Someone is very much liking his new windows:
He spent the entire morning making guttural sounds at the birds through the screen door. And that is a grease smudge on his back- apparently he found his way to the garage.
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ETA: That window ledge could use an extension to allow Tunch to spread out in all his bounteousness.
Look! It’s Cable TV for cats.
And more earth tones… :)
p.s. Tunch looks happy. Hopefully, that will ease the “I’m in a new house and can’t find my litter box, so I’m gonna pee right here” moves.
Maybe Tunch will be motivated to exercise more now that he can do all that imaginary hunting. I never knew he had a brown tail, kind of like a tabby-point Siamese.
I see his new windowsill came pre-carpeted — very nice!
Tunch will never look at you again.
So have you put the old laz-e-boy and couch out on the front porch yet to impress the neighbors?
My brand new neighbors just put up a 6′ high chain link pen smack in the middle of their side yard. Doesn’t look like it’s more than 6’x10′ and nowhere near any shade. I hope this doesn’t go badly, but I’ll put animal protection on speed dial if it does.
And they better stay off my lawn.
Oooh — carpeted for his comfort, too.
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Now that is a happy cat!
My kittehs used to make weird warbling moans + chin quivering when they gazed longingly at the bird bath full of birds. It was quite creepy but funny, too.
Those window sills look like they were made for him.
Yeah, Tunch! Give your dad some loving for buying you this new house with the wonderful windowseat.
@Jeff, that’s what I call my windows that are set up for bird and squirrel watching.
I’m jealous of all the green outside your window. It’s not green here yet.
I did not realize that Tunch has what appears to be an aftermarket tail.
That’s one wide cat. No offense. Please don’t tell Tunch I said that.
Quick, we need a birdfeeder fund drive.
Quite a match up between Michigan State and Tennessee. It is so nice to see Tunch at peace with the new house. She is probably thinking that she won the cat lottery.
We have pigeons, mockingbirds, and other flying creatures outside, and our cats make the same sound. We call it “chortling.” If they see us walking towards the door, all of them will run down the stairs together and meow loudly until we let them out (our very small front yard is fenced in well enough to keep the cats within)
I could send John a dozen of them. I’ve spent many a year trying to establish squirrel- and house sparrow-proof feeding stations in my yard. I’ve been (mostly) successful, but I have a garage full of abandoned feeders to show for my efforts.
Does the “real” Tunch (i.e. Tunch Ilkin) know about this blog and its associated cult of Tuncheonality?
Henri triggers more on the Squirrels than the birds, but then he is part dog. However he makes little chirping noises when he espies them. Ironically, Momo the 1/2 Siamese is silent when she’s hunting in the window, but she makes up for it with the tail dance.
Like Hippie Killer, I had no idea Tunch had a brown tail. I have a big white cat with a similarly chop-shopped black tail. And a black spot on his head like Sam Donaldson’s toupee.
Jeebus, how wide is that windowsill?
Did someone stick a carrot on the end of Tunch? Oh, wait…that’s his tail.
Are those rhododendrons outside the window? State flower of WV! Absolutely gorgeous in the spring.
Glad Tunch is settling in. Cable TV for cats, indeed.
Field expedient sammich press.
but does it work?
you betcha, also, too
Oooh rah Michigan State!
Well, using Tunch’s ass as a baseline, I’m thinking about the width of the USS Nimitz.
If there is one thing a kitteh loves it is a bay window. The one thing that you can do for them they love more is put out a bird feeder. THAT is like kitteh cable and you don’t even have to pay for it – other than bird seed that is.
Turn your back to the devil—at least the blue ones. Sic ’em!
Aw sweet shots of his Tunchness. And what a gorgeous view for humans too. Think I might be making guttural noises myself, if I was looking out that window. Looks like you got yourself a lovely new home Mr. Cole. Congrats.
Hope the shoulder survived all the moving without any damage.
Apparently that big Tabby cat that Tunch swallowed whole is making its escape via the tail and top o’ Tunch’s head…
Carpetted window sills? I assume the prior owner of that home was also a cat lover. My cats also do the chattering when they see the birdies and the squirrels at the feeder right outside the dining area window. It is hilarious.
Ours cats make the same kind of noises at the crows in our yard. We refer to it as “talking to the birds.”
