Thursday, 10 August 2017

Naughty Nancy the Cat Terrifies the Cleaner


Steve shared this photograph of Nancy on Instagram.

STEVE Gardner always believed his black and white cat Nancy was a sweet puss...until the day she trapped his cleaner in the bedroom!

The cleaner arrived at Steve's house to start work - and "sweet" Nancy suddenly became not so sweet.

Steve, from London in the UK, got a frantic text from the cleaner. It said: : "Hello Stephen. Your cat is hostile to me. He jumped over me with bared teeth. I’m in your bedroom and I cannot go out. I'm sorry but I cannot go on cleaning your house."

Then he received a second text message after the cleaner had decided to make a run for it.

She wrote: "I came out of your house. The cat chased me to the door. I’m sorry I could not clean up."

Steve tells us he was so surprised that he had to check the cleaner was at the right house. He couldn't believe Nancy would act in this way.

He said Nancy was extremely gentle and very shy. A surprised Steve said: "Whenever we have friends round she hides in the wardrobe until they leave."

The cleaner obviously doesn't want anything more to do with Nancy - she's not answering Steve's calls!

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

How Cats Came In From The Wild



Your cat may now be snuggled up looking like a little angel, but his ancestors were lean, mean hunting machines.

Scientists have discovered through DNA investigations that all domesticated cats descended from  a rodent-hunting African subspecies. This species was first tamed by Near East farmers 9,000 years ago.

Using genetic material taken from mummified cats in Egypt, Viking graveyards and Stone Age sites researchers traced the journey of cats from wild hunters to pampered pusses. The DNA showed that all tamed cats today descend from the African wildcat or Felis silvestris lybica, a subspecies found in North Africa and the Near East.

African wildcat or Felis silvestris lybica

Scientists confirmed  that the path to domestication probably began when early farmers in the Near East began to stockpile grain about 9,000 years ago. DNA suggests that migrating farmers took cats with them as they moved into Europe. There was a second wave of domestication that had its roots in Egypt.

The DNA from one cat came from the ancient Red Sea port of Berenike where the Romans traded from 2,000 years ago. The Vikings carried cats on their boats too, to keep rodent stowaways under control at sea.







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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Is Your Cat Cleverer Than You? Solution




DID you solve yesterday's puzzle? I must admit I really struggled with it although when I saw the answer I realised how it was all worked out. So here's the solution:

A straight corridor has seven doors along one side. Behind one of the doors sits a cat. Your mission is to find the cat by opening the correct door. Each day you can open only one door. If the cat is there, you win. You are officially smarter than a cat. If the cat is not there, the door closes, and you must wait until the next day before you can open a door again.

If the cat was always to sit behind the same door, you would be able to find it in at most seven days, by opening each door in turn. But this mischievous moggy is restless. Every night it moves one door either to the left or to the right.

How many days do you now need to make sure you can catch the cat?

In the previous post I explained that the way to solve this puzzle was to start with only a few doors, work out a strategy, and gradually increase the number of doors until there are seven of them. I showed how to solve the puzzle when there are only three doors.

Like many puzzles of this sort, the key to solving the problem is to be able to visualise it clearly. Below is a grid that shows what happens when there are four doors. Each column represents a door. If a cat is in the column, that means that there is a chance the cat could be behind that door. A door with an X means that I open that door. I’m going you show you how to use this grid to catch the cat.



On Day 1 there is a chance that the cat could be behind any of the doors, so there are cats in every column. I open door 2. If the cat is there, I win. Game over.

On Day 2 the cat can only be behind doors 2,3 and 4. This is because we have eliminated the chance that the cat was behind door 2 on Day 1. And if the cat was behind either doors 1, 3 or 4 on Day 1, by jumping one door left or right from these doors, the possible cat positions are now 2, 3 and 4.

On Day 2 I open door 3. If the cat is there, I win. Game over. I can delete this cat in the grid.

On Day 3 there are now only two possible positions where cats could be, doors 1 and 3. I open door 3, which means that on Day 4 there is only one possible position for the cat, door 2. By opening the doors in this order - 2,3,3,2 - I have a strategy that catches the cat in at most four days.

Once you play around with door order, you should - hopefully - eventually come to the right combination needed.

With 5 doors, the grid looks like the one below. If you worked out how to do it with 4 doors, it shouldn’t be too hard to extend the solution to 5. You can now catch the cat in 6 days: open doors 2,3,4,4,3,2 in order.


