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After that last post I figure we all could probably use some cats. I certainly could.

So here are some cats behaving just a little bit suspiciously.

Clearly they're planning something
Clearly they’re planning something

 

Huh.
Huh.

 

Balancing out that last one
Balancing out that last one

Non-cat owners might find the next one suspicious as well. It’s not. It’s just what cats do.

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Kootiepatra
4 years ago

In the second photo, the outside cat is kinda weird looking πŸ˜‰

weirwoodtreehugger: communist bonobo

I like the one with the raccoon. I can’t believe how calm the cat looks. My house growing up had an overhang just below the 2nd story windows and in front of that was a tall pine tree. Occasionally a raccoon would climb the tree and get on the overhang and start pacing around in front of the mine and my parent’s bedroom windows. The cats would go into full freakout mode. They would run back and forth between the windows, yowl, and hiss. Of course, this usually happened at about 3 in the morning so it would wake the whole house.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

@ WWTH

Occasionally a raccoon would climb the tree and get on the overhang and start pacing around in front of the mine and my parent’s bedroom windows.

I’m so envious; I love raccoons. I really hope I get to meet one someday.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

@Alan

They will steal your purse.

iknklast
iknklast
4 years ago

@Imaginary Petal – is there a story in that? Please, do share.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

@ IP

I’d forgive them for that; they’re just so adorable.

(I’d probably then see if we could go into some joint enterprise criminality; I can see a lot of opportunities with my forensic awareness and their ability to clamber through small spaces)

pitshade
pitshade
4 years ago

Kitten stuck on a sunflower

https://youtu.be/qxrXmMtpTeg

Snowberry
Snowberry
4 years ago

I see raccoons all the time, despite living in the middle of a city. One I came to recognize easily because it was small and had a missing front paw. Haven’t seen it in years, though. Then there is the occasional skunk. Once one of them blocked the way to my door. Fortunately, it didn’t stay long. Thought I saw a young deer a couple of times, but both times it was around midnight, really far away, and in a very poorly lit area. So I’m not 100% sure what exactly I was seeing, but “young deer” seemed the best bet based on general size and shape.

The last city I lived in, there was nothing like that around that I was aware of, except for the occasional coyote warning. But I never actually saw one.

DrHoveiny
DrHoveiny
4 years ago

Raccoons, aka dirty kitties

pitshade
pitshade
4 years ago

I live in a medium sized town in the Appalachians. We used to have some raccoons around but I haven’t seen them in awhile. There are frequent visits to the yard by groundhogs and skunks as well as occasional ones by deer. Well away from rural areas, I saw a young black bear in US forestry land this week. (and a family of geese the previous day)

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

@ snowberry

it was small and had a missing front paw. Haven’t seen it in years, though

Wow, it’s weird but that just really got to me.

I’m going to have to construct a fantasy that he was some sort of secret agent raccoon and now he’s enjoying a happy retirement.

weirwoodtreehugger: communist bonobo

I’m so envious; I love raccoons. I really hope I get to meet one someday.

One time I saw a mom raccoon leading her babies across the sidewalk and up a tree. It was so cool! They’re still a relatively rare sight for me even though there’s a lot of them. They’re pretty good at staying hidden. Do they not have them in England?

Freemage
Freemage
4 years ago

That last pic….

One of our two current cats, Scottie, is big on coming in, jumping up on the tub or the sink counter to get a few scritches, then going to the sink and laying down until you’ve done your business. Sometimes he’ll paw at the faucet instead of laying down–that’s the signal for ‘make the dribbly water come out so I can drink’.

My late cat, Legolas, was of the opinion that someone sitting on the toilet with boxers around their ankles was creating his own personal hammock. He’d come in and curl up inside the elastic.

Cats is weird.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

@ freemage

with boxers around their ankles was creating his own personal hammock.

Why do they do that? And more importantly, when you remove them, why do they look at you like you’re the one who’s being unreasonable!

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

@ WWTH

Do they not have them in England?

Not yet; but will you be taking a carry on bag on your trip to Lincolnshire? πŸ˜‰

ETA: there’s a family of ducks near me that have learned to use the pedestrian crossing. That’s pretty cute.

weirwoodtreehugger: communist bonobo

I have another raccoon story. In college I lived in a townhouse one year that had a faulty door. It would pop open if you didn’t shut it pretty hard. One night someone left the door swinging open and a raccoon strolled in like it owned the place. Luckily it left on its own and we didn’t have to do anything much. It didn’t seem want to stay in a brightly lit place full of humans yelling at it.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

I like imagining that as the raccoon was leaving it was thinking to itself “Well, even if I did leave my bong here I won’t be getting it back from this lot”

