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Old 18 July 2017, 12:28 AM
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Hi TGG:

Thanks for the link to your section of the Mailbag. I remember reading the poem of the Irish scholar and his cat many thousand years ago in a Celtic literature course way back in my university days. As you said in your letter to KA, the relationship between people and cats hasn't changed much in 1,200 years.

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Ieuan "Cat's got your tongue" ab Arthur
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Old 18 July 2017, 03:20 PM
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Also proof that cats have not changed their ways is this 15th century manuscript..... with cat paw prints trailing through the ink.

Curious Cat Walks Over Medieval Manuscript

I can just imagine the glee in the cat's eyes and the cursing of the scribe.



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Old 18 July 2017, 04:18 PM
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I remembered that!

We had a thread here about that a while back. That was my inspiration for the pawprint "water mark" I put on the fancy version of the poem I sent.
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Old 18 July 2017, 04:48 PM
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Boy, those last two names are a mouthful(and I have no clue how to pronounce them).
ETA: Was just on the KA homepage, and I see the boys are nicknamed Cro and Ben.
Roughly, "croak-ahm-boosh" and "ben-yay," both with the accent on the last syllable.
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Old 19 July 2017, 03:55 PM
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Hello Kitty On The Road Again

It looks like the big kitten room is going to be vacant soon. Lute, Kazoo, Cha Cha and Foxtrot are all being picked up by their adopters this weekend. Waltz apparently has applications at On Angels Wings, but no decision on an adopter has been made yet.

Starting next week, a contractor will be working on the big kitten room to repair water damage and do other maintenance. According to Mr A, the work will take about a fortnight. That means that the big kitten room will be available for Roux's Crew just as the kittens start to get bouncy In the meantime, it means little floofy kittens learning to walk without falling over 24/7 on the mainstream.

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Old 20 July 2017, 04:35 PM
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Hello Kitty Waltz Adopted Too

Just a little bit of KA news in addition to the above. Waltz is now adopted and will be heading for New York. Further, Lute's adopter is also adopting Foxtrot. So that's the entire nine "Song and Dance" kittens and one Momcat adopted.

There's a new blog post on the KA site. Warning: If you are allergic to the cute, stay away - there are lots of pictures of the outgoing big kittens and Roux's Crew in it.

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Old 21 July 2017, 08:02 AM
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at approximately 2330, 20 July 2017, Ben left the box ...
a bit later, Claire left the box ...
Cru stayed in the box, complaining
Roux was out of the box, playing with Mr A -- he pointed out to her that 2 of her kittens had a milestone moment & all she wanted to do was play

both Ben & Claire stayed outside on the blanket for a good amount of time ... & returned to the box on their own

now the fun begins ...
go kittens go!!
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Old 21 July 2017, 12:57 PM
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Roux was out of the box, playing with Mr A -- he pointed out to her that 2 of her kittens had a milestone moment & all she wanted to do was play
She's a kitten herself, really.

(Though the image of Roux taking pictures of said milestone with which to do her own posting is an interesting one.)
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Old 21 July 2017, 01:19 PM
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at approximately 2330, 20 July 2017, Ben left the box ...
a bit later, Claire left the box ...
Though I missed the actual event live, there were a number of pictures and GIFs in my twitter feed this morning showing the big events. Bravo Ben and Claire

With regard to Cro and his complaining, I think that he's training to be Warden Eddie's deputy at KA

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Old 23 July 2017, 01:12 PM
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Kazoo and Cha-Cha waved their little paws goodbye yesterday. Lute and Foxtrot are leaving today (together!).

So bittersweet to watch the kittens get adopted out after watching them grow up.

Have happy little lives, graduates!
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Old 28 July 2017, 08:36 PM
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Bonsai Kitten Kitten Live Stream (aka 4K Zombie Stream)

Hi All:

For last night's kitten live stream, Mr. A used a 4K camera to capture Roux, Claire, Ben and Cro in extra-high definition. While the camera had a bit of a problem at times focusing on the kittens, when it did you could see the tinies in 4K definition. At that screen definition, the kittens blow the top off of the cuteometer.



