Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Month: June, 2017

Do You think Yellow Makes me Look Too Round?

Or do you think it goes well with my silky fur coat?  It’s really soft.

 

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Yawn…

That feels better.  

 

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Photographed at Last!

Here’s Corky getting in on the paw-dangling action. It’s a rare photo of him where he didn’t immediately get up and move somewhere else when the camera started clicking. Of course, given the angle the human caught him at, it’s no wonder he avoids the camera at all opportunities. Fortunately for the 2-legged, he’s very forgiving…except at meal times when the human doles out food he doesn’t like.

 

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A Little Paw-Mixing Action

This is the Merkitty enjoying a little mixing action on a soft piece of fleece.  However, what she is not doing is playing with the silly piece of hard candy in the crackly wrapper left as an entertainment device by the silly human.  <<By the way, whoever invented fleece fabric is daily blessed by the cats of this house. The human’s pretty fond of that material too.>>

 

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Double Trouble

The two tuxedo kitties were found sitting together on the top level of the downstairs kitty condo the other day. Clearly, something interesting must have happening out on the deck.  You just never know what nefarious creature might show up.  There are frequently squirrels, chipmunks, and birds. Less often there’ll be a woodchuck or a raccoon or even an opossum looking for something edible in the potted plants (or just being plain old destructive for the fun of it).  And it’s not unheard of for the herd of deer that wander through the yard each day to have a member stick a head over the railing and eat some tasty flowers or vegetables. Fortunately for the human, there are 4-legged guards on patrol at all hours. <<It’s handled, human. Be off and let us do our job!>>

 

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Kilroy was Here

This was how Caesar was laying this morning when the human got up.  He was in nearly the same pose in his picture on PetFinder 5-1/2 years ago. She fell for him immediately upon seeing that photo and began the process to meet and adopt him. Clearly, that pose still has an effect on the silly 2-legged, but who could resist a kitty like that? <<Certainly not I!>>

 

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Can You Identify this Mystery Creature?

It was found on the kitchen floor one evening. At first the creature appeared shy because it hid in a bag, but soon a head appeared much like a turtle leaving its shell.Later, the creature emerged, then reentered the bag head first.
Still unsure what kind of creature it is?
After checking out the bag thoroughly and completely, the creature conquered the bag by smashing it down and laying on top of it. Ah, the feeling of satisfaction that comes from a job well done!
Have you guessed yet? It’s the Pepe Meister, of course!

 

 

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Real Cat Grass…At Last!

The produce manager at the human’s grocery store called first thing Saturday morning to let her know they finally had organic wheat grass in and she should stop by if she wanted any. The human, who was already out and about running errands, drove up there post-haste! Since they’d said they’d have more in next week, she only bought 1 pot so others could have some.  She picked out a lovely, tall pot of grass and triumphantly brought it home to the meows. And what was their reaction? Corky ate some and then threw up on the couch. <<Oh yeah.>> So far no one else seems to be giving it any attention, although Pepe did crouch down behind the plants…staring at his brother Corky across the room.  <<That figures.>>

 

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A Mystery Partially Solved

Remember the human’s puzzlement when she found her self waking up the other day with a kitty paw in her hand? She couldn’t figure out how in the world she’d been allowed to even touch, let alone hold that sensitive foot. Well, the human woke up a day later and found yet another kitty glued to her hip.  This time it was Caesar and as she started petting him, he stretched his back legs out and one foot pushed into her hand…. <<Ooops! This won’t last long!>>…and it stayed there for a bit. Perhaps that’s how Pepe’s paw ended up in similar circumstances. 

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Better, but STILL Not Kitty Grass!

