Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: bags

Big Red Crackly Bag

The human placed a big plastic bag from a takeout meal on the floor. Pepe, Mac, and Caesar all came over for a look and a sniff.

<<<Nah, we’ll pass. This isn’t so very interesting after all.>>>

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Cloth Bag

<<<A cloth shopping bag whose handle is sticking straight up in the air. I’m sure I can fit inside.>>>

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Corky Cuts Loose

Corky had all the tools of the cat entertainment trade before him. He had a box to climb into as well as a paper bag. He had a piece of crackly paper dusted with dried catnip and silver vine. (You can tell from his coat that he’d recently had a roll in the nippy.) And he had the spinning wobbly toy, which, despite all his best efforts to push it over onto the ground, always managed to stand back up again.

Unfortunately, before he had exhausted his appetite for self entertainment, an interloper appeared.

Yes, the Merkitty (aka Macaroni) had just entered the room. Talk about stealing his chill.

Since the Mer loves nothing better than jumping in the middle of whatever the other cats are doing — be that snoozing in one of the kitty beds, having a grooming party, noshing on snacks, or playing with toys she’d ignored for weeks until another cat decided to have a bit of fun — she hopped right into the middle of Corky’s game without even asking if he’d mind. He minded.

However, uncharacteristically, he didn’t leave the room. Instead, he skulked around the outside edges for a few minutes. Since Mac likes other cats to entertain her a whole lot more than she likes entertaining herself, she quickly tired of the toy and flopped down on the floor to take the measure of her situation. Perhaps she was hoping Corky would come over and lavish some attention on her.

And that was all Corky needed. Quickly he zoomed in and started cuffing at the wobbly toy again.

Mac looked a tad put out. Such is life in this house.

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Corky has a Little Roll

Corky loves playing on crackly paper and in paper bags, just like his brother Pepe.  The human had sprinkled some dried catnip on the crackly paper, so the Corkster decided to have a little sniff and roll.  He flipped from side to side, making the cutest squeaky noises. Since he was clearly having a grand time, and he’s hard to photograph, the human moved in quickly with her camera to gets some pics. That killed the mood and the Banu Bear got up and walked away.  <<That human spoils everything!>>

 

 

 

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No Box Too Small

In this house, the rule is that no paper bag and no box is too small for Pepe and Corky to explore. They may not exactly be able to fit all that much of their bodies into said bag or box, but they are definitely going to check it out anyway.

 

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Half in the Bag

Pepe was bored and restless. The human was noshing on some takeout food. She tossed the crackly bag on the floor. Pepe immediately jumped inside, although it wasn’t a good fit. After trying to get comfortable a couple of times, he gave up and exited the bag. That’s when he applied his usual “crush it and sit on it” technique of bag subjugation.

 

 

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A Proper-Size Bag

Pepe was elated. The human had a big bag and she put it on the floor. Pepe, of course, hopped right in. After turning around inside it a couple of times, he settled down to check out the view from his secret hideaway. <<Yes, a distinctly different view of the room!>> Of course, being Pepe, he had to be silly and left the bag after a short time.  He got all wound up and pounced on the bag, flattening the bag to the floor.  The human indulged him a couple of times by opening the bag up so he could hop back inside.  However, Pepe got bored and wanted some new entertainment. That’s when the human thought to take out the laser pointer. From the vantage point of the bag, Pepe leapt and pounced and had a grand old time. Fortunately, even Pepe — the cat equivalent of a young golden retriever — eventually tired and the human was able to go back to eating, thinking, and planning her day. 

 

 

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No Bag Too Small

The human had been eating some takeout.  She heard the distinctive jingle indicating Pepe was approaching.  She tossed the takeout bag on the floor.  Pepe saw it and ran for the bag, pushing his way inside.  It was a pretty tight fit, so he only got his head and shoulders in before calling it quits.  <<The least she could do is give me a bigger bag. Such a bad human!>>

 

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Explore with a Purpose

Don’t just poke your nose inside, explore your surroundings with a sense of purposeand a spirit of adventure.

