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this cat worries me sometimes lol. (not really) i was doing menial labor things and i see him in front of the scratching pole, smacking something with his paw. and i don't mean the jump and grab they usually have with toys. he was sitting, staring at something on the floor, and then he'd go BAM with his paw. then wait 20 seconds, do it again.

of course i had to see what it was: a miller moth. he basically beat it to death with his paw LOL. it was still fluttering a little when i saw it, now it's stone cold dead so he's sitting in his bed, tired from all that mothicide.

i'm also taking him along to diotima's vet visit on monday because every time she goes (she's old so she goes 3-4 x a year and they only go once) he completely freaks out and turns into a hissing spitting fool. and he isn't kidding, he acts like he wants to kill her and he jumps her. he won't come near the bed except to lay his ears back and cuss us out. none of my other cats have ever done this so i was taken aback the first time. i thought he went crazy and called the vet lol. i figure if i take him to the vet with, he'll smell the same and maybe he won't do that. anyone else have a jekyll and hyde cat that's prompted by seemingly innocuous things?
 

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it's terrible how entertaining it is seeing our cats KILL other creatures. but they're just so cute when they hit things with their fuzzy little paws! poor mothie. :(

good luck at the vet!
 

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thanks! it's mostly for bloodwork for her thyroid level. she's on methimazole (which is a very affordable alternative to that isotope implant--$34 a month vs. $1300, plus your cat is radioactive for a couple of weeks after it comes home so they tell you "not to get near it" LOLOLOL. wtf? yeah that wouldn't work in this house.) but she hasn't lost anymore weight, she plays, eats, poops, kicks butt when she absolutely has to :).

yeah, i haven't seen much killing. just moths haha. and a ladybug that got in once. may is miller moth season for us.
 

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If she's radio active, then possibly this is what Houdini detects. (Unless she glows and you can't see this but he can. :))

About the insects. A few days ago, Missy started hacking as though she was going to be sick. She did cough up a little froth, but even then she stopped and started licking her lips and seemingly trying to swallow. Then she was OK. My guess is that she'd got herself a spider, swallowed it and had it come to in her gullet and tried to climb out.

I one time read a piece by a naturalist teacher who was with a bunch of kids. He claimed he swallowed this bug to show them it wasn't harmful and it got stuck and he felt it moving around. He had to swallow some bread to get it to go down.
 

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ew JusJim!! that gave me the heebie jeebies
 

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If she's radio active, then possibly this is what Houdini detects. (Unless she glows and you can't see this but he can. :))

About the insects. A few days ago, Missy started hacking as though she was going to be sick. She did cough up a little froth, but even then she stopped and started licking her lips and seemingly trying to swallow. Then she was OK. My guess is that she'd got herself a spider, swallowed it and had it come to in her gullet and tried to climb out.

I one time read a piece by a naturalist teacher who was with a bunch of kids. He claimed he swallowed this bug to show them it wasn't harmful and it got stuck and he felt it moving around. He had to swallow some bread to get it to go down.
no, she isn't radioactive. that's if i take her to monument to get a radioactive implant--it's called technetium Hyperthyroidism in cats
you have three options: the implant ($1300), surgical removal of the thyroid gland (since this is an older cat disease mostly, surgery is risky for older animals) or what i use: transdermal methimazole gel. you have to use rubber gloves because it goes through the skin, and you just put a tiny amt. inside their ears (not way down, this is the only place there isn't hair) twice a day. it comes in measured syringes, you just squirt it on your finger. she wasn't wild about it at first but she really doesn't care now because it means a "bite" (treat).

no, housplitpersonalitypsychoini just acts hostile when she comes home from the vet. baci doesn't care, coda never cared, it's just knucklehead. (oh, and houdini is truly strange. it has a strong odor, like a marker or weak nail pollish remover--when i put it on her, he comes up to sniff the glove and he tries to lick it. he dug one out of the trash so i have to throw them in a special box he can't get into. it's a dumb little lick too, he closes his eyes and sticks his tongue out and wiggles it really fast LOL. i have a feeling it doesn't taste all that good and i don't know why he wants it. he also tries to lick it out of her ears so i have to hold on to her or at least watch her for awhile after i do it so it has time to dry and sink in. i still don't want him licking it though.)

your kitty ate a spider. ick!

