Pip on the day we sprung him from the Big House

Our vet sent us this from his files. I got Pip at the pound and took him to the vet for a once over before bringing him home. He was silent the whole time.

Pip was a surprise for K. He’s still in his pound box in the photo and he still has that blanket.

He’ll be 10 next year.

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  • Exile1981

    I bet he’d love if you brought a kitten home for him to play with…

    • Brett_McS

      Probably not. Cats prefer to be the ‘sole proprietor’.

    • Yes. Cats are dodgy, it depends on temperament, but I’ve never known an adult cat to outright hate a kitten. Sometimes they become BFFs. Sometimes they become polite roommates. But adult cats won’t instigate a death match with a kitten.

      You should get a kitten!

      • Exile1981

        I used to have cats all through my youth, but one of the family is deathly allergic to them but loves them dearly. We don’t visit people who have cats because of that. Sadly.

        The other kids all keep suggesting a hairless one but that seems mean given the weather we usually get around here.

        • Xavier

          Apparently there are 5 different compounds that are carried in cat fur that humans can be allergic to, and different cats have them in different amounts. Of our 3 cats, I’m extremely allergic to one – she has the silkiest fur – and only slightly allergic to the other two. The white male (avatar) sleeps literally in my face, and Sudafed (the kind you have to sign for) takes care of most of the symptoms. It seems to me that the dryer the fur, the less problems I have.

          We didn’t get them all at the same time, and they were all rescues and strays. It took some time for the young male and the old female to learn to tolerate each other, but just a few minutes ago we were laughing because they were both on the sofa in front of the wood stove – something we never would have thought possible.

          • I’m not like you, I have no allergies. Allergies are a sign of weakness. Like having to wear glasses.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Ooh! That’s harsh. I’ve a sister who was born virtually blind. She is no weakling, nor does she have any perceivable character weaknesses. She was, as Lady Gaga sings, born that way.

          • Xavier

            White fur+blue eyes=deaf

          • Justin St.Denis

            Yes, I heard that as well.

          • Xavier

            I have a neighbor with a blue eyed white cat that is deaf and has what she calls “kitty autism”. It’s not really autism, and the animal is very sweet but it behaves oddly. She picked it out at the pound, and her husband told her something was wrong with it and to pick another but she insisted that was the cat she wanted. Good woman.

          • All cats are weird.

          • Clink9

            D’oh!, double loser. I wear glasses and have cat allergies!

          • Brett_McS

            Neither do I. One of my earliest memories is of sitting in the backyard chicken coop with the chickens, eating the chicken pellets off the dirt. Tunes up the immune system.

          • Justin St.Denis

            Also kills your sense of smell. I had to clean out coops when I was a teenager. It just destroyed my sense of smell. You never really get it back no matter how much time and distance you place between you and those coops. When it’s gone, it’s GONE!

          • You’re probably immortal by now. It will be handy for the zombie apocalypse.

          • Xavier

            Well then that’s two strikes for me.

          • Minicapt

            … eating store-bought jerky …

            Cheers

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            🙂

          • Miss Trixie

            *snort* 😀

          • dukestreet

            According to Dr. Becker, most of what you are allergic to is in the skin dander and the saliva. Maybe the one you are most allergic to ,is the most frequent groomer and spreads it around the most.

      • Blacksmith

        We currently have 7 cats, one is about 7 months old, not all of them get along with the kitten but generally after a few weeks they sort themselves out. If they don’t get along they mostly avoid each other. All are stray that volunteered to live with us.

        • Justin St.Denis

          I am s l o w l y seducing two gorgeous strays, both long haired and apparently best buds. They come for meals now three times daily. Also, they sleep in a bale of hay I shoved under the deck for that purpose a few weeks ago. Soon, I think they will be sunning themselves on our deck. Next step – inside the kitchen! We’ll see how this goes!

          • Keep us posted and send pics!

