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Punzie
July 8th, 2007, 12:31 AM
The best way to get a cat to match everything in a place that is already decorated is to get a solid-colored cat that matches one of the "base" colors. All-white and all-black breeds are obvious choices. (Nix the all-white if you want low-maintenance.) Here are some less obvious choices:

All-gray cat: The Russian Blue breed varies from lightest to darkest gray:

......http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/EWNY/Animals/RB-silver-kitten.jpg...........http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/EWNY/Animals/RB-darkgray-kitten.jpg
light, silvery gray R.B...........dark gray R.B.



All-brown cat: The Havana Brown breed varies from chestnut brown to darkest brown (but not black):

.http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/EWNY/Animals/HB-chestnut.jpg.....h[IMG]http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/EWNY/Animals/HB-darkestbrown.jpgttp://i71.photobucke
chestnut H.B....................... darkest brown H.B.



The Abyssinian breed varies from (cool) taupe to (warm) reddish-brown:http://www.hicats.com/breeds/Abyssinian/Abyssinian02_small.jpg (http://www.hicats.com/breeds/Abyssinian/Abyssinian02.jpg)http://www.hicats.com/breeds/Abyssinian/Abyssinian04_small.jpg
(http://www.hicats.com/breeds/Abyssinian/Abyssinian04.jpg)http://www.hicats.com/breeds/Abyssinian/Abyssinian02_small.jpg (http://www.hicats.com/breeds/Abyssinian/Abyssinian02.jpg)http://www.hicats.com/breeds/Abyssinian/Abyssinian04_small.jpg (http://www.hicats.com/breeds/Abyssinian/Abyssinian04.jpg).http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/EWNY/Animals/abyssinian.jpg...........http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/EWNY/Animals/abyssinian2.jpg
(cool) taupe Abs.............(warm) reddish-brown Abs


A CAT FOR FABRIZIO:

There are obviously a great many other breeds that are solid-colored and match everything. I recommend to Fabrizio the above breeds -- or mixed breeds that greatly resemble them. They are among the most athletic and fearless; they will not hesitate to intimidate and chase away a badger that may still be coming near his place. These cats tend to be independent-minded, smarter than average (for cats), and low maintenance.

Added bonus for Fabrizio: Many cats of the above breeds engage in comical and/or "human-like" behavior that greatly amuses their owners. If these cats were in a classroom, they'd be the "class clowns."

I wouldn't recommend a Siamese to Fabrizio because a good percentage of them meow a lot. Many people find this enchanting, but I get the feeling that he would find this annoying. (He could be lucky and end up with a quiet one, but there's very little way of predicting this in advance.)

Because a badger is involved, Fabrizio should get a cat that's five months or older.

Early spaying/neutering is a must; this way the cat will be focussed on chasing away the badger and rodents -- not on finding a mate!

Fabrizio
July 8th, 2007, 05:01 AM
There must be something wrong with my computer because none of these cats are moving. Are they animated gifs or not?

I thought I saw that black cat wink, but maybe it's just me.

I've had trouble with this computer in the past, so please let me know.

As far as colors go, I'm looking for a cat in a Pantone 443C. A Pantone 442C would work too.


Many cats of the above breeds engage in comical and/or "human-like" behavior that greatly amuses their owners.

I don't know if I want to come home to that.

And anyway... first the damn thing greatly amuses you and then one thing leads to another. I just don't need that in my life right now.


"I wouldn't recommend a Siamese to Fabrizio because a good percentage of them meow a lot. Many people find this enchanting, but I get the feeling that he would find this annoying.

You are right.


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ablarc
July 8th, 2007, 12:51 PM
A CAT FOR FABRIZIO:
I recommend to Fabrizio the above breeds -- or mixed breeds that greatly resemble them. They are among the most athletic and fearless; they will not hesitate to intimidate and chase away a badger that may still be coming near his place.
Badgers are fierce animals and will protect themselves and their young at all costs. Badgers are capable of fighting off much larger animals such as wolves, coyotes and bears.
--Wikipedia

Fabrizio
July 8th, 2007, 01:07 PM
Well in that case, let's make it:

"Choosing a badger that matches your needs & home decor."

lofter1
July 8th, 2007, 01:07 PM
LOL ^^^

Maybe you should forget the cat & the badger -- instead look to the Amazon for one of these (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/07/08/MNG2IQSUCI1.DTL)

ablarc
July 8th, 2007, 01:19 PM
^ Possibly overkill.

