Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Month: June, 2018

Big and Small

Little cat, giant kitty bed. <<Actually, a repurposed doggie bed — shhh, don’t tell them! — because the meows often pile 2 or 3 cats into a bed at a time, so extra space is needed.>> Huge kitty, tiny kitty bed. Body parts hanging out. Go figure!


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Belly Scratch

Pepe likes attention.  He really likes to have his belly scratched or petted or kissed or pretty much anything at all…until he doesn’t. If the human walks in and he’s laying on the bed — remarkably often flat on his back with his legs in the air — then he wiggles around as the human walks by begging for attention.  Let’s be honest, it’s really hard to resist.  And when the human does manage to resist for a few minutes to get some pics, Pepe seems puzzled that his best efforts to be cute and attract attention are failing him.  Fortunately, he doesn’t hold a grudge, and the human usually is unable to resist petting him or kissing his tummy for long. 


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How to Tell if Your Human is Evil

You’re asleep. You’re vulnerable. The human approaches, camera clicking. You know that the human shortly will be petting your paws and tummy and sticking her face in your fur.  <<Heaven forbid!>>   The 2-legged shows no pity. She knows you hate being woken from a sound sleep but she messes with you anyway — even after you make ugly faces.No doubt about it, your human is evil. It’s not fixable. Get rid of that human and find another slave.




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Afternoon Delight

Pepe and Mac were catching a bit of afternoon sunshine.  A yawn caught the Pepster by surprise. Mac was not impressed.  <<Your breath smells. You need to brush your teeth with enzymatic toothpaste more often. >> The Pepster didn’t let Mac’s criticism steal his chill.


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Proximity Does Not Equate to Guilt

Someone had a grand party on the stairs. Apparently, there was a very desirable toy at the bottom of one of the toy boxes. In order to find that toy, the kitty had to go digging in several of the toy boxes, scattering toys from the top of each box onto the stairs.  The human walked by and saw the aftermath. It just so happened that Pepe was sitting there at that moment. He claimed he had nothing to do with the mess, reminding the human that just because she found him near the scene of the crime didn’t mean he’d committed the crime. He decided to leave in case the human stop chuckling and decide to take some action. The human picked up the toys lest someone take a tumble going up or down the stairs (namely her!).


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No Box Too Small…

Funny how it is. The human can offer the kitties a nice big box to play in and it gets ignored.  However, let the human put down a small box and the kitties have to check it out. Pepe, of course, jumps right in after walking across and cuffing the crackly craft paper that had filled the box. <<Yep, it’s a tight fit. That’s my favorite kind of box!>> Corky arrives and snifts the crackly paper. Later in the evening, he would make running leaps onto the paper pile and slide the sheets all over the floor in two rooms. <<So much fun from items that humans would otherwise prematurely recycle.>>  Mac arrived and checked out the paper, so Corky turned his attention to the box, which had since been vacated by his brother Pepe.  Corky too thought the box was great fun. Mac sniffed the paper but was not amused. She walked away and entertained herself by laying down and watching the other two.

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Cats’ Life

The human’s 2-legged friends used to say they wanted to be reincarnated as her pets. (It’s an unfair rumor that the human spoils her furry friends.) In actuality, the 4-leggeds do have a pretty good life here, even if they don’t think so themselves. (What cat is totally satisfied with his/her surroundings?) They have cushy furniture to sprawl on and all the fleece blankets they could ever want or need.  They have the love and adoration of the human. They have the company of good friends, plus the eats here are pretty primo too.  For now, they’ll keep their human and their house.


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The little kids next door got confused about the names of the kitties.  They combined Pepe + Macaroni and came up with Pepperoni.  Given that both Pepe and Mac are B&W tuxedos, frequently hang out together, are the official household greeters, are always up to mischief, never get enough attention, and impose themselves on the other cats and the human at will, this name blending seems kind of appropriate.


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Boxed in…

The “oh so funny” human put a big box on the floor. The cats ignored it. The human picked up the wobbly egg toy, turned it on, and put it in the box.  Mac came over to check out the noise, at which point the helpful human picked her up and put her in the box with the egg. Mac was not amused. Neither was she entertained. She stared away ignoring her surroundings and plotting new methods to wake the human from a sound sleep at 3:30 am. The human has since been punished 3 nights running for her insolence.


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Who’s There?

The human walked through the living room and something caught her eye that didn’t seem right.  She couldn’t immediately put her finger on it but there was something strange in her field of view. Upon closer inspection, she saw the tips of a pair of ears.  As she drew closer still, she spied a pair of eyes.  That’s Fireball looking like he’s ready to pounce…or run and hide.  You just can’t make up stuff like this.



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Bubble Trouble


The human’s normal source of biochar cat litter was out of product once again so she had to find another source on the internet.  In fact, she found several types of litter that the penta pack is currently trying out.  Those shipments resulted in a lot of boxes arriving at the house. Of course, once she had things unpacked, the human offered the kitties each of the boxes in turn.  Some boxes were just too large to interest the 4-leggeds.  Some boxes were too small for them to fit into, but they had fun anyway.  Some boxes arrived with crackly craft paper, which Corky and Pepe just love to play in. Some boxes arrived with bubble packs.  Pepe, of course, had to check out the bubbles. He walked across them, miraculously not breaking any open. He even tried to take a bite.  Also fortunate that none of the bubbles popped close to his face. Corky also checked out the bubble packs.  He seemed a little less interested in them than Pepe had been.  Mac and Caesar watched from the edges of the room. They were having none of this trouble with the bubbles.  


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Carried Away…

The human thought it would be a good idea for the kitties to get used to their new carrier, so she plunked it down on one of the couches. It was brutally hot that week (and we’re having a repeat today and tomorrow), so the human and the kitties slept downstairs where it was cooler. As the human reclined on the other couch reading, she looked over only to see a small head sticking out of the carrier. Sure enough, as soon as the human grabbed the camera and started clicking, someone got embarrassed and tried to hide her face. Maybe she thinks she’s a celebrity and the human is the paparazzi. She even sat up and tried to turn her face away from the camera. Definitely, she thinks she’s a celebrity.  Once she thought the human wasn’t looking anymore, she went back to sleep in her little cat carrier. Such a Merkitty!

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In the Dog House

<<The reason you haven’t heard from the kitties for half a month is not the fault of the kitties. We’ve been cute, we’ve been funny, we’ve been photogenic, and we’ve been clever. The fault is the bad human, who has let work come before play. She promises to get back with the program soon.  For now, she’s in the dog house. We’ll let her out when she starts posting again! ~~ Love, the Penta Pack>>



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Eggcellent Entertainment

Corky and Pepe have been having a grand time with the wobbly egg-shaped toy.  They follow it around with great interest.  Every few minutes, one of them cuffs either the base or the fluffy spinning cap with felt pads. They also back up like crazy when the toy gyrates toward them at a rapid clip. The nice thing about it is that it works for about 15 minutes, then it goes into sleep mode, so the human doesn’t have to chase the toy around to turn it off when the cats have stopped playing with it. Clearly, it was designed by someone who knows (and likely has) cats!



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Look Who’s Behaving!

Can it be that Pepe, the ADHD kitty, is actually sitting quietly and keeping his own counsel? Hmm, the human probably doesn’t want to know what mischief he’s planning.



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