Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Anniversary

Happy 6th Anniversary Duo!

Six years ago today, the Duo — brothers Corky and Pepe — came to live with the human and the Trio, when their previous human (the 2-legged’s neighbor of 20 years) moved away. After a bit of a rough start, everyone has settled in beautifully and there is much mischief, merriment, and comradery among the 4-legged people, who continually delight in finding ways to mess with their current human’s head…admittedly, not a challenging use of cat superpowers. <<<Happy anniversary, boys!>>>

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Happy 9th Anniversary Trio!

Hard as it is to believe that 9 years have gone by so quickly, today’s the anniversary of the arrival of Caesar, Macaroni, and Fireball.

The Tiger Boys are still a bit spooky, and the girly girl still loves to be in the middle of all the action, but they’ve remained a tightly bonded trio. The human is so glad that she adopted all three and kept them together. They are too.

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Happy 5th Anniversary, Duo!

Five years ago today, brothers Corky and Pepe came to live with the trio. Those first few weeks were pretty awful for everyone concerned, but the human is so glad to have the duo here. They are a constant source of entertainment for two-leggeds and four-leggeds alike.

 

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Happy 8th Anniversary Trio!

Eight years ago this afternoon, Kim and her family graciously gave Caesar, Macaroni, and Fireball into the care of the silly two legged who has served the trio’s whims ever since. On the one hand, it’s hard to believe they’ve lived here that long, and on the other hand, it feels like they’ve been here forever. <<Happy anniversary, kitties!>>

 

 

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Puzzle Feeder

And here is another “smart” toy that the human purchased for the kitties. That dark blue ball in the center with holes holds crunchies and spins around when you push or pull it, causing a small amount of crunchies or raw snacks to spill out through holes in the side of the white base.  As long as the human is willing to spin the ball and dispense crunchies, Corky, Fireball, and Macaroni are big fans of the gadget. In fact, Mac wakes the human up every few hours during the night asking her to spin the ball so she can have another crunchy snack. However, only Pepe seems to have figured out how to push the ball with his paws or his face, and even he has yet to push it enough to dispense crunchies. Another smart toy that has proven uninteresting to the smart cats, who prefer the human slave doing all the hard work of dispensing food.

 

 

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Happy 4th Arrivals Day, Duo!

Today is the 4th-anniversary of the day that Corky and Pepe first joined the household.Although they’re supposed to be as old as Caesar (now around 11), they both are still high energy. They chase each other, Mac, and poor Fireball around the house every day. And they are equally energetic chasing the red dot (laser pointer) and all the spinning-wobbling toys that the rest of the cats pretty much ignore.  Happy arrivals day, Duo!

 

 

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Caesar: Then & Now, Part II

Here’s proof that Caesar has been a paw dangler extraordinaire right from the start. The top photo is from his foster mom and the bottom is a recent one from the silly human.

 

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Fireball: Then & Now, Part I

Here’s Fireball, our little red bee. The first pic is from his foster mom and the second is from the silly human. He’s still a bit skinny for this house, and he’s still so easily frightened, but he’s blossomed into quite the love bug.

 

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Macaroni: Then & Now, Part I

And this is the Girly Girl doing one of her many-times-daily exposed-tummy maneuvers. The top image is from her kittenhood and was shot by her foster mom. The bottom one is from the silly human. Not much has changed except she’s put on a few pounds and is sassier than ever.

 

 

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Caesar: Then & Now, Part I

In honor of the Trio’s 7th anniversary, here are some before and after photos.  The first one is the image of Caesar Tiger Bear that captured the silly human’s attention on PetFinder.com.  If she hadn’t seen that image and followed up to learn more about Caesar, neither he, nor Mac and Fireball would have ended up living here.  The second one is recent. He’s still a very dignified kitty, until he gets silly and then he’s a force of nature.  For those people who think cats don’t have expressive faces, all I can say is that they haven’t spent time with this crew.

 

 

 

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Happy 7th Arrivals Day Trio!

Today is the seventh anniversary of the arrival of Caesar, Fireball, and Macaroni.  They’ve come a long way from the scared little kitties who hid under the furniture every time the silly human came upstairs to visit them that first week.  The Tiger Boys still are a bit skittish but have gotten much better.The Merkitty still thinks she’s in charge of everything or, rather, she think she shouldn’t have to follow any rule at any point in time. And, of course, they still pile on top of each other for grooming and sleeping.  Thanks Foster Mom Kim and family for the gift of these wonderful kitties!

 

 

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The Trio Keeps Watch

 

The trio were sitting on one of the coucheswatching wildlife out the window when the silly human walked by and stopped to say hi.
Fortunately no creature worth mentioning crossed their territory. The birds and squirrels are safe for another day.

 

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Happy 3rd Anniversary, Duo!

And today is the 3rd anniversary of the arrival of Pepe and Corky to our home.  The human already knew the Duo before they came to live here, as they had lived next door with a neighbor for many years. Both kitties are spunky and feisty, but equally cuddly with the human if not with each other and the Trio.  Thanks to Pavy for entrusting her beloved kitties to our care.

 

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Happy 6th Anniversary, Trio!

Today is the 6th anniversary of the arrival of Caesar, Macaroni, and Fireball to the human’s abode…which quickly became the kitties’ abode, although they generously allowed the human to keep living here.

