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Day 195/365: A Caturday survey, via silveradept [20180714|17:13]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Telstar at sunset
Telstar at sunset, sitting on the lock’s edge on high alert.

  1. How many/what kind of pets do you have? One middle-aged, very handsome, very friendly male tuxedo cat.

  2. Names? Telstar/Telly/Cattus/Teldos (from when Humuhumu couldn’t say his name properly)

  3. How old are they? He turns nine next month.

  4. How did you get your pets? A friend of ours, on hearing that we were planning to adopt a cat, turned up with Telstar and his brother Sputnik in a cardboard carrier when they were about 9 weeks old. Neighbours of his had found a pregnant cat and their three teenage daughters spent their summer holidays doing nothing but cuddling the kittens. As a result, both Telstar and Sputnik are (were) by far the nicest and gentlest cats I have ever met.

  5. Was it love at first sight? Yup.

  6. What makes your pet one of a kind? He’s completely soft and sweet with humans, but absolutely lethal to his prey. In his younger days, he would bring us a daily offering, usually a small mammal. We still get offerings but they’re much less frequent.

  7. What is your absolute favorite thing about your pets? He trusts and loves us, and that is reciprocal.

  8. What's the funniest thing your pets have ever done? As a kitten, he attempted to pounce on the moon, which was reflected in the frozen surface of the pond in our back garden. That ended, predictably, with a mournful and bedraggled Telstar wrapped in a towel. There was also the time he chased a full-grown pheasant into the bloke’s parents’ house one afternoon over Christmas, presumably as a suggestion for what we ought to have for supper.

  9. What's the naughtiest thing your pet has ever done? It was both artistic and gruesome, but once when we went away for a weekend, he eviscerated and partially consumed a grey squirrel at the top of the landing. The nose, a couple of paws and innards were scattered around the hindquarters and tail, which had been arranged (deliberately??) to look as though the squirrel had attempted to teleport through the landing. There are photos behind the cut, but I warn you, they are quite unpleasant.

    Gruesome squirrel remains

    Gruesome squirrel remains

  10. Please tell your pet I love them, because it's true. With pleasure.


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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-07-14 13:57 (UTC)
Yikes at the squirrel remains ...
Telstar is a pretty boy!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-17 11:01 (UTC)
It was not fun cleaning that up. :/

He is. Probably helps with the forgiveness for "gifts" of that type!
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[User Picture]From: manue7a
2018-07-14 13:57 (UTC)
That's a lovely photo. I mean the first one, of course.

Leftovers always have some kind of weird artistic touch to them somehow..
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-17 11:02 (UTC)
Heh, thanks.

I always find the precision with which the innards are excised and left behind slightly disturbing.
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[User Picture]From: ghost_light
2018-07-14 16:06 (UTC)
I love this post, squirrel aside, of course. That certainly does look like something went wrong with the teleporters....
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-17 11:02 (UTC)
As someone on Dreamwidth put it, the Stargate closed at exactly the wrong moment...
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[User Picture]From: ghost_light
2018-07-17 15:22 (UTC)
Lol! That is perfect!
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2018-07-14 17:29 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-17 11:02 (UTC)
Thank you, LJ Pencil, for the ego boost!
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[User Picture]From: sight
2018-07-14 19:00 (UTC)
Omg. So I saw the pic before I saw the blurb about it and I was like, "Oh that is so artsy!" And then I realized the artist was your cat. Rofl. XD
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-17 11:03 (UTC)
We figure he must have been quite grumpy with us to have put in that sort of effort with his leftovers! :D
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2018-07-15 00:46 (UTC)
he attempted to pounce on the moon, which was reflected in the frozen surface of the pond in our back garden.

This made me laugh, but also the squirrel made me laugh because it's just ridiculous.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-17 11:04 (UTC)
He still chases his tail sometimes. He's a bit of a doofus.
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[User Picture]From: impix
2018-07-16 09:04 (UTC)
I remember that squirrel photo from the first time, it's both amazing and horrific. Welldone cat!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-17 11:05 (UTC)
I note that despite his age, there appear to be no grey squirrels living in the village. The nearest one I've seen is a few locks up the canal. Clearly they're tasty!
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[User Picture]From: meringues
2018-07-16 22:58 (UTC)
I like Telstar but oh my gosh that poor squirrel :(
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-07-17 11:05 (UTC)
I mean, how did he get the tail to do that?! *shudder*
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