Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Bed Making


juno2The human has been overly busy with work, which is why there haven’t been posts in 10 days. It’s definitely not that the furry people aren’t having fun and being exceptionally silly. While you wait for the 2-legged to get her act together, here are 2 recent photos of little Juno (aka Juni-purr). She’s a cousin of sorts to the penta pack.juno1Remember when she was just a tiny kitten taking her first steps out of her carrier into her new home after being adopted from a rescue organization? She’s all grown up now and quite adorable. Of course, anyone who has adopted a “rescue” animal knows that the rescuing goes both ways. What would we do without these furry people in our lives?


(c) Copyright 2017, PeggyMalnati. All rights reserved. Photos courtesy of M. Ray.

Some Days, it’s Just too Hard to Carry on…

img_3903Ah, the snoozing Pepe Monster.  Is he lying there in surrender, or is he sneaking a quick transmission to the mother ship? (He’s always got one of those feet in the air, which the human suspects could be secret antennae.) As curved as cats’ spines are, you wouldn’t think that laying flat on their backs would be comfortable, but this is really the way he sleeps.


(c) Copyright 2016, PeggyMalnati. All rights reserved. Photos my own.

We’re Back!

img_3855No, the kitties haven’t stopped having adventures. It’s just that the silly human has been overly busy with work all summer and fall to transcribe their words and post their pictures. She has promised her keepers to do better now.  So what have they been up to?  Well, the Little Red Bee went on a 3-day rebellious streak where he stayed in the basement hunting regardless of how many times the human called him. As a consequence, the basement is now off limits to all the 4-leggeds, and needless to say that hasn’t gone over well. Pepe has a new habit of burrowing under the covers as the human attempts to make the bed in the morning. What would ordinarily take 5 minutes takes 15, but brings lots of healthy laughter and often some pictures.  The Merkitty hasn’t been much of a water monster of late, but has become the crunchy-bowl guardian. No one gets to have access to the bowl until and unless she’s had all she wants to eat. In warmer weather she camps on the floor beside the bigger bowl lest some crunchies fall into the container that she doesn’t know about. Corky has increased his vocal commentary on all the human’s many faults, particularly when the cellar door remains obstinately shut. The human increased the number of fleecy soft blankets she has on nearly all the surfaces where the cats frequent, and in all the kitty condos and beds, so Caesar has been reluctant to get up in the morning. On the other hand, at night, he’s usually first on the bed to greet the human and he quickly burrows down under the blankets beside her where he sleeps for an hour or two.  He also has returned to carefully climbing onto her recumbent chest and laying down to get pets, so that’s progress. And now that temps are getting quite crispy, the kitties are quite wild, galloping all over the house chasing each other and making the noise of a herd of wild horses.  In other words, things are much as they were.


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Burrito Bears

IMG_3609For some reason, the human got in the habit of calling the exalted ones “bears,” perhaps because they’re small, soft, and cuddly like teddy bears.  IMG_3608Fireball is the only kitty in the house who not only tolerates but actually likes being wrapped up in soft blankets while he’s snoozing.  In fact, the 2-legged adds extra fleece blankets to kitty beds, because he digs at the blankets to try and get under a lower layer so he’s covered up before falling asleep — and he does this winter and summer.  IMG_3617The other morning as the human got up just after sunrise and started her morning chores, she found the little orange kitty in some orange and brown blankets. He was so out of it, that she just couldn’t help but pull a layer of blanket back and wrap him up.IMG_3616The result resembled a little kitty burrito…or bearito.


