Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Hiding

Curtain Beater

Corky has developed the craziest way of acting out lately. When the human is reluctant to refill the food bowl, he ducks behind some curtains in front of a sliding-glass door, stands on his back legs, and then bats the curtains for all he’s worth while letting out a string of vocal complaints.  The camera hasn’t managed to catch him in the act yet, but it has caught him right after doing the dirty deed. Notice his tail is still under the fabric? Why would you suppose that beating up on some curtains would make the human do what you want?Does he look guilty to you? This acting out often does have the desired effect of encouraging the human to put a few more crunchies in the food bowl. Hence, there’s probably little hope that he’ll stop anytime soon.

 

 

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Just Hanging Around

This is Corky hanging out under a chair on the cute cat hammock.  You’d have to be looking for him to see him unless you were paying particular attention to the floor.  Presumably that’s what makes both hammocks so popular with the cats:  the opportunity to watch the human and other cats without being bothered in return.

 

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Most Evil Cat Torture Device?

Which torture device do you think is most scary?  It’s a close call between the nail clippers and the vacuum.  However, the clippers only come out once a month and only three of the cats have front claws that need to be trimmed.  The vacuum, on the other hand, comes out multiple times a week and causes pandemonium among all the boy kitties.  Yes, you guessed it, Miss Mac is not afraid of the vacuum as long as she’s up high and it stays down on the floor and doesn’t come too near. She just smirks at it. The boys, on the other hand, run for the next floor whenever they even hear the cord rattle and long before the scary motor turns on.

By the way, bells didn’t even make the list this year. That’s got to be progress of a type.

 

 

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Missing the Human is Not a Personal Failing

<<We’ve got her reasonably well trained after all these years.  And it’s nice to cuddle up against her on cool nights. Finding another human that we like might not be so easy.  That doesn’t make us pushovers!  P.S. Camping under the stars also is overrated. The least she could do is send us some postcards.>>

 

 

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Do You Think this is All An Excuse to Run Away and Play with Dogs?

<<It wouldn’t be the first time that our human disappeared for a day or two and came back smelling like a stinkin’ dog.  Maybe she’s off cheating on us. Sure hope she doesn’t bring one of those wretched creatures home with her. She does that, you know. Any poor abandoned creature will do.>>

 

 

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Where the Human has Disappeared…

<<They call it camping, but, honestly, she’s been grousing all week about us waking her up during the night. Hey, we’re small and our stomachs get hungry every few hours. It’s not like she gives us an endless supply of crunchies anymore. Diet indeed!  We really think she’s just ducking out on her blog-posting, feeding, and litterbox-cleaning duties.  Humans…can’t live without them, can’t live with them.>>

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All Work and No Play Makes that Human Duller than Ever

<<Notice that she’s stopped blogging again? She’s been packing gear into her backpack for days. We’re not positive but we think she’s planning to run off into the woods. Good riddance! She’s no fun at all when she’s working all the time. And she gets really testy when we climb into all her camping gear and have a look around. Does she ever stop to think that maybe we’d like a vacation too?  P.S. Don’t tell her but one of us has learned to type, so we’re going to do some blog posting of our own. It’s dangerous to be dependent on such an unpredictable and inconsistent human.>>

 

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Alien Invaders

See that little tail? It belongs to a cute chipmunk who likes to hang out in the bird feeder eating seeds. Said chipmunk is darned lucky that there are 2 panes of glass between him/her and the cat who is watching this alien invader.  He or she runs up and down the screens, which happen to be on the outside of the windows in this house, coming and going from the feeder. Sometimes the chipmunk and a little red squirrel who does the same thing (although never at the same time) will go sprinting up or down the screen right in front of one of the cats.  You can just bet that Pepe is on the job monitoring the yard and alerting the human to this insulting behavior.  If Pepe could get through the glass panes and the screen, he’d make fast work of that little creature. How disappointing that the human doesn’t help him do so.

 

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Bag Lady

Missy Mao has been enjoying exclusive use of the green soft-sided cat carrier.  Even when it’s hot, she can be found stretched out inside.  She loves sticking her little head out the wide “window” in the back and smirking. She’s such a Merkitty!

 

 

 

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Look Who’s Back!

We’ve had lots of grueling heat this summer…with short breaks that are unusually cool. Fireball seems to hate the heat even more than the human does and disappears for 20 hours at a time. Where he goes and where he sleeps is unknown, but when the temps get back down to reasonable late at night, he pops up on the bed to visit the 2-legged and his brothers and sister.

 

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