VioletBeauregarde
VioletBeauregarde
4 years ago

@Paradoxical Intention: Thank you for the brain bleach! I so needed that after coming across yet another MGTOW/MRAsshole Twitter page

Anne Lewis, Jib Creatr
Anne Lewis, Jib Creatr
4 years ago

I’ll add a picture of my old cat to the mix. She’s been gone for 5 and a half years, but LOOK AT THAT FACE.

http://orig02.deviantart.net/57f6/f/2008/235/9/2/my_cat__d_by_mercutio324.jpg

Mish
Mish
4 years ago

Fabulous animal stories above! Raccoons are just adorbs. We don’t have them in Aust. but we have possums which are pretty cute, especially the brushtail ones. They come into our back courtyard at night to eat leftover cat bickies (ok I lied they get their own bickies, not leftovers). My best friend has a possum who visits and whenever she (the possum, not my friend) has a new baby, she brings it into the kitchen to meet my friend. The resident cats have no problems with her.

And, as we are sorely in need of warm fuzzy stuff – last night I saw a news story about a group of vets who go around to homeless and otherwise disadvantaged people and give their pets free healthcare, food, bedding, etc. There was a homeless man with a gorgeous black and white cat named Patrick; he said that he could actually get assisted lodging in a boardinghouse, but he wouldn’t be able to keep Patrick. So he stays on the streets – he said Patrick was his “best mate”. The cat clearly adored him. It gave me happy tears πŸ™‚

Mish
Mish
4 years ago

@Anne Lewis – your cat was an absolute honey!

Anne Lewis, Jib Creatr
Anne Lewis, Jib Creatr
4 years ago

Correction: 7 and a half years. My lady brain can’t math.

@Mish: Her name was Cheska, and I was her #1 person. She would steal a hand towel from my parents’ master bedroom and drag it upstairs to my bedroom as a present and then sleep on me every night.

peaches
peaches
4 years ago

@Mish
The differences between AU possums and US possums are just amazing. You get cute googly-eyed things, WE get the devil’s marsupial.

Snork Maiden
4 years ago

Well here’s something that just made me laugh out loud:

*trigger warnings for details of whining manbaby rage*

http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/a-dating-app-had-a-perfect-response-to-asmallminded-misogynist–Z14EblakZEb

If there’s now a dating app that only allows women to initiate conversations, then I might just go and finally get myself a smart phone.

weirwoodtreehugger: communist bonobo

And of course, one of the few comments on that article was a freeze peach whine. Of course.

kupo
kupo
4 years ago

@Anne Lewis
Aww, looks like my Allie who passed away a year ago.

On the topic of wild animals, I live in a suburb and I’ve seen a lot of critters even though there’s not a lot of undeveloped land. There was a family of raccoons I would see in the bushes near my old condo, and sometimes they would knock over the trash cans. There were possums there too, but I rarely saw them alive. Deer are pretty much everywhere and eat everyone’s gardens (not mine though, since it’s on a second-floor balcony). I once was surprised by a vole that was sleeping under my car hood and ran out onto the windshield when I so rudely awoke it. I’ve had swans threaten me (stay away from male swans in the spring) and had a Canada goose make a nest out of my planter (did you know they have teeth on their tongues and hiss like a banshee?). Of course there are squirrels and chipmunks and ducks and herons, too. Oh, and soooo many bunnies. They’re everywhere here. We also get the occasional coyote; usually when I see them it’s one lone coyote walking down the street in the really quiet hours, like 3am. Supposedly there are cougars/mountain lions and bears around but I’ve never seen one personally.

tim gueguen
4 years ago

I haven’t encountered any raccoons in the wild yet, although they’re common enough that there’s a woman who takes care of orphaned raccoon kits here in Saskatoon. On the other hand I seem to run into jackrabbits every few months in different parts of the city. There seems to be one living in the park a couple of blocks from my house, as I’ve seen him a couple of times in the last week.

Iseult The Idle
Iseult The Idle
4 years ago

My favorite cat story: a friend lived on a house boat in a marina, and her cat was a well-known thief. Everyone in the marina knew whom to blame when small items went missing, and my friend had a box on her boat where she collected all his ill-gotten goods so people could retrieve them at leisure.

My raccoon story: when I moved in to my last house before this one, I left the back door open while I was unpacking and deciding what should live where. I was in the front of the house for a long while, and when I went back to the kitchen a raccoon had made himself at home and was eating my leftover dinner stew out of the pot on the stove.

No, really, just come on in and help yourself, neighbor.

Skiriki
Skiriki
4 years ago

Kitty update:

Carisma loathes the new collar I got for her. She’s doing a lot of work to remove it, but she needs to learn how to wear it because 1) she’s going to show Didi that wearing a collar is not the end of the world (so I can put one on Didi as well) and 2) I’m going to put that safety net to my balcony pretty soon, and I’m paranoid about those two escape artists figuring out how to squeeze out no matter what precautions I’ve taken.

