Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Month: July, 2019

Fireball Enjoys the Day

Here’s the Little Red Bee enjoying a bit of of fresh air and sunshine beside an open window.  Thankfully, it was cooler this past week — weather that’s much more comfortable for felines and human alike.

 

 

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Hot-Weather Hiding Places

Here’s another of Pepe’s favorite hiding places, particularly in hot weather. See that bulge of fabric?  There’s a big B&W cat hiding under there.  In fact, here’s the monster himself, none too pleased with the human that she and her camera have invaded his secret cave.

 

 

 

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Hot (Cat) Yoga

Each of the kitties has his/her unique way of dealing with the heat. And each one has a spot he/she seems to like to stretch out in.  In Pepe’s case, he’s very fond of laying down on top of the bookshelves upstairs. He reaches out and puts his paws on a corner of the wall and then pushes backward, arching his spine.  It doesn’t look that comfy to the human, but she lacks a cat’s supple spine. Either way, it’s nice when the Pepster is behaving in a mellow fashion and not demanding food or entertainment.

 

 

 

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When You Can’t Force Crunchies Out of the Feeder…

…<<Then pulling the feeder off the rug…and  popping the ball and cup out of the feeder…and pulling the rug up into crests and troughs helps you deal with your frustrations at the human who went to bed without refilling the puzzle feeder. Such a bad human!>>

 

 

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All the Tiny Little Mice

It’s been very hot during the day, so the cats have been low-energy and haven’t tormented the human much while she was working.  On the other hand, it’s been blissfully cool at night, and that’s brought out all kinds of silly behavior in all the cats.  There have been feisty chases up and down the stairs, there have been many sessions each night of 2 or 3 cats ganging up on the sleeping human by standing around and poking her in the face with their cute paws.  And there have been nearly nightly sessions of pulling all the cute little mice out of the 3 toy boxes on the stairs and carrying them all over the house. That pretty much guarantees that the silly human will step on or trip over at least one of them as she stumbles around early morning getting ready for her day. On this particular night, someone rummaged through several toy boxes and strategically selected the small mice while leaving the other toys to sit around with nothing to do.  Perhaps the human needs to go back to the kitty toy store and purchase another box of the toy mice, as many are starting to look pretty sad.

 

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Whose Paws are These?

If you said Caesar’s, you’d be right.

 

 

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When Humans Run Amok

<<You did WHAT?>>  <<Let me think about that for a moment.>> <<Nope, that was definitely NOT a good idea. What are we going to do with you, human?>>

 

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Fisticuffs

The human brought home a new pot of live catnip and presented it to her overlords.  Caesar and Pepe happened to be there at the time and both dove toward the pot and started noshing.  Caesar is happy to let another cat eat beside him as long as he/she is content to nibble around the edges while the Emperor devours what’s in the middle. Pepe doesn’t share well in most instances, but he’s not food aggressive. Hence, the human was a bit surprised when a crouching Caesar and a sitting Pepe exchanged a couple of mild fisticuffs over the pot of nippy. After a couple of cuffs, Caesar left and Pepe got the pot to himself.  Meanwhile, the Merkitty, who’d already had some nippy, rolled around on the floor in the next room oblivious to it all.

 

 

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What are You Doing Near My Feet?

In our area, we’ve gone from the wettest spring on record, and probably among the coolest, to searingly hot with horrible humidity, and it’s happened almost overnight. The cats, who easily could come downstairs where it’s 15-20°F cooler than upstairs, persist in laying around like a bunch of little wet rags. The human found the Emperor up on the bed in the hottest room in the house looking like he felt as miserable as the 2-legged did.  However, Caesar soon got that wary look in his eyes when the human got a bit too close with the camera, admiring his pretty paws. <<<Would you increase my suffering?>>>

 

 