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His Tunchness!! I am wearing a “FEED” t-shirt, and it seems highly apropos of the photos …
LOLcats posted a picture that looks exactly like my little (8lb) old (15+) tort, especially the eyes, the ‘what’r you lookin’ at?’ expression on her face and, unfortunately, the pose. My Josette likes to hang over the edge of her beds too.
It’s always good to see his Tunchy majesty enjoying some sun in the new place. Speaking of soaking up some sun, Smudge approves of this. I approve also.
First time seeing Tunch with his brown tail. Hope he’s happy in his new home.
Maybe Tunch should get his stomach stapled.
@Mike Kay: Tunch needs another cat to chase him around. He might not like it, but it would be for his own good.
that tail! I’ve never seen that before. He’s a hottie.
Have fun moving in, JC. I’m remembering the fun I had moving into my current place, 11 years ago. Trying to move in again by getting rid of a shit-ton of shit and re-purposing rooms. Anyone want some speakers? I’ve got 20 or so.
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Lie down for a nap, wake up and there is TUUUUNCH!! He looks very happy. And I’m just going to ignore all the haters up-thread.
Tunch: “Yuz did good human. Now feed me”
I must protest at the characterizations of Tunch’s tail as “brown.” His tail is orange-and-white striped (if I’m reading all his pictures correctly). My dearly departed, dearly beloved cat Fred had very similar coloring: a snow-white body, orange splotches on the head, and a striped tail. (My then-husband once encountered what must have been Fred’s cousins, all colored the same, on a street near ours, so we knew roughly where he came from.) I think that’s one reason why I love Tunch so much. I miss Fred.
I’m so happy to see Tunch happy! Congratulations!
Oh what a relief. I’ve been wondering how Tunch is doing. I need to get a life.
Wait till you hang a bird feeder out there. Infinite entertainment.
Wow, those are cool window seats for a cat!!!!
Tunch, the Master of his Domain!
My Tunch is Watching You apron arrived this week. It’s heavy-duty fabric, with a fine picture of Himself. This pic has a strange effect, though. I’m drawn to pet Tunch’s image when I pick up the apron.
Don’t buy a dark blue apron if you have a long-haired white cat.
Are upholstered windowsills common in West Virginia?
I iz on your window sill watching the world go by
Huzzah for the (apparently) successful move.
Nice to see everything fit into the house.
His markings are pretty much like a Turkish Van.
Maybe this will inspire that cat to lose some damn weight!
related, from cheezburger…
Tunch has the most awesomest tail ever! What a pretty boy. I bet he’s loving the new view, and I hope many birds and squirrels keep him entertained from that phat new perch.
i believe tunch is a HE rather than a SHE
@AhabTRuler: Didn’t you know I iz Tunch kitteh’s official spokescat.
@Mike Kay: Hey Tunch is not fat, he is floofeh.
@JenJen re Tunch’s tail: I thought the exact same thing!
Wonder what will happen when Lily tries to take the window seat…
Fun with Tumblr.
was tunch making the “i’m crushing your head” gestures towards the birds too?
OK, what’s the tale behind Tunch’s prosthetic tail? Also, put one of those suction cup hummingbird feeders on the window and listen for the fun to begin.
Smudge is jealous. She wants a larger place, too!
Guess I’ve only seen full frontal pics of Tunch. Looks like he’s got the tail-end of a coon skin cap attached to his behind!
That’s some interesting coloring.
I have a few questions for cat owners who have had a cat die and adopted a new kitten (or older cat):
How long did you wait before getting a new cat? How did you know when it was time? If you got a new kitten or cat after only a short amount of time, did you regret it or feel like you weren’t honoring your previous pet? Did your new cat or kitten resemble your older one physically, and did that turn out to be a good or bad choice?
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I love the photos. Your new house looks lovely.
@Ty Lookwell: We lost 18 year old Reuben, got two new kitties within a week-Toby and Bea. Neither looked like Reuben. The new kitties helped us get over the loss, we haven’t forgotten Rube, never will.
@Ty Lookwell: This probably won’t help much, but I ended up getting a dog and named him after the cat.
Max the Cat is the namesake of Max the Wheaten.
I couldn’t do another cat, but it was more logistical and allergy-related. Had I gotten another cat, I would have named him after Max the Cat, too. But, it’s a family thing. My dad had like 4 St Bernards named Stanley.
