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Old December 4th 16, 03:03 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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Baby, my fairly feral girl, was sitting on the night table as she
often does in the morning, watching stuff outside and wishing she
could be out there. Suddenly I heard a peculiar yip sound, I looked at
her, and she was staring up the wall at a small lizard maybe 8' up. It
was too high for me to easily coax into a cup or box, so I figured
that I'd wait until something else happened.

The lizard then moved up another 6" or so. Baby let out a pair of
yips, and simply jumped 6' or so right up the wall, knocked the lizard
to the floor, and the chase was on. I had no idea a cat could jump
that high from a standing start.

It was not really a fair contest and within a few seconds Baby had it
in her mouth. Then she let it go, chased it, and so on. Finally she
just watched it on the rug and I swooped in, picked it up, and
transported it outside. It still had all its appendages and seemed in
surprisingly good shape considering what had just happened. It was
certainly still alive. I put it in the grass, wished it a good
journey, and went back inside where I saw Baby looking all over for
the lizard.

Cats really are astonishingly hard wired killers, and sadistic as
well. Maybe that's reading too much into it, there's probably a reason
that they've evolved to play with their food, but Baby wasn't even
hungry. She had no intention of eating it.

Oh, while this was going on, Scooter watched carefully, taking notes.
He closed in while Baby tortured the lizard, observing. All I can add
is, I'm glad that I'm bigger than the kitties.


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Old December 4th 16, 06:52 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On 12/3/2016 7:03 PM, dgk wrote:

Baby, my fairly feral girl, was sitting on the night table as she
often does in the morning, watching stuff outside and wishing she
could be out there. Suddenly I heard a peculiar yip sound, I looked at
her, and she was staring up the wall at a small lizard maybe 8' up. It
was too high for me to easily coax into a cup or box, so I figured
that I'd wait until something else happened.

The lizard then moved up another 6" or so. Baby let out a pair of
yips, and simply jumped 6' or so right up the wall, knocked the lizard
to the floor, and the chase was on. I had no idea a cat could jump
that high from a standing start.

It was not really a fair contest and within a few seconds Baby had it
in her mouth. Then she let it go, chased it, and so on. Finally she
just watched it on the rug and I swooped in, picked it up, and
transported it outside. It still had all its appendages and seemed in
surprisingly good shape considering what had just happened. It was
certainly still alive. I put it in the grass, wished it a good
journey, and went back inside where I saw Baby looking all over for
the lizard.

Cats really are astonishingly hard wired killers, and sadistic as
well. Maybe that's reading too much into it, there's probably a reason
that they've evolved to play with their food, but Baby wasn't even
hungry. She had no intention of eating it.

Oh, while this was going on, Scooter watched carefully, taking notes.
He closed in while Baby tortured the lizard, observing. All I can add
is, I'm glad that I'm bigger than the kitties.


To do them justice, I don't really think they understand that the
critter they are torturing may be suffering. They just see it as a game.

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Old December 4th 16, 08:42 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:03:44 -0500, dgk wrote:

The lizard then moved up another 6" or so. Baby let out a pair of
yips, and simply jumped 6' or so right up the wall, knocked the lizard
to the floor, and the chase was on. I had no idea a cat could jump
that high from a standing start.


Startling, isn't it? I got my very first cat when she was a just-weaned kitten
and the first time I saw her, at about eight weeks old, jump from the floor
right to the top of a six-foot-high upright freezer, I was flabbergasted. I'd
heard cats were good jumpers, but I still wasn't quite ready for THAT...LOL!

John D. Kasupski
Niagara Falls, NY

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Old December 5th 16, 04:07 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On 12/4/2016 3:42 AM, John Kasupski wrote:
On Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:03:44 -0500, dgk wrote:

The lizard then moved up another 6" or so. Baby let out a pair of
yips, and simply jumped 6' or so right up the wall, knocked the lizard
to the floor, and the chase was on. I had no idea a cat could jump
that high from a standing start.


Startling, isn't it? I got my very first cat when she was a just-weaned kitten
and the first time I saw her, at about eight weeks old, jump from the floor
right to the top of a six-foot-high upright freezer, I was flabbergasted. I'd
heard cats were good jumpers, but I still wasn't quite ready for THAT...LOL!