          • Justin St.Denis

            Pics, right! I tried to take a pic a couple of weeks ago but they freaked at the sight of the iPad. Will try again soon. This is quite a challenge. Feral/stray cats are not easy to seduce. But we are encountering some success, as described above.

          • It does require patience.

          • Xavier

            My buddy runs a diesel repair shop right across the street and keeps cats around to control the mice. There is a extremely shy beige longhair male that is gorgeous; he has a mane like a lion. When these grizzled old truck drivers walk in, see that cat, and say “That’s the most beautiful cat I’ve ever seen” you know it’s special. I’m feeding it and it lets me – and only me – pet it a little. They say that the first 3 weeks is when the human-cat interaction has to take place or they won’t trust people. It’s going to be an uphill battle with this one.

          • ntt1

            get them wired on kitty treats ,they will be abject treats junkies willing to put up with any indignity just for a few more…

          • Yes. Food is key.

      • Surele Surele

        My girlfriend just got two kittens, in addition to her old one. Boy, they create havoc! And the poor old cat is very scared of those rascals.

      • We have given it thought. But so far have erred on the side of caution.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I used to bring mine a mouse now and then when I was a kid.

    • Pip is very spoiled, I am not so sure.

      • Xavier

        Slash was Queen, then came Grace the Cat and then Nom Nom. Slash’s personality completely changed when the others arrived – she’s a beta cat now.

  • Frau Katze

    He looks a bit alarmed in the pic!

    • He was, that first night we laid his blanket on the couch and set him there to sleep. When we woke up the next morning he hadn’t moved.

      The pound said he was a street foundling and while not exactly feral he resisted handling of any kind, we had to spend the 1st 3 weeks giving him eye drops every morning, he wasn’t happy with that needless to say.

      Eventually however he morphed into a very loving little guy.

  • Oh, Pip!

  • Brett_McS

    This is Gustavo, the only tuxedo cat of the recent litter.

    • Is there a pic? I don’t see a pic.

    • Xavier

      That’s a good looking animal.

    • If you decide you don’t want him you can always just mail him to me.

    • Justin St.Denis

      A blue-eyed Tuxedo. I’ve never seen that.

      • I think it’s just kitten blue, his true colour has yet to show.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Didn’t know that.

          • ntt1

            all cats even the big ones are born with blue eyes

          • Justin St.Denis

            I knew humans were born that way, I am learning about cats. 😉

    • Oh He is so cool!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I thought Pip prefers sleeping alongside the computer keyboard.

    • He does, but when he was wee he couldn’t reach it;)

  • Justin St.Denis

    Ah, history! There’s nothing quite like it.

  • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

    What long whiskers.

    • Yup he has long ones, shortened once when he decided to investigate candles during a black out.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Years ago, we had a cat named Fargo. One night, during a power-cut in Brockville where we lived at the time, Fargo managed to burn his left-side whiskers right off! He walked in a lopsided manner for weeks thereafter, like a drunk cat! We were still very young and smoking wacky-tobacky now and then. We used to smoke and spend hours watching Fargo adjust to his lost whiskers and laugh our silly heads off. Good times. 😉

  • Xavier

    10 years goes by so fast, especially with a good friend. We were adopted by a stray years ago and Granny wanted to take the cat to the vet for a checkup, so she called our neighbor who had a pet carrier. The woman brought the carrier over, looked at the cat, and said “Daisy?” It was her cat, but had run away because her young daughter handled it too much. We kept Daisy, and babysat the girl almost every day after school for years. That cat would run and hide in an outside shed every time it saw that child. Daisy lived to be 23, and the girl is grown up and married, but we still tease her about that cat hiding from her.

    • That is great I hope Pip has as long a visit with us.

  • dukestreet

    Both of my cats were rescues. I miss them terribly and would love to get another. My spouse wants to wait at least a year. When we had them together, they didn’t get along at all.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    The photo says it all….

    ‘Jailbreaks are overwhelming.’

    Stay healthy, Pip!

  • Oh, a kitten picture.

    He looks intense.

  • mptc1956

    Pip! Pip! Hooray!