The human still hasn’t found organic wheat grass for the fur furs.  It seems like the local supplies have dried up with the hot weather. Since the last of the old wheat grass was pretty passé, they ignored the rosemary plant, and previous attempts to cut grass and catnip leaves and bring them inside haven’t gone over well, the human was on a mission to find something else.  When she saw a “buy 1, get 1 free” special on live catnip plants the other day, she picked up a pair and triumphantly brought them home and presented the containers to her overlords and overlady.  As you can see, while they were interested and gave the plants an initial sniff or two, that’s about as far as that went. Now mind you, when the human does manage to get cat grass and bring it home, they’ll have 5 minutes of excitement and then ignore that plant too.

 

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A New Kitty Condo Visitor

Until recently, the downstairs kitty condo hasn’t been getting a lot of love.  Then Pepe adopted the kitty caves, followed by Corky.  The other day, the human had picked up after breakfast and decided it was time to move the downstairs kitty condo over next to the window for the summer now that the houseplants were at last outside. That way, even on hot days when the thermal shades are down, the kitties can peek out the window and make sure no nefarious creatures are lounging on the deck.  The well-made scratching post must weigh 40 pounds/18 kilograms, so the easiest way to move it is to tilt it and start spinning it across the room on the bottom edge like you would move a barrel.  As the 2-legged grabbed the the condo and prepared to move it, suddenly a little face stuck out of one of the kitty caves. The silly human squeaked and ran off to find her camera. Meanwhile, the Merkitty enjoyed herself by smirking while pictures were taken. Needless to say the condo didn’t get moved that day, but a day later, it took up it’s summer position. We’ll see if it continues to be of interest to the cats now that it’s on the other side of the room.

 

 

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Verboten!

We’ve had a heat wave, after months and months of cool, wet weather. It’s so been so hot, it’s been hard to sleep at night.  The other morning, as the human vaguely began to regain consciousness she realized first that she had a kitty nestled against her hip (not unusual) and second that she was holding a kitty paw in her hand and was touching soft sweaty toe pads (VERY unusual).  She was so curious about this strange turn of events that she cracked open her eyes to see who was laying against her hip. It was Pepe.  How in the world did he come to let her hold a paw? Usually, all paw petting is verboten in this house except for Fireball. The only thing the human can figure is that he was so hot, tired, and miserable with the heat that he just gave up fighting when the human touched his foot. How long cat and human lay like that is anyone’s guess.

 

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Waiting for Godot

The human peeked in to the “stove” room the other evening as she got home and saw Caesar, Fireball, and Macaroni clustered up together while Corky walked past the pile of new cat toys the silly human had so proudly trotted home the day before. <<Fat chance we’re going to play with toys that you bought on clearance.  And forget about rolling them in catnip as that’s not going to make them attractive either.>>  For some reason, it just struck the 2-legged funny that with all the space in that room that members of the trio were clumped up in one small area. Fortunately, the human is easily entertained and the cats are long-suffering but reasonably tolerant with respect to the camera.

 

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THIS is NOT Kitty Grass!

For weeks, the human’s favorite grocery store had tons of pots of organic wheat grass, so she stopped buying two pots at a time to ensure the kitties had their grass. Now that the weather has turned hot and the indoor plants are back outside for the summer and fall <<Hallelujah!>>, there are no spider plant babies on which to nibble. That means the kitties are alternately grumpy and trying to gnaw on the pathetic-looking kitty grass that’s left — and it’s not looking very good, let me tell you.Last evening the human made her second trip in two days to that store and came home empty handed (as far as kitty grass is concerned).  However, she did find a dandy pot of rosemary for a very good price and picked it up. When the kitties sauntered out to the kitchen to see what the 2-legged was up to and saw her holding a green plant, they got excited and ran over. She set the pot of rosemary down in front of them and all 5 came over and gave it a sniff. Two immediately departed with a disgusted look. <<That’s NOT kitty grass, idiot human. We thought you were a master gardener. Can’t you tell rosemary and wheat grass apart?>> The other 3 were a tad more interested or forgiving and spent more time checking out the greenery. In the end, they all concluded this was not acceptable table fare and walked away. The human will make another visit today, as otherwise punishment of some sort cannot be far away.

