Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Hunting

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The silly human washed a dishpan she uses to soak her orchids each week in the dishwasher. When the load was done and the machine unloaded, the pan was still a bit damp, so she set it on its side against the cupboards. While she was around the corner working, one of the kitties found a crackly Mylar ball and knocked it into the dishpan just like a champion soccer player would knock a ball into a goal.

 

 

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Evil Human Hits the Meow

The human and the kitties have been having a fun activity first thing in the morning. Since their tiny tummies absolutely positively cannot wait the 7 minutes on average that it takes the human to select a can of soft food, open the can, spoon it out, mix in nutrients, add water, mix it up, and then spoon it out into multiple dishes that are then put on the floor, she has to give them a couple of raw freeze-dried meat snacks to tide them over until breakfast is served — it’s that or face lots of loud sassy commentary from the 4-leggeds who get under the human’s feet and try to get up on the counter to hurry the process along.At first, she just put a few treats in front of each cat, but what was the fun of that?  So to make things more interesting, and ensure everyone got a bit of fun and a bit of exercise, she started tossing the soft, crumbly little cubes around on the floor so the cats had to chase and capture the snack to eat it. Corky has really gotten into the action and barrels right over or through any cat that stands between the snack and his mouth.  A couple of weeks ago the human tossed around treats. They aren’t exactly aerodynamic shapes, so they don’t always land where the human expects and the cats hope they will land.  Unfortunately, she hit Fireball with one of the treats. Mind you, getting hit with one is like getting hit with small marshmallows. (They have to be tossed gently, not thrown with force or they could shatter all over the floor.) Nonetheless, that scared the Fraidy Cat who is so easily frightened by anything and everything. To make matters worse, the next time the game was played, the human tossed a snack over the top of Fireball and Caesar, who were eating their own treats. Of course, in his haste to get to the treat, Corky almost knocked Fireball over. Now the poor Baby Comet skips the treats game and either waits for the human to bring him special snacks in his little nest, or he visits the human in her office and hopes she’ll dispense treats there. <<Bad human!>>

 

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Toy Story: The Escape

The human was greeted by this cluster of toys the other morning when she walked downstairs.  She was unsure if the toys were making a run for it, or if one or more of the kitties decided to see if they could find better toys by dumping the top layer out of each of the toy boxes. Admittedly, it can be tricky navigating the stairs in the dark first thing in the morning with arms full and eyes not exactly open.

 

 

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New Toys

The silly human found cat toys on sale that were stuffed to the gill with organic catnip.  This particular brand is very potent and the kitties have enjoyed many of those toys in the past.  They get nuzzled and kicked until the catnip is nothing but powder and the toys are limp and bedraggled.  As you can see from these pictures, Big Caesar had a grand time with one of the toys when the human brought them home and presented them to her overlords. Usually, the Emperor is the epitome of calm and dignified behavior.  However, when he cuts loose and gets silly, he’s a force to be reckoned with and oh so funny. Heaven forbid the human giggle while he plays, as that is an almost immediate show stopper. He gets up and participates in some gratuitous grooming to hide his embarrassment that the human found him being silly. <<Who me? I was NOT being undignified!>>  <<Oh, but this toy smells soooo good! And it makes me positively dizzy!>>  After Caesar had a turn with the toy, Fireball stepped in to check it out.  He never feels he needs to apologize for being silly.  In fact, he rather enjoys the experience of being high as a kite.  Meantime, the Mer Kitty was looking on at all the silliness…and the poor orange mouse (also stuffed with the same potent catnip), sat all by its lonesome. <<Silly Tiger Boys. They’re just encouraging the human to use the evil camera.>>  Fireball didn’t even finish his “trip” before Caesar was back to have a play. The Big Guy tackled the Little Red Bee, who was considerably out of it thanks to the potency of the catnip. It hardly was fair to wrestle him, since he was already three-quarters of the way to submission. That didn’t stop Caesar, who seemed to be interested in taking control of the toy again.  (Meanwhile, the equally potent orange mouse sat unappreciated and all alone. And the Merkitty continued to look on with mild amusement.) Several days later, the human no longer knows where either of the new toys have gone. The cats may have kicked them under some furniture or carried them off to a special little corner to be retrieved when they want to have some fun. Cats!

 

 

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Pepe was Not Sent to Stand in the Corner

Pepe found something fascinating on the baseboard this morning. He stared at it just like this for minutes. It looks like he was sent to stand in the corner for bad behavior — which he definitely had been doing just before something caught his attention. The human looked but didn’t see anything. However, the cuffy foot came out and explored.  He seemed to follow something along the top of the baseboard and then back again.At least while he was exploring the human had a few minutes when she didn’t have to entertain him.

 

 

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Pepe and the Feather

Keeping Pepe entertained at breakfast is no small task — especially when the 2-legged is trying to get her own breakfast cooked and eaten, and her schedule planned.This is the time of day when the Pepster seems incapable of entertaining himself, so the human has to do it for him. On this particular day, we’d tried all our usual toys and none were up to snuff. The human even dragged out the dreaded feather wand and swished it around. Mr. Pickles chased it a bit, then lay down and ignored the toy and whined at the human. Fortunately (or not) a feather fell out of the wand and the human couldn’t put it back in so it got turned into a toy. For reasons only Pepe knows, the feather was a hit and he batted it around and chased it along the floor. Of course, let us be clear that just because Pepe played with the feather that day, doesn’t mean he’ll ever even look at it again.

 

 

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Pepe and the Cable Organizer

Pepe was bored the other morning and was complaining about the lack of entertainment while the human tried to eat her breakfast in peace. <<Not happening!>>So the human, who had been cleaning out her office and had some office supplies on the table, went looking for a toy. She found a package of nifty flexible plastic cable organizers. You twist the flexible device around power cords and cables to various electronic devices. Each organizer is a different bright color and has a flat area where you can write the name of the device.  They looked like they would roll, so the human pulled one out and tossed it to Pepe.As you can see, great entertainment began immediately. Pepe chased the gadget all over the kitchen, executing some rather remarkable tosses, jumps, and saves while he was at it.Eventually, he settled down for a bit of a rest. Meantime, the resourceful 2-legged was able to finish her breakfast. 

 

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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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Corky vs. the Orange Mouse

The human was cranking away at work the other day when she heard that distinctive moaning sound in the next room that always indicates one of the cats has “killed” a toy mouse and brought it to the human for praise and admiration.  Interestingly, the human found Corky and the orange felt mouse.  To show the human his hunting skills, the Corkster cuffed the mouse around a bit while the human poured on the compliments.  Hearing the human talking, Macaroni came over to see if anyone was getting fed. No one was, but she then inserted herself into the middle of Corky and his mouse. He gave her a sniff, but otherwise disgusted, he walked away.

 

 

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Entrapment

<<Sure, I’m not supposed to get on the table, but you put the pen cap within easy reach. You’re just tempting me.>><<And if I decide to knock it off the table and chase it around the kitchen floor until I lose it, well that really just constitutes entrapment, since you planted it in front of me where you knew I couldn’t resist.>>

 

 

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