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10/26/2017 08:47:27 PM · #1
they can teach us some cool ninja moves.
10/26/2017 09:34:48 PM · #2
Although I enjoyed the shots... they did make me think that... he needs to "get a life". Ha!

Thanks, Johanna.

That was fun.
10/27/2017 02:37:36 PM · #3
Terrific action shots. I'd put a couple of those on my wall!
10/27/2017 05:01:26 PM · #4
Great shots, have to wonder how many shots to get a keeper
10/27/2017 07:36:26 PM · #5
Mqny cool shots, but they have the title all wrong...cats didn't learn Ninja moves. The Ninja learned from the cats. And I would imagine it would take a good long time to get accepted by a feral colony that would allow you to photo them for any length of time; guessing at thousands of frames in order to get the keepers.
10/27/2017 10:14:13 PM · #6
Originally posted by snaffles:

Mqny cool shots, but they have the title all wrong...cats didn't learn Ninja moves. The Ninja learned from the cats. And I would imagine it would take a good long time to get accepted by a feral colony that would allow you to photo them for any length of time; guessing at thousands of frames in order to get the keepers.


I also wondered about the obvious comfort of feral cats with this guy.
10/27/2017 11:26:32 PM · #7
Great shots Johanna! Thanks!
11/02/2017 07:27:46 PM · #8
Originally posted by snaffles:

I would imagine it would take a good long time to get accepted by a feral colony that would allow you to photo them for any length of time; guessing at thousands of frames in order to get the keepers.


How to be accepted by a feral Cat Community: Bring food. And, wear long and sturdy pants; ferals have poor claw and teeth control.
11/02/2017 08:06:10 PM · #9
Originally posted by rgrenaderphoto:



..... ferals have poor claw and teeth control.


From their own point of view the claws and teeth might be doing exactly as told. haha.

A long time ago (50ish years) a feral cat jumped on my dog's back as I walked him through the bush. He was mainly collie with a lovely thick coat, but that cat dug in and rode him as he raced around in a yelping panic.
11/02/2017 08:18:25 PM · #10
cool. thnx
11/02/2017 08:24:28 PM · #11
Hey, I've known people who have tamed ferals for years; it isn't that difficult. Feed them and offer them a warm place to live. Pretty simple.

I have a resident stray - I think he's feral, but he could just as well be a local housecat pretending to be a twinkie - who raids my compost heap, but I have no interest in trying to catch and tame him. However, I do leave out a bowl of water for him and leave food for him to find. If he's around and finds it, great! If not, then the local corvids get it. Have considered trying to live-trap him and then get him neutered and release him back into the wild, but he hasn't been around much with all the damp weather.
11/03/2017 11:49:32 AM · #12
Originally posted by snaffles:

Hey, I've known people who have tamed ferals for years; it isn't that difficult. Feed them and offer them a warm place to live. Pretty simple.

I have a resident stray - I think he's feral, but he could just as well be a local housecat pretending to be a twinkie - who raids my compost heap, but I have no interest in trying to catch and tame him. However, I do leave out a bowl of water for him and leave food for him to find. If he's around and finds it, great! If not, then the local corvids get it. Have considered trying to live-trap him and then get him neutered and release him back into the wild, but he hasn't been around much with all the damp weather.


So back in 2004/2005 when all the hurricanes hit we had a neighborhood cat that would always hang out in front of my house (I think feral?). Anyways, we have a front entry room that we put him in during the hurricanes. Needless to say, he was very happy afterwards. The first hurricane he wasn't sure what we were doing but the following hurricanes he was MORE than happy to just come right inside and make himself at home. Miss that cat... He just kinda vanished one day. Sad really as this was the only cat my dog actually got along with. Lol.

