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Tilting at Windmills

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May 2, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....Today is about favorite places old and new. Yesterday one of Marian's coworkers asked her if she wanted a piece of cardboard that was lying around. Mais oui! Toss it on the carpet, wait about ten seconds, and it's Inkblot's favorite new place. He camped out on it all evening.

On the right, Domino has, for the usual mysterious feline reasons, suddenly decided that our little antique bench is once again her favorite place. Maybe it's a summer thing? Whatever the reason, she abandoned it months ago, and then decided on Wednesday to reclaim it. She's been there ever since. If you're wondering what she's looking at in this picture, the answer is: Inkblot, just outside the frame.

Need more cats? "An Engineer's Guide to Cats" is the latest YouTube sensation, and I have to admit that their cat's box shredding ability is pretty amazing. On a more serious note, if your cat has diabetes, check out Jonathan Schwarz here. No promises that this will work for every diabetic cat, but it's at least worth reading.

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I'd rather look at turds. Aren't I the witty one?

Posted by: platonic blowfly on May 2, 2008 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

Platonic Blowfly, funny and snarky, yes.

Here you go, as tt’s time for Friday SCATblogging.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on May 2, 2008 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

Well isn't Domino quite the little sex kitteh.

Is it just me, or does Inkblot's blot look a lot larger this week.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 2, 2008 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot, looking nervously around --
"Is that crazy woman coming around again, Kevin? Please hide me! I don't want to be President of this madhouse"

Posted by: thersites on May 2, 2008 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

OOOOOOO, that belly of Domino's, couldn't ya just smoosh yer face right in there.

Just don't do it with freshly applied chapstick. That is Lesson Learned for the week. :)

Posted by: Zit on May 2, 2008 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

Zit - do you always put Chapstick on your kitteh's belly? Hmmmm

Posted by: optical weenie on May 2, 2008 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot: "We are, all of us, growing volcanoes that approach the hour of their eruption; but how near or distant that is, nobody knows -- not even God."

Domino: "Pull my finger."

Posted by: Matt on May 2, 2008 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin and Thersites - I have been strategerizing this week and have decided that it would probably be best to just run Inkblot as an Independent in the GE.

But I also think that an effective strategy to at least beat McCain in the pols is to polish up Inkblot's navy creds. In that vein Kevin, would it be too much to ask if Marian could whip him up a little sailor suit and matching hat? Best to keep the pantlegs at 3/4 length - so he can look especially cute and show off his slim ankles. I know she sews, she makes those nice quilts.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 2, 2008 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

Completely OT, Kevin, but do your advertisers pay per click-thru? If so, everybody needs to click on that damn McCain ad on the right.

Posted by: Brautigan on May 2, 2008 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

Kitty kitty, love the kitties. My boy has favorite places too, that for reasons only known to him, change on a dime. I bought him a cat bed cube late last fall, and he was in it all the time. Then, suddenly, he acted like it was someplace scary. I guess we will wait until the fall comes again, to see if it was winter thing, before getting rid of it.

Posted by: JWC on May 2, 2008 at 3:41 PM | PERMALINK

Nice pic of domino -- great expression on her face/eyes.

Posted by: J on May 2, 2008 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

Did Inkblot decide to claim & occupy a special spot because Domino reclaimed hers? Once again, a pleasure to enjoy two beautiful, content and obviously adored kitties. Thanks for making our Fridays even better with continued cat blogging.

Posted by: disparue on May 2, 2008 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

It looks like Inkblot and Domino are sizing up their creative options for more photo shoots. Could I be wrong that they have gone behind the scenes and also pro with Marian and her love of Smocked dresses? The latest issue of Victoria Magazine has two quotes from Marian and I just have a little feeling that feline artistic sensitivity is somehow involved.

Posted by: needlefine on May 2, 2008 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

How much does Inkblot weigh?

Posted by: Rose on May 2, 2008 at 5:35 PM | PERMALINK

Cats in spats are too self-absorbed to chase rats.

I once had a cat whom I haven't seen since my sister's cat put her in a box and shipped her off via aeroplane to a mystery city from Honolulu where she, cat of the first part, was serving in the Navy.

She got on the wrong connecting flight and has apparently been airborne lo these many years. The airlines being what they are, are no help, having their hands full mistreating people.

