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Q: My Kitty Misses His "Cat TV" ..... ( No Answer,   5 Comments )
Subject: My Kitty Misses His "Cat TV" .....
Category: Family and Home > Pets
Asked by: steph53-ga
List Price: $2.50
Posted: 05 Apr 2006 16:47 PDT
Expires: 05 May 2006 16:47 PDT
Question ID: 715909
Hi GA Community :)

I recently moved, and before doing so, I gave my 5 remaining tropical
fish to a co-worker, so I could start a new tank at leisure.

Well, the problem seems to be that now my cat is acting very
"depressed" whenever he looks over at the empty acquarium...

So, in feeling like a BAD "kitty mom", I think it time to set up his 
"fishie TV" again, asap ....

My question therefore is: 

Although I have all the supplies, etc, what are the hardiest type of
tropical fish that would not get "spooked" at seeing a cat face,
complete with drooling fangs, glaring at them while his paws scraping
at the glass?

I swear I lost a number fishies due to them having a "heart attack" or
whatever it is that kills fish from fright:(

Are there any tropical fish that actually "like" or are brave enough
to not mind having a cat "playing" with them through the glass?


Steph 53  ( and Albert, the "bored" cat )

Clarification of Question by steph53-ga on 05 Apr 2006 16:56 PDT
I should add that I only have a small acquarium..15 gallons.

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 05 Apr 2006 17:37 PDT
This may sound a bit strange ... but have you considered buying a DVD
that brings an aquarium on your TV screen? No, I'm not joking - such
DVDs exist indeed.


Clarification of Question by steph53-ga on 05 Apr 2006 17:52 PDT
Hi Scriptor,

Thanks, but I know about them. Although I don't "drool" at the fish,
like my cat does, I DO like the presence of having an active

I find the colours and sounds relaxing and tranquil. TV videos just
can't compare to the "real" thing.

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: My Kitty Misses His "Cat TV" .....
From: probonopublico-ga on 05 Apr 2006 21:13 PDT
Years ago we had a house that had two fishy containers: one was a sort
of paddling pool under the stairs; the other was a large tanky thing
that acted as a room divider. (Yeah, they now sound 'orrible.)

Anyway, when we moved in, we stocked both these things with fishies,
as you do, but then we found fish with missing eyes, very dead fish
and algae by the bucketful. The maintenance was decidedly 'orible
although we never had a cat to frighten them, just a delightful King
Charles Cavalier Spaniel called Raffles who was everybody's friend.

Anyhow, when the last fishy died, we had to put something in these
things and we hit on the perfect solution: PLASTIC FISHES!

They were so realistic that when a tv company came to shoot some
scenes in the house (for a UK detective series) they made a point of
continually filming 'the fishes'.

It was bizarre to see our plastic fishes on television.

That said, watching plastic fishes made the very best tv for years to come.

Get some NOW!

They will keep Albert amused for evermore and probably all your visitors, too.

And who knows .... if television ever comes to Canada (it's a sort of
box on which you get 'orrible people filling up empty space) then your
plastic fishies could warm the hearts of Canucks in the depth of your
permanent Ice Age.

Good Luck

Subject: Re: My Kitty Misses His "Cat TV" .....
From: steph53-ga on 06 Apr 2006 10:37 PDT
WOW Bryan!!!

Plastic fishies sound great. I've never heard of them or recall seeing
them here in the icy netherlands of Canada...

And just how would they stay "afloat" ????

I have 2 "fake" fish, for decoration, but they are made from some type
of heavy stuff and only float in water from the their attached
floating ball thingy....

Is this what you mean??

Subject: Re: My Kitty Misses His "Cat TV" .....
From: probonopublico-ga on 06 Apr 2006 21:41 PDT
Hi Steph

Dunno where I got the plastic fishies from but it must have been from
a more civilised part of the world, almost certainly The Mother

However, since no Researcher has yet jumped in on this with an Answer,
I now have pleasure in presenting you with an even BETTER idea ...

Get some CATFISH ... Albert will surely be able to relate to them and
they to him. Also, given time, Albert might father some CaSh (half Cat
and half Fish) which is very bankable. (I do hope that Albert still
has all his faculties.)

CaSh is very useful ...

For example, CaSh would allow you to increase the price of this
Question from a measly $2.50 to a truly sensational $5.00.

Another benefit is that Catfish make a culinary delicacy and, if you
recall a certain party that you organised W-A-Y B-A-C-K (Question ID:
416549), Pinkfreud brought along some Catfish Cake!

Count me in for some catfish cake. And I'll bring the bagpipes, too.
But only if I get to wear my special pink tartan.

Of course, the bagpipes were a mistake .... as always.

Sadly, I believe that she's never been invited to any party since.

Get some Catfish TODAY and never look back!

All the Best

Subject: Re: My Kitty Misses His "Cat TV" .....
From: steph53-ga on 07 Apr 2006 08:53 PDT
Hi Bryan,

Thanks for your astounding solution to my dilemma :)

Catfish sound like they would make the purrfect inhabitants of
Albert's acquatic Telivision!!!!

Unfortunately, he could never father any CaSh, as he is sadly missing
some of his original <ahem> "parts".

I'd love to ^ the price for you, but alas, I'm a tad strapped for pennies :(

Thanks so much for answering the question for me!!!

I continue to ponder why the GA honchos have not beat down your door
to ask you to be an esteemed GA Researcher......


A grateful Steph53 and Albert ..meow.
Subject: Re: My Kitty Misses His "Cat TV" .....
From: probonopublico-ga on 07 Apr 2006 09:59 PDT
Hi Steph and Many Thanks ...

You say the nicest things!

However, I could never be a Researcher and my GA Handle says it all.

I get oodles of satisfaction out of doing things 'pro bono'.

It's brought me enormous pleasure since I went down this route some 10 years ago.

Fortunately, I am a hermit and I live in a cave so my needs are few
and simple: a handful of wild berries, the odd caterpillar (when in
season), a jar full of snails (that I've caught myself) and any old
crusts dropped by seagulls after they've had their fill.

But oh for some mouth-watering catfish cake ... Anyone?

All the Best


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