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Creatures in all their glory

Last night I went to a lecture on identifying bird calls, figuring that it was 1. Free, 2. Near my house, and 3. Might teach me some interesting fact I could use in a novel.

One of the cool things I found out was that birds that live in fields (near the ground, in grass) have songs and calls that sound more like insects, so a lot of clicking and whirring bird noises are from these types of birds.

I was having a dream where I heard a "chit...chit...chit..." beside me and thought, "Aha! I know what that is! It's a bird that lives in the grass!"

And then I woke up and Puffy was going "hurk...hurk...hurk..." next to the  bed, bringing up a hairball.


(stock photo of the Puffmeister)



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Mar. 5th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
I can't tell you how many times that has happened to me, being pulled from sleep due to one of the cats having a hairball issue
Mar. 5th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
Given the number of kitties in your house, statistically, I'm surprised that you get any sleep at all! Sometimes when the heavy one sleeps on top of me I wake up numb.
Mar. 5th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
LOL it is a wonder. Prime spot seems to by next to my head recently. But when the big grey beast sleeps on me, its a miracle I can even breathe.
Mar. 5th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I wonder if the "bird sound" that some cats make is supposed to sound like birds that would be found on the ground.

There's a reason my cats aren't allowed in the bedroom at night... ;)
Mar. 5th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wonder! That weird chittery thing they do when they see a bird really does seem like it could be a way of saying, "Everyone stay cool. No one here but us birds."
Mar. 5th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
LOL, I've woken up to the same sound too. One of my old cats had diet issues and before we'd figured out what was wrong, he had me trained so I woke up at the first sound, even if he was in the other side of the house!

My present cat lives with my father now, while I'm living in student housing. He's always been the quiet one. He 'talks', but the meow's always been quite weak and at a lower volume than other cats I've had. My father has lost a lot of his hearing over the years and when I was home for a visit. I realized that the cat had adapted. He's raised the volume of his meows!
Mar. 6th, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
That's so weird! One of our cats wasn't a meower, and the other one "talked" all the time, and eventually the first cat started meowing now and then. (A creaky, unused, funny-sounded meow.)

I know they do learn by imitating each other or you...but it's baffling that your kitty somehow figured out he needed to speak up.
Mar. 6th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
That's the worst, because it ALWAYS seems to happen in the middle of the night. I always chant "Please let me be dreaming, please let this be a dream" and then just roll over and go back to sleep. And then sometimes, I'll wake up and forgot it ever happened, until I step into that lovely puddle of cat puke. BLEEEEEURGH!!! (Although, I do think that's better than the cat puke you know is out there somewhere, but can't find, until 6 months later, you look behind a curtain, or move a lamp, and there it is, in all its fossilized glory.)

Mar. 6th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
I kinda like the fossils, just pick 'em up and throw 'em out. And wonder how long they've been there. Great entertainment!

Look at your kitties cuddling in your icon! Are they littermates?

I just discovered some Puffy/Frankie cuddling happening yesterday. My kitties are all unrelated rescues, and not that close.
Mar. 6th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Nah. Those two weren't littermates. Natasha, the tuxedo was my first cat. I adopted Mina, the one with the white face, when she was six weeks old. When I first introduced them, Natasha gave Mina a b*tchslap to end all b*tchslaps. Once that was done, Natasha took to raising her.

I had four cats, and all of them were rescues. Natasha was the dominant cat, but also the peacemaker. She could make the other cats stop whatever they were doing with just a LOOK. After 15 years, I had to put her down last November. I've been through the normal share of crap that everyone has to go through in life (unemployment, divorce, sickness, family memebers dying - you know, life stuff), and the day I had to put her down was by far the worst day of my life. It was back in November, and all these months later, it's still hard for me to say "I just have three cats."

They're so tiny, relatively speaking, and yet they end up taking such a big space in your heart. =)
Mar. 7th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
I'd rather get a divorce than lose a cat any day. Their love is so unconditional, and it leaves such a huge void when they're gone. My first cat, Ash, was FIV/FELV positive and I only had about a year with him, and even so, I was nearly inconsolable when I lost him.

Frankie (the siamese mix) is sitting right here on a stack of office supplies gazing at me benignly as I type this!
Mar. 6th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
LOL!!! Oh god, I shouldn't laugh. I have 6 beasties and spring is coming - the time for all Momcats to go around the house with their loins girded with with a roll of paper towels and a spray bottle of Resolve.
Mar. 6th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
Ha ha ha...I just bought an 8-pack of paper towels. I try to be ecological and use rags and towels for cleanup, but I draw the line at cat puke.
Mar. 7th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Puffy is too cute!!!
Mar. 7th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
He's so funny. I was trying to take a picture of the pants to sell them on eBay and there he was.
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