If you must look to the Amazon for your housepet, would you consider an ocelot? More or less a cat, and it might hold its own against the badger. (Be sure to invest in some falconer's gloves.)

Fabrizio
July 8th, 2007, 01:37 PM
"Enormous, brutal, smelly creature"

I already had one of those.

That's why I'm now looking for a cat.

MidtownGuy
July 8th, 2007, 06:39 PM
So, you've decided upon a cool medium gray.
That would be very nice.

Punzie
July 8th, 2007, 10:52 PM
So, you've decided upon a cool medium gray.
That would be very nice.
I see a little facetiousness here, and that would be understandable for any cat lover reading this thread. Most cat lovers (or just appreciators) would say:

"What the heck does it matter if the cat matches the home decor and is exactly the right cat? Shouldn't Fabrizio's cat be appreciated for its intrinsic value -- a warder of pests and a pleasant companion?"

Here's my answer, based on an enormous wealth of experience: there's only one way to get a person who doesn't like or want to own cats to grow fond of -- maybe even love -- an individual pet cat: it really must be exactly the right cat.

Commonly heard from people who don't like cats is something like this: "I never wanted to own a cat, but I have to say that 'Pavlov', my Russian Blue, is the exception. He doesn't even act like a cat! I'll never find a feline as cool as Pavlov again."

Ninjahedge
July 9th, 2007, 12:12 AM
Badgers are fierce animals and will protect themselves and their young at all costs. Badgers are capable of fighting off much larger animals such as wolves, coyotes and bears.
--Wikipedia

Gotta watch out for those: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/badgers.php (http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/badgers.php)

Punzie
July 9th, 2007, 12:43 AM
Gotta watch out for those: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/badgers.php (http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/badgers.php)
^Hey, these badgers are cute! (Glamorizing badgers...:rolleyes:)

P.S. What's with the grass blade and the badger on the right?

Fabrizio
July 9th, 2007, 07:48 AM
The best way to get a cat to match everything in a place that is already decorated is to get a solid-colored cat that matches one of the "base" colors. All-white and all-black breeds are obvious choices. (Nix the all-white if you want low-maintenance.)


^ I think this advice is golden

(and this is why I love WiredNewYork)

My problem is probably in the fact that I'm such a perfectionist. I'm looking for an exact match to my sofa and curtains. I think if I just relaxed and got a black cat I'd be fine but I'm thinking of my ArchitecturalDigest photo spread with me and the cat and I want everything to be perfect.

I'm trying to lose a few pounds too. I'd like to lose 10 pounds by the end of the month.


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Punzie
July 9th, 2007, 08:12 AM
I've run into so many people who are serious about choosing pets that match their home decor that I have no idea if you're serious about a black cat...

In any case, the color black in a cat doesn't guarantee a good deterrent to a badger. It's the breed that matters. Some cat breeds are especially athletic and hard-working; other breeds are somewhat klutzy and lazy.

Fabrizio
July 9th, 2007, 08:22 AM
"I've run into so many people who are serious about choosing pets that match their home decor that I have no idea if you're serious about a black cat... "


I'm sort of joking about getting a black cat.

But black is always a last resort if I can't find one in the exact grey I'm looking for. But anyway, the photo shoot is off if I can't lose the pounds. I'd settle for 5.

Punzie
July 9th, 2007, 08:27 AM
Fab, if you get an especially quick, athletic and independent cat, you'll lose five pounds chasing it and trying to keep track of it.:D

Ninjahedge
July 9th, 2007, 09:41 AM
Downside to getting a cat/dog/feral hamster that matches your furnature:

Your couch may "shed".

Just sit down on a white chair that your white longhair likes, or, in your case, your grey couch that your slate grey kitty snoozes and grooms on.

You will need a shave/brushdown afterwards if you plan on going out!

