Late Night Steve Open Thread

It takes a lot to keep Steve looking like a king, and I did some grooming tonight. It’s a delicate process- I have to speak in soft tones and assure him everything is going to be ok, all while working out the matted hair and areas where he has plopped his fat ass into pine sap and created an unholy mess AND keeping a firm grip on him so he can not make an escape. I normally only get to see the back half of him while brushing him, but Tammy was here an able to take some pictures. When she sent them to me I laughed out loud when I saw them. We have every emotion:

Fear and confusion:

Anger:

And finally, despair:

I got hysterical when I saw the last one because it looks like a still from a hostage video with him blinking SOS in morse code. No pictures of him when he was done because he beat a hasty retreat through the doggy door the minute I was finished. He looks magnificent- you will just have to trust me.






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    Joy in FL says:

    He is magnificent.

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    prostratedragon says:

    At least his ears aren’t lying flat.

    And yes, he certainly is.

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    Aleta says:

    Trump at a podium with I think the head of the FCC. Saying rah rah 5G doo da; on one side are 2 guys in hardhats (one red hat, one white hat) wearing work clothes; on the other side are two guys in cowboy hats; and also two guys with no hats. Just like America.

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    Samwise had quite an expression earlier when the upstairs neighbors were making noise. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwLvfapBWa6/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=13ud1cahyrhmo

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    Aleta says:

    Poor poor Steve. Betrayal is an inside job.

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    ruemara says:

    I can’t even brush my lady. She’s the hardest cat to groom or care for ever. She runs if she smells flea meds or the non-toxic flea wipes, she doesn’t like her nails cut, she doesn’t like being brushed or combed. The boy is way easier. The girls is cracked out ptsd victim with 7 espressos in her. And no, she’s only know us since her 7th week. No one has ever harmed her via nail trims or brushing. She also remembers towel wraps and runs if she thinks you’re about to put her in one. I feel so neglectful but I don’t want to stress her out even more. Of course, right now she isn’t looking too stressed. The boy isn’t exactly too stressed right now either. Granted, as I write this, he’s asleep on my satin Bowie jacket.

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    Redshift says:

    Those expressions – actually LOL

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    Redshift says:

    @Aleta:

    Trump at a podium with I think the head of the FCC. Saying rah rah 5G doo da; on one side are 2 guys in hardhats (one red hat, one white hat) wearing work clothes; on the other side are two guys in cowboy hats; and also two guys with no hats. Just like America.

    Worst Village People cover act ever.

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    Duane says:

    It’s the same FU look in all three pictures to me.

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    westyny says:

    My half tabby/Maine Coon loved the brush. She was an unusual cat in all ways. I think she knew she’d feel better with her double coat tangle free and groomed out. And Steve is magnificent.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @Aleta: Dump always wanted to be part of the Village People.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Maine Coons are beautiful cats and that is one resigned yet beautiful monster!

    The day before yesterday I had to take one of our cast, Stewie, in for his yearly and the moment we walked in the door he let them know he was there. Loud yowling, as only a very unhappy large male cat can do. Out comes the assistant with the pheromone-laced blanket… nope, as usual. So it’s immediately off to the room to get him isolated and quiet. I got him to settle down and while he was very unhappy he was a good boy for the vet. Grade 1 teeth, two pounds over what the vet thinks is best (16 instead of 14) but “he has a big head so this is probably OK but no more” and healthy as a horse. Two shots were part of the deal but we saved them for last and then quickly stuffed him in his cage, paid his bill and got him home.

    Our Scottish Fold, Morty, loves being furminated and will come and bug me to brush him. He has a dual layer coat and it’s thick as hell so the brushing is necessary. Stewie would cut me if I even tried to brush him but luckily his coat doesn’t need the help.

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    J. says:

    Thank you, Tammy, for posting these. They are fabulous. You made my morning. Question for John Cole: Are you able to clip Steve’s nails, or do you have to have the vet or a groomer do it?

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    randy khan says:

    @Aleta:

    Trump at a podium with I think the head of the FCC. Saying rah rah 5G doo da; on one side are 2 guys in hardhats (one red hat, one white hat) wearing work clothes; on the other side are two guys in cowboy hats; and also two guys with no hats. Just like America.

    I assume the FCC chairman was the only one who wasn’t white. (And no women? Shocking.)

    The whole event happened because one of Trump’s campaign people said that the U.S. should build a nationalized 5G network and everyone in the Republican Party had a cow, so Trump had to say it never was going to happen. (Not that it was, mind you, or even that it was an idea worth considering.)

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    randy khan says:

    The expression in the last one does appear to have a little bit of “I have to put up with this now, but I’ll get you later” in it.

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    debbie says:

    I like that left paw poised to spring into an escape at the first opportunity.

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    Skepticat says:

    Steve is beyond magnificent, and he absolutely rules. Every time I look at him, I so miss my beloved Maine coon cat, Bigelow. I’m grateful his coat almost never matted, but he did like being furminated. Had I only known how to knit, I could have made several more cats. He got fleas once, but he regally tolerated being washed in the (very big) kitchen sink. Please give him an extra treat for me.

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    RepubAnon says:

    @Duane: Steve’s giving the “you’ll have to sleep sometime, you fiend” look…

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    Citizen_X says:

    Nice Communist Party t-shirt.

    Don’t let the revisionist lackeys get you down, Steve!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Duane: I see all three expressions just as cole described them. You must not speak cat!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: So glad to see you here!

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    catclub says:

    @westyny

    : My half tabby/Maine Coon loved the brush.

    We have a big orange tabby that runs to the ottoman, which is the brushing station, if you hold the brush and call him.

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    SectionH says:

    Steve is being a good boy. I don’t know what projection this “he’s plotting revenge” stuff is, but he’s being patient. Ok, 3rd pic is “please let this stop soon” but srsly.

    I used to clip my dog’s nails, and several of our cats’, although for many years, the cats were indoor/outdoor enough their claws didn’t really need much attention. I still own several very different tools that are supposed to be the “best thing ever” for clipping cat claws. Uh huh.

    I’ve been very happy for the last 5 years to just pay the vet’s great staff to clip claws. $20 – bargain to me. Same charge at Petco or Petsmart, btw. Sadly we seem to see the vet a lot, even now, with young Mr. Rorimac “Bullroarer” Underfoot, aka Destructo Cat. And I don’t like that there’s no separate place for cats for grooming at any of the local commercial places, so I’m happy to let our vet do it – they have cat-only space do that.

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