All you have to do is to feed them breakfast.

This isn't really a blog post, but this is the only way I can find to post a picture on this site. This is the public debut of my wife and my little sweethearts, a litter or 5 little cooperative, relatively well-behaved kittens. They do indeed follow us in a little herd. If these little critters (4 males, 1 female) can do that, maybe there is hope yet for getting us progressives to pull together.

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Who says you can't herd cats?

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Palindromedary 3 years 44 weeks ago
#1

Cute little kitties! I got 2 strays that I feed all the time. One is kind of old, an orange, long-haired cat that, after several years of feeding him, is still very skittish. He does let me pet him just before I feed him. But any quick unexpected moves and he darts off and hides. The other one is a black and white short-haired cat. He's very friendly and loves to come inside. The Orange one won't come inside and gets really jealous when the black and white one comes inside. They sometimes throw out a paw at one another but I don't think the claws are extended. Some kind of competitive jesture, I suppose.

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SueN 3 years 44 weeks ago
#2

Nice kitties, but they will be all grown now. A commercial spammer resuscitated this old blog. I wonder if they were given names of politicians lol

mlk.silenceisnotanoption (not verified) 3 years 44 weeks ago
#3

It is understood now that "domestic" cats, much like their lion distant cousins aren't loners, like their cheetah cousins, domestics cats, ferals, live in colonies.

All 3 of my living cats are rescued strays from my immediate neighborhood (a 4th, semi-feral whose behaviour was much as Camelman notes, passed last June). They've bonded to each other, and most especially with the GSD dog as well as with me and the food and tummy rubs I offer.

When I take their buddy the doggie for a walk, 2 of the cats love to tag along. "Herding" is a loose concept, they don't get straight lies necessarily, like following sidewalks, but they follow nonetheless, all angles, curves, and chasing grasshoppers. It's a loose interpretation of herding. But they come when called, such as when I round them up before storms, or to come in for safety from the wild critters, including coyotes, at night.

I get rewarded with lap kitties, purring, furballs. They and the doggie are my joy.

Animals, their behaviour, the relationships they form, the affection they express, is fascinating. I see it everyday. I am so greatfull, like winning the lottery, that these little lives choose (they're out-door cats by day-they could leave whanever) to stay.

Politically, the lesson is, treat others as you'd like to be treated yourself, eh? Love and be loved? peace out to the cats! smarter than us, apparently.

silly kitties! : ).................mlk

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Palindromedary 3 years 44 weeks ago
#4

I don't think my two cats have heard of your "treat others as you'd like to be treated yourself". They are constantly bickering and pawing one another. ;-}

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