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Postby The_Discworldaholic » Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:53 pm

ah i think i did see the cat mentioned somewhere but for the life of me i cant remember it now :(
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:38 am

Terry has about six cats - there was an interview with him in a cat magazine a while back. I've got a copy of it back in Cardiff. :?

I wrote it out somewhere - I may see if I can find it...
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:42 am

Found it! :D

Your Cat Magazine wrote:It’s a cat’s life

Author and self-confessed cat lover Terry Pratchett shares some tales of his feline-friendly home.

‘Discworld’ author Terry Pratchett says that cats have been part of his life for more than 30 years. He and his wife Lynn currently share their home with six!

“We moved to a country cottage in the 70s, and a cottage has to have a cat,” he says.

“Oedipuss came to us from a cat sanctuary near Bath, in return for one pound donation. She was an extremely affectionate tortie, who would wait on the garden wall for us if we went out.”

“Ever since then we have built up our cat family by accident. There is always a door to be opened or a bowl to be filled in our house! We have a friend in Hereford called Dave and Dave-cats are always worth having. [sic] We have one at the moment, called Genghis. He’s grey and white and will only sit on your lap if it happens to fit in with his programme.”

“We also have a pair of Russian Blues, Garfield and Squirrel, who are beautiful but rather neurotic. Squirrel hates everyone, but in a beautiful way. Then there are Patch and Tiger, who are the kittens of one of our earlier cats. Patch is my office cat and sits in the desk drawer while I am writing. If she wants attention she will lie on her back with her paws in the air and stare at me. Tiger will go out hunting with Ghengis but only catches mice if they hit him on the nose.”

“Our sixth cat is another tabby, Pongo. Our daughter took in a pregnant stray, which had three kittens. She kept two and we had Pongo, a big cat who thinks he is a kitten.”

“I didn’t have cats when I was a child because our neighbour’s cats used to come into the garden and dig up my Dad’s seedbeds. We are gardeners too, but we have a walled garden, which the cats seem to see as our space, so they only go in when we do.”

Over the years Terry and his family have had to cope with the heartache of losing cats to road traffic accidents. Even though they live in the country, their road becomes very busy during rush hour.

“Cats seem to be able to cope with busy city streets, or roads that are always quiet, but not roads where there is occasional heavy traffic,” Terry says.

“After losing four cats in two years, we installed an invisible fence. You bury a wire around the edge of your property and your animals wear collars. If they go near the wire there’s a buzz and if they go nearer they get a mild electric shock. It sounds cruel, but it’s better than having them take their chances on the road. We haven’t lost a cat since 1996.”

“We were told it took dogs three weeks to learn. It took our cats about five seconds. They seem to have reprogrammed their world and they are happy with their space.”

Terry can’t imagine a cat-free life.

“They are a presence, but an independent one. They don’t need walks and they only need attention on their own terms,” he says.

“They will give you affection, but only when they have nothing better to do. Oedipuss was the friendliest. Our current cats live in their own cat environment.”

“I see a lot of feline politics. Ghengis has appointed himself the family policeman. If any of the others are fighting he isolates the aggressor and gives them a good talking-to, in his silly squeaky voice! He seems to have decided that his role is to see none of the others gets too big for their boots.”

“The two tabbies go out to play together. Patch hates everyone but she likes me, for some reason. I once accidentally shut her in the drawer where she sleeps in the office but she didn’t seem to mind!”

“Ghengis gets on with everyone. When friends come to see us they are surprised to see him waiting in front of the house like a car park attendant. He likes to know what’s going on. We had a digger in the garden and the driver was amazed to see Ghengis sitting in the bucket, waiting for something to happen. If we ever have any tradesman in Ghengis always watches them carefully too.”

“Writers are busy people so I am quite glad the cats don’t need a huge input of fuss. Both our tabbies are very good at the ‘dead cat in the gutter’ look with all four paws stretched into the air when they do need attention.”

“Cats are definitely nice to have around, especially on cold winter evenings when they all turn up to be fed and then settle in their room where their baskets are – though they prefer to sleep on chairs, of course.

Terry Pratchett was talking to Jill Eckersley. Your Cat Magazine February 2006.

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Postby The_Discworldaholic » Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:56 am

Ah thats where i read it well done Tony. saved me getting my copy :D
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Postby Dotsie » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:40 am

Thank you Tony! :D
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:35 am

Want to cry now! :cry:
I lost my all black Brit long-hair Loki a couple of months ago and I've decided not to get another cat for a while - that I will have to stick to as I'm not really able to look after a feline at this time, but this has got me all nostalgic... :(
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Postby Tiffany » Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:26 pm

I am not a cat person, I prefer dogs. I enjoyed reading about Terry's cats though. Our next door neighbours have had many cats over the years, mostly strays who arrived then stayed. Some of them even came in here a lot. At least if they were in here they weren't after my garden birds. :D
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Postby The_Discworldaholic » Sat Nov 15, 2008 12:37 am

we dont have a cat persay but we have adopted one from the neighbourhood somewhere, always comming round and is a real freindly little so and so |:)
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Postby Dotsie » Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:53 am

Jan Van Quirm wrote:Want to cry now! :cry:
I lost my all black Brit long-hair Loki a couple of months ago and I've decided not to get another cat for a while - that I will have to stick to as I'm not really able to look after a feline at this time, but this has got me all nostalgic... :(


Jan that's really sad :( Cats can be really good company, I hope you can get another friend soon.
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Postby Dotsie » Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:55 am

Tiffany wrote:I am not a cat person


Your avatar would seem to disagree with you, Tiff!
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Postby Tiffany » Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:14 pm

I couldn't find another Avatar small enough to work, but I don't dislike cats at all. Though I may try to find a dog one, but witches always have cat's :D
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:34 pm

Dotsie - *hugs* I hope so too but I have an 'elderly' springer spaniel (inverts 'cos he doesn't think he is! :) ) who's also diabetic and so not really fair to inflict a new little hellion to the family just now. Rowley would probably love a kitten but I'm feeling my age now and I don't think I could cope with 2 animals charging around 'bonding' some how :oops:
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Postby chris.ph » Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:13 pm

try having a 2 and a half yearold great dane who thinks hes jack russel sized when he sits on your lap :lol:
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Postby Dotsie » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:30 pm

Aaaawww he loves his daddy! :D
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Postby chris.ph » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:42 pm

the main problem ivegot is him not crushing my ileostomy bag when hes having a cooch :lol: :lol:
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