Your Late Night Steve

Steve is now fond of sitting on the highest peak of the cat tower and attacking the bird like toy on the string, which, as you can see is swinging from his latest assault.


I attribute this new found interest in the fact that we have been feeding the birds every time it snows, and he has discovered that looking at them through the glass sliding doors meow-chirping is a solid way to spend the day.

It is so weird how both he and Tunch are magnificent beasts, yet in completely different ways. And if your cat does not weigh 16 lbs+, it’s just a kitten. There. I said it.

33 replies
  1. 1
    MikeJ says:

    Steve looks Happy. So probably feels ripped off by the Oscars. Snurlgle him tonight,

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    Jack Canuck says:

    My ex and I had a (mostly) Maine Coon named Markiss who weighed about 25 pounds in his prime. When he died, at the ripe old age of 21 and a half, he was thin as a rail and still weighed over 12 pounds. He was awesome. Still miss that cat.

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    NotMax says:

    Steve gives Mr. Cole the bird.

    Film at eleven.

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    David Koch says:


    this might be something you might want to write about. Jerry Brown, of all people, trashed mary jane users. Brown thinks if we place pot on parity with alcohol, that national security will be damaged.

    Brown said he was worried about what would happen to the nation if too many people used the drug too often.

    “And all of a sudden, if there’s advertising and legitimacy, how many people can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation?” he asked. “The world’s pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together.”

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    Ian says:

    @David Koch:
    I personally prefer shitfaced drunks to have the finger on the doomsday trigger

    Edit grr.. wrong link

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    Fred says:

    First time I heard a guy brag about how big his pussy is.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @David Koch:
    Oh come on. Let an old man indulge his old-fogey side once in a while. What harm can it do?

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    NotMax says:

    Stumbled across a little something that has long been on my ‘meaning to track down’ list, and it is as well done as appreciatively remembered from when saw it almost 30 years ago.

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    TriassicSands says:

    And if your cat does not weigh 16 lbs+, it’s just a kitten. There. I said it.

    Blah, blah, blah. Please, give it a rest, John.

    I’ve had big cats (bigger than Steve — “Rasputin”) and small cats. Male and female. And the two best — by far — were small females who weighed less than 9 pounds. One, the smaller of the two, is a tabby who the vets agree is probably part Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest Cat. Her small size may be attributable to her very hard early life, which included severe malnutrition. Eight point eight pounds, but she has the heart and personality of a fifty-pounder.

    Bigger is Better. How typically Amurkin.

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    Schlemizel says:

    I heard a legend I had never come across before Saturday. I ave no idea if this is really an ancient story or a modern invention. The story goes that a cat performed a valuable service for the prophet Mohamed so to indicate his blessing he marked the cat with an “M” on his face. I suppose if I were not so lazy I would have googled to see if there was more to it than that or if there is some clue where the story came from but I have not done that, just passing it along.

    Our kitty will have to have a mast cell tumor removed. Not a big deal, or so the vet said.

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    Linda Featheringill says:


    Sorry your kitty is sick.

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    JPL says:

    Good morning! Steve is a magnificent cat and if dogs could talk they’d say the same thing.

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    Hawes says:

    You’re a Thinist.

    There, I said it.

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    IowaOldLady says:

    I gotta say Steve looks a little scary.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    If that toy is bird like, I’m a plane.

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    raven says:

    Man, Morning Joe is pretty good without Joe and Mika! Thomas Roberts and Willie Geist are great!

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    WereBear says:


    I love the Maine Coon bigness and contrasting little chirpy voice, but my favorite part is the wiseass sense of humor.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: So Morning Joe with out Joe or Mika is like coffee without cream or sugar?

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    raven says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: 2% and splenda is my game,

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    WereBear says:

    Here is RJ playing a practical joke on Tristan, his little kitten buddy.

    Game of Places

    Note the beaming face in the third photo: he won!

  22. 22
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @raven: I like my coffee like I like my my women: Hot, black, and strong. It doesn’t even have to be sweet.

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    Joey Maloney says:

    Because the trade in Bitcoins is too stable and transparent: Ladies and gentlemen, there is now a market in Bitcoin derivatives.

    @OzarkHillbilly: I, too, like my women like my coffee: ground up and tightly wrapped in the freezer.

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    cleek says:

    instead of Mohammed, (some) Christians say it’s the sign of the Virgin Mary.

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    Pogonip says:

    @Schlemizel: That sounds similar to the story of the cat jumping into the manger to warm baby Jesus, so Mary skritches its head and an “m” appears.

    And that’s an endearing story because it’s so typically feline. “Hey! A space! I gotta see if I can fit in it–what’s this? A baby? And he’s WARM! Move over a little, kid, let’s snuggle up. Purr…purr…purr…”

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    LarryB says:

    Watch out, John. “Monster of the Id!. Run!!!”

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    Poopyman says:

    @Schlemizel: Well, given that “M” is a Latin alphabet letter and Mohammed probably used the Arabic alphabet, I tend to doubt the legend.

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    Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937 says:

    How the hell is that a ‘bird like’ toy? It looks like a hedge hog with a mutant tail.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @David Koch: Jerry needs to chill, take a 4/20…

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    Matt says:


    Probability that Mohammed would have known his Latinized name starts with “M”: pretty much zero.

    Probability that the people who pass that story around know that Mohammed didn’t speak English: *also* zero.

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    w3ski says:

    Our Cats are only 15 pounders, but our dogs are 120 pounders. Does that count?

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    JustRuss says:

    Mah petite kittehs say “pffffft!” to your sizeism.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    There are actually several legends about Mohammed and his cat, Muezza. That one sounds like one that started getting promulgated when Muslims moved to Western countries with Western alphabets.

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