Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Hiding

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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Places to Hide

<<Quick, the human is coming.  Don’t let her get too close in this heat. She’ll definitely want to pet you…and perhaps she’ll also want to pick you up and hug you.  It’s way too hot for affection.>>  <<If you pretend you don’t see her, perhaps she’ll be fooled into thinking she doesn’t see you.  Nope, that didn’t work. Time to plan an escape.>> <<Fortunately, she’s way too big to climb into the bay window. However, it’s just perfect for a kitty like me. You really have to stay alert in this house lest you get human kisses and fingerprints on your fur.>>

 

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Check Out this Box!

<<It smells interesting. And now it smells like me. That makes it MY box!>> <<It’s just big enough to fit my head and shoulders. What a perfect cat cave! Once in a while, the human does something right.>> 

 

 

 

 

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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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Carried Away…

The human thought it would be a good idea for the kitties to get used to their new carrier, so she plunked it down on one of the couches. It was brutally hot that week (and we’re having a repeat today and tomorrow), so the human and the kitties slept downstairs where it was cooler. As the human reclined on the other couch reading, she looked over only to see a small head sticking out of the carrier. Sure enough, as soon as the human grabbed the camera and started clicking, someone got embarrassed and tried to hide her face. Maybe she thinks she’s a celebrity and the human is the paparazzi. She even sat up and tried to turn her face away from the camera. Definitely, she thinks she’s a celebrity.  Once she thought the human wasn’t looking anymore, she went back to sleep in her little cat carrier. Such a Merkitty!

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Surprise!

The human was minding her own business having lunch and taking notes. All of a sudden, her foot nudged the chair next to her’s and out popped the Pepster, who had been sleeping on the chair hidden by the fall of the tablecloth.  The nudge scared the Pepster and his popping out from under the tablecloth scared the human. That made them even.

 

 

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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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