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the-adventures-of-dave · 17 hours ago
Hello! I was wondering: do cats ever like to roughhouse? I have a (possible) Bengal mix she she's pretty active at night, though she doesn't always go for dangle toys and string. I have a big open rug in my house that she'll sometimes plop down on and I'll sit with her and like... tussle. Like I'll pat her butt or give her firm pets and she'll purr, give me little bites and licks but she won't move away from me or growl. Does it sound fun or like I'm stressing her tf out? Thanks!
I think they do like to wrestle sometimes! Kittens often play with each other that way, and sometimes adult cats do too. Kepler really likes to roughhouse with Dave (though Dave doesn’t like it so we gotta find other ways to entertain him).
Sometimes cats will roughhouse with people to play, but often they also act that way when they’re being pet because they are overstimulated. I can’t say for certain this is what your cat is doing since I don’t know her and have never seen this behaviour, though. If she’s acting bitey or trying to grab your hand, stop for a moment and move your hand away. If she continues to try to play with you and doesn’t seem uncomfortable then it’s probably okay, but if she leaves when you stop it’s likely overstimulation rather than play behaviour.
This site has some more information on overstimulation if you’re interested.
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So my kitties are mostly indoor cats, but is it okay if I let them go outside for supervised play time?
So long as they are supervised and you are taking steps to ensure they can’t get hurt or escape the area, then go for it! Supervised outdoor time is great enrichment for indoor cats.
Just make sure they have proper dewormer/flea & tick medication, a microchip, and collars with contact info as well. That way they won’t bring any parasites inside and they can be returned to you on the off chance that they escape.
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smegdwarf · 3 days ago
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Oh the smeg ups are a beautiful thing 😂
Series 10 is definitely my favourite 😂
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greateggcult · 7 days ago
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[Dave comes home from work. Amy is in the living room with a litter of kittens.]
Dave: Hey. Where did these kitties come from?
Amy: John found them while dumpster diving and didn’t know how to care for them.
Dave: *scoops up a kitten for inspection then cradles it like a baby, giving pets*
Dave: Are you sure we can take care of them? 
Amy: If you so much as think of selling our children I will murder you in your sleep.
Dave: I guess we’ll be fine if we make a few adjustments.
[several hours later...]
Dave: *is wearing fake cat ears, limply holding a feather wand, passed out on the couch under a pile of kittens*
Amy: *is silently crying tears of joy*
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Dave was acting strangely lethargic and not interested in food today. He’s very routine-driven but he slept 3 1/2 hours past his usual dinner time. I woke him up to eat and he only ate a third of his dinner before going right back to bed. He isn’t interested in his second dinner either, which he usually is very enthusiastic about. :( I hope it’s just an IBD flare up and he feels better soon.
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the-adventures-of-dave · 10 days ago
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Gotta get nice and dusty on every walk. Can’t let the humans have a clean house!
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smegdwarf · 10 days ago
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I can finally share what I’ve been working on recently now that I’ve finished the drawing!
So here is my Red Dwarf OC Annabelle Rimmer ☺️ I am hoping to post more with this character!
(You will need to click on the profile to read it all 😅)
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the-adventures-of-dave · 11 days ago
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I know I’ve talked about purebred vs domestic cats here and there on this blog, but I thought I would bring it up again after finding this fantastic article. Seriously, go check it out. 
I often see a lot of people asking “what breed is my cat?” or stating that they think their cat is a a maine coon or other breed on a few vague traits. This stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of cat breeds and how they were formed, and how differently cats were domesticated compared to dogs, which seems to be our “standard” when it comes to domestication.
Rather than being selectively bred and domesticated for thousands of years like dogs, cats domesticated themselves. They were not chosen for specific traits like herding or guarding or hunting; they kept mice away, and so they were allowed to stick around. Humans hardly had anything to do with breeding cats selectively until about 150 years ago. Because of this, the type of cat that all breeds stem from is very much still around in the world’s domestic cat population. 
Current cat breeds (maine coon, russian blue, ragdoll, etc) were developed by selectively breeding domestic cats chosen for particular traits (a breed standard). These selectively bred “purebred” or “pedigree” cats are a minority, and most cats existing outside of catteries are domestic cats that have zero human intervention in their breeding or bloodlines. 