Because of the 4K bandwidth, the kitten live stream was not actually live. It had to be recorded and uploaded to YouTube, something Mr. A called the zombie stream instead of the live stream.

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Ieuan "kitten definition" ab Arthur
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Old 29 July 2017, 09:31 PM
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New kittens at the Kitten Academy!

Mr. A went to On Angel's Wings today and came home unexpectedly with a new momcat and SIX NEW KITTENS!

Mom is a floofy tortie, and the kittens are three orange and three grey tabbies.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfEDmNyDoNA
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Old 29 July 2017, 10:02 PM
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So many toes on teeny feet!

I can certainly understand why Mr. A felt the need to bring them back to the Academy.


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Old 29 July 2017, 11:04 PM
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And living in the bathroom for a few days

Hopefully their digestive issues clear up soon.

The mom cat reminds me of my long-departed Missy, who was a tortie with a yellow stripe from her forehead down to her nose.

These six bring the current kitten count up to 10: six newbies, three croux, and Waltz (plus the two mother cats).

The only issue that I can really see may be a kitten housing issue - what do you do with Roux's Croux when the become bigger and bouncier in a week or two? Maybe Mr. A should call the contractor and have a second large kitten room built

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Old 30 July 2017, 12:32 AM
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And that was quick!

Mr. A already has the wireless webcam set up in the bathroom currently housing the new kittens.

Go there now and see all the toe beans!
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Old 30 July 2017, 02:50 AM
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The mom cat and new kittens are named! mom is named Chili, and all of the kittens are named after ingredients that you would put into chili. The theme being all of their extra toes... Get it... chili beans?
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Old 30 July 2017, 03:42 AM
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Yes, Cayenne Pepper (f), Kidney (f), Coriander (m), Garbanzo (m), Tomato (f) and Pinto (m) with Kidney, Garbanzo and Pinto being polydactyl. On the kitten closeup stream this evening, Mr. A was saying that Tomato is a rather rare kitten as only 1 in 1,000 orange cats are female.

Mr. A thinks that the kittens are about 5 weeks old. However, their weight is all over the place with the largest (Pinto 21.2 oz) being almost twice the weight of the smallest (Kidney - 11.6 oz). As a comparison, Cro is about 3-1/2 weeks old and weights 18.9 oz.

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Old 30 July 2017, 12:12 PM
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Cute!

But I think Kidney's and Pinto's names should be reversed, since pinto beans are smaller than kidney beans.


So you can know who's who and start getting to know them:

Chili = Momcat
Cayenne = Darkest Grey F (Pink collar)
Coriander (Cory) = Grey M (Blue collar)
Tomato = Orange F (Pink collar)
Garbanzo (Gonzo/Garby) = Orange M (Black collar)
Pinto = Ash Orange M (Lavender collar)
Kidney = Smallest Grey F (Red collar)
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Old 30 July 2017, 12:24 PM
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Mr. A is experimenting with a new 360-degree camera. Never again must you watch an empty room because all the kitties are somewhere out of camera view!



On your computer, you can use the directional arrows in the top left corner of the video to look around the room, even straight up if you want to see if any kittens are on the ceiling for some reason.

On your smart phone, you can actually turn yourself, and the view on your phone will track around as if you're in the room! On your phone you can also pan around by dragging the image with your finger.

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Old 30 July 2017, 01:21 PM
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Last night on the Close-Up Mr. A was taking about how Kidney doesn't like to wear her collar. You could even see her struggling with it and trying to bite it after he tightened it up and put her back down.

On that 360 video up there, if you pan around to the left a bit at the beginning, one of the first things you can see is Cayenne playing with... Kidney's collar!

She's gonna be a little escape artist!
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