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    Quote Originally Posted by JosefinaHW View Post
    I don't know why it's such a big thing with me but there is a primary name but then I use continuous variants all the time: Fezziwig, Fezzi, Fezziwiggle, The Wayward Wiggler, etc., etc,....
    Have you ever said "Fuzzywig"? ^_^
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    That's probably standard practice. Our cats all have had several names, the ones on the vet's records are probably the least used. For example: Snoopy was often called The Bun.

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    Yeah, Arthur is just 'Arthur' at the vet. At home he's Artie to most people and (I'm ashamed to say) to me he's just 'Cat!'


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    Quote Originally Posted by TurnaboutVox View Post
    Yeah, Arthur is just 'Arthur' at the vet. At home he's Artie to most people and (I'm ashamed to say) to me he's just 'Cat!'
    Just like people! Except instead of cat, it's "hey you!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogen View Post
    That's probably standard practice. Our cats all have had several names, the ones on the vet's records are probably the least used. For example: Snoopy was often called The Bun.
    It just came to me why I enjoy the endless name thing: it's just fun to lose yourself in silly playfulness. Glad to hear you use seemingly unrelated names too: I was going to share more of mine and then I thought 80 percent of them are probably in the UrbanDictionary or phonetically are some incredibly offensive term in another language!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huilunsoittaja View Post
    Have you ever said "Fuzzywig"? ^_^
    . That's cute but I don't think I've used any term with "fuzzy" in it: Fezzi and minks are part of the same family and Fezzi's fur is just as soft but less thick. Huilu, every time I get ready to go out the sliding doors onto the deck I am always reminded of that fabulous photo of your squirrel clinging to the screen! The squirrels are all wound-up and super silly here now. First the first round of squirrel litters are out of the drey, they are sugared-up from all the apricots on the tree, and they are at that stage where they all are doing that fast dash and then the dash back, etc... Good stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JosefinaHW View Post
    It just came to me why I enjoy the endless name thing: it's just fun to lose yourself in silly playfulness. Glad to hear you use seemingly unrelated names too: I was going to share more of mine and then I thought 80 percent of them are probably in the UrbanDictionary or phonetically are some incredibly offensive term in another language!
    Playing with names is a lovely thing to do. When we had a small wayward tabby cat once we called her our 'coy tiger' & as an alternative our 'toy cougar'. These expressions we portmanteau-ed into 'tougar', and this became our name for any cat and still is. We have no pets at present but I can't wait for the moment that life circumstances allow me to get another tougar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JosefinaHW View Post
    Thanks, Z! Fezziwig is really a love muffin. I know that some people say that domesticated ferrets are vicious but I think it has more to do with how they interact with those around them. When they are very young, like any animal, they have to learn the strength of their jaw. Ferrets don't learn by smacking them, time-outs, or the word "no"; it's just a matter of gently tickling their muzzle to get them to learn to clench more gently. Ferrets, at least "mine" have never been very interested in many toys: they love to go into my bags, explore and "ferret" something out; swing inside one of the many packing envelopes for books/cds, etc., that arrive by post; and Fezzi has two plushy animals that he loves. One is a cat toy: a a plush bird tied to a string--OMG! he chases the bird and then he grooms the little bird the first few times he catches it--seriously!, he grooms the bird, and then stashes the bird in his secondary stash den. Sorry, I could go on for pages and pages... Last thing, re/ the names. I don't know why it's such a big thing with me but there is a primary name but then I use continuous variants all the time: Fezziwig, Fezzi, Fezziwiggle, The Wayward Wiggler, etc., etc,.... Do you and Leslie do the same with Rorshach?--No way do I buy that he's just Leslie's cat!

    How Rorshach got his name.


    Her side of the bed.

    Although "our" cat, I believe he regards himself as more Leslie's animal companion and me as staff. That is partly due to her months-long campaign to induce the long time neighborhood stray to live with us. He's a pretty independent guy, which we both like in our feline friends. We do play "strings" until he gets bored, but when he wants to curl up in somebody's lap, it is usually hers.
    I could hardly blame him .

    Leslie is the animal person in the family, having grown up with them and living with several at a time ever since. OTOH, my family had no pets, and my peripatetic life style until we got together didn't allow for animals, although I have always liked them. Over decades we have had many living with us, dogs and cats, as many as five at a time, but currently Rorschach has had to do double duty in that role. We are open to taking on more, but Leslie is picky about who to adopt, and over years has always chosen well.
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    You're lucky there's a "side of the bed." Sometimes our big lad places himself so strategically it's hard to see how any other beings may manage to fit around his outstretched limbs. But like he says, that's not his problem.

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    On this episode of My Backyard Squirrels...

    Hottest day of the summer, what do our squirrels do? The deck is where it's at!





    If you happen to not know Fahrenheit, FYI this is dang hot...


    *Note: Thermometer picture taken 3 hours before squirrel pics, but you get the idea... heat index with humidity making it feel much hotter, 10-15 degrees more!
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    For those of us Fahrenheit challenged, 99F° = 37+ C°.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znapschatz View Post



    Although "our" cat, I believe he regards himself as more Leslie's animal companion and me as staff.
    What a gorgeous photo, Z! I love everything about that photo: markings, shapes, the colors, sheen of Rorshach's fur, the detailed shading of his fur, his white vibrissae (I think that's the term for the white "whiskers" near his eyes), etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    Playing with names is a lovely thing to do. When we had a small wayward tabby cat once we called her our 'coy tiger' & as an alternative our 'toy cougar'. These expressions we portmanteau-ed into 'tougar', and this became our name for any cat and still is. We have no pets at present but I can't wait for the moment that life circumstances allow me to get another tougar.
    I look forward to those photos! Yes, at several times in my life I have also had to wait too many moments for the right circumstances; I just remind myself of that when s/he is behaving like a tasmanian devil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huilunsoittaja View Post
    On this episode of My Backyard Squirrels...

    Hottest day of the summer, what do our squirrels do? The deck is where it's at!





    If you happen to not know Fahrenheit, FYI this is dang hot...


    *Note: Thermometer picture taken 3 hours before squirrel pics, but you get the idea... heat index with humidity making it feel much hotter, 10-15 degrees more!
    They are ALL THE SAME!
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    We adopted our sweeties two years ago today!



    Lucy decided to take a nap with my wife this afternoon!

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