Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Hiding

Can You Identify this Mystery Creature?

It was found on the kitchen floor one evening. At first the creature appeared shy because it hid in a bag, but soon a head appeared much like a turtle leaving its shell.Later, the creature emerged, then reentered the bag head first.
Still unsure what kind of creature it is?
After checking out the bag thoroughly and completely, the creature conquered the bag by smashing it down and laying on top of it. Ah, the feeling of satisfaction that comes from a job well done!
Have you guessed yet? It’s the Pepe Meister, of course!



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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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Meditating with Pepe

The human sets her alarm to go off early in the morning. That gives her time to wake up, catch up on email and news, and then meditate for 30-40 minutes before she has to get up and attend to morning duties. It’s a nice way to start the day.However, some mornings Pepe has other ideas. First he climbs up the human and alternately licks her chin and touches her face with his paws. <<Focus on the breath, focus on the breath…>>If that doesn’t catch her attention, then he begins digging vigorously on the blankets she’s wrapped in searching for….what? This is Pepe in full brat mode.If she manages not to laugh and break her focus, he then hops off her and starts burrowing like a mole under the blankets by her side.  If she wiggles her fingers while trying to remove a hand to pet him, he pounces for all he’s worth and attacks the menace under the blankets.  By then, the human has wisely concluded that meditation is over for the day.


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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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Pepe has a New Hiding Spot

He’s been camping out in the downstairs kitty condo’s 2nd “story” cave.  With all the fuzzy blankets draped over that cat scratching post, if you aren’t careful when you walk by, you completely miss him.  And probably, that’s the whole point!On the other hand, being Pepe, he usually can’t resist the urge to reach out and touch you with one of those paws as you walk by, thereby letting you know where he’s hiding. So much for the element of surprise!


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Basket Baby…

juniper-nov-2016And here is no longer little Juniper (Junipurr) playing hide ‘n seek in a clothes basket.  Gotta love those big eyes. Wonder if she’s considering pouncing?


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Bag Baby

img_3981Okay, hard as it is to believe, the Trio is nearly universally afraid of paper bags and boxes, although Mac did once destroy a beautiful big box by treating it as a giant shredding post. On the other hand, she did all her shredding on the outside of the box, not by going inside it.img_3982Among the duo, Pepe has discovered the joys of a number of boxes, and more recently he’s gotten into paper bags with handles. Case in point, the human brought home some organizing tools recently and offered the paper bag the items left the store in to the kitties. Pepe the Adventurous checked it out right away and ran inside.  Soon, he could be seen making a flying run across the slick Pergo floor and sliding paws first into the bag, which of course then slide several feet further in the same direction. It wasn’t long before the bag that had been in the kitchen was all the way to the far wall in the next room. In between diving and sliding sessions, Pepe has been peeking out of the bag like Kilroy.  Those kitties are just so much fun!


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Suspended Animation

img_3870 A couple of years ago, the human found the cutest little kitty hammocks  that attach to the underside of chair legs or small tables. They feature rip-stop nylon fabric on one side and fleece on the other. Four ties extend from the basic square hammock and each tie features a tough rubberized material sewn to rip-stop nylon straps on one side and heavy-duty Velcro-type fabric sewn on the other so they can be attached around the legs of furniture without slipping or leaving marks. Better yet, they are completely washable, although getting kitty fur off fleece or anything else does require some extra effort.  And since they are under chairs, they’re not immediately visible, so for the feline nation, it’s a great hideaway — at least from the silly human and her annoying camera.img_3871Usually it’s the smaller kitties like Fireball and Macaroni who hang out in the hammocks, which of course have extra layers of fleecy fabric on them.  However, one day recently the human walked by and found the Big Guy swinging in the wind.  Fortunately, he only tips the scale at about 18 pounds at the moment, as the hammocks do have a 20 pound weight limit.  However, it was nice to see Caesar Tiger Bear getting to have a little fun as well. Perhaps he was trying to hide from his little red “brother,” Fireball, who follows him everywhere.


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Medicating the Merkitty

IMG_3204It’s been a very long 2 weeks in this house, as both Pepe and Mac have required twice-daily doses of antibiotic to deal with a persistent cough they both had.  Pepe had already completed a 10-day stint with the meds about 2 weeks earlier, but then the cold weather (and snow!) returned and the coughs also came back.  Apparently, the liquid antibiotic, which has to be squirted into their mouths, tastes horrid.  Since the dirty deed has to be done morning and night, there’s little time for the human to be forgiven between one bout and another. Although Pepe hates the stuff too and does interesting little dances in the human’s arms while she’s trying to hold him and open his mouth, he at least doesn’t seem to harbor too much resentment 15 minutes after being medicated. Not so with the Merkitty who, as would be expected, carries grudges a mighty long time.  Twice during the period she was getting medicated, she hid so successfully during the evening that the human finally gave up at almost midnight and went to bed. That’s not a good thing with an antibiotic, as any bacteria that are still hanging on are likely gaining immunity to the meds and will breed prolifically between doses. It’s gotten so all that all she has to do is see the human moving toward her and a look that is both panic and exasperation flits across her face, resolving into one of those famous Macaroni scowls. The human has learned to moved both fast and decisively when medicating the Merkitty, or she’ll lose several hours as Miss Macaroni hides.  The human even has received a few hisses when trying to apprehend the Watery One.  Toward the end of the period, the only way to apprehend Mac was to regain senses as quickly as possible when the kitty returned to the human’s pillow at 4:00 am for snuggles and head rollies. (As soon as the hapless human was awake enough to grab the kitty and sit up, they headed for the refrigerator and the dreaded syringe.) Fortunately, the ordeal is finally over for both kitties and the 2-legged.  Now, of course, the question is how long it will be before the Girly Girl forgives and stops running away when the human comes into sight. (heavy sigh…)


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But where is the Little Red Bee?

Little Red BeeFireball loves to play secret schmoo.  He tucks himself into some of the most interesting places when he wants to take a snooze.  Case in point, the human has for some time hung blankets and comforters over the upstairs banister handrails. He discovered them and started sleeping inside between the blanket and the handrails. The human thought that wasn’t a very comfortable or warm place to sleep, so started tucking fleece blankets on the floor under the blankets. That went over well and soon the Little Red Bee was joined by other cats. Deciding that was still not warm enough for winter, the human sought out and found 2 narrow but long pillows (with removable covers) that went under the blankets and were swaddled in fleece. That made the spot even more inviting. This morning the recently awakened human was wondering to herself where the Copper Kitty had gone. As she started down the hallway, she got her answer. And note the little pink mouse just beyond that dangling leg?


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