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A blue forest cat

I like cats. Always have. I'm a dog person too, but circumstances don't allow for one now. Besides, I probably relate more to a cat's attitude. Dogs essentially live to please their owners. Cats essentially live to manipulate their owners into pleasing them. So, who's cooler?

Anyway, I've got a neat cat. His name is Oscar and he's a 20 lb. Norwegian Forest Cat. These beasts are sort of the malamutes of the feline world, and in addition to their jumbosity, they are very friendly and like people.

But, as you've heard, a cat's curiosity can get them in trouble.

My home is at present in a state of upheaval. Nothing bad; I'm just having the place painted from stem to stern, ceiling to floor. The guy I'm working with, Vincente, is doing the job while I'm at work and it's looking good. Of course, I'll be glad when it's done and everything is back in its correct place, but temporary chaos comes with major renovation.

Oscar the forest cat. This breed traveled with the Vikings, and may have been the first type of domesticated cat to set foot in the New World. They have tufted ears in the manner of a lynx, stupendous thick long tails which can be wrapped around their faces for warmth, and giant paws that serve as snowshoes.

Perhaps most exceptional is their pelage, a silky multi-layered affair that is exceptional at fending off cold. When he was smaller and could fit, Oscar liked to leap into the refrigerator when the door was open and sit on the shelf.

Anyway, when I arrived home today, I noticed something odd about his plumage. Today, Vincente painted some walls "flyway blue", a really sharp color. Upon closer inspection...

Oscar had also been painted flyway blue! Great. I'm confident Vincente didn't paint him; you remember what I said about a cat's curiosity.

I was getting my camera out to document this blunder, looked over, mystery solved. He likes to lean up against walls just like a delinquent leans on the corner lamp post, and apparently hasn't learned the pitfalls of wet paint.

I'm not sure how to get this stuff out of his fur. So, anyone in the market for a blue forest cat? Quite the novelty; you could probably display him on the carnival circuit or something.

Comments

LauraHinNJ said…
I'd keep him just the way he is, Jim. He matches and everything!!

;-)
Ooh, poor little guy! Unfortunately, I’d bet you need to cut that blue hair off so he doesn’t consume any more paint (hopefully non-toxic). Has his mouth been crooked like that? He looks like he’s got a swollen gum/ infected tooth? I hope he’s okay!
And I hope you really like that color…
Jim McCormac said…
Perhaps ypu'd like him shipped out to NJ, LH? :-) I figure his newly acquired blueness will wear off eventually.

And no, SS, his mouth is fine, thank you for asking. He had a tooth issue when he was just a wee chap that required a bit of fixing up by the vet, and it left him with the ability to do an excellent Elvis-like sneer.

Jim
What a handsome cat. I hope it was latex paint. It will eventually shed off.
KatDoc said…
Vet advice - NO petroleum-distillate products, like paint removers or mineral spirits. These products are much more toxic to the cat than latex paint would ever be!

1) Wait for paint to dry and brush/comb him. You will remove some flecks this way.

2) Work peanut butter into the worst places. Rub into the painted hairs (not down to the skin) which will loosen up the paint, then remove the peanut butter with Dawn dish detergent. Make a sudsy solution, and use a sponge or rag to wash the greasy parts. Again, try to stay on the outer guard hairs, and don't go down to the downy undercoat, since the paint is likely all on the outer layer.

3) In desperation, you can use scissors to cut away painted hair. Be advised Oscar will consider this an insult to his dignity. You will suffer some form of retribution.

4) Wait. Paint wears off, eventually. Be sure to take plenty of photos. Oscar will also consider this an insult, but he knows he deserves a little teasing.

~KatDoc

PS: I like a man who likes cats. Too many guys are cat-haters.
Anonymous said…
Oscar may have put on the blue coat to show his support for the O.O.S. He probably likes birds just as much as you do, although he may not be as conservation minded.
Speaking of conservation and cats- In my dream world, all the owners of outdoor cats would be required to buy a Duck Stamp. Since the stamps probably wouldn't stick to their fur maybe we could just paint them. Hunter orange should work.

Diana
Jim McCormac said…
Oscar thanks you all for the thoughts, suggestions, and concerns. He is mad that I shaved all of his fur off, though. I told him it would grow back. Eventually. I told him that shaving him was the KatDoc's idea, and that she's a professional. He now would like to meet this KatDoc. KatDoc, remember - he is large, powerfully clawed, and a direct descendent of tigers and lions.

Jim
Dave Lewis said…
I had an peach colored British Shorthair once. He decided to walk through the paint tray and around the house, up the stairs, down the stairs, etc.
I tried shaving the paint off of his legs.
MY emergency room bill was quite high.
Greg Cornett said…
Jim, it could have been a lot worse. Our long haired tiger cat took on one of those long, sticky fly tapes you hang in the barn and was a pretty sad kitty until we found him. We ended up hacking away with the scissors...
Wil said…
Wow, a cerulean forest cat. How cool is that.
What a great story and a pretty cat.
KatDoc said…
Now, I'm afraid. Very afraid.

My only consolation is that Oscar doesn't know where I live.

*hiding under the bed*

~Kathi
No, don't shave him!
The blue looks fine with the long gray hair--it'll be gone soon enough. But, he seems to provide the perfect reminder that when choosing paint for the walls, one must always choose the color that will look best when worn by the cat--
Jana said…
And to think, for all these years I thought a Norwegian Blue was a dead parrot.
Anonymous said…
If Oscar got to play in Phoebe Thompson's freshly painted bedroom? You'd have yourself a Norwegian Rainbow Cat. Then, you'd surely have to take Katdoc's peanut butter sugestion. But, that's OK. Just slap on several slices of bread and Oscar would be ready for a Halloween party. You being a cat owner, must know, it's his favorite holiday. You could try a PBJ sandwich but adding jelly might make the bread slide off.

Happy Halloween!
D.D.

Have you ever wondered why us dog owners make fun of you cat owners? It's because it's so easy, you're already being humiliated by your own pet. So sorry you have to settle for second best.
Patty M. said…
Oscar's antics are funny but he's a cutie. How many of his cat hairs managed to stay attached to your newly painted wall (hee hee)?
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