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May. 7th, 2013

09:13 am - Warning: this post contains poo

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So Mum Wheel is off on the Great World Tour of 2013. Or, at least, I know she's going to Ireland and the Netherlands, and they are on the other side of the world, therefore it'll be at least half of a world tour.

Anyway, she has cats. Two of them. And we volunteered to look after them for the month she'll be away. Last night she brought them around, along with food and litter boxes and various cat paraphernalia. I am assuming they'll become famous in my part of the internet over the next month, right? So we might as well start now.


Meet Frodo. Yes, Frodo. I take no responsibility for his name, K?



In this picture, Frodo looks vaguely disgusted. This is actually a cover for how smug he is feeling.

Why is Frodo feeling smug?

Well, for a start, we are big softies, and because, you know, strange place and all, we left the bedroom door open and Frodo got to sleep on the bed. He realised quickly that I'm the short one, and therefore he was by my feet all night. Every now and then I'd kick him and wake up and go *SQUEE CATS* and then go back to sleep.

Meanwhile, Frodo got the best of both worlds - a warm spot to sleep in and monopolising the people, while also keeping watch on the hallway where the food is, just in case.

Just in case what?

Well, remember I mentioned that there are actually two Wheel cats? The other one is one of those squishy-faced pedigree Persians. He's ginger. This combination makes him one butt-ugly cat. He's also called Tommy, but since we already have a Tommy, I suspect he'll end up getting called something else. Possibly Derpy, because, well:


Not actually Tommy


The reason there is not actually a photo of Tommy is because he spent the night hiding behind the washing machine. He did this because Frodo is a smug slimeball who spent the night owning the place, monopolising us and terrorising Derpy by snarling at him every time he tried to come out.

Some time in the middle of the night, he did come out. This caused Dr Wheel to leap about excitedly in the nude (trufax!) because *SQUEE CATS* and also caused Frodo to innocently slip out of our room and go be horrible to him. Derpy spent a while hiding in the shoe rack, then tried to use the litter box. Bless him for trying. Meanwhile, Frodo decided he owns that too and must have leaped out from behind something in the middle of it going HISSBOOYAHARGLEBARGLE! and, well, this morning Derpy was back behind the washing machine and there was cat shit smeared all over the laundry walls and a bit on the carpet and..

.. so now we know what happens when a mildly upset Persian cat with long hair on his tail gets disturbed in the middle of having a crap. Hmm.

This morning we retrieved him from behind the washing machine and put him in the cat cage. We didn't have any cat shampoo so the current state of affairs is that he's shut in the bathroom with the cat cage door open and some food, and hopefully if he needs to go he'll use the bath. Dr Wheel is trying to locate some cat shampoo and with any luck him and the YoT will bathe him at lunchtime so he's acceptable, then the YoT can spend the rest of the day making him feel welcome and comfortable and preventing him from hiding behind the washing machine again.

Meanwhile Frodo is busy pretending like he had nothing to do with it. I guess things will settle down eventually, right? Right?


I suspect this month will have more cat photos than usual in it. And possibly some cursing.

But it is nice to have one friendly cat? Even if he is being a dick to the other one.

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From:pombagira
Date:May 6th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
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that made me laugh...

also bathing cats.. i would just stick with the tail bits unless derpy is covered?

derpy sounds timid like fric, although i suspect she would've given as good as she got..

am looking forward to more cat tails... *grins*

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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Derpy is way younger than Frodo and also the 'introduced' one in the household. There was a previous cat who died, and Derpy's the replacement. So Frodo rules the roost. In his home environment, Derpy's pretty friendly, so hopefully he'll get over being afraid and that'll be the end of that.

We didn't get to inspect him too closely this morning, but I suspect since he spent the night sitting in it, his entire underneath will be icky. We have a hair dryer for the worst case scenario, but yeah. Not exactly cat-washing weather, is it?
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From:pombagira
Date:May 6th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
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yeah.. really not so much but hopfully a hair dryer will help..

and that he is not to big or strong cause cats + water = not fun times + scratches O.o

poor young derpy.. maybe you should dose him with catnip afterwards ds as a treat? *ponders this*

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From:anna_en_route
Date:May 6th, 2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
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The vet clinic at the bottom of the Brooklyn hill sells some very nice (and somewhat expensive) oatmeal cat shampoo.

Also there is an art to cat bathing (mostly involving stopping the cat from either leaping out of the bath and getting filthy water everywhere or hooking their claws into you and *never* letting go)

We have to bathe our cat about once a month because she skipped apparently the bit about cats being finicky and clean.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
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I am leaving that one up to the menfolk, and wish them all the luck in the world. ;-)
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From:anna_en_route
Date:May 6th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
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"She tried to climb me like a meat ladder" is but one of the very many amusing (in hindsight) quotes generated by adventures in cat dunking...

:P

Fingers crossed for a less bloodstained experience.
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From:pundigrion
Date:May 6th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Squee!
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
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We were totally not like that.

*cough*
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 6th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
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That's a Tui Billboard statement....
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Shh! He's in disguise!
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From:vernacularity
Date:May 6th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
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I think it is very normal for one cat to be the dominant one and for it to be a merciless shit about it. (I read about it). similar to chickens and pecking order but worse when I got my sisters cats one was the bully. this included owning me and the bed, in fact all of the house except one room. it distressed me how much the other one was relegated to the background.. however she told me he also took responsibility for looking after the other one at times, holding him down and cleaning him.

they are/were brothers. as you may recall this one eventuallyy disappeared. since then cat number two "grew up" massively and now licks his own bum.

true story!
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From:tatjna
Date:May 6th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Hopefully there will be no disappearances (or bum licking) on my watch.
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From:blue_eye
Date:May 7th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)
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There *will* be bum licking...mark my words.
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From:rivet
Date:May 7th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
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That happened in my house as well. If you'll recall, Statler was a sweet cat who absolutely terrorised Fractal.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 7th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
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I am hoping they'll at least be able to share a litter box. Otherwise it'll be Upstairs Cat and Downstairs Cat, and I can't see that working out well.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:May 7th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)
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You just reminded me of the time we brought home a starving cat who turned out to HATE other cats. She got healthy again well enough, but she wouldn't have anything to do with the other cats in our house. She ended up living on top of the fridge. Then one day we realized that instead of using the litter box and having to risk being around other cats, she had peed on a table next to the fridge where we kept our food (no cupboards). Everyone involved was very happy when she found a new home. She's still alive and happy, living as an only cat.
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From:blue_eye
Date:May 7th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
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.. so now we know what happens when a mildly upset Persian cat with long hair on his tail gets disturbed in the middle of having a crap. Hmm.


Oy. That's a lot of shit cakes.
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:May 7th, 2013 09:45 am (UTC)
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Persian cats always look so disgruntled, poor things. I guess it's impossible to look happy when you permanently appear to have just run into a wall.

I hope things settle down and become less poopy.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 7th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. Pretty much every time I see him, the first words out of my mouth are "God you're ugly."
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From:meathiel
Date:May 7th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Poor Derpy ... errrr ... Tommy ...
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From:tatjna
Date:May 7th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Things seem to have improved overnight, so hopefully there'll be no more of that carry-on.
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