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Morning Adorableness

IMG_3582<<The human is walking by. Stop, human, stop! I want more pets! I want to play some more.>>IMG_3585<<She’s actually getting away. I need to strettttttccccchhhh and touch her. Then she’ll see how cute I am. Am I losing my magical touch?>>IMG_3586<<No, look at that. She’s got the camera out, so she must be paying attention to moi! Now to bask in the glory…>>
IMG_3588<<I can’t believe she’s walking by. Look at my cute tummy. It’s soooo soft. Blow on my fur in that annoying way you do, human!>>IMG_3587<<Now that I’ve got your attention again, there are some things we need to discuss….>>IMG_3589<<Waaaaiiiitttt! What do you mean you’ve got to get going?  What’s the hurry when you have me to adore?>>IMG_3590<<Don’t you dare make me roll over and beg. Do you think I’m a dog who abases himself daily for your affection? I have my pride!>>IMG_3591<<You do know you’re going to pay for this later today, right?  When you want some attention yourself and seek me out, I’m going to have better things to do, just you watch. Don’t you know how emotionally destructive it is to make a cat beg?>>IMG_3592<<Hey! Do you even care what psychological suffering this causes me? I need your attention and I need it NOW! I don’t care if those other cats are hungry and you are too.>>IMG_3593<<This is it, it’s your last chance for redemption…make the most of it while it’s available.  Argh!>>


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It’s Morning!

IMG_2603<<Wake up, wake up, it’s morning!  Time to refill our bowls and give us some love.  Wake up, silly human. Wake up!>>

Of course, as soon as the human leaves the bed, in rush the felines. It’s uncanny how they can be running around leaping all over the place until the human gets up. Then they head for her spot and stretch out as though satisfied with the results of their actions. Do they fancy themselves alarm clocks?

IMG_2605Of course, we have to have a few rounds of obligatory play where the human wiggles her fingers on or under the covers and the cats attack.

IMG_2607<<We indulge her desire to play with us by pretending to whack her hands. Does she really think we can’t tell the difference between her and real prey? We know it’s just a miserable excuse to play with our paws. So much unpleasantness to endure…>>


(c) Copyright 2015, PeggyMalnati. All rights reserved. Photos my own.

Who’s Stealing Whose Heat?


It’s been a lot colder out in the last few days and we finally got a bit of snow that seems like it’s going to hang around.  Three-to-four times per night, my pillow pal has been coming in and demanding a spot under my covers, against my side, and draped over my arms. He’s also had the “snow sillies” with lots of late night and early morning sessions of noisy cavorting with toy mice on the stairs. Often, he’ll take his toy and bring it up onto the bed and chase it around on top of me (thank you very much!).  He was so jazzed up on New Year’s early morning that I awoke to the distinctive sound of him banging on the wind chimes that hang over the Newel post at the end of the hall. However, for all his animation when he’s up running around, once you get him settled down and tucked in under the covers — whether in one of the kitty beds or in my bed proper — the little guy doesn’t want to move. He gets that funny scrunched up sleepy face and only comes out from under the fuzzy blankets when food is about to be served.  Can’t say that I blame him!


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Spontaneous Grooming

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I chanced upon the kitties having a grooming party.  While Fireball and Macaroni alternately groomed each other, Caesar was grooming Fireball.

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Of course, it didn’t take long before spontaneous grooming turned into spontaneous biting and wrestling.

photo 1And that, of course, sets off a round of self-conscious self-grooming.


(c) Copyright 2014, PeggyMalnati. All rights reserved. Photos my own.

The Challenges of Trying to Hold Bedding in Place

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The silly human has this annoying tendency to want to make a bed as soon as she vacates it.  However, we really like to lay down in the spot she has just left, which is still warm and smells like her.

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She tries to make the bed around us anyway, so sometimes we have to call in reinforcements.  It’s not easy holding the bedding in place. That’s when we try to look cute.

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It generally works as she’s easily distracted. Before you know it, she’s walking around, snapping pictures on that annoying phone of hers. We get to stay put, but we have to endure the flash going off.  However, before you feel any pity for her, don’t! She has her own trick for distracting us:  she walks out of the bedroom and downstairs. We follow, of course, knowing breakfast and our morning snack are forthcoming.


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I Double-Dare You to Pull that Fabric!

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<<Go on.  Risk your hand!>>

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<<You know I’m very fast. Go on, see if you can pull the wrinkle out before I get your fingers.>>

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<<Drats, snagged again. Okay human, your fingers live another day…>>


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