Boss Update

Drove over to Harry and Chatman’s farm (Harry is my vet and good friend), and Harry said that Boss is just a total angel and it looks like there will be no need for a giant red CAUTION stamp on his chart. Harry actually said that it was “quite a change of pace” from Tunch. Boss came out of the surgery ok, had a few ear mites, does not have feline leukemia, some mild fleas, is now up to date on all his shots, had his nails trimmed, and should be ready for me to pick up tomorrow afternoon.

One weird thing that Harry said he hadn’t seen before was Boss has seven toes on his right front paw, six on his left front, five on his back left, and four on his back right. Weird.

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116 replies
  1. 1
    NickT says:

    Clearly Boss comes from a tribe of mathematical cats obsessed with counting by means of their toes.

  2. 2
    piratedan says:

    and if he only had two balls that means just what in the hell does he have three of?

  3. 3
    Princess Leia says:

    @NickT: Base 11.

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    👾 Martin says:

    Sounds like your cat has the to-be-expected 5.5 toes per paw. Don’t worry about the distribution.

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    Violet says:

    Bossman can count! He’s very smart. Hope you’re prepared. And glad everything went okay with his surgery today.

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    pat says:

    Yay, thanks for the update. Looks like you have another remarkable animal on your hands.

    I still like Mr. Manytoes.

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    quannlace says:

    “Boss has seven toes on his right front paw, six on his left front, five on his back left, ”
    *************

    The Cat From Another Planet.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    @👾 Martin: I’d call him “Modulo”.

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    LesGS says:

    I thought he was The Cat Formerly Known As Boss…

    I’m glad his surgery (and check up) went well. Hopefully memories of *this* visit won’t lead to Caution being noted in his chart *next* visit.

  10. 10
    aimai says:

    He’s Megan McCardle’s Counting Cat.

  11. 11
    David Koch says:

    Twinkle-toes

  12. 12
    RSR says:

    7-6-5-4 (boxed) is your new play 4 number

  13. 13
    Tom Levenson says:

    Is there some claw conservation law of which modern physics is unaware?

  14. 14
    burnspbesq says:

    @aimai:

    He’s Megan McCardle’s Counting Cat.

    How can that be? He doesn’t have gastritis.

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  16. 16

    4-5-6-7, arithmetic progression! Call him Gauss.

  17. 17
    Nerdlinger says:

    Quark.

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    Violet says:

    @LesGS:

    I thought he was The Cat Mathematician Formerly Known As Boss…

    Fixd.

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    TG Chicago says:

    Whatever name you end up choosing, he’s obviously earned the title Count.

  20. 20
    Keith says:

    4-5-6-7? That’s amazing! I have the same combination on my luggage.

  21. 21

    Boss Gauss, the counting cat.

  22. 22
    Schlemizel says:

    @aimai:

    You owe me a new keyboard, but the laugh you gave me I’ll call us even.

    I still think you should name him something like Doctor Clawus Von snugglebutt

    Any killer with 13 stilettos up front should be able to perform surgery pretty well

  23. 23
    lamh36 says:

    Devil cat?? The Anti-Cat??? Oooh, call the cat Damien

  24. 24
    lamh36 says:

    Devil cat?? The Anti-Cat??? Oooh, call the cat Damien

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Oh, for God’s sake. He’s a mutant. You have to call him Wolverine. Or Hugh.

    I have spoken.

    (Although I do like Modulo and Gauss, for lo, I am not a fake geek girl.)

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    22over7 says:

    Might make him a little clumsy. But that just means you have to love him more.

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    Wayners T says:

    22 toes. Some kind of name there. Viente Dos. Tjueto. Zzweiundzwanzig.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Oh, shit, wait, how about Beast?

  29. 29
    NotMax says:

    Mutie!!!!!

    Maverick. Name the dang thing Maverick.

  30. 30
    Roger Moore says:

    @TG Chicago:

    Whatever name you end up choosing, he’s obviously earned the title Count.

    Count von Count. He even has the fangs.

  31. 31
    JPL says:

    Phew… at least he doesn’t have a total of 27 toes because you know what that would mean.

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  33. 33
    NickT says:

    @JPL:

    Hand-made Italian leather shoes?

  34. 34
    Roger Moore says:

    @Wayners T:

    22 toes. Some kind of name there.

    El pulpo, aka Antonio Alfonseca.

  35. 35
    Silver & Silkey says:

    Thanks for the update. We missed that he is still called Boss.

  36. 36
    NickT says:

    If he’s got a total of 22 toes, maybe John should just call him Catch.

