Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Cuddles

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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Waking up the Lazy Human

The lazy human plays snooze alarm way too many mornings!  She grabs her alarm clock and puts it under her blankets or pillow, then curls up and goes back to sleep.  When the alarm continues to go off, she just keeps hitting that annoying button.  Fear not, for we’ve found a way to make her get up and stay up.  It’s well worth the effort to wake her as not only does that get us food and fresh water, but it gets our litter boxes cleaned as well. We even take turns and split up the duties.If the human is laying on her back, then Mac saunters over, sits on her chest and rolls around making sure to dig her nails into every surface possible.  Her sharp claws can penetrate through 4 layers of blankets. If that doesn’t work, then Pepe leaps and lands on her bladder with his 18 pounds. <<OOOFFFF!>> If she anticipates his arrival by tenting her knees, he scales her limbs and hangs off or he climbs onto her chest and sticks his furry face and whiskers really close to her face.  Caesar shortly arrives and head bumps her arm and shoulder.  Sometimes he licks her hands because he knows it tickles. (That’s his revenge for all the times she touches is paws!)If the human is laying on her side curled up in a pathetic little ball, then Corky or Pepe hops onto her hip and stretches out on her until her leg cramps.  Meantime, Mac attacks her on her pillow by wrapping her furry tummy around the human’s head and face. It’s important to bury the human’s nose and mouth in cat fur, as that usually gets her sniffling and sneezing. Imagine, she’s allergic to us!  Sometimes Fireball balances on her shoulder while all this is going on or brings her a toy mouse. And Caesar does the arm-licking thing on any exposed skin.  Mornings are so much fun in this house!

 

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Tiger Boys Take a Snooze

Our Human has been Gone & We’ve Felt Abandoned!

Poor little kitties.  Their human was out the door early and back late for four days last week.  Clearly, the kitties felt abandoned (or like they didn’t get enough human torture sessions in during those days). The last day the human got back early and climbed into bed with them for a cuddle.It wasn’t long before she had 2 cats on her chest, 1 next to her head on the pillow (who soon moved down by one of her arms), and 2 more in nearby kitty beds. All were singing up a storm and she even got her fingers licked by Pepe.Ahhhh, so good to be home. The formerly globe-trotting human has become a homebody with the help of her furry friends.

 

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Mercuddles

And once again we see the Merkitty and the Little Red Bee cuddling while the early morning light is streaming in the window. For a change, Mac actually seems like she’s comforting Fireball…or at least it looked that way until the human got too close with the annoying camera and started snapping pictures. This time she’s not sprawling on top of the little guy.Come close with the camera, and everyone’s attention is on high alert.Don’t their eyes look zany? Fireball seems to be worrying about what the human will do next (she kissed both of them moments before). Mac, on the other hand, seems to be thinking that if she can just endure this a bit longer…

 

 

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Snuggles with Mac – Part 1

Here are Mac and Caesar snuggling.  Caesar looks like he’s completely zonked. Not so, the Merkitty, who is smirking as though she was up to something. (Just sayin’…)The Big Guy has one of his big paws wrapped around his little friend.  (They really are big paws!)During the time it took the silly human to walk around the recumbent pair and shoot a couple of photos, Mac extended both front paws and went for a bit of a dangle. Caesar snoozes on oblivious, but we’re betting the Merkitty is planning mischief.

 

 

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Hide Your Feet, She’s Coming!

<<The human is sneaking up on me. Fortunately, even tip toeing, she sounds like a herd of elephants, so I’m on to her.>><<Blast it! She’s got that stupid camera that half blinds me.>><<Fortunately, since I heard her coming, I pulled my feet back inside my nest. She’ll really have to dig to find them now….although that doesn’t always stop her.>><<My vigilance paid off. She left my feet alone, although she did make those silly cooing noises and shot more photos. The things I have to endure to get 2 square meals a day and a warm bed.>>

 

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