wizarding places → eeylops owl emporium & magical menagerie. eeylops owl emporium was described as being relatively small, and dark inside, probably because owls are nocturnal creatures. on the outside of the shop, many different colors and species of owls hung in cages, watching all of the passersby. meanwhile, the magical menagerie is a very cramped and noisy shop with every inch of wall covered by cages. it sells all kinds of animals - poisonous orange snails, a giant jewel-encrusted tortoise, sleek black rats that are very intelligent, owls, ravens, cats of every colour, puffskeins, a transforming rabbit and much more.
Medic’s doves, let me tell ya. The tf2 verse has always been excessively goofy, so I always imagine that medic’s doves are more affectionate than any bird could ever be:
Rubbing against him like damn cats, ruffling his hair, messing with his glasses, exploring his pockets, soft dove kisses (rapid light pecking that feels like teeny little taps), an entire vocabulary of coos that only medic understands, a tendency to follow him everywhere, crying when they can’t find him, always preening on him and floofing their feathers everywhere, perching on the curtain rail when he takes a shower (literally the whole bar is covered in doves patiently watching their pa bath), somewhat protective behavior, cuddling, and much more lovey dovey stuff
I really hate it when people rename rehomed animals. Like if you’re taking an animal from a santuary, shelter, etc that has a holder name sure no problem. But if someone who loves their animal has to rehome it and you immediately change the name? That makes it so much harder it’s damn disrespectful and makes it like the person never owned it. This is way more relevant for animals that are able to learn their name bc then they have to relearn what they are called. Appreciate the animal for what it is, you don’t have to personalize everything about it.
I've seen lots of posts about corvids, but none really about cats. What are the felines on campus up to?
Several have too many eyes, for starters. But they’re sweet things, if you like cats, and while they’re not any more intelligent than the average cat, they seem to go between worlds without any kind of problem. They also more than likely all have the Sight, so, you know, if it’s staring into the middle distance go the other way.
or an astrological guide to the mystery of your cat; I mean how else are we supposed to understand this creatures
The Libran cat thinks it has star quality and it demands a lot. A high standard of living and elegant surroundings are vitally important. As it has loads of charm and usually looks entrancing, it gets its own way quite easily but, even when things go wrong, it seldom loses its temper. Venus rules these cats, making them the romantics of the zodiac. The Libra is a flirty cat, chatting up the other neighborhood cats any chance they get. But though these cats are multitalented, Libras often need help making a decision. This is the cat who will meow at the door to be let outside only to return a few minutes later to be let back in. A favourite pastime of the Libran cat is watching humans at work. It can sit glued to the spot for hours, observing your every move, trying to make sense of what your doing. You’ll quite often see a Libran cat following its favourite human like a dog. It loves sleeping on a nice soft bed and however often you shoo it away, it will be back next moment, whether you’re in bed or not. Think yourself lucky if you can at least train it to prefer the end of the bed and not take up the whole pillow.
The Scorpio cat likes investigate its surrounding and is constantly exploring every nook and cranny of your home. With its inventive mind, it can think up all sorts of new uses for household furnishings and other items. Many Scorpio cats for example settle down for a siesta in the drum of the washing machine. Whatever you may think, your Scorpio cat know you are really its slave and, if you haven’t noticed - well, that’s a tribute to your cats intelligence. The Scorpio is also extremely intuitive and can sense when the mood has shifted in the room before anyone has the chance to say anything. Scorpio cats are happiest living on a farm where they can roam freely and have adventures. They are good hunters and can survive for days in the open country without human help. It will love to crawl into bed whit you in the morning to try and distract you from getting on with the business of your day. A bit of an aggressive egoist, it likes to prove itself the better cat in a fight; of course it does - it’s programmed to be a champ. Despite their brazenness these are some of the sweetest, most catlike cats of the zodiac.