  37. 37
    joel hanes says:

    4-5-6-7

    Short straight.

  38. 38
    phoebes-in-santa fe says:

    Cole, don’t overthink this name business. Just keep him as “Boss”. It’s cute.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Comrade Mary: Yes! One of my favorite X-Men / Avengers.

    If it’s not going to be Fezzik, it should be Henry McCoy.

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    NickT says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    I fear I anticipated you by 3 comments.

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    RandomMonster says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: “Catch-22″…awesome.

    Or maybe his name is Digit.

  43. 43
    RandomMonster says:

    @NickT: Okay, respect for the original.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: Or just Hank. That’s a good, solid, friendly, masculine name.

    Though Beast does lend itself to a myriad of nicknames. Beastmaster. Beastie Boy. Cookie Puss. Hey ladies …

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  46. 46
    LolaDelGato(formerly bcinaz) says:

    Variable polydactl – and this little piggie went to a Stillers game, and this little piggie bought a lottery ticket.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Based on his odd toe count, you could call him Mutant, Mute for short (since he’s not vocalizing – at least yet). Or Mutt.

    Or Fuzzy Widdle Puddy Tat.

    I love how you are taking care of business here, JGC. And – all the male cats I have had never missed their balls one bit. I know it makes guys cringe, but the cats forget within a day. Sad, I know. But true.

  48. 48
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    So, John, is Boss going to stay Boss? It sure seems that way from this post.

    I’m still holding out for Mongo, but hey, Boss is just fine.

    At least you didn’t get totally trendy like my sister, who is the abject slave of a Maine Coon named “Gizmo”.

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    NickT says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    I like the idea of Cole wandering the neighborhood at 1 am in a ratty old bathrobe yelling “Catch!” to the bemusement of his neighbors.

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    Origuy says:

    What about Abucus as a name?

  51. 51

    How about Cricket? 22 yards in a cricket pitch.

  52. 52

    @NickT: Neighbors will think he has gone batty, if they don’t think so already.

  53. 53
    Comrade Mary says:

    You could call him Taylor.

    /ducks and runs

    (Lily already has her much superior version.)

  54. 54
    MomSense says:

    @aimai:

    HA!!!

    @John Cole

    I think you are going to love having a Maine Coon Cat! They really are the best.

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    piratedan says:

    @Origuy: I liked that too but for some reason Calculon sounds more “masculine”.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    I know it makes guys cringe, but the cats forget within a day.

    Nope. My first tom was fixed as soon as the vet would do it. Never went tomcatting. And when one of the girls we adopted later went into heat early, before the vet would do her surgery, and backed up to him, chirping madly, he climbed over her, bit her neck, got this confused look, and meowed pitifully at me.

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    NickT says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    Sometimes there’s no there there.

    Maybe we should name Cole’s cat :

    Antsy No Weiner?

  58. 58

    How about lengthening Boss to Bossa Nova? That’s kind of a romantic dance for lovers, isn’t it? Also too, the name incorporates the Boss sound he may already be accustomed to.

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    Keith G says:

    @phoebes-in-santa fe:

    Cole, don’t overthink this name business

    Now that gave me a chuckle.

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    Jay C says:

    @NickT:

    Clearly Boss comes from a tribe of mathematical cats obsessed with counting by means of their toes.

    What strikes me most is that said “counting” goes counter-clockwise: what’s up with THAT??

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Comrade Mary: Confession time:

    I like Taylor Swift.

    Please direct all rotten tomatoes to…

  62. 62
    NickT says:

    @Keith G:

    There’s at least two weeks of agonizing and changing of minds to be gotten from that furry beastie and its putative name.

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    NickT says:

    @Jay C:

    Clearly a contrarian. I tell you, that cat will be blogging for Slate before too many months pass.

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    Joy in FL says:

    I love reading about Boss. I’m glad he is doing well.

    Can we also please have some Lily and Rosie photos soon?

  65. 65
    Jay C says:

    @Keith:

    And I bet your most-used password is “password”??

    Dude: you should really do a security review…. ;)

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    I had a couple of toms that did the same thing – they forgot what to do! I guess the mounting behavior is somewhat hardwired, but after that? Anyway, I’d take the mounting and confused look any day before actual intact tomcat behavior. Saying that as someone who tried to calm and sooth an intact tom all night as gals in heat wailed beneath our window – it was very difficult and he was in REAL distress. The mating impulse is incredibly strong.

    I was sooooo glad when he got his nads whacked (a day or two later). No more death grip on his neck as he growled and cried. I guess I’m just saying that we tend to fixate more on the immediate ‘oh my gawd I’m cutting his balls off!’ thing rather than the long term effects which are overall much better for the cat. I’ve just always found that guys tend to cringe and clutch their package when neutering is mentioned.

