Certain insect species develop markings that resemble eyes of predatory birds or snakes as a means of appearing inedible or dangerous. This clever defense mechanism is called eyespot mimicry. Klaus does this too, but only as a means of not appearing lazy. He ain’t foolin’ anyone here.
Do you know the feeling of navigating through an unfamiliar hotel room in the middle of the night to use the bathroom? You keep your hands out in front of you, a bit to the sides, and feel for the mini fridge, corner of bed, and other furniture that’s possibly in the way. Well, you’re staying safe without relying on your vision. Oskar does this too — when he walks or runs around, his front paws extend past his head. If he bonks into something with his paw (maybe a toy the kids left out), he stops and carefully maneuvers around it. He has the whole layout of the house memorized — this is just a precaution to keep his nose safe from the unexpected things that change day to day. All in all, he gets around as efficiently as a sighted cat. Never misses a beat, and he’s always first at the food bowl at dinner! [In the pic: Oskar walking across rug with left paw extended in front of him, mid-step.]
[Odys] Cats are liquid 😹
Eleven years ago today, we adopted this guy from The Cat House no-kill shelter in Lincoln, Nebraska. He spent about a year there, and was rescued from a colony of ferals and strays (during which time his right ear likely collapsed due to excessive scratching from ear mites). He was known as Neffer (as in “not feral”), and even though he was an adult with an estimated age of 5 or 6, he was placed with kittens in the kitten room. That room had a special extra lock, called the Neffer Lock, because he would open all the doors letting the cats out. Anyway, today is Klaus’ “gotcha day,” and we’re shooting for another decade together! #NeverSayNefferAgain
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If a toy makes any sort of noise, or if it is infused with a scent, Oskar will find it, and he will play like there’s no tomorrow. He loves exploring and being active. He really is Oskar the Adventurous, Playful Cat — not Oskar the Blind Cat! Is it too late to change his online name?! 😸[In the pic: Oskar circles around a crinkle toy that was tossed onto the floor, with his tail UP and ears pointed toward it like radar dishes.]
°° Eine Hand voll Zucker °° Ich bin ja bisher völlig darüber hinweggekommen, euch diesem Zuckerschock auszusetzen 😱 Der kleine H ist der jüngste Zögling der Bengalen of Tomorrowland, den ich bei meinem Besuch im Oktober fotografieren durfte. Inzwischen dürfte er also schon etwas mehr als eine Handvoll sein und mutig seine Welt erkunden 😃💙 Denkt dran: morgen früh öffne ich auf Facebook das 14. Türchen im Adventskalender der Tierfotografen 🎁🐾🎄 Es wird ein Gewinnspiel geben, das nur 24 Stunden läuft. Schaut also rechtzeitig vorbei 😎
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