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Qatari Cat Plays With Adventure Man

When we got the Qatteri Cat, he was about 8 months old, a gangly adolescent. I had been looking at another cat, but the vet showed me this one and said “he looks like you.” It made me laugh, and I took the cat.

He had been adopted by a family where the man in the house really liked him, but his wife and her mother did NOT like him. The Qateri Cat cringed every time I came near, he would hunker down on the floor, his ears would flatten and he would growl.

The minute Adventure Man walked in the door, the Qatari Cat fell in love. He followed AM around the house, rubbing on his legs, looking at him adoringly. As he calmed down and I would pet him, he would allow me 30 seconds and then he would bite me – hard, hard enough to draw blood.

We ran into his former owners at an art exhibit. “Is he still such a naughty boy?” the M-I-L asked us. “Oh no!” we lied, “He is NEVER naughty.”

Qatari Cat would occasionally get out of the house, and I would have to try to find him. All I had to do was to wait a few hours, and then I would hear his plaintive wailing from behind somebody’s wall, and I would have to go knock on the door and ask if I could get my cat. I learned to take his cat cage with me, after being seriously scratched a couple times because he was tired and scared and his natural instincts came into play. I still have scars to prove it.

Slowly, slowly, he came to trust me. Even when he bit and scratched, I never hit him, never kicked him, I would just pick him up and put him in a bathroom for ten minutes or so – or until I got over being angry with him. His little brain couldn’t remember three minutes later why he was in “Time out”, but sometimes I had to keep him there for his own protection!

He still bites when he is scared. He was born on the street, and those instincts will always be with him. I keep him away from little children and people who would move too fast in his direction. For the most part, he is tamed. He hasn’t bitten me for months, and even then, even as he was biting me, hard, he remembered, and let me go without a fight. He even had the decency to look a little ashamed.

Why am I telling you all this? With Adventure Man, he is a totally different cat. He has NEVER bitten Adventure Man. Adventure Man comes home from work and the QC is waiting in the hallway for him. He slings QC over his shoulder and takes him on a walk around our home, then he slings him down on the carpet and give him a big rub on his tummy. The QC never bites, never scratches, just goes belly up and lets his “dad” rough him up. As soon as AM lets go, he does this amazing flip to get back on his feet and he runs away just a little, looking back and saying “C’mon, aren’t you gonna chase me?” and I hear the two of them roaring off down the hallway.

I think the QC thinks AM is another cat, a really fun cat. And I think he thinks I am his mom. Definitely he thinks I am his feeder, waterer and warm spot. But I will never hold the same place in his adoring little heart that Adventure Man holds:

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PS Adventure Man didn’t like the photo I posted last week called DementoCat. He said it made the QC look dead, and it hurt his heart to see it. I am sorry, Advenure Man. πŸ™‚

September 10, 2007 - Posted by | Biography, Community, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Kuwait, Qatar, Relationships

15 Comments »

  1. See what I’m talking about! Now I only have time for the title πŸ™‚

    Oh well, I gotta drag myself back here later and read πŸ™‚

    Comment by Elijah | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. QC recognizes who the Alpha is in the house I guess. As with Mouse he cringes away from me (and wifey sometimes) but prefers her over me.

    Gabby is just too friendly with the both of us. She’s still a kid. And still annoys me.

    Comment by Π― | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  3. I never had a street cat with the kitten I have now Booby is driving us crazy – we have 3 males & two females! You can imagine what goes on!

    Comment by chikapappi | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  4. Elijah, don’t bother, it’s just a cat post. But sometimes it might be more than just a cat post. You have a sharp eye.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  5. Oh, Π―, LLLLLOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLL! There is NO doubt who is Alpha in our house! AM wins that one! Have you found a safe place for your bluetooth aids so that Gabby doesn’t hide them?

    I remember when we had two kittens and they got into the garbage can where I had thrown leftover pancake batter. They got pancake batter EVERYWHERE. It was such a mess, but they were so CUTE that I couldn’t stay annoyed. I had to bathe them, too, after cleaning up the entire kitchen and dining room. Aaarrgh! (More photos of Gabby and Mouse, plz!)

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  6. Five cats! Oh, you must have a great time, and I bet they make you laugh a lot, too, Chikapappi!

    Are they all neutered? Do they all stay indoors? I remember seeing some sleeping photos, are they all long-haired? Does their fur get kind of matted sometimes, or are you good at keeping them combed?

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  7. lmao at the kittens in batter!

    i would have loved to have seen that mess πŸ˜›

    Comment by sknkwrkz | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  8. i want a kitten but dad doesn’t like’em 😦

    Comment by Swair | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  9. Naughty cat πŸ˜›

    Comment by 3baid | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  10. I would have made you help clean up, Skunk, but it would have been fun. They were SO cute. And it WAS hysterically funny. Brother and sister, we had him 11 years and her 14 years.

    One kitten knocked over a roman glass jar my husband had bought me, a museum piece. i cried, but kittens are stupid, what can you say? They grew into sweet cats.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  11. Kittens are a lot of work, Swair, if you want to train them so everyone can live together in peace and harmony. You have your hands full, but, God willing, one day you will have your kitten, insh’allah. πŸ™‚

    3baid – But they are SO cute!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 10, 2007 | Reply

  12. Can I say it one more time? I think QC is the most gorgeous cat in the world!

    Now reading about him reminded me of our last cat! She was amazing! But for some strange reason my daughter (she’s 8) just decided to donate it to he friend without asking! 😦

    Comment by noracassandra | September 11, 2007 | Reply

  13. Noracassandra, you can tell me QC is gorgeous as often as you like! It is really hard to keep him matte free, however, required daily combing, which he doesn’t much like. Makes me the bad guy.

    Your daughter can give away your cat without asking?

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 11, 2007 | Reply

  14. Really enjoyed that blog about the cat. It takes so much love to help animals over come issues. My Dad flew a Qatari street dog we found (while he was visiting us) back to Bend Oregon with him. He truly lives a life of luxury now.

    Comment by Jennifer | September 12, 2007 | Reply

  15. Thank you, Jennifer, and welcome! always happy to see you, dear one. Oh, that lucky, lucky dog. I bet he adores your Dad. πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 12, 2007 | Reply


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