

I'm not so worried about Patches' weight, but I would question his inter-feline skills. He definitely is crowding Velvet's personal space. I just hope his tuna-breath is under control.

Posted by: bigcat on February 29, 2008 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

ALERT ALERT ALERT

VIOLATION OF QUANTUM MECHANICS!

The Pauli exclusion principal states that no two cats can occupy the same chair unless their n,l, m and s numbers are different.

Here we have three cats - two cats (white and black and 4 legs) have same n,l, m, but different spins (one up, the other down). That is acceptable.

However the third cat's spin is hlaf way between.
Can't happen, spin is quantized.

Posted by: optital weenie on February 29, 2008 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

Whenever three or more cats are gathered together, I get nervous. You think they're sleeping, but they're actually plotting something.

Posted by: Speed on February 29, 2008 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

Guest cats never work well.

They are usually too scared to come out from under the couch. They won't go to the bathroom and get all bunged up. They won't drink and their flesh sags. They are traumatized for weeks after and lay in huddled little balls of pitiable depression.

Kinda like a Democrat after a Republican debate.

Posted by: Zit on February 29, 2008 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

When I was a teen, I had three cats that looked exactly like those three. Clockwise from left: Butch, Marvin, and Agatha (the black one). Butch and Marvin would share a chair without a second thought. Agatha was a bit more of an independent spirit.

Posted by: Mike on February 29, 2008 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

I like the look on Velvet's face, "If Patches breathes on me one more time....."

Posted by: Zit on February 29, 2008 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

I named my cat Schrodinger because I can never tell whether he's dead or alive.

Posted by: lampwick on February 29, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Vetvet is thinking of bolting out of there....

Posted by: Diana on February 29, 2008 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

Very cute. Lucky felines. I would like to crash on a sofa and take a mid day nap.

Posted by: rational on February 29, 2008 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

Most days, I wish he'd just die.

Shinobi 1
Shinobi 2

Posted by: MNPundit on February 29, 2008 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

I think you're trying to hush up the Domino kidnapping, but we're onto the story - just saw her over at Atrios' place...

Posted by: JoyceH on February 29, 2008 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

I love this Blog! Thank you Kevin Drum for providing me with sensible, articulate and polite discourse. I like many left-wing blogs but find yours to be the most reasonable and well-thought. I look at Kos for up to the minute posts, C&L for hilarious video, Wonkette for laughs, and Malkin's nonsense when I feel like crapping my pants with hilarity.

But this site gives my brain a massage and leaves me with a nice, warm feeling (in my heart, not my pants). I always look forward to Friday cat-blogging as well!

It's incredible to contrast the nature of argument on this site with something like Malkin's fire-breathing hate-spew. I love that you present such cogent and informed opinions and every post seems so rational and well-meaning while still maintaining a sophisticated level of humor and compassion. Well done sir and please, keep up the good work!

Posted by: K-Tron on February 29, 2008 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

K-Tron must be inkblot's pen name

Posted by: jim on February 29, 2008 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

I have a Patches-size cat named Shadow, and when she gets in the chair, I run.

Posted by: thersites on February 29, 2008 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

Great pictures of guest cats!

Posted by: phoebes on February 29, 2008 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

re: needing a day off.
We like to say that our cats are nocturnal beasts, but have elected to take the nights off.

Posted by: cat-owned human on February 29, 2008 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

Jim-

Ha! I'm actually a Redstate reader in disguise. I'm here to wreak havoc on you liberal-islamo-fascists in the name of everything sacred and Holy like voodoo economics and Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: K-Tron on February 29, 2008 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks for the smile after a very busy workday in a very busy week. ETA for beer: 20 minutes.

Posted by: Angela on February 29, 2008 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

Shameless self promotion alert! Three kitties co-existing peacefully in the same time and space albeit on a bale of straw, not in a chair - so perhaps that's not some sort of Cat'num mechanical hyperviolation after all?

http://www.the-citizen.dk/?p=1311

(They really were teh cute ... still are)

Posted by: The Citizen on February 29, 2008 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

too cute. patches. thanks for sharing.

Posted by: mestizo on February 29, 2008 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

Love the smile on Cashew's face. She and patches remind me of two of mine; I also have a tortoise shell and an all grey longhaired. They're all adorable.

Posted by: Ann in AZ on February 29, 2008 at 5:45 PM | PERMALINK

I imagine everyone has seen though this ruse already and realizes that what really happened is that I didn't take any pictures of Inkblot and Domino this week and was saved at the last moment by Greg.

I'll admit it--I fell for the ruse all the way. I thought Friday Cat Blogging was going to open up for guest shots.

What can I say? It's been a hard week.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on February 29, 2008 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

Psychologists suggest that one avoid getting into required ruts--they become stress-producing-- so taking a week off of filming cats could actually promote wellness.

Posted by: consider wisely always on February 29, 2008 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder if Inkblot is now feeling neglected given that Kevin hasn't been following him around all day waiting to take the perfect picture.

Posted by: optical weenie on February 29, 2008 at 6:34 PM | PERMALINK

Whew! So these are someone else's cats. When I saw a 3rd cat I was starting to wonder that Kevin, was becoming, well you know, one of those cat people.

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on February 29, 2008 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, there are cats!

La la la, la la!

Posted by: Swan on February 29, 2008 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

The cat in the corner is obviously taking a stoner nap. You can tell by the expression on his face.

Posted by: Jennifer on February 29, 2008 at 10:49 PM | PERMALINK

I detect the afterglow of a catnip binge...

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on February 29, 2008 at 11:27 PM | PERMALINK

This quantum convergence is actually a function of temperature. While remarkably rare in Orlando, where entropy and kinetic energy act to spread out the wave function, convergence is actually expected in the winter in Maine where slow temperature drops during the diurnal cycle provide the time and driving force for the cats to locate this local minima.

Posted by: B on March 1, 2008 at 8:32 AM | PERMALINK

I'm gonna get that moderately priced digital camera soon, and then it's all over for those bedraggled, snaggletoothed, overweight excuses for felines you feature here. My cats, I'll have you know, have more cuteness and adorability than you can shake a stick at. Go ahead, keep shaking that stick, it won't do any good. Yup, they're cuter than that, just keep shakin'. You'll soon see.

Posted by: Mooser on March 1, 2008 at 7:12 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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