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sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 5:39 pm    Post subject: Plague rats  Reply with quote    

Hagl, my cat, has just hijacked a significant proportion of a batch of plague rats I was making to sell, so I thought perhaps some of you other moggie owners might like the recipe.

Basically, these are catnip meeces with attitude. I make mine out of black linen, with woollen tails and leather ears and bead eyes to complement the re-enactment settings where I sell them, the main difference from traditional catnip meeces is that I use equal parts of valerian root and catnip when stuffing them. Talk about pharmaceuticals for felines, he's currently lying on his back with all four paws in the air dribbling and making little mewling noises. Utterly undignified, but hey, I've never yet met a cat who wasn't immediatley tanked after playing with one.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pic below

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And proof it works...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They do look rather special. Does the valerian root just relax Mr Kitty?

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its a unique combination, between the two herbs he's not sure whether he wants a snooze or to chase his tail, so he tries to do both simultaneously. If he was human he'd probably order pizza....

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this thread (Downsizer's equivalent to Typhoid Mary, perhaps ), but I love the rats. And it's good to see the market research that you put into your products!

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bitzy and Buttons Fiddlesticks have made a request for some on account of the squeaky thing someone caught today ( no one's owning up! ) has stopped working... and is unlikely to squeak again anytime soon.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

P.S looking at the piccy of the rats can I just say Finger Mouse!

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If only I had a cat to drug

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is this respponsible cat ownership!?

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
Is this respponsible cat ownership!?


Of course, a laid back cat catches fewer birds/squeaky things. Its therefore environmentally *essential* that you keep you cat slightly tipsy. [adopts comedy Guru pose] 'It is the Downsizer way to bring mellow harmony to all creatures'

Bugs



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
wellington womble wrote:
Is this respponsible cat ownership!?


Of course, a laid back cat catches fewer birds/squeaky things. Its therefore environmentally *essential* that you keep you cat slightly tipsy. [adopts comedy Guru pose] 'It is the Downsizer way to bring mellow harmony to all creatures'


does it work on Children?

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Dogs are a lot easier - you just stop feeding them so much - I'm told it also works on children (eventually) but people called social workers get very upppity about it!

Looks like one happy cat, anyways!

bagpuss



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
adopts comedy Guru pose] 'It is the Downsizer way to bring mellow harmony to all creatures'


Makes you sound like the Lichenstein farmers who complained at being stopped feeding their cattle hemp

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4699945.stm

apparently the cows are more happy and relaxed that way

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