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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, February 5, 2023 8:11 AM


         I know we have all( Those who share homes with them)Noticed the Cat in our life or multiples have an insane amount of curiosity and yes, mischief when it comes to models, All those interesting little bits and a totally comfortable box to lie in!

        Have you ever looked into a Cat's eyes(When they kept staring) and wondered whay goes on behind those fascinating Optical Orbs? I have and the idea still escapes me,"What could they be thinking?"

         I don't believe  Domestic Cats rely just on instinct.They are too in tune with our Vibes and Moods than we realize. Think of it for a moment,this also applies to a lot of Dogs as well. Look at these attributes of the Cat and tell me if I am wrong. Claws,Yes they will knowingly hold on without harm if you let them. Plus it is a good defense mechanism.

         Second in the regard of safety, even at nineteen Sam's teeth were as sharp and dangerous as when she was in her prime( Of course she got good Dental care.)Many pets of both species have health issues stemming from bad teeth(So Do We). YET when they were applied to me after kittenhood they never penetrated my skin, but just held on gently for a moment.

        They are soft. Cats of all breeds, even those poor things without hair are soft! Moreso than a Teddy bear or other stuffed animal. Limber? let me tell you.When vet day cam, Sam could get so soft and pliable I couldn't get her in the carrier, She just oozed out of my hands like a Ferret( Another Pet I have shared life with.) And yet would sit in it after we got home and get defensive if I tried to remove her from said carrier. Now, the computing and t.v. switchery they practice is beyond thinking. How is it she seemed to know which button took us to "Animal Planet"?

        Lastly as Psychologists and Psyciatrists they are without peer. They stand or sit and listen( Sometimes) and we could pour our heart out about anything and they wouldn't be judgemental.(Probably just get up ,Tail Straight, butt pointed at us and walk away) "Session is over, Bye", But we invariably felt better after the Talk.I never had a lap Cat so I couldn't say about them. But from those who do have them they can be quite a challenge .

           Sam loved to play even hard when she got older, but if a part went flying, I would look in vain, only to be approached by a rub, a meow, and a paw pointing to the part she found and brought to my feet. I wonder, if they could test them ,what a Cat's I.Q. Would be? Off the Charts or Dumb as Nails? I guess we'll never know. Shoot, Just accept their love such as it is and be glad you have someone Non-Judgemental to talk to!


  • Member since
    March 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:33 AM

   Great words to honor your friend Tanker. I'm a devote dog guy however over the years I also have come to respect cats.

     They do provide endless amounts of entertainment, whether practicing hunting or chasing a fearther. We even had a kitty who ran TOWARDS a squirt bottle, same one in my avatar, she would get all dough eyed and open her mouth to catch the drops. She never really got into trouble so it became more of a game.

    The last cat we had just showed up one day and stayed for 5yrs, he was MY friend....Jack seemed to understand when I was down and would just climb up on my lap and get comfy. He also enjoyed yogurt and peanut butter and woukd have taken his ration right out of my mouth if I'd let him. He deserved better.

    Hang in there my friend, keep your heart open and soon a new fuzzy little motorboat will weasel their way into your life....until then ya have usSmile

we're modelers it's what we do

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, February 5, 2023 10:58 AM


As a long time cat accomodator, I say with certainty that a cat's IQ will never be measured, as they would not agree to take the test, much less show up on the testing day.  They do their own thing.

That being said, the cats I have had the last 40 years never bothered me when I was building models.  Most just hopped on the bed next to my desk and snoozed until dinner time.  Or brushy-brushy time, which was at 4:00 pm.  They HAD to have brushy-brushy time, when they all got brushed and had a snack.  I don't know if they had little pocket watches in the folds of their tummies or what, but they knew when 4:00 pm rolled around!

One behavior that is frequently mentioned that I have never experienced is the "staring cat".  None of my cats ever stared at me for any length of time.  The only time their eyes were like giant, wet peaches on me was when I was serving up dinner.  I don't know, maybe the service was good enough or something.

