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Cats and pinballs... :-)


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#110 6 years ago

I don't have pictures but I'll always remember this story, think I told it on RGP once. Woman called me for a service call on an old E.M, I scheduled a service call 2 or 3 days later. When I arrived and opened the coin door, a scared and angry cat came FLYING out the coin door and scared the living shit out of me. I fell backwards and thought I was going to have a heart attack. The woman is so excited because she thought the cat ran away, the poor thing was in there for a few days. Seems when I originally called, she went down to check something, (if she had the key or whatever), the cat got in and there it stayed until I 'freed' it. I always wondered what might have happened if I didn't schedule the call for a week or two. The inside of the machine was a disaster with cat shit and piss and the paperwork was all shredded etc. I can't believe the cat didn't get electrocuted but it was a long time ago, maybe it was unplugged. Anyway true story ................
Ron

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#309 5 years ago
Quoted from carmour:

The husband was not happy about this. Maybe the glass shouldn't be left off? Haha

Tell your husband you were teaching the cat to buff the playfield.

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#338 5 years ago

I guess installing the coin door can wait a while......

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#379 5 years ago

OK time to put the hardware on the back of the cabinet when my helper shows up

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#621 3 years ago

Suspect is in sight ....

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#676 2 years ago
Quoted from klr650:

Our giant cat likes to remind me that frequent breaks will help me to avoid repetitive stress injuries...

That cat looks so similar to mine. I'm still not sure what he is, we think he's part main coon part something else, what do you think ?

#680 2 years ago
Quoted from klr650:

We were told by someone that our cats might be "Norwegian Forest Cats" but I haven't got a clue. We got our cats (two brothers) from the Humane Society.

The resemblance is amazing, I looked up Norwegian forest cat and it does have a lot of the same characteristics. I've had many cats over the years but these ( main coon mix, or NFC or whatever they are) have very unique personalities. Very playful even as they age and just great temperaments.

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#1224 1 year ago

I was playing a game of Champion Pub and Hobo jumped on the glass and was fascinated by the boxer. I think if the glass was off he would have jumped on the playfield and kicked his ass!

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#1266 1 year ago

I bet you gave her a lot of love, and I bet she gave you a lot in return. Gorgeous cat, so sorry ....

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#1412 1 year ago

Sorry about Lucky, very hard thing to have to go through, hope you get through the grieving process ok.

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#1439 1 year ago
Quoted from Deerlakes6:

Garth unhappy to see gorgar go
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Quick look and thought the leg bolt holes were the cats paws

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#1611 9 months ago
Quoted from Pecos:

I have recently lost my Gato. I put her out on New Year's Eve at 2:00 AM. When I went out at 4:00 AM to let her in, she was nowhere to be found. I haven't seen her since.
In honor of Gato's life and what she meant to me, I present to you:
A Gato Story
How a Black Cat Stole My Heart and Taught Me to Love
I am not a cat lover. I have good reasons for that. During my second year of college, my girlfriend, her room mate and I would meet each evening for dinner. Both were good cooks.
Before dinner, the room mate would feed the cat, the male long-hair yellow and white cat, Roscoe. The food that went into this evil creature was disgusting and smelled awful. What came out the other end smelled even worse. For some unknown reason, the cat litter box was placed next to the dinner table and next to where I sat. Guess when the cat decided it was time to use the litter box. Right, during the eating of my tasty home cooked meals. I hated that cat. It wasn't friendly and it ruined my dinners.
Several years later, my girlfriend bought me an Abyssinian cat. I never warmed up to the cat. It was always in the garbage and wasn't very friendly. My girlfriend got the cat.
Thirty some odd years later, I was gardening in my backyard when a black cat strolled into my yard and sat her butt down on the ground. It was curious, even interesting, but I thought nothing more of it at the time. It just sat there watching, eventually getting closer and closer and finally ONTO MY back porch. This cat had some nerve! I didn't WANT a cat so I completely ignored it - for three long months. There was no petting, no food and no water, no nothing. I wouldn't even look at her. If it had been a male, it would have been chased away immediately. Feral males are disgusting. They spray everywhere and, after Roscoe, I had bad vibes about male cats.
The cat would catch her own food and bring it back to my back porch to eat it. She officially 'moved in' and decided this was the place for her. After three months though, three months (!) of this strange relationship, I finally gave in and bought her a bag of cat food. That was a sad day in my life - imagine ME actually paying good money for cat food!
I called her 'Gato', the Spanish word for 'cat.' It stuck.
Gato, the year she decided to make me hers:
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I taught her some tricks. Some were meant to keep here safe. She had to sit, wait and look at me at the sliding back door before she was allowed inside. I didn't want a cat under foot. I could hurt her. When in her cat bed, I would cover her with a 'blanky' and whisper. "Go to sleep Gato!" She would put her head under the blanky as if she was going to sleep. Then she got a Gato Goodie. I taught her to lean backwards and 'meow' when I would meow. I called this trick the 'back-breaker with report!' Of course, she got a Gato Goodie for such an awesome trick. I got an idea after hearing her on the roof. I put some food in the rafters and she would jump up to claim her prize.

