Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Cuddles

You WILL Let Me Wash Your Face!

This is Caesar in action.  Imagine having your head and neck mangled like that.Clearly Fireball had a dirty ear or face or whiskers that needed scrubbing.  Equally clearly, Caesar decided that the Little Red Bee wasn’t equipped to do the work on his own, so The Big Guy came to the rescue.It’s a wonder Fireball’s neck isn’t out of kilter after all of that mauling with those big paws. And of course with Caesar spit on him, his fur will be standing on end for hours.  However, at least it will be clean!

 

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The Paw Dangle Variations

Here are the kitties trying out some new variations on the paw-dangling phenomenon that is so prevalent in this house.First you have the “twoferone” variation, which Caesar and Mac are demonstrating with grace. And then you have Caesar and Fireball showing us how to do the paw stack with double-swept reverse paw positioning.  It’s a very sweet options for best buddies — especially when you have a younger kitty who mimics everything the older kitty does.Of course, here’s the Trio demonstrating the triple stack with the top two layers somewhat rearward of the lowest. Mac is contributing two paws to Caesar’s one (although he’s spreading his toes and extending his claws).  Fireball is just ignoring the whole thing.  This position is also a variation of the puppy pile with three kitties. Caesar was there first, later joined by Fireball.  Mac had to mash herself between both of them as she always wants to be in the middle of all the action.

In all the decades the human has cohabited with cats, she doesn’t remember any group of felines who did this amount of paw dangling.  They do it at any and all times of year, so it’s not just because it’s been hot and their feet are toasty.

 

 

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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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Are You SERIOUSLY Going to Bother Me?

Fireball was zonked out in one of the kitty beds this morning. The human approached intending to give him a kiss and a few pets.  Half-lidded amber-green eyes opened and implored the human to leave him be. She of little restraint did halt and go back to get the dreaded camera. While she didn’t mess with his fur, she did snap a photo and flash his eyes with the annoying fill light thereby proving that there really is no rest for the weary.

 

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Face Dirty with Electrons

The human was cranking away at the keyboard when Pepe showed up in the office the other day and promptly jumped up behind her on the chair. (She is well trained and obligingly bends forward so he can sit on the pillow between the chair back and her back, which turns out to be delightful as the warm, soft, purring cat nestles against her lower back.)  Before the human realized what was going on, Pepe had jumped from the pillow to the top of the chair back and was soon balancing half his 18-pound/8.2-kilogram body weight onto one of her shoulders.  He leaned fairly far forward, then turned his head and started washing the human’s face on that side.  Next he changed position and moved to the other shoulder, stretched forward, and washed the human’s face on that side too. It’s amazing how dirty the human gets typing on the computer all day. Must be all the electrons collecting on her face.

 

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Chilly Sillies

No, the kitties have not gone on holiday and the human hasn’t either. The lazy 2-legged has just been very busy and has not made time to chronicle the adventures of the 4 leggeds. However, it’s been unseasonably cool for August and there have been some notable antics of late.  The human calls these the “chilly sillies” since we’re not quite in snow-silly season, and it’s definitely the cool weather that seems to be driving the humorous exploits.  (When it’s hot and humid, they just lay around in little piles on the floor and look miserable — much like the human who flops on furniture a few feet higher off the ground.)  Here are some of their recent adventures.

