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    Cats

    LOL, our cat has just discovered the second hand on the clock mounted on the wall. She's sitting on the floor about 5 feet from the wall, eyes bugged out and crazed, stiffly staring up at the second hand, head moving in a tight little circle as she tracks the hand, and making little mrrrping noises. I can almost hear the conversation.

    "BUG! STOOPID BUG! WHY U ALWAYS GO IN SURKLE? CUM DOWN HEER WHERE I CAN EAT U!"

    But on the other hand, she seems to love the goldfish. It's a mutual attraction. She lies on the table next to the 10 gallon tank and touches noses to the glass. As does the fish, to the exact same spot. They will do this for sometimes an hour at a time.

    The goldfish eats twice a day, morning and evening. We - and the cat - eat three times a day (well, actually, the cat eats four times a day, as she has to have food when we get up and are having our coffee, then again when we actually eat breakfast.) And, of course, the cat MUST eat next to the table, being part of the pride and all....

    So when we sit down to lunch the cat - every farking day - makes worried sounds and keeps looking at us, then at the fish, then at us, then at the fish.... So we (both of us; she apparently doesn't believe it when only one of us says it) have to gently explain in baby talk that "Franklin is a fish, honey, and he eats only two times a day."

    Weird.
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    Here kitty, here kitty, kitty...

    Science Says: DNA Shows Early Spread of Cats in Human World
    June 19, 2017 — Long before cats became the darlings of Facebook and YouTube, they spread through the ancient human world.
    A DNA study reached back thousands of years to track that conquest and found evidence of two major dispersals from the Middle East, in which people evidently took cats with them. Genetic signatures the felines had on those journeys are still seen in most modern-day breeds. Researchers analyzed DNA from 209 ancient cats as old as 9,000 years from Europe, Africa and Asia, including some ancient Egyptian cat mummies. “They are direct witnesses of the situation in the past,” said Eva-Maria Geigl of the Jacques Monod Institute in Paris. She and colleagues also looked at 28 modern feral cats from Bulgaria and east Africa. It's the latest glimpse into the complicated story of domesticated cats. They are descendants of wild ancestors that learned to live with people and became relatively tame - though some cat owners would say that nowadays, they don't always seem enthusiastic about our company.

    The domestication process may have begun around 10,000 years ago when people settled in the Fertile Crescent, the arch-shaped region that includes the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and land around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. They stored grain, which drew rodents, which in turn attracted wild cats. Animal remains in trash heaps might have attracted them too. Over time, these wild felines adapted to this man-made environment and got used to hanging around people. Previous study had found a cat buried alongside a human some 9,500 years ago in Cyprus, an island without any native population of felines. That indicates the cat was brought by boat and it had some special relationship to that person, researchers say. Cats were clearly tame by about 3,500 years ago in Egypt, where paintings often placed them beneath chairs. That shows by that time, “the cat makes its way to the household,” said Geigl. But the overall domestication process has been hard for scientists to track, in part because fossils skeletons don't reveal whether a cat was wild or domesticated.


    The sarcophagus for Prince Thutmose's cat at an exhibit in Seattle.

    It's easier to distinguish dogs, our first domesticated animal, from their wolf ancestors. Dogs evolved from wolves that had begun to associate with people even before farming began, perhaps drawn by the food the humans left behind. The new study tracked the spread of specific cat DNA markers over long distances through time, a sign that people had taken cats with them. Results were released Monday by the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. The study “strengthens and refines previous work,” said Carlos Driscoll of the Wildlife Institute of India. The extensive sampling of cat DNA going back so far in time is unprecedented, he said. Researchers also looked for a genetic variant that produces the blotchy coat pattern typical of modern-day domestic cats, rather than the tiger-like stripes seen in their wild cousins. It showed up more often in samples from after the year 1300 than earlier ones, which fits with other evidence that the tabby cat markings became common by the 1700s and that people started breeding cats for their appearance in the 1800s.

    That's late in the domestication of cats, in contrast to horses, which were bred for their appearance early on, Geigl said. Most of the study focused on the ancient dispersals of cats. In the DNA samples analyzed, one genetic signature found first in the Asian portion of Turkey - and perhaps once carried by some Fertile Crescent cats - showed up more than 6,000 years ago in Bulgaria. That indicates cats had been taken there by boat with the first farmers colonizing Europe, Geigl said. It also appeared more than 5,000 years ago in Romania, as well as around 3,000 years ago in Greece. A second genetic signature, first seen in Egypt, had reached Europe between the first and fifth centuries, as shown by a sample from Bulgaria. It was found in a seventh-century sample from a Viking trading port in northern Europe, and an eighth-century sample from Iran. The dispersal of the cats across the Mediterranean was probably encouraged by their usefulness in controlling rodents and other pests on ships, the researchers said.

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    The General Theory of Relative Kitties (a scientific paper)

    The recent PBS program on Einstein's General Theory of Relativity was on local PBS when Buddy Kitty was scratchin' at the door, wantin' to be fed.

    This got me to thinkin'. Have you ever wondered why, when you shake a box of cat food, it causes your kitty to move to where you put the food?

    This can be expressed in the equation: Cf=BKm; where Cf is one side of the equation which represents Cat food, and BKm represents where Buddy Kitty, or any cat, moves to.

    For example, if you shake a box of cat food, Buddy Kitty will move toward the sound of the shaking. Or if you pour a bowl of cat food into a container, he or she will move toward the container.

    If you then place the container on the porch, the cat will move toward the place on the porch where one places the container.

    Or if you walk down the steps and place the bowl on the patio, the cat (in this case, Buddy Kitty) will go to wherever you place the bowl on the patio.

    So, not only can grand schemes such as space-time be expressed by simple, yet elegant equations; but also everyday occurances such as feeding the neighborhood stray.

    (possum still thinks ya can't trust a cat. Right when ya think they's yer buddy - dey'll smack ya onna nose.)

    Mebbe there's an equation for that. But that's for another day.

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    Some cats apparently develop a psychic link with certain people...but it's based on emotion, rather than just thought. We used to have a cat who - this was before we began restricting our kitty tribe to being indoor only - used to sometimes wander about the neighborhood, or just hide really well in the house so that I had no idea where she was...and if I started worrying about her, THERE she was, just a few minutes at most later, sitting there looking at me expectantly, as if to say, "Okay, here I am...what?" Not just occasionally - every single time. A few times I tried an experiment where I would just THINK "I'm worried about her", and it didn't work; I had to be genuinely and spontaneously worried or she didn't pick it up.
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    I was never a cat guy until we rescued Butzie she was a norwegian forest cat. To make it short she bonded with me on her own and followed me everywhere I went in the house. Next to my computer was a window I put up a sling so she could lay there right next to me and look out the window. I loved that cat she lived to be not quite 17.
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    Buddy Kitty isn't housebroken, but dat's okay...

    ... whenever he wants to poop...

    ... he goes over inna neighbor's yard.

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