This means that the large majority of cats found on the streets, in shelters, or in homes are domestic cats that were not bred with human intervention. Sure, there may be the occasional purebred cat that escapes or is dumped into a feral colony, but those cats are few and far between. About 1-3% of cats in the entire world are considered pedigreed cats, whereas 97-99% are not, so chances of finding a purebred cat out on the streets would be pretty slim. Due to pedigree cat breeds being so new, if a purebred cat was introduced to a colony and survived to breed, it would lose its purebred traits within a few generations rather than retaining them as a dog might. 
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With these chances it is incredibly unlikely for a cat rescued from the streets or acquired somewhere else (petstore, kijiji, farm, etc) to be an actual breed of cat. If your cat wasn’t from a cattery and doesn’t have papers, it is almost certainly not a purebred cat. 
Labelling your cat as a breed it isn’t can make it difficult to address the needs of your cat. Certain traits (anxiety, aggression, health problems, obesity, etc) could be written off as a “breed trait” in your cat when it isn’t and should be addressed to ensure your cat is happy and healthy. A cat could suffer for being wrongly labelled as a purebred.
Cats don’t need to be a fancy breed in order to be unique, special, and loved. Love and be proud of the cat you have and not the one you wish you had. Chances are your cat is pretty awesome, purebred or not. 
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anoritheark · 13 days ago
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The Golden Era of The Grateful Dead: 1982-87
The Golden Era of The Grateful Dead: 1982-87. This era offers spell-binding versions from the catalogue including the hell-bent insanity of Jack Straw (Seattle '83) and the ecstatic electricity of China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider (NYC '82).
I recently had the great fortune of driving down the west coast, ten days in the open spaces, with the radio constantly tuned to The Grateful Dead channel on Sirius X. And as wonderful as that truly was, I couldn’t help but notice a programming fixation with all eras but one – 1982-86. Dave Lemieux’s exclusion of this golden age of the music is well documented in his Dave’s Picks selections. I…
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the-adventures-of-dave · 14 days ago
Do you ever dress your cats up for photos or weather?
I do! Both the boys have sweaters that they wear when it gets cold out. It’s less of a fashion statement and more of a necessity, as it gets pretty chilly here in the winter. They also have a handful of bandanas as well as a bow tie I won in an instagram raffle.
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raphymates · 23 days ago
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Oh god what have I done.
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Reverse Dwarf (aka the au you saw on series 12 episode 6 skipper)
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raphymates · 26 days ago
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People said that I have tons of poster of Brendon Urie or other emo band I’m obsessed with (mostly Crankthatfrank) but the truth is... I have tons of posters of Red Dwarf (and some good omens and the young ones) and I still do so I can realized how much I should feel ashamed about my past.
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Geomathy and Dave 2021
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the-adventures-of-dave · 29 days ago
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We are back from the vet! Here’s a bit of an update if anyone’s interested. 
Kepler apparently was a sweetheart for the vet and Dave was “a little spicy”, “has a lot to say” and “is a bully to our staff”. They’re both at home acting as if nothing out of the ordinary happened so I think Dave had more of a lasting impact on the vet than they did on him lol
The new vet is lovely, and went through some options for dealing with the boys’ gut problems. She also gave them their annual check up and shots! Both of them are completely healthy (aside from the gut problems). Dave’s lost some weight and is now 12.4lbs and Kepler is “well muscled” at 9.5lbs. 
She suggested we try b12 supplements and probiotics, which we’re trying out right now. She also recommended a food change to an anallergenic diet. I don’t want to change too much at once (and we have had bad experiences with the brand before) so I’m holding off on that until the summer when I’ll have more time to keep a closer eye on the boys’ health. 
We ended up not giving them any steroids due to long-term side effects and cost. I’m reluctantly putting aside the idea of a biopsy for now because treatment would be the same no matter what is found. Due to bad past experiences with cancer though I might get that done for ease of mind when I have a bit more cash. 
All around it was a good visit and I’m feeling optimistic that Dave will go into the summer feeling a bit better than he has for the past year. 
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