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Old Nov 8th 2009, 9:35 am
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I had my first real NZ-English misunderstanding today. I was seeing a sick cat and on asking if the cat had exhibited any peculiar behaviour the following conversation ensued:


Kiwi: We have had the builders in and she [the cat] has taken to lying amongst the bats in the roof now it's exposed.

Me: That's very strange, I wonder why she'd do that [you can see where this is going]

Kiwi: Well I suppose they are warm and fluffy

Me: Yes they probably are but it still seems a little odd that your cat would decide to do this

Kiwi, looking at me very oddly by now: Is there anything she can catch from the bats?

Me: Not that I know of in NZ, back in the UK bats are known to carry rabies but as far as I know it's not an issue here but I may well be wrong


Kiwi burst into laughter and said 'Batts, pink insulating batts, did you really think I had native bats in my roof that my cat cuddles up to?'
I had to admit that yes, that was my first thought and that I was seriously considering whether her cat was clinically insane After wiping away the tears of laughter I had to try and be all professional again...
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Old Nov 8th 2009, 11:36 am
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love it Sue!, gave OH & I a good laugh & cheered up a grey dismal sunday morning!!
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Old Nov 8th 2009, 8:19 pm
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Old Nov 9th 2009, 5:24 am
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Old Nov 9th 2009, 7:00 am
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Yup - Pink Bats - a bit like insulation only colder!
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Old Nov 9th 2009, 3:03 pm
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I found it very bizarre too that their cat would be curling up with bats!
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