June 22, 2006

A cat update.

You know, some folks like cats beyond all reason. Me, I was bitten by one yesterday. Readers said we want a photograph. I thought they meant of the wound on my arm. No, they meant:



That's my garden, by the way. My vines, her province.

49 comments:

Internet Ronin said...

Ah! A black cat, I see. Well, that explains everything.

HaloJonesFan said...

Oooh, scary eyes.

I haven't known any black cats. In my experience,

*orange cats are fat, dumb, and happy;
*tiger-striped black/brown/grey are playful brats;
*all-grey cats are shy;
*grey-and-white cats start out friendly but get very grouchy.

Can anyone help fill out this list?

Michael said...

Yeah, that one's evil. No doubt about it.

Brendan said...

Didn't Wisconsin try to pass some law banning free-roaming, domesticated cats? Something about too many birds being killed.

Bissage said...

Awwwww. Look at that cute, little baby face. Can't you see he says he's sorry?

She?

Actually, (s)he probably doesn't remember a thing.

P.S. Nice garden. No voles there, I'll bet.

Palladian said...

Gross!

Remember Ann, retreat is cowardice, and only emboldens your enemy. You have the target in your sights, cowering in its spider-hole. Time to drop the bunker buster. Or at least a concrete block.

Or maybe Wisconsin doesn't have the death penalty for attempted murder.

Dave said...

Well, I have a black cat, named pirinc (Turkish for "grain of rice" and pronounced "peedeench") which does nothing worse than sit around and lick himself.

al said...

I was hoping our hostess would be like TLC and give us a picture of the wound. Instead we get a evil cat.

Time to drop the bunker buster.

What a waste. A .22LR will do.

Sissy Willis said...

Show us the wound!

Brendan said...

I can see it now: Ann finds a buyer, they come over to the house to sign the contracts, but before pen hits paper .... disaster strikes!

Palladian said...

"...which does nothing worse than sit around and lick himself."

Therein lies the problem, Dave! They're filthy, covered in saliva, which is one of the major contributors to cat allergy in humans:

"The real culprit appears to be cat saliva which contains an allergen; this allergen is a protein called Fel d 1. When a cat washes itself, saliva is deposited on its fur (or skin in the case of hairless cats). The saliva dries into dust (dander or dandruff) which is released when a cat scratches or moves and when humans stroke or brush a cat."

RogerA said...

Too much information, Palladian!

Bissage said...

Saliva is disgusting?! Oh, please. And even this is small beer.

John Salmon said...

That cat may be evil, but she's a beauty.

I can't believe the rampant colorism displayed by halojonesfan. He or she should be banned forthwith.

Ann Althouse said...

I'm not going to post a picture of the wound. Picture two little puncture wounds. But here are over 1000 photos tagged with "wound." You can have you fill over there.

Dave said...

Palladian: that's why God invented Claritin.

Mark said...

I have a black cat too, she's adorable. Not only she's not aggressive, she's very shy and a pussy. But she's beautiful and I love her.

Christy said...

It's a beauty! I've a long haired black cat who meets me at the door when I come home. She travels well, too. She is long and lean and elegant. I keep waiting to be long and lean and elegant - aren't we supposed to look like our animals?

Jennifer said...

All cats are evil, but this one appears to be particularly malevolent. And devious.

Maybe you'll snare a buyer with a large dog who will take over the garden. Your revenge!

Maxine Weiss said...

Copyright infringement.

Peace, Maxine

Meade said...

Nice Vinca, both major and minor. Good curb appeal for selling the house no doubt. They, and the twin Redbuds. (Too bad that evil cat is smashing your lovely phlox though.)

Glad to hear your wound has been bound up and that you are on the mend.

Bob said...

Lady A --

Well, that's a full grown cat, not some helpless kitty looking for a home. Just encourage him to move on, or go back home to his rightful owners. Cats are like husbands... if you feed them they'll move in.

Bob

Ricardo said...

It's all in the eyes. She's a chatte mechante. You can see it, and I don't like the way she's looking at you and the camera. Be careful, be very careful.

I'm glad to see that you're physically OK, but you still sound a little traumatized. For some free therapy, I suggest you go to that zoo you have in Madison, and talk over your experience with the "big cats" (lions, tigers, pumas). They'll help you get in touch with any residual phobia. A Hopi shaman taught me this trick. What you're doing is adopting a "big cat" spirit, to protect you from little cats. It works, and it's free.

enidv said...

In the cat vein...this Bjork video is kind of creepy. I don't imagine that you would be in such a relationship, Ann.

Ann Althouse said...

Bob: That cat has viewed my land as part of her territory for many years.

SteveWe said...

Ann, Ricardo has the ticket. Get some "big cat" spirit -- preferably from a dark phase panther or puma.

HaloJonesFan, Here's one for your list: a tortoise-shell (mottled black and tan). Almost always female and sterile. Very smart and they understand our language(s). They bark (like, Beh! Beh!) instead of the usual meow.

"jojok" Maybe so.

Pat Patterson said...
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Pat Patterson said...

People, people, remember that this is the mug shot of the suspect not the victim.

BTW, how do the deaf verify their comments now?

Goesh said...

Forget Ricardo's therapy - get a shotgun and blow the guts out that damn thing - tell the cops when they arrive it bit you once, you were trying to shoo it away, it hissed and started advancing on you, snarling, and you were terrorized for fear it would claw out your eyes and not merely bite your arm like it did before. It's the only way you are going to get over this trauma.

