Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Household pets

Blanket Sculpting Culprits?

Initially it was Fireball playing architect with the kitty blankets. Then Mac got involved sculpting fleece in the kitty beds too. When the human’s own blankets starting getting the treatment, the human suspected them. However, it’s always Pepe alone or Caesar and Pepe that the human finds in the blanket cave made with her bedding. Perhaps a third architect is now at work sculpting. 



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New Architectural Wonders

Interestingly, the human’s own bedding has been getting the architectural treatment of late. Although the human is very diligent about making up her bed as soon as she gets out of it in the morning, a few hours later when she walks upstairs, she’s been finding this kind of structure. It would appear that one of the kitties is making a kitty cave out of the human’s own blankets.  As you can see, this kitty cave is adjacent to another of the kitty caves made from layers of fleece in one of the kitty beds. There’s always something new and interesting going on in this house.



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Friends Don’t Let Friends Go to the Litterbox Alone

As we so often see in this house, the toy mice are more than happy to accompany their kitty companions just about anywhere in the house.  For example, the other night the human found a beige mouse outside the big litterbox.  Maybe this behavior is related to the fact the human is not allowed to use the bathroom or the shower without at least a couple of kitty visitors arriving to keep the two-legged company.  On the other hand, the kitty bathroom visitors never bring along a toy for the human to play with. Harumph!


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Black Mousie Stops for a Snack

Alas, another kitty toy has passed on to the great toy box in the sky.  This little black mouse spent the night in one of the food bowls. By the time the human found it, it was beyond redemption.  Why do you suppose the cats do this with their toys?


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Emperor Continues to Snooze

Caesar Tiger Bear loves to climb under the blankets with the human, who is expected to tent her knees and keep them bent for 20 minutes or more without moving. He lumbers under the covers and lays on her feet and sings himself to sleep. Once in a great while, when the humans decides to get up but the Big Guy isn’t quite ready to depart the bed, he stays under the covers and the human manages to extract herself from blankets and kitty without disaster. This is what the human found the other morning after she’d departed the bed. The big guy was still laying under the covers with his favorite toy, a green chinchilla.  Unable to resist, the bad human grabbed her camera and started snapping pics. Meanwhile, the Emperor opened his eyes and implored her to leave him the heck alone.  The human complied.


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Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtle

Juno has a new “brother” named Krang, which means that the Penta Pack members have a new cousin. Krang is a young Sphynx and is named after the enemy of the Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtles, which is appropriate since he’s pink, wrinkly, and a youngster with lots of energy.  Juno is super fluffy and Krang is hairless so between them both they probably have an average cat’s amount of fur. Fortunately, Princess Junipurr is taking good care of her younger charge and showing him the ropes of catdom (which is to say that she’s teaching him how to manipulate his human “pets” aka captors).


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The Trio Keeps Watch


The trio were sitting on one of the coucheswatching wildlife out the window when the silly human walked by and stopped to say hi.
Fortunately no creature worth mentioning crossed their territory. The birds and squirrels are safe for another day.


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Feline Architecture

These interesting structures were not created by the human. They are the work of a little red kitty who just loves to sleep under layers of fleece blankets.


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Get with the Program or Get Fired!

<<Human! Get with the program. It’s 3:30 in the afternoon and we want food!>>  <<Sassy Face? You’re calling me sassy? You don’t even want to hear the things I’m thinking about you right now! In fact, you couldn’t handle it!>>  <<What do you mean, ‘eat the food left from breakfast?’ If we wanted to eat that food, we’d have done so hours ago.>> <<Diet is a dirty word. Don’t repeat it anymore.>>  <<If you don’t want us to eat the tasty food you buy, why buy tasty food? Sometimes you make no sense at all, human!>>  <<I’m suffering so much right now.  My stomach is turning inside out with hunger. I’m not over-fed, I’m bloated with malnutrition.>>   <<If she’s not going to feed us, might as well get a bath. Do you think we could trade for a better human?>>




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Now Here’s Something You Don’t See Every Day!

Corky and Fireball have a tenuous relationship.  Corky spent years being subjugated by big (and bigger) brother Pepe before the two moved here.  He hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to be picked on constantly for no other reason than just existing.  And, unfortunately, Fireball was the least-welcoming kitty when Corky and Pepe joined the household.  Therefore, it’s not surprising that when Corky is feeling frustrated, spunky, or frisky, he takes it out on Fireball, who — despite an early show of threat when Corky and Pepe were housed behind a door in another room — turns and runs, much to Corky’s delight.It’s not that Corky does much more than chase Fireball with an occasional threatening yowl. The Corkster has no front claws and the Baby Comet has a full set of sharp little claws…if only he’d threaten to use them once or twice and stop the bullying once and for all, but he doesn’t.  Since Corky often hassles Fireball, the two have a strained relationship and rarely are seen together in peaceable terms.  However, the other evening while the human read, Corky dozed nearby in one of the kitty beds. Fireball hopped up for a visit. After getting his obligatory round of pets and cuddles from the human, he shockingly stepped into the kitty bed with Corky and started mixing on the soft fleece blankets. Mind you, a second kitty bed was nearby and available but remained empty. They stayed in the bed together for about 15 minutes. Corky acted mildly miffed or concerned for a moment or so, then settled back and ignored the intruder, who, true to form, stayed for a short visit and then went bounding off to more interesting things.


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