I am indebted to The Guardian newspaper for this puzzle.


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Monday, 3 July 2017

Is Your Cat Cleverer Than You?


I DON'T know about you but my cat THINKS she's the cleverest thing in the world - and she may well be right.

Here's a puzzle that finds out whether your brain cells are more efficient than your feline friend's:

A straight corridor has seven doors along one side. Behind one of the doors sits a cat. Your mission is to find the cat by opening the correct door. Each day you can open only one door. If the cat is there, you win. You are officially smarter than a cat. If the cat is not there, the door closes, and you must wait until the next day before you can open a door again.

If the cat was always to sit behind the same door, you would be able to find it in at most seven days, by opening each door in turn. But this mischievous moggy is restless. Every night it moves one door either to the left or to the right.

How many days do you now need to make sure you can catch the cat?

Before you start take note, the seven doors are in a line, so if the cat is behind the first or the last door, it has only one option for where it can move during the night. Otherwise, each night it decides randomly whether to move to the left or to the right.

This puzzle is purrfectly fiendish. At first it may appear impossible to find your furtive feline. But if you begin by trying the puzzle with a smaller number of doors, you will hopefully be able to work out the correct strategy.

I'll give you the answer tomorrow. Let me know if you solve it before then, so if you are still puzzling, don't look at the comments quite yet! I would welcome any comments, of course, even if they are to tell me to get a life and stop doing cat puzzles!

Below are a couple of hints, so don't look if you want to solve the puzzle all on your own.


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I’ll get you started. If there were only THREE doors, then it is possible to catch the cat in two days:

Day 1: open the middle door.
Day 2: open the middle door.
This strategy guarantees you will get the cat, since if it is not behind the middle door on Day 1, then it must be behind either of the end doors. And if it is behind either of the end doors on Day 1, then in both cases it will move to behind the middle door on Day 2. Caught!

If there are FOUR doors, it is possible to catch the cat in four days. But now it’s up to you to work out how.


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Friday, 19 May 2017

Carlton Tests The Tea

It's Friday- the day Carlton takes over my blog. Views are his own and not necessarily, in fact, rarely, shared by the blog owner.

 
Carlton Tests The Tea

by Carlton Cat

THE Mr brought a nice cup of tea into the sitting-room and settled down to watch something ‘exciting’ on the tellybox. 

His idea of ‘exciting’ means programmes about building ‘megastructures’, watching men drive trucks on ice or people selling things they found in a lock-up storage facility.

Yawn.

He was so engrossed in the tellybox he neglected his cup of tea. As you know, British hoomans are very fussy about their tea. And, you know me, I always strive to be as helpful as possible so I put my paw into it to test the temperature.

My advice to cats: Don't drink tea, it's horrible.


I swished my paw about a bit, licked it off (I can report tea is vile) and put it back in to make sure the beverage was still pleasantly warm. The Mr spotted what I was doing. Was he grateful? He was not.

‘For goodness sake, Carlton. That is DISGUSTING!’ he yelled and marched out to the kitchen to throw it away.

There's no pleasing some people.


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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Molly the Pet Detective





MEET Molly, the world's first dog trained to find cats. The UK firm, Pet Detectives, searches for missing animals and now Molly has joined the team.

Colin Butcher, of Pet Detectives, said they had been looking for an intelligent dog with a good temperament and, most importantly, didn't chase cats. The dog also needed to be fairly small so they could get into small spaces.

"I worked in the police as a detective inspector for many years, and had seen dogs search for drugs and bombs and help with murder investigations. I figured, if a dog can be trained to find amphetamines, then it can be trained to find cats," said Colin.

Molly, an 18-month-old black-haired cocker spaniel, was found on Gumtree, a UK classified advertisement site. And she was free as her owner couldn't cope with her. If cocker spaniels are not stimulated they become uncontrollable and Molly had three owners in under two years.

Colin said: "At first, Molly was anxious. But she had intelligent eyes and was a problem-solver. She was also hyper and fixated on catching tennis balls. She had the right temperament: a bright working dog from a breed with a natural disposition to search for game. We just had to channel that instinct into finding cats.

"She had to be 'cat-tested', so we took her to a farm with a dozen cats to see if she would chase them. She didn’t even bark. Her focus was on interacting with her handler."

