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Roger Tabor writes great books on cat behavior

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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.

Written by LeisureGuy

16 June 2014 at 1:08 pm

Posted in Books, Cats

Miss Megs tests the recovered seat cushion

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It seems to be okay:

Megs on new seat cushion

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29 May 2014 at 9:03 am

Posted in Cats, Megs

Home report

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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.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 May 2014 at 2:20 pm

Posted in Cats, Daily life, Molly, Recipes

Megs asleep on my pyjamas, her feet in a pile

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Megs on pyjamas

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16 May 2014 at 10:52 am

Posted in Cats, Megs

Miss Megs checks out the laundry

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Friday is laundry day chez Ham, and Megs seems to approve:

Megs on laundry day

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10 May 2014 at 9:00 am

Posted in Cats, Megs

Megs as Laser Kitty

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Little laser kitty

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8 May 2014 at 3:21 pm

Posted in Cats, Megs

Best collection of cat photos I’ve seen

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7 May 2014 at 9:06 pm

Posted in Cats, Daily life

Some sort of Internet apotheosis has been reached

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23 April 2014 at 4:06 pm

Molly in repose

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Molly abed

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3 April 2014 at 1:40 pm

Posted in Cats, Molly

Kitten cuteness and a nice story

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Apparently the dog is very timid and shy, too afraid of other dogs to have companionship.

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31 March 2014 at 8:58 pm

Posted in Cats, Video

Megs playing Hot Paws

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Playing Hot Paws

Stella, The Wife’s long-time cat companion, like to lie so that sunlight fell on her feet while the rest of her remained in shadow. We called that “Playing Hot Paws,” and Megs seems also to enjoy the game. (Like most kitty games, the rules, if any, are simple.)

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17 February 2014 at 9:08 am

Posted in Cats, Megs

Let sleeping cats lie

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Megs asleep

Megs yesterday afternoon.

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13 February 2014 at 9:58 am

Posted in Cats, Megs

Megs in tunnel

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Megs in tunnel

Taken just now.

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5 February 2014 at 1:43 pm

Posted in Cats, Megs

Megs and Molly curled up to sleep

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Not together, of course. But tightly curled:

Molly asleep

And Megs:

Megs asleep

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30 January 2014 at 12:49 pm

Posted in Cats, Megs, Molly

Obvious once stated: Sociologists’ studies should include our relationships with pets

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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: . . .

Continue reading.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 January 2014 at 12:49 pm

Posted in Cats, Daily life, Science

Nice big kitties

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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.

Written by LeisureGuy

12 January 2014 at 9:40 am

Posted in Books, Cats, Video

One man, one cat – in the style of multiple cartoonists

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Wonderful article with an interesting idea: cartoons done in various styles of the same man and cat. One example, in the style of George Herriman of Krazy Kat fame:

Herriman cat

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22 December 2013 at 6:32 am

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Regarding household cats

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I found this article in the NY Times quite interesting, and the site discussed, hauspanther.com, quite intriguing.

Written by LeisureGuy

20 December 2013 at 12:23 pm

Posted in Business, Cats

How we got cats to come live with us

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18 December 2013 at 12:17 pm

Posted in Cats

Megs, standing watch

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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:

Megs in wait 2

In the photo she’s looking at me, but just prior she was watching out the door, the lonely sentinel guarding the entrance.

Written by LeisureGuy

12 December 2013 at 9:15 am

Posted in Cats, Megs

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