In her later years, she was no longer able to perform such feats of gymnastics. When it was time to eat, I put her food in a dish and held it up. She would sit up and touch the dish with her paw. Then I would spread some food on the ground and she would sit up again before she was off to find the food on the ground. It wasn't exactly hunting for her food, but I think it was more fun for her to seek out some of the food than just having it handed to her. Most of the food ended up in her dish. I put the dish up on the window ledge where it was easier for her to get to instead of the rafters.
It's been more than fourteen years now since Gato plopped her butt on my landscaped yard. Gato was as good a cat as a cat could be. She was only allowed into my bedroom when I slept. For a while, she wouldn't pester me to try to get me up. She waited until I got up. She did all of her 'business' outdoors so there was no litter box and litter to buy. She was very healthy, saving me from expensive vet bills.
The last few years she has decided that she wanted to be fed three times a day, breakfast at 4:00 to 5:00 AM, lunch at 10:00 to 12:00 and dinner at 10:00 to 11:00 PM. She yowled, 100 decibel yowling! I finally learned to let her out when she wanted out.
Gato was part mystery and part miracle. Vets here in Tucson say that outdoor cats have a two year lifespan. I live only a block away from the Pantano wash and a lot of predators use this wash to travel. They often make their way into my neighborhood and back yard looking for food and water. I have seen skunks, raccoons, javalina, hawks coyotes and rattlesnakes. My neighbor's small dog was killed by a Red Hawk. So, it is a small miracle that she managed to live this long. She was totally bonded to me. She wouldn't go anywhere near another person or animal and she was a wonderful companion for an old bachelor who doesn't interact with a lot of people. How did she live so long? She must have more than 9 lives!
The last pictures I have of Gato:
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I keep telling myself that nothing much will change in my life, but, of course, it will. I'm not ready for another pet - maybe someday, but there won't ever be another Gato. It's going to be lonely here at Pecos' Palatial Pinball Parlour. I will miss Gato, truly, and that is something for someone who didn't like cats.

Sorry Dude, but you're a cat person now! They sure do have a way of getting under your skin. You caught a really good action shot of her leaping at the end of that video, perfectly captured! So sorry for your loss...

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#1705 8 months ago
Quoted from Scribbles:

That's typical after an extended vet visit. One cat doesnt recognize the others scent. It will get better shortly once that nasty vet smell wears off

try brushing him and they make a slightly scented pad you wipe them down afterward to take the loose hair, they smell real good afterwards. Can get you the name if you need it LMK.

#1706 8 months ago
Quoted from NYP:

try brushing him and they make a slightly scented pad you wipe them down afterward to take the loose hair, they smell real good afterwards. Can get you the name if you need it LMK.

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#1723 8 months ago

Hobo just survived his iodine treatment for hyperthyroid and is back to work as the NYP quality control supervisor! Making sure I do a good job sanding the back of the cabinet, glad to have him back!

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#1724 8 months ago

This one's for neemypeemy, I think you have Hobo's sibling

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#1819 6 months ago

Looking at Calvin's picture you can see he has a beautiful soul. They are extremely resilient, I hope he manages to pull through all this. When any animal stops eating it needs to be taken serious. I had a cat with a inoperable tumor in her head and she stopped eating one day. I did a YouTube search and found a vet who showed how to put the cat food in a blender and then into a big basting syringe. Holding the cat in my arms she allowed me to squirt the food into her mouth. She lived for another 4 years with me feeding her like this 3 times a day. I wish Calvin and your family the best, my prayers are with you.

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#1842 6 months ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

He's getting better, but still not 100%. We had him back on Monday for another $500 in blood tests and they found that he had really low levels of Potassium, so they gave us yet another set of pills. He is now on 10 pills a day along with liquid twice a day. We are hoping that changes as his levels return to normal.
I'm sure you can all imagine how difficult it is to give a cat one pill, let alone 10. We'll know more in the weeks to come.
The vet maintains that he is in no pain and is just tired so we are going to continue the pill route for now, but as he regains his strength, it's becoming increasingly difficult to get him to take his pills. This would be so much easier if the little guy would just cooperate.
Thanks for asking about him.

I'm sure you already know about pill pockets, sometimes they help, some cats don't go for it. If you only have 1 cat and they don't eat each others food, sometimes you can chop up the pills into the food. Many times they make liquid versions of the meds. I had good luck cradling them in my arms, forcing the mouth open and sort of throwing it into their mouth. Vet probably told you all this but just in case. Good Luck, we're all rooting for him!

#1854 6 months ago
Quoted from JimB:

Had to start pilling my tabby for thyroid problems and it's changed his behavior. I wish there was another way to get treatment to cats. Food helps some but not with all pill types. He now runs from me when it's pill time. Also is timid about coming up for pets or when it's time to come in from the patio. It's not hard to pill him just he's fearful of getting picked up cause he knows whats coming.

If he's hyperthyroid they have a Iodine-131 Therapy treatment that has a high success rate.

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#1874 5 months ago

So Sorry to hear about Calvin, he had a very expressive face. I've been a cat lover/owner since forever and had to put many of them down over the years when the time came. It's such a difficult thing to do, playing god, knowing when the right time is, missing them so badly, they are so innocent and loving it's hard to let go. My heart is with you and your family.

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#1928 4 months ago

Sorry to hear about Oreo, I had a cat named Oreo, they looked very similar, beautiful cat. Sounds like he went quick and painless, sometimes that's better than going slow and painful. I know that probably doesn't help much but sorry for your loss.

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#2064 28 days ago
Quoted from dmacy:

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That's one beautiful looking cat !

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