Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Hiding

Cloth Bag

<<<A cloth shopping bag whose handle is sticking straight up in the air. I’m sure I can fit inside.>>>

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Shadow

The human walked in to say goodnight to Pepe, who was reclining on one of the fake fur blankets. The 2-legged noticed a shadow in the tent-like kitty bed and flipped on the light to see if another cat was inside.

Sure enough, the human saw what she thought was Mac’s face peeking out.

As the human approached, snapping pics, the Smirky One just sat there looking sardonic.

<<<Much ado about nothing, that human!>>>

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Quick, Hide Your Paws!

Caesar was extending legs and tail out of one of the kitty beds while covered up with a bevy of blankets. The human crept forward, snapping photos as she went.

The Big Guy, realizing the perilous position of his paws, quickly pulled his body parts in and under the blankets so the human couldn’t pet them. She snapped a few more pictures and then walked away.

<<<Whew! It worked this time. Can’t a guy get any sleep around this place?>>>

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Girl in Box

When new boxes arrive at the house, the human usually empties them out and puts them down for the kitties to explore.

Quite often, the cat who hops in and claims the box is quite predictable: Pepe or Corky (who is walking past on the right (above) and hoping that the box will empty out so he can get into it).

However, sometimes the cat you’d least expect is the one who hops in. That was the case when Macaroni claimed this big box.

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The Human and the Clippers

<<<The human has been mumbling about trimming my toenails. I’ve managed to escape her every time she tries to sneak up on me with something in her hands. Only when the two-legged is laying down and mostly helpless do I flop down on top of her and demand the attention that is my due.>>>

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The Watcher

The human was sitting on the floor sorting through some boxes. There was no one around. All of a sudden, the human heard a squeak. She looked up and out popped Pepe’s head and front paws from the lower level of one of the kitty condos. Apparently he’d been watching her for a while. <<Spooky!>>

 

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Peculiar Things

Corky and Mac have a peculiar hang up involving the crunchy bowl.  They absolutely throw a hissy fit if, as they’re eating their way down through the contents of the bowl, they see a small space open up at the bottom of the container. Even though there are plenty of crunchies still in the bowl, it’s as though once they spy the bottom of the dish, that must mean the dish is empty.  This usually happens in the middle of the night when the silly 2-legged is trying to sleep. Corky yowls and starts beating up the curtains in front of the sliding doors and Mac does a variety of things ranging from scratching furniture to unplugging devices from the electrical receptacles. And both of the little darlings throw water all over the floor. <<You can see some in the upper right corner above.>>  The exhausted human wakes up, gets out of bed, looks at the crunchy bowl, points to all the crunchies that are still in there, and goes back to sleep. This goes on for several rounds a night until either the human gives in and refills the bowl or the cats give in and go to sleep. Well, last night, a very exciting thing happened. Apparently, they tried hard to wake the human, but she just kept rolling over and hiding under the covers. Apparently, in desperation, the cats actually ate almost all the crunchies out of the bowl. Now that’s progress!

 

 

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The Boxster

Pepe loves boxes:  big boxes, little boxes, tiny boxes that he can barely put a paw into, it doesn’t seem to matter to him. The human had been sorting out files and using a tall cardboard box to carry the papers out to the recycle bin.  Goofy Boy saw the box and wanted to know what it was. The obliging human turned the box on its side and, quick as a bunny, the boxster hopped in and had a look around.<<Yup, it’s a box. What fun!!>>

Honestly, how can you resist a face like that?

 

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Pepe Demonstrates Self-Isolation

In the spirit of “flattening the curve,” Pepe demonstrates the technique of self-isolation early in the morning.

 

 

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Hidden Treasure

The silly human was walking through the living room when the edge of her foot stepped on a piece of rug that didn’t feel “right.” Upon closer inspection, the human noticed that the edge of the rug was slightly elevated. That usually means only one thing: one of the cats has lifted the corner of the rug and tossed a toy underneath, then either forgotten to remove it or grown bored and left it there. Sure enough, upon lifting the edge of the rug, the human spied a little toy mouse. How nice to find a kitty gift so early in the day.