Grumpy Carisma:

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ckl6H9UW0AAMQ75.jpg

Carisma seems a bit more roundish and she’s developing an appetite; I’ve finally found kitten food she deigns to eat with gusto, and soon by the end of the month I have to swap foods for that high-energy mix for her and kittens-to-be. Didi is helpfully polishing off remains from the plate, win-win.

She is also testing her skills at nest-building, mostly at night by climbing on top of me or Significant Otter (and alternating between us), kneading hipbones and meowing. She needs to learn how to be better at it.

Didi? Didi is content. There’s a new cardboard box where she can turn into a kittyloaf, food, scritchies and noms. Toys and play, occasional chase of Mr. Red Dot. What else could a cat hope for?

Me:

For the last four days my innards have decided that they no longer want to be inside me and try to make a run for freedom. Ugh. Fortunately physiology is keeping them where they should be and it merely feels that way.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

@ skiriki

Your cat looks like David Bowie! πŸ™‚

Axecalibur
Axecalibur
4 years ago

No raccoons. Fucking RATS! Envious
We do have some stray cats hanging out around the neighborhood. I’m always worried about them crossing the street, but they manage. Dog likes to stare at them from the window, but loses interest when they stop moving

Skiriki
Skiriki
4 years ago

Alan Robertshaw:

She’s fabulous and she knows it. Every bit of her is pure cute, which is good, because she crashed the server again, this time by yanking the power cord between system and UPS. Really hard to stay mad at such cute kitty…

LindsayIrene
4 years ago

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Nikki the Bluth Wannabe
Nikki the Bluth Wannabe
4 years ago

I’m getting major Basic Instinct vibes from that first cat under the title!

@Alan
There used to be a duck pond behind a Burger King in the next city over from my hometown. Not only would the ducks quack at you until you fed them leftover fries, they watched the humans in their cars and eventually learned how to use the drive-thru. They’d actually walk up to the drive-thru speaker and quack into it, which was always fun to hear while you were eating inside the restaurant. Unfortunately, this no longer happens-the city relocated the ducks to a state park in the same city, drained the pond, and turned it into a soccer field-when there was already a soccer field in one of the city parks. I have nothing against soccer, but I always thought it was completely unfair that a second soccer field took priority over such smart ducks.

Kootiepatra
4 years ago

Because of where I live and the schedule I work, I see lots of raccoons while I’m driving in the wee hours. They’re often destroying somebody’s curbside trash, and they look up startled by my vehicle with that eerie reflective eye glow, and sometimes flee across the road in front of my car so I have to brake to avoid hitting them.

All that to say, they’re a lot cuter in the daylight and out of the roads and/or garbage.

Witch of Endor
Witch of Endor
4 years ago

We have a cat (well, we don’t *have* him so much as he walked into our kitchen one day and refused to leave) named Hercules Mewligan. He and I have bonded over our hatred of howler monkeys- I think they’re malicious demonic alarm clocks from Hell, he thinks they’re taunting him by refusing to be eaten.
One day, that kitty will work out how to make snares, and then they’ll be sorry.

14 Cats And Counting!
14 Cats And Counting!
4 years ago

Oh, I luv talking about animals. Guess that’s sort of obvious πŸ™‚

@ David – if I didn’t know better I would swear that u had a hidden surveillance camera in my house lol

@Paradoxical – Really adorable photos!

@ Anne – Cheska looked like such a sweetie!

@ Skiriki – Carisma is so beautiful and I can really identify with your kitty being so cute u just can’t stay mad at them!

I have a racoon story too. Before we moved near Palm Springs we lived in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. We had dogs, our usual collection of cats and two goats (Mackie and Hammy).

One night the goats were going crazy in their pen. And no wonder. Standing right on the other side of the fence was a family of raccoons. There was a daddy racoon, mommy racoon and baby racoon! They were all standing in a row on their hind paws staring at our goats through the fence. Wow! I never realized raccoons could get that big!! Poor Mackie and Hammy. Their knowledge of the animal kingdom was restricted to dogs, cats and other goats! Fortunately, the raccoons soon got bored and retreated back into the foothills.

Anyway, I loved all the stories and pics. My baby Lilly just wandered in. She’s jealous because she’s not a media star too. I explained that Mama just isn’t very skilled with a camera! A very happy weekend from our cloudier (I think that’s what Sheldon Cooper called it) to all of u!

