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Cats in the drain

By p1 20 September 2010 97

Cats in a drain

While going for a wander to catch some fresh air at lunch time, (and with a camera in my pocket wondering what new stencil art may have appeared), I came across these little fellows sunning themselves.

Now, this isn’t the first time I have seen these guys. I couple of weeks ago, I was wandering along the same path when I noticed a women in the canal acting a little strangely. It turned out she was placing some chicken pieces and a pile of dry cat food outside each of the drain entrances. As soon as she got a little distance away the little ferals would come out for a feed.

When I commented casually in passing (can’t remember what I said, something about her making the cats happy) she replied in a tone that made it appear as if she were performing a great community service, and that if she didn’t it would be terrible.

I can’t help but think that she is making the problem worse, although I guess there is the argument that if they are well fed they won’t eat the natives.

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carnardly 9:37 am 25 Oct 10

I’ve heard them squeak profusely when the asian lady comes with her food. they all become pretty much like a normal cat. tails up, soft eyes, and running to her

UrbanAdventure.org 8:46 pm 23 Oct 10

I popped by to take a look at the cute kittehs (lolspeak for Kitty) and counted 9, but apparently missed two way further up, so there is 11. Some are clearly related, as they have the upside down T of white on their face, and white paws.

They seemed to be waiting for something, and rejoiced when the old Asian lady turned up to feed them. The kittehs were fascinating to watch. They have a designated kitteh litter area, so they don’t seem to foul up their home drains. They are social, in that they seem to enjoy each other’s commpany, and groom each other. They don’t fight over food, and tolerate each other sharing food. They drink water straight from the drain. They run up and down the main drain to eat food dropped for them or to communicate / socialise.

Interestingly, they are compleatly silent. They do not meow at all. They do not growl at each other. Oh, hang on, I heard one hiss at another as they were playing in the sun. They are pretty cluey on where to find the last of the sun as well. They’re also very wary of humans. I was not able to get all that close to them.

Almost all of them are either pretty young, or small. Some look to be only a few months old. Possible candidates for living with humans?

Captain RAAF 10:52 am 22 Oct 10

On a related note, I saved a cat this morning. Caught it in my trap but as I was taking the ‘A’ car to work and didn’t want it crapping itself and pissing all over the boot, I just soaked it with the garden hose in quiet rememberance of his fallen brothers and sisters that lost their lives in the great floods of last week. It didn’t appear to appreciate the ceremony but sure enough, when released it ran straight to my Housing Commission neighbours house….well, well, well!

Next week, will be a different story.

carnardly 9:49 am 22 Oct 10

I saw about 8 there yesterday arvo. I’m personally glad they’re not now at Fleureiu peninsula or somewhere…

carnardly 12:23 pm 21 Oct 10

yup – those post flood drain photos show the more timid of the gangs. To the right of the bridge (ie facing callum space station).

imarty 9:58 am 21 Oct 10

I saw 4 yesterday arvo that looked exactly like the ones in the pic. The most I’ve seen was around 6 or 7.

carnardly 9:54 am 21 Oct 10

I saw two there this morning. And not the ones in the above photos. Lets hope the others made it and aren’t on their way to Adelaide. Maybe the main family was still asleep when I went past. I’ll see what I see tonight.

p1 4:40 pm 20 Oct 10

By the way Barry, why do you find it so hard to think that people may have developed a dislike for cats, entirely separate from either over bearing spouses or adolescent bloodlust?

I don’t like bananas; will you insist that it has some Freudian link to me latent fear of my Father?

And I dislike feral cats more or less equally to feral pigs, dogs, camels, water buffalo and Indian minors, but I dislike foxes even more.

p1 4:35 pm 20 Oct 10

Captain RAAF said :

I think we can assume that these cats are halfway to Adelaide by now.

Nope, as I said, they survived:

p1 said :

georgesgenitals said :

I bet they’ll be back. They would know where to go by now.

The “Drain Cats of Woden™” have survived!

Well, at least two have, but I’m sure the rest are fine to, although I guess if anyone really wants to know, they will just have to look in the next GPT downstream of Woden.

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motleychick 3:10 pm 20 Oct 10

KB1971 said :

motleychick said :

Barry S – you have issues. I’d go see someone about that.

Is anybody else creeped out by his posts in a Hannibal Lecterish way?

Or is it just me?

Hahahahahahahahahaha

KB1971 said :

motleychick said :

Barry S – you have issues. I’d go see someone about that.

Is anybody else creeped out by his posts in a Hannibal Lecterish way?

Or is it just me?

No, it’s not just you.

KB1971 2:59 pm 20 Oct 10

motleychick said :

Barry S – you have issues. I’d go see someone about that.

Is anybody else creeped out by his posts in a Hannibal Lecterish way?

Or is it just me?

Captain RAAF 2:54 pm 20 Oct 10

I think we can assume that these cats are halfway to Adelaide by now.

motleychick 2:31 pm 20 Oct 10

Erg0 said :

Barry: Not that I disagree with your general point, but I’m really starting to wonder where you picked up your hangups.

Exactly right.

motleychick 2:26 pm 20 Oct 10

Barry S – you have issues. I’d go see someone about that.

Erg0 2:25 pm 20 Oct 10

Barry: Not that I disagree with your general point, but I’m really starting to wonder where you picked up your hangups.

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