They would give me the soft blinky-blikny eyes when settling in on my bed, but then they would just stretch, get comfy, and start to snooze.

My sister and her cats are staying over at the house right now due to plumbing leaks and a fire at her apartment (not her unit).  The cats were rescued from one of her friend's deceased ex-spouse, so they have not recieved the Jedi Training that all cats that come my way undergo.  Thus they are more like normal cats that yowl at night, and wreck the furniture/carpet.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, February 5, 2023 11:10 AM

Definitely sorry for your loss.

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by JoeSMG on Sunday, February 5, 2023 12:01 PM

Sorry to hear your friend is gone TB, they can leave a huge hole for sure. I've been a cat person all my life. It was a year this past Jan 15 that my Calico friend of 15 years passed. Hope we meet again cause she's got some splainin to do!

Like: Why did anything I paid more than a minutes worth of attention to, become the next victim of "the Gravity game?" and how did she know when I just bought a case of her current favorite food so she could on queue decide it was no longer fit for feline consumption? And why did sitting in front of the TV or computer screen become so attractive the second I wanted/needed to see it?

Honestly I know the answers to all these questions (except the food), I just want to hear her admit it!

I still miss movie time with her - as soon as I got into the recliner she'd "assume the position" on my lower legs, just out of reach. I would actually watch stuff I was only marginally interested in just to get some quality cat time.

Hope you’re doing OK, I know i was pretty bummed. So much so, that after 6 months of me moping, my wife went out and brought home twin calico kittens! Now I’ve little time for much else! And neither one much cares for movies. Smile

- Joe the SMG

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, February 23, 2023 11:15 PM

We have four cats and a couple of dogs. We started as a dog family because my wife wanted dogs, not cats. I got her a little mutt 13 years ago, and she got another mutt maybe ten years ago.

When my daughter divorced her husband, she moved back in with three German shepherds and two cats. My wife started getting attached to the cats.

Someone at my work needed to rehome a 6 month old black kitten, so I got that cat for my wife. It was a girl cat and preferred me to her. My wife got jealous and got a white cat from a shelter. This was seven years ago and that white cat is very attached to my wife, but he's really psycho.

A few years later, my daughter lived in an apartment complex adjacent to an open field. She kept finding feral kittens. We kept two of them, one a little black ball of fur and the other was a half tabby, half white little mutt cat.

That's how we ended up with four cats. The three boy cats love my wife and the one girl cat will only sit with me.

  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Friday, February 24, 2023 6:52 AM

I have always had and shall always have cats. 

As far as intelligence goes I will say, without a doubt, that like people some are very very smart and others as dumb as a stump. 

Both mine love to steal model parts with a particular desire for Evergreen tube and rod. No matter how hard I try to secure it I will invariably find a piece in their food dish, hidden under a mat, behind the toilet, and occasionally under my pillow as if the Tube Fairy will pick it up and leave me a quarter! I am 100% sure that my younger cat purposely places toys in the path of the Roomba just to jam it up.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, February 24, 2023 7:59 AM


 Cat's and a Roomba! Now I have often wondered about that. My neighbor's cat got so irritated when she got one of those he tore up a pillow and made sure the stuffng was in the Roomba's path! One stuffed Roomba, one smirking cat!

  • Member since
    December 2022
  • From: Canada
Posted by Tcoat on Friday, February 24, 2023 8:19 AM



 Cat's and a Roomba! Now I have often wondered about that. My neighbor's cat got so irritated when she got one of those he tore up a pillow and made sure the stuffng was in the Roomba's path! One stuffed Roomba, one smirking cat!


Both mine pretty much ignore it. It is on a schedule and I can make sure there is not a thing on the floor and then get a message an hour later that it is jammed. About 98% of the time it is a cat toy that wasn't there when I left for work. More than once it was wire or rod from my model supply cabinet that is closed all the time!

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Friday, February 24, 2023 10:48 AM

How do you illustrate 'ATTITUDE' .  .  .

OR .  .  .

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"


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