We Must Be Practical at Our Age … Until We’re Not

 

Remember when we weren’t going to adopt any more diminutive, needy felines? Meet Dash. A couple of weeks ago, his mom abandoned him by our lower shed, so we brought him home, and after one taste of food, he decided he was ours. He reports that he’s happy, but wishes we would let him sit on the Xbox to get a closer view of the TV and paw at intriguing movements on the screen.  (He’s “Dash” because my dad drew attention to the Morse code dot-dash on his side and tail. And yes, he does dash around a lot, poke claw holes in my favorite chairs, and demand attention.)

My favorite blanket . . . but he likes it, too. Sigh.


Resting after the hard work of being underfoot and trying to jump on counters when we’re cooking. He’s grown a lot in two weeks–he’s less kitten than small cat now.

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  1. Charlotte Member
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    That first photo is so adorable I almost can’t look directly at it.

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  2. sawatdeeka Member
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    Charlotte (View Comment):

    That first photo is so adorable I almost can’t look directly at it.

    Ha, ha, ha! 

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  3. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    Charlotte (View Comment):

    That first photo is so adorable I almost can’t look directly at it.

    Was just scrolling down so I could say the same!

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  4. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    Wonderful.

    I’m sure you’re aware that you can have either cats or furniture, but not both. I made my choice long ago.

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  5. sawatdeeka Member
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    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Wonderful.

    I’m sure you’re aware that you can have either cats or furniture, but not both. I made my choice long ago.

    Good point! 

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  6. Percival Thatcher
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    Charlotte (View Comment):

    That first photo is so adorable I almost can’t look directly at it.

    He needs a booster seat.

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  7. GrannyDude Member
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    I’m not even a cat person…but as soon as I saw that black spot, I was like “yeah. I’d totally keep that cat.” 

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  8. sawatdeeka Member
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    More on our new charge: 

    –We like him a lot. He might be somewhat deaf. We think the neighborhood kittens are products of a gene pool that would benefit from some expansion.

    –When he’s not being difficult and hard to manage, he’s really cuddly.

    –He loves to chase yarn pulled around the rug, developing his skilz by leaping after it with all four paws in the air.

    –Before Mom went AWOL, we used to watch these five wild kittens playing at twilight and at night–they would trigger the bright sensor light, and we could see them pretty well. And I picked this one out! I said that the mainly white ones with dark spots were ugly, but I could put up with the baby sporting the lone spot and dark tail. That one was cute! Mom ended dumping two of them at the neighbor’s and Dash down at our shed. Too bad–she seemed like such a good mom. I guess she saw how much Dash likes to eat in one day and thought she should set him free to seek his fortune in the big, wide world.

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  9. sawatdeeka Member
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    And he really is curious. The most curious cat I’ve ever seen. When we’d had him only a couple of days, he nearly launched himself off our loft balcony because he wanted to slide through the dowels of the banister, presumably to walk along the ledge. Dill suggested we call him “Geronimo” after this little incident. He’s everywhere and into everything, and it’s almost impossible to fix a meal or repair an appliance because he has to be right there sniffing at things and crawling into them. We found out he settles down when one of us holds him where he’s safe and our food is safe, yet he can see what’s going on.

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  10. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    It may be just perspective,  but in the third picture, the size of his rear paws might indicate a fairly large full grown CAT!

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  11. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    Also,  at what age should one strive to be practical?

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  12. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    You may now continue to post in the Cats of Ricochet group, if you are a member.  If not, you need to join.  We will be asking after Dash often.

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  13. kedavis Inactive
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    Correction:  He decided that YOU were HIS!

     

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  14. Charlotte Member
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    sawatdeeka (View Comment):
    We think the neighborhood kittens are products of a gene pool that would benefit from some expansion.

    😂😂😂

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  15. OldPhil Coolidge
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    sawatdeeka (View Comment):
    He might be somewhat deaf.

    I’ve read that most white cats are deaf.

