Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Furniture

How Not to Strip a Bed

It’s not just bed making that’s fun in this house, it’s also bed stripping. The human went to change sheets on two beds last week and had loads of help from the Pepster for both jobs. As the human tried to roll and pull the sheets together, he had to jump into the middle of them and spin around. Pretty soon he was wrapped up in the sheets. Then the real fun began. There were lots of cuffy paws that attacked human fingers and hands. See, there really were monsters under the bed. And now they’re on top of the bed and hiding in the bedding.Of course, in between attacks, that silly face reappeared and dared the human to do something about the menace. This position (above) is called “sassy face.” It’s usually accompanied by much chattering. Yes, Pepe does feel good about himself.  Cute behaviors like these are definitely not conducive to getting an early start on the work day.  Ah well, eventually the silly 2-legged did get both beds stripped and remade.  Getting to work early is so overrated anyway.

 

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How Not to Make a Bed

The human was trying to make the bed before all the mammals in the house headed downstairs for breakfast. One wily feline kept attacking the bedding every time the human would try to pull a wrinkle out or otherwise straighten the fabric. If he didn’t run, jump, and slide on top of the sheet, he grabbed and kicked it. And then feeling good about himself, he swam across the fabric. We didn’t fare much better with the duvet. A 5 minute job became a 20 minute job, made even longer because the silly human kept taking photos and then laughing…which just egged on the ham-ster.
But honestly, could you keep a straight face during such shenanigans? Eventually the bed monster tired of his actions….And the silly human was allowed to finish her morning chores.

 

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Do You think Yellow Makes me Look Too Round?

Or do you think it goes well with my silky fur coat?  It’s really soft.

 

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Double Trouble

The two tuxedo kitties were found sitting together on the top level of the downstairs kitty condo the other day. Clearly, something interesting must have happening out on the deck.  You just never know what nefarious creature might show up.  There are frequently squirrels, chipmunks, and birds. Less often there’ll be a woodchuck or a raccoon or even an opossum looking for something edible in the potted plants (or just being plain old destructive for the fun of it).  And it’s not unheard of for the herd of deer that wander through the yard each day to have a member stick a head over the railing and eat some tasty flowers or vegetables. Fortunately for the human, there are 4-legged guards on patrol at all hours. <<It’s handled, human. Be off and let us do our job!>>

 

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Kilroy was Here

This was how Caesar was laying this morning when the human got up.  He was in nearly the same pose in his picture on PetFinder 5-1/2 years ago. She fell for him immediately upon seeing that photo and began the process to meet and adopt him. Clearly, that pose still has an effect on the silly 2-legged, but who could resist a kitty like that? <<Certainly not I!>>

 

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A New Kitty Condo Visitor

Until recently, the downstairs kitty condo hasn’t been getting a lot of love.  Then Pepe adopted the kitty caves, followed by Corky.  The other day, the human had picked up after breakfast and decided it was time to move the downstairs kitty condo over next to the window for the summer now that the houseplants were at last outside. That way, even on hot days when the thermal shades are down, the kitties can peek out the window and make sure no nefarious creatures are lounging on the deck.  The well-made scratching post must weigh 40 pounds/18 kilograms, so the easiest way to move it is to tilt it and start spinning it across the room on the bottom edge like you would move a barrel.  As the 2-legged grabbed the the condo and prepared to move it, suddenly a little face stuck out of one of the kitty caves. The silly human squeaked and ran off to find her camera. Meanwhile, the Merkitty enjoyed herself by smirking while pictures were taken. Needless to say the condo didn’t get moved that day, but a day later, it took up it’s summer position. We’ll see if it continues to be of interest to the cats now that it’s on the other side of the room.

 

 

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Corky Catches Some Sunshine

And look who the human caught out the other afternoon catching some sunshine!  Of course, as soon as the human and camera came close, it was time for some gratuitous grooming. << Must ensure coat looks spiffy for pictures!>>When the annoying human got too close, it was time for a change of scenery, so off he hopped into the bay window.  At least the human managed to get 3 photos in a row where Corky is in focus and not just a grey blur. That’s progress of a sort.

 

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Mr. Dangle Paws Strikes a Pose

Look at Mr. Dangle Paws. Aren’t those lovely toes?  Aren’t his feet big?They are amazingly soft…not that the human is allowed to pet them very often.  If he sees the human coming, as often as not Caesar tucks his front feet away under his chest so she can’t play with them. Not sure why the human got away with petting and photographing them this time, but I suppose it’s all part of cats hating to be predictable.

 

 

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Couch Potatoes

The human took a break from slaving away on the keyboard and walked into the living room the other day. Surprisingly, she found both Mac and Pepe stretched out on one of the couches.Of course, the Mackadoodle was dangling a paw and looking a tad mischievous.Pepe, on the other hand, looked like he was the epitome of the well-behaved kitty.  (And he too was doing some paw dangling.)  This week’s hot weather (after a prolonged cool spell) seems to have contributed to the kitties looking for new places to sleep in cooler parts of the house.

 

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Double Decker

Speaking of kitty condos, the other morning, the human walked by only to see Pepe’s face peeking out of the lower “cave” in the downstairs kitty condo — a level he doesn’t usually frequent.  <<Drats, I just moved the blanket that was in the lower level to the upper level so Pepe would be more comfortable and now he doesn’t have much padding. >>She stuck her silly human hand into that hiding spot meaning to retrieve one of the fleece blankets only to find a little kitty body in there. She petted the kitty and carefully lifted the blankets to see who was there and was greatly to find Corky reclining in the upper cave. It’s not too often that the biological brothers sleep that close together.  And it may well be that this is the first time in the 5 years the 2 kitty condo/scratching posts have been in the house that one of them had 2 cats inhabiting both kitty caves simultaneously.You just never know what you’re going to find with this crew.

 

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