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Baylor Duke pretty solid at the half. 32-29 Bears.
About 5 minutes away from me at Reliant Stadium. Should have rallied to get tickets…
@Max: Our dog Buddy is the second of that name. Side note: We got AKC papers with the second Buddy, Mrs J broke down in tears when she read the lineage, the first Buddy was his grandaddy.
Do NOT show this video to Tunch.
Affectionate cat distracts policeman (without crushing his head).
I’m from Big Ten country, but now live in SEC territory. Even so, I was happy to see Michigan State move ahead. Tom Izzo runs one of the best programs in the country, with some of the highest graduation rates in the NCAA. Conversely, I was thrilled to see a scumbag like Calipari go down.
Oh yeah…… Fuck Duke!
Right now I’m trying to type with a slightly smelly, very affectionate, all black kitty loving all over me. My ex-husband showed up this morning with it in a carrier. I guess I am cat-less no longer! He said he was out by his garage and it climbed up his leg. Poor thing acts like its never eaten. I’m going to make him help with the first vet bill. After all, I’m not a total sucker.
Howard Kurtz (!) questions Ewick on his language, and it is hi-larious:
And, yet, CNN hired him. What do you have to say to fail a job interview at CNN?
I mean, you can call a Supreme Court Justice a goat-fucking child molester, despite being appointed by a President from your own party, simply because he just isn’t Republican/partisan enough, as a judge (!), and still get hired by CNN.
Damn. Can I get a job as a CNN analyst if I just call Justice Scalia, when he retires, “the syphilitc child-fucking illegitimate get of Eva Braun”*? ‘Cause I’m willing …
Family friends of ours have had four dogs with the same name. They just add a number after the dog’s name: [Dog name] Two, [Dog name] Three, etc. All the dogs have been different breeds, but the name never changes.
George Foreman named all his sons George. Makes it easy to remember the kids’ names.
As JeffreyW says, you won’t fail to honor your deceased cat by loving a new one. You’ll always love the one who’s died. And my tuxedo cat Louis reminds me (touchingly) of the fantastically charming tuxedo cat Spanky, but they have completely different personalities (cat-onalities), so it’s all fine.
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@Montysano: Agree on MSU. 6 of the last 12 final fours. Pretty impressive. I can’t stand Duke, but need them to win the next 2 to win a 50+ person pool. Very torn!
Also, I lost both my cats last year. They were 15 and 19. I was going to get kittens later this spring. Cute little kittens! I guess that plan has changed.
@jeffreyw: Great story.
Some would think the namesake thing is weird. To me, it’s honoring the original Max. Like naming a child after a grandparent.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who has done this in the BJ world.
P.S. I haven’t told Max the Wheaten he’s named after a cat. Considering how much he hates cats, I’m afraid it might plunge him into some self-loathing. :)
P.P.S. – Ordering pizza this evening and this one caught my eye.. cheese, fresh brie, olive oil, fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, red bell pepper and fresh cracked black pepper on a sour dough crust. I think we have a winner.
Heh! In my neck of the woods (DC Metro area), we call that funny sound cats make when watching birds or squirrels ‘chittering.’
We’ve then expanded the usage to apply to any time a human gets really excited at seeing something they want. For example, “FoxinSocks started to chitter when she walked into the used bookstore full of history and mythology books.”
@Ty Lookwell: When my first cat of 16 years died, I lasted a whole three days before I broke down and went to a cat rescue. There was this empty hole in my heart that I had to fill. The cat I got ended up, by chance, looking very different than the first, and she could never replace my first one, who was the best most anti-social, mis-behaving, well-loved cat that my family ever saw, but she helped with the healing process a great deal.
Since then, I’ve had a couple of other cats pass away and it always seemed immediately afterwards that some poor stray would show up on my doorstep, looking for a home. I think the universe knows when to send me cats.
That’s just a CYA move by CNN. Get someone to address the crazy rhetoric, Ewick then says, “It was wrong. I’ve grown a lot since then” and case closed. No need to discuss it any further.
CNN is busy chasing Fox’s demo and they’re never going to out-Fox Fox. How long before they realize there’s money to be made on the left side of the spectrum and try to out-Maddow Maddow?
@Comrade Mary: Hilarious. KITTEH LIEKS POLICEMANS!
