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jmcquown[_2_]
January 11th 17, 06:25 PM
Buffy's choice of golf ball is a Titleist #3 for bapping weight and
bounceability. :) She will accept a Pinnacle #4 golf ball if she can't
find her first choice.

I never really noticed before why she seems to prefer one golf ball over
the other.

I keep a pair of rubber flip-flops next to the back door for stepping
outside to do things on the patio. She likes to try to bap a ball into
one of my flip flops when they're sitting by the door. :)

Jill

Cheryl[_6_]
January 12th 17, 12:52 PM
On 2017-01-11 1:55 PM, jmcquown wrote:
> Buffy's choice of golf ball is a Titleist #3 for bapping weight and
> bounceability. :) She will accept a Pinnacle #4 golf ball if she can't
> find her first choice.
>
> I never really noticed before why she seems to prefer one golf ball over
> the other.
>
> I keep a pair of rubber flip-flops next to the back door for stepping
> outside to do things on the patio. She likes to try to bap a ball into
> one of my flip flops when they're sitting by the door. :)

Each cat has its own preferences! I got a kind of circular track with a
little ball trapped in it, so it can't escape under the furniture. The
cats I originally got it for liked getting treats out of the larger ball
in the centre, but ignored the small one. Kerry, the newest cat loves
it, and spends hours lying next to the toy and batting that ball around
the track. Sometimes I can hear the click click of the ball late at night.

It looks like this one, although this apparently is only the ball and I
bought the whole apparatus as a set:

http://berganpet.com/product/turbo-treat-ball/

Kerry is one of those cats who has only two states - comatose and
hyperactive. When she's awake, she's often playing with and chasing
things. One of her more annoying characteristics is her love of knocking
things off the desk, which includes her conviction that there's
something interesting under the keyboard. That keyboard has frequently
hit the floor as a result.

--
Cheryl

John Kasupski
January 12th 17, 08:34 PM
On Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:22:08 -0330, Cheryl > wrote:

>On 2017-01-11 1:55 PM, jmcquown wrote:
>> Buffy's choice of golf ball is a Titleist #3 for bapping weight and
>> bounceability. :) She will accept a Pinnacle #4 golf ball if she can't
>> find her first choice.
>>
>> I never really noticed before why she seems to prefer one golf ball over
>> the other.
>>
>> I keep a pair of rubber flip-flops next to the back door for stepping
>> outside to do things on the patio. She likes to try to bap a ball into
>> one of my flip flops when they're sitting by the door. :)
>
>Each cat has its own preferences! I got a kind of circular track with a
>little ball trapped in it, so it can't escape under the furniture.

Minnie's preferred "ball" is one of those round plastic fishing floats sometimes
referred to as a "bobber" - hers is about an inch and a half in diameter and has
a ridge around the middle where the top and bottom half were joined which makes
it do funny things when it's rolling around on the floor. It also has the button
on top that you push to expose the little hook that comes out the bottom for you
to clip it onto your fishing line, which often makes it go off in an unexpected
direction when it's rolling.

I think its tendency to change direction unexpectedly and go around in a circle
when it hits that ridge is what she likes because it simulates prey changing
direction unpredictably so she gets to practice her predator's skills. However,
it does tend to end up in a few places where I have to retrieve it for her, like
under the refrigerator. She's also quite inventive at finding ways to let me
know when she needs me to get her "ball" back for her and showing me where it's
become trapped.

John D. Kasupski
Niagara Falls, NY

John Kasupski
January 12th 17, 08:42 PM
On Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:25:34 -0500, jmcquown > wrote:

>I keep a pair of rubber flip-flops next to the back door for stepping
>outside to do things on the patio. She likes to try to bap a ball into
>one of my flip flops when they're sitting by the door. :)

Yes, what is it with our felines leaving things inside our footwear?

