Dec 23 2013

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: A CAT??!?!

I don’t know about this. We’re at my daughter’s house for Christmas, and she and my wife obviously conspired to force this on me. Only good thing about it is that it accurately portrays the feline attitude: slitted, angry eyes, sneakily trying to get into the Christmas presents early.

Midnight making mischief

Midnight making mischief


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  1. 1

    That is pretty much what my cat looks like when I play with him, using my fingers and hand as chew toys. Gloves are practical.

  2. 2
    Dick the Damned

    Looks like she’s just practising for plan B, if the Myers’ don’t come up to scratch.

  3. 3

    Awww – Midnight is beautiful. We used to have a beloved black cat named Midnight.
    Daughter was just telling her husband about Midnight yesterday. She was reminiscing about Midnight sleeping wrapped around her neck when she was a little girl.
    Her hubby is allergic, so of course our two cats keep trying to make friends with him – LOL.

  4. 4
    Kevin Anthoney

    Is that Skatje’s cat or yours? Is yours still up for adoption, or have you decided to keep her?

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    Johnny Vector

    Y’know, for someone who seems to be fighting a one-man war on Catmas, you do seem to have a tendency toward posting feline imagery. The professor doth protest too much, methinks.

  6. 6

    Looks a lot like aggressive drug-seeking behavior. Is there catnip in the little plush figure?

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    The Mellow Monkey

    The fact that “blissed out catnip high” and “homicidal evil plotting” are difficult to tell apart really tells you all you need to know about felines.

  8. 8

    “If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.” – Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies.

  9. 9

    PZ are you ever going to tell us YOUR cat’s name?

  10. 10

    Caine @ 8:

    “If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.” – Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies.

    I suppose that’s true. I still remember Michigan J. Frog, ever since I saw One Froggy Evening in the 1960s. That was one stylish frog.

  11. 11

    But cats are metazoans right? (that is a pretty big catagory as I remember.)

  12. 12

    Does that black cat really have blue eyes? How extraordinary.

    Whatever the eye color, black cats are beautiful. And often smart, so I’ve noticed.

  13. 13

    You’re misreading Cat: that is a premonition of bliss. That’s a cat looking forward to unadulterated joy.

  14. 14

    It could be worse. There might have been two cats around, and they might have made you try going the dual shoulder cat route, and then violence might have resulted.

  15. 15

    I have a great appreciation for the power,grace and beauty of the most evolved family of land predators and am grateful that the smaller ones, which we can share a portion of our home ranges, are small and docile enough that we can interact them without being eaten

  16. 16

    There’s a reason why we keep wolves and their ilk as pets, even when they weigh upwards of 50 kg, but we stick with the little ones for tigers and their kind.

    Of course, they are nasty cruel little bastards. We still love em though. It’s the purring. Has to be.

  17. 17

    Are you sure that Greebo had nothing to do with her ancestry?

  18. 18

    Now that’s a neatly wrapped present under the Christmas tree, I wish I was as good as. I’m immune to the cat as I have a clone of it only much, much cuter!

  19. 19

    Latest box score in human fatalities for 2012: Dogs 38, Cats 0 Source: http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-fatalities-2012.php

  20. 20

    @19: That’s only because the cats are smart enough to frame the dogs.

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