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Old 13 September 2017, 01:20 PM
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Hello Kitty Offensive Tackle

I think Tahini is planning on trying out for the Chicago Bears' offensive line this season

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Old 13 September 2017, 01:44 PM
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I don't see the Twitter videos, probably due either to having most of the scripting turned off or due to not being signed into Twitter. I just see a still picture and the comment thread.

A headbutt from a cat is usually a friendly greeting gesture; not an aggressive one. But again I can't see what Tahini actually did.
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Old 13 September 2017, 02:34 PM
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That one did not look like the typical kitty headbutt. He came at Falafel with a running start, and hit broadside.

But yes, it is usually affectionate. I once saw a tiger affectionately headbutt one of its human carers -- nearly knocked the guy off his feet.
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Old 13 September 2017, 04:10 PM
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But again I can't see what Tahini actually did.
Synopsis: Falafel is either in a 'breadloaf' posture or a crouch and not paying any attention to Tahini at all. Tahini, who's sitting upright, looks over at Falafel, rises up on her back legs, assumes a charging bull posture, and, completely unprovoked, puts her head down and drills Falafel in the stomach, knocking her over onto her side.

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Old 13 September 2017, 04:31 PM
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Ah, I see. That's not the 'nice to see you' headbutt at all -- the greeting one is generally aimed at the head if it's reachable, and doesn't in any case come as part of a charge.

I'm now trying to remember whether I've seen that particular maneuver in kitten play. The last time I had two kittens at once was -- good grief, fourteen years ago. There was lots of pouncing, wrestling, and chasing (and there still is some); but I don't remember a bull charge. Can't say for sure that they didn't do that, though.
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Old 13 September 2017, 04:33 PM
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It really does look like a bull charge. Tahini even lowers her head like a bull before plowing into her sister. The only thing missing was her snorting and pawing at the ground first!
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Old 15 September 2017, 04:12 PM
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That was the first time I've ever seen it.
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Old 16 September 2017, 04:12 PM
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According to today's mailbag, Pinto and Coriander (I think that's who Mr. A said it was) have been renamed. They are now Rocky and Apollo! I often wondered if anyone had ever renamed the kittens they got from the Kitten Academy, so I guess now I have my answer...
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Old 16 September 2017, 11:06 PM
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Hi TGG:

If you have a look through the alumni section of the Kitten.Academy website, you'll find a few more examples of kittens that have been renamed by their adopters. For example, Merino of the Textiles is now Lilith and her brother Tweed is now Bilbo Tweedins. Even Professor Ari's name (formerly "Aries") has undergone a minor change from his KA student days.

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Old 23 September 2017, 02:47 AM
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Hello Kitty New Batch Of Kittens?

S'mai bawb:

In this evening's Kitten Live Stream, Mr. A mentioned that there may be five four-week-old kittens and a momcat on the way to Kitten Academy next week (though nothing is definite yet).

As far as the Purrsians go, everyone was at the vet today for another checkup. Tahini and Falafal have gotten over the URI and will be going for graduation (i.e., spaying, chipping and shots) on Tuesday. The boys, on the other hand, still need a week's more treatment. Further, Babaganoush's adopter has fallen through so both the boys are available for adoption. Mr A was suggesting that, as Hummus and Babaganoush are very active kittens, someone might want to adopt both (as they might tire each other out).

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Old 23 September 2017, 10:07 AM
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Two kittens are indeed often easier to deal with than one kitten.

Each kitten has an endlessly entertaining interactive play toy in the other; plus a reassuring warm body to curl up with. (No, this will not IME decrease their desire to also play and curl up with the humans; but it'll take the edge off and turn it into desire instead of frantic need. And it'll be easier on any adult cats already present in the household.)
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Old 25 September 2017, 11:31 PM
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Hello Kitty No New Kittens Tomorrow

Hi All:

The batch of kittens that Mr. A hoped would be coming tomorrow won't be coming due to health issues:




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Old 26 September 2017, 12:14 PM
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Baba gives Mr. A an earful.




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Old 26 September 2017, 02:27 PM
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So cute. But that first picture is crying out to be memed, only I'm not sure what the meme would be.
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