John D. Kasupski
Niagara Falls, NY

jmcquown[_2_]
January 13th 17, 01:20 AM
On 1/12/2017 2:42 PM, John Kasupski wrote:
> On Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:25:34 -0500, jmcquown > wrote:
>
>> I keep a pair of rubber flip-flops next to the back door for stepping
>> outside to do things on the patio. She likes to try to bap a ball into
>> one of my flip flops when they're sitting by the door. :)
>
> Yes, what is it with our felines leaving things inside our footwear?
>
> John D. Kasupski
> Niagara Falls, NY
>
I think they like to surprise us. As long as it's not alive (or half
dead) and squishy I don't mind. ;)

Jill

jmcquown[_2_]
January 13th 17, 02:52 AM
On 1/12/2017 2:34 PM, John Kasupski wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:22:08 -0330, Cheryl > wrote:
>
>> On 2017-01-11 1:55 PM, jmcquown wrote:
>>> Buffy's choice of golf ball is a Titleist #3 for bapping weight and
>>> bounceability. :) She will accept a Pinnacle #4 golf ball if she can't
>>> find her first choice.
>>>
>>> I never really noticed before why she seems to prefer one golf ball over
>>> the other.
>>>
>>> I keep a pair of rubber flip-flops next to the back door for stepping
>>> outside to do things on the patio. She likes to try to bap a ball into
>>> one of my flip flops when they're sitting by the door. :)
>>
>> Each cat has its own preferences! I got a kind of circular track with a
>> little ball trapped in it, so it can't escape under the furniture.
>
> Minnie's preferred "ball" is one of those round plastic fishing floats sometimes
> referred to as a "bobber" - hers is about an inch and a half in diameter and has
> a ridge around the middle where the top and bottom half were joined which makes
> it do funny things when it's rolling around on the floor. It also has the button
> on top that you push to expose the little hook that comes out the bottom for you
> to clip it onto your fishing line, which often makes it go off in an unexpected
> direction when it's rolling.
>
> I think its tendency to change direction unexpectedly and go around in a circle
> when it hits that ridge is what she likes because it simulates prey changing
> direction unpredictably so she gets to practice her predator's skills. However,
> it does tend to end up in a few places where I have to retrieve it for her, like
> under the refrigerator. She's also quite inventive at finding ways to let me
> know when she needs me to get her "ball" back for her and showing me where it's
> become trapped.
>
> John D. Kasupski
> Niagara Falls, NY
>
>
I remember fishing gear like that. My dad took us on vacation on the
St. Lawrence River, upstate NY. I was about 6 years old and we stayed
at Cal's Cottages. Dad was stationed at Lakehurst, New Jersey. My
father pretended to fish. LOL He had all kinds of gear. So yes, I know
what a bobber is. :) Hopefully you don't have any fishing lures with
feathers and hooks laying around.

I can see why a bobber would make a fun toy. Sort of wobbly. :)

Jill

Jack Campin
January 13th 17, 01:05 PM
jmcquown > wrote:
> Buffy's choice of golf ball is a Titleist #3 for bapping weight
> and bounceability. :) She will accept a Pinnacle #4 golf ball
> if she can't find her first choice.
>
> I never really noticed before why she seems to prefer one golf
> ball over the other.

Our lot will use a ping-pong ball if they want bounce. If they
want the maximum amount of noise, a golf ball rumbling over a bare
wooden floor works great at 3am; I've no idea what brand it is.

Took me many years to work out what "Titleist" meant and how to
pronounce it. I first figured it was a German name like Feist,
and pronounced Tit-lyste. (But the only time I have ever come
in contact with a golf ball in play was when one whacked me on
the head while I was walking across a park in Glasgow - the
players didn't get it back, it may be the very one our furries
now use).

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John Kasupski
January 13th 17, 05:20 PM
On Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:52:18 -0500, jmcquown > wrote:

>Hopefully you don't have any fishing lures with
>feathers and hooks laying around.

Heavens no. I have two of the largest tackle boxes I could find, chock full of
lures and other gear - but everything is securely contained in those boxes and
nicely organized therein, not laying around where Minnie can get at it. I only
just got her at the end of October, but my fishing gear and radio gear (I'm a
ham operator) are two things I've always kept well organized, so that was two
things I didn't have to worry about putting that stuff away when she moved in.
The drawstrings on the window blinds, on the other hand...but that's a story all
by itself.

If that hadn't been the case - well, you hit the nail on the head, Jill...among
other things, she's definitely attracted to feathers. I had gotten a cat toy
with a catnip-scented mouse on one of those kitty fishing poles that had a
couple of feathers on it. The first time we played with it, one of the feathers
came off. It took the rest of the evening for her to finally leave it so I could
get rid of it without her seeing me do it and getting mad at me...and of course
the whole time I had to watch her to make sure she didn't decide to eat it.

