Archive for the ‘Critters’ Category

Also been watching Life of Mammals…

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Such an amazing diversity of life on this planet. And the “Return to the Water” episode was particularly interesting to me. Seems like you can really see evolution in action on seals and sea lions on their back flippers/feet.

But the “Life in the Trees” episode was really neat. I am not a monkey fan, normally. I do think gibbons have very pretty faces.

Fossas, on the other hand are just way cool. Mongoose have interested me since I read Rikki Tikki Tavi as a kid. (Seeing it animated by Chuck Jones and narrated by Orson Welles probably didn’t hurt, either.) The idea of one that big is awesome.

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And say what you like about Attenborough’s nutcake personal philosophies, he did seem genuinely fascinated and tickled by being so close to some pretty remarkable animals.

Um…

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

My aunt in California sent me this and I swear, I thought this was a spoof when I was first watching it.

Unfortunately, I think these are real people. The priceless line for me is about 4:34. No. A cat isn’t going to change the world. He’s a cat. He may be smart and clever and cute, but he’s still just a cat. Unless he’s going to be the face of a feed the world campaign or stop the Mideast conflicts by walking between the warring factions and rolling over to show his tummy for a rub, he’s not going to change the world. Perspective is the word you need here, lady.

I’m glad they got him to the point where he’s a tolerable and even good pet.  I wouldn’t have ever called a behaviorist. I’d have done internet research, talked to a vet maybe… and then tried to modify the behavior on my own. I just think I’m next to incapable of being this clueless when it comes to animals that share my home. The fact that there is a show about a cat whisperer seems ridiculous.

I can almost see the dog one. Dogs take more readily to training than cats. Dogs are pack animals and they are wired to have a cooperative intelligence. It is it to their benefit to do what the pack needs. And the pack is whatever family they have at the moment. Cats are solitary animals. Their brains are wired to consider self only. They can learn tricks, sure. But it’s an exceptionally rare cat that will open that cabinet door just because you want them to and not because they want what’s inside.

Eh, in the end, I guess if you can afford it, do whatever helps you get a handle on life. If that involves hiring a cat behaviorist to change your behavior, more power to ya.

Disclaimer: I didn’t watch any further than City the Kitty.

 

What a great idea

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Googly eyes do make everything better.  Deep sea critters normally give me the squidgies. Not so much with the addition of googly eyes.

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Deep Sea Fauna…with Googly Eyes 

69 days…

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

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Stupid cat, caught on film

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Serves her right. She thinks everything in the house is hers to roll around on. :)

She has fallen off the stairs before, too.

Cool photography

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Perfectly timed animal photos

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by Igor Siwanowicz

by Igor Siwanowicz

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Cute

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Since we all probably get our fill of Doom and froth inducing idiocy on other sites, here is some cute antidote.

Before anyone says it, this one is too small to be food

Before anyone says it, this one is too small to be food

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97 days…

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

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African Crocodile

 

 

117 days

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

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So, tell me how bats aren’t adorable?

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Seen on Laura’s sidebar

Such a sucker

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I see this thing in the store, think “hey, the cats would love this!” get it and then realize I’ve brought home a noise maker.

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Good news, is yes, Kira does indeed love it.

And eventually, like the two (at this point) squeaking mice her grandmother has bought her, she will eventually rip the guts out of this as well and it will quit making noise.

Until then, the OAM will just have to roll his eyes, sigh and bitch about the noise. :)

Another boring cat picture

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Got a better close up of the fever fur tonight when he was begging for yogurt. All that dark fur on his face used to be completely dark, just like his nose still is. Just weirds me out. :)

Attentive little bastard when he wants something...

Attentive little bastard when he wants something…

Oh, Death

Monday, January 7th, 2013

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O Death

He’s been turned into a cat toy. I kept the Menace away as long as I could. But I came home and found him on the floor. So sad.

The perp

The perp

Weird

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

I have been noticing the last few days that Caliban has a salt & pepper muzzle lately. He’s not even 5 so it isn’t old age.

You can't see it as prominently in the picture as in real life - little shit wouldn't hold still long enough to focus the camera.

You can’t see it as prominently in the picture as in real life – little shit wouldn’t hold still long enough to focus the camera.

Upon doing some quick internet research (you know – browsing forums of people who know just as little about the topic as I do), it seems that there is a common thread in human slaves who have had their Siamese overlords turn salt and pepper as well. After illnesses, especially ones they took medication to fix, their fur can go salt and pepper but will turn back dark eventually. The pointed Siamese can get what is called “fever fur.” Maybe all Siamese can, but there were more references to the pointed ones, specifically.

He did just get over a cold when he was sneezing all over everything all day long. No antibiotics, but he did take antihistamines for a week.

Weird.

 

 

Furry little ingrate

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Caliban is always digging under blankets, snuggling up to the warmest body part he can find…So I thought maybe I’d try getting him a sweater to keep him warm.

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He even looks retro-stylish.

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Okay, maybe it makes him look a bit chubby.

IMG_1682But he doesn’t need to get all huffy about it.

He really didn’t like it much. He spent the first 5 minutes of having it on trying to back out of it.

Then, every time he’d come over to rub against my legs, he’d stop 2 inches shy, like he had lost his ability to judge distance. And of course, the evil sweater threw him completely off balance and made it impossible to walk without staggering and bracing himself against a wall.

I know cats’ fur is supposed to be pretty sensory. But I never heard of anything but whiskers messing with balance. I think he’s overreacting…