Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Bed Making

Why are You Bothering Me?

Needless to say, the human didn’t have a good answer…or at least one that was acceptable to Miss Mu.


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Rolling Out the Feathers

The silly human found a down comforter she’d put away and forgotten about. She pulled it out, fluffed it up, and added it to the bed.  Of course, Pepe had to come along and make sure that the feathers were properly aligned and not too fluffy. It’s a good thing someone’s watching out for the 2-legged. Clearly, she can’t figure out these things on her own.

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Between a Pillow and a Pillow

At the foot of the human’s bed, the kitties have a wide swath of fake-fur fabric that they adore.  There also are 2 small pillows strategically placed to cushion little kitty heads and faces as they sprawl across that fabric. They love those little pillows.  During bed-making duties, the human apparently did not properly distribute the pillows one day recently. When she came back upstairs, she found Corky literally wedged between the two pillows. (Perhaps having pillows on the front and back of Corky’s body felt comforting — like lying in one of the kitty beds.) It looked so cute that the human had to shoot a few photos. Miraculously, Corky sat still and posed for 3 shots.  Notice the nice new green collar?  He too is now wearing a sparkly adornment, which helps Fireball know when either he or his brother Corky are trying to sneak up on the Little Red Bee.


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How Not to Strip a Bed

It’s not just bed making that’s fun in this house, it’s also bed stripping. The human went to change sheets on two beds last week and had loads of help from the Pepster for both jobs. As the human tried to roll and pull the sheets together, he had to jump into the middle of them and spin around. Pretty soon he was wrapped up in the sheets. Then the real fun began. There were lots of cuffy paws that attacked human fingers and hands. See, there really were monsters under the bed. And now they’re on top of the bed and hiding in the bedding.Of course, in between attacks, that silly face reappeared and dared the human to do something about the menace. This position (above) is called “sassy face.” It’s usually accompanied by much chattering. Yes, Pepe does feel good about himself.  Cute behaviors like these are definitely not conducive to getting an early start on the work day.  Ah well, eventually the silly 2-legged did get both beds stripped and remade.  Getting to work early is so overrated anyway.


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How Not to Make a Bed

The human was trying to make the bed before all the mammals in the house headed downstairs for breakfast. One wily feline kept attacking the bedding every time the human would try to pull a wrinkle out or otherwise straighten the fabric. If he didn’t run, jump, and slide on top of the sheet, he grabbed and kicked it. And then feeling good about himself, he swam across the fabric. We didn’t fare much better with the duvet. A 5 minute job became a 20 minute job, made even longer because the silly human kept taking photos and then laughing…which just egged on the ham-ster.
But honestly, could you keep a straight face during such shenanigans? Eventually the bed monster tired of his actions….And the silly human was allowed to finish her morning chores.


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Merkitty has some Fun

We finally had a couple-day break in the heat. <<Yeah! Was I actually complaining about the cold and damp just a few weeks ago?>>Everyone finally got a good night’s sleep and Pepe and Corky were chasing each other through the house starting at 5 am the first cool morning. On Day 2, the Merkitty came over to do head rolls, somersaults, and attack a cute cat toy that looks like a beetle as the 2-legged tried to make the bed. Whether by design or accident, one of her claws kept getting caught in the toy as she was flinging it around and then rolling after it.She’s such a Merkitty!


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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?


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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.


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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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