John D. Kasupski
Niagara Falls, NY

They certainly can leap when they want to! Oddly enough, my cat Persia
(RB 2014) wasn't interested in leaping up on tall things. Neither is my
current cat, Buffy. I guess they already know they're worlds above us
lowly humans.

Jill
(Saint Helena Island, SC)
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Old December 5th 16, 04:50 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On 12/3/2016 10:03 PM, dgk wrote:

Baby, my fairly feral girl, was sitting on the night table as she
often does in the morning, watching stuff outside and wishing she
could be out there. Suddenly I heard a peculiar yip sound, I looked at
her, and she was staring up the wall at a small lizard maybe 8' up. It
was too high for me to easily coax into a cup or box, so I figured
that I'd wait until something else happened.

The lizard then moved up another 6" or so. Baby let out a pair of
yips, and simply jumped 6' or so right up the wall, knocked the lizard
to the floor, and the chase was on. I had no idea a cat could jump
that high from a standing start.

It was not really a fair contest and within a few seconds Baby had it
in her mouth. Then she let it go, chased it, and so on. Finally she
just watched it on the rug and I swooped in, picked it up, and
transported it outside. It still had all its appendages and seemed in
surprisingly good shape considering what had just happened. It was
certainly still alive. I put it in the grass, wished it a good
journey, and went back inside where I saw Baby looking all over for
the lizard.

A blue-tailed skink found it's way into our house... was it last year
already?

http://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/eumine.htm

I wondered what the heck Buffy was so fascinated with behind a box of
music CDs on the floor. I moved the box... oh! Buffy went one way, I
went the other. My goal was to catch it and get it outside. Her goal,
of course, oooh, a TOY!

It managed to slip past both of us and ran into my bedroom. I still
have no idea where that skink went. Neither one of us managed to catch it.

Jill
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Old December 6th 16, 03:09 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:50:45 -0500, jmcquown
wrote:

On 12/3/2016 10:03 PM, dgk wrote:

Baby, my fairly feral girl, was sitting on the night table as she

....hed it a good
journey, and went back inside where I saw Baby looking all over for
the lizard.

A blue-tailed skink found it's way into our house... was it last year
already?

http://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/eumine.htm

I wondered what the heck Buffy was so fascinated with behind a box of
music CDs on the floor. I moved the box... oh! Buffy went one way, I
went the other. My goal was to catch it and get it outside. Her goal,
of course, oooh, a TOY!

It managed to slip past both of us and ran into my bedroom. I still
have no idea where that skink went. Neither one of us managed to catch it.

Jill


I sometimes leave the garage door open while I'm in the house, and
that means that sometimes lizards come in. A few days ago I was
looking for something to put my baby tomato plants into - something
that could let light in but with high enough sides so the wind
wouldn't kill them. They're still only a few inches tall. December is
apparently the time to start tomato plants in Florida.

My eyes noted a shiny black plastic storage bin that wasn't otherwise
occupied, so I picked it up and estutely noticed the rather large
lizard that had somehow gotten inside but couldn't climb up the
slippery plastic walls to get out again. Naturally I set it free
outside, but if it hadn't been for the tomato plants, that lizard
would have died in the container. I suspect that the lizard has no
idea how lucky he/she was.
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Old December 6th 16, 03:18 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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Default Baby scores a lizard

On Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:09:29 -0500, dgk wrote:

My eyes noted a shiny black plastic storage bin that wasn't otherwise
occupied, so I picked it up and estutely noticed the rather large
lizard that had somehow gotten inside but couldn't climb up the
slippery plastic walls to get out again. Naturally I set it free
outside, but if it hadn't been for the tomato plants, that lizard
would have died in the container. I suspect that the lizard has no
idea how lucky he/she was.


GLyN had a phase, a few years ago, when he seemed fixated on lizards.
When I caught him with one, I'd rescue it and set it free away from
our yard. Then he developed a fascination with birds, especially the ones
on the canopies over the yard. The noise they made up there would really
drive him batty, but he seldom managed to catch one.