 

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Another Blanket Sculptor Working in a Different Medium

Pepe has also become a blanket sculptor, like Mac and Fireball, but he opts to use a different medium. Rather than climb into one of the kitty beds after pulling all the soft fleece blankets to one side, he prefers to pull the blankets back from the human’s side of the bed and plunk himself down on the flannel sheets with the duvet, blankets and top sheet behind him, making a little blanket cave. This makes sense as it puts him much closer to the far-infrared heated mattress pad that the human has going all winter. Plus, it makes it a bit easier to monitor the comings and goings in the bedroom. In this image you can see Mac and Fireball, behind Pepe, curled up around a strategically piled lump of blankets in one of the kitty beds.

 

 

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What Do You Mean, You Can See Me?

Apparently Pepe thought he was more hidden than he really was….

 

 

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Whose Foot is that?

This little foot was seen sticking out of the blanket fort in the upper hallway. Thank heavens the human was not only paying attention to where she walked but also had her camera with her.  If you guessed that the paw/leg belongs to Caesar (hiding during the almost two weeks when she had to medicate him daily), you’d be right.

 

 

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Any Guesses about Who Owns this Tail?

This tail can often be found poking out from beneath the tablecloth and the chair back in the kitchen. Do you know whose it is?  If you guessed the Merry Pepster, you’d be right.  <<Is the basic concept of privacy completely dead?>>

 

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Continuing to Push her Luck

As if 2 vet visits, dental work, and an IV in his leg weren’t bad enough, the human continues to try the patience of the Emperor. She had to give him pain meds twice daily for three days after his procedure, plus is in day 8 of a 13-day round of once-daily antibiotic doses.  Since Caesar knows that when the human is standing up and walking around, he’s at risk of getting yucky stuff pushed down his throat, he wisely hides when he sees her skulking about — especially when she has one arm down at her side or behind her back. <<This isn’t my first rodeo!>> That means that the human has had to get even trickier and change around the time of day when the medication is given.  <<There’s no time when it’s safe to get a wee bit of shut eye.>> Fortunately, while he was in for his dental work, the compassionate vet tech trimmed all of the Emperor’s lethal set of claws. That enables the wimpy human to be bolder in her efforts to medicate the Emperor.

 

 

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Hot-Weather Hiding Places

Here’s another of Pepe’s favorite hiding places, particularly in hot weather. See that bulge of fabric?  There’s a big B&W cat hiding under there.  In fact, here’s the monster himself, none too pleased with the human that she and her camera have invaded his secret cave.

 

 

 

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New Variations on Paw Dangling

Lately, Miss Mac has been demonstrating a whole new concept in paw dangling.  Normally, she loves climbing into one of the soft-sided kitty carriers, stretching out, and then peeking out at the world — all the more so in hot weather. She often dangles a paw or two out one of the “doors” on the carrier.  However, because she’s the Merkitty and always keen on shaking things up, her new variant is to lay outside the carriers and stretch her paws insideShe’s such a character.

 

 

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More Rummaging

After the triple toy box excavations several days back, the human put all the toys away.  The next morning, many of them were dragged back out.  Theorizing that the cats were really searching for those tiny toy mice they like so much, and that they have strewn throughout the house, later that day the human opened her stash of toys, pulled out a few she thought the cats would like, then leaned over the banister and dropped 6 new fake-fur mice into the toy boxes from upstairs.The next morning she found that during the night more toys were pulled out and dumped, including 2 of the 6 new mice.  Since the cats left those mice on the stairs, instead of carrying them around to all their favorite locations, presumably they were not of an acceptable color and type that the cats like.  It may well be time to visit the pet store to restock.

 

 

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I’m So Mad, I Won’t Even Look at You

It was time for a vet visit for Caesar. Caesar hates vet visits. The human had corralled him into a new kitty carrier, but that didn’t improve his mood. In fact, after unzipping the front and trying to coax him out onto the exam table, the Big Guy refused to budge. While 2-legged and 4-legged waited for the doctor to come in, the Emperor turned his face away and refused to give up the grumps for his human.

 

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Half in the Bag

Pepe was bored and restless. The human was noshing on some takeout food. She tossed the crackly bag on the floor. Pepe immediately jumped inside, although it wasn’t a good fit. After trying to get comfortable a couple of times, he gave up and exited the bag. That’s when he applied his usual “crush it and sit on it” technique of bag subjugation.

 

 

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