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Yet another Arya !

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  1. Lius Sepulveda died today from Covid. He was a famous novelist, well-known for The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, an amazing book (don't rely on the hokey title, it's a very deep and interesting novel). https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/apr/16/chilean-author-campaigner-and-escapee-luis-sepulveda-dies-aged-70-of-covid-19
  2. @litechick I read a study some years ago, explaining that cats can see us as cats having just a weird shape, but fully part of their clans ("a clan of two", most of the time). If we adopt them young, they can see us as parents, still with this weird shape, but they don't mind (they are much more tolerant than we humans between us). And I read an article (the funniest part of owning a cat is all these more or less stupid things we read in the Internet about cats) saying that cats recognize us by the smell and the voice, but not really by our appearance. So they should more like "creepy this non-cattish smell, but indeed I learnt to love him/her for all the head scratches..." @KingintheNorth4 I'm sure she had a wonderful life with you, and she will till the very end. I sympathize with you, knowing exactly what you can feel...
  3. Yes @A True Kaniggit, she eventually calmed down and now she is exactly what one can expect from a cat: a nice creature that runs, plays, hunts, sleeps, purrs, cuddles...(with the right quantity of everything). Last but not least, after more than one week with me she is still alive (and in great shape): she broke the record of my previous cat (who died after only one week). @Ice Queen: I am interested in hiking with my cat, to let her boldly go where no cat has gone before... Have you tested your backpack carrier? Did your cat enjoyed it?
  4. New year, new cat! I picked up a young female cat at the shelter yesterday. She was depicted as shy, fearful little thing, bullied by bigger cats, who jumps at the slightest noise. She cried a lot this night, searching for her former cat friends and the shelter volunteers. Now she mews, purrs, runs, plays, and climbs everywhere! (the fridge was deemed funnier than the cat tree). But since yesterday, it seems she did not sleep at all (I had a very bad night, she wanted to play with me, clawed me, even headbutted me...), I observe her since and she never stops moving. So until proven otherwise I have an insomniac cat.
  5. I owe you an update regarding my new cat I picked up at the shelter on late August: she died one week after. She suffered from feline infectuous peritonite, a disease that kills mainly kitten in a few days. I went three times to the vet and the last time she had to be put down. At the end she could barely move... That's how ended my first cat-story. At last she had a nice last week at home; she was suger-coated with the best food I could find (did you know there is even organic food for pets?), she slept on my favorite hoodie on the sofa (the two last days I had to carry her to the sofa), she stayed with me on the evenings while I read or cooked, always purring, so I guess -I hope!- she enjoyed my company. To conclude, I think I will wait another month or two before seeking again a cat...
  6. I bet that as soon as they have noticed your presence, they froze immediatly and pretend to be totally normal cats (turning down the disco ball, hidding the spliffs and the guns, and staring at you with big innocent eyes like Puss in Boots in Shreck...). I picked up my kitten today at the shelter... Shall I install surreptitioutly cameras in the living room to see how it handles its first night at home? I should be surprised...
  7. Well, last Friday I expected to bring back at home a newcomer. I was keen to show it/him/her the appartment, the cat tree, the litter, the food... At the shelter, I choose a young male entirely black, rather quiet. I began to fill the forms and...It turned out that he had an injection against rabid a few days ago, and that I should wait 21 days to be sure of its effectiveness. This is mandatory when you cross a border in Europe (I presentely live in Germany and the shelter is in France), but I did not know. Thus I have to wait another week before taking the cat (he has no name at this stage, but I launched a big contest among my relatives to find a suitable name). And now I'm turning into a lame cat-addict, wondering everyday if the cat is doing well in the shelter, and counting the days before the official adoption. @The Mother of The Others I thought that cats ate only one sort of herb, and were not interested in the others. Good luck to find the herb that will make your cats forget the grass! (try cannabis?)