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A True Technology Failure

Late the other night, the monsters started poking the sleeping human. She dutifully got up to get them something to eat. <<There’s no ignoring a hungry and determined cat, so it’s easier to just do what they want so you can go back to sleep.>>  What the 2-legged found surprised her. Someone — and she suspects Pepe — must have stood up on top of the purple ball on the puzzle feeder and pressed down.  That effectively popped the ball (recently refilled with crunchies) and the cup in which it rotates out from under the white base to which the cup is normally clipped in several places.  Here and there were little piles of crunchies. Seeing the device mildly incapacitated, the sleepy human picked up the base and the other two pieces to try and puzzled out how the gadget went back together. Figuring this out proved beyond her brain’s capacity at that moment. And still moving clumsily after so recently being awoken from a sound asleep, the human then dropped the ball and watched it roll across the rug, spilling far more crunchies than the cat(s) had. Now mad (as she had vacuumed the house thoroughly not too many hours earlier), as well as sleepy, the human put the base away and left the ball and cup on the rug, figuring that Pepe would quickly learn that pushing the ball would dispense any extra crunchies he desired. Fortunately, in daylight with a well-rested brain, the human was easily able to reassemble the contraption.  Unfortunately, assembly with a full ball turned out to be a very-bad idea and the human spilled more piles of crunchies on the rug. Alas, the unit is now back to dispensing treats to the two cats who have master the rotating ball: Pepe and Mac. Hopefully there are no more late-night technology fails for a few months.

 

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Pillows

Caesar is a big fan of pillows.  He’s very fond of the human’s pillow (but only when the human is using it) and he likes blanket pillows. He also enjoys laying his head on a human leg or arm and making it a pillow. However, his favorite head supports are his Kickapoo pillows (catnip- and fiber-stuffed logs with fake-fur “tails”).  They’re just the perfect size for a kitty head.  He also loves to play with them by holding one end between his forepaws and kicking the other end for all he’s worth with his rear paws. This very morning he tumbled off the bed while wound up on catnip kicking at that pillow.  After his exertions are over, he loves to lay his head down on his little pillow and catch up on his well-deserved rest. Of course, when the human sees him do something embarrassing…and, worse yet, when she laughs about it, it takes a bit of time for him to get his composure back again.

 

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New Variations on Paw Dangling

Lately, Miss Mac has been demonstrating a whole new concept in paw dangling.  Normally, she loves climbing into one of the soft-sided kitty carriers, stretching out, and then peeking out at the world — all the more so in hot weather. She often dangles a paw or two out one of the “doors” on the carrier.  However, because she’s the Merkitty and always keen on shaking things up, her new variant is to lay outside the carriers and stretch her paws insideShe’s such a character.

 

 

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Technology Failure

In hindsight, this probably should have been predictable.  The human refilled the now greatly popular puzzle feeder with a new kind of crunchy she’d opened the day before.  Alas, this food turned out not to be kitty approved even when they were “hangry” in the middle of the night.  Undeterred by all the little piles of rejected kibble already laying on the rug beside the feeder, Pepe kept spinning the purple ball on top, watching a few more crunchies tumble out, and rushing over to sniff them.  When he found one of the previous kind that he liked, he happily ate it. When all that came out was the new awful kibble, he disgustedly stood up and went back to rolling the ball.  The human woke to find a serious amount of food on the rug and Pepe still at the feeder, trying to get acceptable food. Meanwhile, Corky watched his brother with great interest, hoping to also share in the food should his brother have success.  In the end, the human did the only thing she could:  she emptied the unappetizing (but costly) kibble and refilled the feeder with an apparently acceptable kind.  <<Heavy sigh.>>

 

 

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Can’t I Just Sleep a Little Longer?

It was the morning after US Independence Day. In this neighborhood, the fireworks displays are truly impressive and on par with the work of professionals. They’re set off nightly from mid-June’s Flag Day through a week after the 4th of July.  And last night, they started in at 7 am and really got going around 8 pm, making a terrible ruckus well-past midnight. In fact, the concussions were so loud and so close that a wreath the human has had hanging on the bedroom wall for years actually fell down. The only thing Caesar is more afraid of than fireworks is thunderstorms and he endured both yesterday.  The poor kitty lay glued to the human’s side for hours, then went off and hid with the Little Red Bee. Needless to say, the Emperor was tired this morning and not in the mood to vacate the bed quite as soon as the human, who had to work.

 

 

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In the “But Why?” Category…

Sometimes the cats do things that completely puzzle the human. Take for instance the other night:  Caesar and Mac wanted a snack, so the human obliged them.  Caesar went right to work noshing down on the snacks, but Mac — after taking a quick sniff and deciding the food wasn’t worth eating — wandered off and flopped down on a recently washed rug in front of the refrigerator. That would be fine and not particularly unusual if she’d faced out toward the action and Caesar or even toward the human who was sitting at the table taking notes. Instead, she stretched out and faced the bottom of the refrigerator.  When the human asked the Merkitty what she was doing, she lifted her head as if to say, <<What do you think, silly creature?>> Presumably the human asked the wrong question. There was no word from Caesar as to what he thought about Mac’s new position.

 

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