Cat in repose

Mar24

“People that hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life” ~Anonymous

This is my cat Mocha.  He is a sweet and pretty cat.  Like all cats, he is good at napping.  Cat’s always look so peaceful.  I like them.

Homeless Princess

Princess

“I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul.” ~ Jean Cocteau (1889 – 1963), French Poet 

This is Princess, a stray who has been trying to adopt us for a month now.  The only problem is, I have two cats already, and they want to fight with her.  Now, we could go through the acclimation process with my cats, but two cats is all we can care for now.

This cat is a real sweetheart, very gentle, and is what us cat people call a “lover.”  She wants to lie against your side and purr, and doesn’t seem to tire of being petted.

I hope that someone can adopt her.  I just heard a stat that 7 out of 8 cats that go to the pound end up getting euthanized, which means her chances are not good.  But I can’t keep her around, because my male cats end up marking everywhere she’s been, which includes INSIDE my house because Princess keeps coming in the cat door to eat and sleep in my closet.  Help!  She’s a little dirty now, but she cleans up good.



Even more fun

Feb21

Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.  ~ Scott Adams  

Feb21b My Uncle Bob was here this weekend (in photo enjoying my cat), and he seemed to enjoy lending a hand putting together a new track configuration for my boy.  

His contribution to our track making is the triangle intersection, shown above.  I would never have thought of that.  

It was nice to see family, and we all realize that we don't do it enough.  Hope to visit him soon, and have some videos and pics ready to start documenting our family history.

In fact, I've already started our genealogy on geni.com, and I am about to use the services of scanmyphotos.com, a unique and affordable scanning service that sends you a box and will scan in as many pics as you can fit.  

They have a buy two get one free deal.  Anyone want to go in with me? I can save you $50 on yours, I want two.  Thanks!

 

I’z on ur screen, wastin ur time

Feb08

Everything I know I learned from my cat: When you’re hungry, eat. When you’re tired, nap in a sunbeam.

I can’t help it, I am becoming addicted to creating LOLs.  Here’s my cat Mocha, with a buddy, catching some z’s.  I now have an account on the cheezburger network, and will start posting my LOLs there.

It’s very easy to upload pics of your pets and add text on their site, or if you own an android phone, I highly recommend that you download PicSay for editing photos on your phone.  It’s drop dead easy to create and upload photos. 

Evil Cat gives me some karate

Feb06

You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.  ~Proverb

My wife is not crazy about cats – partly because she didn’t grow up with them, but also, because she is Mexican.  Allow me to talk frankly about cultural differences for a moment, will you?

Americans treat their domestic pets like family.  They let them in the house, on the furniture, and on their beds.  In general, Mexicans are not like that.  They mostly prefer dogs to cats as pets, and they often keep their dogs outside.  They often view cats as aloof, dirty, and perhaps demon posessed ;).

In fact, I have relatives (on my wife’s side) that won’t sleep at our house because the cats are allowed on the beds, and they think that they have tracked feces and fur on them.  They are very aware of cat hair being on clothing and children.

Now, I have to admit, cats do sometimes track yuck in on their feet, but they are generally very clean.  They bathe themselves (unlike smelly dogs), and if you think that some magic happens between when your dog licks his butt and your face, you’re in for a surprise.

Karate But back to Mexicans and domestic animals.  We went to see a Latino comic the other day, and he was discussing why many of the Bible’ characters were Mexican.  Adam?  He was a gardener (God told him to take care of the garden).  Moses?  Took all of his people out of Egypt across a river border.  Joseph and Mary?  Named their child “Jesus.”  But Noah?  “Had to be a gringo, Mexicans don’t take care of animals.”

Still, I love my cats.  Neo, a.k.a. ‘fat cat’ a.k.a. ‘evil cat’ is showing his claws here, as well as his gut.  And here’s one of my favorite LOLCats: You want karate?

Petstores are free petting zoos

Kidsbunny

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” ~ John Steinbeck

Me and the kids had a great time Saturday at the pet store – petting puppies, lizards, cats, hamsters, and bunnies.  My kids did not want to let go of the bunnies, even though we have two perfectly awesome cats at home.