The adventurous Sagittarian cat is a free spirit and real high flyer - which means if may also come a cropper. Always optimistic, it never learns from its mistakes. In fact, nothing will shake its belief in itself and its own capabilities. The Sagittarian cat is definitely the outdoor type and can’t bear to be confined in small spaces. These cats seem to possess the best of both worlds. They are both athletic and brilliant, and require a lot of mental stimulation to keep their brains fresh and sharp. With its adaptable and restless nature, the Sagittarian cat enjoys going on holiday with you. It prefers four-star hotels, but will make do with something more modest: the opportunity to go out exploring is what really matters. The Sagittarius will not want to much. Making life comfortable for these cats shouldn’t be a challenge - that is the beauty of owning one of these low-maintenance felines, but don’t forget to give these cats the adventurous life they deserve! The Sagittarius is intuitive and will read your emotions carefully. It is also known as the cuddliest in the zodiac, but it can, and will show affection in its own way.
Capricorn cats are ambitious. Once they start something they don’t give up easily - whether it’s fishing a hairpin out of a crack in the floorboards or making friends with the dog next door. But the Capricorn cat is always quick to spot any danger and will take steps to avoid it, so it runs little risk of getting hurt. Although generally well balanced, the Capricorn needs a lot of human and animal contact and is likely to get depressed and melancholy without it. Rest is more important than food to this cat, and it needs plenty of time to mediate. Despite its need for contact, it is inclined to be reclusive and will indulge this tendency frequently. You’ll probably find that if you sleep past the time your Capricorn eats, it will gently remind you with a paw to the nose or a decent meow in your sleeping ear to help remind you. Feed it on time, offer it lots of space and love (when requested) and reap the benefits of befriending these felines. Because loyalty is the strongest facet of this cat, you can depend on to the Capricorn to sense when you need it most. Let the Capricorn know when your day is rough and it’ll most likely close the eyes and soothingly purr. You’ll start to feel you blood pressure lower and your pulse begin to even out.
An Aquarian cat is a complicated creature, often at odds with itself. Part of it wants to be loving and affectionate, another part feels duty bound to show its claws. It begs for milk and then sits irresolutely in front of its bowl. It’s ingenuity gets into the most unlikely places and it will happily stay hidden away for hours, but arouse its curiosity or its appetite and it will come out, playful as ever, as if nothing had happened. The Aquarius cat can be extremely idealistic and dreamy, but only because it wants the best for the world. These are the cats you see on the news caring for abandoned baby chicks or other helpless creatures. You will see the Aquarius cat starring off into space frequently. This is because it is busy having big thoughts about the world around it and it is much more in tune with the world than people give it credit for. In spite of its contrary behavior towards you, the Aquarian cat has great admiration for everything human. You may not have noticed but it is doing its best to be just like you. So if you want to know more about yourself, watch your cat. With so many happy traits, it’s hard to see why a person would turn down the chance to love and care for an Aquarius. Perhaps the hardest part of being with an Aquarius is sharing him with all of its admirers.
A Pisces cat makes its own rules and lives by them. Once it’s decided to spend the day out of doors, nothing and no one can lure it back in. If it thinks it is time for a nap, it will pick a dustbin or mixing bowl of its choice an settle down, never mind what you say. This cat is loved by all, but understood by few. This is perhaps her best charm: mystery. Some day it will be the most gregarious cat you have ever met, and the next day she will be elusive and hard to find. Since it has difficulty following anyone else’s rules, a Pisces cat fits best into a relaxed household where everyone does their own thing. With unerring instinct, the Pisces cat picks up human moods and react to them. If you need comforting, it will rub gently round your legs. If you want entertaining, it will lay on a show. Pisces cats love all things soft and fluffy, so be prepared to give up a pillow or two to this cat. It’s probably not surprising that the Pisces loves food from the sea, after all she is both a cat and a water sign. A little tuna and a little imaginative play is all it takes to keep these funny cats happy.
sources: Astrology For Cats (Traudl and Walter Reiner); Cat Zodiac (Maeva Considine)
he is 3 years old, about 35 lbs, medium sized. he has a very strong bond with me, and extremely loyal. he likes to be active and some days he prefers to lay in bed with me all day. he likes to chase lights and shadows on the wall like a cat. very intelligent. extremely affectionate. he also has some anxiety towards other dogs. What breeds do you think he is?
Is it weird that I often imagine the Riddler talking like an alien?
“Haha, foolish Earth creature.”
“Your primitive brain amuses me.”
