Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Hiding

How Not to Strip a Bed

It’s not just bed making that’s fun in this house, it’s also bed stripping. The human went to change sheets on two beds last week and had loads of help from the Pepster for both jobs. As the human tried to roll and pull the sheets together, he had to jump into the middle of them and spin around. Pretty soon he was wrapped up in the sheets. Then the real fun began. There were lots of cuffy paws that attacked human fingers and hands. See, there really were monsters under the bed. And now they’re on top of the bed and hiding in the bedding.Of course, in between attacks, that silly face reappeared and dared the human to do something about the menace. This position (above) is called “sassy face.” It’s usually accompanied by much chattering. Yes, Pepe does feel good about himself.  Cute behaviors like these are definitely not conducive to getting an early start on the work day.  Ah well, eventually the silly 2-legged did get both beds stripped and remade.  Getting to work early is so overrated anyway.

 

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Let Sleeping Cats Lie

After a week of horrid heat and humidity, we are once again back to unseasonably cool weather, and that means the meows have been feisty!  Caesar comes barreling up onto the bed at 5 am to greet and snuggle with the human. After proper obeisance has been paid, he either stomps across the human’s pillow and asks to be let under the covers on the human’s right side (never the left side, only the right side for Undercover Kitty) or he flops down heavily on the human’s left side and presses himself against her leg or hip (never on the right side for hip snuggling, only the left). It’s really sweet. He’ll stay for 20 minutes or so, but once Fireball shows up and demands attention from both the human and Caesar, the Big Guy is off again for parts unknown only to return around 6 am. At that point, he curls up in one of the kitty beds and becomes an insert lump of fur bereft of all dignity.  He’s so out of it that if the human starts petting and kissing him, he wiggles his paws a bit and whimpers pathetically like a human teen ordered out of bed before he/she has had enough sleep. <<Leave me alone or there will be hell to pay when I can finally move again.>> It’s like he’s in a coma and can’t be roused even by evil human fingers petting his paws or stroking his adorably soft tummy. If the 2-legged was genuinely kind and compassionate, she’d let the sleeping cat lie. But of course, having poor impulse control, those feet are just too tempting to let be. And then there are the annoying photos to take in low light (nearly guaranteeing there will be a bright flash of light to further disturb poor Caesar’s sleep.  See what he must endure in this house?

 

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How Not to Make a Bed

The human was trying to make the bed before all the mammals in the house headed downstairs for breakfast. One wily feline kept attacking the bedding every time the human would try to pull a wrinkle out or otherwise straighten the fabric. If he didn’t run, jump, and slide on top of the sheet, he grabbed and kicked it. And then feeling good about himself, he swam across the fabric. We didn’t fare much better with the duvet. A 5 minute job became a 20 minute job, made even longer because the silly human kept taking photos and then laughing…which just egged on the ham-ster.
But honestly, could you keep a straight face during such shenanigans? Eventually the bed monster tired of his actions….And the silly human was allowed to finish her morning chores.

 

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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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