 

 

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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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Bubble Trouble

 

The human’s normal source of biochar cat litter was out of product once again so she had to find another source on the internet.  In fact, she found several types of litter that the penta pack is currently trying out.  Those shipments resulted in a lot of boxes arriving at the house. Of course, once she had things unpacked, the human offered the kitties each of the boxes in turn.  Some boxes were just too large to interest the 4-leggeds.  Some boxes were too small for them to fit into, but they had fun anyway.  Some boxes arrived with crackly craft paper, which Corky and Pepe just love to play in. Some boxes arrived with bubble packs.  Pepe, of course, had to check out the bubbles. He walked across them, miraculously not breaking any open. He even tried to take a bite.  Also fortunate that none of the bubbles popped close to his face. Corky also checked out the bubble packs.  He seemed a little less interested in them than Pepe had been.  Mac and Caesar watched from the edges of the room. They were having none of this trouble with the bubbles.  

 

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Tubes

A friend with a business that uses big rolls of fabric asked if the human thought the kitties might like a big cardboard tube to play inside. While Pepe and Corky like paper bags (but never plastic ones) and Mac will occasionally entertain herself in a cardboard box, none of the felines had shown any love for a cute crackly fabric tube the human had bought many years back. Still, why not give it a try, since the cardboard tube could always be recycled. Pepe stuck his head inside both ends but wouldn’t venture further.  Mac also stuck her head in but that was the end of it.

The rest of the cats couldn’t be induced to explore the tube even that much — despite the presence of freeze-dried meat snacks the human tossed in for fun.

Fortunately, while the kitties had no use for the big tube, the human found it was just perfect to hold a bunch of wrapping paper and smaller mailing tubes. Cats…

 

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Can a Bag Ever be Too Small?

Corky and Pepe explore the possibility. This bag has potential. If only the handle wasn’t in that exact spot.  Mac joins the action. She wants to make up her own mind about the situation.  She’s less impressed with the tiny bag’s entertainment value than Corky and Pepe are.

 

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The Joys of Paper Bags

Corky and Pepe arrived here with a curious fear of the sound of a plastic bag being opened and shaken out. On the other hand, they also arrived with a complete love for paper bags — the smaller and cracklier they are, the better.Put a paper bag (or a strip of crackly packing paper) on the floor and you can count on one or both of them sticking first their heads and then as much of their bodies as will fit into the bag or under the paper. (It probably would not be kind to mention the tail and the back end of the cat that sticks out for all to see…)  Pepe is a big one to attack the inside back wall of the bag as if it was something interesting to chase. Once the novelty of the bag-cave has been explored and exhausted, they’ll flop on top of the bag and roll around on it. The more smunched the bag becomes, the more desirable it seems to be. Sometimes they’ll bring a toy mouse along for the ride, dropping it on top of the bag and then rolling around on both until the mouse gets pushed to the side.

What can one conclude from this odd feline behavior? If you pay for a toy, they’ll hardly ever even look at it, let alone play with it. However, if they think they’re stealing something from the human…well, that toy is worth its weight in catnip.

 

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The Joys of Crackly Paper

Of course, the last 4 or 5 sets of toys the human has brought home for the meows have been given short shrift.  Adorable felt mice, little stuffed toys that looks like beetles (completely with crackly Mylar film to simulate insect carapaces), and several knitted pull toys have proven to be unacceptable fare for the fussy felines. Surprisingly, two items the human has presented the cats have gone over really well:  2 large handled paper bags and a large sheet of craft paper that was included as packing material in a boxed shipment. As you can see here, Pepe claimed the sheet of crackly paper and had a grand time with it, rolling, flipping around from one side to another, and defending his territory when his brother Corky entered the room. While the human’s not sure that Corky actually wanted to get onto the paper, he did settle nearby and watch his brother’s goofy actions. Fortunately, Corky respected Pepe’s boundaries and no kerfuffles ensued. Eventually Corky grew bored and left, and the human stopped taking photos. That meant Pepe was left to his own devices. Without an audience to entertain, he called it a day as well. He’s such a ham!

 

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Can You Identify this Mystery Creature?

It was found on the kitchen floor one evening. At first the creature appeared shy because it hid in a bag, but soon a head appeared much like a turtle leaving its shell.Later, the creature emerged, then reentered the bag head first.
Still unsure what kind of creature it is?
After checking out the bag thoroughly and completely, the creature conquered the bag by smashing it down and laying on top of it. Ah, the feeling of satisfaction that comes from a job well done!
Have you guessed yet? It’s the Pepe Meister, of course!

 

 

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