Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Month: September, 2014

Why You Absolutely Can’t Trust Humans!

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<<She’ll approach me and coo. It all starts innocently enough:  she pets my head and massages my ears. (Oooh, that does feel good.) She does this so I’ll let down my guard.>>

<<Then she’ll stroke my back and talk to me.  Next she’ll lean in close and kiss my head and put her forehead against my own. That’s okay.>>

<<While I’m distracted with our heads together, she’ll go for my paws. I hide them. She KNOWS I don’t like it, but she does it anyway.>>

<<She’ll coo some more while her finger seeks my curled toes.  She’s such a brat!>> 

<<Sometimes she’ll even try to pick me up and hug me.  She knows I really HATE that!  Humans:  can’t live with them, can’t live without them!>>



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Up Close & Personal

IMG_1999The little red bee climbed on top of me last night while I was trying to read a book. When he wants attention, he wants attention:  pets, fur brushing, hugs, cuddles, cooing, the works.   He curls up and is such a little cuddle muffin, often falling asleep millimeters from my face so that his curly whiskers tickle me as he breathes.

I apparently did not pet-brush-hug-coo for long enough to cause him to nod off. Instead, I had the audacity to return to the book I was reading.


Up bounced the baby comet trying to get my attention again. I tucked the book away and wondered if I could photograph him that close to my face.


Sure enough, as soon as I took it out and activated the photography app, he started nuzzling it.  Well, I did manage to get a couple of cute images before he was in motion again, checking out other more interesting things than a recumbent human.


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Tiger Boys Take a Rest

Tiger Boys take a rest

Awww, don’t they just look so cute?


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Venus Fly Trap Kitty

IMG_0531In nature, there are warning signs of danger.  For example, the Black Widow spider sports a red hour-glass mark on her abdomen — a reminder for those in the know about her venomous bite.  Macaroni has a white hour-glass pattern on her tummy and when that pretty mark is showing, there is danger too for hands and fingers that stray into her tummy parts for a pet.

Actually, I think of her more as a Venus Fly Trap than a Black Widow spider.  She flips onto my bed with a flourish at night, then hops into the kitty bed closest to my head and torso. She then proceeds to chase her tail, spinning around and around like a young kitten while I try to read.  When she tires of that, she flips upside down and shows her tummy.  She will lay spread-eagle on her back for 20 minutes or more. However, let a human hand come in to pet her pink toes or her soft tummy and pow, the Venus Fly Trap closes around the unsuspecting meal with claws and teeth.  It’s not a pretty picture as my poor hands will attest.



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Working for Your Snack

photo 1I read in some holistic pet blog that for all our efforts to feed our pets species-appropriate foods, give them lots of fresh water, exercise and entertainment, and of course tons of love that the biggest thing missing from their meals and their lives is the opportunity to hunt for their food. The blogger recommended hiding bits of their food and letting them go hunt for it.

Well, hiding food while they watch kind of defeats the purpose, and sneaking around and hiding tidbits when they aren’t around requires more planning and time than I have at this time of the year. Besides, I don’t want to create a vector for insects to venture forth and carry off kitty snacks.  Nonetheless, ever the faithful servant, I thought and thought about how I could add a little exercise and hunting opportunities for the fur-furs.

photo 1What I decided to do was to toss their freeze-dried meat snacks around during breakfast snack time and let them chase them down. Fireball, who’ll do nearly anything for food, got into the game right away, but the other two simply stared at me in disbelief. Caesar Tiger Bear was almost indignant. <<You want me to do what?>> Macaroni decided she wasn’t going to get a snack and left in a huff to eat from the soft-food bowl.

I’ve been playing this game now for several weeks and I must say that everyone has adapted and gotten into the spirit of things. Fireball still gets the most snacks, as he dashes ever so competitively after anything that’s tossed and quickly inhales it in typical Little Red Hoover fashion. I’m happy to report that Caesar is getting quite competitive himself and competes with Fireball to chase tossed snacks or to take snacks away from the still not so excited Merkitty.  Nice to know they can burn some calories and have a bit of fun while entertaining the human as well.

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Water Wars Redux

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I’d really like to report that water wars are over, but that would not be the truth.  I’d like to say that all my problems were solved when I found those large soft rubber mats to place under the elevated food/water bowls.  Alas, the Merkitty has simply worked harder to throw water out further on the floor.

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I eventually went back to using an absorbent dish-drying pad under the bowls and on top of the grey mat, but she’s found a way to toss water out beyond that as well.  However, the human has a new tactic:  she’s simply ignoring the mess. That was really more a necessity at the peak of craziness at work a few weeks back, but the fact that I remained non-reactive to water on the floor seems to have caused the Merkitty to dial back her splashy antics. Hey, whatever works, works right?




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Cold Weather Brings Cuddle Kitties

Cold weather cuddleWe’ve been having unseasonably cold weather here of late — it feels more like late October than early-to-mid September — and those cooler temps bring out the cuddle kitties.  Yes, they actually lay like that most of the night.  It’s kind of a kitty free-for-all.  The Baby Comet has even returned to wrap himself around my head and sleep on my pillow a couple of times.

Here they are again from a different angle.  It does look warm and comfy, doesn’t it.


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