AND: another oh em gee moment: i was doing poo patrol and picking up relatively large objects off the carpet, and that wasn't a miller moth. it was a yellowjacket (hornet)!!!! no wonder he was whacking it to death! he saved me hahahaha.

if i had to repeat all the stupid things i did to illustrate a point to kids over a course of 16 years, everyone would just think i'm a complete imbecile. i am kind of a jack ash, i just don't care. i'll make a fool out of myself, but not really on purpose. it was just things that went wrong and you have to improvise and act like, "i meant to throw a cup of water in my own face," or make a really fancy globe with papier mache and glitter and then put the poles on the wrong ends lol. i never ate a bug, but another teacher went to australia and brought back a bunch of vegemite. they were out in the yard making digeridoos and she put it on saltines and handed it out. there was a huge glob on mine and i just stuck it in my mouth without thinking and then i spit it on the ground like, "PTOO!! UGH! WTH??" so of course all the kids are laughing and no one else would eat it and the teacher was like, "oh THANK YOU for doing that."
 

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if i had to repeat all the stupid things i did to illustrate a point to kids over a course of 16 years, everyone would just think i'm a complete imbecile.
if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger! ha ha! and the supposedly embarrassing things make your CHARACTER stronger. i know i've made a fool of myself a few times, but the more i do it, the less important each incident becomes in the grand scheme of things. if you can keep bouncing back from those stupid things, life is much easier and happier.
 

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Vegemite is the Australian version of Marmite; yeast extracts. Huge blobs must taste awful. However, a thin coating on a tomato sandwich is (as I remember) delcious.
 

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jacq and jim: yeah, i've considered buying marmite because it has a lot of b vitamins. i have a feeling it's palatable spread thinly. annie just, i don't know. she was a really nice person, just a little out of touch sometimes? i mean seriously, it was globbed on those crackers like it was guacamole lol. just imagine trying to pay attention to about 70 kids (2 classes), outside, and absent-mindedly cramming it in your mouth while someone's asking you a question (like, "did you see crocodile dundee?" LOL fortunately 12-year-olds ask very easy questions most of the time) and answering someone else. just not exactly the surprise to be sprung on someone. you know those people they say wouldn't say **** if they had a mouthful of it? well, i'm the opposite of that kind of person.

maggie, i either am a character or i have a cast-iron one lmao. i found out that doing something ridiculous in front of a whole lot of people is wicked easy after the first time you do it because no one ever remembers. plus i'm a ham and you get big laughs :) well, unless you set the building on fire or someone inadvertantly becomes naked. my motto is, "nobody bled and nobody died, it's not all that big of a tragedy."

and, "there's no need to take life so seriously. you'll never get out of it alive."
 

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Well,Robin tried to rough up a ladybug, to no avail. It would just freeze,and there wasn't a thing he could do with it! I set him straight. 'The Ladybugs are our friends because they look like little Volkswagens!'

Guys. To make a Vegemite sandwich you add a LITTLE Vegemite to LOTS of butter!

About Ladybugs:they ARE beneficial aren't they? I've heard it's good to have 'em around,and in Japan,they're considered good luck!
 

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i'm not sure but i think ladybugs eat aphids and aphids eat your roses. i don't know about "good luck," people say that about spiders but i don't especially like spiders in my house.
 

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My MIL stirs a spoonful of vegemite into a cup of hot water. Spread thin or thick, butter or not, it's vile.

Cinderflower is spot on with Ladybugs being garden friends. I think they're also worth taking care of because a few of the species here (Canada) are endangered and I don't like the thought of there being no more ladybugs.

Io harassed a beetle for 15 mins yesterday. After she ate it finally she looked disappointed, like "where did my toy go?" Then she tried to eat a fluff on the carpet. :roll:
 
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