@JGabriel: Hell hath no fury like a conventional journo who sees a blogger muscling in on his turf.
I haven’t read much of Erick Erickson’s output, not being a scatomancer, but whenever I see him mentioned I remembersomething some guy said:
Jesus. IS ERICK ERICKSON FUCKING GOATS TOO? It would be irresponsible not to speculate!
@Violet: I think it’s interesting, the direction CNN in headed.
Not long ago, Mrs. Dan Senor was on the Daily Show talking about how CNN was “just news” and “in the center”.
@FoxinSocks: very sweet.
out of curiosity, do you live on a corner lot? I had a friend, who would always get cats on her porch, simply because she lived on a corner, and cats would stop over for a break before returning to their patrol.
@arguingwithsignposts: Smudge is such a showoff
@Mike Kay It’s a little difficult to describe, but I actually live in a condo, not quite on the ground floor, with condo units to each side of me.
And I have to admit, it’s not always that cats show up on my doorstep (though that does happen), it’s that they show up on my friends’ doorsteps (or with the latest one, ran out into the middle of the road, stopped my friend’s car, then climbed in and sat in the back seat all “Chaffeur! Take me to the crazy cat lady!”), and then my friends, not knowing what to do, show up on my doorstep with a cat carrier!
@FoxinSocks: I have a wetland behind my house chocked full of feral cats and groudhogs. Drives my dogs nuts.
@Polly: We put the carpet in to protect the wood because we knew Tunch would go crazy.
Oh, I know. What’s funny, though, is that the questions instead show that there’s a lo-o-ot of ass to cover.
We? Did Lily help?
His Tunchiness, dare I hope, does appear content. All hail and, no doubt, breathe a sigh of relief.
There sure is. I can’t wait for Ewick to spout off again on his blog and then watch CNN try to backpedal. That’s going to be some fun. Because you know there’s no way he’ll be able to avoid saying something reprehensible forever.
@John Cole: The carpeted window sills are a good start, but this what his Tunchness really wants.
smudge is listening to this game intently.
@schrodinger’s cat: The outdoor cage is wonderful. Tunch looked pretty content though with the carpeted window sill.
@JGabriel: Oy vey. Re: the goat-fucker comment,
Shorter Erick: Wow, people actually *read* me? I had no idea.
In case anyone doubts, he’s lying through his teeth here; he’s been proclaiming himself a Grand Power in conservative politics for years now.
He’s already doing well as a pundit. What’s the discussion point this week? Violence against Representatives. What does he bring up? Violence against his family. He’s so important people threaten his kids too! Because he’s conservative! See how terrible those Democrats are?
He’s right in one thing though – he needs to grow up.
Sweet Jesus. Typical right winger, he turns the fact he is an insufferable asshole into a reason to play the victim card.
A couple requests I have for the last of the Elite 8 games:
Dear Baylor: Please pull in a defensive rebound!!!!
Dear refs: FOAD.
Our cat died a few days after we moved into a new home – he was old (18), and had been ill, and I think the move just upset him even more: no eating, no defecating, heartbeat high, and panting. We took him to the vet, where he spent the night on drips and then we asked for him to be put to sleep the next morning because he was still so ill – he purred as he died, and we cried. I then went back to my parents’ home, for 5 months, to help my mom while my dad died of neck cancer. My partner, meanwhile, was left in a cat-less house, and when I came back, we decided it was time to bring a new cat into our house. We chose a grown-up cat – we’d never really considered a kitten, because our first cat was an adult – and there’s so many adult cats that need homes, while kittens get grabbed up right away. When we went to the cat rescue, I gravitated towards cats that looked my old fellow, but my partner found a wonderful cat, completely unlike the previous felid, and I know he was right – better to have a new feline companion, than one that is a replication of what you’ve lost. If you really are considering adopting a kitten, then consider adopting siblings – they will love you, but also feel happy being left alone with each other. Older cats need more individual attention, unless they’re used to being with other cats at a later-than-kitten stage. Some older cats may have had terrible trauma in their lives, and as a result may exhibit sad or disturbing behaviors that won’t change and can be difficult to live with/accommodate, but most older cats are incredibly adaptable and loyal, and are alone mainly because their humans have either died, or cannot afford them anymore. I wish you good luck whichever route of cat adoption you take.
Now I understand why people hate Duke.
