IF you want to show your cat affection, don’t stroke it, animal behaviour experts say.
The poor things can become stressed when touched, the experts say, after testing the stress hormone levels of cats before and after stroking.
How they do that is anybody’s guess but they say none of the cats enjoyed constant touching although some were prepared to tolerate it while others became more stressed.
Apparently cats release hormones linked to anxiety when people handle them and cat lovers are supposed to avoid constant stroking to spare their feelings.
But why, then, do cats purr when they’re stroked?
Does purring mean ‘for heaven’s sake, leave me alone’ or more likely ‘don’t stop, I love that...’
It makes you wonder whether ‘experts’ half the time really know what they’re talking about. Surely this research would make a cat laugh.
IN the good old days when Orange had a tourism management committee it had plans for a national company to build a replica of the Narrambla homestead where it said Banjo Paterson was born.
Stages of the development on Ophir Road were to also include a replica of the adjoining Templer’s Mill, which was blown up by the old Canobolas Shire Council, a restaurant and bistro, conference centre and theatrette and coach parking.
The project, which the committee said would be in keeping with Banjo’s national and international status, had the blessing of a granddaughter of the poet who offered her and her family’s full support.
The committee found the Narrambla homestead was built from lime, mud and rocks and said the replica would be built as closely as possible to the original in both appearance and materials.
The development never went ahead, of course, but what does all that say about the old timber building moved to the Botanic Gardens?
ST Peter stops a man at the Pearly Gates.
‘You’ve told too many lies for me to let you in,’ he tells the man.
‘Have a heart,’ he replies. ‘Remember you were once a fisherman yourself.’
SOME of those manhole covers or steel lids on whatever they’re covering in the middle of Orange streets seem to have sunk because you well and truly know it when you hit them in the car. Bang, thump.
The council has built up the bitumen around some but there’s still enough of these pseudo potholes in the city to give your suspension a fair whack.
A lot of them are hard to avoid.
PEOPLE with large egos or those who want a number plate that’s unique to their car, football team or business will spend thousands of dollars to satisfy their appetite.
But sales of the personalised plates must be slowing because myPlates, the mob the State Government appointed to take over the business, appears to be spending a small fortune on TV and in newspapers drumming up sales.
Once, you paid a one-off fee for a personalised plate to be made and that was it, until the government got greedy and decided to create a cash cow by charging an annual fee of up to $600 a year for so-called prestige plates, while others range between $300 and $440.
So it’s little wonder sales are slowing.
The NSW Roads and Maritime Services in 2009 reaped $58 million from personalised plates before handing the business over to myPlates in 2010.
ANYONE would think the way Sydney newspaper and TV rugby league wafflers carry on that Sonny Bill Will-He-Won’t-He Williams was the only player in the NRL.
It’s painful the way they idolise this egotistical kiwi and his carryings on, leaving a string of train wrecks behind him with his selfish back-flipping decisions.
The Roosters and the Nuw Zillanders, thenk hivvens, cen hev him.
As far as the rest of us are concerned, he can go jump.
THE Department of Primary Industries is investigating more sightings of the elusive Lithgow/Penrith panther after Hawkesbury MP Ray Williams said he saw it while driving home one night after a ball.
He turned a corner and there was a big black cat with a long tail that disappeared through a fence.
There’s been more than 600 sightings of these mysterious things in the past 20 years and that doesn’t include our infamous Byng Bunyip.
Lithgow environmentalist Trevor Evans, who runs Secret Creek wildlife sanctuary, says he’s caught Lithgow panthers but they’re just big black feral cats.
He says the first Lithgow settlers 186-odd years ago brought cats with them and they’ve been getting bigger, stronger and meaner living in the bush.
But they’re not panthers, he says.
There could be more sightings of these things if the bushfires drive them out.
Primary Industries’ will report its findings into the ‘large free-ranging cats’ by the end of the year.
THE high visibility vests used by police are made from polyester or nylon and are not fire resistant.
While OK while directing traffic or something like that they can be dangerous working at the Blue Mountains bushfires and could catch fire.
There’s no instructions for police not to wear them although apparently they can seek advice from senior officers if they have concerns.