Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Tiger Boy Sphinxes

The human walked by and saw the two Tiger Boys lying like sphinxes on the rug.  She told herself they were posing for the camera, so she ran and got it and started snapping pics.  <<Sometimes the safest strategy is to not move a muscle. Whatever you do, don’t make eye contact! If you ignore the human completely, sometimes she just walks away and you can go back to enjoying a great conversation without being interrupted by the silly 2-legged.>>  They looked so cute that the human left them be.

 

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Big Boys Goof Around

Caesar and Pepe are the big boys in this house. Each comes close to tipping the scale at 20 lb/9 kg. And they can often be found sleeping at the bottom of the bed right next to each other.  Neither is shy about sprawling out and taking up a lot of space — proportionately speaking, far more than the much bigger human does when she’s in bed with them.  Pepe is fond of dangling body parts — head, legs, tail, it doesn’t really matter — off the edge of the bed. Caesar is a bit more restrained, as an Emperor should be. They will lie like that for hours and then one or the other of them will take offense at the other cat’s presence and a scuffle will ensue. Sometimes Pepe gets silly and starts rolling around.  That means he inadvertently flings a body part at Caesar, who says “No more!” Or sometimes it’s just a funny look that will set one or the other of them off. Of course, sometimes Caesar is overcome with maternal affection and decides to groom Pepe, who, after all, cannot be counted on to wash his own fur properly.  Pepe takes exception to having his self-mastery overruled by the Emperor kitty and that leads to a wrestling match. Either way, it’s entertaining for the human to watch.

 

 

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Bowl Patrol

It’s the afternoon. The human is cranking away on her keyboard and Bowl Patrol members are on duty.First, they visit the human in ones and twos to encourage her to take a break and give them a snack (or a full-blown meal).  If that doesn’t work, they intensify the pressure on the human by standing up and putting their paws on her desk or sinking their claws into her leg, scratching on items they know they shouldn’t, or jumping up and landing next to the keyboard.  The longer the human ignores them, the more intensely they act out. Finally, the silly human takes a break. There is great rejoicing right outside the office door. Of course, it’s important not to act smug like you think you’ve won the battle, so they quickly look away and participate in a bit of personal gratuitous grooming followed by a bit of community grooming.  It’s important to follow the human and make sure she is guided to the snack container or to the crunchy jar.  She often is distracted and completely forgets what you’ve worked hours to get her to do.  Such a silly human.

 

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Not a One-Trick Pony!

Just for the record, Pepe is not a one-trick pony.   Let the critics be warned that he has mastered entertaining himself with more than just a pen.  Once in a while, he gets the human to share a rubber band with him for a few minutes.   First, he snags it from the edge of the table. <<Really, this is a form of entrapment by the human, who claims she doesn’t want me on the table but then tempts me with toys on the table! See what I go through?>>  Once it lands on the chair, it’s important to assess its probable level of aliveness.  That usually entails cuffing it around a few times to see if it will move on its own. Nope, seems like it’s dead.  That doesn’t mean it’s not cuffable of course.<<Okay, but after cuffing it for a few minutes, if it just sits there like a lump on a log, then it loses its entertainment value. Time to implore the human to give me another toy.>>  

 

 

 

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Emperor vs. Human

The Emperor Kitty was doing his “Kilroy is Here” impression on top of one of the kitty condos. Because the human has really lousy personal boundaries, she got up close and really personal with him.  So, okay, he sniffed the finger she put right in front of his face. Big deal!Let’s talk about important issues like violation of personal space.

 

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Little Red Bee Takes a Nap

Sometimes, when the human is really lucky, the Little Red Bee will make a visit to the bed and stay for an extended time.  He likes to put his back or rump against the human and then stretch out his shoulders and forepaws and sing a song. Of course, mixing (kneading) soon ensues. That’s when the human needs a lot of blanket between her skin and his nails, which are sharp like little scimitars. However, make a sudden move or a strange sound and the dozing kitty is gone faster than you can say Shazam!

 

 

 

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But Why?

Normally the dreaded vacuum is avoided at all costs. Yet here lay Caesar and Mac spooning next to the vacuum. There is plenty of other space on the rug, so you have to wonder why they chose to lay down there.  Cats!

 

 

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Alien Invaders

See that little tail? It belongs to a cute chipmunk who likes to hang out in the bird feeder eating seeds. Said chipmunk is darned lucky that there are 2 panes of glass between him/her and the cat who is watching this alien invader.  He or she runs up and down the screens, which happen to be on the outside of the windows in this house, coming and going from the feeder. Sometimes the chipmunk and a little red squirrel who does the same thing (although never at the same time) will go sprinting up or down the screen right in front of one of the cats.  You can just bet that Pepe is on the job monitoring the yard and alerting the human to this insulting behavior.  If Pepe could get through the glass panes and the screen, he’d make fast work of that little creature. How disappointing that the human doesn’t help him do so.

 

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City Kitties’ Cousin Pops in

<<While we wait for the bad human to get her act together out in the doghouse, here’s Juno (aka Junipurr), our cousin.  She’s chilling out and waiting for her human to give her some love.  Come to think of it, so are we. Awww.>> 

 

 

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She’s Taking a Short Vacation Out Back

<<The bad human and her computer were sent outside for a while. Hopefully, she’ll get back to blogging shortly. It’s kind of crowded out there and the internet connection is really iffy.>>

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