Now I'm just waiting for the other one to come off too... :-)

John D. Kasupski
Niagara Falls, NY

John Kasupski
January 18th 17, 09:03 AM
On Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:20:46 -0500, jmcquown > wrote:

>On 1/12/2017 2:42 PM, John Kasupski wrote:
>> On Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:25:34 -0500, jmcquown > wrote:
>>
>>> I keep a pair of rubber flip-flops next to the back door for stepping
>>> outside to do things on the patio. She likes to try to bap a ball into
>>> one of my flip flops when they're sitting by the door. :)
>>
>> Yes, what is it with our felines leaving things inside our footwear?
>>
>I think they like to surprise us. As long as it's not alive (or half
>dead) and squishy I don't mind. ;)

What if our cats regard the items they leave in our shoes as having been placed
on deposit with us for safe keeping until they return to reclaim them later?

"I'm finished playing with this ball for now, but I don't want it getting eaten
by that nasty, noisy, no-good, ill-mannered vacuum cleaner of yours - so kindly
hang on to it for me until I'm done with the four-hour nap I'm about to go take,
on your bed of course, and I'll be back for it later!"

Which leads, four hours and thirty seconds later, to: "Why am I attacking your
feet, you ask? Because, you impossibly slow-witted human, my favorite ball is no
longer in your flip-flops where I left it earlier! And don't bother trying to go
laying a guilt trip on me by claiming you put them on to go out on the patio and
water the catnip plants, because it's much too chilly this morning to be wearing
flip-flops out there! So take THAT and THAT and..."

Exit human screaming, stage left, with cat in hot pursuit. Fade to black. Roll
credits. Be sure to join us next week, when we'll see what happens when Buffy
catches Jill having the unmitigated audacity to make tuna casserole without
offering Buffy some tuna first. (WARNING: Contains graphic violence. May not be
suitable for young audiences)

I know - it's no more than a theory that happens to fit the facts, with no proof
to back it up. Still, it would explain more than one aspect of cat behavior...

John D. Kasupski
Niagara Falls, NY

jmcquown[_2_]
January 19th 17, 01:07 AM
On 1/18/2017 3:03 AM, John Kasupski wrote:
>
> What if our cats regard the items they leave in our shoes as having been placed
> on deposit with us for safe keeping until they return to reclaim them later?
>
> "I'm finished playing with this ball for now, but I don't want it getting eaten
> by that nasty, noisy, no-good, ill-mannered vacuum cleaner of yours - so kindly
> hang on to it for me until I'm done with the four-hour nap I'm about to go take,
> on your bed of course, and I'll be back for it later!"
>
> Which leads, four hours and thirty seconds later, to: "Why am I attacking your
> feet, you ask? Because, you impossibly slow-witted human, my favorite ball is no
> longer in your flip-flops where I left it earlier! And don't bother trying to go
> laying a guilt trip on me by claiming you put them on to go out on the patio and
> water the catnip plants, because it's much too chilly this morning to be wearing
> flip-flops out there! So take THAT and THAT and..."
>
> Exit human screaming, stage left, with cat in hot pursuit. Fade to black. Roll
> credits. Be sure to join us next week, when we'll see what happens when Buffy
> catches Jill having the unmitigated audacity to make tuna casserole without
> offering Buffy some tuna first. (WARNING: Contains graphic violence. May not be
> suitable for young audiences)
>
> I know - it's no more than a theory that happens to fit the facts, with no proof
> to back it up. Still, it would explain more than one aspect of cat behavior...
>
> John D. Kasupski
> Niagara Falls, NY
>
LOL It's as good an explanation as any. BTW, I don't know about Buffy
but Persia absolutely despised tuna. Early on I had to give Persia a
pill. The vet suggested hiding it in some water-packed human tuna:
she'll love it! Persia looked at me like "You expect me to EAT this?!"
She never cared for fishy cat food, either. Chicken, turkey, beef,
yep. In subsequent years I discovered Greenies Pill Pockets (chicken),
which usually worked.