“Now if you excuse me, I will attend to my personal business, meant for beings of superior intelligence.”
*Meets a cat*
“I see, you and I have many things in common. I respect you, inferior life form.”
Hello! I have a real quick question about a character I'm working on for a story. One of their main things is that they're kind of spacey and don't always see the full picture with things. A specific example is when her and friend find a new area, (which is an obvious forest), she looks at all the smaller thins first like mushrooms and rats, etc. before deducing that it's actually a forest. This trait is what pushes the story a lot since her views like this since she's leading the story. (1/2)
(2/2) Would you say this is exactly a bad thing or trait to have? In my
research it’s was said to be a common sign of autism but I’m worried
that it may make people perceive the character as stupid. ((Which is FAR
from my intent) Do you have any advice? ((Sorry if my ask is a little
Hi, thanks for your question!
First of all, while it is true that many/most autistic people are detail-oriented and have trouble with “seeing the bigger picture”, I would say that what you are describing is a bit too extreme an example of that. I’m not saying that this doesn’t happen to anyone ever -If the asker’s description matches your experiences feel free to come and talk about it in the comments-, but I wouldn’t say it is a common thing either.
I think it is likely your character would realize she is, indeed, in a forest, without having to deduce it, unless it’s an unfamiliar environment for her. If she’s never been in a forest in her life, and suddenly finds herself into one without prior warning, she might need a few moments to understand where she is. But if the forest is somewhere she’s been regularly, I think it is more likely she would immediatly understand she is in a forest, while focusing on the details.
Here is an example of how you might write that. First, a description of the forest viewed by an allistic character who focuses on the “bigger picture”:
Pinwood Forest was as I remembered it. It was cool and shady here, thanks to the beech trees which soared high above our heads, sheltering us from the sun. The ground was covered in moss, slippery rocks and gnarled roots, so I was careful not to stumble as I zig-zagged between the trees, looking for a gap in the trees which would indicate a path.
And here is the same forest viewed by an autistic, detail-oriented character:
The forest hadn’t changed. There was still that big white rock jutting out of the ground, that trunk with its pale trunk scarred where a couple had engraved their initials, A+J, followed by a crude heart, and this huge tree that kind of looked like some giant’s throne. I liked to sit on its branches as a kid. But today I didn’t have the time for that. The light which filtered through the leaves made an intricate labyrinth on the ground, and I followed it with my eyes, hoping it would somehow magically lead me to the path.
You can also do that with a third person narrator if it focuses on the character’s POV.
Doing it that way will certainly make your character look less peculiar to your readers. Being very detail-oriented is definitely not a bad trait to have, it can be unpractical in some situations but very beneficial in others.
It also has little to do with your character’s intelligence, which is, by the way, not a very useful concept since it doesn’t really describe anything concrete. I would also like to point out that it is not in any way correlated with value, that is, a less intelligent character -or person- is not less valuable or important than a more intelligent one. That’s also true for autistic characters and people, there are in fact quite a few intellectually disabled autistic people, and they’re just as important and worthy of representation than any of us. Now, I understand that’s not your aim with your character, but I still think that’s an important thing to keep in mind.
If you want to show your character is intelligent “even if” she has autistic traits, I think the first thing you have to do is to think about what you mean by “intelligence”. It’s a very broad and loosely-defined notion that encompasses all kind of different things. You might want to look into Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences as a starting point, for instance. Does your character have a way with words? Is she very good at solving logical puzzles? Is she good at finding underlying patterns in the world around her? These are very different things, and all of these could be called “intelligence”. I suggest thinking about exactly what your character is good at, and what she has more trouble with, and then working these elements into your narrative as you would with other character traits.
Despite the fact that so many people seem to be fixated on what Freddie’s sexuality was and nothing else, let’s remember Freddie for who he really was. He was beautiful and kind and intelligent; he loved cats and the colour yellow and he was an extremely talented musician. He could draw and dance and light up any room he entered. He could own a stage and keep huge audiences captivated, from the people in the front row to the ones standing at the very back. It’s important not to erase his sexuality, of course, but there’s more to him than the debate surrounding all that. He was a real person with a real personality and we were so lucky to have him. We love you, Freddie, and we haven’t forgotten who you really are.