MidtownGuy
July 9th, 2007, 12:18 PM
Rapunzel, I wasn't being facetious about the shade of grey...I had a Pantone color wheel on my desk at the time I read Fabrizio's desire for PMS 442C or 443C.

Ninjahedge
July 9th, 2007, 02:22 PM
Mushroom!!!!!!

ZippyTheChimp
July 9th, 2007, 03:59 PM
Bah!

Fabrizio, be a man. Defend your home. Get a shotgun.

Practice on the cat.

Punzie
July 9th, 2007, 05:59 PM
Your couch may "shed".

Just sit down on a white chair that your white longhair likes, or, in your case, your grey couch that your slate grey kitty snoozes and grooms on.
That's why I only recommend cats to Fabrizio that have very short fur.

To avoid shedding on good furniture, train your cat off it. Just because your cat matches, doesn't mean it has privilege to sit on it. If you don't mind brushing the cat, (perhaps with gloves), do it every 1-2 days.

Fabrizio
July 9th, 2007, 06:09 PM
Hey, I could throw a "Fur Ball".

And everyone has to wear slate grey:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0471659665/sr=8-1/qid=1141886057/ref=pd_bbs_1?_encoding=UTF8

lofter1
July 9th, 2007, 06:24 PM
As long as you don't call it this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Party_of_Canada) :cool:

lofter1
July 9th, 2007, 06:29 PM
And everyone has to wear slate grey ...


tres chic (http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=n%3A1045068%2Cp_10%3AGrey&page=1)

Punzie
July 9th, 2007, 06:45 PM
Before you get a cat, you must find out if you are allergic. (And I'm not talking about the psychological, psychosomatic, or just plain psycho.;))

If you are, there are four hypoallergenic cat breeds to date. Two breeds are longhairs, and one of the shorthair breeds is almost always white/cream (gets dirty easily) -- so by default, you'd end up with a Cornish Rex:

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/EWNY/Animals/blue-CornishRex.jpg
The Cornish Rex has unusually short fur that falls in "washboard waves."
(I didn't want to put up an image this large, but it's the only way to see this unusual fur.)
This is a blue Cornish Rex; they come in all colors/patterns that are natural to the domestic cat population.

Ninjahedge
July 9th, 2007, 07:13 PM
That's why I only recommend cats to Fabrizio that have very short fur.

To avoid shedding on good furniture, train your cat off it. Just because your cat matches, doesn't mean it has privilege to sit on it. If you don't mind brushing the cat, (perhaps with gloves), do it every 1-2 days.

AHAHAHAH!!!

Train your cat not to sleep on the couch. That's a good one!!!

We have done similar with water pistols to "discourage" the felines from being no the countertops, tables, and any bag left on the chairs or tables.

But I wake up to find one scurrying off the table before I get to them. (Hell, the other day one just looked at me like "Whaaaaat?" while laying no the dining room table).

Couches are even harder.

It is very difficult to train your felines to stay out of certain areas unless you are home a good portion of the day.....

Punzie
July 9th, 2007, 07:14 PM
tres chic (http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=n%3A1045068%2Cp_10%3AGrey&page=1)
http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/2187801CETL._AA160_.jpg
"Russian Blue cat" dress.
Smooth, shiny, silvery.


http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/I/11dHN9p967L._AA160_.jpg
"Blue Cornish Rex cat" dress.
Ripply, textured, not silvery.


(Thanks, Lofter- these models make me feel great about my figure!)

lofter1
July 12th, 2007, 09:40 AM
... let's make it:

"Choosing a badger that matches your needs & home decor."

In case you're at a loss regarding where to find one ...

Giant badgers terrorise Iraqi port city

rawstory (http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Giant_badgers_terrorise_Iraqi_port__07112007.html)
July 11, 2007

The Iraqi port city of Basra, already prey to a nasty turf war between rival militia factions, has now been gripped by a new fear -- a giant badger stalking the streets by night.

Local farmers have caught and killed several of the beasts, but this has done nothing to dispel rumours of a bear-like monster that eats humans and was allegedly released into the area by British forces to spread panic.

Iraqi scientists have attempted to calm the public but, amid the confusion and mistrust spawned by the ongoing guerrilla war, the story has spread like wildfire in the streets of the city and the villages round about.

