Post 637: You’d think each time was their first time…!

 

Andy and Dougy are fascinated with snow. They’ve experienced it several times in their three and a half years, but still react pretty much the same way every time it snows.

I open the door, and they crouch at my feet. That's Andy's ears barely showing at the bottom of the photo.

I open the door, and they crouch at my feet. That’s Andy’s ear barely showing at the bottom of the photo.

Dougy checks with me to make sure it's safe to look outside.

Dougy checks with me to make sure it’s safe to look outside.

Andy (left) and Dougy press closer together. They are safer that way!

Andy (left) and Dougy press closer together. They feel safer that way! (Dougy’s “horns” are up! He’s excited!)

Dougy starts to feel brave, and ventures closer to the snow. Andy holds back. He rarely goes beyond the thresh hold.

Dougy starts to feel brave, and ventures closer to the snow. Andy holds back. He rarely goes beyond the threshold.

Andy reaches his exploration limit.

Andy reaches his exploration limit.

Dougy takes in the scene, ponders his next move.

Dougy takes in the scene, ponders his next move.

[Sniff! Sniff! Sniff!]  Dougy's starting to feel self-assured again!

[Sniff! Sniff! Sniff!]
Dougy’s starting to feel self-assured again!

Dougy pattycakes the snow just outside the door. If he feels comfortable, he might step outside a wee bit, but not if he has to stand in snow! (He and Andy recognize it is just water in another form! ICK!)

Dougy pattycakes the snow just outside the door. If he feels comfortable, he might step outside a wee bit, but not if he has to stand in snow! (He and Andy recognize it is just water in another form! ICK!)

Curiosity satisfied. Andy's gone off somewhere, and Dougy's decided he's not risking going outside if it means stepping with all four in the snow!

Dougy briefly forgets he doesn’t like wet feet so he can sniff the Cretan pot for any messages other cats left for the boys. I pull him back in because it’s cold standing there, barefoot, in the open door!

Each time it snows, they are very curious, and we have to go through this little ritual of me holding the door open while they decide what to make of it. You’d think each time was their first time!

33 thoughts on “Post 637: You’d think each time was their first time…!

    • It’s cute the way they fight the urge to go outside as soon as they feel the wet on their feet! I know cats that love the snow. In fact, the cat I had before Andy and Dougy was a real snow hound, and loved to walk around in it. He was a short-haired tabby at that. Go figure. Of course, Louie (the tabby) was a shelter cat that’d come to the shelter after he was picked up running around loose in one of the neighborhoods. He had experience with the outside. Andy and Dougy are inside cats because I decided when I first got them as kittens that was the best and safest option for them since I live near two major roads.

      Anyway, if you do eventually get some snow, be sure to take photos and post them of your kitty experiencing it! Or a video, especially for the first time!

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  1. My first cat was an outdoor cat – and she hated snow like your two. Still she had to go outside, still, even though she had everything inside she needed (and used) – including litter box. But at my grandparents’ house there were bushes right in front of the wall, where a rather dry path lay, where she could go in to explore – she just first had to make it there. Too funny her moves. Sometimes she came back through the neighbour’s garden – through deep snow … at the wall, before she jumped up, you could not see her at all – and POW the snow exploded and up on the wall my feline stood – “WHAT?”-expression on her face.

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    • You had some last year, didn’t you, and it was a big deal because of the amount, if I’m not mistaken. (London?) Anyway, I think it’s over-rated unless you want to do snow sports, then it’s great fun!(Losing control of your automobile on a slippery road doesn’t count as sport…. In fact, your insurance company calls it bad form!)

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      • It takes practice and (maybe) an accident or two to become a good driver in snow. The basic rule of thumb is not to travel in snowstorms unless absolutely necessary, and certainly not out of town. People need to adjust their speed down to assure safer stops and maneuvering. People driving pickup trucks in particular need to be aware of how their trucks handle in bad weather (they are light in the back, so tend to slip). It becomes an exercise in defensive driving, and smart people turn on their lights, not so they can see better, but so they can be seen. Stupid people don’t, and they seem to be driving pickups on top of it! (Around here, I mean.) Modern cars have much better braking systems than old ones, and that helps people who are less experienced driving in bad weather.

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      • Well, it was 30 years ago and I was a very inexperienced driver. After that winter I did fairly well. And I only once drove something comparable to a pick-up truck – to move from one flat to another. November, but no snow or ice.

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      • I’m glad i learned to drive in snowy country because everything else is simple compared with it. Well, driving in mud isn’t any fun. I think it’s actually worse than snow, come to think of it.

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      • In parts of the US where they get infrequent snow, very little snow will stop the region for days because they don’t have he equipment to take care of the snow removal and people don’t have enough experience driving in the stuff to realize that they will get stuck by the hundreds, creating a hazard to road crews trying to clear the snow. Here in the snowbelt, though, road departments do a pretty good job of getting right on the clearing as soon as it is practical. In my town, there are main roads marked a snow routes. When there is a bad snow predicted, people are required to move their vehicles, etc. off the snow routes. The snow routes get priority for snow removal, and it helps police and ambulances get to emergencies more efficiently. People who don’t move their things off the route get fined and will find the snow plows more likely than not buried them when they moved the snow off the part of the route they could work. (Poetic justice, eh!?)

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  2. Good morning, Doug! 28 degrees here under mostly clear skies. No snow yet. Monday it is supposed to be in the 50s here.

    Dougy and Andy seem like they have more fun looking at snow than stepping into it. Our Nano cat is the only one of the bunch that I think has ever been out in snow, when he was a wild kitty taming up. I used to hold his feet and warm them up for him before he had breakfast on the porch. He’s much happier looking at snow from inside. 🙂

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    • The boys both shake their paws after getting within touching distance of it, trying to shake off any water that jumped up on them, I guess. (Of course, Andy does that after I give him his medicine, too! Must be universal kitty sign language for “I don’t like this [fill in blank]!”

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    • It’s snowing here right now! This is what the weather forecast referred to as a “40% chance”, which never means anything to me. (How do they establish a % probability for a snow or rain storm?) Anyway, The cats are more than happy to be inside cats after a brief look at the white stuff! I get the same reaction from them when it rains, too, though Dougy doesn’t go out a few steps into the rain like he will with snow.

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  3. Love the photos of them testing out the snow. I bring some inside in a dish pan for Ali and she wants nothing to do with it.
    Love the second photo of Dougys bright eyes in the second photo and his profile where he is taking in the scene and pondering his next move.
    Stay warm.

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