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Petidote of the Day 2012-11-30

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Bluewit

Bluewit, the cat

Courtesy of correntian NWLuna, we have a Petidote with a real cat to admire today. Meet Bluewit, who has a story attached to his name, but we'll let NWL tell it, mostly because I don't know what it is.

I'm not sure if Bluewit is singing in this picture or if the vet asked him to open wide and say "Ahhhh" or if he's just bored with us, although I'm leaning toward the latter. If we're lucky, NWL will come by and tell us more about this handsome guy.

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Submitted by NWLuna on

Bluewit is happy to help correct the lack of cats here at Corrente recently.

Bluewit cat was adopted from the Seattle Animal Shelter. He ended up there after being found inside a sealed box left in front of a pet store. Needless to say, he absolutely hates being confined in a cat carrier, and caterwauls all the way on vet visits. We later found that he had a broken hip which never healed right -- abuse or accident? and so he needed it fixed surgically before he became lame later on.

Also note that charmingly deckled right ear -- I think of asking our vet to match that on his other ear (just kidding!) Bluewit looks like a Russian Blue with a spot bib. I find him hard to photograph contrast-wise because his fur is very dark grey, but likely I'm not expert enough about exposures. Cats look very funny when you catch them mid-yawn, don't they?

Submitted by lambert on

end up here for some reason.

Or maybe animal rescue is pervasive, I'm not sure.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

First let me say "Aww. Cute!"

I find him hard to photograph contrast-wise because his fur is very dark grey, but likely I'm not expert enough about exposures.

Monochromatic subjects have a way of doing that. If you can get him to sit so he's not backlit, that might help. Of course, you'd probably have better luck getting Mt. Rainier to be more colorful.

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Submitted by NWLuna on

I too find that digital cameras are much worse than analog on exposures in the Auto mode. Shot dozens of what I thought were lovely alpine-larch-in-autumn photos only to find them washed out. I've been deliberately underexposing and find I get better results that way.

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Submitted by editor_u on

Lack of cats remedied at last.

Bluewit certainly LOOKS Russian Bluish to me, too. Does he have that amazing double coat? My ex and I have one, and I will post him here sometime soon. I hope no one minds if I don't wait until Friday.

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Submitted by NWLuna on

double coat that's amazingly thick and soft. We joke that if he was put in a bathtub, he'd float and water would never get to his skin.

Of course, please post a pic here soon. We can never have too many cybercats.

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Submitted by NWLuna on

Didn't mean to double post.

Submitted by lambert on

And who cares about that?

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Submitted by NWLuna on

but he's actually just a big bluffer. He's an indoor cat now, so no opportunity to really find out about his fighting prowess. But since someone's fangs caught up with his ear, he's extremely leery about getting his ears touched.

Adoption of rescued animals? It's probably more common now, but also Corrente folks must just be those kind of good people ;-)