Cats show up at my door, too. Frequently poor little beasts that no one would want. I am sure the shelter would have put a couple of them “out of their misery.” But they lived with me about 15 years or so.
When it turns out that St. Peter at the Pearly Gates is really a cat . . . . . . . .
I think you will have to carpet her window sill….Only the best for Lady Smudge
Because Nixon went to law school there?
If Duke wins tonite and West Vag can find a way to beat Duke next ‘kend, I win 2 brackets! This, after picking KU to win and seeing that blow up in my face on Day 3. Booyah.
Love the bay window for his Tunchness; bird feeders are always a good thing to turn kitty TV into kitty HBO. My cat, Sherman, has similar markings to Tunch only with more orange on his head and a smattering of orange on his back. Sherman has the same tabby/tiger tail that is striped orange. And he is very, very soft and large.
@Max: Interesting how your Max the Wheaten hates cats and our Danny the Wheaten shares a house with three of them. He is totally submissive to the felines, especially to Hobbes (the baby).
And may I just say how excellent the President looked today when he met the troops in Afghanistan. That Air Force One bomber jacket looked v v hot on him.
I just loathe Duke.
What an absolutely beautiful kitty….now we have Smudge and Lady Smudge….
Every player Izzo has had at MSU that has stayed 4 years has a final 4 ring.
@Chat Noir: We can has pictures? I have an orange girl, who is large and has a tail like Tunch kitteh, she is all orange except for a white bib and gloves and socks.
Wow, I didn’t know there was another smudge in the bj community. Lady Smudge it is, then.
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@Josh Huaco: Me too.
@arguingwithsignposts: She has a dignitude and an attitude.
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@Violet: Yes, I’m a little curious who “we” are, too.
Thanks everyone for your replies. My parents’ cat was hit by a car about 4 days ago – they don’t know yet, I’m house-sitting for them while they are overseas on vacation. It’s an agonizing situation for me. I’d like my mom – who loved this cat like a grandchild, almost literally – to get a couple of new cats as quickly as possible to fill this large empty house. It’s certainly not up to me; but I wanted to hear from other people who had gone through loss and new adoptions. Thanks again.
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@Punchy: I am in a similar boat. The vast majority of the people had Kansas and them losing really didn’t change up the pool that much. WVU over UK was huge for separating the field.
♫ That Good Old Baylor Line! ♫
That Good Old Baylor Line!
We’ll march forever down the years,
As long as stars shall shine.
We’ll fling our Green and Gold afar
To light the ways of time,
And guide us as we onward go;
That Good Old Baylor Line!
It was a helluva run…
Duke wins. Go ‘Eers.
I ran to the TV to see Duke cut down the nets, but somehow 60 Minutes was more important.
So stout…So regal. Sweet FSM I love that cat.
@Chat Noir: Max may have been different if his exposure to cats was in the house and they were “his” cats, but the only interaction he has had with cats are with the neighborhood cats who come in his yard to poop/pee.
More than once I’ve had to say “Maxy, drop the kitty” or pull him away from a tree he’s chased one up.
He does LOVE little dogs though. Work friend brought in a 12-week old, toy yorkie and Maxy was so good playing with it. Very gentle.
In Max the Wheaten’s defense, Max the cat didn’t like other cats much either.
Danny the Wheaten sounds like a good boy, although I know he’s a little high-strung.
The radio announcers were complaining that you don’t call a handcheck on Carter with all the pushing and shoving. Essentially that was the game! They remembered how to shoot afterwards!
@Linda Featheringill: They will have to answer to the ceiling cat. We know he watches and he is always there.
Am I the only one who finds basketball uninteresting?
What a fantastic perch for his Tunchness. It looks like you have a lovely front yard.
I got to see the speech, and got a groupie handshake from President Obama afterward. A few hours later we had a rocket attack.
It was an interesting day.
@Ty Lookwell: The key to cat bereavement is to realize that, while each cat has their own Track in our heart, we also have a number of Slots in our home.
Wanting a cat to fill an empty Slot does not mean we do not love the cat who left the Track on our heart.
The Track will always be with us.
The Slot wants to be filled; because our departed cat taught us to love cats, and we want to do it again.
@furioso ateo: Thank you for your service.
I’m glad you are okay.