Mushtaq Abdul-Mahdi, director of Basra's veterinary hospital, has inspected the corpses of several dead badgers and tries to reassure his fellow citizens that they are not a new post-war arrival in the region.

"These animals appeared before the fall of the regime in 1986. They are known as Al-Ghirayri and locally as Al-Girta," he told AFP. "Talk that this animal was brought by the British forces is incorrect and unscientific."

British troops have been based in Basra since the 2003 US-led invasion overthrew dictator Saddam Hussein, and the 5,500 that remain still face the threat of Shiite militias battling for the region's oil resources.

They also have to battle the Iraqi rumour mill, as locals are quick to blame them for almost any calamity that befalls the area -- including an apparent plague of vicious badgers with long claws and powerful jaws.

British army spokesman Major David Gell said the animals were thought to be a kind of honey badger -- mellivora capensis -- which can be fierce but are not usually dangerous to humans unless provoked.

"They are native to the region but rare in Iraq. They're nocturnal carnivores with a fearsome reputation, but they don't stalk humans and carry them back to their lair," he said.

Both the scientists and the soldiers agree that the badger ought not to be a danger to humans, but so far they have failed to reassure the populace.

"I was sleeping at night when this strange animal hit me on my head. I have not seen such an animal before. My husband hurried to shoot it but it was as swift as a deer," said Suad Hassan, a 30-year-old housewife.

"It is the size of a dog but his head is like a monkey. It runs so quickly."
Cell phone video of the badgers circulating in Basra shows a stocky skunk-like animal with long front claws.

The honey badger, or ratel, is known as a brave predator capable of killing a cobra. It weighs up to 14 kilos (30 pounds), not usually known as man-eater.

Sattar Jabbar, a 50-year-old local farmer from Abu Sakhar north of Basra, believes the badger can tackle even large prey.

"I saw it three days ago at night attacking animals. It even ate a cow. It tore the cow up piece by piece. I tried to shoot it with my gun but it ran away into the orchards. I missed it," he said.
I
n Iraq there can be only one explanation for an animal so vicious.

"I believe this animal appeared following a raid to the region by the British forces," said Ali Mohsen, a farmer in his 40s from Karmat Ali, near the air base used by the multinational force.

"As we are close to the airport, they probably released this animal into the area," he reasoned.

Amid such tales, there is little experts like Dr Ghazi Yaqub Azzam, deputy dean of the veterinary college, can do to reassure his neighbours.

"Its nature is to eat small animals like hens and rats. It has powerful senses of hearing and smell. It gets aggressive if senses danger, but it doesn't attack man unless threatened," he said.

Azzam speculated that the badgers were being driven towards the city because Iraq is trying to re-flood marshland north of Basra that was drained by Saddam in order to persecute local Marsh Arab tribes.

For all that, the British army thinks Basrawis have little to fear.

"If you cornered it and poked it with a stick, then the smart money would be on the badger," warned Gell, who has faced many rumours like this one in his tour in Iraq.

"We have not released giant badgers in Basra," he said, "and nor have we been collecting eggs and releasing serpents into the Shatt al-Arab river."

Copyright AFP 2007

lofter1
July 12th, 2007, 09:46 AM
Honey Badger (http://www.lioncrusher.com/animal.asp?animal=202)

http://badgers.org.uk/badgerpages/honey-badger.html (http://badgers.org.uk/badgerpages/honey-badger.html)

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n198/ngala/DATABASE%20NKORHO/SMALLER%20PICS/HONEYBADGER2.jpg
http://badgers.org.uk/badgerpages/images/pixel.gif


http://www.lioncrusher.com/images/mellivora_capensis.jpg


http://www.natgeotv-int.com/pages/images/programmes/30085.jpg


http://www.underwater.org/mermaid/botswana/images/ratel1-800.jpg

Front_Porch
July 12th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Enough with the giant badgers and back to designer-matching cats: I had a Burmese Blue for many, many wonderful years.

I would highly recommend the breed: Same coloring as the Russian Blue, more aesthetically pleasing head shape.

Mine was generally quiet, except when she was guarding me from ball-point pens.

