Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Hiding

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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Sheet Tester

The human tried to make the bed. The cat had to test out the sheets. <<Yes, they have about the right level of tension. No wrinkles here.>> Next, the blankets were up for inspection. <<All the layers are pulled up to the top of the bed, although they are folded very poorly.>> The human received so-so marks at bedmaking.  The cat will counsel her again tomorrow. <<Only through practice and coaching can you hope to improve!>>

 

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Bedmaking QC

The human changed the sheets.  This, of course, meant it was time to help the human make the bed — and ensure she did the job right!
First, Caesar got involved.  He held down the sheets so the human could get a tight pull to ensure there were no wrinkles. He’s really generous that way.  Next, Pepe got into the action.  He explored the various layers of blankets to make sure all layers were pulled up to the top of the bed. Wouldn’t want any wrinkles there either.  The quality control (QC) experts were hard at work. <<Such a lucky human!>> 

 

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Can a Bag Ever be Too Small?

Corky and Pepe explore the possibility. This bag has potential. If only the handle wasn’t in that exact spot.  Mac joins the action. She wants to make up her own mind about the situation.  She’s less impressed with the tiny bag’s entertainment value than Corky and Pepe are.

 

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The Joys of Paper Bags

Corky and Pepe arrived here with a curious fear of the sound of a plastic bag being opened and shaken out. On the other hand, they also arrived with a complete love for paper bags — the smaller and cracklier they are, the better.Put a paper bag (or a strip of crackly packing paper) on the floor and you can count on one or both of them sticking first their heads and then as much of their bodies as will fit into the bag or under the paper. (It probably would not be kind to mention the tail and the back end of the cat that sticks out for all to see…)  Pepe is a big one to attack the inside back wall of the bag as if it was something interesting to chase. Once the novelty of the bag-cave has been explored and exhausted, they’ll flop on top of the bag and roll around on it. The more smunched the bag becomes, the more desirable it seems to be. Sometimes they’ll bring a toy mouse along for the ride, dropping it on top of the bag and then rolling around on both until the mouse gets pushed to the side.

What can one conclude from this odd feline behavior? If you pay for a toy, they’ll hardly ever even look at it, let alone play with it. However, if they think they’re stealing something from the human…well, that toy is worth its weight in catnip.

 

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The Blanket Curler

Fireball has an odd trick that he seems to be teaching to the other cats. Instead of laying on top of a kitty bed and enjoying the sometimes multiple layers of fleece blankets the human has draped over the structure, he digs until he gets a corner of the blanket (or blankets) lifted and then he slides under the fabric and mixes away.  Must remind him of his mother’s tummy.  Once he departs the kitty bed, the blankets remain all askew. He’s now got Mac doing the same thing, which means the human has to work at bringing order back to the kitty beds twice a day.  In this picture, he’s come back to a bed he’s previously rolled the blanket up on top of, but this time he’s actually sleeping on the side with the curling blanket. Cats!

 

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Konfuse-a-Kat

It’s the human’s fault.  She was trying to add variety and hunting opportunities to the kitties’ daily repertoire.  The meows were pestering for snacks, so the 2-legged flipped the much-beloved scratching disc upside down. On the reverse side, there is a maze-like structure with a ball inside — yes, a ball with a bell! — and a series of interesting holes on top that are just the perfect size for kitty paws to explore.To entice the kitties to investigate the holes, the human put a small pile of dried organic catnip on top and then carefully — while the felines were watching — nudged raw freeze-dried meat snacks from the surface of the maze into the holes.  The kitties watched with fascination and even went over and looked inside the structure. The Merkitty hopped up, took a sniff of the ‘nip, and immediately was overcome with paroxysms of delight.  The other cats had to move back or risk getting hit by her flailing limbs and rolling body.  As she thrashed about, she would bat the ball that rolls along the track on the outside of the toy sending it spinning around the track.  Pretty quickly, she cleared the deck of other cats. Over a period of several days, the human added more snacks and more ‘nip to the surface, but she never saw a single kitty paw raised to explore.  Eventually, she fished out the snacks and turned the disc back over so the scratching surface was face up. Some hunters they are!

 

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Big Cat, Little Bed

This is Caesar Tiger Bear squashing himself into one of the smallest kitty beds in the whole house.  <<The evil human is sneaking up behind me with the camera. This cannot be good…>>Note how the formerly round bed has taken on an oblong shape? There are a couple of seams that look to be seeing a bit of stress as well. Actually, cats are supposed to climb down inside the opening where they can hide in their own private kitty cave. The human draped a blanket down into the opening to make it more attractive. Clearly it did, but not in the way the 2-legged expected.And it goes without staying that there is paw dangling behavior going on. Of course, the two small cats that would best fit in that small bed are instead stretched out in the adjacent large kitty beds.  Felines…

 

 

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Finally, a New Cat Bed Gets a Lodger

Remember the two new kitty beds the human dragged home after Thanksgiving? Well, it would be an understatement to say they have not gotten a lot of love. Despite their incredibly plush interior and the opportunities each offers for a kitty person to hide in plain sight, they have had little use as proper beds.  (The human got them on clearance, so therein may lie the problem.)Pepe does love to attack the pompoms on the blue one that looks like a jewelry pouch. In fact, he batted the decorations so hard that he split the thread holding one of the poms together, then had a grand time chasing the fibrous ball of fluff that had been inside. (It’s since been lost, so no go on the human fixing it unless she wants to buy a big bag of fiberfill just to fix a single pompom.)However, the triangular/teepee-shaped bed finally got a visitor. The human spied the inhabitant, flipped on the light, and edged ever closer with the camera, much to the annoyance of the feline in question. It’s behavior like this that earns the human scowls!

Happy New Year, one and all. Thanks for following the antics of the meows over the last 12 months.

 

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