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Cat Blogs / Re: Moroccan Adventures With Cats!
« Last post by Think Cats on April 14, 2014, 09:48:27 AM »
Hi Em!

Thanks for sharing this, seems like you had a great time and much needed rest from the rigors of term!

Sad news about the donkey :( but at least he had some care and kindness in his final hours of need.

Cat Blogs / Moroccan Adventures With Cats!
« Last post by Think Cat Ems on April 12, 2014, 06:50:17 PM »
Sorry readers and ThinkCats Forum regulars for my absence of late! The past two weeks have been filled with cats, dogs, and various other critters. I was invited to stay at my Great Aunt’s place in Morocco, and jumped at the chance to catch some rays, eat tagine, and feed at least 16 street cats (see image!) one very spoilt house cat and a German Shepherd.

Upon arriving in the sleepy surfer village my trip took a veterinary turn: a neighbour of my aunt had found a donkey in much distress, his leg broken and by the side of the road. My aunt’s animal loving partner, Marion, offered the yard as a place of respite for the poor thing, which was in a lot of pain, while they awaited the arrival of the vet. The plan upon his recovery was to name him Joseph and send him to live on an organic farm with his namesake, Josephine, a donkey whom local restaurateurs had saved years previously.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, and despite the efforts of everybody with the few resources they had in freak weather for North Africa (40 mm of rain!) Joseph died in the night. Although it was heart-breaking to experience, my residing memory of that event is the efforts to which people will go to look after and care for animals, especially animals which aren’t their pets.

A Clowder of Cats
Sadly Joseph didn’t get to enjoy his organic farm life, but I didn’t need to look far to see the success stories of animals who had been lucky enough to venture into the surrounding area, filled with caring animal lovers such as Marion. Did I mention the street cats?! Every evening the mewling clowder would be fed from the vast amount of pet food Marion provided, divided between tagine bases (so very Moroccan!) and the bowl of the adorable, loyal, and utterly gorgeous Slim the German shepherd.

Varying in shape, size and temperament, these cats would hardly let you put the food down before racing to a bowl to compete over the food. Some cats were obviously not used to trusting humans (despite the constant food…cats, eh?) and hissed when approached. Others where friendly and sweet and appeared to want cuddles and strokes more than they wanted food, which proved to my die-hard dog loving partner that cats were not solely focused on cunning ways to find grub.

Getting to Know You: Snowy’s Behaviour

It was Snowy, the earless man of the house, who won our hearts out of the cat bunch. Every morning without fail he would mewl and rouse us to feed him, then proceed to trick our travel buddies with plaintive hungry wails that he needed feeding for a second time. They fell for it, of course, as Snowy’s well- fed posterior proved! Described by Marion as “nearly tame...almost not feral” it took us a while to get used to his cues – for example, his often thrashing tail we took as a clear sign of his annoyance, but mistook his energetic swiping for pure hatred until numerous play sessions proved he was a sweetheart who retracts his claws and nips ever so gently when he knows it’s play time. Used to stroking cats around their ears and heads, this proved difficult with Snowy who has had his ears removed after cancer (a problem common among white cats apparently). After getting to know him, it was easy to realise why he would be wary of people reaching down to pet him there, as his cute ear stumps were vulnerable to all sorts of intruders!

The holiday was much needed after two difficult terms, and I must say that the presence of lovely, calming animals and with Lord Snowy and Slim protecting us was the best animal addition to a vacation I’ve ever had. Why don’t all hotels have cats wandering their terraces?? Can’t all-inclusive start to mean “comes with pets as well as lots of food and booze”?

We’ve seen cat cafes and the success they bring – next stop, cat hotels. Watch this space.
Discuss Cat Behaviour / Re: Shy and Timid Cat Behaviour
« Last post by Think Cats on March 24, 2014, 06:17:01 PM »
In terms of the pheromones I thought it was worth the cost at the time, simply because the thought of having my bits done made me wince. I think it was some kind of male solidarity type purchase.
General Discussion / Re: Clothes on Cats: What's the Verdict?
« Last post by Think Cats on March 24, 2014, 06:14:30 PM »
Love the pic of the cat with the hat Em! I know someone else who does just that too I believe his first name is Bob!

I think maybe it's ok if you have a bald cat and are a bit mad in that you like to take it for walks on cold snowy days, otherwise yes, it's bonkers!!
Cat Blogs / Re: Cat Eats Peacock: 3 Policemen Suspended
« Last post by Think Cats on March 24, 2014, 06:11:24 PM »
Bad kitty kitty!!  :purrcat:
General Discussion / Clothes on Cats: What's the Verdict?
« Last post by Think Cat Ems on March 23, 2014, 03:23:18 PM »

Other than balancing things on their heads (which, come on, we all do) I'm pretty sure this is a no brainer for most of us - cats don't need clothes, as this ThinkCats article makes very clear! One thing it does mention that I was surprised at is the lack of negative responses to evidence on social media of people dressing up their cats.

Have you ever got in a cyber war with someone over their use of kitty clothes? What are your opinions on this phenomenon?

The next time I see any (which thankfully is rare!) I will make sure to call it out. I often see it on dogs, is this considered less of a problem? I assumed it was also pretty unkind to the animal.

What do we think? Let's rant!
Cat Blogs / Re: Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium - Cats Don't Drink Coffee
« Last post by Think Cat Ems on March 22, 2014, 01:41:25 AM »
Sigh, the butts on the counters. Always finding cat hairs in strange corners of the worktops: i never trust a seemingly clean surface these days!

In cat cafe related news, looks like Italy is the next in line of the European countries to jump on the kitty wagon!

Like the London one, they are giving homes to rescue cats and state this as a main part of their mission. See the BBC article here:

I don't know about you lot but I'm really pleased that these places are championing rescue cats :))
Cat Blogs / Cat Eats Peacock: 3 Policemen Suspended
« Last post by Think Cat Ems on March 22, 2014, 01:34:16 AM »

This cat has taken hunting to a whole new level...

Imagine the sight of the cat squaring up to his prey...That takes some chutzpah!!

Meow Meow Meow / Re: Cat Jokes
« Last post by Think Cat Ems on March 21, 2014, 01:08:53 PM »

This is mine (because it's true!)

Knock, Knock!
Who’s there?
Juan who?
Juan day you’ll turn into a crazy cat lady, if you stick around too long!
Discuss Cat Breeding / Re: Pedigree Breeds!
« Last post by Think Cat Ems on March 21, 2014, 01:03:52 PM »
Hi Resa!

Small world! It's very lovely there. So pleased to know that kitties can be cared for well there if need be too! <3
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