Having animals has always been important in my family – my mom has been an animal rights activist since I was a kid, and we grew up learning how to be kind to animals, how to love and learn from nature, and how cruel people can be when it comes to animals.

I am proud of my kids for learning as early as possible how to be gentle with animals.  The other day I found my six year old daughter petting the cat, and not just petting him, but learning from his responses, and petting him in the ways that made him more happy.  That’s a big step up in maturity from just petting the cat because it’s alive and fluffy – she is learning to love the animal and have a working knowledge of what cats like, and what each individual cat likes. 

These skill are all transferable to humans – my kids all know how to rub and scratch each other’s backs – as far as ‘petting’ is concerned, I’ll have to teach my daughter that you DON’T do that with humans unless you are married!  Something like that.  I do worry about my daughters when they hit that age. 

Evil Cat

Feb04

Ceiling cat is watching you read this blog.  ~ Ceiling Cat

This is Neo, a.k.a. “fat cat.”  He’s a real Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, esp. in the morning, when he wants to be petted, but can turn into evil cat at a moment’s notice.  I made my first LOLcat in this recent post, and find it strangely fun.  After publishing it, I was surprised to find that many of my friends and family were not familiar with the LOLcat phenomenon.

Of course, you can read about it at wikipedia, so what is there for me to add?  Creating these “image macros” (not to be confused with macro photography) is pretty easy with today’s free image editing tools, I make mine on my phone.

Neo So let me talk more about evil cat.  He’s my first cat as an adult – when I got my own home, I got him.  A friend of mine found him in her back yard when he was 2 weeks old (that’s him to the right).  As you may know, cats eat only by nursing until they are six weeks old, so I had to bottle feed him every four hours for a month (with help from friends).  He was so tiny back then.

I think part of the reason he overeats AND is both ornery and loving is because of the fact that I could not feed and comfort him like his real mama.  He needs psychotherapy.  Some people would argue that all cats are a bit psycho, but that’s only true because most cats are abused.  My other cat is perfectly normal.  Just don’t ask my wife if she agrees – she thinks he’s codependent.

I do love this cat, he’s just like me – part ornery, part loving, and largely emotionally independent.  He plays rough enough – breaks the skin with both claws and teeth, but he means well.  I do enjoy his evil moods as much as his good ones.  He’s funny.  And not afraid of me.

Once i accidentally smacked him a little too hard on the rump (he was on the counter doing something evil), and instead of running away, he turned towards me, whipped his tail, and looked at me like he was going to attack me – he has followed and attacked my arms and legs, but I am still his master, and he knows it. 

I think my wife is afraid of him – I know my kids are careful to give him a wide berth when walking hear him in the morning – he’s clawed them more than once.  Each of my kids learned that hard lesson for the first time with him – don’t pull the cat’s tail or mess with him when his ears are back and his eyes are big.  That goes for Papa too kids. 

The value of (LOL)Cats

Jan21

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” ~ Jean Cocteau (1889 – 1963) French poet

I am a “cat person” – I mean, I like all animals, including dogs, but I wouldn’t live with other animals.  Dogs are for people who like to play and activity, generally speaking.  Cats and cat people prefer repose and quiet meditation, with occasional but less frequent play.

Having pets really enriches the home environment.  And it teaches children how to be gentle, how to respect nature (esp. when the cat decides to use its claws to get a point across), and how to enjoy nature too.  My kids love the cats, though they are still learning not to chase, antagonize, or carry the cats around like dolls.

Lolcat I made the “LOLCat” above because LOLCats are a perfect fusion of geekdom and cat loving.  Of course, now there are also LOLDogs (what copycats, er dogs), and even better, an entire pidgin language called LOLSpeak has evolved, leading to the pinnacle of any language, a LOLCat Bible Translation Project.  For example, check out this verse, in English, then in LOLSpeak:

John 3:16 (NKJ)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 (LOL)
So liek teh Ceiling Kitteh lieks teh ppl lots and he sez ‘Oh hai I givez u me only kitteh and ifs u beleeves him u wont evr diez no moar, kthxbai!’

Needless to say, I will have to own that translation – or “pwn” it, actually – how could it not be great?