  8. @The Mother of The Others the Q is for queer (but a person L, G, B and/or T could himself/herself Q as well). We can add a I for intersex, a A for asexual, and the + for everything that we failed to describe/we forgot/that don't need to be labelled acording the persons concerned. To sum up, the very term "LGBTQIA+ and so on" is the most inclusive possible. :-) Thanks for the "gay" recipe!
  9. Tomorrow is the big day: I will be the proud owner of a cat! (unless this is the cat my owner...) I built the cat-tree, bought a lot of food, let in the living-room the empty boxes of my move to make hideaways... Everything is ready, but me: I feel the same kind of anxiety when I buy expensive furniture, or a car, i.e. something that implies consequences in my life, especially if I move in another city, or if I travel... something that implies responsabilities, and much more than simply check regularly tires or oil level of the car... something that is not "something", but "somebody". A new adventure! :-)
  10. @Ice Queen and @felice : thanks for your kind replies, I feel reassured! (If needed baby whipes are indeed a good solution) My fear was to fail in "connecting" with my cat. I saw a lot of amazing relationships cat/person and kept thinking "why not me?". I thought to a grown-up cat, provided it is used to living in an appartement (I don't know at this stage if a cat can climb the wall of my terrace). Moreover I was told older cats are often overlooked by people visiting shelters: they prefer to adopt younger cats. But old cats faced a lot of bad stuff before landing in a shelter and somehow I think they deserve care and a warm home, so I was already inclined to take an adult cat. @Tears of Lys: I don't watch anything on Youtube but OST of GOT (I know it sounds like a creepy hard-core fan without social life, but I'm a huge fan of the music) and movies OST. Sooooo...I went on Youtube, typed "cat funny", and stayed a long time watching that could become soon a new addiction. But my tender heart can't stand the sight of people making fun of cats in distress (for instance, they laugh because the cat head is stuck in a box, or a quite heavy object falls upon the cat, or a cat falls into water -ok for this one I smiled). I like cat-based humor, but only if the cat is absolutely safe and doing well. Fortunatelly I did not see videos of feral cats being caught! I will go to the shelter the first week-end of August, can't wait!
  11. I'm not the kind of person who would shout "oooooh so cuuuuute" at the sight of a cat. I know people who knettle pullover in winter for their cats, who send them seeing a "shrink-cat" if needed, and who can't move if a cat sit on their lap. I definitly won't do that. In sum, I like cats but I'm not a cat person. However I intend to get one once I'm settled in my new appartement (I move next week). I frequently check the photos on the nearest shelter website. And while I don't know yet what my future pet looks like, I'm already freaking out. Can I handle such responsability? And what if I forget to feed it? What if accidentally I step on it? What if I don't like it? And now @A True Kaniggit raised new issues: bath? I did not even know it was possible (and I duly note that 3 years old nieces are not compatible with cats). Belly rubs? Well, I thought that if the cat does not purr, it means it is not happy, so I would just stop rubbing whatever part of its body. Do you think we need special skills to have a cat? Careful attention, special empathy leading to special bond between the cat and us, or just knowledge about cats?
  12. Thanks Honeyed Chicken (a good recipe I guess) for your warm welcome! Reading for the first time ASOS is a pleasure, but the second time should be even better: I'm sure the books teem with tiny details you don't catch at the first reading, and regarding the characters it's like meeting again old friends (even the evil ones!). And the third reading...well I will see that in a few years (it took me 8 months to read the three first books!). I prefer the books (generally I prefer books to movies: for instance Harry Potter or LOTR) but I admired the quality of the TV version, especially the realism in clothes, food, places...and the music as well (with plain themes, but always efficient). I will try your games!
  13. Hello ! Yet another Arya in this forum...as all the possible names in Essos and Westeros were used as screen names... I know the serie Game of Thrones for five years and I'm reading the books for a few months, right now I'm halfway through the second part of A Storm of Swords. The books opened a new dimension for me; they are much more detailed and entertaining -although I have from time to time to check some words in a dictionnay (I'm not an English native speaker). Thanks a lot for this forum, I only found it out yesterday and I learnt a lot of things (regarding the theories about Tansy, for instance).
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