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56 minutes ago, Antyronnen said:

These two (Tabitha and Xerxes), now long deceased, taught me the three Laws of Cats.

 

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If you point a finger at them they will sniff it

If you have an empty box they will climb into it

If you are working on something, preferably fragile or requiring concentration, they will sit on it.

 

There is a fourth law which, they told me, was so obvious it didn’t need formulation or codifying as a law : when I’m hungry you will feed me.

 

Antony

 

 

5. There is no shelf high enough to protect the fragile stuff you were working on while you are away 

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12 hours ago, lmagna said:

Isn't it funny how cats always take up any space that is available? Curled up in a bowl or stretched out on the floor taking up all of the available sunlight coming through the window or heat from the furnace. 

I've seen many pics of this.  Especially of them curled up in the strangest places.   It's almost like they're boneless.

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Not my cat.

 

We are currently saddled with 7 of them - all "inherited" from the kids in one way or another. Three of them (one pregnant) are strays rescued by a daughter which we're trying to socialise (the cats, not the daughter) so they can be adopted out. Sigh.

 

Steven

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2 hours ago, Louie da fly said:

We are currently saddled with 7 of them - all "inherited" from the kids in one way or another. Three of them (one pregnant) are strays rescued by a daughter which we're trying to socialize (the cats, not the daughter) so they can be adopted out. Sigh.

Been there, done that.  All of our cats have been strays except one which we adopted from a shelter.

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My standard method for socializing stray cats.

 

I put them in the bedroom and let them find a safe spot. I put food, water and the litter box by that spot (perhaps spots, in your case)(Yes, I accept that there may be accidents, until they feel safer). I leave them alone during the day, and at night I go in and lay on the bed, reading out load for a couple hours. Generally within a few days they will start to come out, and then let you pet them, a day or so later. Finally they will start sleeping with you, or coming out for cuddling.

 

This has worked on many strays.

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On 9/21/2021 at 1:04 PM, Jasseji said:

Back to the topic of cats. 

    Well Jacek, your cat seems to be contemplating some mischief there that reminds me of the pair of twin Siamese cats, Si and Am in the original 1955 Disney film Lady And The Tramp.  The two of them were minor villains who worked together to create lots of mischief that Lady got blamed for.   Those two were apparently related to a pair owned by some friends of ours who had some bad habits including chasing each other up their Christmas tree and knocking it over several times. 

    That was way back in the day, when phones were still plugged into the wall.  The two of them were constantly chewing the wires or simply disconnecting them by knocking them loose during their wild chases around the house, often during phone conversations.  

 

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I’m about to restart my plastic ship kit building after a 18 year paternity leave.  My workspace in our finished basement, but there’s no door.  Before I start on a likely 12 month journey building Heller’s 1/150 Le Superbe, how do I protect my WIP (work in progress) build from the cats who may leap up onto my work table?    I’m thinking some sort of cover and a tray for building.

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1 minute ago, Admiral Beez said:

I’m about to restart my plastic ship kit building after a 18 year paternity leave.  My workspace in our finished basement, but there’s no door.  Before I start on a likely 12 month journey building Heller’s 1/150 Le Superbe, how do I protect my WIP (work in progress) build from the cats who may leap up onto my work table?    I’m thinking some sort of cover and a tray for building.

from my experience, as long as they dont throw the model down a little cardboard box should suffice until you start on the masting, i have decided to get  an acrylic enclosure which will be used for display anyway

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4 minutes ago, Admiral Beez said:

how do I protect my WIP (work in progress) build from the cats who may leap up onto my work table?

You can get some Marlite or inexpensive paneling to lean against the workbench to keep the cats off when you aren't there.  You can even cut it and hinge it to fit the top of your work table.  If the work area is against a wall, you only need to make it 3-sided.

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1 hour ago, NRG OFFICE MANAGER said:

Jacek's idea of a box is good if the model is small and you aren't worried about the cats messing with anything else on the table.  We used to have a cat that was a thief.  She would walk off with anything she could grab off the table!

as i said, only until the masting stage, i am hiding my 1:64 Sphinx Model at the moment in a box made out of the shipping box the model came in initially, but as soon as i have added some fittings i will have to avoid movin the Hull around too much, then only acrylic

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14 hours ago, mtaylor said:

The other possibility for the "cat problem" is to get a piece of say 1/8 plywood about  5 or 6 feet long.  Put it in front of the doorway when you're not down there.  Might need a hook or two to keep it from falling over.

 

We used to do that for our ferrets.  They had their own bedroom and the barrier across the door kept them in there when they couldn't be supervised, but I could still check in on them as I walked by.  We couldn't just close the door because some of them were able to squeeze under it!

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