Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Household pets

What Kind of Creature is That Anyway?

What is this mysterious creature frequently found casually sprawled all over the house? Is it a cat? A turtle? A mini-orca?  <<Your clue is the smirk!>> 

Ah, it’s a Merkitty.  

<<And, yes, she really lays like that…quite often and for quite some time.>>

Unlike the human, who thinks this is a very interesting way to present oneself, the other cats pay her no mind.

 

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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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The Devil Made Her do It!

So there we were, in the process of getting ready to start our days.  The human was trying to make the bed and the kitties were trying to prevent that. Caesar had been sleeping in the top of the kitty condo beside the bed, but moved over to luxuriate on the soft blankets the human had just smoothed out.  <<So much nicer on the body than blankets with hard wrinkles in them!>>  Meanwhile, the Merkitty was a bit further to the right doing somersaults and being silly.  There’s Caesar in all his dignity, stretched out in sphinx mode, the middle of his body partially covered up with another soft blanket the human had folded back over him, and with that big tail of his twitching out of the other end of the blanket. <<You see where this is going, don’t you?>>  All of a sudden Mac realized there was something moving in her vicinity.  I don’t think she even stopped to think about what it might be, she just went into predator mode and pounced…on Caesar’s beautiful, sensitive tail. When the Merkitty pounces, all her teeth and claws are out. First Caesar flicked the tip of his tail out from between her paws. He looked a bit annoyed, but kept his cool because he’s the Emperor Kitty.  But the Merkitty is never one to back down from a challenge, so she moved and pounced on his tail again, this time pinning it to the bed. That elicited an explosion out from under the covers.  The Big Guy turned around to face the little minx, who tried to con him with that look of innocence…except she never can quite get the look right with that permanent smirk she wears.  Caesar literally “huffed” and left the bed with his dignity in tact.  The Merkitty?  What’s dignity? (Pride? That’s a different matter.)

 

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Put Your Best Foot Forward

It’s Put Your Best Foot Forward Day.  Of course, with Caesar’s feet, it’s going to be tough figuring out which one to lead with as they’re both pretty special. Fortunately, he’s always up for some paw-dangling action.

 

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The Joys of Crackly Paper

Of course, the last 4 or 5 sets of toys the human has brought home for the meows have been given short shrift.  Adorable felt mice, little stuffed toys that looks like beetles (completely with crackly Mylar film to simulate insect carapaces), and several knitted pull toys have proven to be unacceptable fare for the fussy felines. Surprisingly, two items the human has presented the cats have gone over really well:  2 large handled paper bags and a large sheet of craft paper that was included as packing material in a boxed shipment. As you can see here, Pepe claimed the sheet of crackly paper and had a grand time with it, rolling, flipping around from one side to another, and defending his territory when his brother Corky entered the room. While the human’s not sure that Corky actually wanted to get onto the paper, he did settle nearby and watch his brother’s goofy actions. Fortunately, Corky respected Pepe’s boundaries and no kerfuffles ensued. Eventually Corky grew bored and left, and the human stopped taking photos. That meant Pepe was left to his own devices. Without an audience to entertain, he called it a day as well. He’s such a ham!

 

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Double Trouble

The two tuxedo kitties were found sitting together on the top level of the downstairs kitty condo the other day. Clearly, something interesting must have happening out on the deck.  You just never know what nefarious creature might show up.  There are frequently squirrels, chipmunks, and birds. Less often there’ll be a woodchuck or a raccoon or even an opossum looking for something edible in the potted plants (or just being plain old destructive for the fun of it).  And it’s not unheard of for the herd of deer that wander through the yard each day to have a member stick a head over the railing and eat some tasty flowers or vegetables. Fortunately for the human, there are 4-legged guards on patrol at all hours. <<It’s handled, human. Be off and let us do our job!>>

 

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Kilroy was Here

This was how Caesar was laying this morning when the human got up.  He was in nearly the same pose in his picture on PetFinder 5-1/2 years ago. She fell for him immediately upon seeing that photo and began the process to meet and adopt him. Clearly, that pose still has an effect on the silly 2-legged, but who could resist a kitty like that? <<Certainly not I!>>

 

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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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Real Cat Grass…At Last!

The produce manager at the human’s grocery store called first thing Saturday morning to let her know they finally had organic wheat grass in and she should stop by if she wanted any. The human, who was already out and about running errands, drove up there post-haste! Since they’d said they’d have more in next week, she only bought 1 pot so others could have some.  She picked out a lovely, tall pot of grass and triumphantly brought it home to the meows. And what was their reaction? Corky ate some and then threw up on the couch. <<Oh yeah.>> So far no one else seems to be giving it any attention, although Pepe did crouch down behind the plants…staring at his brother Corky across the room.  <<That figures.>>

 

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Better, but STILL Not Kitty Grass!

The human still hasn’t found organic wheat grass for the fur furs.  It seems like the local supplies have dried up with the hot weather. Since the last of the old wheat grass was pretty passé, they ignored the rosemary plant, and previous attempts to cut grass and catnip leaves and bring them inside haven’t gone over well, the human was on a mission to find something else.  When she saw a “buy 1, get 1 free” special on live catnip plants the other day, she picked up a pair and triumphantly brought them home and presented the containers to her overlords and overlady.  As you can see, while they were interested and gave the plants an initial sniff or two, that’s about as far as that went. Now mind you, when the human does manage to get cat grass and bring it home, they’ll have 5 minutes of excitement and then ignore that plant too.

 

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