Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Month: November, 2015

Plato’s Cat

IMG_2937Pepe has a new strange new fascination with the shadows of birds at the birdfeeders, which hang just outside the cats’ favorite window in the kitchen. They’re thrown on nearby cupboards and walls by the sun. Just like in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, he would rather turn away from the actual birdfeeders and birds that he can see through the glass and watch the animated shadows thrown on surfaces nearby. He actually turns his head sideways as if pondering their significance. (If only the human wasn’t chuckling when she tried to take the picture!)IMG_2938This is a new and will be a short-lived (or at least seasonal) hobby.  We are approaching the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, so the sun is slowly moving toward its southeastern-most point in the sky (the window in question faces south). On the day before, day of, and day after winter’s official arrival, the sun will stand still in the sky, then slowly begin making its journey to the northeastern-most point in the sky, which will culminate at the summer solstice.  By mid-winter, the sun will be pouring through the window over the sink and Pepe’s new-found fascination with bird shadows will have to take a break until next fall.


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Hail Caesar!

IMG_2858The big guy comes in nearly every day and bangs against the human’s legs, then scoots before she can reach down and pick him up for hugs and kisses. (Human cooties do terrible things to a cat’s luscious fur, by the way.)  He’s become a master of staying just far enough back that the human can pet his head and neck and a bit of his back and chest, but not close enough that she can get both arms around him and lift him into her lap.  <<A guy’s got to be careful!>>IMG_2854Yesterday, he came in and did some leg loving, but the human was busy and didn’t react quickly enough. That led to some rounds of standing up on his hind legs, putting his front paws on the human’s desk, and looking around while the human gave him some pets. (He was quick enough that the human still couldn’t pick him up for some hugs but for a change she did get a few usable photos.) Unlike Mac, Corky, and Pepe, he never tries to jump on the desk or stomp across the keyboard.  He just wants the human to know he’s visiting. However, see all those nicks and scratches in the wood?  Those are his contribution to the office.   On the other hand, how can anyone resist a face like that?


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Gratuitous Grooming

IMG_2851We had a big temperature drop last night, so the 4-legged people have been mighty feisty. Even Caesar, normally the essence of decorum, woke the human 4 times between 3:00 and 4:30 am.

This morning, after breakfast for kitties and the human, and a rousing game of fishing pole as well as laser tag, the Girly Girl came racing out into the kitchen and started flipping around. Once the human laughed out loud, she spoiled everything, as Miss Mac got self conscious and started in doing what all kitties who are embarrassed do:  gratuitous grooming.  Of course, because she was still wild, her grooming exploits took on a comic air as well.


And in between bouts of back washing, she crouched down and looked every where but at the human, who had witnessed a moment when a kitty was not in complete control, and had had the audacity to laugh about it.


The only problem is, she was still wild and crazy, so even when she was trying to sit still and look cool, she fairly vibrated with unreleased energy. In an effort to help her out (and, yes, to see more silliness), the human tossed her a pen cap, which normally is one of her favorite toys to chase around the slippery kitchen floor. Alas, not today: she was not going to do something that encouraged the human to laugh at her again.


Que more grooming.


Eventually she did settle down, had one more wash, and then gracefully departed the location of her humiliation. <<Humans!  Baah!>>


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