Richard Fagin said...

Please put the cat in a crate, ship it air freight to Houston, and I will pick it up at the airport, drive it to my home in Richmond, whereupon I will throw the beast over the fence and feed it to the three Rottweilers next door. CHOMP!

Having said all that, I cried when I read of some barbarians in San Antonio who threw a kitty on a barbecue back in '81 or '82. Hang 'em high!

MadisonMan said...

You need some well-timed buckets of water. Teach that cat who's boss!

boringmadedull said...

What you really need is a big, drooly schnooouted dog. Sooner or later, Mystique, the wonder bouv, and up-and-coming “it” dog of the right, is going to catch one of these critters.

Ridding the world of evil, one cat at a time.

ignacio said...

My Tonkinese cat has always disliked black cats -- on sight.

(Tonkinese = Burmese + Siamese).

Palladian said...

"Forget Ricardo's therapy - get a shotgun and blow the guts out that damn thing"

Shotgun? In Madison? Think again. It's illegal to have mean thoughts about anything other than Republicans, let alone a gun.

"My Tonkinese cat has always disliked black cats -- on sight."

That racist!

howzerdo said...

I prefer green eyed cats, but she still is a beauty.

And, based on the comments related to killing her here (written [I hope] in jest, not that it is at all funny), I'm always thankful we have the Buster Bill in NYS.

thatdamnhawaiin said...

Oh if only Doyle hadn't wimped out on this idea. http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=318172
j/k Sorta, feral cats have done more damage to the native ecology than any increase in deer population and we have special hunts to trim down that herd.

Tibore said...

"...here are over 1000 photos tagged with "wound." "

Yes, yes, I clicked the link. Yes, I'm sorry as hell I did...

Tibore said...

" I suggest you go to that zoo you have in Madison, and talk over your experience with the "big cats" (lions, tigers, pumas). They'll help you get in touch with any residual phobia. "

Extended conversations with the zoo denizens? Geez, Ricardo, she does that, she'd get therapy all right... someone'll commit her, she'll get all the therapy she can handle!

On the other hand, we could then start bugging her for a portrait in a straightjacket. Think they'll let her blog from the asylum?

Alan Kellogg said...

Two puncture wounds. How deep? how much biting did she do? How much clawing? How did you approach her in the first place?

Cats feel threatened they will defend themselves. You need to know how to read cats, and how to talk to them.

And she's a beauty. :)

Eli Blake said...

bitingmadedull:

A dog!? Some cats know how to tame any dog, and if not they can always find a place a dog can't go.

If you REALLY want to use a "biological" solution to get rid of a cat, get a ferret.

My solution would be to build a chicken wire container (cats can't get through it) and plant catnip in the middle of it. Trim it often enough so that it never reaches the sides of the enclosure, then lock the top back on again. The cat may come over often, but will always leave exhausted and perplexed, and you shall have your revenge.

Another trick might be to 'turn the tables.' Urinate on your plants before the cat comes and has to live with it.

Beautiful cat though.

Truly said...

She looks very much at home! Another example of feline insolence (I'm a cat person, by the way)--I love the "What do you think YOU'RE doing?" expression on her face!

Goesh said...

fiddlesticks! That cat is simply remembering the taste of Ms. Ann's blood

The Drill SGT said...

Well it's great that Ann recognizes that she has customers:

"Readers said we want a photograph"

Thanks

Alan Kellogg said...

I look at that picture and I see a cat who's comfortable with you. She knows you, she knows you're not going to hurt her, so there's no reason to get all tense.

Let me guess; you reached down to pet her. She glommed onto your arm and bit. You pulled back and she bit down. That's how you got the puncture wound.

Do you know what you were telling the cat? You were telling the cat you wanted to play. Specifically that you wanted to playfight. So she grabbed your arm and mouthed it. When you pulled back in alarm her hunting instinct took over (the prey's trying to escape!) and bit down harder. No animosity, she was simply acting according to experience and instinct.

The next time it happens stay still. Talk to her. Tell her what a ferocious beast she is, and how she's too wicked to pet. Distract her; string or an vine runner will do the trick. Play with her awhile. Shouldn't be too long before she's willing to let you pet her.

Dogs live to be petted. Cats need to be romanced. Sometimes the seduction gets involved. In all cases it helps to understand cats.

Ann Althouse said...

Yo, Alan, read the old posts. (They're linked here.) I've already described what happened. Then, try to make your argument that absolves the cat. Your hypothetical doesn't fit the facts.

Alan Kellogg said...

Ann,

I know cats. I've also seen how defensive you can get when certain subjects come up. Right now I'd sooner trust the cat's word for what happened.

It wouldn't hurt you to try a different tack with the beast, and stop acting like you're dealing with a great grandniece of Al Gore.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, Alan, but I'm just not going to be petting cats anymore.

President of the League of Conservative Hippies said...

I live in the university heights neighborhood and have seen that cat all over the place. I'm not sure if anybody actually owns it. It used to hang out by my back door and meow like it was in heat or something.
I like to call the cat the "neighborhood slut cat." It just makes sense, it roams around looking for love.

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, I know who owns it. Otherwise I'd've freaked out way more when it bit me.