  • Macaroni is back to making her Merkitty messes, leaving big water puddles around the water bowls.  She also uncharacteristically has started chasing the red dot from the laser pointer around on the floor. Usually she’s w-a-y too sophisticated to stoop to such silliness. Additionally, she’s back to curling herself around the human’s head early in the morning and washing the 2-legged’s face while using her cute paws to pat the human on the face. (If only she’d fully retract those darned claws, the process would be quite relaxing. As it is, the human has to keep eyes open and face pulled back a bit to avoid getting hooked.)
  • Fireball is a master of “hit and run.”  He bounces up on the bed, squeaks, and lands on the human. Then he comes over and settles down sphinx style very close to the human’s face and looks at her. Or, he turns and faces the other direction leaving a bum in close proximity to the human’s face, which meanwhile is getting swished with a striped orange tail.  He stays about 90 seconds and then squeaks and runs off to something more interesting than a human…unless he thinks he can get her to give him some kitty toothpaste, which he just loves the taste of and will eat 10x a day if the human would let him.
  • Corky has been getting lots of exercise upstairs both morning and evening chasing the laser dot.  He also spontaneously chases balls around the tracks of two toys upstairs at all hours of the night. He’s very vocal at any hour and lets the human know what he thinks about the empty crunchy bowls at 2 am, at 4 am, and at 6 am. Then he keeps up a steady chatter trying to encourage the dawdling and half-asleep human to hurry up and put breakfast on downstairs. Unfortunately, Corky’s also been chasing poor Fireball, and Pepe is chasing both Corky and Fireball.  Anything that moves is fair game.
  • Pepe has been such a brat to Fireball that the human put him in a collar with a jingly bell. He thinks he’s hot stuff because he’s the only 4-legged with a collar and a bell, and the collar is quite sparkly.  He was so jazzed up this morning that he even chased the human, who then had to try not to step on the rapidly approaching creature.  In between, Pepe kept entertained by running from one bedroom to the other, jumping on the bed, spinning in circles, and then jumping off and running to the other room.
  • Even Caesar Beaser has been silly of late.  He bounces up onto the bed and runs over to get pets from the human. When he’s done being cooed over, he stomps across the top of the human’s pillow and flops down beside her and begins dangling paws and tail until Fireball or Mac decide to join him in the kitty bed. At that point he jumps down and seeks solitude elsewhere.

Looking in their eyes, you almost can see the wheels turning:  What can we do to mess with the human today?

 

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Sit Down

<<The rule is that if you approach the human for a pet and a nuzzle — a necessary thing, to be sure — then you must keep the back end of your body angled away from her hands. Otherwise, being undisciplined, she’ll bend down and scoop you up and hug you. The hug’s no problem, but having feet off floor is definitely an issue. >><<If she slides forward in anticipation of picking you up, you must sit down and do so quickly. That way she can’t get her hand under you. If she tries, you must back away until you are out of reach. When she sits down and acts polite again, you can re-approach her, but be on guard and be prepared to sit down fast if she misbehaves again…and she almost surely will.>>

 

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Let Sleeping Cats Lie

After a week of horrid heat and humidity, we are once again back to unseasonably cool weather, and that means the meows have been feisty!  Caesar comes barreling up onto the bed at 5 am to greet and snuggle with the human. After proper obeisance has been paid, he either stomps across the human’s pillow and asks to be let under the covers on the human’s right side (never the left side, only the right side for Undercover Kitty) or he flops down heavily on the human’s left side and presses himself against her leg or hip (never on the right side for hip snuggling, only the left). It’s really sweet. He’ll stay for 20 minutes or so, but once Fireball shows up and demands attention from both the human and Caesar, the Big Guy is off again for parts unknown only to return around 6 am. At that point, he curls up in one of the kitty beds and becomes an insert lump of fur bereft of all dignity.  He’s so out of it that if the human starts petting and kissing him, he wiggles his paws a bit and whimpers pathetically like a human teen ordered out of bed before he/she has had enough sleep. <<Leave me alone or there will be hell to pay when I can finally move again.>> It’s like he’s in a coma and can’t be roused even by evil human fingers petting his paws or stroking his adorably soft tummy. If the 2-legged was genuinely kind and compassionate, she’d let the sleeping cat lie. But of course, having poor impulse control, those feet are just too tempting to let be. And then there are the annoying photos to take in low light (nearly guaranteeing there will be a bright flash of light to further disturb poor Caesar’s sleep.  See what he must endure in this house?

 

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Verboten!

We’ve had a heat wave, after months and months of cool, wet weather. It’s so been so hot, it’s been hard to sleep at night.  The other morning, as the human vaguely began to regain consciousness she realized first that she had a kitty nestled against her hip (not unusual) and second that she was holding a kitty paw in her hand and was touching soft sweaty toe pads (VERY unusual).  She was so curious about this strange turn of events that she cracked open her eyes to see who was laying against her hip. It was Pepe.  How in the world did he come to let her hold a paw? Usually, all paw petting is verboten in this house except for Fireball. The only thing the human can figure is that he was so hot, tired, and miserable with the heat that he just gave up fighting when the human touched his foot. How long cat and human lay like that is anyone’s guess.

 

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

This is a genuine un-posed shot of Fireball (left) and Macaroni (right). They just flopped down on the floor and their tails ended up in these interesting positions. (Fireball’s tail always curls up like that.) Honestly, the silly human could never put the cats in such interesting positions. First, they’d immediately move elsewhere, and second the human just isn’t that creative.

 

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