Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Retro Pussys

I built the shelf as a place to put food for possums in the early eighties. The paint colour matched the timber gate just in the photo. However, the cats thought it was the perfect place to sunbake. Thomas is on the left, a beautiful and affectionate male, and Tuffy, somewhat scrawny and not very affectionate male on your right.
While they didn't get along terribly well, they tolerated each other's company when there was warmth to be had, inside or out. It is always sad when you lose a pet, but the loss of Thomas was heartbreaking. He went missing and we found him under a bush, ready to die. We took him to the vet and hastened the process. I did not miss the drool that came with his affection though. From my retinue of blog mates, Marcellous is the last person to have lost a pet.

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  1. They do sleep in strange places.
    Merle.......

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    1. Merle, if there is a source of heat, they will find it.

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  2. They do find the most comfortable spots for themselves. And often the most inconvenient for the people they own.

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    1. EC, our cats were pre keyboard, but it seems they rather like keyboards, just to be annoying, I am sure.

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  3. Angel loves to lie by the open front door and soak up the sun, watching the people and cars come and go. Very inconvenient for me when the winds are blowing cold or the early morning temperature is close to frosty.

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    1. River, I would be putting my foot down with a firm hand about the door open when it is cold. Maybe you could rig up something so that he can sit at a window and watch outside.

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  4. Andrew cats are so comfortable and wise

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    1. Gosia, I think their wisdom is often a pretence and comes from laziness.

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  5. Sometimes our beloved pets are more affectionate and responsive than in-laws, friends and work colleagues. Although I am a dog person and not a cat person, I understand EXACTLY when you say the loss of Thomas was heartbreaking.

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    1. Hels, they are certainly more faithful than many people. He was a great and very loving cat.

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  6. Yeah...it can be very sad when a beloved animal dies. I agree with what Hels says.

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    1. Dina, at least you know where you are with animals.

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  7. A shelf for possums. And then you learned that, when you have cats, whatever you build is for them. Sweet picture.

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    1. Mitchell, I am struggling to remember, but generally our cats weren't very curious about things. Perhaps we fed them too much.

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  8. Oh that is sad. Love cats n dogs. Can't say I care for possums though,but they do have sweet faces.

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    1. WA, I guess you are a victim of possum antics. If kangaroos and koalas can be culled, I don't know why possums are sacrosanct. They are cute to watch, for sure.

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  9. That's a very cute picture ! Loosing a pet is always terrible, but at least you can keep them forever in your heart.
    Recently several blogs in the cat blogger community died, for one I even got a funeral announcement and an invitation to the funerals which took place on a blog from Los Angeles (a little exaggerated to my taste !)

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    1. Gattina, err yes. People can take things a little bit too far. I am pleased we have a few photos of them.

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  10. Charming. Could they have been you and R's alter egos? Judging from the picture, Tuffy was aptly named; it also looks as though Thomas's affection was well repaid!

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    1. And which one might I be Marcellous? No, no similarity really. I believe more in dogs being like their owners, or vice versa.

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  11. aw cats <3
    I've got one parked in front of the heater now.

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    1. Fen, Thomas was such a smoochy cat. We just loved him.

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  12. It's totally devastating, so much so that it's put me off getting another, can't take any more heartbreak.. although as I type I am being adopted by the girl across the road's cat who likes it better here than there :)

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    1. Grace, as hard as it is, it is part of life. The memories of the joy overcome the grief.

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