Jill

John Kasupski
January 19th 17, 02:24 AM
On Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:07:20 -0500, jmcquown > wrote:

>LOL It's as good an explanation as any. BTW, I don't know about Buffy
>but Persia absolutely despised tuna. Early on I had to give Persia a
>pill. The vet suggested hiding it in some water-packed human tuna:
>she'll love it! Persia looked at me like "You expect me to EAT this?!"
> She never cared for fishy cat food, either. Chicken, turkey, beef,
>yep. In subsequent years I discovered Greenies Pill Pockets (chicken),
>which usually worked.

Minnie seems to change her menu preferences from time to time. I just offer to
share whatever I'm eating with her (as long as it's not anything harmful to
cats, like chocolate). She used to get half a slice of balogna every afternoon
when I made my lunch. Then she got tired of it and wouldn't eat it any more, and
her current favorite is that prepackaged Oscar Meyer ham that has little bits of
cheese in it. She loved the ham I made for New Year's too. She also currently
loves cherry fruit pies. Won't eat the crust, but considers it a personal insult
if she doesn't get to have her share of the filling.

Tuna...if I give it to her and I'm not having any, it will sit in her bowl and
rot. But let her see me making macaroni salad or my quick-and-dirty tuna
casserole, she wants her cut of the tuna before I mix it in. She knows when I'm
making either of those because she sees me boil the pasta first while I collect
the other ingredients on the kitchen counter. It's one of the rare times she'll
actually meow at me rather than use one of her more usual vocalizations.

Her favorite kitty treat right now - the only ones she's ever had, in fact - are
the chicken-flavored Pounce ones. I chose them to be her first kitty treats
because they're soft and moist and apparently cats think they're tasty because
I've yet to see a cat that didn't come running from anywhere within earshot upon
hearing me get out the Pounce and shake it No matter what she's doing, she
stops and gives me her undivided attention the instant she sees me open the door
to the cupboard she knows they're stored in...and when I haven't seen her for a
while and don't know where she's hiding, I can just go get out the jar of Pounce
and give it a few shakes and in a few seconds she'll be standing at my feet
rubbing up on my legs with her tail straight up and twitching and "Happy Kitty"
just written all over her - a scene you can witness at least once a day here,
since I didn't get them to put them in the cupboard and look at them!.

LOL...we've now gone from golf balls to eating habits - WHAT topic drift?

Pill Pockets are a gift from heaven! In my experience, trying to pill a cat
without them has generally been a disaster for all parties concerned.

John D. Kasupski
Niagara Falls, NY

Jack Campin
January 19th 17, 02:47 AM
> Pill Pockets are a gift from heaven! In my experience, trying
> to pill a cat without them has generally been a disaster for
> all parties concerned.

I roll Chloe's anti-thyroid pills in a marble-sized blob of pate
from Lidl. She forms an orderly queue for one twice a day (only
occasionally "forgetting" that she's already had it).

