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Fluffball | by Rum Bucolic Ape
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Just a last snaps of this little fella whilst he was still little and fluffeh.


He is now 3 months old, double this size and like a rangy teen; all gangly limbs and boisterousness; preposterous sleeping habits interspersed with anti-social moments.


There is nothing in the house that cannot be jumped on, clambered up or attacked. There is nothing he won't eat or try to eat.


However, he is a personable animal, happy to be cuddled, always preferring a lap to his basket.


Although no pedigree, by the time he's had the jabs, the microchip and a cat flap has been installed, it hasn't been the cheapest.


However, he won't like the next bit that is coming in a month's time. The cruelest cut; removal of the tenders.


Poor lad. But for the best, really.


EDIT - Jen Smith says she likes a little info. So here is a snippet. Ever wondered why a cat's pupils are oval? Well, they have a retina that is sensitive for low light, designed for hunting at night. Cats can see well in 6X less light than us. When their pupils dilate, they are huge, almost the full diameter of the visible eye. But they are diurnal, also active in the day. And too much bright light could damage their retina. So they need a pupil that constricts effectively.


A human pupil can constrict but only to a certain degree. Fully constricted, a human pupil can form an aperture 1/16th in area of the fully dilated. In cats, they can reduce the aperture to a tiny slit, 1/132th the size of the fully dilated pupil.


Hence, most diurnal animals have ovoid pupils. Which are different in design from horizontal pupils, say, of a goat. Which is another story.

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Taken on June 10, 2017