Stay safe and keep posting….:)
@schrodinger’s cat: Red Sox beat the Yankees on opening day one week from today. The US play Engerland June 12 in footy.
Those two alternatives will either make you happy that more exciting sports are coming or convince you that bball is more exciting than you currently think.
@Max: That’s what I figured. Danny has been around cats since he was a puppy so he just figures they’re part of his surroundings. It’s quite funny how submissive he is to my three cats and to my neighbor’s cat (who just loves him).
He went to the groomer yesterday so, natch, it’s raining today.
@schrodinger’s cat: I will post a picture of Sherman when I figure out Flickr! And your girl sounds gorgeous.
What about basketball played by birds? Would we hear you chitter over that?
@furioso ateo: Oh my goodness. Please stay safe and thank you for your service!
Ah, hell, we’ll be fine. Those guys in the mountains can’t aim for shit anyways.
And now I get to look forward to sunrise. Custom is that after any rocketing, we go eat breakfast food ’til we die.
@MikeJ: Neither, I is not a big sports kitteh.
Lady Smudge is a very pretty girl – so intelligent looking!
@furioso ateo: What Chat Noir said. Take care.
When my cat died of cancer, I thought it would be years before I wanted another cat, but I barely lasted two months. It’s not an insult to the memory of the deceased animal to want to start again with a new one. You’ll know when it’s time, and if it’s right away, don’t feel guilty about it.
Sounds like! Tell us more, please.
And as the others have said: Thank you for your service, and stay safe.
Yup, which is why his being named for a great Turkish-American is quite fitting.
How’d that work out for you?
“If Duke wins tonite and West Vag can find a way to beat Duke next ‘kend, I win 2 brackets! ”
Sorry to hear about your loss.
I grew up in Pittsburgh…We have the same tradition, particularly during hunting season….:)
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@furioso ateo: Wow, be safe my B-J friend. I am also a little swoonie over the fact you got to shake his hand. /obot
@Bad Horse’s Filly: Well don’t be too jealous. It wasn’t like I got to look him in the eyes and clasp his forearm. It was just a groupie touch, I was leaning over the guardrail just like all the others.
“He touched me OMG! imnevergoingtowashthishandagain!”
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Question. Have Kevin Drum’s behemoths – Inkblot and Domino – ever been seen with Tunch?
Same girth – different markings. I’m thinking that maybe Inkblot and Tunch are the same cat, with stickon markings…
I once got to look him in the eyes and say, “God bless you.” (before he was president) I got to see Reggie Love up close too!
Thank you for your service.
Yay, Tunch! He’s obviously pondering where to leave his payback for yesterday’s carrier confinement.
Boy, I guess so! Thanks for reporting in, and stay safe!
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Why, John! Are you telling us that Tunch is…barking?
After all this time I never noticed that Tunch’s tail had been dipped in caramel! (I also now have window seat envy…)
What a cutie-pie pooty.
I love that cat.
Let me see if I understand this correctly: You moved to a whole new house in order to give Lily some lovely carpet to lounge around on, and Tunch some deluxe carpeted windowsills to gaze at the outside world from. Right?
I hope you at least got a bigger fancier TV room out of the deal.
It’s an after-market replacement tail. They couldn’t find one in the original color in Tunch’s size.
ETA: Damn, I see that Hippie Killer got in ahead of me. Late to the thread again!
@beltane: is right.
Happy kitty? yes.
Fat kitty? YES.
Great. The ONE night I skip out on BJ (I watched yesterday’s March Madness games today), you post not one, but TWO pics of his glorious Tunchitude. Harumph.
He looks sooooo good by his new window. I’m taking it he’s settled in, then?
As for the noise, that’s universal cat for, ‘Gonna kill the birdie!’
@ruemara: Heh. I clicked on your links without reading your username first, and I expected to see arguing’s white Smudgey! Your Smudge is oh-so-cute, too!
@KyCole: Aw, bless you for taking the poor mite in (especially a black kitty). Pics when you can!
@Ty Lookwell: I’m so sorry for your loss. It must be rough on you. I will just repeat what everyone else has said–there is no set answer. When the time is right, your mom will know. My condolences to you and your family.
@furioso ateo: Cool that you got to meet the prez. Thank you for your service and stay safe.
arguingwith, I clicked on the other Smudge and was quite taken aback to see that the cat in question was black and white! Heh.