#171 – Middle Of The Road

Photo taken: June 13, 2015

Whether you’re a child or an animal, it’s never a good idea to play out in the street.  It’s an even worse idea to take a load off and just lay out in the middle of the road.  Yet that’s exactly what this white cat on my street would habitually do…. and don’t let that greenery growing out of the crack fool you, this is a view down my small cul-de-sac.  I had to drive around the cat shortly before I took the picture, as it was not about to move for me.  It has a really messed up face which you can see better in some of the other photos I took of it, and I wondered at the time if it had something seriously wrong and merely had a death wish.  Apparently not… three years later, the cat is still roaming my mean street, and seems to be the one cat who is able to intimidate Gypsy.  With that face, I’d be scared of him too…

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12 Responses to #171 – Middle Of The Road

  1. Well a lot of pure white cats are deaf so perhaps that’s why he doesn’t move when a car is coming which of course is DOUBLE dangerous. Some people AIM for a cat or other animal in the road which is seriously SICK. Anyway, if you’re still seeing this guy hanging about then he’s street-wise thankfully!

    Pam

    • I didn’t know about that. Does that have to do with them being albinos? This cat may have been going through some phase back then, because I haven’t seen him lay out in the street since. Gypsy is a completely different story, however… not only laying out in the street, but walking right in front of my garage when I’m trying to pull in!

      • That is interesting… especially since the blue eyes seem to be an indicator as well. Gypsy is blue eyed (Something I didn’t even notice until my Mom started referring to her as Blue Eyes), though she has the brown tail and a couple very small patches of brown on her body. I don’t think she is deaf, though, unless she can feel the vibrations of my garage door opening from several houses away…

      • franhunne4u says:

        She probably can. Cats detect subterranean mice by the vibrations they cause. They have special vibration detecting hairs, vibrissaes – not only their whiskers, but also on their paws.
        “Apart from cranial vibrissae, other groups are found elsewhere on the body. Many land mammals, including domestic cats, also have carpal (of the wrist) vibrissae on the underside of the leg just above the paws.”

      • Gypsy has a death wish…………..! I’m going to guess that the white cat/blind issue has something to do with genetic makeup and it may be the albino quotient but not sure. It may apply to more than just cats but I don’t know that………….. 🙂

  2. draliman says:

    You gotta love cats. There’s one here that will wander out in front of your car, watch disdainfully as you hammer on the brakes, give you a look and then stroll slowly on its way.

  3. If he has blue eyes, or two eyes of different colors, odds are he is deaf. White cats with blue eyes are often deaf, as are odd-eyed white cats and of course, albinos have other issues too.

    • I read in the link above that if one side of a cat with heterochromia is blue, it’s likely they’ll be deaf in the ear on that side, but OK in the other. The whole thing’s a weird genetic trick I can’t believe I’d never heard of before. This cat looks like he’s had a pretty hard life. May as well as deafness to it…

  4. Clearly there’s not that much traffic on your cup-de-sac.

    • With only seven houses, it’s pretty quiet. And would be even quieter if we weren’t the first little roundabout off the main street and get all the U-turners (Especially those who think they can go around the train tracks on the state highway by cutting through our hood, which just goes in a big circle!)

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