Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Catnip

Better, but STILL Not Kitty Grass!

The human still hasn’t found organic wheat grass for the fur furs.  It seems like the local supplies have dried up with the hot weather. Since the last of the old wheat grass was pretty passé, they ignored the rosemary plant, and previous attempts to cut grass and catnip leaves and bring them inside haven’t gone over well, the human was on a mission to find something else.  When she saw a “buy 1, get 1 free” special on live catnip plants the other day, she picked up a pair and triumphantly brought them home and presented the containers to her overlords and overlady.  As you can see, while they were interested and gave the plants an initial sniff or two, that’s about as far as that went. Now mind you, when the human does manage to get cat grass and bring it home, they’ll have 5 minutes of excitement and then ignore that plant too.

 

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What have we here?

The human was picking up the other morning and noticed that something was sticking out of the track on the side of the upstairs scratching disc. Upon closer inspection, it became obvious that one of the cats had pushed a relatively new catnip-stuffed toy, which hadn’t seen much action, into the track. (Those are Corky’s cute toes in both photos, by the way.)Now why do you suppose they did that? It actually must have taken some work to stuff the toy into the track. And why? They love chasing the ball around the track.  Cats…they truly are such mysteries.

 

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Merkitty and Catnip

The Merkitty has a very interesting relationship with catnip.  Like the rest of the kitty-drug-addled crowed, she’s a big fan of cat mint.  However, unlike the boys, she never actually seems to eat it. She just rolls all over dried or fresh plant and then sprawls in kitty bliss.Presumably she gets high just from the odors and doesn’t actually need to ingest the plant to take a trip without leaving the farm. However, lest a silly human think she is so blissed out that she will allow that soft tummy to be petted or kissed, think again!  Suddenly, the claws and teeth snap shut around the offending limb or head. <<Gotchya!>>  Such a Merkitty!

 

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Pepe vs. the Pink Worm

Pepe has a cute little catnip-stuffed pink worm toy that’s tied to “his” chair in the kitchen.He spends a goodly amount of energy batting the poor thing around, kicking it for all he’s worth and, of course, biting it.  In fact, it’s one of the human’s tasks each morning to hold the toy in the air and dangle it over Pepe while he’s upside down so all 4 legs can attack the toy. This job is not without its risks — teeth and claws notwithstanding!On the other hand, it also has many rewards — not the least of which is great entertainment for cat and human alike.And at least it gives the big guy some exercise.Although that too comes with risks, as sometimes Pepe so vigorously chases the toy worm that he ends up rolling off the chair.At least it burn off some of his excess energy and reduces his boredom level a bit.And that means that 5 minutes of energetic dangling of toy-on-string means the human gets 5-7 minutes of peace and quiet to eat her breakfast, plan her day, and enjoy her coffee.Well, at least on some days.This is Pepe we’re talking about.Ah, cats…

 

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Orange Mousy Gets a New Friend

A day after the orange felt mouse ended up sitting beside one of the litter boxes, he or she got a new friend. Lest you think the silly human never picks up the cat toys, she does, but she was conducting an experiment. She wondered how long orange mousy would sit there before one of the cats retrieved him/her.  After the second toy arrived, she picked both up, her experiment terminated early in case even more toys were deposited there. So far, no new toys have appeared beside any of the litter boxes. (Whew!)

 

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Hello Little Friend! How Did You get there?

This is what the human spied tonight when cleaning litter boxes. It’s the cutest little felted cat toy. Sadly, it hasn’t gotten a lot of attention since it came home. Apparently that lack of interest changed today and the little orange mouse was carried around the house until someone felt the call of nature. Sadly, it’s back to being ignored again…hopefully not for long.

 

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GooGoo Girl goes Gaga

Who knew that round disc with a ball on its side and a scratching surface on top would offer so much fun?The GooGoo Girl has made it her own. While most of the others will climb on for a scratch and to imbibe in some catnip, Mac has mastered the art of knocking that ball around alone or with company. She favors two techniques.In the first, she lays on her side close to the disc and alternately kicks the ball with her back feet and swats it with her front.That way she can can have a good extended play, although the ball really only rolls around on about half the track before she bats or kicks it in the other direction again.As you can see from that face, she’s having a really good time.  Here’s betting she imbibed before she started kicking.In the second technique, she will play opposite another kitty (often Corky) or while another kitty is sitting on top of the disc.She dives forward with forepaws out and knocks the ball forward. In fact, she tends to put both forepaws inside the track so she can stop the ball regardless of which direction it’s traveling, then sends it back in the opposite direction.When the ball returns to her other paw, she swats it again, unless the other cat redirects it.Nice to know that at least one cat toy in the last year has met with (limited) feline approval.

 

 

 

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Clearance Toys = Bad Toys

toyThe human was shopping when she came across the cutest little clearance holiday cat toy. It’s a little roll of fabric (soft on the outside, crackly on the inside) stuffed with soft fluff and likely catnip. It’s the perfect size and texture and weight to be carried around in little kitty mouths.  Better yet, it cost 70 cents!

Of course, as soon as the excited human got it home and presented it to her overlords, the real games began. Caesar did come over and sniff it, but did little else. When none of the other felines gave it so much as a cuff, the discouraged human picked it up and brought it upstairs figuring she’d put it in Caesar’s kitty bed.

The toy disappeared for a few days, then reappeared. So far no one seems to be claiming credit for that. Clearly, clearance toys = bad toys.  On the other hand, paying good money for toys doesn’t seem to improve their odds of being used either.  Maybe they just have too many toys.  Or maybe they just like to mess with the human’s head.



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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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The Failures of Sandy Claws

img_4066This year, Sandy Claws and the human were just awful at finding gifts the kitties would enjoy.

The human proudly presented the 4-leggeds a collection of 7 (fake) fur mice. Half of them actually had feather tails.  No go!

The human bought them a new can of organic catnip, since the fresh stuff is frozen solid outside. Organic did you say? No go!

She bought a second can. Still no go!

The human passed along a bunch of corks from a friend and then spent days rolling and bouncing them across the floor to try and interest the cats. No go!

She even bought them a draft snake (cedar-shavings filled long tube that’s normally put under drafty doors to keep the cold out but in this house is placed in front of the stove, the black hole that swallows cat toys on a daily basis). They sniffed it cautiously, but so far aren’t saying anything.

What DID they like for the holidays?img_4036The crackly paper from a box.

The ribbons from another box.

The smells on a third box.

The blanket the human got as a gift. <<It’s REALLY soft.>>

Pen caps and wrapped candies and fortune cookies stolen from the table.

Argh!

 

 

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