    Of course, we all know it’s better for the cats – in the long run.

  67. 67
    Hawes says:

    What was his transmission fluid level? Oil pressure?

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    Nerdlinger says:

    @dance around in your bones:

    Of course, we all know it’s better for the cats – in the long run.

    Better for some politicians as well, evidently.

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    Medicine Man says:

    Nothing strange about that — Boss has a bitch-slapping paw.

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    @dance around in your bones:

    My Cocker Spaniel/Lab cross Lucky used to dig out of the yard and go down the street to visit his girlfriend every day and then eventually wander back. Two days after getting him fixed (after the swelling had gone down) he dug himself a hole and went trotting down the street to his girlfriends house and stopped half way there, had this look on his face which said “why the fuck am I doing this again?” and came home. He never left the yard again.

  71. 71
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @raven:
    Still no email. Binhthuy71(at)yahoo.com.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Jefferson

    Because the 4 5 6 goes up the East Side

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    pat says:

    @Origuy:

    I thought of that too, but I spelled it Abacus. Then I deleted that comment and went with my favorite,

    Mr. Manytoes. Sorry, I love it.

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    @dance around in your bones:
    Meh, it is also better for the husbands, mine was fixed (vasectomy) when I met him, I honestly think that the fact that I could get rid of birth control (which I always had problems with) was one of his selling points. We are still together 22 years later when menopause has long since solved the problem but damn knowing that a man couldn’t impregnate me was attractive.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @dance around in your bones: I was never sure if he was crying “What do I do now?” or “Why isn’t is working?” Fortunately, the vets no longer make you wait until they’re 6-8 months to spay.

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    I am not a kook says:

    Still looking for a name? How about Salvatore, aka “Big Pußy”?

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    Culture of Truth says:

    I hope Huma Abedin isn’t lurking in this thread.

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    pat says:

    @Culture of Truth:

    Yeah, she might be getting some ideas…..

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Count Catcula

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    Mojotron says:

    If you’re still looking for cat names, may I suggest “Toeby”?

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    NickT says:

    @Culture of Truth:

    “Anthony Weiner woke up feeling more at peace with the world than ever before. Also, two pounds lighter.”

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Then you can go around yelling Count! Count!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    My late great Boris — who had been neutered years before — did the same thing before Natasha was spayed, but he was more confused by the instinct than anything else. It didn’t trigger any other kind of tomcat behavior, so I don’t think he really missed out on much.

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    Edward Scissorpaws

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Also, too, get your female cats spayed in a timely manner, preferably before their first heat. I waited too long and that’s probably why Natasha developed the mammary cancer that killed her.

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    @Mnemosyne: My orange girl went into heat the one day before her vet appointment. She was only six months old. The yowling was the worst.

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    Keith says:

    @Jay C: And you should really watch more movies (that’s a line from “Spaceballs”, except the combination was 1-2-3-4-5)

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    Anne Laurie says:

    “Mungo just pawin’ in game of life!”

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    Julia Grey says:

    Y’know, John, there are different ways of “bossing” a household. Some cats do it with sweetness. Being the “Boss” of everyone in your vicinity doesn’t always mean you’re the bad guy with a big stick forcing people to do things because they’re afraid of you.
    Sometimes it means manipulating your people, like keeping perfect strangers mesmerized for 90 minutes, and getting your belly rubbed exactly how and when you want it rubbed…..

    I think “Boss” is a fine name for that particular kind of feline fella. He’s gonna be your boss one way or another. Heh.

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    Lizzy L says:

    Names are important. I once named a rescued cat Strudel, because she was so sweet. A month later, after she had made it quite clear to all the beasts in the house, including the two sixty pound dogs, who was in charge, I changed her name to Monster. You’ll find the right one, Cole.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: That is a funny story.
    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: The sooner the better , IMHO.

    I have also had experience with a tiny female kitty who went into heat at a very young age – approx 6 months. It was FAR harder to keep her inside and away from the yowling tomcats than it was with the male. She eventually got out (tore a hole in the window screen) and bang! was knocked up in ten minutes. This actually happened three times (yes, three litters) before I was able to get her to a vet and get her spayed (we were living in Mexico, pretty broke and transportation challenged).

    When we took her in for the spaying, the vet said afterwards that she was full of milk still. Like, it was leaking all over the place. I said, so sorry, but this cat has GOT to stop! having kittens! Literally it would take her a month after having a litter to get knocked up again, despite our best efforts to prevent it.

