Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Month: February, 2016

Salt Lamp Gymnastics

IMG_3109Yes, that glowing block of light beneath the cat is a Himalayan salt lamp. The human loves them and has many scattered throughout the house. Of course, the kitties must investigate. Mac is constantly head-butting the one on the floor upstairs in the half-bath.  And lately Pepe has been standing up on the one in the office. That’s his final cue that he’s about to jump on the keyboard, so the human had best vacate the work cave and go feed him.  See how well they have her trained?

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Junipurr Cuddles

Juno Jan 27 2016Guess who this is? What an all-grown up girl kitty.  Doesn’t she look fluffy? It wasn’t that many months ago that she was a tiny timid little purr friend.

 

 

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Happy 4th Anniversary, Trio!

IMG_0485Hard to believe, but today is the 4th anniversary of the arrival of Caesar, Fireball, and Macaroni to this house. Those first few weeks were heartbreaking, as every time the human came for a visit in their room, they hid under the furniture no matter how hard she tried to coax them out with treats, a brush, and toys. However, once they got brave and started coming over to investigate this strange 2-legged with whom they were forced to live, they slowly warmed up to her and eventually even came to love her. That’s why she gets pillow pals, the skin nearly licked off her fingers, cuffs when she misbehaves, and rows of toy mice left at her office door. Such a lucky human!

Thanks Kim for making the ultimate sacrifice that any foster mom can make!

 

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Wild & Woolly Caesar

IMG_3209Caesar is generally such a graceful, staid, and mellow kitty, that on those rare times when he really cuts loose, it’s quite the occasion.  For reasons that the human doesn’t quite understand, the Big Guy quite enjoys his trips to the litter box. After a good dump, he exits with a vocal squeak and a chirp. Then he moves over a few feet to the upstairs kitty condo and has a good pleasurable scratch or takes off on a terrific tear through the house. IMG_3211This particular evening, he was a bit jazzed up — so much so that he climbed (not jumped but scaled) the outside of the kitty condo and landed on the top level. About that time his adopted brother Corky decided to use the litter box, while the Emperor looked on at proceedings.IMG_3210Finally, the box empty, his silly spell over, his majesty settled down for a little snooze.

 

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Pure Contentment

IMG_3232That’s what happens when you put a little red kitty on the mama-fur blanket that’s on top of a bed being warmed with far-infrared heat.IMG_3233Utter bliss!

 

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Fountain Walk

IMG_3221It really didn’t take very long for the two tuxedos to uncover the fountain. The human was hammering on the keyboard the other day when she heard that distinctive sound of stone scraping over metal. She bounded out of her chair (alas, without the camera) and went to investigate. Of course, the Water Monster was on the back of the couch with front paws in the fountain cuffing stones around inside the bowl.  The human ran back for the camera while trying to think of how she could keep the cuffy paws out of the stones.IMG_3222This time after taking a few pics, she used the blanket to cover only the bowl itself and left the hanging slate uncovered. If this doesn’t work, the next and final step will be to remove the stones from the fountain.  The Trio has been in the house for a few days shy of 4 years. Funny how the fountain and its stones has been there all this time and only in the last few weeks has the little minx discovered them and started having her entertainment. Such a Merkitty!

 

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Corky Takes a Snooze

IMG_3215Well, this was the first time the human had seen Corky get up on top of the kitty condo on the first floor and take a snooze.  IMG_3214He looked quite comfy there catching a few rays of the setting sun.IMG_3217Of course, then the human had to go spoil everything. She got up-close-and-personal with that camera. Then she wonders why he gets cranky sometimes. IMG_3216His sleep disturbed, Corky got up and left.

 

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Up Close & Very Personal

IMG_3189Pepe does not respect boundaries — not of other cats and certainly not of the human.  He loves to climb up on top of the 2-legged and put his face very, very close to her face. Of course, since he has curly whiskers and eyebrow hairs, that tickles her face. Much as she loves kitties, kitty breath is not among her favorite things.IMG_3188She picks him up and slides him back further down her torso. He climbs back closer and sticks paws on her face.IMG_3187She picks him up and slides him back further down her torso. He climbs back up and parks himself even closer and puts a foot out to touch her. Now she feels bad. What’s a human to do?  Give up and let the cat have his way.

 

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The Lost Art of Paw Dangling

IMG_3176Here’s the big guy, giving those big paws a rest. How could anyone resist them…and him?

<<Drats! She’ll either flash me with the evil camera or she’ll come play with my paws. I don’t know what’s worse?  Ah, being homeless, hungry, and trying to find shelter outside in this cold. How could I forget?>>

 

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Air Paws

IMG_3171Honestly, this is not a posed photo. This is how Pepe sleeps, on his side or back with a paw in the air.IMG_3172Why does he sleep with his paw in the air?  Got me!  Maybe it gets sweaty and needs airing out.
IMG_3173Or maybe it’s really some kind of antennae and he’s secretly receiving transmissions from outer space.  That could explain a lot!
IMG_3174Pepe is definitely a unique individual, even by cat standards…IMG_3178<<Whew, transmission complete.  She almost caught me that time!>>

 

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