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Following on from last week's Kitten's Guide to self-defence, this week Xena and Kai demonstrate the how's and how-not-to's of successful kitten camouflage. No prizes for guessing who's doing the how-not-to's.

First up we have Xena showing the subtle use of cover and shadow.


Note how she uses the grey of the stone and gravel to further enhance her hiding place. And also how easy it is to spot orange tribbles once they break cover.

Kai demonstrates the popular but flawed 'if I can't see you then you can't see me' theory of camouflage.


Many kittens swear by this technique and every one of them gets caught. Tails are a particular problem. Even the kittens who manage to conceal the bulk of their body have a tendency to spoil everything by leaving a long length of furry tail protruding, and sometimes flicking, from their hiding place.

Next, Kai demonstrates a modified version of the ''if I can't see you then you can't see me' technique. This is the 'I still can't see you and even if you could see me you'd think I was a Wellington Boot.' Sad to say, this only works on very gullible adversaries. Even dogs aren't fooled.


Next, we have Kai demonstrating yet another variant. The 'I still can't see you and I don't really care if you can see me 'cos I'm the one with my head in the food'.


A very popular technique amongst kittens of all abilities but not one that should be encouraged.

And finally we have a group of tribble students showing that even a nest of bright orange tribbles can be difficult to spot when they learn the correct use of twig and shadow.



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From:squirrel_monkey
Date:December 14th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
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Oh, the cuteness. I miss your Tribbles.
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From:roguequixotic
Date:December 14th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Orange kitties are so cute I can feel my head about to explode. squeeeeeeeeee
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From:orejen
Date:December 14th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Do any of the Tribbles's new owners keep in contact, send you progress reports or pictures, a la open adoption?

The head in the boot and the head in the bag one are pretty funny. What a clown!
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From:chrisdolley
Date:December 15th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
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No, but one of the couples lives quite near and has promised to provide some pictures. I'll follow that up after Christmas.
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From:melissajm
Date:December 14th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
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I've gotten so I look forward to Kitten Pictures. Very cute!
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From:layla42
Date:December 15th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)

Pretty ones!

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So Kai is part ostrich then? so cute!

I always love the kitty pictures, and looking at the Tribbles just makes me want to get another little one.
(Speak, the 18 pound Cassanova Cat wishes to remind me that I already have a Big One. So only smaller ones will do.)
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Date:December 16th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Sure looks like they're having fun, were they recent pictures? I'm jealous of anyone with sun right now.

Michelle at Scribbit
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From:chrisdolley
Date:December 18th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
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Some were recent, the sunny one wasn't:)
From:risingpheenix
Date:December 20th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)

*ROFL*

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This is the 'I still can't see you and even if you could see me you'd think I was a Wellington Boot.'

*ROFL* That was the best!

I love how you call the kittens tribbles. I would love, love, love to have one of those little orange and white babies in the last picture. I miss kittens!
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From:chrisdolley
Date:November 7th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)

Re: cool cats

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The orange kittens were found abandoned on the road so we have no idea of their breed. Kai, the black one, is half Persian, half wandering tabby.
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