 

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What have we here?

The human was picking up the other morning and noticed that something was sticking out of the track on the side of the upstairs scratching disc. Upon closer inspection, it became obvious that one of the cats had pushed a relatively new catnip-stuffed toy, which hadn’t seen much action, into the track. (Those are Corky’s cute toes in both photos, by the way.)Now why do you suppose they did that? It actually must have taken some work to stuff the toy into the track. And why? They love chasing the ball around the track.  Cats…they truly are such mysteries.

 

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Merkitty and Catnip

The Merkitty has a very interesting relationship with catnip.  Like the rest of the kitty-drug-addled crowed, she’s a big fan of cat mint.  However, unlike the boys, she never actually seems to eat it. She just rolls all over dried or fresh plant and then sprawls in kitty bliss.Presumably she gets high just from the odors and doesn’t actually need to ingest the plant to take a trip without leaving the farm. However, lest a silly human think she is so blissed out that she will allow that soft tummy to be petted or kissed, think again!  Suddenly, the claws and teeth snap shut around the offending limb or head. <<Gotchya!>>  Such a Merkitty!

 

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

This is a genuine un-posed shot of Fireball (left) and Macaroni (right). They just flopped down on the floor and their tails ended up in these interesting positions. (Fireball’s tail always curls up like that.) Honestly, the silly human could never put the cats in such interesting positions. First, they’d immediately move elsewhere, and second the human just isn’t that creative.

 

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Meditating with Pepe

The human sets her alarm to go off early in the morning. That gives her time to wake up, catch up on email and news, and then meditate for 30-40 minutes before she has to get up and attend to morning duties. It’s a nice way to start the day.However, some mornings Pepe has other ideas. First he climbs up the human and alternately licks her chin and touches her face with his paws. <<Focus on the breath, focus on the breath…>>If that doesn’t catch her attention, then he begins digging vigorously on the blankets she’s wrapped in searching for….what? This is Pepe in full brat mode.If she manages not to laugh and break her focus, he then hops off her and starts burrowing like a mole under the blankets by her side.  If she wiggles her fingers while trying to remove a hand to pet him, he pounces for all he’s worth and attacks the menace under the blankets.  By then, the human has wisely concluded that meditation is over for the day.

 

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Waking up the Lazy Human

The lazy human plays snooze alarm way too many mornings!  She grabs her alarm clock and puts it under her blankets or pillow, then curls up and goes back to sleep.  When the alarm continues to go off, she just keeps hitting that annoying button.  Fear not, for we’ve found a way to make her get up and stay up.  It’s well worth the effort to wake her as not only does that get us food and fresh water, but it gets our litter boxes cleaned as well. We even take turns and split up the duties.If the human is laying on her back, then Mac saunters over, sits on her chest and rolls around making sure to dig her nails into every surface possible.  Her sharp claws can penetrate through 4 layers of blankets. If that doesn’t work, then Pepe leaps and lands on her bladder with his 18 pounds. <<OOOFFFF!>> If she anticipates his arrival by tenting her knees, he scales her limbs and hangs off or he climbs onto her chest and sticks his furry face and whiskers really close to her face.  Caesar shortly arrives and head bumps her arm and shoulder.  Sometimes he licks her hands because he knows it tickles. (That’s his revenge for all the times she touches is paws!)If the human is laying on her side curled up in a pathetic little ball, then Corky or Pepe hops onto her hip and stretches out on her until her leg cramps.  Meantime, Mac attacks her on her pillow by wrapping her furry tummy around the human’s head and face. It’s important to bury the human’s nose and mouth in cat fur, as that usually gets her sniffling and sneezing. Imagine, she’s allergic to us!  Sometimes Fireball balances on her shoulder while all this is going on or brings her a toy mouse. And Caesar does the arm-licking thing on any exposed skin.  Mornings are so much fun in this house!

 

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Tiger Boys Take a Snooze