Thursday, March 23, 2017

I Should Have Adopted a Giraffe

The sounds cats make are sometimes puzzling, sometimes amusing, sometimes startling. I may have mentioned Tucker’s weird, warbling noises; he puts me in mind of what the Disney character Goofy would have sounded like as a toddler. The roly poly often makes these noises in the evening, but rarely later in the night. When he does, the effect can be unusual.

The other night, I woke from a dream, still befuddled and not fully conscious, to hear what could very well have been a caricature of a human baby roaming the apartment, calling out.

“Helleurrr? Helleurrr? Helleurrr?”

Before I thought I had been cast as an expendable extra in an out-take of the film The Brood, I realised that it was merely Tucker, ambling about the residence, talking to himself in the dark. My interrupted sleep was afterward untroubled, but there are times I wonder that I get any sleep at all.

Just one more reason why I should have adopted a giraffe. They hum serenely at night, like a lullaby. That’d be nice.

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  1. I wonder if your other cats understand Tucker's vocalizations, or if they figuratively roll their eyes and think, "There goes Tucker again, with his crazy ramblings." :-)

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    1. That's a good question. What do cats think of each other's warbles?

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  2. MOL we talk a lot at night too!!!!

    We wanted to thank you for the kind words you left for Cousin Trooper. He was a super ManCat and we will miss him.

    The Florida Furkids

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    1. Cats like Trooper may leave our lives but never our hearts. Maybe he can hear you nocturnal conversations where he is.

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  3. when we first moved into the condo, mom woke up to a weird noise and swore someone had broken in as it sounded like faint talking from the other side of the condo. turns out it was just Tommy muttering in his sleep :)

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  4. I loved the picture of Tucker! But I don't think you'd enjoy having a giraffe, John. Even though they may hum at night, they are kind of difficult to cuddle with.

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    1. Perhaps you're right. I don't know that a giraffe would weigh less, though...

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  5. At least he is only talking to himself. When Flynn wakes in the middle of the night, he will jump up on the bed and go nose to nose with me, then yell to let me know he is awake.

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    1. I can't picture Flynn doing that; but turning his bum toward, I can see. Funny animals.

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  6. And I get announcements...loud and plentiful when a delivery of her toys has been made. Then a bounce on my stomach! YOURS is far more entertaining. And by the way, you got me laughing...

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    1. Oof, the stomach-bounce would wind me.

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  7. I wonder what Tucker is saying. Muttering to himself? Ruminating aloud on the day's events? Many years ago when my friends were on holidays I would be the live-in housekeeper to their cat. He would wonder the hallway at night loudly calling his mournful cry. I miss him as do his humans. He passed at very old age years ago.

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    1. Did he cry out when his people were present, or only when they were gone? At least he stayed with them a long time.

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