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Old Mar 23, 2004, 6:38 AM   #11
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Normcar - you're not getting yourself in trouble at all! I also like birds - most especially the cardinals and robins outside my window. I really don't think the cat got this one, and she certainly hasn't eaten it. They fly into the window all the time. Yes, it is gross and sad but appropriate for the challenge, I felt. I hope I haven't offended you. When the cat was rubbing her head on the bird, it was as if she was "petting" herself, like she does against my hand.
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Old Mar 23, 2004, 3:39 PM   #12
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Bursting your bubble: cats have scent glands on the sides of their faces, and when you see them doing that affectionate-looking rub, what they're really doing is putting their mark on you, the table leg, and even a dead bird. So, as you probably already know, you can't ever own a cat; the cat owns you (and the table leg and the dead bird and pretty much everything else).

Cats are so utterly cool.
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Old Mar 23, 2004, 3:44 PM   #13
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hmmm....if they are scent glands....wouldn't the cat be "smelling" it?
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Old Mar 23, 2004, 4:13 PM   #14
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No, Vito. The cat is rubbing scent onto something else. Other cats will come along, take a sniff, then back off, have a hissy fit, or think, "I see ol' Boots has passed this way."
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Old Mar 23, 2004, 4:41 PM   #15
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No offense taken at all, thanks for the word of explanation.

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I got a good chuckle out of that phrase. How true it is. My sisters and sister-in-law are all fanatic cat lovers and I think I'll pass that little tidbit on to them about scent (I wouldn't be surprised if they already know though).
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We cat lovers know the truth but prefer not thinking about it.
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LOL - Barb, I know she's marking her territory - it just looked so cutely paradoxical, like she was "petting" it. And, yes, she does own me.

For DH's birthday I am having a local artisan craft him a birdhouse to hang in the backyard. Perhaps this will keep the birds not only fed but safely off the ground and away from the picture window!?!?
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Monkey...

Tell DH happy birthday from me.
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LOL - Normcar, thank you - but it isn't until November. I'll try to remember to tell him! I just had to order it early.
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