Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Adventures with Plants

Mac Among the Plants

The human happened to walk into the living room and spied a little face sticking up among the plants. She was catching some sunrays and enjoying being partially hidden by the couch.

Unfortunately for the Merkitty, the human spied her and started snapping photos.

Which just caused the Smirky one to ignore the 2-legged and pretend that she and her camera weren’t approaching.

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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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Human, What Were You Thinking?

With the change in the weather, it was time to haul the houseplants back inside.  This is not a small endeavor given the size of some of the plants and their pots. After spending 5 months outside in ample amounts of sunshine and water, several of the plants greatly increased in size, including a cactus the human has had for many decades. Given the increase in its size, the human had fewer places she could put it on the plant stands, so right now it’s near the entrance into the room. There’s plenty of space to walk by it, but on its first day back inside, Caesar kept walking over to it and sniffing. When the human would see him and poke her head and her camera into the room, he’d look up and stare at the 2-legged as if asking what in the world she thought she was doing putting the plant there.  The novelty of the cactus sticking out into the room seems to have worn off and now everyone ignores it.  It’s always funny to see just what the cats will notice and take exception to in the house.

 

 

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Yes…Please…Grass!

It’s been weeks since the cats had a pot of wheat grass to nosh on.  That’s not because the human has been lazy or forgetful. She’s made many trips further and further away trying to find a store with some healthy live cat grass, but the local supply seems to have evaporated. Just when the 2-legged was convinced she’d have to sprout and grow some grass of her own, she came upon a pot of yummy green grass, which the kitties immediately started munching on and dragging around on the floor. Every now and then the human actually does something useful.

 

 

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When Frustrations Get too High, Eat some Spider Plant

The cats weren’t happy with the human. They’d been letting the 2-legged know for several hours that they wanted their “dinner.” Mind you, breakfast was still upstairs sitting in bowls uneaten.  <<That doesn’t mean a thing. If the human had given us something we liked to eat, we’d have eaten it. Since she didn’t, we were within our rights to ask for something better.>> The human was trying tough love to stretch the schedule out a bit before she had to give in and give them more food. If she feeds them too early, they wake her several times during the night for more food. Corky just can’t stand walking past an empty food bowl.  As frustrations mounted, the two chief harassers — Corky and Mac — decided at the same time to pull some spider babies off the plant stand and eat them. Fortunately, spider plants aren’t poisonous and in fact are mildly hallucinogenic to cats.  The human thought it was a great idea for them to mellow out, so took out the camera and caught the assault on “film.”  <<What fun is it if the human doesn’t get upset?>>

 

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Missing Lush Grass

The felines aren’t happy with the human at the moment. They’ve had no fresh organic wheatgrass to nosh on for over 10 days and the plants that are left are pretty bedraggled. The furry people are definitely pining for a new pot of fresh greenery. Still, the human’s been hard-pressed to get out of trouble as each time she goes into the grocery store to get more grass, the store has been out of it.  Never mind that she’s visited 4 times in the last 10 days, that doesn’t cut it in this household. <<Bad human servant, bad!>>  New kitty beds, new kitty foods, and new kitty blankets be darned. Keep this up and the human will be fired.

 

 

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Mystery Muddy Footprints

It’s been brutally cold of late. We had snow flurries on Halloween and last week  it dipped below freezing for the first time in half a year.  The human had to haul the houseplants in from the great outdoors a couple of weeks back, including the big ficus tree. For a while she had the large pot (and its plentiful supply of soft fresh soil) barricaded with some containers to keep little kitty feet out.  However, one of the barricades had to be moved and the repositioned items clearly did not dissuade kitty visitors.The human came downstairs the next morning only to see a whole path of dirty, muddy footprints coming out of the pot and moving across a runner on the (unused) woodstove. (They’re subtle, but clearly visible in both photos above).  While she cannot prove it, the human suspects the Merkitty made a nocturnal visit. The human has redoubled her efforts to build an effective barricade, and so far that seems to be working. Give her time and the Merkitty will find a way back into the pot just because she’s not supposed to be there.

 

 

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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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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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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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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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Palisade Fence

IMG_3374You may recall a few months back that Fireball decided to show the human his displeasure at being barred access to the basement by, ahem, using a large potted ficus tree as an alternate litterbox. After two rounds of that in two days’ time, it was time to nip that in the bud but erecting “the palisade fence,” which consists of about 15 pieces of tree branches broken into roughly foot-long lengths and pushed into the soil around the inside surface of the pot.  There are just enough smaller side branches here and there to have kept the cats out of the pot (previously a favorite access point to those delicious spider plant babies).IMG_3373Well, in recent weeks the human had once again been falling down on the job of supplying the kitty people with fresh organic wheat grass. It was unavailable at her local grocery store for three weeks running.  The cats got so desperate for greenery that a few weeks back while the human was making breakfast, she heard an odd noise coming from the edge of the next room where the jungle of houseplants resides during winter. Walking closer to see what was going on, the human was shocked to see Macaroni inside the palisade fence with her back to the kitchen noshing on spider plant leaves.IMG_3572Grabbing her camera and commencing to shoot photos, the human in exasperation said, “Macaroni!” The Girly Girl turned around and stared, but since this is the Merkitty, she showed absolutely no remorse. The other cats were clearly intrigued by the goings on. IMG_3573Since the human was too busy taking pictures to do much else, Mac clearly felt there was no threat, so started the process of turning around again so she could continue eating those trippy spider plant leaves.IMG_3575Not wanting to encourage this kind of behavior, the human made shooshing noises and the Merkitty did depart the palisade fence. The human then straightened and repositioned some of the sticks. Later that day the 2-legged went on a serious hunt for cat grass, lucking out and bringing home a nice fresh pot from the grocery store. The Merkitty has not been back…at least not when the human was watching.

 

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