Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Bells

Ignored

To celebrate the kitties’ arrival anniversaries, which are less than 2 weeks apart, the silly human purchased two toys that were supposed to enrich their environment and stimulate both their problem-solving and hunting skills. Both toys have been pretty much ignored. For example, this cute one is a rectangular box covered with fake grass on top and with cutouts both on top and on the sides. It has 3 or 4 cute little blue balls inside (with bells) that the cats are supposed to cuff around by poking their paws through the holes. They can’t pull the balls out through the holes in the side of the box but they can scoop them out through the top.  Only Pepe plays with this toy and only when the human has run the laser pointer’s red dot along its surface.  So much for smart toys for smart cats.

 

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The Toll Collector

As the silly human began walking up to the second floor, she saw the Big Guy holding court and keeping watch from the kitty condo at the top of the stairs. (Note how well scratched that sisal rope is?)  She moved slowly because Caesar Tiger Bear still is a bit spooky when the human is walking around — particularly when she’s walking around with her camera. Here he is trying to look nonchalant, as though the human walking by is no big deal.  Of course, because she’s the evil human, she had to stop for a visit, including pets. If the Emperor hadn’t already tucked his feet under him, she’d have tried to touch his big soft paws — a real no no in this house.  (Notice the lack of any visible paws?)<<Just keep looking the other way and maybe she’ll walk by and leave you alone.>> That strategy worked. The human soon walked off to do other things and the Big Guy was left to ponder the meaning of life on his own.

 

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Most Evil Cat Torture Device?

Which torture device do you think is most scary?  It’s a close call between the nail clippers and the vacuum.  However, the clippers only come out once a month and only three of the cats have front claws that need to be trimmed.  The vacuum, on the other hand, comes out multiple times a week and causes pandemonium among all the boy kitties.  Yes, you guessed it, Miss Mac is not afraid of the vacuum as long as she’s up high and it stays down on the floor and doesn’t come too near. She just smirks at it. The boys, on the other hand, run for the next floor whenever they even hear the cord rattle and long before the scary motor turns on.

By the way, bells didn’t even make the list this year. That’s got to be progress of a type.

 

 

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Mr. Sparkles

Corky and Pepe are each sporting new kitty collars.  The human keeps both boys in collars with bells so Fireball has a bit of warning that they’re after him.  The Trio, who still are somewhat afraid of tiny bells, opt out. The new break-away collars are extra sparkly and even sport a “diamond” at the clasp. Unfortunately, Corky’s jewel fell out the first week he wore it, so he’s a bit less sparkly than his big brother.

 

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Konfuse-a-Kat

It’s the human’s fault.  She was trying to add variety and hunting opportunities to the kitties’ daily repertoire.  The meows were pestering for snacks, so the 2-legged flipped the much-beloved scratching disc upside down. On the reverse side, there is a maze-like structure with a ball inside — yes, a ball with a bell! — and a series of interesting holes on top that are just the perfect size for kitty paws to explore.To entice the kitties to investigate the holes, the human put a small pile of dried organic catnip on top and then carefully — while the felines were watching — nudged raw freeze-dried meat snacks from the surface of the maze into the holes.  The kitties watched with fascination and even went over and looked inside the structure. The Merkitty hopped up, took a sniff of the ‘nip, and immediately was overcome with paroxysms of delight.  The other cats had to move back or risk getting hit by her flailing limbs and rolling body.  As she thrashed about, she would bat the ball that rolls along the track on the outside of the toy sending it spinning around the track.  Pretty quickly, she cleared the deck of other cats. Over a period of several days, the human added more snacks and more ‘nip to the surface, but she never saw a single kitty paw raised to explore.  Eventually, she fished out the snacks and turned the disc back over so the scratching surface was face up. Some hunters they are!

 

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Disco Inferno (or The Human Redeemed?)

img_4128The foolish human may have temporarily redeemed herself the other day. She stopped at her favorite pet-food store to get a bag of litter and grab a few cans of soft food that she hadn’t hauled home of late. Shockingly, they gobbled the first can down the very next morning. (Unfortunately, that pattern hasn’t continued with cans 2 and 3.)img_4130She got even more points because she picked up a cute cardboard scratching disc that is mounted into a plastic frame containing two interesting features. The first is a track between the upper and lower frame that holds a hard white plastic ball. The cats had no end of fun standing on top of the disc and cuffing the ball as it raced around in the track.img_4141In fact, the Merkitty stood off to the side and would dive forward holding both forepaws out to try and stop the ball as it whizzed past her in the track while Pepe stood guard from on high.img_4134The cats also greatly enjoyed the organic catnip that the human kept sprinkling all over the disc.
img_4133Several of the cats rolled on the disc while others wrapped themselves around the top and hung over the sides, impeding the movement of the ball racing along the track on the outside of the disc. No matter, they were not to be budged while they indulged in a little more catnip.img_4146Another feature that hasn’t yet captured the cats’ interest is on the bottom face of the unit. When you flip the scratching disc over and lay it on the floor, there is a series of holes that are just perfect for kitty paws to explore. Inside the maze of cutouts is another white ball, this time with a jingly bell inside. Hmm, perhaps there’s the problem — that bellimg_4180Never mind, the human is completely jazzed that at least they like the scratching disc and are having fun chasing the ball along the track on the outside. Getting them to like two out of three features is not an inconsequential feat when dealing with cats. Who knows, before we’re done, maybe they will no longer be afraid of bells…

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