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Sat Dec 4, 2021, 11:19 PM

Ember the cat watched my town's Christmas super spreader event tonight. She did not approve.

Last edited Sun Dec 5, 2021, 01:13 AM - Edit history (2)

The Christmas parade route goes past my apartment building. So, instead of joining the unmasked, shoulder to shoulder hordes on the sidewalk, I watched from a window, with Ember on the windowsill in front of me. She spends a lot of time looking out that window, so she knows the difference between a real car and colorful sparkly light monsters. Real cars have small white lights in front and little red ones in back. Sparkly monsters have many lights all over them in multiple colors, especially red and green. She was not fooled. She growled feline warnings at them.

They made musical sounds, but again, Ember was not fooled. She knows that real music comes from radios, telephones, and movies. She growled. "Back off! I am a guard cat."

Ember knows that people walk the sidewalks by themselves or in small groups. She stretched her neck back and forth to see the big crowds swarming the sidewalks. Oh no! What were they doing out there with sparkly light monsters rolling down the streets? She growled. "Look out you silly fools. The monsters will get you."

Ember loves children. She watched them run up to the sparkly monsters who threw little wrapped up things at the kids. She growled fiercely. "Hurt those little kiddies and you'll have me to answer to!"

She did her best to protect the neighborhood and our home. Eventually, it worked. The monsters moved down the street and no more of them came along. The crowds dispersed. Mission accomplished. Ember jumped to the floor and groomed herself with great pride.

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Reply Ember the cat watched my town's Christmas super spreader event tonight. She did not approve. (Original post)
wnylib Dec 2021 OP
Demovictory9 Dec 2021 #1
Ocelot II Dec 2021 #2
Demovictory9 Dec 2021 #3
wnylib Dec 2021 #4
Demovictory9 Dec 2021 #6
wnylib Dec 2021 #7
wildheart Dec 2021 #5
Ocelot II Dec 2021 #8
wnylib Dec 2021 #10
Ocelot II Dec 2021 #11
wnylib Dec 2021 #13
wildheart Dec 2021 #16
wnylib Dec 2021 #9
question everything Dec 2021 #12
wnylib Dec 2021 #14
question everything Dec 2021 #15

Response to wnylib (Original post)

Sat Dec 4, 2021, 11:22 PM

1. Good dog

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 4, 2021, 11:27 PM

2. According to the OP, Ember is a guard cat.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 4, 2021, 11:31 PM

3. Lol..oopps 😼

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 12:11 AM

4. CAT! Please apologize to Ember.

She has dog friends, but is quite proud of being feline.

Did you not know that cats growl too?

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Response to wnylib (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 12:34 AM

6. Sorry ember

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 12:46 AM

7. Ember thanks you. I edited the OP

to read "Ember the cat" in the thread header. It was confusing with only one reference to her catness in the body of the OP.

Cats can be quite ferocious growlers. Ember is actually a very sweet and affectionate lady, but she is also almost as territorial and protective as a dog.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 12:24 AM

5. Awww..good dog

 

Have any outside events turned out to be superspreaders? I think it is the inside family things that really spread this. For some reason, the BLM protests didn't turn out to be superspreaders either. I am much more worried about being indoors.

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Response to wildheart (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 12:51 AM

8. Cat!!

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 01:06 AM

10. Thanks for defending Ember's

feline pride. I edited the OP to make it clearer that she's a cat, but I think the references to her growling confuse people who don't realize that cats growl, too.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 01:21 AM

11. Cats definitely growl. Mine growls when when strangers come to the door.

Then she runs and hides.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 01:38 AM

13. LOL. Ember does not run and hide when

she growls. She fixes the subject of her growling with a defiant feline stare. They back off. But most of the time she is friendly, even with strangers. She's not pedigreed, but she does have some Egyptian Mau in her background and has some Mau behavioral traits, like being territorial and protective.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 08:52 PM

16. I'm late to replying

 

so sorry to confuse the cat for a dog. I can totally relate because I have a teeny mama cat that had kittens in my shed. I made things handy for the wild mama..providing nearby food and water, hoping I could tame, rehome, and have mama fixed and released. Mama is a growler..very loud, like a dog. So she didn't trust me and moved babies...never to be seen again. I looked and looked. In the meantime, tiny mama has been tamed by me. Its like a miracle. She only growls and disappears when anyone else is nearby. Otherwise, she crawls all over me, purring, and meowing her dainty little meow. She is scheduled to be fixed next week..no more babies. I hate that distressed cats seem to find me, but this mama has my ❤.

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Response to wildheart (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 01:00 AM

9. I realize that the OP wasn't as clear

as it should have been. I edited it to read "Ember the cat." She's a very sweet, affectionate lady, and usually friendly with most people. But she is also territorial and protective if she thinks something or someone is out of order and suspicious. When she means business, she can make people back away and scare off dogs.

Outdoor super spreaders - yes, they can happen when people are packed very closely together in a tight crowd where nobody wears a mask. My area's infection rate is over 11%. The vaccination rate is only 53%, and that includes people with only one shot. Masks are rarely worn around here, so I avoid outdoor as well as indoor crowds.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 01:31 AM

12. Photo, please

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Response to question everything (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 01:55 AM

14. I have several good photos of her,

but haven't figured out yet how to post them. I have not been able to store them anywhere but on my phone because I forgot my Google password and have had problems getting it changed. If I can get that straightened out, I will be glad to post them. Like most pet owners, I am proud of my gal and would like to show her off.

Her coat pattern is tortoiseshell tabby, with gray and black stripes and random streaks of red. That's how she got her name, like red embers in black and gray ash. There is also a little white under her chin and outlining her eyes, plus some white ticking on some of her black hairs. She is long but I don't have an exact measurement because she plays with the measuring stick when I try to find out. It's around 24" from shoulder to rump, give or take an inch or so.

She is a mix of ordinary moggie and Egyptian Mau. Lively, impish, playful, and clever.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #14)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 11:36 AM

15. I am new to the smartphone business so I email photos to myself

and then drag to the desktop. From there use the Post Image site.

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