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jmcquown[_2_]
January 19th 17, 02:50 AM
On 1/18/2017 8:24 PM, John Kasupski wrote:
> On Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:07:20 -0500, jmcquown > wrote:
>
>> LOL It's as good an explanation as any. BTW, I don't know about Buffy
>> but Persia absolutely despised tuna. Early on I had to give Persia a
>> pill. The vet suggested hiding it in some water-packed human tuna:
>> she'll love it! Persia looked at me like "You expect me to EAT this?!"
>> She never cared for fishy cat food, either. Chicken, turkey, beef,
>> yep. In subsequent years I discovered Greenies Pill Pockets (chicken),
>> which usually worked.
>
> Minnie seems to change her menu preferences from time to time. I just offer to
> share whatever I'm eating with her (as long as it's not anything harmful to
> cats, like chocolate). She used to get half a slice of balogna every afternoon
> when I made my lunch. Then she got tired of it and wouldn't eat it any more, and
> her current favorite is that prepackaged Oscar Meyer ham that has little bits of
> cheese in it. She loved the ham I made for New Year's too. She also currently
> loves cherry fruit pies. Won't eat the crust, but considers it a personal insult
> if she doesn't get to have her share of the filling.
>
> Tuna...if I give it to her and I'm not having any, it will sit in her bowl and
> rot. But let her see me making macaroni salad or my quick-and-dirty tuna
> casserole, she wants her cut of the tuna before I mix it in. She knows when I'm
> making either of those because she sees me boil the pasta first while I collect
> the other ingredients on the kitchen counter. It's one of the rare times she'll
> actually meow at me rather than use one of her more usual vocalizations.
>
> Her favorite kitty treat right now - the only ones she's ever had, in fact - are
> the chicken-flavored Pounce ones. I chose them to be her first kitty treats
> because they're soft and moist and apparently cats think they're tasty because
> I've yet to see a cat that didn't come running from anywhere within earshot upon
> hearing me get out the Pounce and shake it No matter what she's doing, she
> stops and gives me her undivided attention the instant she sees me open the door
> to the cupboard she knows they're stored in...and when I haven't seen her for a
> while and don't know where she's hiding, I can just go get out the jar of Pounce
> and give it a few shakes and in a few seconds she'll be standing at my feet
> rubbing up on my legs with her tail straight up and twitching and "Happy Kitty"
> just written all over her - a scene you can witness at least once a day here,
> since I didn't get them to put them in the cupboard and look at them!.
>
> LOL...we've now gone from golf balls to eating habits - WHAT topic drift?
>
> Pill Pockets are a gift from heaven! In my experience, trying to pill a cat
> without them has generally been a disaster for all parties concerned.
>
> John D. Kasupski
> Niagara Falls, NY
>
Lots of thread drift here. :) But it's good, cat related thread drift!
Feel free to start new threads. I have to say, I love your kitten
Minnie already. Do you have any pics of her?

Jill

Jill

John Kasupski
January 19th 17, 03:09 AM
On Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:50:31 -0500, jmcquown > wrote:

>Lots of thread drift here. :) But it's good, cat related thread drift!
> Feel free to start new threads. I have to say, I love your kitten
>Minnie already. Do you have any pics of her?

Not yet, but it's funny you should mention it, because just this morning while
sitting at the kitchen table sipping a cup of coffee and watching Minnie prowl
around near the baking table in the corner to make sure a family of mice hadn't
set up shop under there overnight while we were sleeping, I thought about
digging out my old digital camera and putting some batteries on it so I could
take a few pics and put them online using a free image hosting site such as
ImageBam. I just wasn't sure anyone else would be interested in them.

Now that I know someone is, I guess I better...well, just start hunting for
batteries, actually, because I just spotted the camera itself hiding in plain
sight about five feet away from me!

John D. Kasupski
Niagara Falls, NY

Bastette
January 19th 17, 05:24 AM
John Kasupski wrote:

> She also currently loves cherry fruit pies. Won't eat the crust, but
> considers it a personal insult if she doesn't get to have her share of
> the filling.

I had a cat (Smudge, who I talked about in my posts yesterday) who would
probably eat *only* the crust. She was a carbohydrate fiend! Soon after I
adopted her, I came home one evening to find bags of pasta and rice torn
open and the contents spilled all over the floor. So those items had to be
moved to somewhere less accessible.

When I had some friends over for dinner one evening, I was out on the front
porch grilling the fish, when suddenly one of then yelled, "Joyce! Come
quick! Smudge is attacking the bread!" They had brought one of those artisanal
breads from a bakery, and Smudge wasn't about to let the humans have all of it.

And then there was the time I came home from grocery shopping, and (foolishly)
put the bag on the floor while unpacking a different bag. Next thing I knew,
Smudge had gotten into the bag. She ignored the raw chicken and the cheese
that were in there, and had torn open a bag of English muffins.

> Pill Pockets are a gift from heaven! In my experience, trying to pill a cat
> without them has generally been a disaster for all parties concerned.

Yeah, whenever a dog owner claims that "cats are much easier pets than dogs,"
I know that they have never tried to pill a cat. The last time I took care
of someone's dog, I had to give him medication every night. All I had to do
was stick the pill inside one of those bacon-cheese treats and toss it in
the air. He'd catch it and swallow it whole.

Joyce

--
"Sentimentality" -- that's what we call the sentiment we don't share.
-- Graham Greene

Bastette
January 19th 17, 05:27 AM
John Kasupski wrote:

> On Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:50:31 -0500, jmcquown > wrote:

>> Lots of thread drift here. :) But it's good, cat related thread drift!
>> Feel free to start new threads. I have to say, I love your kitten
>> Minnie already. Do you have any pics of her?