JAT
JAT
4 years ago

A family of raccoons lived in the attic over my apartment. I called the building manager saying that some animals must be up there: I could hear them. He called me the next day saying that he’d gone up to check and there was nothing there. I continued to hear them. My ceiling was leaking when it rained, and one evening part of the plaster fell in, leaving a hole in the ceiling. I called the manager, who said he’d let the repair people know. Days went by. I heard an odd noise, looked up at the hole, and saw a small raccoon face looking back at me. I made a kind of screech, which startled it, and it fell into my apartment.

Into my apartment. Neither of us felt this was acceptable, and also I was very worried that the mother would come looking for the baby who was now packed into the corner under my DVD rack. And I have a curious cat. And raccoons sometimes carry rabies.

I called the manager again in a state, and he said he’d come right away, and did I have a pail and a towel?

This form of raccoon carrier worked about as well as you’d expect. After we caught the kit a second time, the manager assured me he’d take it across the street. I knew this would not lead to the kit’s future well-being, but the manager refused to call the Humane Society.

I still had a hole in my ceiling and the mother must have had some way into the attic. I taped trash bags over the hole and tried not to think about it until it was repaired. The mother never tried to get in.

Later I moved across the hallway to another apartment, from which, the next spring, I saw a raccoon climbing the tree to the roof. I called AGAIN and was again told that I shouldn’t worry because they’d repaired the other hole in the roof.

The internet tells me that raccoons will return to a good nest site for years, and later I saw her teaching her new kits to climb down the tree. It’s a pity the raccoons are smarter than the management, I guess.

I don’t find them cute, I’m afraid. They glare at people as if we are the ones in the way, they scatter garbage everywhere around dumpsters and feed the local rats, and they kill stray small pets and ducklings and so forth.

snork maiden
4 years ago

@WeirdWoodTreeHugger,

yes, the complaint about freeze peach cracked me up. Yes, free speech means the freedom to rant abusively at people on dating applications after being asked an innocuous question about what you do for a living without getting booted off. Somehow I doubt ‘Conor’ will be meeting that special someone any time soon.

Yes, and if you invite someone to a party, only to have them get drunk, throws sandwiches everywhere and start shouting insults at everyone, asking them to leave is oppressing their freedom of speech too /s

I am loving everyone’s kitty pictures, keep them coming.

BritterSweet
4 years ago

Cute animal memes and pictures? Yes please!

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Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

@iknklast and Alan

You know what? I only said that because it just seems like the kind of thing a trash panda would do. I didn’t have a story in mind.

But, unsurprisingly, there is such a story.

http://www.wftv.com/news/local/raccoon-steals-womans-purse-she-watches-turtle-rel/270860168

http://hypervocal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/raccoon-steals-purse-3.jpg

See this shit? Purse thieves, the whole bunch. Also there’s that time when they stole 28lbs of cat food.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwe-hDnEiRc

No wonder most of these “10 funniest raccoon videos” are about stealing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3LpQkOpD20

Haha, very funny. Theft is hilarious. NOT. Stealing food out of a dog’s mouth? That’s pretty low.

I still love them though. πŸ™‚

bluecat
bluecat
4 years ago

Did the missing paw racoon get a little hook? And maybe an eyepatch. I can feel this as a possible fiction character.

Our wee Sukie cat has been missing for three weeks now and her twin sister Mollie is so obviously sad about it.

We go out looking in the small hours and Moll puts her head into every hole and cranny just in case she’s stuck in there.

We’ve put up posters everywhere around and have been getting a lot of helpful concern, plus some taunting texts from some sick twit who thinks it’s funny.

MissEB47
MissEB47
4 years ago

bluecat-I am so sorry to hear about Sukie going missing! :'( I hope she is found soon!

Mish
Mish
4 years ago

After reading Skiriki’s post about naughty but cute Carisma, I am holding a public shaming for this guy:

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Shiro, aka Devil of Floofy, so far has chewed through:
three phone chargers
one expensive gaming mouse cord
the cable TO MY LAPTOP WHILE I WAS WORKING ON IT

No idea how he hasn’t gotten shocked as they were all ‘live’ at the time. He’s bloody lucky he’s so gorgeous.

Mish
Mish
4 years ago

@peaches – best possum descriptions ever! You know what’s weird about that? Many people here in Aust. are indifferent to the native possums but think opossums are amazing. Novelty value?
Why the devil’s marsupial, though??? Poor things πŸ™

snork maiden
4 years ago

@bluecat,

I am very sorry to hear about your cat missing, I hope she finds her way home soon.

Picturedragon
4 years ago

That last one, yes, my cats do that too. My guys are quite affectionate though (for cats), and recognize when my sensitive tummy is giving me trouble. I know this because Kiki will try to comfort me when I feel bad. By sitting in MY LAP when I go.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

Didi and Carisma are best friends of @fingiesmirk on Twitter. πŸ™‚