That's how much the opossum oweighed! Caught him Monday night.
Meanwhile, my son had a small emergency: A young outdoor cat suffered a
"glove" wound, seemingly at the hands (so to speak) of two pre-dead
A "glove" wound is where the skin/fur is sheared from the animal's tail -
like removing a glove.
Anyway, son gets an appointment with vet to have the tail repaired (actually
removed) and I used this as a teaching moment. He, I, the injured cat, and
the osurly opossum go to the vet's.
Only one of the six employees of the clinic had ever been this oclose to a
Lots of ooh'ing and ahh'ing. The opossum ohissed at the technicians - they
ogiggled! The opossum opened wide his omouth - the employees remarked on the
many sharp oteeth! The three veterinarians on duty were more sanguine -
"I've known opossums," one said, "nasty ocreatures."
My son and his discouraged cat go home. The opossum and I go back to our
garage where I give the opossum a bowl of dry cat food. An hour later, the
food is gone, so Mr. Opossum and I take a little trip to a large field not
Last seen, the opossum was owaddling off into the night looking for more cat
food to ofilch.
... should be brought inside if you really like him.
One man's "pet" quickly becomes some else's "pest".
I say the same about dogs that are allowed to run wild too ... in case
you think I am just a cat hater.
In general I agree.
The cats that live outside at my place are much like songbirds that live
outside. I put out a little food because I enjoy watching them lounge around
and do cat-things. They are not lap-cats nor even very catchable unless they
are sick, so no one could define them as "pets."
The "inside" cats are a different matter. The "inside" cats don't go outside
and the "outside" cats don't come in.
Like Margaret Thatcher said about warships in a harbor- sure, they are
safe, but that isn't what warships are for. Yes, 'indoor only' animals
live longer, but so what? An indoor-only cat isn't a cat anymore, it is
a self-propelled plush toy. If an indoor cat tries to slip out through
open doors or windows, I'd say that is a pretty clear statement about
how it feels about things. A gilded cage is still a cage.
I don't keep house pets. Aside from my allergies, it wouldn't be fair to
them. I'm gone around ten hours a day most days, and asleep another 7 or
8. And if anything is gonna jump in my lap or rub my ankles the other
six hours, it better be able to talk. I make do with watching the birds
and squirrels and turkeys and deer and raccoons and such in the back
yard. And if my bird feeder also feeds the occasional cat or raptor,
well, I didn't make the rules of the game. I don't know what hard
science the bird lovers have to offer, but I would wager the increase in
predation from housecats (and their feral offspring and escapees) helps
offset the reduced die-off and increased population from all the
backyard feeders. They can't have it both ways- if adding predators
isn't allowed, feeding stations should also be banned as interfering
with nature. (Note that many condo communities with ponds, and public
parks with water, already ban duck feeding, just to reduce the amount of
crap they have to clean up. Ducks are lazy- a reliable source of food,
and they will hang around big-time, sometimes all winter in areas that
are well north of where you would expect to find them.)
Unless a dog blunders into a den of kittens when the mother isn't
around, or a pack of dogs gangs up on a cat caught away from a tree to
climb, the odds are the cat will do just fine. Most dogs, once their
nose has been clawed once, learn real fast not to attack cats.
No, but I have seen a ten-pound tomcat embarrass big dogs on numerous
occasions. Unless the Big Dog utterly blindsides them, most adult cats
have the agility and speed to quickly land a telling blow. And of
course, if the dog and cat in question share the same roof, the cat
usually establishes the pecking order early on. (Hey dog? I know where
you sleep, dog. Be nice to me, or wake up with a shredded nose....)
Agreed. Further, cats DO have some defensive capabilities. A cat, for short
distances, can hit 30 mph. Cats can also climb to avoid a fight.
Still, there are some dogs who are impervious to pain, devious to a fault,
and belive their mission in life is to kill or maim any living thing they
can find (i.e., pit bulls) that's not a member of their pack. Dogs are pack
animals and genetically programmed to attack (the pack has the best chance
of survival if all its members attack the prey).
This latter attribute is why hungry alligators in Florida need only come up
out of the drainage ditch near a retirement condo to get a free meal.
Presently some lap dog will get in the 'gator's face, barking ferociously!
Down the hatch!
And to that I present Cheerio (who has since passed).
That dog is like 150 lbs mind you. He took no shit from anyone or thing.
Again, extremely prople oriented including kids. When daughter was young
they would take him roller blading in arms. He stayed with them
When I was a kid my mother had an orange tom named lucky. He was hell on
wheels concerning dogs. I'll never forget the big dog that strayed into our
yard being pounced on by the cat. On his rapid retreat the sissy decided to
take a shortcut through dad's veggie garden, not realizing the far side had
a chicken-wire border. I couldn't see the old mutt through the tomatoes, but
could hear him howling when he hit the wire. He thought the cat had caught
Allergies are a poor excuse: you can get shots.
How much ever you sleep, I guarantee the cat will sleep more. Having a cat
as a house partner a symbiotic relationship; in return for food, water, and
a litter box, the cat will (usually) keep your house free of pests like mice
Further, countless studies show that people who have an indoor cat or dog
have fewer health problems, live longer, and have a rosier outlook on life.
Moreover, the chicks really dig a guy who has a cat.
Cats can save you money, too. A couple of kittens and a big box of packing
peanuts (a kitty swimming pool) is good for hours and hours of entertainment
(for both of you).
And don't worry that you're interfering with the balance of nature. A feral
cat has a life-expectancy of three to four years. An indoor cat can easily
live into a third decade.
One more insistent observation: de-clawing. The downside of declawing a cat
is that you rob the cat of its primary weapon of offense and its primary
method of defense (it can't climb). The reason people de-claw their cats is
to protect their furniture. But the furniture is only furniture whereas the
cat is a member of the family.
Into the its third decade. Right.
Towser, the mouser-in-chief at the Glennturrent distillery lived to be 23.
And she was catching mice up to the very end. All told, she caught 28,989
mice during her tenure and earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
The indoor/outdoor ones I have usually avg about 15yrs. Not sure how long
one of my two I/O's will fare. He's always been FIV positive. Couldn't tell
by looking at him. One of the most of the most happy-go-lucky people
oriented critters I've had. Just have to get him to the vet even with minor
stuff since he has a weaker immune system.
Yeah, I've got one named Boris who is likewise happy-go-lucky. Absolutely
wacky. Loves everybody, sleeps on a sloping roof on his back, all four paws
pointing to the moon, pretends he's stuck in a tree and yowls pitifully
(although only six feet from the ground), all sorts of crazy-cat antics.
Our five are all indoor cats, mainly due to the large dogs and coyotes
roaming the neighborhood. We do take them outdoors with us into the
backyard, but only when we can spend time with them. With five, they
certainly entertain both themselves, each other, and us. Our eldest is now
17; our yougest is 4. They're in extremely good health.
We're gone a lot from home during the day, and though it's obvious they
miss us, I don't think they're the least bit lonely.
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