Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Curiosity

Demolition Crew

That top kitty-toy box remains the focus of at least one of the meows.  The human has rearranged the toys to bring the ones on the bottom up to the top of that box and vice versa. Still, whatever toy someone is looking for must remain elusive. This is what met the human the other morning. Looks like someone got a bit frustrated, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

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No Box Too Small…

Funny how it is. The human can offer the kitties a nice big box to play in and it gets ignored.  However, let the human put down a small box and the kitties have to check it out. Pepe, of course, jumps right in after walking across and cuffing the crackly craft paper that had filled the box. <<Yep, it’s a tight fit. That’s my favorite kind of box!>> Corky arrives and snifts the crackly paper. Later in the evening, he would make running leaps onto the paper pile and slide the sheets all over the floor in two rooms. <<So much fun from items that humans would otherwise prematurely recycle.>>  Mac arrived and checked out the paper, so Corky turned his attention to the box, which had since been vacated by his brother Pepe.  Corky too thought the box was great fun. Mac sniffed the paper but was not amused. She walked away and entertained herself by laying down and watching the other two.

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Boxed in…

The “oh so funny” human put a big box on the floor. The cats ignored it. The human picked up the wobbly egg toy, turned it on, and put it in the box.  Mac came over to check out the noise, at which point the helpful human picked her up and put her in the box with the egg. Mac was not amused. Neither was she entertained. She stared away ignoring her surroundings and plotting new methods to wake the human from a sound sleep at 3:30 am. The human has since been punished 3 nights running for her insolence.

 

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Who’s There?

The human walked through the living room and something caught her eye that didn’t seem right.  She couldn’t immediately put her finger on it but there was something strange in her field of view. Upon closer inspection, she saw the tips of a pair of ears.  As she drew closer still, she spied a pair of eyes.  That’s Fireball looking like he’s ready to pounce…or run and hide.  You just can’t make up stuff like this.

 

 

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Bubble Trouble

 

The human’s normal source of biochar cat litter was out of product once again so she had to find another source on the internet.  In fact, she found several types of litter that the penta pack is currently trying out.  Those shipments resulted in a lot of boxes arriving at the house. Of course, once she had things unpacked, the human offered the kitties each of the boxes in turn.  Some boxes were just too large to interest the 4-leggeds.  Some boxes were too small for them to fit into, but they had fun anyway.  Some boxes arrived with crackly craft paper, which Corky and Pepe just love to play in. Some boxes arrived with bubble packs.  Pepe, of course, had to check out the bubbles. He walked across them, miraculously not breaking any open. He even tried to take a bite.  Also fortunate that none of the bubbles popped close to his face. Corky also checked out the bubble packs.  He seemed a little less interested in them than Pepe had been.  Mac and Caesar watched from the edges of the room. They were having none of this trouble with the bubbles.  

 

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Eggcellent Entertainment

Corky and Pepe have been having a grand time with the wobbly egg-shaped toy.  They follow it around with great interest.  Every few minutes, one of them cuffs either the base or the fluffy spinning cap with felt pads. They also back up like crazy when the toy gyrates toward them at a rapid clip. The nice thing about it is that it works for about 15 minutes, then it goes into sleep mode, so the human doesn’t have to chase the toy around to turn it off when the cats have stopped playing with it. Clearly, it was designed by someone who knows (and likely has) cats!

 

 

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New Motorized Toys

The human, ever in search of interesting toys to entertain and engage the felines, ran across 2 different motorized gadgets on clearance at her favorite pet-food store this weekend. The toys are supposed to keep cats mentally agile and give them some exercise. So far, so good! One is a motorized mouse (left) operated by a second “mouse” that works like a computer mouse and remotely moves the wheeled mouse back and forth and in circles. It also recharges the motorized mouse — a 3-minute recharge is supposed to give you 15 minutes of play time. The cats had a great time with it until it stopped recharging. The human must investigate the problem, which may well be that the NiCad battery in the motorized mouse has gone bad or the new battery in the remote control mouse has been drained. The other toy is egg-shaped (right) with a cap sporting felt pads that spin around (not shown). Much like a Weeble, the egg spins, rolls, and wobbles across the floor while the cap with felt pads also spins, stops, reverses, and so forth. At first the human had a hard time getting the cap with pads to stay on the egg, but once she did, the cats have been having a grand time with it.

 

 

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Tuxedos Meet New Kitty Carrier

The human found a nice soft-sided kitty carrier the other day.  She brought it home and decided to open up both ends so the kitties could explore.  As luck would have it, the two tuxedos were in the kitchen at the time and they decided to check it out. First Pepe stuck his head into each end and had a sniff.  He actually followed some pen caps he and Mac had been chasing to the edge of the carrier and cuffed them around.  Next Mac went in the proper “door” and walked through the carrier and out the “window.”  For some reason, that got Pepe all jazzed up.  He returned to the carrier and looked out the window. Meanwhile, Mac was checking out the side pocket and a second larger “window.” He wisely understood that squeezing out the “window” would be a tight fit. (So much for this being a “big” carrier.) He backed out and hunkered down beside the carrier and peered at Mac, who was gazing off without interest.  Next, he prepared to pounce on her, but she was having none of this and got up and moved. This jockeying for attention went on for about 10 minutes.  Then all the cats disappeared and the human was left to pick everything up. Such is the entertainment found in this house most mornings.

 

 

 

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Tubes

A friend with a business that uses big rolls of fabric asked if the human thought the kitties might like a big cardboard tube to play inside. While Pepe and Corky like paper bags (but never plastic ones) and Mac will occasionally entertain herself in a cardboard box, none of the felines had shown any love for a cute crackly fabric tube the human had bought many years back. Still, why not give it a try, since the cardboard tube could always be recycled. Pepe stuck his head inside both ends but wouldn’t venture further.  Mac also stuck her head in but that was the end of it.

The rest of the cats couldn’t be induced to explore the tube even that much — despite the presence of freeze-dried meat snacks the human tossed in for fun.

Fortunately, while the kitties had no use for the big tube, the human found it was just perfect to hold a bunch of wrapping paper and smaller mailing tubes. Cats…

 

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Sheet Tester

The human tried to make the bed. The cat had to test out the sheets. <<Yes, they have about the right level of tension. No wrinkles here.>> Next, the blankets were up for inspection. <<All the layers are pulled up to the top of the bed, although they are folded very poorly.>> The human received so-so marks at bedmaking.  The cat will counsel her again tomorrow. <<Only through practice and coaching can you hope to improve!>>

 

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