R.I.P., Catlin.

Punzie
July 13th, 2007, 04:33 AM
...I had a Burmese Blue for many, many wonderful years.

I would highly recommend the breed: Same coloring as the Russian Blue, more aesthetically pleasing head shape.
Yes! -- the shape of the Russian Blue's head evokes controversial opinions. With its placement on a long, thin neck, almost at a right angle, it's described as "cobra-like" -- even by the Cat Fancier's Association.:D Here's a pic of a Russian Blue head:


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/EWNY/Animals/RBcobra-head.jpg
(Cobra!)



R.I.P., Catlin.Awww... even the name is cute.:) My belated condolences on your loss.

NewYorkDoc
July 13th, 2007, 10:27 AM
Alright Rap, here it is: I was thinking, I could call a shelter that is about to put an older cat down and adopt it. An older cat would probably not require as much attention as a kitten or a young cat. Anyone have an opinion on this? I'm not allergic, we've had cats since my childhood.

allie
July 13th, 2007, 12:40 PM
If your apartment is decorated in animal print (:rolleyes:), then a toyger is right for you! http://www.toygers.org/

I think they're cute :D

Punzie
July 16th, 2007, 07:16 AM
From the very beginning I've thought that Fabrizio would prefer a pet cat that is not at all cute-looking, but rather "wild jungle"-looking. Problem is, the domestic cats with the jungle look don't match his home decor:


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/EWNY/Animals/savannah-cat.jpg
Domestic cat breed: Savannah.


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/EWNY/Animals/bengal-cat.jpg
Domestic cat breed: Bengal.


The Savannah has African Serval wildcat mixed into it. The Bengal has Asian Leopard wildcat mixed into it. Both cat breeds are superb ratters as well as friendly pets. I'd recommend a male to Fabrizio, since in these breeds, the males are significantly larger than the females.

Cat breeders are making a (successful) effort to create Savannahs and Bengals with the black spots on silver and slate gray; this effort is reflected in the breeders' websites. In about five years, there will be a plethora of these two breeds in gray coloring, but for now, they're not readily available.

MidtownGuy
July 16th, 2007, 07:36 AM
wow, they're beautiful!

Punzie
July 16th, 2007, 08:20 AM
Aren't they? I always wanted a cat that looked like a miniature leopard. One of these days...!

Microchipping these cats is a must. Thieves find spotted "leopard" cats especially enticing. I could post news articles on this... or you can take my word for it.:)

lofter1
July 16th, 2007, 09:11 AM
A bit of leopard skin -- be it a throw pillow or a kitty-kat -- works with almost any decor.

Fabrizio
July 16th, 2007, 09:23 AM
Lofter knows what he's talking about. Animal print is evergreen and goes with everything. It's very Roberto Cavalli. Actually, maybe too Roberto Cavalli at this moment in time.

I'll think about it and call you later.

http://www.w3sh.com/archives/3060000000053226.JPG.jpg

MidtownGuy
July 16th, 2007, 12:05 PM
When it's time for me to get a kitten, I want a Savannah. I just did some reading on them and they're fascinating. Hard to find though.

Front_Porch
July 16th, 2007, 12:19 PM
The Bengals are beautiful! How much are they? Any drawbacks to the breed?

ali r.

mothproof
August 15th, 2007, 03:52 AM
took home this black stray kitty once on impulse, without any forethought of how he'll fit in aesthetically in our house.

well, he fits perfectly.


sometimes it's the small detours that's beautiful.:)

pricedout
November 1st, 2007, 08:11 AM
NewYorkDoc,

It's not that uncommon for households with children to need to place their animals when their children develop asthma/allergies. This happened to us. At the age of five our daughter developed fairly severe asthma and our two wonderful cats had to go.

It's not so easy to place cats in no-kill shelters in these situations. Many of them simply don't have the room. Animal groups basically treated us as if we were criminals for needing to get rid of our cats. We wound up paying a more understanding organization $500 per cat to place them.

The New York Humane Society's goal is to be kill-free, but I don't think they can manage it at this time. They have many cats that are not old, not young. Any cat that's two or so years old will be more mature. They may still be psycho, but that's always a risk you take.