Nine months later Molly was out on assignments. She is trained to pick up cats’ scents from their bedding. When she finds the missing cat, she lies down to signal success, so as not to scare them, but you can see her trembling with excitement. She gets rewarded with her favourite food, black pudding (a type of sausage).

Now Molly has become a bit of a media star and was interviewed on ITV's This Morning Show.








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Friday, 12 May 2017

Carlton Gets The Blame


It's Friday- the day Carlton takes over my blog. Views are his own and not necessarily, in fact, rarely, shared by the blog owner.

 
Carlton Gets The Blame

by Carlton Cat

THERE'S a packet of prawns missing from the table. And guess who’s getting the blame as per usual? The Mrs is ranting on and the Mr is saying she shouldn’t have left them out and now he’s getting an earful.

‘We can’t trust you for ONE MINUTE, can we, Carlton?’ she says while staring down at me with her hands on her hips.

Not my problem you have trust issues.

‘I needed those prawns for tea now what are we going to do?’

Get a takeaway?

‘If you’ve eaten them all you’ll BURST, then what will you do?’

Well, not much.

The Mr takes one of my meaty pouches from the cupboard.

‘PUT THAT BACK! Don’t feed the little devil, he must be stuffed to the gills. The Mr returns the pouch to its box.

‘Sorry, boy,’ he whispers.

That’s OK, I’ve already had my tea.


*licks lips.

Yum, prawny.

See, Mr and Mrs, some cats get big plates of prawns for their tea.
I'm lucky if I get ONE thrown in my direction.




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Friday, 5 May 2017

Carlton Doesn't Get The Joke


It's Friday- the day Carlton takes over my blog. Views are his own and not necessarily, in fact, rarely, shared by the blog owner.

 
Carlton Is Banished

by Carlton Cat


THIS evening the Mr said to me: ‘Did you hear about the cat who swallowed a ball of wool, Carlton?’

I was worried. I hoped that poor cat was OK. Swallowing a small piece of wool could be dangerous, but a whole ball? I feared for her. The Mr didn’t looked worried at all. In fact he was laughing.

‘She had mittens!’

 ‘Your jokes are pathetic,’ said the Mrs.




Joke? No joke to the poor cat who swallowed the wool. I’m glad there was a positive outcome, what with the wool turning into mittens. But it could all have ended tragically.

So, Mr, I think that laughter was completely inappropriate, don’t you?


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Friday, 28 April 2017

Carlton Is Banished

It's Friday- the day Carlton takes over my blog. Views are his own and not necessarily, in fact, rarely, shared by the blog owner.

 
Carlton Is Banished

by Carlton Cat


I AM persona non grata yet again, just because humans are not clever enough to learn cat language.

Unfortunately, evolution has not arranged it so we cats have moveable mouth parts and a suitable larynx to talk to humans so we have found other ways to let humans know what we want.

Some of these ways, I concede, humans can find annoying but what's a cat to do? The methods include persistent meowing, throwing up and pressing our heads into faces.

Today I employed the tactic of weaving in and out of human legs to draw attention to the fact that my food bowl was empty. The Mr now has a bruise the size of China on his rear end after falling on his arse and I have been banished to the utility room.

Unfair. It’s not my fault you humans have only two legs and are not as stable as we quadrupeds.

The television in here is really boring.




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Friday, 21 April 2017

Carlton Oversees The Shopping


It's Friday- the day Carlton takes over my blog. Views are his own and not necessarily, in fact, rarely, shared by the blog owner.

 
Carlton Oversees The Shopping

by Carlton Cat

THE Mr and Mrs have done their big weekly shop. I didn’t know a famine of epic proportions was imminent. We seem to have enough food for a small town with enough left over for a village.

I watched as they packed everything away. ‘Thank God that’s done,’ said the Mrs as she flopped down on to a chair. The Mr put the kettle on. ‘Time for a nice cup of tea,’ he said.

But I had been watching as they stuffed item after item into groaning cupboards but hadn’t spotted any meaty chunks, salmon pate or rabbit in jelly. I jumped onto the table and into the last bag.

Nothing.

WHAT! No meaty chunks? (That's not me in that picture, by the way; I am much more handsome.)
I emerged and gave an angry meow. The Mr and Mrs looked at each other, shouted, ‘We’ve forgotten the cat food,’ simultaneously, pulled on their coats and made a dash for the door.

This was an hour ago and now I’m sitting here, tail swishing, waiting for the scatterbrained pair to return.

I am not best pleased.

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