Like a winsome girl in a window of a Borgesian library far away and time agone, she haunts me.

I know she'll land somewhere at some time on some airline or another (Comehither Airlines,
Watchandwait Airlines, something).

I haven't a clue.

Posted by: rookie cauliveedo on May 2, 2008 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

Methinks that "piece of cardboard" was really an end table a few seconds before Inkblot landed on it. Lord, but that cat is massive.

Posted by: junebug on May 2, 2008 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

that cat is massive.

There's more of him to love!

I wonder if black and white cats just naturally tend towards being overweight. Most of the ones I've seen, including mine, could stand to lose a few pounds. My other, non B&W cats are normal weight.

Posted by: kc on May 2, 2008 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot is big, but he's not that big. He weighs about 17 pounds, down from 22 since we started feeding him diet cat food.

Posted by: Kevin Drum on May 2, 2008 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

Indiana people are cat litter!

Posted by: Kantor the Katt on May 2, 2008 at 7:15 PM | PERMALINK

I don't know if "chunky" cats are more prone to diabetes, but mine (20 pounds when I got her, down to 16 now) developed diabetes a couple years ago... thankfully, well-controlled by diet alone.

She, too, will lay claim to any piece of cardboard on the floor, as well as any paper or plastic grocery bag. Such a weirdo. :-)

Posted by: Russ on May 2, 2008 at 7:28 PM | PERMALINK

I lost my cat Buddy to diabetes just before Christmas. We couldn't get his blood sugar regulated, and spent several thousand dollars trying over a six month time period. It's amazing how those vets hook you. "Your cat needs fluid, this, this and that," and when you check out, the bill is several hundred dollars. Buddy's first vet had him on glipizide rather than insulin, and was charging me $80 for a month's worth of pills that he took two times a day. I asked for a prescription so that I could buy them online for $20. He wouldn't write it, so I hung up the phone and got a new vet.

Posted by: pol on May 2, 2008 at 7:51 PM | PERMALINK

Ahh, cardboard and cats. Scoop the mess and throw it all outside.

What a thoughtful (and knowing) coworker.

Posted by: little ole jim on May 2, 2008 at 8:12 PM | PERMALINK

We have a black and white shorthair much like Inkblot, and she loves to sit in cardboard boxes. Big ones, small ones, it doesn't matter. But it quite a laugh to see her sitting in some small box with her butt hanging out one side and her gut hanging out the other.

Posted by: beb on May 2, 2008 at 9:29 PM | PERMALINK

Any cardboard that comes in the house automatically becomes mine. I especially love it when the humans come home from their hunting trip to Costco with cardboard boxes. The "Engineer" video is hilarious and I've added it to my website at www.Theworldisyourlitterbox.com. Naturally, the website promotes my new book, "The World Is Your Litterbox," which will be in bookstores Tuesday.

Posted by: Quasi on May 2, 2008 at 9:37 PM | PERMALINK

Pretty dangerous link there Kevin. Diabetes, in the cat like in people, is a fiber responsive disease. There are no data suggesting "all meat" diets are of value in treating it but there is a dump truck load of data suggesting it's contraindicated. Certainly if you want to up the ante of your cat acquiring the number one metabolic killer of felines in the USA, chronic kidney disease, the all meat diet's a good start.
cats have an obligate need for carbohydrate. Wild cats get if from the viscera of their prey: herbivores. They evolved that way. Quack quack quack....

Posted by: Richard on May 2, 2008 at 10:20 PM | PERMALINK

Inkblot looks fat. Is he eating too much? I'm having a weight problem with my cat, she now cleans her bowl out, something that never happened until my move out of Orange County.

Domino is so cute!

Posted by: mikeel on May 2, 2008 at 11:26 PM | PERMALINK

It seems like Domino was busy playing an imaginary fiddle there...

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on May 2, 2008 at 11:51 PM | PERMALINK

On the right, Domino has, for the usual mysterious feline reasons, suddenly decided that our little antique bench is once again her favorite place. Maybe it's a summer thing?


Every summer, Domino's weed-dealer comes back to town, and she sticks her stash in the compartment under the bench's seat. When she's inside the house, she sits on the seat to discourage humans from looking in there.


