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Was this my finest woodworking hour? (warning - cute cat video)

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Blog entry by KnickKnack posted 610 days ago 2809 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year and a half ago we acquired a couple of cats from some people returning to England from Portugal. Great chaps they are – Ginger and Blackie – at the time they were about 8.
Having read that cats like to play, I went out and made a fluffy swingy toy for them…

It’s a piece of chestnut fence post stuck into a hoe-like thing, with an ash cross piece, and a piece of beech to keep the “handle” in place. I know – don’t mix chestnut and ash, but I like to push the envelope somewhat. From the top, on a fence staple, I hung a bit of string, and at the end of the string a fluffy pink toy and a small bell.
Well, needless to say the two cats were not amused. So not amused, in fact, that they never once even attempted to play with it.
For the last 2 years it’s sat in our lounge not being played with – a constant source of disappointment to me – perhaps that saying about the chestnut and ash has some value?

Then we found Claw-Dee-Puss abandoned, and rescued him…

...and, much to my amazement, he loves to play with it – practising his Bruce Lee skills for hours on end (1m 51s)...

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."



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Kookaburra

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#1 posted 610 days ago

I love the way he sidles up to it as if he will take that enemy off guard. How did he celebrate at the end when he had driven off the interloper? Nice portrait of CDP too! I assume this is the same kitty who took over one of your boxes in an early project?

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Dallas

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#2 posted 610 days ago

A very stout fellow you have there!
Nice project too!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 610 days ago

Cute lil guy… Looks like close to a Seal Point Himalayan/Siamese kitten… Beautiful!

I’d say it’s good that you kept it…

What a RIOT!!

Great going!

... yeah… he will grow out of it…
... BUT, you’re going to have BALL until he does!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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garyprott

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#4 posted 610 days ago

Great Video WTG on the rescue. I’m a cat guy too. 3 of them. May try your idea. Less the ash..lol Gary

-- James Krenov..."It's about a lot of little things, they do matter. Enjoy them."

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KnickKnack

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#5 posted 610 days ago

I assume this is the same kitty who took over one of your boxes in an early project?

He is indeedy.
He’s up from 375g to 700g this morning – he’s a growin’ fast and probably close to what he ought to be for his age now.

James Krenov…”It’s about a lot of little things, they do matter. Enjoy them.”
Nice tag line.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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Roger

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#6 posted 609 days ago

Kittens are so funny the way they wobble around and play. Then they grow up and play the same way. hehehe Gr8 enjoyment, and entertainment. I know, cuz I/we have 3..
Rockie;

Bullwinkle;

& Boris…......... NO, No Natashia.. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Mark Gipson

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#7 posted 609 days ago

I find the easiest way to get a cat to play is to try and do anything in the shop! All of our cats go crazy as soon as they get sight of a pencil or tape measure.

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DocSavage45

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#8 posted 562 days ago

I’ve had dogs, now cats have me. LOL. Last woodworking projects were outside cat houses and a cat feeding station.( The catty shack) Minnesota winters!

Hope to do some fine woodworking projects this winter. Thanks for posting this. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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