When: 2009-03-03

Collection location: San Francisco, San Francisco Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)

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Sorry about the image quality again, these were shot with my phone…

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By: Caleb Brown (Caleb Brown)
2012-11-15 04:38:00 CST (-0500)

For my guide and saw these! I love the cat, it looks so recalcitrant haha
My cat would never sit still like that… shes a brat.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-03-05 04:06:39 CST (-0500)

Naw, not reluctant. I got back from hunting and said “I’m going to take a picture of the cat with these mushrooms”. My roomate replies “Oh good, let’s see if she’s still buried under the pillows and stuff!”, haha.

After sniffing the mushrooms, staring at the ceiling, and about 5 pictures later, she finally stood up and demanded to be pet. Lots of cats will tolerate having things stacked on them while they are lounging, (hence the site stuffonmycat.com) .

I don’t have to worry about animals or children eating mushrooms I bring home, the animals are all smart enough not to nibble, and there are no children around. It is my less than cautious roomates I have to look out for. I might have told you about the time I used two massive Gymnopilus as decor, reasoning that if someone did happen to accidentally ingest some it was not toxic, and way too bitter to tempt anyone into making it a meal. I figured I was being overly careful with my adult roomates, yet less than 8 hours later I noticed a big old bite- teeth marks and all- taken out of one of the caps!

Inksi, thanks. The cat is kind of a brat, actually.

El gata.
By: Michael W (Michael Wallace)
2009-03-03 19:40:06 CST (-0500)

Nice specimens and pictures CureCat, your cat looks cool:)

a somewhat reluctant model, at that..she looks well-propped!
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-03-03 18:56:13 CST (-0500)

But keeping pets and small children away from these and other toxic mushrooms is definitely an important consideration. My cat, unlike CureCat’s sensible beast, will eat anything: lettuce, grass and clover blossoms (his favorite); we call him Jack the Cow, among other things; it’s actually quite remarkable how well and amusingly you can re-work a simple name like Jack!. And I often have quite deadly things lying casually about (amanitas and the like), so I have to force myself to be more mindful. Cats, like dogs, love stinky things…like old dried phalloides!

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-03-03 17:35:58 CST (-0500)

She is quite a picky eater. I also have the sense not to feed her such things. She’s just the model.

By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-03-03 17:32:05 CST (-0500)

and did your cat consume them?