Nov 16th, 2013 at 11:19 PM
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News: “The USA scan the data traffic of the German people.”
News: “The USA might wiretap the cellphone of the German Federal Chancellor.”
I thank our government (which I did not elect) for their honest opinion.
Oct 14th, 2013 at 10:21 PM
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We have got three cats. They are very special and each one gets her own kind of forage.
Angua is a very fastidious, a very slow and slender to lean devourer. So she gets the richest food, in great amount.
Luzie does eat everything that cannot flee fast enough and unfortunately she gains weight in a blink of an eye. So she gets calorie reduced food. And in controlled amounts.
Maya also has a very pronounced appetite but to her luck she does exercise enough to stay as she is. But if she is ravenous she does not shrink away from plundering the other cats’ bowls – if she can manage. And she could, at least in the past.
So how do you feed this bunch of cats without constantly standing watch preventing them from stealing the others’ food?
Version one of our solution was comprised of cardboard boxes and electronic cat flaps.
The most important part of the flap is the sensor that reads the cat’s implanted RFID chip. Originally these chips were meant for identifying the cats if they got found and to return them to their owner – sorry, I meant to their staff. In our balcony door the flap only allows our cats access and keeps all the others outside, like the big tomcat from across the street who likes to piss against the door. I don’t want to imagine the havoc – not to mention stink – it would cause if he would get inside. But I digress.
So until we had Maya everything was good, the cardboard boxes worked fine. Then cat #3 moved in and we simply added another box and thought everything would continue as before. Unfortunately we underestimated the criminal energy of cat #3. Her rather methodical and diligent attempts to capture food not intended for her consumption left the feeding boxes of Luzie and Angua in very poor shape:
In the end Maya fit through the hole she had torn and the lids had to be weighed down with heavy stuff because she had learned to lift them simply with her head. By the way did I mention that I sometimes hate intelligent cats?!
So the cardboard variant was no longer feasible. It had become impractical and ugly. After some thinking and planning we drove to the Swedish tinker shop (a.k.a Ikea) to buy replacements. The result can be seen here:
Each two compartments are linked, we simply sawed a hole in the partition panels. Now the cats have adequate room to feed. And as there the cabinet is open at the backside and the plinth keeps it from touching the wall there is enough air and light inside. To refill you just open the doors. The cats are missing thumbs and luckily the insight that they could pull the doors open at the handle with their snouts.
The big cat food sacks that were standing beside the kitchen counter are now stored away in the upper right compartment. Currently the feeding compartments are lined with paper to ease cleaning. But we are planning on replacing the paper with fitted sheets of heavy plastic film as all three ladies have very bad table manners.
Sep 26th, 2013 at 9:13 PM
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