    If you haven’t lived with unaltered pets you have NO idea what it is like. I have seen dog parades on the beach in Baja with four or five males following a single female in heat for 3-4 days. From the biggest to the littlest, they all wait for their chance.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    I still kinda like Boss as a name. I don’t think anyone would argue that Bruce Springsteen, while forever the Boss, is also a kind and loving soul.

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    How about Cariad for his name? Google translate tells me that’s lover in Welsh.

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    amk says:

    Just call him toester and get it over with.

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    WereBear says:

    One weird thing that Harry said he hadn’t seen before was Boss has seven toes on his right front paw, six on his left front, five on his back left, and four on his back right. Weird.

    That is so awesome! That is a ONE OF A KIND kitty there!

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    wmd says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    My cat is named RC Gizmo (Rodent Control). he answers to RC, Gizmo, Mr Giz, buddy…

    A previous tomcat of mine was not castrated. I was able to convince the vet to do a vasectomy on him, after which he was still interested in female cats in estrus. I’d read that cats ovulate after mating, and since Sancho was shooting blanks he’d potentially be causing litter size to decrease.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @amk:

    Just call him toester and get it over with.

    What if John doesn’t want a toester because he prefers his bread untoested?

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    wmd says:

    22 skidoo.

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    Quinerly says:

    I’m going with “Toeby” A most unusual kitty

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    I like Gauss. I was going to suggest Fibonacci.

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    One weird thing that Harry said he hadn’t seen before was Boss has seven toes on his right front paw, six on his left front, five on his back left, and four on his back right.

    Growing up we had a cat with almost that exact toe layout (I don’t remember left/right but he was the same back/front).

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    @FlipYrWhig: Or Pi (22/7) since he has twenty two toes and seven is the largest number of toes on a paw.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven: OMG, I haven’t thought of that in decades.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @wmd:

    A previous tomcat of mine was not castrated. I was able to convince the vet to do a vasectomy on him, after which he was still interested in female cats in estrus. I’d read that cats ovulate after mating, and since Sancho was shooting blanks he’d potentially be causing litter size to decrease.

    Apparently some TNR (trap-neuter-release) programs are doing that now (at least with the adult males) instead of neutering them because the males will then continue to protect their territory and prevent other males from impregnating “their” females without being able to make more kittens themselves.

    ETA: This is for cats that will be returned back to feral colonies, not for adoptable cats.

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    rikyrah says:

    One weird thing that Harry said he hadn’t seen before was Boss has seven toes on his right front paw, six on his left front, five on his back left, and four on his back right. Weird

    EGBERT is a special cat…

    LOL

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    melissaD says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: I am soo mathematically challenged (and in light of my deficiencies I think pure mathematicians are geniuses) but if your formulation is significant and with the connection to the cat in Life of Pi, I love the name Pi!

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    NickT says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Pi isn’t 22/7, despite the popular misconception on this point. 22/7 is a Diophantine approximation to pi. Sorry to be so mathpedantic.

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    @NickT: Oh I know it isn’t exactly 22/7, it is an irrational number but it is a good approximation.

    Pi = 3.1415926535897932384626433832795
    22/7 = 3.1428571428571428571428571428571

  109. 109

    Too many its in #108, trying to rewrite the comment so it is comprehensible.
    @NickT: Oh I know Pit isn’t exactly 22/7, since it is an irrational number. 22/7 is a good approximation.

    Pi = 3.1415926535897932384626433832795
    22/7 = 3.1428571428571428571428571428571

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Yatsuno: Oh, Yutsy, that’s so sad.

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    Julia Grey says:

    He’s also “Boss” in the sense of the old hippy adjective. You know what I mean.

    Cooool, man.

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    terben says:

    Since he has polydactyly, why not name him Mr Polly?

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    e.a.f. says:

    So Boss had a “spa day” at the vet, complete with drugs. He won’t care what happened. A spa day with drugs is still a good day.

    Agree, the name change might be good. Naming a cat Boss is dangerous. They already consider us staff, so if you name him Boss, it is all over. I was staff for a cat for a long time. Found him in a forest where he had been living for 2 yrs. Once he moved in, you’d think he had been raised at the 4 Seasons. He did not like travelling in the truck. Wanted the caddie, every time.

    Enjoy your new companion. I’ve had one cat, 3 dogs, 4 husbands. the cat and dogs were definitely better company and more faithful.

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    Keith says:

    @e.a.f.: He could go totally balls-out and name the cat “God”.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Mojotron: Like that one!

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    mrmike says:

    @Jay C:

    Widdershins. That’s a great cat name.

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