Our Little Buddha

Remporter A Bear in There (aka Wicket)

We are writing this because Dugal always gets lots of comments about the pictures of Wicket that he posts on twitter.  Wicket is a Scottish Fold which means that when he was about 9 weeks old or so, his ears spontaneously folded forward.  This is a mutation that was originally spotted in a cat called Susie who lived in Scotland.  All Scottish Folds are related to her.

The gene that causes the ears to fold can also affect other parts of the body, like the tail.  Because of this, Scottish Folds are out-bred to either an American Shorthair or a British Shorthair.  This reduces the likelihood of the issue occurring.  This means that Scottish Folds have one Scottish Fold parent and one British or American shorthair parent.

Scottish Folds have many interesting traits.  The one that is noticed on twitter the most is the Buddha pose.  Wicket sits like this all the time and watches the goings on in the house.

Here is a picture taken by Dugals twitter pal, Jeff Musk (see the #wigitup page).

When he is tired of watching, and his eyes start to get droopy, he flops over backwards into a “bear rug” position.

And when he wants to get up, he reverses the pose and does a “sit up”

The other curious thing that they do, is when something piques their interest, Scottish Folds sit up on their back legs with their front paws folded over in front of them and look around them curiously like a meerkat.  We don’t yet have a picture of Wicket in this pose but we will keep trying.

Now, not all kittens in the litter usually have folded over ears.  So what happens to the others?  They have erect ears like Dugal.

In some countries, Dugal would be called a Scottish Fold too, but in Australia they are registered as Scottish Shorthairs (or longhairs).  Whether erect ears or folded, these cats share the same traits, especially the bear rug, although Dugal looks more like an upside down basking lizard.  On twitter this is called #dugaling.   Dugal also doesn’t sit like Buddha.

So, we hope we have answered some of the questions that we get about Wicket, our little Buddha.

Top 10 (11) Ways to Get Attention

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to share some tips with you because we have learnt many new tricks over the last couple of weeks. :-)

We have been thoroughly neglected because of the following very poor excuses offered by our staff

  • Holiday to the Sunshine State (they got to go the the beach and we didn’t)
  • Leaving for work early and coming home late (really? that’s just an excuse not to play with us)
  • Family events such as a wedding and a relative sick in hospital (we’ll all be sick from lack of food in a minute)
  • Junior staff is more important (no way! he’s just the junior slave that is supposed to feed us whenever we like, else why is he junior?)

Anyway, you get the gist.  So, we have invented many new tricks to seek attention.  Try these if you are having the same issues as us:

  • Send in the cute gingie with folded over ears to bite staff and then look at them as though nothing happened
  • Shred their toilet paper – the reaction is hilarious!

  • Block up the entire kitchen so that they can’t do what they want to do

  • Play with electricity – that soon gets their attention

  • climb the shutters in the middle of the night (there are no pictures of that one – lazy staff)
  • Tell them that you haven’t been fed for a week even though a different staff member fed you minutes ago

  • and then feed yourself while no one is looking

  • And then make out as though you have never been fed and have to resort to scavenging

  •  Supervise their own feeding activities so closely that they get sick of you and pay you some attention

  • Force them to have a break by sitting on their work devices – you are bound to get some scritches at least

  • And if all else fails….. threaten to jump

So there you have it, my top 10 (um eleven) ways to get more attention.  Remember any attention is good, even if it means you are in trouble – at least you have managed to stop the humans from doing their own thing.