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Is this the face of a felon?

CyberKitten
March 30th, 2006, 03:40 PM
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I am sure amny of you have heard about the alledged "crazy" cat Lewis from Fairfiled, Conn who has been placed under house arrest - a good thing for him in my view and where he should have been anyway, not just if he "attacked" people (He may thought he was playing and may well have been taught to do that by family members. Who knows?) but poor Lewis now had a "record" thx to his much publicized feline antics.

Here are some links to his story:



http://wcbstv.com/topstories/local_story_087170103.html
http://www.startribune.com/484/story/337495.html
http://www.wnbc.com/news/8321750/detail.html?rss=ny&psp=news

I feel rather sorry for poor Lewis - it's his "owner" who has allowed him to roam abd bit taught him that kitties or people for that matter are supposed to scratch others. I wonder what the Avon Lady did to him or did she smell like someone who once hurt him?

What really irked me was a description of polydactyls in the 3rd article as "freaks of nature". They are no such thing!!! They are polydactyles - it is not uncommon feature some kitties possess. I once rescued a pregnant stray named who had four more little polys - and I love those big paws. She was no "freak" and a loving mom and the kittens were so beautiful!!!

I am tempted to write a letter to the editor or producer of that station pointing out the genetic issues that lead to polydactylism. These kitties have extra toes because of a dominant gene. Thus, most kittens of poly mamas will have extra toes even if the father does not. Breeding two Polydactyl Cats increases the incidence of Polydactyl kittens. And according to Cat Fancy, "Because the gene has incomplete expression, however, it is not certain how many toes the kittens will have or what conformation their feet will show. American Polydactyl Cats can be registered with the breed society even if only one parent is Polydactyl. If both parents are Polydactyls and the kitten is not, it will be registered as an American Polydactyl without extra toes as long as it has a shortened tail."

Indeed, this is the description of them from an article in that old issue of Cat Fancy I read. "In personality and care requirements, American Polydactyl Cats are much like any other cat. Many owners have made the observation, however, that their American Polydactyl cats seem to have a more relaxed and mellow personality than other cats they have owned. These cats are quite hardy and can survive even in snowy weather. American Polydactyl Cats adapt very well to indoor or outdoor life, or a combination of the two. They make outgoing pets, and are reported to be affectionate and patient even towards children. "

They are also known as Hemingway kitties and many sailors believe them to bring good luck.

Freaks indeed!!! Arrrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Prin
March 30th, 2006, 07:11 PM
I get that look from cats a lot! :D

Last night on the Late Show, the top ten list was "Signs your kitty might be nuts".

http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/top_ten/[/url] ]Top Ten Signs Your Kitty Is Nuts


10. You saw him on "Dr. Phil"

9. Wasted three of nine lives on George Foreman Grill mishaps

8. When you stroke his belly, he purrs, "moooo!"

7. The dog is missing and you found a ransom note spelled out in yarn

6. Was caught sharing bag of catnip with Whitney Houston's cat

5. That toy he's playing with is grandpa's ear!

4. Calls sports talk radio claiming Knicks are about to turn it around

3. Firemen are trying to coax you out of a tree

2. Believes Barry Bonds never used steroids

1. He neutered himself

SnowDancer
March 31st, 2006, 11:57 AM
This could be my cat - rescued from the streets in dead of winter nearly 15 years ago - has been trying to do me in "with love" ever since. Even looks like my cat - black and white.

KarineB
March 31st, 2006, 01:44 PM
I know I probably should not find this funny but I think that it is hilarious.

By they way when I was still living with my parents their neighbor had a sweet little siamese terror. She use to jump on people and even chased the neighborhood dogs. They eventually put a bell on her so that she would stop sneaking up on people. So evey time I would walk down the street I would listen in terror for the little bell. Hehe! :p

Melinda
March 31st, 2006, 02:59 PM
funny isn't it, in all of the pictures, 16 different ones that I've seen, Lou is never being held.....