Magnus is very pleased that the shooting season is over.
It has been four months of unpredictable mayhem for him and he doesn't like it one little bit. One minute he's best mates with Philip the Pheasant...
...and the next Philip has mysteriously vanished from his life, to say nothing of the of gunshot noise disturbing his daytime slumbers on the kitchen windowsill.
No, he has not been happy. But you can't have it all your own way in the countryside, all is calm again now and he can roam freely without fear of taking a peppering of shot where he'd rather not.
I was reading an article this week about the five different types of cat and apparently it is all down to genetics and early life experiences according to the 200 cats that were 'interviewed' for Dr Lauren Finka's research at the University of Lincoln (that link is to the Daily Mail for anyone who would like to be forewarned) and it wasn't difficult to pigeon-hole (sorry) Magnus who is definitely a human cat...(quotes taken from that article)
The Human Cat
' is generally happy to share your home, your life and often your personal space.
It can be identified by its willingness to gently head-butt you.
It likes to make your lap their 'spot' and will likely knead you with its paws on a regular basis.
The ideal home for the Human Cat is a vibrant family home with plenty of faces to nuzzle and laps to nap on; after all, if they fit they'll sit.
The more human attention and chin scratches the better for this friendly cat.'
As many of you will remember Magnus 'found' us almost five years ago now. He was about 5-6 weeks old, lost and forlorn and soaking wet out on the lane. We bathed him (which he loved) and for the next few weeks we carried him around with us, tucked inside jumpers like a little baby kangaroo. A ' human' cat emerged from a feral kitten, and should we ever get another I would always want a kitten and as young as safely possible. Did I read somewhere else that a cat's personality for life is well-established by about nine weeks...
Here are the other four types for those of you who might wish to diagnose your own feline...
The Hunter Cat
'This cat character excels at stalking and capturing its prey.The Hunter Cat can be identified through its interactions with realistic cat toys.It will often clasp toys in its teeth while it frantically kicks....
The Cat's Cat
'...has to be nurtured into developing positive relationships with other felines, which can often go against their nature to see them as a threat to resources. The trick is, as with humans, to socialise them when they're young, exposing them to other cats and kittens.You can identify a Cat's Cat through its willingness to play with and groom its furry siblings, touching noses and rubbing up against each other. A Cat's Cat may cope better living with other felines, but even well socialised cats can be choosy about who they share their bed with.'
The Cantankerous Cat
'... is more easily frustrated than his four counterparts and can be less tolerant to being handled, due to being quite sensitive to touch, their environment and being on high alert. These felines require more time and effort to make sure they're comfortable when interacting with humans.The Cantankerous Cat can be identified by its need for its own space to play, explore independently and preference for regular but less 'hands on' interactions with humans. It needs to make the first move when it comes to being handled.'
The Inquisitive Cat
'...can be a keen investigator, sniffing around anything and anyone unfamiliar. But this inquisitiveness is a combination of DNA and exposure to new sights, smells and sounds from a young age. The Inquisitive Cat can be identified by its eagerness to explore and investigate anything new in their environment. It could cope well in a home that sees new people coming and going, or even as an office cat. But be warned, it'll get into every box, bag, handbag and lap that enters its domain.'
We have had great fun 'typing' the cats we have known...
Rocky was almost certainly a Cat's Cat
But how about your felines... can you place them...