Sad Cat Diary, open thread

Since I’m busy cat-sitting for Chris and his wife Joelle, this made me laugh, a lot.


Especially the 3am comment.

Someone who shall be nameless thought 3am was the perfect time last night to start screeching, non-stop. Every time I got up to shoosh him, he’d then run to his favorite pillow – the latest “petting station,” as we call them – where I’m apparently supposed to then dutifully pet him.

I believe I may have sworn.

I then went back to bed, only to be woken up a few minutes later by renewed screeching.

This lasted about ten minutes until I resorted to the water spray bottle that Chris left behind in case of cat-emergencies.

Like the allies at Normandy, this American in France was taking no prisoners. Sushi didn’t know what him.

No, I mean literally, he didn’t know. He screeched again. So I fired again, and finally Mr. McNeedy was quelled for the evening.

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  • Jeffrey Karter

    Dog owners have their own craziness to deal with. For some examples, here’s the matching dog video, by the same creator:

  • Mark_in_MN

    “I have no remaining dignity” — That cat’s next diary entry.

  • Oh dear

  • At least those creatures did not end up in pot stickers!

  • :-)

  • That’s a great story! I sleep with a bolster too. But, it’s Bodhi Dog who climbs the stairs to the bed and curls around my chest for a short time and I swear, purrs. Then he goes to the end of the bed and settles in.

  • cole3244

    i have been rescuing cats since 1979 and now have five, they are complicated and interesting individuals not unlike humans.

  • HeartlandLiberal

    We have a three year old neutered Tom cat, who we got at the shelter when he was much older than we usually get a new cat, probably 7 – 8 months old, rather than that many weeks, which is what we prefer. He had been abandoned in a rural area, and I suspect from his fear of me, had mistreated by an adult male. He is your classic yellow short haired Tom, which is what we were looking for.

    Finally, after three years, he will very cautiously allow me to approach him, SOMETIMES, and pet him. If outside, he will aggressively chew on some blades of grass, or pretend some other focused activity, while he gingerly allows me to touch him.

    Well, a couple of nights ago, I am trying to get back to sleep on my right side, my left arm supported on the thick roll of bolster I use (you should try sleeping with a bolster, it really helps with arthritis, tendonitis, shoulder pain, promise).

    This provided, apparently, a perfect, cat sized platform for this cat. He snuck up behind me, checked it out, the proceeded so lie down on his haunches stretched across me, and start purring like a sawmill, and his 14 pounds of lean, solid muscle, he is a big cat, felt like every bit of that weight.

    Since I have been doing everything in my power to get him to trust and accept me, I simply could not toss him, which is what I wanted to do, so I just lay still and endured this affection attack for about ten minutes. After which he moved on to some other nocturnal activity.

    I guess I am finally making progress with him. Ah, the things we do to bond with our animals.

  • Bomer

    Oh man. I have two cats and both love to randomly yell at me for heaven only knows what reason. They both have to come in to the bathroom with me to monitor me (I’m guessing so I don’t fall in) and will sit outside in the hall and scream non stop if I am horrible enough to shut the door on them. They both must watch me take a bath and drink my bath water (they get pissed if I don’t wait for them to drink first before getting it all soapy). They also don’t like it if I take a shower instead of a bath. Both will randomly through out the day yell at me so I can take them on the back porch where they will roll on the concrete, eat the plants, and then try to do a runner through the porch railing. The oldest one gets really upset if he can see the bottom of his food dish and will go around the apartment yelling until that is rectified.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I pity dog owners. They can not possibly live with the craziness with which cat staffs live. Someone sent this link to me a couple of weeks ago, because he was familiar with Her Majesty. She doesn’t just lie on the keyboard, she rolls on it. I only shut the bedroom door on her once. I had to listen to her pull on the bottom of the door for fifteen minutes before giving up and opening the door. When she requests that I open the sliding door to the the screened in porch, I feel like beating my head against the wall.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Man (John Cleese): Good morning, I’d like to buy a cat.

    Shopkeeper (Michael Palin): Certainly sir. I’ve got a lovely terrier. [indicates a box on the counter]

    Man: No, I want a cat really.

    Shopkeeper: [taking box off counter and then putting it back on counter as if it is a different box] Oh yeah, how about that?

    Man [looking in box]: No, that’s the terrier.

    Shopkeeper: Well, it’s as near as dammit.

    Man: Well what do you mean? I want a cat.

    Shopkeeper: Listen, tell you what. I’ll file its legs down a bit, take its snout out, stick a few wires through its cheeks. There you are, a lovely pussy cat.

    Man: It’s not a proper cat.

    Shopkeeper: What do you mean?

    Man: Well it wouldn’t meow.

    Shopkeeper: Well it would howl a bit.

  • RepubAnon

    That’s not sadism – that just means he’s been watching “Simons Cat” videos, such as Cat Man Do

  • jytaqetizah

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    They are sadistic creatures.

  • Phil

    My 13 yo orange tabby – who’s apparently been reading Edgar Allan Poe, simply gets up on the bed about 30 minutes before sunrise and places his paw with claws extended on my lips and looks pathetic, and then screams in my ear. They are sadistic creatures.

  • In keeping with the open thread animal theme: “Chinese zoo tries to pass off ordinary pets as wild animals.”

    The People’s Park of Luohe in the Chinese province Henan has an amazing “African lion” on exhibit for spectators. But the most amazing fact about this proud creature is that it’s actually a dog, not a lion. As Agence France-Presse reports, the hoax was exposed when the dog, a Tibetan mastiff, started barking.
    The paper says the zoo has been replacing exotic species with substitutes, including placing two rodents in a snake’s cage, a white fox in a leopard’s den and a common dog in a wolf’s pen.–180952559.html

  • Lol

  • Thom Allen

    Just how big WAS that squirt bottle?!!?

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