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23 October 2013 @ 12:36 pm
Nightvale and kittyness (two unrelated things)  
First, Welcome to Nightvale: ALL the weirdness! \o/

I'd characterize it as a sardonic sci-fi fake-radio-broadcast-series of a little desert town already a few years into being infested with aliens and trying to reposition their reality as best they can. For instance, when taking your children out to play in the scrublands and sand wastes,

keep an eye on the helicopter colors. Are the unmarked helicopters circling the area black? Probably world government. Not a good area for play that day. Are they blue? That's the sheriff's secret police. They'll keep a good eye on your kids, and hardly ever take one. Are they painted with complex murals depicting birds of prey diving? No one knows what those helicopters are, or what they want. Do not play in the area. Return to your home and lock the doors until a sheriff's secret policeman leaves a carnation on your porch to indicate that the danger has passed. Cover your ears to blot out the screams.

Definitely worth a listen. :D

Kitty news: We have named our new-to-us (she's four) black cat "Jinx," and are learning more about her personality. I've never understood why some people want a "really smart" pet. I want a cat that is smart enough to use a litterbox and learn the house rules, Smarter pets just find new ways to cause trouble. I thought the Whale was smart, but damn.

The second day we had Jinx, she disappeared. We thought one of the kids had let her out of the kitchen, and we searched the house twice over and made multiple treks through the yard (can you imagine going back to the shelter and telling them you already lost your new cat?) She reappeared in the early afternoon, and my husband found a tell-tale half-open cupboard door in the laundry room. He'd searched the cupboards! So, not only can she open the doors, she knows enough to pull them closed after herself when she's inside. Argh! We have now child-proofed all the cupboard doors.

She is also able to get fairly heavy, sliding pocket-doors open with enough persistence, and has learned that she can pop the laundry-room door open by heaving herself at it enough. Sunday night was an Obnoxion of scu-SCUFFLE... scu-SCUFFLE... on the doors to the family room (the cat could see my daughter sitting inside on the sofa, which meant LAP POTENTIAL). I put a chair in front of the pocket doors, and Jinx crept in from the side and resumed trying to open them. I put her in the laundry room, and after a few minutes of buh-BAM-buh... buh-BAM-buh... she got the door open and returned to her mission of trying to get into the family room. o_O

See, excess smartness just leads to knowing what you COULD have, and being dissatisfied that you DON'T. Add persistence onto that (because you're smart enough to know that sometimes, it pays off) and you've got trouble.

I look forward to when this cat gets over her issues with the Whale, and is willing to move onto the main sofa that everyone uses. 95% of what she wants, at any given time, is to be on someone's lap. The problem is that the laps are generally located somewhere she doesn't want to go.

It's ironic: because of Tigger's late-life issues with the litterbox, we had all the rooms shut off to keep her fully monitored. Now, with a new cat who has not yet learned the house rules of not getting up on anything but a lap or towel-covered sofa, the doors are shut again. I think the house is more in jail than the cat!

So, Halloween is coming. Anyone dressing up? I finally have most of the decorations out, though no candy yet. Just to be safe. ;)

 
 
 
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on October 23rd, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
My black cat is JellyBean. Born at Easter but we celebrate Black Kitty Awareness Month in style! She's 17 and not doing so well. Each day now is a blessing.

I always dress as a cat. I have a warm and cold weather version of the costume. AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on October 23rd, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
Aw. We lost Tigger when she was (probably) 18, and the last year was challenging, but she was still very happy right up until her final days. Such a sweet cat-- all of the barricading and monitoring for her litterbox problems were well worth it.

I hope JellyBean remains yours for much longer.

Warm- and cold-weather costumes-- I remember the epic battles with my daughter, who always wanted some leotard-based piece of gauzy fluff, and then threw a fit about incorporating warmer clothing for trick-or-treating. Because hey-- it is almost ALWAYS cold on Halloween night. :O
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on October 24th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
too smart pets are trouble! a lot of fun, but a lot of trouble!!
Vice Captain of the Universe: ouransweeny_todd on October 24th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
oh, and I have some US friends who invited me to a halloween party. I am either going as Velma (if I can get the costume together) of The Great Pumpkin (which I can pull together)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2013 03:00 am (UTC)
I saw the Velma mention! You have the glasses, and are pretty close with the hairstyle (but not the color), so why not?

The Great Pumpkin would be fun too (I would want pictures!), though that sounds as if structural reinforcements would be necessary!
cindy: soup of the daytsuki_no_bara on October 24th, 2013 03:58 am (UTC)
"obnoxion" is a great word. also i want to see a picture of the smart cat! and maybe the whale for comparison sizing. :D

i don't plan to dress up for halloween but i might bring my tiny velvet pirate hat to work.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2013 05:45 am (UTC)
I don't have any good pictures yet of her yet. It's much like the dwarf bunny; the house is dark, except for the kitchen, and the black animal against the white floor does not show up well on film!

The Whale is still much huger, even with this kitty's little tubby tummy. I'd say Jinx is only slightly larger than Tigger was, so the Whale is still ginormous in comparison. That cat is Main-Coone-sized!

You should wear the pirate hat to work! I love the pirate hat!
angels3angels3 on October 24th, 2013 05:38 am (UTC)
I'll trade you, I have one that only wants to used the couch instead of the liter box. I had to buy outdoor vinyl covers for the furniture. I can't figure out if it's because he's old, or because I took him to the vet last year for the first time in many. He's an indoor cat so I've never worried about him needing a bunch of shots and stuff. But since he was getting older I felt he needed to be checked and ever since then he thinks the furniture is fair game.

We have four cats and four dogs so our house is a little insane when they all get going. Of course we have the backyard fenced in and it's about a half acre maybe a little more and the dogs play outside all day and come in at night.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2013 06:11 am (UTC)
I wonder if your older cat is having kidney failure? We wondered that about ours-- she would sometimes pee in her bed, and no cat likes that. Senility was also a possibility, though she mostly seemed lucid (despite being nearly entirely deaf).

I'm thinking that when this new cat becomes indoor/outdoor (she'll have to be slowly introduced to the fenced backyard), she may get some of that random energy out. But mostly, if she would get on the "main" sofa instead of throwing a fit because she thinks it belongs to the other cat... she'd get a lot more consistent laptime/petting, and that would settle her down.
Port: house rainbowdesertport on October 24th, 2013 06:16 am (UTC)
I really want pictures of your kitty!

Also, I just got all caught up with NV and am hungry for much more. How far are you through it?

I really want to dress up for Halloween, but I have no real plans, and I work alone in my office and would eventually feel kind of ridiculous sitting there in witch regalia. So sad!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Halloweenhalfshellvenus on October 24th, 2013 06:20 am (UTC)
I will make an effort to either get a picture, or steal one from the kids. Let's hope she shows up as more than a black pointy-headed blob against a white floor. Darned high-contrast pets!

So, you were already a Nightvale fan? I'm just 4 episodes in (started listening yesterday on the way to work), and find I'd rather be listening to more than working! But sadly, I cannot do both. It takes too much concentration to catch the maximum weirdness of the show.

Do you have a witch hat you could wear on Halloween? Not too overblown, but still festive? And there's always the chance of getting invited to a party. :)