The human adores the Trio. They are sweet, playful, and cuddly — with each other, with the Duo, and with the 2-legged — although even after 6 years, they are still fairly skittish if the human is standing or walking around (sitting and laying down seem to render her more “kitty sized” and therefore far less scary). Sadly, I guess they will never fully outgrow that.

Many thanks to Kim and family for surrendering 3 of her foster kitties in one fell swoop.  Life these last 6 years would have been a whole lot darker and more difficult without all the love and laughter these kitties bring. It’s been so much fun watching their personalities evolve.  What a gift it is to have furry friends in your life.

 

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Happy 2nd Anniversary Duo!

(The human was unable to post this update on March 9th because power and internet were knocked out for a significant portion of her state during storms last week. This is day 6 with no internet and no estimate on when it will be back online. Harumph!)

Last Friday was the second anniversary of Corky’s and Pepe’s arrival. And today marks the second anniversary of the Duo’s former human caretaker moving across country to start a new life of her own. We all miss her!While those first few weeks were pretty rough for all involved, both members of the Duo have settled in very nicely and become proper members of the kitty colony.

Pepe has replaced Mac as the official household greeter and class clown.  Corky has replaced Fireball as the source of continuous chatter and complaints.  Such a lucky human to her these five kitty pals!

 

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Happy 5th Anniversary Trio!

Plush BlanketsHard as it is to believe, today is the 5th anniversary of the arrival of Caesar, Macaroni, and Fireball. This year, the human wanted to honor foster humans everywhere. If it wasn’t for Foster Mom Kim and her family, the Trio would not have come to this home.Big GuyThank goodness Kim insisted the 2-legged adopt Fireball and then Macaroni when the human initially planned only to adopt the Big Guy.  It’s astounding to think of all the laughs, tears, and cuddles the human would have gone without. In fact, with a mellower group of furry friends, this blog never would have gotten started.

So here’s a shout out to those selfless rescue organizations and foster humans who help scared and abused animals learn to trust 2-leggeds again. You’re among the best examples of what our species can be.

 

 

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Happy 1st Anniversary Duo!

duo sleepingAnd today is the first anniversary of the arrival of the duo last year.  Hard to believe that after 20 years being neighbors, my friend / their human has been gone for roughly 12 months. Moving in with the trio has completely shifted the dynamic between Pepe and Corky. Pepe used to rule the roost and poor Corky cowered under the bed or under furniture, as only the big guy was allowed to get human attention.  But Pepe has mellowed a great deal and seems to really enjoy interacting with the other cats and getting into mischief with the Merkitty. And Corky, who used to be so timid and meek, has turned into a force to be reckoned with when he doesn’t get his way.  He’s warmed up a bit to the other cats. While he still doesn’t like sharing a kitty bed with anyone, he and Fireball hunt together in the scary basement. The human sees them almost daily sitting high up on shelves butt-to-butt watching to see if any mice dare scamper past in the 160+ year old hand-laid stone basement. So happy anniversary duo!  This is also the anniversary of the start of the penta pack.

 

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Happy 4th Anniversary, Trio!

IMG_0485Hard to believe, but today is the 4th anniversary of the arrival of Caesar, Fireball, and Macaroni to this house. Those first few weeks were heartbreaking, as every time the human came for a visit in their room, they hid under the furniture no matter how hard she tried to coax them out with treats, a brush, and toys. However, once they got brave and started coming over to investigate this strange 2-legged with whom they were forced to live, they slowly warmed up to her and eventually even came to love her. That’s why she gets pillow pals, the skin nearly licked off her fingers, cuffs when she misbehaves, and rows of toy mice left at her office door. Such a lucky human!

Thanks Kim for making the ultimate sacrifice that any foster mom can make!

 

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Happy 3rd Anniversary Kitties!

IMG_2243Today is the 3rd anniversary of the arrival of Caesar, Fireball, and Macaroni to my house.  What an amazing transformation those scared little kitties have made.  How grateful I am that their other Mom was so generous and let me take all three. I realized a few months into their stay that my face actually hurt from laughing so much at their daily antics.  I hadn’t realized how living without furry friends even for a short time deprives you of those daily giggles and happy sighs.

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Happy 2nd Anniversary Kitties!

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Today is the 2-year anniversary of the first day Caesar, Fireball, & Macaroni came to my house to live.  I’m feeling wistful. They don’t seem impressed, although if they think they can get an extra snack out of me because of this observance, I’m sure they’ll try.

The first 2 weeks they lived here, each time I’d come into their bedroom to visit them, they’d hide under a highboy dresser.  All I could see were scared eyes looking out at me as I stuck my head on the floor and tried to coax them to come out.  Granted, the big guy would come out occasionally for a short visit, but then he’d retreat back under the furniture.  I actually sat and cried a few times wondering what I’d gotten myself into.  Animals and human children generally adore me. It’s only adult humans that usually are the problem.  I wasn’t used to animals being scared of me — particularly after they’d met me a few times.

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Well, over the last 24 months, we’ve come a long way baby! I’m so grateful that their foster mom was willing to give all 3 of them up for me.  As you’ve noted if you’ve read much of this blog, as they’ve grown less timid, their distinct personalities have emerged.  They are each quite sweet, funny, challenging, and precious. I suppose I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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