    Our tuxedo cat went deaf after 18 years and passed away in April.

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  16. kedavis Inactive
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    OldPhil (View Comment):

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):
    He might be somewhat deaf.

    I’ve read that most white cats are deaf.

    Our tuxedo cat went deaf after 18 years and passed away in April.

    The way I’ve found it is that all-white cats (and Dash isn’t really all-white), with blue eyes, can have problems with hearing and/or vision.

    Your tuxedo cat’s deafness may have resulted from illness/infection, rather than genetics.

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  17. Douglas Pratt Coolidge
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    If you read him as dot-dash, he’s A. If you start from the tail and read him as dash-dot, he’s N. “Dash” is a lot easier to say, although you’ll have to get him a sister named Violet at some point.

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  18. kedavis Inactive
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  19. Internet's Hank Contributor
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    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    If you read him as dot-dash, he’s A. If you start from the tail and read him as dash-dot, he’s N. “Dash” is a lot easier to say, although you’ll have to get him a sister named Violet at some point.

    Shame he isn’t female. They could have named her Anna had her coming and going.

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  20. OldPhil Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    OldPhil (View Comment):

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):
    He might be somewhat deaf.

    I’ve read that most white cats are deaf.

    Our tuxedo cat went deaf after 18 years and passed away in April.

    The way I’ve found it is that all-white cats (and Dash isn’t really all-white), with blue eyes, can have problems with hearing and/or vision.

    Your tuxedo cat’s deafness may have resulted from illness/infection, rather than genetics.

    We figured it was age.

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  21. Jim McConnell Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Correction: He decided that YOU were HIS!

     

    Ambition!

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  22. Miffed White Male Member
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    OldPhil (View Comment):

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):
    He might be somewhat deaf.

    I’ve read that most white cats are deaf.

    Our tuxedo cat went deaf after 18 years and passed away in April.

    Not “most”, but white cats are more likely to be deaf than other cats.

    I had a white cat that was deaf – she had two different colored eyes.  I was told that the gene for deafness is closely linked to the gene for eye color.

     

    She was fairly destructive – the noise of pushing pans off the counter onto the floor didn’t scare her.  But she was a sweetie.

     

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  23. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Wow! What a cutie pie!

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  24. Stad Coolidge
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    Charlotte (View Comment):

    That first photo is so adorable I almost can’t look directly at it.

    Gaggingly cute!

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  25. Misthiocracy has never Member
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    a) Squeeeeeeee!!!!!

    b) So nobody’s gonna mention that cod-awful tv setup? A china cabinet? Seriously? 

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  26. Misthiocracy has never Member
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    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Also, at what age should one strive to be practical?

    When the pension fund goes bankrupt.

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  27. Raxxalan Member
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    Douglas Pratt (View Comment):

    Wonderful.

    I’m sure you’re aware that you can have either cats or furniture, but not both. I made my choice long ago.

    There is actually a life hack for that.   Put a scratching post next to furniture the cat is scratching and they will use the post instead of the furniture.  I wish I had known that sooner mind you, but it does seem to work for my two demon kitties.

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  28. sawatdeeka Member
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    Misthiocracy has never (View Comment):
    b) So nobody’s gonna mention that cod-awful tv setup? A china cabinet? Seriously? 

    @misthiocracy  Ouch! Long story behind that. To sum up, it wasn’t my idea. 

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  29. Stad Coolidge
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    Misthiocracy has never (View Comment):

    a) Squeeeeeeee!!!!!

    b) So nobody’s gonna mention that cod-awful tv setup? A china cabinet? Seriously?

    Looks temporary to me . . .

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  30. Stad Coolidge
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    sawatdeeka (View Comment):

    Misthiocracy has never (View Comment):
    b) So nobody’s gonna mention that cod-awful tv setup? A china cabinet? Seriously?

    @ misthiocracy Ouch! Long story behind that. To sum up, it wasn’t my idea.

    Oh, do tell us about it!

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