Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Animal behavior

Bag Lady

Missy Mao has been enjoying exclusive use of the green soft-sided cat carrier.  Even when it’s hot, she can be found stretched out inside.  She loves sticking her little head out the wide “window” in the back and smirking. She’s such a Merkitty!

 

 

 

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Pepe and the Cold Pack

It’s been so miserably hot that the human has been carrying around a series of gel ice packs to stay cool.  Pepe got into the action the other day. He, his brother Corky, and Macaroni all tolerate the human gently stroking the ice pack along their sides, although it seems to scare both of the Tiger Boys.  Pepe also doesn’t mind curling up with the ice pack along his flank.  Good to know there’s a way to cool down the kitties too.

 

 

 

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Look Who’s Back!

We’ve had lots of grueling heat this summer…with short breaks that are unusually cool. Fireball seems to hate the heat even more than the human does and disappears for 20 hours at a time. Where he goes and where he sleeps is unknown, but when the temps get back down to reasonable late at night, he pops up on the bed to visit the 2-legged and his brothers and sister.

 

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Kissy Face

It’s nice to see Caesar getting groomed by the other kitties since he spends so much time and effort grooming the other four.  The Mer gave him a few licks on the forehead just for good measure. Of course, Caesar had groomed the little minx for 10 minutes beforehand.  No matter, he got a bit of loving and seemed to enjoy it.  They both stretched out side-by-side. Meanwhile, the human couldn’t make her bed.  <<Harrumph!>>

 

 

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The Watcher

This is Caesar. He’s on watcher patrol.  That means he’s sitting in the human’s office staring at her. Occasionally he walks over and head-butts her legs or stands up and puts his big Caesar paws on the edge of her desk. He’s already had a brushing and a freeze-dried raw meat snack.  However, he hopes he can encourage her to cough up some additional food if he just practices eyeball juju hard enough.

 

 

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Places to Hide

<<Quick, the human is coming.  Don’t let her get too close in this heat. She’ll definitely want to pet you…and perhaps she’ll also want to pick you up and hug you.  It’s way too hot for affection.>>  <<If you pretend you don’t see her, perhaps she’ll be fooled into thinking she doesn’t see you.  Nope, that didn’t work. Time to plan an escape.>> <<Fortunately, she’s way too big to climb into the bay window. However, it’s just perfect for a kitty like me. You really have to stay alert in this house lest you get human kisses and fingerprints on your fur.>>

 

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Cross-Purposes

Mac and Caesar were laying in opposite directions as if working to cross-purposes. Of course, it wasn’t long before a big Caesar paw was holding Mac still while the Emperor gave her a bath.

 

 

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I Double-Dare You to Mess with My Fur!

It’s been ridiculously hot (95-97 F/35-36 C) for many days.  Of course, a few days before that it was unseasonably cold (68 F/20 C). The weather’s been crazily alternating between too cold and too hot for weeks. And in between it rains…a lot. And it’s always very muggy once the temperature starts to climb. The meows lie around like little rags looking as miserable as the human feels.  You’d think they’d spend their time downstairs where it’s at least 15 degrees cooler, but not so.  And at night, they cuddle right up against the hot human. Since they’re shedding like crazy despite daily brushing, all that excess fur gets stuck to the human’s skin. <<Yuck! I love you guys, but can’t you move just an inch away from my side?>> The human should be happy they want to be close to her.  Of course, when the human walks upstairs to check on the meows, she gets the hairy eyebrow from Caesar. <<Don’t you dare touch my fur in this heat or I’ll be forced to stop being the nice guy!>> The human takes pity on the hot cat and leaves him alone…except for the annoying camera that is. A kitty has to expect a little bit of attention in this house…especially when he looks so cute.

 

 

 

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Demolition Crew

That top kitty-toy box remains the focus of at least one of the meows.  The human has rearranged the toys to bring the ones on the bottom up to the top of that box and vice versa. Still, whatever toy someone is looking for must remain elusive. This is what met the human the other morning. Looks like someone got a bit frustrated, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

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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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