Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Cuddles

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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Happy 5th Anniversary Trio!

Plush BlanketsHard as it is to believe, today is the 5th anniversary of the arrival of Caesar, Macaroni, and Fireball. This year, the human wanted to honor foster humans everywhere. If it wasn’t for Foster Mom Kim and her family, the Trio would not have come to this home.Big GuyThank goodness Kim insisted the 2-legged adopt Fireball and then Macaroni when the human initially planned only to adopt the Big Guy.  It’s astounding to think of all the laughs, tears, and cuddles the human would have gone without. In fact, with a mellower group of furry friends, this blog never would have gotten started.

So here’s a shout out to those selfless rescue organizations and foster humans who help scared and abused animals learn to trust 2-leggeds again. You’re among the best examples of what our species can be.

 

 

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Fluffernutter

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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