Posted by: Sherlock Holmes on May 3, 2008 at 12:08 AM | PERMALINK

We had to put our cat down last year after the vet tentatively diagnosed it with diabetes. Well, that's what he said was probably wrong with her, but he couldn't be sure without doing about $500 in tests, and if it did turn out to be diabetes, one of us would basically have to quit our job so we could give her the medication like clockwork, and if we accidentally gave our cat too much insulin, it would kill her. Also, he said it might turn out after doing the tests that her symptoms were actually being caused by something else, like cancer, in which case her prognosis would be even worse.

Posted by: Pocket Rocket on May 3, 2008 at 1:23 AM | PERMALINK

I'm listening to Yamit Mamo on YouTube. I'm not sure I like all of her stuff--too folky?--but I like her song for "Doctor Who."

I just finished watching "Hitler's Family: In the Shadow Of the Dictator." I'm not usually keen on WWII history or the weirdness of studying the Nazis, but I (like everyone?) knew nothing about his relatives. The show was interesting in a "History's Crimes and Trials" kind of way.

The fascinating, ugly little nugget that Hitler's relatives the Veits were all nuts and that one of them got gassed to death in his gas chambers as a mental incompetent was got rid of pretty early in the show, and what followed was a mundane, but fascinating, run-down of the lives and fates of Hitler's relatives.

I think the ugliest, saddest thing in the whole show was how his nasty sister Angela Hitler got rid of the B&B innkeepers the Schusters next door at the Berghoff by calling up Martin Bormann, who had Herr Schuster arrested and driven away in a taxi. The Schusters all had to move out with nothing but a suitcase or two. Angela Hitler vindictively and hatefully personally oversaw the Schusters' expulsion from their home. Seeing the daughter of the Schusters crying about her family's mistreatment 65 years later is just terrible....

I hadn't seen any decent footage of Eva Braun before. God, what an obvious, silly dolt and flibbertigibbet....

Posted by: Anon on May 3, 2008 at 1:40 AM | PERMALINK

B/W tuxedos unite!!!!!


Posted by: Ned on May 3, 2008 at 8:32 AM | PERMALINK

Love your cat blogging. Our Calli exhibits similar new place to plop behavior.

I was not able to pull up Engineer's Guide. Dont' know why.

Posted by: Leanderthal on May 3, 2008 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

Cardboard boxes are definitely an inexpensive (and popular) toy. My cats always ignore everything we buy them from the pet store but they love it if we bring home a new cardboard box!

Posted by: Emily on May 3, 2008 at 2:46 PM | PERMALINK

I've got to second Mr. Holmes' analysis about the weed-man. I've been working in cat psychology for almost 30 years, and I recognized that reaction instantly.

Posted by: Marsupial Buber, Ph. D. on May 3, 2008 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

In case anyone has doubts, cats actually do smoke marijuana. They rely on a human to blow the pot-smoke in their faces.

Posted by: Swan on May 3, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

Swan, do you mean you've never heard of this:

Kitty cruelty. It shall be a crime of the Fourth Degree if:

A person:

(1) Repeatedly blows marijuana smoke;
(2) Into the face of a cat;
(3) With the purpose of getting the cat high;
(4) Effecting interstate commerce.

21 U.S.C. 42.

Posted by: Animal Lover on May 3, 2008 at 4:42 PM | PERMALINK

It's actually a crime to get a cat high!

Posted by: Animal Lover on May 3, 2008 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

Swans actually do enjoy inhale methane. They rely on a cow to fart in their faces.

Posted by: stupid white bird on May 3, 2008 at 8:29 PM | PERMALINK

I apologize for lowering the tone of this, my favorite thread. Moderator, feel free to remove my last comment and this one.

Posted by: stupid white bird on May 3, 2008 at 8:32 PM | PERMALINK

I don't know what it is about bloggers and cats, but I can tell you what my conditioned response is. As soon as a see a headline with the word "cat" in it, I click a bookmark for some other -- any other -- destination.

Fair disclosure: I'm partial to dogs. But, having searched my soul, I can say that my reaction to dog-blogging would be the same.

Posted by: Jack Feeney on May 5, 2008 at 9:11 AM | PERMALINK

I don't know what it is about commenters who feel compelled to comment on a subject that doesn't interest them that the subject they're commenting on doesn't interest them.

Why bother?

Posted by: thersites on May 5, 2008 at 11:33 AM | PERMALINK



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