Today, I heard from the next door neighbor that GLyN has recently become
the head of the local anti-gopher league, and is making sure that NO
gopher in the hood is save. He even creates his own 'blind' to rest in
near a hole, while he waits for a head to pop up and be in range.





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Old December 6th 16, 06:31 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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Default Baby scores a lizard

On 12/5/2016 7:18 PM, The New Other Guy wrote:
On Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:09:29 -0500, dgk wrote:

My eyes noted a shiny black plastic storage bin that wasn't otherwise
occupied, so I picked it up and estutely noticed the rather large
lizard that had somehow gotten inside but couldn't climb up the
slippery plastic walls to get out again. Naturally I set it free
outside, but if it hadn't been for the tomato plants, that lizard
would have died in the container. I suspect that the lizard has no
idea how lucky he/she was.


GLyN had a phase, a few years ago, when he seemed fixated on lizards.
When I caught him with one, I'd rescue it and set it free away from
our yard. Then he developed a fascination with birds, especially the ones
on the canopies over the yard. The noise they made up there would really
drive him batty, but he seldom managed to catch one.

Today, I heard from the next door neighbor that GLyN has recently become
the head of the local anti-gopher league, and is making sure that NO
gopher in the hood is save. He even creates his own 'blind' to rest in
near a hole, while he waits for a head to pop up and be in range.



May I borrow him? My back yard is full of gopher holes.

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Old December 6th 16, 07:35 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:31:06 -0800, Joy wrote:

On 12/5/2016 7:18 PM, The New Other Guy wrote:
On Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:09:29 -0500, dgk wrote:

My eyes noted a shiny black plastic storage bin that wasn't otherwise
occupied, so I picked it up and estutely noticed the rather large
lizard that had somehow gotten inside but couldn't climb up the
slippery plastic walls to get out again. Naturally I set it free
outside, but if it hadn't been for the tomato plants, that lizard
would have died in the container. I suspect that the lizard has no
idea how lucky he/she was.


GLyN had a phase, a few years ago, when he seemed fixated on lizards.
When I caught him with one, I'd rescue it and set it free away from
our yard. Then he developed a fascination with birds, especially the ones
on the canopies over the yard. The noise they made up there would really
drive him batty, but he seldom managed to catch one.

Today, I heard from the next door neighbor that GLyN has recently become
the head of the local anti-gopher league, and is making sure that NO
gopher in the hood is save. He even creates his own 'blind' to rest in
near a hole, while he waits for a head to pop up and be in range.



May I borrow him? My back yard is full of gopher holes.


Sorry, he doesn't travel well. If he sees or hears a car, even a block
away, he disappears.





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Old December 6th 16, 10:22 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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The New Other Guy wrote:

On Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:31:06 -0800, Joy wrote:


On 12/5/2016 7:18 PM, The New Other Guy wrote:
On Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:09:29 -0500, dgk wrote:

My eyes noted a shiny black plastic storage bin that wasn't otherwise
occupied, so I picked it up and estutely noticed the rather large
lizard that had somehow gotten inside but couldn't climb up the
slippery plastic walls to get out again. Naturally I set it free
outside, but if it hadn't been for the tomato plants, that lizard
would have died in the container. I suspect that the lizard has no
idea how lucky he/she was.

GLyN had a phase, a few years ago, when he seemed fixated on lizards.
When I caught him with one, I'd rescue it and set it free away from
our yard. Then he developed a fascination with birds, especially the ones
on the canopies over the yard. The noise they made up there would really
drive him batty, but he seldom managed to catch one.

Today, I heard from the next door neighbor that GLyN has recently become
the head of the local anti-gopher league, and is making sure that NO
gopher in the hood is save. He even creates his own 'blind' to rest in
near a hole, while he waits for a head to pop up and be in range.



May I borrow him? My back yard is full of gopher holes.


Sorry, he doesn't travel well. If he sees or hears a car, even a block
away, he disappears.


Smart cat!

Joyce

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freeze my mouth open in disgust and then sniff my private parts to compare
odors. -- Cat Resolutions
 




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