Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Month: September, 2020

Congregation

There are four kitties in this picture. Can you find all of them? Of course, as the human and camera moved closer, heads rose to observe her approach.And that made Corky nervous, so he departed the bed. Eventually, Mac did raise her head, so now you know where she was hiding. 

 

 

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Double-Forward-Paw Dangle with Friends

Mac is a major paw dangler in this house. Here she is, back-to-back with Fireball (and with Caesar looking on from the back), demonstrating the double-forward paw dangle technique with friends.

 

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Mischief Makers?

The human walked in on a meeting of the monsters. Doesn’t it make you wonder what mischief they were planning? <<Who, us?>>

 

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Who Says the Human has No Self-Control?

Caesar and Mac were stretched out on a piece of fleece on one of the couches. The Girly Girl was completely zonked, but the Big Guy decided to keep watch. <<You just never know what that human will do with her camera.>>  It was very tempting, as there were soft paws sticking out all over, but the human managed to behave.

 

 

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Every Yogi Needs a Toy

The human rolled out her yoga mat and did some stretching. After a bit, she stood up and went into the kitchen for a drink of water. When she came back, an orange toy mouse was sitting on her pale blue yoga mat and a big mackerel tabby was beating a hasty retreat into the next room.

 

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Airing of the Paws

The human walked by Mac as she dangled first one and then two paws over the window frame where she could air out her paws in the cool breeze blowing in from outside.  It was also the perfect vantage point to ensure no intruders entered the east side of the yard.

 

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The Watcher

The human was sitting on the floor sorting through some boxes. There was no one around. All of a sudden, the human heard a squeak. She looked up and out popped Pepe’s head and front paws from the lower level of one of the kitty condos. Apparently he’d been watching her for a while. <<Spooky!>>

 

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What Do You Mean by “You’re in My Spot?”

<<You move, you lose.”

 

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Comfy & Secure

Sitting by the window with glass up and screen letting in fresh air.  CHECK.

Reclining on fluffy blanket.  CHECK.

Leaning on soft pillow.  CHECK.

Nearby supply of tiny toy mice. CHECK.

Life is good…

 

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The Merkitty’s Guide to Taking a Drink of Water

Marcaroni, the Merkitty (mermaid kitty) has the oddest way of drinking water of any cat this human has seen in six decades. Whether a bowl of water is sitting on the floor or it is elevated above the floor in a rack, she seems not to understand what it is. With bowls on the floor, if she crouches down to take a drink, she’s always got one paw and then the other snaking around the outside diameter of the bowl…reaching for what is anyone’s guess.  If the bowl is on an elevated rack, then she’s got her paws under the bowl reaching around as though trying to grasp something. Because the Merkitty loves few things better than tossing water out of the bowl and onto the floor and all surrounding surfaces, the human has long ago had to adopt a multi-tiered, multi-layered protection scheme.  The water bowl in the rack sits over a folded microfiber dish-drying mat, which is excellent at absorbing water. And that mat sits on a large rubber mat, which, in some cases, sits on a rug. This setup is duplicated in several locations in the house. As Mac reaches under the bowl scooping with her paw, she often catches the microfiber mat in her claws and pulls, moving the mat out of position.  By switching paws and continuing to hook the mat — whether accidentally or on purpose — she manages to move the mat into all kinds of crazy patterns and quite often pulls it entirely out from under the rack where it ceases to absorb the prodigious amount of water she often tosses out of the bowl. Of course, since most of the cats who visit the adjacent crunchy bowl take a mouthful from the bowl and drop the crunchies either on the rubber mat or on the floor before starting to eat, the presence of all the water that is no longer being absorbed by the microfiber mat mixing with leftover crunchies on the mat or floor makes for an even bigger mess. Miss Mac is definitely a very unique kitty with a very interesting mind. If only the silly human understood her better.

 

 

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Tummy Roll

Here’s Corky, indulging in a bit of a chest and tummy ventilation move. That white tummy is so soft. However, the human is not allowed to touch it. If she reaches out, up pops Corky quick as a wink.

 

 

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Sardonic

Pepe was sitting on a set of steps leading up to the top of the bed. He looked sardonic. He probably was thinking bad thoughts about the human, who snuck up with the dreaded camera. Note the broken eyebrow hair over his left eye? It gives him a somewhat rakish look.

 

 

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Help for Small Mice

During breakfast time, it’s common to find the cats’ food bowls spread around on the floors of 3 rooms so everyone has plenty of space to devour his / her chow. Not, mind you, that that stops them from switching bowls multiple times just in case another cat got a better portion or a different treat. The human puts Corky’s bowl farthest from the other cats, as he can be a timid eater. One particular morning, when the human went back to retrieve empty bowls after her own breakfast, she found this sight. It almost looks like one toy mouse helped the other one get up high enough to tumble into the bowl of food.  At least one cat liked the food that morning and finished the dish. Wouldn’t you just love to know what they were thinking when they did this with their toys?

 

 

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Wrestling Match on the Stairs

Just when you think the cats can’t do anything funnier with their boxes of toys on the stairs, they surprise you again. Looks like the orange mouse is wrestling with the yellow platypus. Wonder who went digging for a different toy and tossed these two out in such a cute tangle?

 

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Party in the Bowl

Corky was being a bit of a brat one afternoon when the human was trying to work. He didn’t like any of the food that was out, he didn’t want to play with any of the toys, he didn’t want to go out on the catio, and he didn’t want to be brushed again. Finally, not knowing what else to do other than lock herself into her office, the human took out some dried catnip and put it in a bowl. It’s unclear if Corky ate any that afternoon, but later in the evening, as she prepared for sleep, the human put the bowl on the stairs figuring that someone might like a little nippy during nighttime adventures. When the human awoke the next morning, this is what she saw. As you know, it’s nothing in this house to find a toy mouse in a food or water bowl or both. However, it’s far less common to find 2 mice in a bowl at the same time. Interestingly, the human left the toy mice in the bowl with the catnip all that day and evening. When she awoke the following morning, both mice were gone and so was most of the catnip — although some had clearly been spilled on the stairs. What do you suppose that was all about?

 

 

 

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Incommunicado

No, our human has not been banished to cold northern regions the last 3 months although, as hot as it’s been, she probably would have liked that.

And, no, it’s not that we haven’t been doing all sorts of cute things…she’s even taken photos of us doing them.

Her only excuse is that she’s been working long hard hours during this crazy human pandemic…not that that should have affected her service to us!

We’ve given the human a stern talking to and she’s finally recommitted to serving our literary needs and desires. She promises to be better about posting on our blog and keeping our fans up to date with our adventures. We shall see if she keeps her promise.

 

 

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