Anyways, great series of photos.
11/03/2017 12:11:03 PM · #13
I have not spent a lot of time around cats or specifically feral cats. Do you think this guy hung out with these cats and patiently waited for them to suddenly strike these poses? Because, when I looked through them, I kept imagining him with his camera set up and someone else tossing a cat into frame.
11/03/2017 12:53:23 PM · #14
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11/03/2017 04:51:58 PM · #15
Yes, this is good advice:
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Or you can do what I do with my cats,
enroll them in the nearest faith healing society.
11/03/2017 06:54:12 PM · #16
Originally posted by markwiley:

I have not spent a lot of time around cats or specifically feral cats. Do you think this guy hung out with these cats and patiently waited for them to suddenly strike these poses? Because, when I looked through them, I kept imagining him with his camera set up and someone else tossing a cat into frame.


Though the scenario is possible, I doubt that a colony of ferals would tolerate that kind of mistreatment for long. I would think he somehow instigated them -maybe with food or a toy tossed in the air and conveniently cropped or cloned out later. And yes I have trained all my cats to voice commands, especially Galena, who is virtually a dog in a catsuit. She is very sociable and easy to train, and I daresay that she now knows the phrase 'on set!' means that she realizes she is expected to obey some commands on cue...well for up to 10 minutes at a time anyway :-) She won't willingly walk into her carrier, but then I haven't tried to train her how to do so. But, any time either cat has to go to the vet, I set their carrier down on the floor by the front door with the carrier door wide open, with *their* blankie inside, so they realize that so-and-so is going to the vet soon. Neither cat particularly enjoys going to the vet, but this simple way of warning them makes it a lot easier for me to load them in when it's go time.

btw haven't seen the b/w feral around recently, and it's been raining a lot. So I suspect that he is a stray with access to shelter and maybe food too when the going gets rough, and when it's not so bad out, then he comes by to check out the pickings.

ETA: yep seen many variations on how to give a cat a pill....this one is excellent :-)

Message edited by author 2017-11-03 18:59:16.
11/03/2017 10:20:38 PM · #17
Originally posted by markwiley:

I have not spent a lot of time around cats or specifically feral cats. Do you think this guy hung out with these cats and patiently waited for them to suddenly strike these poses? Because, when I looked through them, I kept imagining him with his camera set up and someone else tossing a cat into frame.


My guess is he has some sort of toy - like a feather whip. In a lot of the images where there are other cats, they all appear to be looking in the same direction.

The giving the cat a pill instructions is one of my favorite.
11/04/2017 05:04:58 AM · #18
Ha Ha yes we took our Ginger Gem aged 14 to the vet clinic and we got the New Boy 6 months out of Vet School and I can say Cat 1 Vet Nil but he did win on the 3rd try

The Ginger might be small and lean but nothing wrong with his teeth or claws and he can wriggle like a vibrator on Steroids
11/04/2017 01:24:36 PM · #19
Originally posted by kiwinick:

....and he can wriggle like a vibrator on Steroids


Hmm I don't think I should ask how you know that!! hehehe ;-)

I agree with Tangy that a feather wand might be what's getting the kittehs going, just a long enough one to be wielded by an assistant.Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_728104.jpg Lily on her 6th birthday shortly after I got her, and a more recent one of Galena Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1136426.jpg
11/04/2017 02:22:01 PM · #20
Yup, the wand is the only toy I've found that can get them to jump off the ground. Don't know if he had an assistant, as that would mean the ferals were also comfortable with them.
11/05/2017 07:24:28 AM · #21
Originally posted by tanguera:

Yup, the wand is the only toy I've found that can get them to jump off the ground. Don't know if he had an assistant, as that would mean the ferals were also comfortable with them.


Ferals can become tame enough to allow people to get quite close to them within a very short time. Depends on the dynamics of the colony. If any of the older ones were house pets before, they may have taught their kittens that humans could be a reliable source of food and thus ok to let get close. Besides as he's obviously using a wide-angle in a lot of the shots, maybe he just did what I did for stuff like this: Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_833236.jpg I put on the wide-angle, set it on the ground with a gorilla pod, and set the timer. It would be easy enough to do just that and get the cats to jump around the camera.
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