> Not yet, but it's funny you should mention it, because just this morning
> while sitting at the kitchen table sipping a cup of coffee and watching
> Minnie prowl around near the baking table in the corner to make sure a
> family of mice hadn't set up shop under there overnight while we were
> sleeping, I thought about digging out my old digital camera and putting
> some batteries on it so I could take a few pics and put them online using
> a free image hosting site such as ImageBam. I just wasn't sure anyone else
> would be interested in them.

You don't know us very well, yet. :) Pictures of Minnie will be very well
received here, I guarantee it.

Joyce

--
"Sentimentality" -- that's what we call the sentiment we don't share.
-- Graham Greene

Joy[_3_]
January 19th 17, 07:23 AM
On 1/18/2017 8:27 PM, Bastette wrote:
> John Kasupski wrote:
>
> > On Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:50:31 -0500, jmcquown > wrote:
>
> >> Lots of thread drift here. :) But it's good, cat related thread drift!
> >> Feel free to start new threads. I have to say, I love your kitten
> >> Minnie already. Do you have any pics of her?
>
> > Not yet, but it's funny you should mention it, because just this morning
> > while sitting at the kitchen table sipping a cup of coffee and watching
> > Minnie prowl around near the baking table in the corner to make sure a
> > family of mice hadn't set up shop under there overnight while we were
> > sleeping, I thought about digging out my old digital camera and putting
> > some batteries on it so I could take a few pics and put them online using
> > a free image hosting site such as ImageBam. I just wasn't sure anyone else
> > would be interested in them.
>
> You don't know us very well, yet. :) Pictures of Minnie will be very well
> received here, I guarantee it.
>
> Joyce
>

She's right.

Joy

John Kasupski
January 19th 17, 08:53 AM
On Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:24:06 -0000 (UTC), Bastette >
wrote:

>And then there was the time I came home from grocery shopping, and (foolishly)
>put the bag on the floor while unpacking a different bag. Next thing I knew,
>Smudge had gotten into the bag. She ignored the raw chicken and the cheese
>that were in there, and had torn open a bag of English muffins.

I've been fortunate. I love to eat, but I hate grocery shopping...so when I go,
often I bring home a month or more worth of stuff. I end up with it everywhere,
waiting for me to put it all away. It's on the table, on the chairs, both
countertops, on top of the stove, and - of course - on the floor.

Minnie will sniff things that are on the floor - by which I mean to say, she'll
sniff EVERYTHING that's on the floor. But she has yet to rip anything open, even
when I leave bags of rice and pasta in cardboard boxes on the floor because all
of my cupboards are already stuffed and there's no more room.

That is Minnie's part of our unspoken agreement about food storage around here.
My part of the deal is that she gets first crack at claiming any cardboard boxes
she decides she wants as they gradually become empty. She's actually got two of
them in the kitchen now and there's a third one she's decided she wants but we
haven't agreed on a place for her to put it yet.

>Yeah, whenever a dog owner claims that "cats are much easier pets than dogs,"
>I know that they have never tried to pill a cat. The last time I took care
>of someone's dog, I had to give him medication every night. All I had to do
>was stick the pill inside one of those bacon-cheese treats and toss it in
>the air. He'd catch it and swallow it whole.

LOL...Joyce, don't even get me started on dog owners. This is another topic I'm
sure I could write a book on.

I reached the conclusion long ago that the average dog owner is 99% clueless
about cats. The 1% that they usually do know is that it's better to keep their
dogs away from our cats unless they were already planning a trip to the vet's
anyway, although not all of them even know that. Often the dogs are smarter
about that than their owners. Your neighbor might bring a dog along into your
yard to chat with you even though your cat is standing there hissing with back
raised and fur standing up, but the dog's body language usually says, "No,
please...this is bound to end horribly...can't we just go back home now?" Yet
the neighbor will let the dog approach a cat who appears ready in all respects
to be photographed for the next issue of Halloween Cat Quarterly - even ignoring
a warning from you to keep the dog away - and then as soon as the cat quite
predictably accepts this thoughtful invitation to use the poor dog's face for a
scratching post, the outraged dog owner will invariably cry, "That cat's crazy!"

John D. Kasupski
Niagara Falls, NY