Archive for the ‘Cats’ Category
Here are secondhand editions of several of his books, from $1 and up. The different books do overlap (for one thing, they’re each about cats and cat behavior), but I have three and am glad to have them all. Try one and then get more if you like it.
Things going on at chez Leisureguy: Molly had surgery a week ago for a bladder stone. Surgery successful and patient now ambulatory (i.e., doesn’t have to spend the day in a cage we got). She is still wearing a cone for another week, and a bigger cone at that: she managed to lick the incision with the original cone.
Megs is quite perturbed and extraordinarily cautious: stalking Molly warily, ready not to pounce but to retreat. My theory is that Megs knew Molly was gone and when she returned, she is wearing the enormous cone, and so Megs thinks that Molly now has superpowers. If so, it’s the superpower of bumping into things, one of the lesser superpowers.
And—subject change—my latest batch of pepper sauce is really excellent. I used probably 30 or so habaneros, and 8 Serrano of good size, along with 4 Ancho chiles, 10 dried chipotes, 2 small cans chipotles in adobo, a whole lemon, about 10 garlic cloves, 1/3 c salt, 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, and enough white vinegar so that it is a thick sauce when well blended. Bring to boil, simmer 30 minutes, cool 30 minutes, reblend, and bottle.
This batch has more kick that the commercial pepper sauced I was trying, and more taste as well. I think next time I will try adding some dried herbs when I blend.
Interactive video laser-pointer remote-control app for kitty fun. Watch the video.
Apparently the dog is very timid and shy, too afraid of other dogs to have companionship.
Ryan Jacobs writes in Pacific Standard:
Sociologists study humans: their institutions, social networks, organizations, and, often, their families. They concoct theories about the way all of those things function, map the associated variables, isolate for some, and control for others. But in society’s most basic unit, the family, there’s one crucial relationship that Nickie Charles, a sociology professor at the University of Warwick, suspects that the field is regularly overlooking.
In a new paper published earlier this month in the British journal Sociology, Charles argues that “the so-called species barrier” has long concealed the important kinship between humans and their pets. Her recent research suggests that it’s a bond that should have long ago figured into sociological analysis.
A recent survey in the U.S. revealed “that 91 per cent of pet ‘owners’ regard their pets as family members.” In Australia, Charles writes, 88 percent do. While some researchers may scoff at the notion that this type of relationship rises to any level of complexity, pet owners’ own recent qualitative descriptions also seem to offer compelling contradictory evidence.
This relationship, as Charles notes, isn’t new. It just hasn’t been probed in the way one would expect. Pet-keeping, as we conceive of it today, was first popularized in the 16th and 17th centuries, as urbanization shifted the human-animal relationship “from function to affect.” Charles writes: . . .
The guy in the video has written a book: Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa. The book even has a promotional video.
Megs and Molly engage in a fair number of staring contests, and they will occasionally play an active bout of whappity-whap. Mostly, though, each just keeps a watch for the other and, when possible, blocks entrance or egress, as Megs is prepared to do in this photo:
In the photo she’s looking at me, but just prior she was watching out the door, the lonely sentinel guarding the entrance.