Wednesday, February 03, 2016

More Catniss

Should probably be blogging about our little paper in review at Climate of the Past.

But bugger that:  new catz have arrived!

Archie and Alfie grew to be large and elegant beasts, and went to a new home in mid-January. They went together, which was fortunate, as they were highly entangled. Hopefully they will provide many years of fun and friendship for their new Ma and Pa in Kendal.

After this, we got to rest from cats, as the rescue itself was on hols. They put all 25 kitties into kennels for a month. Fair enough - it is important that their primary carer doesn't get compassion fatigue! Holidays over, new cats arrived hot from the kennels two days ago. They were grubby, but luckily they like being brushed and are polishing up nicely. They are also eating like anything considering their minuscule size. I guess they didn't enjoy the kennels much. These ones are females and are of the QUIET kind. shhhh.

Prettiest ever is probably Spice (3.45kg).

But, if I were picking one, it might be time Pepper (2.75kg), as she seems friendlier and perhaps a bit more bent on having fun. She certainly won't cost much to feed! Rat sized, really. She looks quite stupidly small sitting on James' huge lap.

They are friendly, but seem unadventurous, spending most of their time in their room playing about in the cat tree. Early days, but I reckon they don't need their new owner to have a large house! 

Someone saw them advertised at the vets yesterday and she came to visit them last night. They were on good form (830pm is a great time to visit cats!). They really liked her, and so they have got their paws crossed that they may have new real parents very soon. 


Steve Bloom said...

Spice is indeed striking, second-prettiest domestic cat I ever saw.

I look forward to the post on the new paper. It's nice to see you proving that upper and even middle management can be dispensed with!

SteveF said...

I note from the reviews that Nic Lewis has demonstrated that your paper is completely wrong and that the only person who knows anything about climate sensitivity is one N.Lewis.

jules said...

now, now, don't be catty...

o waitaminnit - pehaps cattiness is obligatory in the comments to posts about cats!

Hank Roberts said...

Do y'all (or any climate scientist) try to incorporate the fiddling with the big control knob that another species was doing during a past climate excursion?

I mean, you don't need a brain, heck, you don't need to be multicellular, to grasp and turn the big control knob:
‎Cited by 7
Aubry, M.-P., 2007, A major Pliocene coccolithophore turnover: Change in morphological strategy in the photic zone ....

I ask partly out of a sneaking suspicion that some combination of the half-zillion new persistent organic chemicals slowly building up in the atmosphere and oceans will turn out to block some fundamental receptor widely shared among microorganisms and give the big control knob another twist, sometime soon.

Unknown said...

I notice from Nic's recent paper.

"The authors are very grateful for the help and comments they have received
from Dr James Annan, Professor Judith Curry, Professor David Henderson, Professor
Ross McKitrick and Andrew Montford."

You are in good company there. Maybe.

James Annan said...

Woohoo fame at last. I expect my cheque is in the post :-)