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Tue Nov 12, 2019, 02:41 PM

Uh-oh! The cat vs snowflake battles begin.

Now that snow is falling, my cat, Ember is patrolling the window. It happens every winter.

Like most cats, she loves window browsing on the outside world. The inside window ledge is roomy enough to hold her. Ordinary snow showers that fall in a straight direction get a warning stare, but she doesn't move into action until the whirly flurries begin. Those are rhe larger flakes that swirl in all directions, up, down, sideways, and in loops and circles, often banging up against the window. To Ember, that is a personal affront that requires retaliation.

BAM! A right paw slams the window. Then a left. Then the upright position, both paws battering the pane. POW! POW! Take that you rogue snowflakes. If only I could reach through the glass I would capture the whole lot of you.

But of course she can't. The glass holds up, thank God, because my apt is on the 5th floor of my building. But her strength and persistence worry me. She races from one end of the ledge to the other in mad pursuit while I rush to remove plants to a safe location. The vertical blinds sway and clang against each other.

She can't stop herself, even though the flakes are outside her reach. She is hard-wired to chase things that move.

I distract her with toys but in seconds she is back at the window. I close the blinds so she can't see out. She pushes her nose between them.

I lift her away with soothing words and lots of petting. More distraction with her favorite videos. There is one that is specially designed for cats which she loves. But she will watch scenes from other movies, too. I think she considers them an alternate window view of the world. The blinds remain shut and the battle of the snowflakes fades in her memory. I sigh in relief and go back about my businesd -- until the next time.

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Reply Uh-oh! The cat vs snowflake battles begin. (Original post)
wnylib Nov 2019 OP
gibraltar72 Nov 2019 #1
wnylib Nov 2019 #3
Collimator Nov 2019 #2
wnylib Nov 2019 #4
hermetic Nov 2019 #5
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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 02:49 PM

1. Mine is still dealing with the leaves.

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Response to gibraltar72 (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 03:07 PM

3. Oh yeah. Another favorite chase for cats.

When I was a child I had an indoor-outdoor cat who loved diving into piles of raked leaves. Very cute and funny to watch - for me anyway. My father, not so much.

Since I live at a busy city intersection,, Ember is a totally indoor cat. Fortunately leaves do not get blown around high enough to reach my windows. Her snowflake battles are enough for me to deal with.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 02:59 PM

2. Very well written.

I can see Ember and her antics in your words.

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Response to Collimator (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 03:24 PM

4. If I figure out how to do it, I have photos I would

post. A couple pics and videos of her watching movies. Some of her sizing up which xmas tree ornament to attack next (from behind the tree where she thought she was hidden).

In one pic, the lighting was just right to catch a small white circle above one eye so it looks like a halo that slipped off the top of her head.

She has s tortoiseshell tabby coat, mostly black and gray stripes with streaks of red here and there like the embers of a fire, which is how she got her name. A few wisps of white.

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Response to wnylib (Original post)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 05:09 PM

5. How to post photos here.

Get the image from your computer uploaded to a web-based image hosting site. Here are two. Imgur is a free site. https://imgur.com/
Also Post Image https://postimages.org/login

Once you have uploaded your image to your upload site, you will see that it may offer you various types of links. You need the Direct Link. Click the copy button. Then paste into your DU message box. Done! The URL you pasted into DU must end with one of the standard file format extensions such as .jpg, .gif, .png, etc.

We LUVS kitteh pictures so do give it a go. Would love to see yours.

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Response to hermetic (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 10:39 PM

6. Thanks for the info. I am not very tech savvy st all.

So, the pics are on my phone. My laptop is not connected because I can use my phone for browsing and there is a library branch very close to me for other computer uses like printing. At home I use the laptop mostly for typing things on Word, reading stuff I ssve on a flash drive from library visits, organizing genealogy info, or playing offline games.

So, can I upload to one of those sites directly from my phone? It's an android. Should be able to copy and paste from it, but doesn't usually turn out well for me. Seems like my fingers are too big for zeroing in on what I want with any precision.

A librarian suggested I buy a connector to upload pics from my phone to a site using their computer and then offered to help me with it from there.

If I go that route, it will be a while before I have the connector. I searched at Amazon but it was hard to find one to match my phone.

Would love to share pics of Ember. I am a real sucker for animal pics.and love seeing them here.

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